Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hezbollah Kills Two IDF Soldiers, Iran Held Responsible

Israeli soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of Captain Yochai Kalangel during his funeral at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem
IDF Major Yochai Kalangel leaves behind a wife and child;
St.-Sgt. Dor Haim Nini was buried in his home-village of Shtulim.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — Hezbollah guided missiles killed an Israeli infantry major and a soldier as they rode in unmarked civilian vehicles along the Lebanese border on Wednesday.

The IDF responded by launching an artillery and air barrage, and a Spanish UN peacekeeper was killed. Israel said on Thursday that its deputy foreign minister met the ambassador to voice regret at the death and promise an inquiry.

Wednesday’s fire fight was one of the most serious on that border since 2006, when Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war. Quiet returned on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, currently holding an assessment of the security situation. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, ISA Director Yoram Cohen and other security officials are also taking part.

At the start of the discussion, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I would like to send condolences to the families of the fallen and my best wishes for a full recovery to our wounded soldiers. Whoever is behind today’s attack will pay the full price. For some time, Iran – via Hezbollah – has been trying to establish an additional terrorist front against us from the Golan Heights.

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We are taking strong and responsible action against this attempt. The Lebanese government and the Assad regime share responsibility for the consequences of the attacks emanating from their territories against the State of Israel. In all of these events, our mission is to defend the State of Israel. Our only consideration is the security of the State of Israel and its citizens. Thus we have acted and thus we will continue to act.”

Yaalon described Israeli forces on the Lebanese border as being vigilant, but not on war footing.

“I can’t say whether the events are behind us,” he told Israel Radio. “Until the area completely calms down, the Israel Defense Forces will remain prepared and ready.”

In Israel, schools in the North reopened today, as did Mount Hermon ski resort.

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Major Yochai Kalangel, 25, and Sgt. Dor Haim Nini, 20

Analysts stated that Israel, fresh from a summer war with Hamas in Gaza and heading for a general election in March, was not eager for a full-scale conflict.

“Hezbollah has 100,000 rockets, compared with the 10,000 of Hamas,” the Palestinian Islamist group which controls Gaza, said analyst Boaz Ganor of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

“The human cost of such a war would be enormous, and no Israeli leader will be pro-active in this direction,” he said.

As for Hezbollah, it is deeply involved in Syria’s civil war, fighting with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against mostly Sunni rebels.

“Hezbollah is very busy in Syria; the last thing that it needs is a second front,” said Yaakov Amidror, a former IDF major general.

Israel Mossad: Obama, Kerry Lying On Iran

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An Iranian missile which has the ability to hit the US.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — January 22, 2015 … The Israeli espionage agency, Mossad, in a rare public statement says that they do support Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s and US Congress’s effort to enhance sanctions on Iran.

Misinformation spread by the Obama White House earlier today, using Bloomberg News, had stated that the Mossad did not agree with Netanyahu’s stance on placing tougher sanctions against Iran.

Israel has argued that Iran is using “peace talks” as an excuse to develop both nuclear weapons and a delivery system for the nuclear weapons to attack Israel, Europe and the US.

The Mossad statement said: “Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met with a delegation of American senators on January 19, 2015. The meeting was held at the request of the senators and with the approval of the prime minister. Contrary to the report, the head of the Mossad did not say that he opposed additional sanctions on Iran. The Mossad chief emphasized in the meeting the remarkable efficacy of the sanctions imposed on Iran over the last few years in bringing Iran to the negotiating table.”

“The Mossad chief stated that when negotiating with Iran, the ‘carrots and sticks’ approach needs to be taken and at present, there aren’t enough ‘sticks.’ The Mossad chief noted that without strong pressure, it would not be possible to bring to meaningful compromises from the Iranian side.”

“As for the use of the term ‘grenade’, the Mossad director did not use that with regards to imposing sanctions, which, as mentioned, he considers to be the ‘sticks’ that would aid in achieving a good agreement. He used the term ‘grenade’ to describe the possibility of creating a temporary crisis in the talks, at the end of which the negotiations will be renewed under better terms. The Mossad chief specifically stated that the agreement currently being formulated with Iran is bad and might lead to a regional arms race.”

The inaccurate Bloomberg report was printed after US House Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in front of a joint session of Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat.

The Mossad does not make a habit of “lobbying” US politicians nor does the Mossad disagree openly with Israel’s Prime Minister on security issues.

“The fraudulent claims against the Mossad head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz,” a senior Israeli source told Israel Channel 2 news.

He added that Israel had gone over the minutes of the meeting between Pardo and the delegation of senators, and that Pardo had not said what was attributed to him.

“Leaking the Mossad director’s statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules,” the senior source said.

“Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress on March 3, House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday. President Obama has now stated that he does not plan to meet with him.

