India: 99% of Muslim girls oppose Muslim religious body’s attempt to lower legal marriage age for Muslim girls

JihadWatch (Sep 30) — Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene:

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of… Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Bukhari 5.58.234).

Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.

Marrying young girls was not all that unusual for its time, but because in Islam Muhammad is the supreme example of conduct (cf. Qur’an 33:21), he is considered exemplary in this unto today. And so in April 2011, the Bangladesh Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini declared that those trying to pass a law banning child marriage in that country were putting Muhammad in a bad light: “Banning child marriage will cause challenging the marriage of the holy prophet of Islam… [putting] the moral character of the prophet into controversy and challenge.” He added a threat: “Islam permits child marriage and it will not be tolerated if any ruler will ever try to touch this issue in the name of giving more rights to women.” The Mufti said that 200,000 jihadists were ready to sacrifice their lives for any law restricting child marriage.

Likewise the influential website Islamonline.com in December 2010 justified child marriage by invoking not only Muhammad’s example, but the Qur’an as well:

The Noble Qur’an has also mentioned the waiting period [i.e. for a divorced wife to remarry] for the wife who has not yet menstruated, saying: “And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women—if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated” [Qur’an 65:4]. Since this is not negated later, we can take from this verse that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a prepubescent girl.

Other countries make Muhammad’s example the basis of their laws regarding the legal marriageable age for girls. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful to give their own daughters away accordingly: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” When he took power in Iran, he lowered the legal marriageable age of girls to nine, in accord with Muhammad’s example.

But Muslim girls in India — nearly 99% of them — oppose this. They know what it entails. They know the human cost.

“Marriage age: A big ‘no’ from Muslim girls,” from the Express News Service, Sep 30.

President Obama lied to us — he told America some real whoppers about ObamaCare

Fox News (Sep 27) — President Obama lied to us.

It wasn’t a white lie. It wasn’t a fib. It wasn’t a half truth. It was a bold-faced lie.

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

That statement turned out to be a lie. Period.

On Thursday I asked my Facebook community if they had faced hardships as a result of ObamaCare.

The response was overwhelming. I received nearly 1,000 replies – from small business owners, nurses, doctors, electricians, stay-at-home moms, and military personnel. Every single person said they had been adversely affected by President Obama’s signature legislation.

So let’s break down the president’s lies.

Thursday he told an audience in Largo, Maryland that the Affordable Care Act had not hurt jobs.

“There’s no widespread evidence that the Affordable Care Act is hurting jobs,” he said.

Investor’s Business Daily reports that as a direct result of ObamaCare, more than 300 companies have either eliminated jobs or reduced full time jobs to part time jobs. Hospitals across the country are firing staff and reducing work hours…

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Muslim president of Gambia says homosexuality one of three “biggest threats to human existence”

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It is a disgrace that the President of the United States and the first lady would even take a picture with this man.

“Gambia president: Homosexuality is 1 of 3 ‘biggest threats to human existence,'” from The Associated Press, September 27:

UNITED NATIONS – The president of Gambia is using his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence.”

President Yahya Jammeh on Friday said homosexuality, greed and obsession with world domination “are more deadly than all natural disasters put together.”

It’s not the first time the Gambian ruler has used such harsh words. In 2008, he told gays and lesbians to leave the country or have their heads cut off.

Jammeh also has drawn international criticism for his claim he can cure AIDS with an herbal body rub and bananas.

He first took power in the tiny West African country after a 1994 coup.

Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries

More ridiculousness from the Islamic nation of Saudi Arabia:

The Guardian (Sep 29) — One of Saudi Arabia‘s leading conservative clerics has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules.

campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on 26 October has spread rapidly online over the past week and gained support from prominent women activists. On Sunday, the campaign’s website was blocked inside the kingdom.

As one of the 21 members of the senior council of scholars, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan can write fatwas, or religious edicts, advise the government and has a large following among other influential conservatives.

His comments have in the past played into debates in Saudi society and he has been a vocal opponent of tentative reforms to increase freedoms for women by King Abdullah, who sacked him as head of a top judiciary council in 2009.

In an interview published on Friday on the website sabq.org, he said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions”.

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Islamists in another slaughter: Attack on Nigerian college leaves up to 50 students dead

Islamic Boko Haram militants suspected of carrying out early morning massacre.

Residents walk amidst rubble after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, in Nigeria’s Borno State earlier this month

Residents walk amidst rubble after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, in Nigeria’s Borno State earlier this month

The Irish Times (Sep 29) — Suspected Islamic militants gunned down students as they slept and killed as many as 50 in an early-morning attack in north-east Nigeria, a college provost said.

