‘Ancient Muslim and Christian texts’ torched by radical Islamists in Lebanon

‘Ancient Muslim and Christian texts’ torched by radical Islamists in Lebanon

Al-Saeh Library torched after Islamists reportedly found anti-Mohammed pamphlet in one of the books

Al-Saeh Library torched after Islamists reportedly found anti-Mohammed pamphlet in one of the booksnaharnet.com
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Up to 78,000 books, including “irreplaceable ancient Muslim and Christian texts and manuscripts,” were torched in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, Jessica Elgot of the Huffington Post reported Sunday.

Elgot said that the Al-Saeh library in the Serali neighborhood was set on fire “after a local gang took objection to a sheet apparently insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, found hidden in the pages of one of the library books.”

Initially, the curator of the library, Greek Orthodox priest Ibrahim Sarrouj, became the target of threats and a protest was planned, but was “called off after Sarrouj’s pleas to Muslim leaders.”

A news source in Lebanon, Naharnet, however, reported that the “former head of the Internal Security Forces,” said the attack was actually “triggered by speculation that Father Surouj had written a study on the internet that insulted Islam.”

This author opines that Father Surouj did not engage in sneaking a pamphlet in a book, or writing a blog demeaning to Islam. But what does it matter? The extremists in Beirut have already massacred “at least” twelve people in the last two weeks, as reported today at ABC News.

Naharnet continues to say that “Sectarian tensions have been rising in Lebanon recently as a result of the ongoing, nearly three-year conflict in neighboring Syria.”

In addition to the burning the library, a library worker was shot and wounded on Thursday night.

A Lebanese nationalist and compelling blogger Elie Fares wrote about the destruction on his blog, A Separate State of Mind. He gave more insight into the priest who ran the library, saying that he has been “fighting to keep that place alive against contractors who worked to dismantle the building in which it resided.”

His passion and frustration are evident, as he writes in part,

“Tonight, I’m livid and you should be. It’s not just about books. It’s about living in a place where two explosions taking place within a week, followed by such an act [the burning of the library], are now considered normal. It’s about living in a place where you’re expected to move on from everything like it was nothing because that’s the only way forward. It’s about living in a place where you’re forced to forget about the lives lost, the books burned and the cities ruined just because it’s what we do.”

The State Department issued a warning today to Americans in Lebanon, urging them “to avoid hotels, Western-style shopping malls, grocery stores and social events where U.S. citizens congregate, saying such sites are likely targets for terrorist attacks.” as reported by ABC News.

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Russians study Islamic video threatening Olympics

Russians study Islamic video threatening Olympics

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In this image made from a video posted online Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 by an Islamic militant group asserting responsibility for suicide bombings last month that killed 34 people in Volgograd, Russia, two men, identified as Suleiman and Abdurakhman and who purportedly carried out the twin suicide bombings are seen at an unknown location. The two Russian-speaking men featured in the video are identified as members of Ansar al-Sunna, the name of a militant group operating in Iraq. It was unclear whether they had received funding or training from the group or only adopted its name.
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MOSCOW — Russia’s counter-terrorism agency says it’s studying a video posted by an Islamic militant group that asserted responsibility for suicide bombings that killed 34 people last month and is threatening to strike the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Security experts say the Russians are right in taking the threat seriously.
The video was posted online Sunday by a militant group in Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus.

The Olympic host city of Sochi lies only 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of Dagestan.
Two Russian-speaking men featured in the video are identified as members of Ansar al-Sunna, the name of a Jihadist group operating in Iraq. It was unclear whether the men in the video had received funding or training from that group or only adopted its name.

There was no confirmation the two men were the suicide bombers who struck the southern Russian city of Volgograd last month as the video claims. Scores of people were also injured by the bombings of a train station and a bus.

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said Monday it was studying the video and would have no immediate comment. The video couldn’t be viewed in Russia, where Internet providers cut access to it under a law that bans the “dissemination of extremist materials.”

It was released by the Vilayat Dagestan, one of the units that make up the so-called Caucasus Emirate, an umbrella group for the rebels seeking to establish an independent Islamic state in the North Caucasus.

Doku Umarov, a Chechen warlord who leads the Emirate, had ordered a halt to attacks on civilian targets in 2012. But he rescinded that order in July, urging his followers to strike the Sochi Olympics, which he denounced as “satanic dances on the bones of our ancestors.” The games run from Feb. 7-23.

The Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya claimed last week that Umarov was dead, but the claim couldn’t be verified. The Vilayat Dagestan statement said the Volgograd attacks were carried out in part because of Umarov’s order, but it didn’t specifically say he had ordered them.

Dagestan has become the center of an Islamic insurgency that has engulfed Russia’s North Caucasus after two separatist wars in Chechnya. Militants seeking to create an independent state governed by Islamic Shariah law in the Caucasus launch daily attacks on police and other authorities there. One of the two ethnic Chechen brothers accused of staging the Boston Marathon bombings spent six months in Dagestan in 2012.

Andrei Soldatov, an independent Moscow-based security analyst, said the video threat need to be taken seriously.

“They have capabilities to strike beyond the North Caucasus, which they demonstrated in Volgograd,” he said. “It’s extremely difficult to stop a `lone wolf’ suicide bombing attack.”

Georgy Mirsky, a respected Russian expert on the Middle East, said the video reflected the increasingly close ties between Jihadists in the Caucasus and elsewhere. Russia’s war against Caucasus militants has made it an enemy on par with the United States and Israel for militant Islamic groups in the Middle East, he wrote on his blog.

Russia has responded to the Islamic threat by introducing some of the most sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event. Some 100,000 police, army and other security forces have been deployed, according to analysts, and tight restrictions have been placed on access to the Sochi area.

Anyone attending the Winter Olympics has to buy a ticket online from the organizers and obtain a spectator pass that requires providing passport details.

Authorities have already barred access to all cars registered outside of Sochi and Russian police have gone house-to-house methodically screening all city residents.

Soldatov argued, however, that Russia’s massive security presence at the Olympics could also have an adverse effect.

“When you put so many troops on the ground, you might get some problems with the coordination of all these people,” he said.

Soldatov noted that the ominous threat of a “present” for the visitors to the Games contained in the video is loosely phrased and could herald an attack outside tightly guarded Olympic facilities.

“They never tried to specify the place where they might strike, that’s why everybody should be concerned,” he said.

Islam in a public school

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Islam in a public school

Exclusive: Pamela Geller shares letter of outrage from fourth-grader parent

Not long after I published my recent article, “The Islamization of America in 2013,” I received this extraordinary letter from a parent, detailing just how far the Islamization of at least some of our public schools has advanced:

I just read your recent article on Breitbart, “The Islamization of America in 2013,” and wanted to tell you of a personal story that happened in my life.

I live in a very, very conservative area of my state. While my state is very liberal these days, there are little pockets of red. My daughter attends a brand new charter school in a highly rated conservative school district. The curriculum is Core Knowledge (J. Hirsh), along with some other types, such as Singapore Math.

Last December, I picked up my daughter, who is in fourth grade, from school. As soon as she got in the car, she proclaimed, “Allah is great,” and then said it in Arabic. I was so taken back, I am not sure how I drove home in one piece. My daughter told me that in their social studies class, they had begun a new unit on Islam. Their previous unit was the Middle Ages, in which they were learning about castles, kings and queens, and even about the Plague. That unit was completely fine, but when I learned they were learning about Islam and were being told that Allah is great and that Muhammad was his prophet sent to Earth, I got really angry, as did my husband. Actually, I was beyond angry. I was so infuriated, I was shaking.

In Core Knowledge, there is a parent book that provides an overview of what the kids will be learning, per grade and per subject. I looked at the book and read the rather large section on Islam, and was further infuriated. They were literally indoctrinating the kids with a message of how wonderful Islam is, how Allah is great, and how the big, bad Christians murdered thousands of them (without an account of what really happened in history). This video shows the parent book that is supposed to follow along with the curriculum: “Uneven Treatment of Islam and Christianity in Core Knowledge Sequence.”

The next day, my daughter brought home a homework assignment. That night, my husband wrote a note and attached it to the worksheet, and said that our daughter would NOT be filling it out, and she must not receive a bad grade for not doing it. We then wrote a long email to her vice principal and pulled her out of that class until the unit was done. I made it very clear why we were pulling her out of the class and went into detail on how vile and perverted the religion of Islam is, and how disgusting it was that it was being taught in a public school. I further informed them that what they were doing was indoctrinating, rather than giving a full picture on what Islam entails.

Luckily, a few other parents and I were able to pull our kids out, and they studied a different topic during that time – and received an A for the unit. It all happened without any pushback from the school. I know that we were very, very lucky.

