New York City: Pro-Muslim Brotherhood rally blasts Saudis as “dirtier than Jews”

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For Islamic supremacists, there is no greater insult, since the Qur’an designates the Jews as “the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers” (5:82) and describes them as accursed, scheming against Allah and the Muslims, and never to be trusted or befriended (cf. Qur’an 5:51). Thus the hatred that these Muslim Brotherhood rallygoers express so offhandedly is no surprise at all. What is surprising is the bland acceptance of this hatred on the part of the American Left, even as it styles itself the moral superior of its foes, and claims to represent true compassion and charity.

“IPT Video Report: NYC Pro-Morsi Rally Blasts Saudis as ‘Dirtier Than Jews,’” from IPT News, February 13:

Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) has organized rallies throughout the country since last summer, demanding Muslim Brotherhood politician Mohamed Morsi be reinstated as Egypt’s president. Those rallies normally showed a degree of discipline, with chants calling for democracy and expressing love of Morsi himself, with the Muslim Brotherhood going unmentioned.

A Feb. 8 rally outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in New York City didn’t focus on the Islamist group, either. But chants and speeches in Arabic blamed the Saudis for Egypt’s political situation, with some calling on God to destroy the Saudi regime, and allegations they are trying to “sell Egypt to the Jews.”

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Valentine’s Day Tips: The top 10 most romantic places in Israel

Maybe it’s too late to go there tonight, but how about next year?

ISRAEL21c (Feb14) — With Valentine’s Day upon us, advertising and marketing blitzes on how to show your love are everywhere. Instead of buying the usual gifts, why not take the one you love on a romantic day out?

In fact, finding that ultimate romantic spot is a worthwhile quest any time of year.

With beautiful countryside, incredible beaches, spectacular public gardens and great weather year round, Israel offers up a plethora of places perfect for rekindling your love.

Get started with these suggestions from ISRAEL21c:

1. Wohl Rose Garden, Jerusalem

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The rose has long been a symbol of love and romance. And Israel is one of the world’s largest producers of flowers, especially roses.

So, where better to head than the Wohl Rose Garden in Jerusalem for a romantic stroll?

A walk along the path, past 15,000 rose bushes representing more than 400 varieties, is one of the most romantic ways to celebrate your love. The garden is also set up with secluded benches to keep couples from being disturbed during romantic pauses.

2. Stargazing over Mitzpe Ramon

Mercury (right) and Venus (left) at sunset above the Weiss Observatory in Mitzpe Ramon.

Mercury (right) and Venus (left) at sunset above the Weiss Observatory in Mitzpe Ramon.

Desert surroundings, a starry sky and the world’s largest natural erosion crater make Mitzpe Ramon the perfect romantic getaway spot.

After watching the sun set behind the sand dunes, head over to astronomer Ira Machefsky – the Starman of Mitzpe Ramon – for a night astronomy tour you won’t soon forget.

Machefsky shows visitors how to find the constellations, identify bright stars, explore celestial marvels and experience the sky’s wonders. He also has a standing offer of a free star tour open to any couple who propose on one.

Bring a bottle of wine or hot tea to keep warm.

3. El Mona Gardens, Julis, Western Galilee

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Follow the brides and grooms to the Druze village of Julis in the Western Galilee. This off-the-beaten-track community is the setting for the magical El Mona Garden, a privately owned garden that is open to the public.

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The gardens boast a waterfall, fruit trees, countless flowers, mosaic artwork, wooden and stone sculptures and perhaps most importantly, secluded corners for a romantic rendezvous.

4. Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem

The night spectacular at the Tower of David Museum.

The night spectacular at the Tower of David Museum.

A night stroll in Jerusalem’s Old City is always romantic. But Cupid’s arrow seems to be pointing specifically at the Tower of David Museum in the capital.

Watch the sunset from the top of the citadel and enjoy the Night Spectacular show — a breathtaking sound and light show projected directly onto the 3,000-year-old walls.

Ambling along the museum’s ancient stone ramparts with their intimate nooks and crannies is another common romantic pastime. Just the right place for a kiss.

5. Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa

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There are many romantic spots in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area, but Old Jaffa is by far the most dreamy.