Netanyahu stated: “I am honored by this invitation, which reflects the special friendship shared by Israel and the United States as well as the strong bipartisan support for Israel across America.

Just last week I discussed with President Obama the common challenges we face from Islamist extremism, including resurgent terrorism and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

I look forward to being able to share with the joint session Israel’s vision for working together to address these threats and to reiterate Israel’s commitment to the bond that unites our two democracies.”

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Police Capture Arab Terrorist Who Stabbed 9 In Tel Aviv

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Tel Aviv — January 21, 2015 … An elite Israeli police unit which serves both prisons and courts, reacted quickly in capturing a 22-year-old Islamic terrorist from the West Bank city of Tulkarm.

The terrorist boarded bus number 40 in central Tel Aviv and began to attack the driver. The wounded driver Herzl Biton, 55, a father of three and a bus driver for over 23 years responded by spraying the attacker with mace spray. Biton, who was stabbed in the chest, was evacuated by Magen David Adom emergency medical services to Ichilov and Tel Hashomer hospitals with the other wounded.

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Driver Herzl Biton is being hailed as a hero for his fast, protective response.

The terrorist, now partly blinded, then stabbed at least 8 passengers on the bus before trying to escape by foot.

The police officers who belong to the Israel Prison Service Nachshon Unit fired a warning shot and then aimed for the terrorist’s legs. In following strict procedure for detaining an armed attacker, the police acted wisely in not shooting for the head or torso.

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Hamas / Palestinian Authority praised the attack
as a “heroic and courageous act.”

Israeli police now have the opportunity of inviting their new friend who was illegally staying in the West Bank for coffee and a chat. A potent intelligence find and another case of crimes against humanity for Israel to file at the ICC – International Criminal Court.

A Hamas spokesman, Izzat al-Risheq, who is based in Qatar, praised the terror attack.

“The heroic stabbing incident against the Zionist in Tel Aviv is a daring and heroic act,” he reportedly said. “It comes as a natural response to the terrorist occupation crimes against our people.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian Authority for Wednesday’s stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus, saying the attack was a “direct result of the Palestinian Authority’s venomous incitement against the Jews and their state. The same terror tries to hurt us in Paris, Brussels and everywhere.”

Netanyahu added: “Hamas, Abbas’s partners in an unity government, hurried to welcome this act – the same Hamas that announced it will sue Israel in the ICC.”

Muslims Tell Muslims: No Violence, No Terrorism

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“Real Islam teaches to help, not hurt strangers.”
Photo: Joel Leyden

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

New England, USA — January 17, 2015 … The above mosque is not in Iraq, Syria, Turkey or Iran. But one would have wished it was. The speaker was Dr. Saud Anwar, mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut.

Dr. Anwar is respected for saving lives.

Saud Anwar is a physician who specializes in Lung Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals. Dr. Anwar is involved in humanitarian and peace initiatives nationally and internationally. He is frequently invited to consult for the US government and has organized medical missions for disaster relief. Anwar is very well respected for his extensive humanitarian work in Haiti.

When not performing surgery, the Yale trained medical doctor, an expert on international affairs, is frequently invited to appear on national and international television and radio including CNN, NBC, Fox and Voice of America.

“The Koran teaches us to help our neighbors,” Anwar tells about 100 Muslim immigrants weighing each and every word he says. “The Koran states both Muslim and non-Muslim neighbors. Our holy Koran makes no differentiation.”

Anwar continues: “When we address social issues, we are taught by the Koran to use our voices, our hand and or our heart. When the Koran states “our hand” it is not advocating a hand of violence. It is directly commanding to give food to those who hunger, clothes to those who are cold and to build homes for those who are homeless. Those we hear about almost daily using their hands to hurt other people are perverting our religion. No where has our Prophet Muhammad commanded us to hurt or attack our neighbors in his name. To kill innocent people and shout out Allah Akbar is not any part of our religion. These people are distorting Islam in the worst possible way and making all Muslims appear evil.”

Anwar smiles as he looks at those sitting on the carpets before him.

“As immigrants to the United States, France, England, Russia, Sweden or Canada, any where in the West, you are responsible for integrating into that society and building that society. Do not continue watching television from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran or Syria. In the US watch US television, learn and speak English. Get to know your local community and defend it. Build it. And if anyone ever tells you different, beware. Beware that they do not speak the words of Muhammad. They speak evil and are not part of us.”

“I say this with particular emphasis to those who are young among us. The Internet is a dangerous place. It is filled with seductive voices and images demanding that you harm our neighbors. Muslims, Jews and Christians are our neighbors. We must build with them, not harm them.”