Molima Idi Mato, of the Yobe state College of Agriculture in rural Gujba, said the gunmen also torched classrooms in the attack at about 1am .

The college is about 40km from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town. He said security forces are still recovering bodies so he could not give an exact death toll. About 1,000 students have fled.

North-east Nigeria is in a military state of emergency against an Islamic uprising prosecuted by Boko Haram militants who have killed hundreds of civilians in their quest for an Islamic state.

Boko Haram killed 27 villagers in two attacks in the same region earlier this week, a government official said, as violence continued to flare in the face of an army crackdown on the militants.

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The history behind the ‘black flags of jihad’? TheBlaze’s national security advisor breaks it down

The Blaze (Sep 25) — Many are familiar with what some call “the black flags of jihad” flown by Islamic extremists from Jabhat al-Nusra to Al Qaeda.  The flags vary in appearance, but most share a similar theme: they typically have white writing on a black flag, and depict the shehada, or profession of faith that there is no god but god, and Muhammad is his messenger.

After such flags were seen flying in New York City during recent the Muslim Day Parade, Glenn Beck invited TheBlaze’s national security advisor Buck Sexton to explain the historic and symbolic significance of the flags.

“The black banner, also known as the ‘black flags of Khurasan,’ this is something that stretches back into the earliest days of Islam,” Sexton began.  “It references a ‘rising up,’ if you will, of a Muslim army from a region called Khurasan, and they will have black banners.”

Sexton proceed to highlight two passages in the Hadith that are often cited as the inspiration for the flags.

The first is: “The black flags will come from the East, led by mighty men, with long hair and beards.  Their surnames are taken from the names of their home towns and their first names are from a ‘Kunya.’”

The second states: “Messenger of Allah said: If you see the Black Banners coming from Khurasan go to them immediately, even if you must crawl over ice, because indeed amongst them is the Caliph, Al Mahdi.”

Sexton said “Al Mahdi” is a reference to Islamic “end times” theology.

But are the black flags something that have been seen throughout history, Beck asked?  He noted that just because somebody has an American flag, that doesn’t necessarily mean they stand for the U.S. Constitution.  If a Muslim who speaks Arabic holds such a black flag, are they aware of the historical significance?

“It’s popping up more now because jihadists are on the march in a number of places,” Sexton responded.  “When the Umayyads were fighting, they were flying black flags, and that goes back to the earliest days of Islam.”

But the flags we’re seeing now, he added, are “contemporary black flags.”  Sexton proceeded to show pictures of the flags flying in Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, and more.

“If that’s not scary enough with the end times…this is the one that actually hits the most home for me,” Sexton said, showing a picture of a man kneeling in front of a group of armed men, all in front of the black flag.   “This is the beginning of a beheading video.”

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That’s what that flag stands for,” Sexton said unequivocally.  “It’s not a ‘resistance symbol.’”

And while no one is saying it’s illegal to wave such a flag, TheBlaze’s national security adviser said “we should at least be willing to call it what it is.”

“If this flag is being used as the backdrop for beheading videos, it’s not because the jihadists are confused,” he said.  “In fact, it’s because we refuse to accept who the enemy is.”

Sexton ended on a chilling note, saying that while you and I may not “buy in” to the verses, that doesn’t mean the extremists don’t.

“The people that are trying to take over countries like Egypt, and Syria, and Tunisia, and Libya, they absolutely buy into it. They know these Hadiths by heart,” he said.  “Some Sunni jurists will say, ‘Oh no, those aren’t good Hadiths.’  But guess what? Bin Laden — who signed his first declaration of war against the United States from Khurasan, Afghanistan — he knew that Hadith, and he knew about it enough to tell all of his followers.”

“They believe this,” Sexton concluded.  “They believe they are fulfilling prophecy.”

Sex Jihad and Western Disbelief

Human Events by Raymond Ibrahim (Sep 25) — The sex jihad is back in the news.  Last Thursday, during an address to the National Constituent Assembly, Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Bin Jeddo announced that Tunisian girls who had traveled to Syria to perform “sex jihad” had returned after being sexually “swapped between 20, 30, and 100 rebels and they come back bearing the fruit of sexual contacts [from pregnancies to diseases] in the name of sexual jihad and we are silent doing nothing and standing idle.”