Take the arm of someone you love and walk along the beach promenade from Tel Aviv southward to Jaffa. Enjoy spectacular views of the beaches and the sun-drenched waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

The renovated Jaffa Harbor pier is a beautiful place to walk around or dine. Or climb up the stairs to the old winding stone alleyways that lead past quaint galleries and cafes to the popular Kedumim Square.

Old Jaffa is a picturesque district that offers a blend of European ambiance with Middle Eastern warmth – and perfect for a passion-filled day or night out.

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Top 8 explanations for why global warming is on ‘pause’

2014-01-22T153929Z_1_CBREA0L17HV00_RTROPTP_4_EU-CLIMATE-e1391708720669The Daily Caller (Feb 14) — It’s snowy here today in Washington, D.C., so it’s a great day to list the reasons why climate scientists think the global warming — which Al Gore said would melt the polar ice caps by now — has been on hiatus for the past 17 years.

Climate scientists have been stumped by the “pause” in global warming, which virtually none of the climate models predicted. Explanations from declining solar activity to oceans absorbing excess heat to Chinese use of coal have been thrown around as reasons for why the global surface temperatures stopped warming since the late 1990s.

Here are the top eight reasons why climate scientists believe that the Earth is no longer getting warmer:

1) Declining solar activity — Some scientists and climate experts have been pointing to declining solar activity for the lack of warming during most of the last two decades. The basic idea is that solar activity reached its maximum during the late 1990s and has since declined at a very fast rate — which would explain rising global temperatures during the latter half of the 20th century and the slight global cooling since the late 1990s.

In fact, German scientists found last year that solar activity and the 65-year Atlantic and Pacific Ocean oscillation cycle account for virtually all of the global warming since 1870 — when the “Little Ice Age” ended. Now with solar activity declining and ocean oscillation in its cooling phase, we could be in for a cold century.

2) Oceans ate up all the warming — Some climate scientists have argued that the oceans have “eaten up” all of the warming that has occurred since the late 1990s, which is why global surface temperatures have not risen since then.

“The increase in the amount of heat in the oceans amounts to 17 x 1022 Joules over the last 30 years,” according to the RealClimate blog, which is written by climate scientists. “That is so much energy it is equivalent to exploding a Hiroshima bomb every second in the ocean for thirty years.”

Though one has to wonder if the ocean has absorbed so much heat, why didn’t the climate models predicted catastrophic global warming by now take this fact into account?

3) Chinese use of coal has caused global cooling — No, that’s not a typo — some scientists have argued that exploding Chinese coal use has caused the globe to cool. Though such an explanation runs counter to the narrative that burning fossil fuels warms the planet. If Chinese coal can keep the planet from heating up, why not burn more coal?

So how does this happen? Sulfur dioxide particles in the air deflect sunlight, which cools the atmosphere a bit. This happens even as coal produces carbon dioxide, which supposedly also heats up the planet.

“People normally just focus on the warming effect of CO2 (carbon dioxide), but during the Chinese economic expansion there was a huge increase in sulfur emissions,” which have a cooling effect, Robert K. Kaufmann of Boston University told the Huffington Post.

4) Montreal Protocol slowed global warming — That’s right, a government solution that actually may have worked to slow down global warming, according to researchers. Climatologist Francisco Estrada said that the pause in global warming is the unintented consequence the Montreal Protocol, which banned chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, in the 1980s because of their effect on the ozone layer.

Though experts warned that this is unlikely to be the only reason why global warming hiatus. There are likely many contributing factors to the pause, says Felix Pretis, a statistician at the University of Oxford.

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Town in the Central African Republic braces for war between Christians and Muslims

Central African Republic soldiers on patrolThe Washington Post (Feb 13) — KAGA BANDORO, Central African Republic — Heavily armed Muslim soldiers from the former Seleka rebel movement control this town, patrolling and manning checkpoints. On the outskirts, Christian militias have set up camp, determined to seize power.

“We’re worried that the two groups are about to attack each other,” said Daniel Gbele, a U.N. worker.

Tensions between the country’s Christian majority and Muslim minority have fueled violence in the capital, Bangui, and other areas in recent months. But here in the north, a parallel conflict over resources, wealth and territory is emerging. U.N. officials and human rights activists are concerned that Kaga Bandoro and other northern towns could soon become frontlines and humanitarian disaster zones, potentially dividing the poor but mineral-rich nation.