Anwar concludes: “Mohammed made it very clear in the Koran that Muslims and six tribes of Jews were responsible for building and defending Medina. Remember this and remember always that we are a people of peace. We do not attack others. We offer food, water, shelter to the stranger. This is our beloved Allah. This is the Islam we embrace.”

Three Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo Sell Out

By Israel News Agency Staff

Paris — January 14 … Charlie Hebdo, with a tearful Muhammad on the coversold out before dawn. Three million copies of the French satirical magazine, who lost 10 of its editorial staffers in an attack by Islamic terrorists, sold out around Paris.

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The above cover shows the Prophet Muhammad holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign with the caption: “All is forgiven.”

The newspaper said that it will print over 5 million copies this week, with financial help from Google, Le Monde and other organizations.  It usually prints around 60,000.

 

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Netanyahu At Jerusalem Funeral: Global Islamic Terrorism Must Be Eliminated

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — January 13, 2015 … The bodies of French terror victims Yoav Hattab, 21, Yohan Cohen, 20, Philippe Braham, 40, and Francois-Michel Saada, 64, arrived in Israel aboard a pre-dawn flight from France. A few of these men wanted to make Aliya to Israel, to move to Israel – but not in this manner.

Thousands of Israelis, including Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel President Reuven Rivlin, Cabinet and Knesset members gathered at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in the Givat Shaul section of the Jerusalem.

President Reuven Rivlin was the first to speak.

“This was pure, venomous evil, which stirs the very worst of memories,” said Rivlin.  

“This is sheer hatred of Jews, abhorrent, dark and premeditated, which seeks to strike, wherever there is Jewish life,” Rivlin said.

Rivlin called on European leaders to act to put a stop to such acts of anti-Semitic violence.

“It would be dangerous to deny that we are talking about anti-Semitism, whether old or new.  Regardless of what may be the sick motives of terrorists, it is beholden upon the leaders of Europe to act, and commit to firm measures to return a sense of security and safety to the Jews of Europe; in Toulouse, in Paris, in Brussels, or in Burgas.” 

Rivlin concluded: “We cannot allow it to be the case, that in the year 2015, seventy years since the end of the Second World War, Jews are afraid to walk in the streets of Europe with skullcaps and tzitzit.” 

Netanyahu then addressed the grieving Jewish mass, most of whom had tears flowing down their cheeks.

“We see the extent of your grief, the depth of your sorrow. When I embraced you in Paris, I told you that I am familiar with your agony, the anguish of partners, parents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters who lost their beloved. On this day, when four new graves have been dug in the soil of Jerusalem, the entire State of Israel embraces you with love. These graves are the final resting place of Philippe, Yoav, Yohan and François-Michel.”

“Four dear, upstanding people who loved their fellows. Four people who, like the victims from Toulouse who are buried here, were murdered only because they were Jewish. Their lives were cut short in a frenzy of hatred by a despised murderer. But we shall not waste words on the contemptible killer, nor on those who slaughtered other innocents on French soil, as it is their actions that provide testimony of their murderous zeal, the poisonous fanaticism of the radical Islamic terrorist organizations that serves as the motivation for carrying out horrific acts around the world.”

I have been saying this for many years, and I will say it again here today: they are not the enemies only of the Jewish people. They are the enemies of all humanity, and the time has come for all civilized people to unite and eliminate them from our midst.

I returned from Paris yesterday. I marched with leaders who came from all over the world. I think that most of them understand, or are beginning to, that radical Islamist terrorism is a real and present danger to the peace of the world we live in.

And there, in Paris, I witnessed once again the strength of spirit and the warmth of the Jewish community in France, a community that has made a great contribution to France, and is connected with every fiber of its being to the people of Israel, the Torah of Israel and the Land of Israel – the three-ply cord that has never been severed, which has ensured our existence and is the secret of our resurrection.

Therefore, at this time, we should focus on the great spirit that is present here, the spirit of Israel which is saying: you will never, ever defeat us. The secret of our nation’s strength is our internal unity, our faith and the mutual responsibility that binds us together. This is the source of our power, our resilience – the resilience of an ancient people that has overcome every obstacle and adversity, and has risen from the dirt.

Look around here in the mountains of Jerusalem. Today, thankfully, we have a state of our own – a thriving, modern state; a state that shines a bright light, like a moral beacon for the world; a state that takes responsibility for its own fate. And our President was right when he said that Jews have the right to live in many countries, and it is their right to live in perfect safety. But I believe that they know deep in their hearts that they have only one country, the State of Israel, the historic homeland that will accept them with open arms, like beloved children.”

Netanyahu concluded: “Today more than ever, Israel is our true home, and the more numerous we are, and the more united we are in our country, the stronger we are in our one and only state – and that is the hope of the entire Jewish nation.

May the souls of Philippe, Yoav, Yohan and François-Michel be bound in the bond of life.
May we be comforted by the prosperity of our people and the building of our country.”