A parent at the school started a Facebook group for all the parents so we could chat about school stuff. It is not school-sponsored. When this Islam unit happened, another parent made a post in the group protesting the fact that Islam was being taught. She and I and a few other parents all gave our thoughts on the matter. The interesting part is that the majority of parents who responded to this post made us out to be crazy and ignorant. They were happy that Islam was being taught, because they wanted their kids to be cultured and learn about other ways of life that they normally would not learn about in our super conservative town. When they were informed of how Islam is not the religion of peace that it was being made out to be in the classes, there was silence. No response at all.

I was completely taken aback, not only because the truth of Islam was not even being taught, but because the parents were so incredibly ignorant about the truth of Islam. Had they never heard of any stories about the things you discussed in your recent article? Had they not heard about little Malala? Did they not remember or know anything about 9/11? The Boston bombers? And the list goes on.

This school is filled with kids who come from conservative homes. I would bet that the demographics would show most to be “Christian,” anti-Obama Republicans. The financial demographics of my area and the school would be upper class and highly educated. Certainly not a bunch of tree-hugging liberals.

It seems that a huge HUGE segment of America is truly naïve on what Islam is all about and feel that it should be treated just like any other religion. It is cool and trendy to be tolerant of Islam. This is what our media, our president and our schools are teaching, and Americans are blindly following along!

This parent was aware and active. But most aren’t – and they have no idea that their children are being quietly indoctrinated into having a positive view of the most violent, oppressive, misogynist ideology on the planet today. I wrote the book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance” for exactly this reason. Each individual must fight back, the book teaches you how. Other parents should imitate this mother, and stand up for their children. For freedom.

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The Hound of Jihad: Christian Victims Pay Time and Time Again

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The Hound of Jihad: Christian Victims Pay Time and Time Again

raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East—has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.

The relentlessness of Islamic jihadi enmity for non-Muslims appears to know no bounds—sometimes even pursuing “infidels” beyond the grave. While the West may hear of the more spectacular attacks on non-Muslims—bombed and burned churches and other places of worship, beheaded and slaughtered “infidels,” and wholesale massacres—lesser known is the fact that, far from receiving succor, the survivors often continue to be targeted.

Thus, just last New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2013, as several “Christians were praising God in a field near their church building” in central Nigeria’s Plateau, Muslim ethnic Fulani gunmen arrived and opened fire on the worshippers, killing a 41-year-old mother of six children and a 14-year-old girl.

Kore Usman, a 34-year-old man, was also killed. His 34-year-old wife, Faith Kore Usman, explains how he was her second husband to be killed by Muslims, widowing her twice over:

My first husband, Davou Philip, was killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Jol Village in Riyom Local Government Area in 2002. I had only a son with him. However, God brought me and Kore Usman together [nine years ago], and we got married. God has blessed us with four children. I thought my burden has been lifted as a widow, and now, again my second husband has been killed by Muslim gunmen [emphasis added].

The Hound of Jihad: Christian Victims Pay Time and Time Again

After last September’s bombing of the Church of All Saints in Peshawar, where as many as 171 died—including many women and children—and 150 were injured, Agenzia Fides reported that:

[T]he situation remains tense in the Pakistani society: not only tragedy but also horror. The Christians said they were ‘horrified’ by the rumors that link the bombs in Peshawar to the vast problem of organ trafficking: this is what some members of NGOs in civil society in Pakistan told Fides. Some of the ‘jackals,’ presumably local paramedics, seem to have taken advantage of the high number of deaths and injuries in order to steal the bodies of victims and exploit them for the illegal organ trade. ‘If this were true, it would mean that there are criminals who are taking advantage of the suffering of Christian victims in a truly blasphemous and sacrilegious manner,’ notes Fr. Mario Rodrigues, a priest of Karachi [emphasis added].

In other words, and in keeping with the Islamic supremacist notion that non-Muslims are subhuman “infidels” to be exploited with impunity for the benefit of “superior” Muslims, even after being slaughtered by self-styled “jihadis,” the remains of slain Christians are used to make a profit and prevented a decent burial.

As for some of those who survived the church bombing in Pakistan, they were attacked, beat, and threatened with death for mourning the deaths of their loved ones too openly: “A Pakistani Christian family was hiding Sunday, Oct. 13, after allegedly receiving death threats for protesting against twin suicide attacks at a historic church in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, in which their friends were killed.  According to one of these Christians, Muslim “militants” “were angry that he was openly expressing grief at an anti-violence demonstration about the loss of his friends and those who were injured in the suicide attacks” (emphasis added).