Several video interviews with Tunisian females who went to the sex jihad further testify to the veracity of this phenomenon.  For example, 19-year-old Lamia, upon returning, confessed how she was made to have sex with countless men—including Pakistanis, Afghanis, Libyans, Tunisians, Iraqis, Saudis, Somalis, and a Yemeni, all in the context of the “sex jihad, and that she and many other women were abused, beaten, and forced to do things “that contradict all sense of human worth.”  Now back in Tunisia, Lamia has been to a doctor finding that she is five months pregnant. Both she and her unborn are carrying the aids virus (read her whole story).

Other interviewed women have told of how they were “fooled,” or how their husbands (they being one of four wives) divorced and sent them to Syria for the sex jihad, with assurances that they would be guaranteed paradise in the afterlife.  One 16-year-old explained how her father ordered her to have sex with several jihadi “liberators.”

Due to the severity of this matter, since March, 6,000 Tunisians were banned from travelling to Syria; 86 individuals suspected of forming “cells” to send Tunisian youth to Syria have been arrested.

Back in April, Sheikh Othman Battikh, former Mufti of Tunisia, said before reporters that, “For Jihad in Syria, they are now pushing girls to go there. 13 young girls have been sent for sexual jihad. What is this? This is called prostitution. It is moral educational corruption.”

He was dismissed from his position as Mufti of Tunisia days later.

However, as I wrote back in June when reporting on the sex jihad phenomenon…

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The Long List of Arab Riots Throughout Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem

Arab rioters

Arab rioters

Arutz Sheva (Sep 27) — Three Arab rioters were arrested for throwing rocks Friday, following disorders at the Damascus Gate (Shaar Shechem in Hebrew) to Jerusalem’s Old City.  Another youth was arrested following a disorder next to the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives.

At the same time, additional disorders broke out in the area of the Rockefeller antiquities museum, across the street from the Flower Gate (Shaar Haperahim in Hebrew). Jerusalem District police, deployed with reinforcements since the early-morning hours in anticipation of pre-planned violent disorder, dispersed the rioters.

About 100 Arabs rioted next to Rachel’s Tomb, between the Israeli capital and Bethlehem. They threw rocks at Israeli security forces.

Other disorders were reported in the Judean localities of Hevron and Kadum, the Samarian (Shomron) Arab village of Bituniya, near Ramallah, the Prigat Junction near the Shechem-area village of Huwara and near the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Neve Tzuf.

The violence came against the backdrop of a call by Hamas and Islamic Jihad for the launch of a third intifada uprising against Israel while Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday evening that his goal is to achieve permanent peace with Israel.

Abu Obaida, a spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing Izaddin Kassam brigades, has urged PA Arabs to wage a third intifada against Israel in response to Israeli efforts to “judaize Jerusalem,” especially the Temple Mount. He told reporters in Gaza that Hamas has not abandoned the option of suicide bombings.

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Robert Spencer and Michael Coren on Western converts to Islam joining the jihad, and more

Last night on Spencer’s weekly segment on Michael’s Sun TV show. They discuss the group al-Shabab who were behind the Kenya mall terror attack and how several of them were allegedly from Western countries, Russia’s Quran version ban, and a boy named “Jihad” in France who was born on September 11 and sent to school wearing a shirt that said “I am a bomb.”

World’s oldest Jewish prayer book is discovered in Hobby Lobby owners’ collection – and the implications could be significant

The Blaze (Sep 27) — Hobby Lobby President Steve Green isn’t just the head of a popular craft chain. He and his family also own, oversee and operate “The Green Collection,” one of the world’s largest collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts (there are over 40,000 ancient relics and texts). A recent discovery within this fascinating compilation is making headlines this week, as it is believed to be the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found.

The small text, which had a Carbon-14 test that placed its origins to 840 A.D., is likely to provide fascinating insight into early Jewish culture. And, as a press release announcing the find highlights, it “may well be the earliest connection today’s practicing Jews have to the roots of their modern-day rabbinic liturgy.”

Plainly stated: It’s a big deal.

The Jewish prayer book

The Jewish prayer book

The document is in its complete parchment and original binding, factoids that are quite stunning considering its age. Written in Hebrew, the script is described as “archaic” — so old in fact that it uses Babylonian vowel pointing (a system that is no longer in use).

This follows another big discovery earlier this year. Back in May, TheBlaze reported that the world’s oldest known complete Torah scroll was found. While that was certainly noteworthy, this new prayer book is actually 300 to 400 years older than that version of the Torah, providing an even deeper knowledge into the lives and religious practices of Jewish believers.

“This find is historical evidence supporting the very fulcrum of Jewish religious life,” said Dr. Jerry Pattengale, who directs the Green Collection’s research arm, the Green Scholars Initiative, in the release. “This Hebrew prayer book helps fill the gap between the Dead Sea Scrolls and other discoveries of Jewish texts from the ninth and 10th centuries.”