“This is our fear,” Aboud Dieng, the top U.N. humanitarian official for the Central African Republic, said during a recent visit to this town. “The Seleka say they will try to partition the country. This is a very important part of the country where they may be trying to establish a stronghold to control the rest of the country.”

Kaga Bandoro straddles the edge of the country’s remote northeast region, where Muslims are a majority and the Seleka rebel movement was born.

In March, Seleka rebels from the north seized power in a coup, installing their leader, Michel Djotodia, as the country’s first Muslim president. The rebels brutally targeted Christians, killing hundreds and forcing several hundred thousand from their homes. That triggered the creation of Christian militias known as the anti-Balaka — translated as “anti-machete” in the local Sango language — which attacked Muslim communities.

The balance of power shifted again last month when Djotodia resigned under pressure from regional powers. In disarray, the Seleka fighters began leaving the capital and other areas where they had gained control.

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Afghanistan releases 65 ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite American protest

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Fox News (Feb 13) — The Afghan government has released 65 detainees from a former American prison despite protests from the U.S. military over concerns the “dangerous” fighters will return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces.

Maj. Nimatullah Khaki, a spokesman for the Parwan Detention Facility at Bagram Air Base, said all 65 were freed on Thursday morning. He said they were laughing and smiling as they boarded a bus to leave the facility.

President Hamid Karzai ordered their release several weeks ago from prison facility, drawing angry denunciations from the U.S. and straining relations between the two countries ahead of the year-end withdrawal of most international combat troops.

The U.S. military strongly condemned Thursday’s release, saying some of those set free were directly linked to attacks that have killed or wounded 32 U.S. or coalition personnel and 23 Afghan security personnel or civilians.

“The release of these dangerous individuals poses a threat to U.S., Coalition and Afghan National Security Forces, as well as the Afghan population. Insurgents in the group released today have killed Coalition and Afghan Forces,” the U.S. Forces Afghanistan said in a statement.

“They have killed Afghan men, women and children. More than two dozen of the individuals released were linked to the production or emplacement of improvised explosive devices, the number one killer of Afghan civilians.”

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zair Azimi confirmed the release Thursday but would not comment on U.S concerns.

“Our responsibility is the protection of the prisoners. That is all,” Azimi told The Associated Press.

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U.S. press freedom suffers under Obama, survey finds

obama freedom of pressThe Washington Times (Feb 12) — The Obama administration’s handling of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaks and the investigation of a string of leaks produced a plunge in the country’s rating on press freedoms and government openness, according to a global survey released Tuesday.

The U.S. under President Obama, who once promised to run the “most transparent” administration in the country’s history, fell from 32nd to 46th in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, a drop of 13 slots. The index, compiled by the press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, analyzes 180 countries on criteria such as official abuse, media independence and infrastructure to determine how free journalists are to report.

Officials of the group said press freedoms were under attack around the world as governments grow increasingly sophisticated in collecting sensitive data and in tracking down those who leak it.

“Journalists are being caught up in what is, I think, fairly characterized as a rapidly growing surveillance apparatus, and this is happening all over the world,” said Geoffrey King, Internet advocacy coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In the past years, tactics have shifted from surveillance of individual terrorists and spies to a dragnet approach to control information, Mr. King said.

Delphine HalgandReporters Without Borders U.S. director, said three events shaped the climate for reporting in the United States last year: Mr. Snowden’s NSA revelations, the trial of Army PvtBradley Manning for giving a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, and the Justice Department’s handling of a probe of The Associated Press and other media organizations suspected of receiving leaked data.

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Egypt’s el-Sissi heads to Moscow for rare visit: Military leader will reportedly finalize $2 billion arms deal with Russia

As the US resigns as the World’s Police, watch as other nations take its place. Do you want to live in a world where Russia or China call the shots?

“Egypt’s el-Sissi heads to Moscow for rare visit,” The Times of Israel, February 12, 2014:

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Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s army chief headed to Moscow on Wednesday amid reports of a $2 billion arms deal in the making that would significantly expand Russia’s military influence with a key US ally in the Middle East.

The visit by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is a rare one for the Arab nation’s military commander — and his first outside the country since he rose to prominence after the popularly-backed coup that ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last July.

In Moscow, el-Sissi was scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and speak at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.