Thus, on the westernmost fringes of the Islamic world, in Nigeria, a Christian woman loses her husband to Muslim gunmen; and when she picks up the pieces of her life, remarries, and has several children, the same Islamic tribesmen gun down her second husband, even as he worships; to the eastern fringes of the Islamic world, in Pakistan, after a church is bombed, some of those killed are ghoulishly harvested for their organs while those who survived are attacked and threatened for daring to mourn too openly.

Such is the hound of jihad and its relentless enmity for “infidels.”

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U.S. State Department Finally Confirms Terrorists Behind Benghazi Attacks

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U.S. State Department Finally Confirms Terrorists Behind Benghazi Attacks

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Just weeks after the New York Times’ asinine attempt to defend and cover up the Obama Administration’s disastrous response to the murder of four U.S. citizens, including our ambassador, in Benghazi, the U.S. State Department has now finally confirmed that “terrorist organizations” were behind the Benghazi attack.
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Today, the State Department released its new designation of terrorist organizations, specifically naming Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi and Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah as the terrorist groups responsible for the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

The State Department release provides:

The Department of State has announced the designations of Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi, Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah, and Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia as separate Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. . . .

Created separately after the fall of the Qadhafi regime, Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi and Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah have been involved in terrorist attacks against civilian targets, frequent assassinations, and attempted assassinations of security officials and political actors in eastern Libya, and the September 11, 2012 attacks against the U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya. Members of both organizations continue to pose a threat to U.S. interests in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattalah is a senior leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi and Sufian bin Qumu is the leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah.

In addition, Fox News is reporting that at least one of these groups has direct ties to al Qaeda:

And despite State Department claims that Al Qaeda leadership was not involved and a recent news report echoing that assessment, Fox News has learned that bin Qumu has Al Qaeda ties.

According to his Guantanamo file, he has historic ties to the Al Qaeda network, including training at one point at “Usama bin Laden’s Torkham camp.”

It’s time for the truth about Benghazi to come to light.  And it is time for the Obama Administration to come clean.  Let’s hope this designation by the State Department is the start of a truly honest assessment of the Benghazi attack.  This should finally put to rest the truly bizarre theory that a video and not terrorists were behind the attack on our consulate.  You cannot fight an enemy that you refuse to name.

‘Jihad Jane’ Gets 10 Years

‘Jihad Jane’ Gets 10 Years


(Newser) – Colleen LaRose, the American woman known as “Jihad Jane,” was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for a failed plot that involved al-Qaeda, with credit given for four years already served. The 50-year-old faced a life sentence, but she’s helped authorities with other terrorism cases since her arrest, Reuters reports. In 2009, LaRose went to Europe to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who drew Mohammad’s head on the body of a dog. She says she was following instructions from al-Qaeda operatives. But the plans were repeatedly bungled, and she gave up and returned to the US after six weeks, only to be arrested.

“I was in a trance and I couldn’t see anything else” at the time, LaRose said at today’s hearing. Her defense lawyer pointed out that she had never done so much as fire a gun. But prosecutors wanted a longer sentence, arguing that LaRose does not look like a stereotypical jihadist and is still a danger to society. “She really did change the face of what the world thought of as a violent jihadist,” said one today. “It was scary for people to hear that Ms. LaRose could have been radicalized simply online in the US.” Another US woman arrested in the case will be sentenced Wednesday.

Radical Islam In America

Radical Islam In America

30-Minute Version of the New Documentary Film. The Third Jihad movie exposes the war the media is not telling you about. It reveals the enemy our U.S. government is too afraid to name. One person who is not afraid to tell you the truth is Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim American and former physician to the U.S. Congress. After the FBI releases a radical Islamist manifesto describing how to destroy America from within, Dr. Jasser decides to investigate.

The Third Jihad is about what he discovered. Interviews are conducted with radical Islamists in America and the leaders trying to stop them, such as Rudy Giuliani, Clinton CIA Director Jim Woolsey, NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Senator Joe Lieberman, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and former terrorist group member Tawfik Hamid.

This is a film about Radical Islamic terror in America. A dangerous ideology, fuelled by religious hatred. It’s important to remember, most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror. This is not a film about them.