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Largest Syrian rebel groups form Islamic alliance, in possible blow to U.S. influence

I have said this repeatedly. The Syrian rebels are dominated by people who want a sharia state (based on Islamic law). One example of that is in my op-ed “Starting World War III” that I wrote for Israel’s 3rd largest news site on September 8, “…Striking Syria could start if not a World War, at least a major regional war. And for what?

To help Al-Qaeda carve out its own country and establish Sharia law (like in Aleppo)?”

You can read the op-ed here.

“Largest Syrian rebel groups form Islamic alliance, in possible blow to U.S. influence,” The Washington Post, September 25:

BEIRUT — American hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s fractious rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed opposition coalition and announced the formation of a new alliance dedicated to creating an Islamic state.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is the lead signatory of the new group, which will further complicate fledgling U.S. efforts to provide lethal aid to “moderate” rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Others include the Tawheed Brigade, the biggest Free Syrian Army unit in the northern city of Aleppo; Liwa al-Islam, the largest rebel group in the capital, Damascus; and Ahrar al-Sham, the most successful nationwide franchise of mostly Syrian Salafist fighters. Collectively, the new front, which does not yet have a formal name but has been dubbed by its members the “Islamist Alliance,” claims to represent 75 percent of the rebels fighting to topple Assad.

…If the development holds, he said, “it will likely prove the most significant turning point in the evolution of Syria’s anti-government insurgency to date.”

“The scope for Western influence over the Syrian opposition has now been diminished considerably,” he added.

Mokdad acknowledged that by aligning themselves with Jabhat al-Nusra, the other rebel factions could jeopardize hopes of receiving outside military help, just as the Obama administration says it is starting to step up its support after more than a year of hesitation.

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Media self-enforces sharia: ‘Islam,’ ‘Muslim’ ‘jihad’ censored from 90% of newspaper reports on Kenya, Pakistan terror attacks

Atlas Shrugs (Sep 25) — Stunning. Imagine omitting Nazi, Third Reich, etc., from press accounts of World War II. This is civilizational suicide. We are covering for our executioners. And if anyone thinks that this appeases or satiates the enemy, they are delusional. This empowers them — the sanction of the victim.

Under the blasphemy laws under the sharia (Islamic law), you cannot criticize Islam. You cannot say anything that would offend a Muslim (even if its true). This is sharia in America.

The facts are that American Muslims took up arms to slaughter non-Muslims at an upscale shopping mall in Kenya. American Muslims joined a multinational force of Muslims to wage holy war in Kenya. Hostages and victims were told “all Muslims leave… we only want to kill non-Muslims”: (they released anyone who could prove they were Muslim by reciting a prayer), they attacked American and Jewish shops, women and children were slaughtered if they could not recite the Koran, the jihadis cut the hands off the bodies of their victims and burned their faces.

‘Islam,’ ‘Muslim’ censored from newspaper reports on Kenya, Pakistan attacks By Katie Yoder, FOX News

Dare a top newspaper journalist to play connect-the-dots and chances are he’ll fail miserably – at least with drawing the line between Islam and terrorism.

In Nairobi, Kenya last weekend, Islamist militants took over a high-end shopping mall and began executing non-Muslims. In Pakistan, Islamist suicide bombers detonated at a Christian Church on Sunday.

Yet on Monday, September 23, 90 percent of the top ten (via circulation numbers) daily newspapers’ headlines in the United States censored the words “Islam” and Muslim” from Nairobi and Pakistan reports. One – the New York Daily News – didn’t even have a headline for the latest Islamic terrorist attacks. That’s journalism at its finest.

The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) headline by Heidi Vogt announced that “Assault on Mall Stuns Kenya” and called the act a “terrorist attack” by “armed militants.” In a small reference to the Pakistan Christian fatalities, the newspaper credited a group linked with the “Pakistan Taliban.”

Obamacare will increase avg. insurance premiums by 99% for men, 62% for women

When Obama was campaigning for this law he made two key declarations: 1) “if you like your doctor you may keep your doctor” and 2) that insurance rates will go down. Neither of those statements are true.

Forbes (Sep 25) — Based on a Manhattan Institute analysis of the HHS numbers, Obamacare will increase underlying insurance rates for younger men by an average of 97 to 99 percent, and for younger women by an average of 55 to 62 percent. Worst off is North Carolina, which will see individual-market rates triple for women, and quadruple for men.