According to the state-owned daily Al-Ahram, the purpose of el-Sissi’s visit was to conclude a $2 billion arms deal funded mainly by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Gen. Hossam Sweilam, a retired Egyptian army general who maintains close contact with the military, also said the deal would be finalized in Moscow.

The visit comes nearly three months after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shogiu visited Cairo.

Moscow has been trying to expand its influence in Egypt at a time when Egyptian-US relations soured in the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster and the subsequent crackdown on his Islamist supporters that has left hundreds dead and thousands arrested. The United States has been Cairo’s chief foreign backer and benefactor since the 1970s.

El-Sissi , who overthrew Morsi after days of mass street protests demanding he step down, is widely expected to announce he will run for president in elections likely due in late April.

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Suicide terrorism thriving in Syria, is threat to West, Israel new report warns

15% of world’s suicide bombings occurred in Syria last year, Tel Aviv study reports; majority carried out by al-Qaida linked groups.

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Bombing in Syria

The Jerusalem Post (Feb 11) — Suicide terrorism is thriving in Syria, has begun spreading and destabilizing neighboring Lebanon, and threatens the security of Western states, a new study published on Tuesday warned.

The study, carried out by the Tel Aviv-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, found that fifteen percent of all suicide bombings in the world took place in Syria in 2013, and noted a surge of similar attacks in Lebanon since the start of 2014.

“This is the first study of its kind in the world that studies the use of suicide bombing in Syria as a modus operandi,” Dr. Reuven Erlich, head of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, told The Jerusalem Post.

“It’s relevant to the security of the West. This is not merely a theoretical study,” he added.

The Center is a part of the Israeli Intelligence and Heritage Commemoration Center, which was founded in the 1980s by leading members of the Israeli intelligence community.

According to the report’s authors, the introduction of suicide bombings in Syria was imported by terrorists copying copying al-Qaida attacks in Iraq, and in other Islamic battle arenas.

The two organizations most associated with this form of terrorism in Syria are Jabhat Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official branch, and its rival, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The group is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syriaor its abbreviated title, ISIS.

Suicide bombings carried out in 2012 and 2013 caused heavy losses and damages to the Syrian regime. Bombers struck at symbols state sovereignty, and raised the profile of the the organizations that dispatched them, noted the report .

“These attacks spread  to Lebanon in 2014, and have become the leading modus operandi” of Sunni groups fighting Hezbollah and the Shi’ite community there, the report added.

The biggest number of suicide terror attacks was carried out by Jabhat Al-Nusra. Since its founding in January of  2012 to 2013, the organization carried out 43 of the recorded 50 suicide bombings in Syria that year, and in 2013, it carried out 34 additional attacks.

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The Shocking Simulation Involving a U.S. Aircraft Carrier and Israeli Cities that Iranian State TV Aired

Iran-Doc-6-9-11TheBlaze (Feb 10) — Just one day after the commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet announced that Iranian warships would for the first time travel close to U.S. maritime borders, the Islamic Republic’s state television broadcasted a documentary simulating attacks on an American aircraft carrier and Israeli cities.

First reported on by the Times of Israel, the documentary titled “The Nightmare of Vultures” was presented as demonstrating Iran’s potential retaliation to an American or Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Set to the backdrop of a dramatic Hollywood-like symphonic soundtrack, the simulation involved Iranian drones launching missiles at and destroying the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf as well as American military jets and helicopters taking off from the vessel.

…The Jerusalem Post wrote, “The film is yet another propaganda salvo unleashed by the Iranian regime, which has escalated its rhetoric in the past few days.” Besides the announcement of Iranian war vessels nearing the American coast, Khamenei said on Saturday that the U.S. government, with its “controlling and meddlesome” approach to Iran, would overthrow the Iranian regime if it could.

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‘The Hillary Papers’ Describe Former First Lady As a ‘Strong, Ambitious, and Ruthless Democratic Operative’: Report

600x39925TheBlaze (Feb 10) — “The Hillary Papers” — a large archive of previously unpublished documents allegedly kept by Hillary Clinton’s friend and adviser Diane Blair — are seeing the light of day through a report The Washington Free Beacon posted Sunday night.

