NICE WORK! Florida Family Association gets a St. Louis hotel to cancel a Hamas-lnked CAIR event

CAIR-St. Louis July 23, 2014 media event at The Seven Gables Inn has been canceled.

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Florida Family Association sent out several email alerts which reported that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) ST. Louis was holding a media event on July 23, 2014 at The Seven Gables Inn in St. Louis, Missouri.  The CAIR St. Louis web page states the following regarding the event. 

  • The Ramadan Iftar Press Dinner is an annual event hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis). The purpose of this event is get members of the press and local Muslim leaders in the same room once a year. During the program CAIR-St. Louis representatives share unique advice on how to cover Islam, the American Muslim community, build contacts within local Muslim leaders, discuss trends on how the media portrays Islam, pitch insightful story ideas, and share Ramadan through breaking of the fast (iftar) and dinner.
  • This program is only open to members of the press and representatives of the Muslim community.

Thousands of people responded to the Floridafamily.org email alerts by sending emails to hotel officials.  The emails provided facts concerning CAIR’s history to hotel officials and urged them to consider such concerns regarding the booking of similar events in the future.

The CAIR St. Louis web page reports that the event has been postponed.

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HAMAS savagely beats Gaza civilians who heed IDF calls to leave targeted areas

Israeli news website, Kooker posted undated German footage, shot in Gaza, of what it said were Hamas enforcers violently beating and coercing residents to remain in their homes, despite their pleading that the IDF called on them to evacuate the area.

Algemeiner (h/t Liz)  In the video, armed enforcers, some wielding batons, are seen beating and punching recalcitrant residents, and, at several points turn on the camera crew, and try to cover the lens. Some of the dialogue in the video is also telling:

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(00:41) Man: “Camera out! Turn the camera off!”, (00:51) Man: “Stop the film!”, (00:53) Man: “You’ve filmed enough!”, (1:26) Woman to enforcers: “This is a crime – I’ve already paid for this!”.

(1:29) Interviewer to man in black shirt: “Are you afraid? Man: “I’m more than 90 percent sure that this is not a real event. Normally, I don’t have a lot of fear about this, but when they tell us to get out, then we’ll do it together.”

Narrator: “Hamas police are pushing back against the protesters.” (Police seen trying to break up a prayer session)‏

Enforcer to protesters: “You’re always getting in our way!”‏

(2:18) Woman to security official: “You’re worse than the Jews!”‏

‎Security official: “What are you saying? We’re not the Jews!”‏

Woman: “You can go beat the Jews more! We are not bad people; what have you done here?”

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HAMAS used temporary ‘humanitarian’ cease-fire to kill 25 Palestinian civilians and blame it on the IDF

Hamas killed at least 25 Palestinian civilians it suspected of collaborating with Israel, according to sources close to Gazan jihadist organizations. The sources, close to both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad groups, said that most of the extra-judicial killings of suspected collaborators took place during a brief “humanitarian” cease-fire four days ago.

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WND Aaron Klein – The so-called collaborators were accused of leading Israeli troops to smuggling tunnels and providing intelligence on Hamas’ infrastructure inside Gazan cities. The sources said Hamas publicly blamed the killings of the Palestinian suspects on Israel, claiming the civilians were murdered Sunday during an Israel Defense Forces “massacre” in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of the Gaza Strip.

The sources further said the civilian suspects murdered by Hamas were publicly celebrated by Hamas as martyrs killed by the Jewish state.

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After Sunday’s operation in Shujaiyeh, in which the IDF says it targeted Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure, Israel agreed to a two-hour humanitarian cease-fire facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The stated purposed of the lull in fighting was to evacuate Palestinian casualties.

During the cease-fire, the IDF said Hamas violated the agreement by shooting at IDF soldiers. Nonetheless, Israel extended the cease-fire another hour. Israel lost 13 soldiers during the Shujaiyeh operation Sunday. Hamas claimed Israel killed at least 66 Palestinians, mostly civilians, in that operation.

Israel says most Palestinian casualties were gunmen.