 

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Netanyahu In Paris – A Leader Among World Leaders

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — January 12, 2015 … As one who has lived in Israel for over 25 years, served in a combat unit in the Israel Defense Forces and has consulted the Israeli government at varying levels, I have never been so proud of an Israeli leader.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read with sadness about the murders of the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo in Paris by members of Islamic terror groups. Netanyahu’s eyes swelled with tears as he heard that a Jewish market had been taken and Jewish hostages were being shot dead – because they were Jewish.

Paris was not on Netanyahu’s Facebook favorite’s list.

France had just voted for “Palestine” to become a state at the UN. That vote was defeated. But the betrayal by a Western democracy against the only democracy in the Middle East did not sit well with anyone in Israel, and in particular, the Prime Minister.

When Netanyahu heard that there was going to be a Unity March in Paris by world leaders against Islamic terrorism, he knew he had to be there. But there was no invite for Netanyahu. Paris was afraid that having Netanyahu would only darken the already heavy conflict that Paris now faced with Islamic Jihad. Netanyahu accepted that Paris did not want him, until others in his government said they were going.

“Who is going to prevent me from marching in a public rally?” asked Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. 

It took Netanyahu just a few minutes to pick up the phone and have his Chief of Staff coordinate a trip to France. The Israeli Embassy in Paris notified the French Foreign Ministry which then alerted French President Francois Hollande.

Hollande then called Netanyahu and personally invited him to attend. According to protocol, Netanyahu would be standing on the front row with other world leaders. Hollande also told Netanyahu that if he attended he would also have to invite PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas is the last person that Netanyahu wanted to walk with, especially following Abba’s action to take Israel to the ICC.

The Israeli Mossad warned Netanyahu not to go. The Israeli Shabak warned Netanyahu not to go. They could not guarantee his security. They had no advance sweep. And Netanyahu would be in the open – exposed to thousands of windows on the route.

Netanyahu had to make a very hard, personal decision. Fear a sniper’s bullet or illustrate leadership among democracies, among the free world, among all Jews and Christians against Islamic terror.

Netanyahu, the IDF commando, boarded his El-Al aircraft for Paris.

He was positioned in the second row as the Unity March began to lead over  three and half million people down the streets of Paris. Netanyahu thought that if he came this far, take the lead. Show no fear. Take a position in front. Yes, the sniper would now have an easy target, Netanyahu’s forehead was no longer obstructed by another human being. Certainly not by Barack Obama who stayed 5,000 miles away.

Netanyahu, the commando, Netanyahu the leader, took lead position.

In IDF Hebrew, he would say: “kadeema” or follow me.

Netanyahu’s security detail was ordered to stay by his side – like glue. One can see, squeezed between world leaders, Israeli security elite actually hugging Netanyahu.

Netanyahu and his bodyguards knew they might not finish this symbolic walk on a Paris Sunday.
But nor would they hide in fear – as Barack Obama took cover eating  popcorn and watched a football game in the White House.

Jews do not hide anymore.
This is not the Paris of 1938.
We have Israel.
We have Netanyahu.

 

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Israel: Fight Islamic Terrorism Without Fear

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem — January 10, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I would like to send our condolences to the French Jewish community and the French people who have suffered a murderous terrorist assault in the last few days. These attacks in Paris are the continuation of extremist Islam’s war against our free civilization, in the West, in the entire modern world and also in the moderate Arab states and among entire publics in the Islamic world.”

“This is a wave of terrorism that is spreading a global net of hatred, fanaticism and murder. After establishing its bases in the Middle East, terrorism is now sending its arms throughout the world. If the world does not take action quickly, we will find this terrorism gaining momentum and increasingly striking at other centers of the free world and in other places.

The terrorist organizations of extremist Islam have many and varied names – Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State, Al Qaida, Nusra, Islamic Jihad and Boko Haram. They are all motivated by the same bloody hatred and the same fanaticism that knows no borders.

They want to take humanity 1,000 years backward to a dark tyranny that we freed ourselves from after many generations. They simply want to take humanity backward.

Further proof that these organizations are branches of the same poisonous tree may be seen in the fact that one of Hamas’s official organs praised the reprehensible murderers in Paris. It must be understood that this is a war against us all.

I am convinced that if we are united this terrorism will be unable to defeat us. But if we ignore the true root of the problem, if we ignore the fact that extremist Islamic terrorism seeks to exterminate Western civilization as a whole, including the Jewish People, if we ignore this – what we are now seeing in Paris will be only the beginning. These are not frightening words or prophecies of rage, this is the simple reality and the time has come to recognize it.