The archive paints Clinton, a former U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of state, and possible 2016 presidential candidate, as a ‘strong, ambitious, and ruthless Democratic operative,” the Free Beacon concluded. “The Hillary Papers” include “correspondence, diaries, interviews, strategy memos, and contemporaneous accounts of conversations with the Clintons ranging from the mid-1970s to the turn of the millennium.”

Blair, who died in 2000, was a political science professor Clinton described as her “closest friend,” the Free Beacon said, adding that Blair allegedly kept a record years of candid conversations with Hillary and Bill Clinton on issues ranging from single-payer health care to Monica Lewinsky.

More from the Free Beacon:

The records paint a complex portrait of Hillary Clinton, revealing her to be a loyal friend, devoted mother, and a cutthroat strategist who relished revenge against her adversaries and complained in private that nobody in the White House was “tough and mean enough.”

The Free Beacon article offers an overview of the contents of “The Hillary Papers” divided into sections with titles such as:

  • The Sex Files (dealing with Bill Clinton’s infidelities)
  • All Those Whiney Women (issues with grassroots women’s groups)
  • You Are Entering a World of Pain (the stress of media and political scrutiny)
  • Single-Payer Necessary (Hillary’s failed attempt to establish universal health care)

Many notes on Hillary Clinton’s alleged attitudes toward and reactions to Washington politics are described in the Free Beacon piece. What’s most telling appear to be Clinton’s reportedly unvarnished personal assessments regarding her adversaries and political hurdles she had to overcome.

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Experts warn of coming wave of serious cybercrime

cybercrimeThe Washington Post (Feb 10) — The rash of attacks against Target and other top retailers is likely to be the leading edge of a wave of serious cybercrime, as hackers become increasingly skilled at breaching the nation’s antiquated payment systems, experts say.

Traditional defenses such as installing antivirus software and monitoring accounts for unusual activity have offered little resistance against Eastern European criminal gangs whose programmers write malicious code aimed at specific targets or buy inexpensive hacking kits online. Armed with such tools, criminals can check for system weaknesses in wireless networks, computer servers or stores’ card readers.

Nearly two dozen companies have been hacked in cases similar to the Target breach and more almost certainly will fall victim in the months ahead, the FBI recently warned retailers, according to an official who was not authorized to speak publicly. The names of all of the compromised firms have not been revealed, nor is it clear how manyshoppers have had their credit card numbers and other personal data stolen.

Banks, retailers and policymakers have been slow to address the growing sophistication of cybercriminals. Only 11 percent of businesses have adopted industry standard security measures, said a recent report by Verizon Business Solutions, and outside experts say even these “best practices” fall short of what’s needed to defeat aggressive hackers lured by the prospect of a multimillion-dollar heist.

“You’re going to see more and more people trying this,” said Nicolas Christin, a security researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. “If you just saw your neighbor win the lottery, even if you weren’t interested in the lottery before, you may go out and buy a ticket.”

Cybercrime cost U.S. companies an average of $11.5 million in 2012, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, up 26 percent compared with the previous year. The effect on consumers can last for years, as they are left vulnerable to bogus charges and potential identity theft.

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Muslim persecution of Christians rose sharply worldwide in 2013; 2014 likely to be worse

“Rise of radical Islam made life worse for Christians in 2013, with more to come in 2014,” by Ashe Schow for the Washington Examiner, February 2:

Persecution of Christians continues to worsen, fueled in part by the “Arab Spring,” which not only unleashed a wave of Islamist radicalism across the Arab world but also left Christians holding the blame for many of the uprisings that removed Arab leaders from power.

In 2013, 2,123 Christians were killed in persecution around the world, up from 1,201 in 2012.

In countries across the Middle East, North Africa and south Asia, Christians are murdered or imprisoned, their homes and businesses destroyed and their rights removed. This area represents just four percent of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians, but the treatment they receive is nothing short of horrific.

“It is not an accident, the persecution and mass murder of Christians by Muslims,” said Lee Habeeb, a Lebanese Christian and vice president of content at Salem Radio Network. “It is not episodic. It is by design. It is part of a plan to destroy any competing narrative about God. To bully, threaten, and intimidate Christians into submission, or mass evacuation.”