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150 Hamas operatives surrender to Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian terror operatives, most of whom were said to be members of Hamas, surrendered Wednesday to IDF soldiers during raids in the southern Gaza Strip cities of Rafah and Khan Yunis and were transferred to Israeli facilities for interrogation.

51178Times of Israel  The operatives, who came out of hiding spots with their hands raised above their heads, were taken into Israeli custody for further questioning.

In total, 150 Palestinians were arrested, but only 70 of them who were suspected of carrying out terror attacks were transferred under tight security to IDF Intelligence and Shin Bet facilities for interrogation, an IDF spokeswoman told The Times of Israel, adding to 28 operatives already captured. The remaining detainees were later released, Army Radio reported.

A picture of the Gazans posted on Facebook by Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz showed two rows of captives wearing only underwear and shoes, on their knees in the sand. They were stripped of their clothes in order to ensure they were not carrying weapons.

 

 

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GOTCHA! BBC reporter caught pimping for Hamas

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Red faces at the BBC after reporter tweets ‘heartbreaking photo of child hurt by Israeli rocket’ which is actually a girl in Syria.

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UK Daily Mail  A BBC war reporter made a shocking blunder by tweeting a photograph of an injured child from Syria but indicating she was from Gaza. Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison added ‘Heartbreaking’ to the front of a message he retweeted from a Palestinian ‘journalist and social activist’ named Hazem Balousha. Balousha had posted a picture of a young girl lying on a hospital bed with bloodied clothes, along with the words ‘Pain in #Gaza.’

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Donnison’s tweet went out to his 7,971 followers on the social networking site and he was soon hit with a barrage of outraged responses highlighting the mistake. The website bbcwatch.org highlighted the error and wrote: ‘Up to now, it may have been possible to put down Jon Donnison’s frequently problematic reporting to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the region.

‘However, his decision to promote deliberate misinformation – either knowingly or as a result of a complete failure to check facts – indicates that he is not merely naive.  ‘Donnison has rendered himself no longer fit for the purpose of accurate and impartial reporting from the Middle East in accordance with the BBC’s legal obligations.’

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IRAQ: ISIS orders genital mutilation of all girls and women ages 11 – 46

The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Al-Arabiya (h/t Maria J)  “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq. The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

FGM, the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, is a tradition practiced widely in many Muslim countries and often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent “immoral” behavior.

Worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM and more than 700 million women alive today were children when they were married. The practice of FGM previously occurred only in isolated pockets of Iraq, mainly Kurdistan, according to Badcock.

Mosul city currently has some two million people, more than half of whom are women as there are many female-headed households in the area, she said. Several more million people live in surrounding areas, she added.

“There are reports of rapes of women, of forced marriages,” Badcock added.

An estimated 130 million young girls have undergone sexual mutilation, mostly in Muslim countries, but now, apparently in Great Britain, Europe, and the USA, too. 

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EGYPT’s newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disses Barack Hussein Obama by declining his invitation to a summit in Washington DC

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No doubt, still reeling from Obama’s public support for ousted and now jailed Egyptian Pesident Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decline of Obama’s invitation to attend a summit in Washington D.C. is the most recent skirmish in U.S.-Egypt relations.

Al-Arabiya (h/t MZ)  Sisi will not be attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next week, al-Hayat newspaper reported on Tuesday.

After the military’s takeover following mass protests in 2013, Egyptian authorities cracked-down on members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the United States saw as a set-back in the democratization of the country. In response, the Obama administration suspended military aid to Egypt last year; a sign of deteriorating relations.

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By halting aid, the U.S. is prioritizing its democratic ambitions for the Middle East over its long-term strategic relations, Dr. Eric Trager Wagner Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy explained. While the Obama administration sought a more democratic Egypt, it failed to recognize “the dominance of undemocratic forces”, Trager told Al Arabiya News.

The United States’ support of Morsi’s government ignored how quickly he was losing support and alienating the Egyptian public, he added.

James Toth, Professor of anthropology at Zayed University, explains that the “uneasiness” is only temporary, and relations will soon go back to normal. Toth, who has written extensively on Egypt, owes Sisi’s decline of the invitation to the “anti-American climate” post the 2013 change in power. “He doesn’t want to be seen too close to the U.S” he added. He explains that this is an effort to appear “bold and honorable” to the Egyptian public.