Last night I spoke with French Prime minister Manuel Valls and with French President Francois Hollande. I commended the determination with which the French authorities eliminated the terrorists, these murderers, and I also commended the courage of the French security services. But this is not enough. In order to fight terrorism, it is essential to strike at its sources of financing and at the centers of incitement that encourage these murderous acts throughout Europe. It is also essential to take action against countries that give support, shelter and passage to terrorism.”

Netanyahu continued: “The first law is that it is forbidden to give in to the fear that it seeks to instil in us. In order to fight terrorism it is simply necessary to fight it. We express our deepest sorrow over the French citizens who were murdered, the journalists, the police officers and the innocent citizens who were murdered simply because they were citizens of the free world. We express our deepest sorrow over our Jewish brothers who were murdered simply because they were Jews. Our brothers and sisters in the French Jewish community, we grieve with you over the terrible loss. I would like to send condolences to the families of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Barham, Johan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada. We also send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all the wounded.

This evening, I spoke by telephone with Celine Shreki, who was a hostage in the kosher market in the heart of Paris; she is recovering. She told me about the terrorist’s inconceivable cruelty and of the heroism of the young Jewish man who attempted to seize his weapon and shoot him; he was shot by the terrorist and died about 45 minutes later.”

Netanyahu concluded: “To Celine and all French Jews, and to all European Jews, I would like to say: The State of Israel is not just the place to which you turn in prayer. The State of Israel is also your home. This week, a special team of ministers will convene to advance steps to increase immigration from France and other countries in Europe that are suffering from terrible anti-Semitism. All Jews who want to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. We will help you in your absorption here in our state that is also your state.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is flying to France together with Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, as well as MK Eli Yishai as the Knesset’s representative, to attend a unity rally in Paris today.

The Israeli government leadership will join with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, King Abdullah II of Jordan and his Queen, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and a million more.

The “Silent March” is being held to protest terrorism, and to honor the memory of the 17 victims murdered last week in a three-day series of attacks in Paris by radical Islamist terrorists.

Netanyahu said that he will be meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Central Synagogue in Paris. He will also meet with members of the Jewish community.

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Jihad: The 39 Principles of Holy War

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — UPDATED … January 10, 2015 … No media vehicle has proven more potent for the spread of the radical teachings of “Islamic Holy War” than the Internet.

And Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iran, Palestinian Authority and Hamas know it.

In fact, one of the 39 principles of Al-Qaeda’s Jihad, which has been exposed in a private study by Israeli researcher IDF Col. Jonathan D. Halevi, explicitly illustrates a how-to chapter on Performing Electronic Jihad.

These people are not riding donkeys, rather these 21st century Jihadists have their fingers dancing on computer keyboards across the globe.

From the thousands of Islamic and Arabic Websites riding ISDN and ADSL, Halevi found the proverbial terror manual needle in the Islamic Web village haystack. He descended upon the Al- farouq Web site which is directly affiliated with Osama Bin-Laden’s Al-Qaeda terror network. The Web site bears the donkey and automatic rifle insignia of Al-Qaeda on its homepage.

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Al- farouq published a newly written book on its Web site entitled: “The 39 Principles of Jihad”.

According to the author, Mohammad Bin Ahmad Al-Salem, the preface was completed on July 19, 2003 in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. The author’s name Mohammad Bin Ahmad Al-Salem does not appear in other writings, suggesting the possibility that the author preferred to conceal his identity from the Saudi government. The Saudis are presently under intense American pressure and have hardened their grip in recent months on Islamic terror organizations and operatives.

“There has been a vast infrastructure for Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia,” said former UN Ambassador Dore Gold. “Saudi Arabia’s financial support for terrorism is well known and documented.”

Gold, who published Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, says that Halevi’s research illustrates the dangerous idealogical support for modern terrorism that is “spilling over into neighboring areas of the Middle-East including Iraq and the Gaza Strip.”

“It is evident from Al-Salem’s style that he represents the “Salafi” outlook originating from Ibn Taymia’s and Mohammad Abd Al-Wahhab’s school of thought and other Saudian, Palestinian scholars affiliated ideologically with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban regime in Afganistan,” said Halevi.

“Islam is under over-all attack waged by infidel forces,” Al-Salem states.
This was the underlying motive which prompted Al-Salem to set pen to paper, says Halevy. The enemy, which is directly implied as the United States, France and Western world (including Israel), is said to be dominating Muslim countries one after the other and forcing Islam into a defensive posture. The Islamic commandment of Jihad (holy war against the infidels) is injected as the cure to the illness which plaques the Islamic nation.

Jihad, in the eyes of Allah, is the first and foremost value for all Muslims seeking victory and is the choice weapon of delivery for the introduction of Islamic rule worldwide.

The study reports that there are several elements which have been created to facilitate Jihad by every Muslim regardless if they are financially or physically handicapped in approaching the implementation of carrying out the commandment of Jihad.