Earlier this month, Open Doors, an organization dedicated to strengthening Christianity throughout the world, especially in oppressed nations, released its 2014 “World Watch List,” designed to highlight the countries where Christians are most oppressed. Countries in the Middle East, northern Africa and south Asia dominate the list. Here are some of the worst offenders:

Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been attacking Christians and blaming them for the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, even though far more Muslims supported the ouster.

Even with the violence, Egypt ranks as the 22nd-worst nation for Christians, but that’s up from 25th in 2013. After Morsi’s removal, the Muslim Brotherhood burned at least 38 churches and damaged 23 others.

Egypt has the largest population of Christians in the Middle East — about 10 percent of its 83 million total population — but throughout the attacks, the Egyptian military and government did nothing to help. Because of the violence, some 100,000 Christians have fled the country since the original Arab Spring that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

Syria

Syria rose from the 11th-worst place to be a Christian in 2013 to the third-worst in 2014 as the country’s civil war worsened. In 2012 it was ranked 36th.

The steep rise in anti-Christian sentiment is fueled by the increasing influence of al Qaeda and other Islamist extremists among the rebels fighting President Bashar Assad. About 400,000 Christians fled Syria in 2013 due to oppression.

In June 2013, several Christian villages were destroyed. Only 10 out of the 4,000 residents of Ghassanieh remained. In October, the Christian town of Sadad was invaded, and 45 residents were murdered. In that same month, 3,000 Christian adults and children were used as shields for a week.

In Syria alone, 1,213 Christians were killed in 2013, meaning more Christians were killed in Syria in 2013 than were around the world in 2012.

Iraq

Every few days in Iraq a Christian is killed, making it the fourth-worst country for Christians in the world. Islamist terrorist groups seek to rid the country of Christians, and nearly two-thirds of the Christian population has fled in the past decade. A country that once housed 1.5 million Christians is now home to just 330,000. Other estimates claim just 150,000 Christians remain.

Much of the anger toward Christians followed the U.S. invasion in 2003, since Christians were associated with the intervention against Saddam Hussein in the eyes of many of Iraqi Muslims. Since then, just 57 out of 300 churches remain in the country. Iraqi laws discriminate against Christians, and U.S. aid does nothing to defuse the situation.

Somalia

Somalia rose three steps to become the second-worst country for Christians in the world, according to Open Doors. The government of Somalia reinforces the anti-Christian sentiment, as do Islamic religious leaders.

There are only a few hundred Christians in Somalia, and most of them are Muslim converts, and, if suspected, may be arrested, spied on or even killed on the spot. Christians in the country hide their belief in order to receive basic necessities like education and justice. Church services are held underground to avoid prosecution.

Other problems come from the violent, extremist group al Shabaab, which wants to “eradicate” Christians and implement Islamic Sharia law in the nation.

Nigeria

Though it’s ranked 14th, stories from Nigeria are similarly horrific. Nearly 300 churches were destroyed and 612 Christians were killed in 2013. About 89 million remain in the nation.

Christians make up nearly half the population of Nigeria, and the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, is a Christian. But local Islamist governments in northern states where Muslims predominate and Islamist extremist groups such as Boko Haram make life nearly impossible. In many Christian villages, residents are denied water wells and schools.

One of the other major problems facing Christians in Nigeria is abduction. Christian women are regularly kidnapped and forced to “convert or die,” by Boko Haram….

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Good news from Israel February 9th

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Arab, female and an IDF commander. Mona Lisa Abdo is Arab, Christian, Israeli and a brave defender of all citizens of the Jewish State. She wasn’t required to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces, but her determination to protect Israel motivated her to volunteer. She has just completed 3 years service.
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Back to Africa. Building business relationships with Africa is a win-win, both for Israeli start-ups and for the Africans who will benefit from technology. The Pears Challenge encourages Israeli start-ups to connect with the needs of Africans, developing solutions in agriculture, health, water, ICT, education, and renewable energy.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/africa-the-next-big-destination-for-israeli-start-ups/

The “Waze” of agriculture. Israel’s ScanTask has developed AgriTask, to help farmers make decisions on planting, harvesting and the use of pesticides. Its algorithms utilize weather reports, GIS data, information about agriculture from local governments and crowdsourcing data from individual farms.
http://israel21c.org/headlines/the-waze-of-agriculture/