HHS releases a trickle of data and a load of spin

Earlier this month, I and two colleagues from the Manhattan Institute—Yevgeniy Feyman and Paul Howard—published an interactive map that detailed Obamacare’s impact on individually-purchased health insurance premiums in 13 states plus D.C. As the accompanying article described, Obamacare increased premiums in those states by an average of 24 percent.

But those states were largely blue states that had set up their own, state-based insurance exchanges. The big data dump that we’ve been waiting for, since then, is from the majority of states that didn’t set up their own state-based exchange. That data is the responsibility of the Obama administration, namely HHS. Finally, with less than a week to go before the exchanges are supposed to go on-line, HHS has released a slim, 15-page report and a press release that summarize some of the premium data.

“Premiums nationwide will also be around 16 percent lower than originally expected,” HHS cheerfully announces in its press release. But that’s a ruse. HHS compared what the Congressional Budget Office projected rates might look like—in 2016—to its own findings. Neither of those numbers tells you the stat that really matters: how much rates will go up next year, under Obamacare, relative to this year, prior to the law taking effect.

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‘Moderate’ Rouhani Attended Rally Calling for Israel’s Destruction

380ba9ba962d4ac7a98c41ad17434c8b-e1379696521265President Barack Obama called new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani a “moderate” in his remarks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Yet Rouhani, who snubbed the president before giving a strident anti-American address, attended a rally calling for Israel’s destruction a few days before arriving in New York.

Ha’aretz reports:

Iranian President Hassan Rohani took part in an event in which there were calls for the destruction of Israel just days before the United Nations General Assembly.

On Sunday, a few days before he left for the UN meeting in New York, Rohani participated in a military parade in Tehran. Trucks carrying long-range missiles passed in front of him, alongside signs calling for the destruction of Israel.

A picture of the event, published on an Iranian website and by the French AFP news agency, show trucks bearing Shihab 3 missiles, which have the range to strike Israel. A sign in Persian hanging on one truck reads, “Israel must stop existing.”

In Obama’s defense, however, Rouhani didn’t call for Israel’s destruction right away. Moderation, indeed.

Top 10 Hollywood: Jews you may not have guessed

Did you know that Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly are Jewish? Find out which other A-listers are also members of the tribe.

US actor Joaquin Phoenix poses during a photocall for The Master

Jerusalem Post (Sep 25) — Eva Green poses at the premiere of Dark Shadows at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood last year. She is most famous for her films, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (2013) 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) and White Bird in a Blizzard (2013)

Born in France, she is known for her roles as the bad girl in films like Casino Royale and Dark Shadows. Her mother is an Algerian Jew, but she was brought up without affiliation.

Lisa Bonet (right) is photographed at the premiere of Conan the Barbarian in Los Angeles in 2011.

She is best known for playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Born in San Francisco to an African-American father, Allen Bonet, and a Jewish mother, Arlene Litman, she is pictured here with her daughter Zoe Kravitz (whose father is Lenny Kravitz, also a Jew) and cast member Jason Momoa.

Actress Kat Graham, famous for her role in Vampire Diaries, arrives at the 2013 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood in February. She was born in Switzerland, of a Jewish mother and an American- Liberian father.

Justin Bartha poses at the premiere of The Hangover Part IIat Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in May 2011.

Also known for the National Treasure film series and the The New Normal, he was raised in a Reform Jewish household in Michigan.

Sophie Okonedo arrives for the premiere of After Earth in New York in May.

The Hotel Rwanda star was born to a Jewish mother and a Nigerian father and raised Jewish.

Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis poses with his Oscar for best actor for his role as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood this year. He has also won Academy Awards for There Will Be Blood and Gangs of New York.

He grew up in the UK and was bullied for being both Irish and Jewish.

Eric Dane poses at the premiere of Burlesque at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood three years ago.

Best known as Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. Mark Sloan, he grew up Jewish in Northern California.

Actor and director Jon Favreau arrives at the 2nd Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Los Angeles in October last year.

He is known for his roles in Identity Thief, Iron Man 3 and The Wolf of Wall Street. He also directed an episode of The Office. He was born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father and raised Jewish.

US actor Joaquin Phoenix poses during a photocall for The Master at the 69th Venice Film Festival in September 2012.

Nominated for an Academy Award for the film, he was born to a Jewish mother from the Bronx and a Catholic father from California.

Jennifer Connelly arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the animated film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at the 65th Cannes Film Festival last year.

Her upcoming releases feature her as Nana Kunning in 2014’s Cry/Fly; and as Naama in Noah; as well as Virginia Gamely in 2013’s Winter’s Tale and as Erica in Stuck in Love.

Her mother was brought up as an Orthodox Jew.