The Jihad transcends expressions of violence against infidels as it comprises of diverse acts for which every Muslim is commanded to perform in sustaining the Jihad. All of these activities are based on the Islamic religious fundamental of reward and punishment. The Muslim who executes these actions wins a reward equivalent to that of the Mujahid (The Muslim fighter) who takes part in battle. On the other hand, neglecting these activities will bring about punishment from God in this and the next world.

The favored activities which sustain the Jihad have varied aspects for which the most cherished is the gathering of money and donations to the Jihadi organizations and their fighters. The study reveals that these fund raising activities are performed on a private basis or by various Islamic non-profit associations. While asserting, “money is the lifeline of the Jihad” Al-Salem also unintentionally points out the “wicked spot” of currency.

Other aspects of Jihad mentioned in Al-Salem’s book are compatible with “Daawa” activity conducted by radical Islamic organizations which establish allegedly innocent civilian infrastructure that supports the Jihad. In most cases the Al- farouq Web site and Al-Salem note that these organizations possess separate and unique educational systems which supply generations of believers in Jihad and the organizational framework in which to spread Jihad throughout Islamic society. “This serves as its ideological and logistic backing,” said Halevi.

Al-Salem designates an important role to the academic community which does not confine itself solely to the planting of ideological foundations for Islamic organizations which practice terrorism but also includes “courageous” activity in avoiding any kind of submission to a government’s dictations, say Halevi. Therefore, Al-Salem gives legitimation to the Jihad against infidels as well to the defiance of local Muslim regimes which do not comply with the religious fundamentals set by the radicals.

Al-Salem’s book sheds light on the intimate ties between the political and ideological echelon of Islamic organizations and of their military wings which clarifies the importance of civil infrastructure in terrorist activity.

“Once again the remarkable role of the Saudi and Palestinian scholars in supporting terrorism is exposed,” says Halevi. “They still serve as the ideological source to radical Islam and the concept of waging constant Islamic holy war against the West and all democratic nations.”

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Following are the 39 principles of Jihad as described by Al-Qaeda in Al-salem’s book:

1. Preparing and urging the mind for Jihad – Every Muslim must obey the call for the Jihad against the infidels out of sheer belief and intention.

2. Sincere desire to attain martyrdom – Al-Salem, basing his arguments on Sheik Abdallah Azzam (the spiritual leader of Osama Bin Laden, killed in Afghanistan in 1989), emphasizes the importance of the sincere endeavor in order to attain martyrdom from Allah. The believer can perform the commandment concerning the “preparation to the battle” (I’dad Al-‘oda) and gain a reward from Allah equivalent to the Saheed’s reward (72 virgins and secure a close place near the Divine presence in Heaven) even though he may die from natural causes.

3. Taking part in the Jihad – Every Muslim has to take an active role in holy war against the infidels, prepared to self sacrifice for the sake of Allah. Participation in Jihad is the most distinguished action in the eyes of Allah.

4. Financing Jihad – Muslims can take part in the Jihad by making donations dedicated to the Jihad and the Mujahideen. The donation’s value is determined by its quality and destination and not by the sum total which is donated.

5. Supplying the fighters’ needs – A believer who is unable to take part in the Jihad (for instance women and handicapped) can perform his duty by supplying the Mujahideens’ needs in money and equipment. By doing so the donator is considered Mujahid and deserves the same reward.

6. Taking care of the Mujahid’s family – A believer who supplies a Mujahid’s family needs is considered Mujahid and deserves half of his reward. If one neglects this act it may bring him misfortune and death by the hands of God.

7. Assisting the fallens’ families – by supplying the special needs of the orphans and widows.

8. Assisting the families of prisoners and wounded fighters – by supplying their necessities.

9. Fund raising for the Mujahideen – money is the lifeline of the Jihad. Its importance also stems from gathering donations which would arouse the spirit of Jihad in the believers’ hearts. There are many ways of carrying out this duty: in mosques, public places, family gatherings, charity events, monthly donation or by urging the wealthy to open their hands to the Mujahideen.

10. Granting charity donations to the Mujahideens – who enjoy priority status in Islam.

11. Financing medical treatment for wounded Mujahideen

12. Praising the Mujahideen and their deeds – It is essential to educate the
Islamic Nation on their values and to see them as a role model.

13. Encouraging the Mujahideen to stick to their ways – in order to
strengthen their spirit and moral.

14. Protecting the Mujahideen -avoid publishing any information that may place them in jeopardy or spoil the spirit of Jihad. Al-Salem warns his readers from the Arabic daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (Saudi orientated, published in London) which conducts the “crusader – Jewish scheme” against Islam by publishing false information designed to destroy the steadfastness of the Islamic Nation and the Mujahideens’ spirit.