One of the many anti-Obama signs seen in Tahrir Square when tens of millions of Egyptians came out to demand the ouster of Mohamed Morsi

One of the many anti-Obama signs seen in Tahrir Square when tens of millions of Egyptians came out to demand the ouster of Mohamed Morsi

Trager says Egypt’s new president is simply responding to an “[the U.S.’s] ambiguous foreign policy” and “hasn’t acted out,” citing American ships’ continued privileged passage through the Suez Canal as an example. Although Obama’s invitation was a positive sign, Trager says relations “will only improve once the U.S. clarifies its policy towards Egypt.” (Not as long as Obama continues to support the Muslim Brotherhood, it won’t)

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DOUGLAS MURRAY on Islamic religious ethnic cleansing and the Muslims and leftists who support it

imagesThese are the people who stayed home throughout the Syrian civil war, stayed home when ISIS rampaged across Iraq, stayed home when Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab carried out their atrocities across central Africa and showed no concern whatsoever when the Muslim Brotherhood was running Egypt into the ground. Yet they pretend to care about Muslims.

And here they all are, coming out to scream because Israel is carrying out the most specific and targeted campaign in the history of warfare in order to stop Hamas – a group dedicated to the annihilation of all Jews – from firing thousands of rockets into the Jewish homeland.

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I suppose some of the people in London today might still try to pretend that they don’t hate Jews. Perhaps some of them would not even do what their co-religionists in France did last week when – intent on violence – they blockaded worshippers inside a Synagogue. But there is only one explanation for their horrible beliefs and actions.

The truest expression of their views was given voice a few years ago by the popular al-Jazeeracleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi when he said:

‘Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of the believers.’

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BREAKING! FAA lifts ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from Hamas rockets.

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JTA “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement just before midnight on Wednesday, saying the ban was lifted effective immediately.

The agency had come under fire from the Israeli government, pro-Israel groups and a leading Republican senator for the ban, instituted Tuesday at noon after a Hamas rocket landed in a town about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport. Its statement appeared to allude to claims that the ban was a means of pressuring Israel into a ceasefire.

Calling the ban “harsh and excessive,” AIPAC said, “For the past two weeks, Israel has endured hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas terrorists from Gaza. Yet, air travel to Israel has been safe and unhindered.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday suggested the ban was politically motivated and a means to pressure Israel to accept the terms of a cease-fire being sought by Secretary of State John Kerry. Cruz pledged to block State Department nominees until the Obama administration answered his questions about the ban.

Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, called Cruz’s allegation “offensive and ridiculous.” In response, Cruz said, “The only thing ‘offensive’ about this situation is how the Obama Administration is spurning our allies to embolden our enemies; the only thing ‘ridiculous’ is the administration’s response to basic questions.”

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IRAN: Christian sentenced to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating in the daytime during Ramadan

The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah. Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during during the month of Ramadan.

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UK Daily Mail (h/t Susan K)  A spokesperson from The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a political coalition which opposes the government, denounced the treatment as ‘savage’ and called on western countries to take action.

They said: ‘The silence of the world community, especially of western countries, vis-à-vis these medieval punishments under the excuse of having nuclear talks with Iran has intensified the brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran. ‘This will ultimately embolden the Iranian regime to continue its nuclear projects more than before.’

But earlier this year the UN blasted Iran for the persecution of Christians in a damning report laid bare to the world in March.

There are an estimated 250,000 Christians in Iran’s 76 million strong population. They all face torture, imprisonment or the death sentence under Sharia law for not observing Islamic religious festivals and dress codes.

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IN IRAN, this man was whipped for drinking water during the day during the Muslim month of Ramadan

 

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The potentially catastrophic (to Israel) strategy of the Hamas Terror Tunnels

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The IDF has not yet located and destroyed all of Hamas’ terror tunnels, but the consensus about the intent behind them is quite clear. On Monday IDF forces thwarted another terror attack after two groups of Hamas operatives  infiltrated from Gaza to Israel through a tunnel, apparently on their way to carry out a mass casualty attack at Kibbutz Erez and/or Nir Am.