What is China doing in Israel? This brief summary shows how the Chinese discovered the start- up nation Israel and started to invest billions of dollars in Israeli technology. From agro-tech, medical, chemicals, tourism, solar energy and education to the massive project to turn Eilat into an alternative to the Suez Canal.
http://chinalawflash.com/2013/12/04/the-secret-is-out-chinese-are-investing-in-israel-in-billions-by-amit-ben-yehoshua-clara-eriksson/

Israeli film wins Sundance film award. Tel Aviv University student Yuval Hameiri won the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction category at the Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s largest cinematic competitions for independent filmmakers. “I Think This Is the Closest To How the Footage Looked,” beat 8,161 entries.
http://english.tau.ac.il/sundance_2014 http://www.sundance.org/festival/stories/award-winners/

12 survivors celebrate coming of age. Twelve Holocaust survivors, five men and seven women, celebrated a joint bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah ceremony in Haifa, which they were unable to mark during their youth. “At the age of 13 I was in Auschwitz,” one of them said. “There wasn’t really anyone to talk to about celebrations.”
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4484311,00.html

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Jordanian MP quotes Muhammad: “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims will kill them”

And this is the Middle Eastern country which Israel has the best relationship with.

JihadWatch (Feb 6) — A few years ago, David Horowitz and I [Robert Spencer] challenged the major Muslim organizations in the U.S. to repudiate this genocidal hadith. None would, and the few who commented at all offered nothing more than the usual propaganda about “taking it out of context,” implying that only greasy Islamophobes understood such passages as having an applicability to the present situation. Apparently Jordanian MP Zakaria al-Sheikh didn’t get the memo.

Meanwhile, MP Mousa Abu Sweilam says: “I would like to tell everybody that the Palestinian cause is an Islamic issue of the first degree.” This is the foremost point that John Kerry, Barack Obama and the entire Washington establishment refuses to grasp. Yet as long as people like Mousa Abu Sweilam and others believe that the existence of Israel is an insult to Islam that must be eradicated, no negotiated settlement will ever work. If Obama and Kerry force Israel to accept yet another one, it will fail almost immediately, with the concessions Israel is pushed into making becoming the basis for new jihad attacks.

“Antisemitic Remarks by Jordanian MPs during Debate of Kerry’s Initiative,” from MEMRI, February 3:

During a February 3, 2014 Jordanian parliamentary debate on U.S. Secretary of State Kerry’s peace efforts, MPs made various antisemitic comments, drawing upon Christian and Islamic textual sources. Following are excerpts, from the Al-Jazeera network and from the Internet:

MP Mousa Abu Sweilam: I would like to tell everybody that the Palestinian cause is an Islamic issue of the first degree. It is of concern to Muslims from Japan, America, and Britain, as well as to Palestinian Muslims, and Muslims from any country on the face of the Earth.

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Let me emphasize that as a Muslim, I have no problem with Judaism as a religion, or with any Jew living in Jordan, Iraq, or Syria. My problem is with the Jews who came to Palestine, occupied it, and drove out its people.[…]

He doesn’t mention the inconvenient fact that Muslims expelled virtually all of the Jews from Jordan, Iraq, and Syria.

In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet Muhammad said: “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims will kill them.” In another version, it says: “You will fight the Jews – you to the east of the river and they to the west of it.” One of the Prophet’s companions asked him: Which river? He replied: The Jordan River.

Historical Palestine is the occupied Islamic, Arab, Palestinian land, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. It contains Islamic and Christian sites, and nobody has the right to relinquish a single inch of it.

The Palestinians are the original owners of Palestine, who lived on its land when they moved from the western Mediterranean Basin to its east, in 7000 BCE. The Israelites have existed as a nation only since 1800 BCE, with the birth of Jacob, who is also called Israel. Moreover, Judaism as a religion emerged only in 1300 BCE.

Thus, the Palestinians are the original owners of the land of Palestine. Any solution must include the return of every inch of historical Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, must guarantee unconditional Right of Return for Palestinians worldwide, and must provide just financial and international compensation.

Palestinians in 7,000 BCE? That’s highly entertaining since neither the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans or Persians noted any “Palestinian people” while they all have documented the presence of Jews in the area.

 

Read about “Palestinians: the invented people” here.