15. Publicizing the disgrace of hypocrites and defeatists – who strive to weaken the Islamic Nation.

16. Preaching to Jihad – Enormous reward is promised to every Muslim who serves as a catalyst for other believers to commit the duty of the Jihad.

17. Providing strategic advice to the Mujahideen – This can be translated in many ways including the supply of essential information on the enemy and his plans in order to be well prepared.

18. Keeping secrecy concerning the Mujahideen

19. Prayers to Allah for the sake of the Mujahideen and for the defeat of
the enemies
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20. Holding special prayer to avoid misfortune and to strengthen the Muslim community.

21. Publishing the Mujahideens’ activities in order to arouse the notion of solidarity and strengthen pride and hope among the believers, to praise the ideal of self sacrifice for the sake of Allah and to break the media siege imposed by the enemy. There are varied ways recommended for distributing information praising Jihad including Internet websites and forums, distribution lists, circulating publications in public places (for instance mosques, schools), sending SMS, etc.

22. Participating in the publishing process of books on the Mujahideen

23. Publishing Islamic laws supporting the Jihad – This mission falls on the shoulders of the Muslim scholars who have the duty to guide the Islamic Nation in the light of the Jihad and to call believers to join the Mujahideen and pray on their behalf. Their followers are demanded to urge the scholars to act. In this context, Al-Salem glorifies the role of Sheik Hamoud Al-Oqala Al-Shu’aybi (radical Saudi scholar, deceased 2 years ago, backed the Taliban regime and al-Qaeda) as an adorable scholar who thrived to strengthen the Jihadi organizations worldwide by publishing Islamic laws justifying terror suicide attacks and holy war against the infidels.

24. Keeping steady, consistent contact with scholars and preachers in order to update them about the current happenings in connection with the Mujahideen. The believer is asked to assist Islamic scholars who on certain occasion are under government pressure or influenced by false information. He has to update them regularly with reliable information, to support them and urge them to persist with the call to Jihad.

25. Physical practicing – A Muslim who designates himself to become a Mujaheed has to start gradually by improving his physical fitness. Al-Salem elaborates in his book a recommended practicing program which includes enhancing the endurance of both the heart and lungs, increasing muscle mass and strength.

26. Acquiring shooting skills – Al-Salem calls on Muslims not to be satisfied solely with the tuition of Jihad but to prepare in performing in this duty by acquiring shooting skills.

27. Practicing swimming and riding horses – riding horses, explains Al-Salem is still relevant in the battlefields of Afghanistan, Chechnya and Iraq.

28. Learning first aid skills – to help wounded Mujahudeen (splicing broken bones, providing infusions, etc.).

29. Learning the doctrine of Jihad – Al-Salem recommends dozens of books, articles and Islamic laws published in recent years by Muslim radical leaders and scholars most of them Saudis by origin (Osama Bin Laden, Hamoud Al-Oqala Al-Shuaibi, Abd Aziz Jarbou’, Yusouf Al-‘ayyiri, Naser Al-Fahed, Ali Al-Khudier, Suliman Al-Olwan and more). One of them is the Al-Khudier’s Islamic law which justifies the use of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S.

30. Supplying refuge and shelter to the Mujahideen

31. Expressing hostility and hatred toward infidels – A call for reconciliation or co-existence with the infidels might weaken the Mujahudeen. One may call for a Hudna, but to place it in practice is forbidden.

32. Constant action to achieve the release of all prisoners – held in enemy jails and to use all means for their escape or release.

33. Distributing current information on the prisoners in order to keep their high moral.

34. Performing electronic Jihad – Al-Salem attributes paramount importance to the Internet as a component for Jihad. He calls believers to join the Jihad by participating in Internet forums and social media to defend the Islam and Mujahideen, to preach Jihad and to encourage Muslims to learn more about this sacred duty. The Internet through Websites and real time social interaction on Facebook and Twitter, provides an opportunity to reach vast, target audiences and respond swiftly to false allegations. Computer experts are asked to use their skills and experience in destroying American, French, Jewish and secular websites as well as morally corrupt web sites.

35. Alienation of infidels – Believers in other religions have to be isolated from Muslim communities so they will be prevented from committing hostile actions.

36. Educating the younger generation to adore Jihad and the Mujahideen – The children, asserts Al-Salem are the “fuel” of the next stage of confrontation with the infidels. Parents have the duty to educate them to adore Jihad and the Mujahideen and to prepare themselves mentally for self-sacrifice for the sake of Allah. Al-Salem recommends believers to tell their young stories about the life of Prophet Mohammad, his associates, the great Muslim conquerors and the Mujahideen in our time. In addition it is recommended to display to the children Jihadi films and taped preaches which praise martyrdom.