Israel Matzav  Since Operation Protective Edge began, IDF forces have foiled several other attempted attacks by Hamas near Kibbutz Sufa and Kibbutz Nirim that also made use of attack tunnels, while uncovering and blowing up dozens of tunnels in Gaza along its border with Israel. These tunnels penetrate deep into Israeli territory, sometimes reaching a length of 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles).

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The attack tunnels create a new equation in the power balance between Israel and Hamas. They give Hamas an ability to infiltrate Israel and carry out strategic attacks involving mass killing, along with an ability to launch missiles from locations concealed within civilian population centers that serve, in effect, as human shields. Should Hamas retain in the future 20 tunnels, and dispatch 50 operatives in each, they could deploy 1,000 men behind Israeli lines. The tunnels would allow Hamas to wreak havoc if they are left in place.

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Hizbullah’s tactics, learned from Iran, have been replicated in Gaza, particularly the use of the tunnels to provide “breathing space” in waging the military campaign. The Hamas-Hizbullah-Iranian aim is to cause as much harm as possible to the civilian population and weaken Israel by damaging its economy. Like Hizbullah, Hamas in the current round has tried to strike strategic targets in Israel and inflict mass casualties, including the nuclear reactor in Dimona, the chemical plants in Haifa, and Ben-Gurion International Airport.

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Despite the reconciliation agreement with Fatah and the establishment of the unity government, one of Hamas’s objectives in the war is to ignite another intifada on the West Bank aimed ultimately at the toppling of Palestinian Authority rule and instituting a Hamas takeover of the Palestinian national movement. This current round of fighting highlights the importance of continued Israeli security control of key areas of the West Bank to prevent a Hamas takeover of the Palestinian Authority, and the maintenance of minimal defensible borders should a Palestinian state be established.

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Then there’s this assessment from Times of Israel’s David Horovitz

The prime danger, the second half of the terror strategy that has required us to send our troops into Gaza, has turned out to be Hamas’s cross-border tunneling, the scale of which was not publicly known until the last few days. Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog spoke Tuesday of the “unimaginable” mega-terror attack Hamas is believed to have been planning — sending hundreds of terrorists swarming through those tunnels to massacre Israelis in the Gaza-envelope kibbutzim and moshavim. Netanyahu said Sunday that the intended Hamas attacks on kibbutz kindergartens, homes and dining halls would have been “catastrophic.”

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The real battle is taking place in those Gaza border neighborhoods — Shejaiya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun and others — where thousands of Israeli solders are searching, house to house, for the tunnel entrances. Dozens of openings have been found — multiple entrances to the underground passages that also have multiple exits on the Israeli side. Time after time, Hamas gunmen have sought to surprise the Israeli soldiers by rising out of the earth from these openings, and firing. They’ve been largely unsuccessful.

But the most terrifying detail is being uncovered that Hamas had a plan to attack all the settlements and kibbutzim in the area this year on Rosh Hashanah with an invasion of over 200 terrorists into almost all the settlements in the area. The tunnels went under the kibbutzim under the kindergartens and dining rooms and other areas within the kibbutz perimeters. They planned to occupy the whole area and kill as many Israeli as possible.

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This could have been the worst terror attack in the history of terrorism. Thousands of people, including women and children would have been slaughtered in this planned attack.

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STATE DEPARTMENT calls Ted Cruz’ criticism of Obama for using the FAA to launch an economic boycott of Israel as “ridiculous and offensive”

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The FAA announcement drew immediate criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said, “President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”

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RollCall  The FAA imposed its ban after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport Tuesday as intense fighting continued between Israel and Hamas. Cruz said “no one wants to place civilian travelers in harm’s way,” especially in light of last week’s downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. But he asked whether the FAA’s announcement was in fact “a political decision driven by the White House.”

The Texas Republican, a potential contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said that tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel. “This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector [in Israel] through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers,” Cruz said. “It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.”

He asked, “If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?”

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