See How an Emotional Jay Leno Said Goodbye to ‘The Tonight Show’ After 22 Years

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BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Jay Leno has said goodbye to “The Tonight Show” before, but not like this. The comedian became tearful and choked up Thursday as he concluded what he called the “greatest 22 years of my life.”

“I am the luckiest guy in the world. This is tricky,” said the emotional Leno, stepping down for the second and presumably last time as host of TV’s venerable late-night program. Jimmy Fallon takes over “Tonight” in New York on Feb. 17.

Leno shared that he’d lost his mother the first year he became “Tonight” host, his dad the second and then his brother.

“And after that I was pretty much out of family. And the folks here became my family,” he said of the crew and staff of “Tonight.”

Obama admin unilaterally changes law to allow immigrants with ‘limited’ terror contact into US

2118ef3a69d043c4a191abba81d5ba27-e1382643433146The Daily Caller (Feb 6) — The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists.

“These exemptions cover five kinds of limited material support that have adversely and unfairly affected refugees and asylum seekers with no tangible connection to terrorism: material support that was insignificant in amount or provided incidentally in the course of everyday social, commercial, family or humanitarian interactions, or under significant pressure,” a DHS official explained to The Daily Caller. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry signed the exemptions. DHS contends that the law change is “commonsense” and that immigration procedures will remain the same in other respects. (Daily Caller)

Egyptian reports highlight alleged Morsi-al-Qaida cooperation

Ousted Egyptian presidents’ Brotherhood purportedly established communications network using US company to communicate with terror group, according to reports.

Al-Qaida's new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al-Qaida’s new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The Jerusalem Post (Feb 6) — An analysis of recent Egyptian media reports reveals more evidence supporting the persistent accusations that former president Mohamed Morsi was in direct contact and cooperating with al-Qaida during his time in power.

Morsi, is on trial and facing the death penalty for alleged involvement in terrorism.

The Egyptian newspaperEl-Watan, which tends to support the military and oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, published supposed recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-based brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

One El-Watan report from December said the Brotherhood established a communications network using an American company in order to communicate with al-Qaida and prevent spying on their email messages.

“Much of the substance of the alleged conversations is further corroborated by events that occurred during Morsi’s one-year rule, most of which were reported by a variety of Arabic media outlets, though not by Western media,” said Raymond Ibrahim, a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, in an article published on the Christian Broadcasting Network News website on Tuesday.

According to the Egyptian report, recordings revealed that Pakistani and Palestinian elements, who were in direct contact with the leader of al-Qaida, met with top Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater.

Ibrahim has previously written about an Egyptian media report that when Morsi visited Pakistan he had met with Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a meeting “facilitated” by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence intelligence agency, and made arrangements to smuggle him back to Sinai.

Ibrahim, the son of Coptic Christian Egyptian parents, an expert on al-Qaida and the author of the book The Al Qaeda Reader, explains that Morsi’s presidential palace was in regular contact with Muhammad al-Zawahiri, who in turn was the link to his brother, the leader of al-Qaida.

In one recording between them, which took place a month after Morsi became president, he told Zawahiri that the Brotherhood would support the jihadis and that in turn they should support the Brotherhood.

In one telephone call, Zawahiri told Morsi to govern according to Islamic law and, in turn, we will support you.

“This assertion comports extremely well with his brother Ayman al-Zawahiri’s views. A former Muslim Brotherhood member himself, some 30 years ago, the al-Qaida leader wrote Al Hissad Al Murr (“The Bitter Harvest”), a scathing book condemning the Brotherhood for ‘taking advantage of the Muslim youths’ fervor by… steer[ing] their onetime passionate, Islamic zeal for jihad to conferences and elections,’” said Ibrahim.

In a subsequent phone call, reports Ibrahim, Zawahiri was upset because the Egyptian government was not implementing Shari’a, and Morsi responded: “We are currently in the stage of consolidating power and need the help of all parties – and we cannot at this time apply the Iranian model or Taliban rule in Egypt; it is impossible to do so now.”

Zawahiri then sent a list to Morsi and called on him to at least release jihadists from jail. Morsi later did so.

Asked how authentic these reports are, Ibrahim told The Jerusalem Post, “Although Watan and other Arabic media are prone to exaggerate, in this case, the reports repeatedly dropped the phrase ‘according to intelligence’ sources, which, as others from the region confirmed to me, is especially indicative of authenticity.”