37. Abandoning the luxuries of materialism – which might weaken the spirit of Jihad.

38. Boycotting enemy’s commodities – as part of the economic Jihad. Israelis know this as BDS or The Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.

39. Avoiding the employment of foreign workers – from enemy countries. Foreign fighters are invited to engage with bullets and propaganda.

 

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Israel: Islamic Terrorism In France Same As PA, Hamas

Massacre At French Magazine Office - Paris

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — January 9, 2015 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave and made the following remarks at the start of their meeting:

“I wish to send from this place our deepest condolences to President François Hollande, the bereaved families and the people of France. We grieve with our French brothers and sisters. We reaffirm our commitment to work together to defeat the enemies of the democratic values we all cherish.

I know that you’re going from here to France, and I want you to take with you the sentiment of every citizen of Israel. We have experienced such attacks, we know the feeling, and we share your grief, but also your resolve, which has been demonstrated in the last few days by so many of France’s citizens who gathered to say, we have to fight these enemies of our common civilization.

These terrorists gun down journalists in Paris; they behead aid workers in Syria; they kidnap schoolgirls in Nigeria; they bomb churches in Iraq; they slaughter tourists in Bali; they rocket civilians from Gaza; and they strive to build nuclear weapons in Iran.

They might have different names: ISIS, Boko Haram, Hamas, al-Shabab, al-Qaida, Hezbollah. But all of them are driven by the same hatred and blood-thirsty fanaticism. And all of them seek to destroy our freedoms and to impose on all of us a violent, medieval tyranny.

This is a global struggle.

Bringing to justice the Paris murderers is just the beginning.

It must be followed by a broad based assault on the forces of radical Islam throughout the world.

This is everybody’s battle.

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The terrorists have shown that they have the will to crush us, but they don’t have the capacity. Now we must show that we have the will to defeat them and crush them.

This is the essence of the battle that we’re fighting: Freedom against barbarism. Freedom must win, but to win, we have to stand together and fight together.

This is our message to the people of France, and this is our message to all the citizens of civilized countries.

Please convey the message of the people of Israel to the people of France, and our solidarity against all those who wish to extinguish our freedoms.

The root of terrorism is terrorists. The root of terrorism is terrorists who wish to bring back humanity, all of mankind, to a darker age. They don’t particularly care about this or that issue. They don’t care about political settlements. They want to overrun our societies, our liberties, our way of life. They want to take us back 1,000 years.

This is what drives them. And in order to fight them, we have to understand that they challenge everyone. They challenge their fellow Muslims who don’t share their implacable creed, and then they challenge everyone else. Radical Islam is challenging the entire world – the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world alike, but it is radical Islam.”

Netanyahu continued: “The second point I think you made just now, Ambassador, is a very important one, and that is that the first tactic of terrorists is top impose terror, to create fear. And the first rule in fighting terrorism is to refuse to be afraid. I know that there are many in France who are asking themselves, how can we fight this dreadful fear-imposing barbarism. Should we continue to publish our views? Should we express our opinions? Should we now cut back? And my message, in Paris, In Jerusalem, anywhere, is the first rule in fighting terrorism is to refuse to knuckle down and knuckle under fear and pain of fear, to refuse to be afraid.

And the third most important point is we have to unite to roll back this side of fear. And I think that you can go from here to Paris armed with the knowledge that the people of Israel believe strongly in what I’ve just said, embrace the people of France as brothers and sisters. We understand we are in a common battle for our democratic values and a common battle for our future, and we refuse to be intimidated.”

France Newspaper Attack

French police confronted two separate, but related hostage situations today, after a Jihadist couple which murdered a cop a day earlier stormed a Paris Kosher deli, murdering four and taking several prisoners even as the suspects of Wednesday’s massacre at a Paris satirical magazine were holed up in a printing plant 25 miles north of the city.

Authorities in France fear that all four suspects knew one another and were are bent on going out as martyrs, and potentially killing hostages and police officers in the process. The fast-moving developments came as nearly 90,000 police and military personnel were deployed to bring the terror crisis that has gripped the European nation since late Wednesday morning, when a pair of brothers conducted a bloody commando-style raid on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine that had angered Muslim radicals by repeatedly publishing images of Prophet Muhammed.

With stun grenades and gunfire, security forces ended three days of terror around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers. A member of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula gave a statement in English to The Associated Press saying the group’s leadership “directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully.”

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This was the worst terrorist violence France has seen in decades, killing at least 20 people, including three terrorists. A fourth suspect — Hayat Boumeddiene, the common law wife of the market attacker — was still at large and believed to be armed.

A Facebook page exposing Islamic terrorism by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas can be accessed through PalestinianWarCrimes.com.