After meeting with the U.S. State Department, Muslim Brotherhood officials call for violent jihad in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood called for “a long, uncompromising jihad” in Egypt just days after a delegation of the terrorist-supporting group’s key leaders and allies met with the State Department.

Washington Free Beacon  Just days after a delegation that included two top Brotherhood leaders was hosted at the State Department, the organization released an official statement calling on its supporters to “prepare” for jihad, according to an independent translation of the statement first posted on Tuesday.

The State Department meeting was attended by a deputy assistant secretary for democracy, human rights, and labor and other State Department officials. The Muslim Brotherhood statement also was issued just two days before a major terror attack Thursday in Egypt’s lawless Sinai region that killed at least 25.

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“It is incumbent upon everyone to be aware that we are in the process of a new phase, where we summon what is latent in our strength, where we recall the meanings of jihad and prepare ourselves, our wives, our sons, our daughters, and whoever marched on our path to a long, uncompromising jihad, and during this stage we ask for martyrdom,” it states.

Preparation for jihad is a key theme of the Brotherhood’s latest call for jihad. An image posted with the statement shows two crossing swords and the word “prepare!” between them. Below the swords it reads, “the voice of truth, strength, and freedom.” According to the statement, “that is the motto of the Dawa of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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The statement also invokes the well-known Muslim cleric Imam al-Bana, who founded the Brotherhood and has called for the death of Jews. Imam al-Bana prepared the jihad brigades that he sent to Palestine to kill the Zionist usurpers and the second [Supreme] Guide Hassan al-Hudaybi reconstructed the ‘secret apparatus’ to bleed the British occupiers,” the statement says.

The Brotherhood’s renewed call for jihad comes at a time when current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is cracking down on the group and imprisoning many of its supporters, who notoriously engaged in violence following the ouster of Brotherhood-ally Mohamed Morsi.

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Egypt experts said the timing of this declaration is an embarrassment for the State Department.

“The fact that the Brotherhood issued its call to jihad two days after its meeting at the State Department will be grist for endless anti-American conspiracy theories about a supposed partnership between Washington and the Brotherhood,” said Eric Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). “The State Department should have foreseen what an embarrassment this would be.”

One member of that U.S. delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page.

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“Now in the U.S. State Department. Your steadfastness impresses everyone,” reads an Arabic caption posted along with the photo. Other members of that group included Gamal Heshmat, a leading member of the Brotherhood, and Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery, a Brotherhood member who served as a parliamentarian from Luxor.

When asked on Tuesday evening to comment on the meeting, a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon, “We meet with representatives from across the political spectrum in Egypt.” The official declined to elaborate on who may have been hosted or on any details about the timing and substance of any talks.

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Hasan al-Banna, founder of Muslim Brotherhood

The meeting was described by a member of the delegation, Maha Azzam as “fruitful,” according to one person who attended a public event in Washington earlier this week hosted by the group.

The call for jihad, while surprising in light of the Brotherhood’s attempts to appear moderate, is part and parcel of organization’s longstanding beliefs, Trager said.

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi

“Muslim Brothers have been committing violent acts for a very long time,” Trager explained. “Under Morsi, Muslim Brothers tortured protesters outside the presidential palace. After Morsi’s ouster, they have frequently attacked security forces and state property. “

“But until now, the official line from the Brotherhood was to support this implicitly by justifying its causes, without justifying the acts themselves,” he added. “ So the Brotherhood’s open call to jihad doesn’t necessarily mean a tactical shift, but a rhetorical one.”

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Terrorism expert and national security reporter Patrick Poole said he was struck by the clarity of the Brotherhood’s call.

“It invokes the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorist past, specifically mentioning the ‘special apparatus’ that waged terror in the 1940s and 1950s until the Nasser government cracked down on the group, as well as the troops sent by founder Hassan al-Banna to fight against Israel in 1948,” he said.

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“It concludes saying that the Brotherhood has entered a new stage, warns of a long jihad ahead, and to prepare for martyrdom,” Poole said. “Not sure how much more clear they could be.” Poole wondered if the call for jihad would convince Brotherhood apologists that the group still backs violence.

“What remains to be seen is how this announcement will be received inside the Beltway, where the vast majority of the ‘experts’ have repeatedly said that the Brotherhood had abandoned its terrorist past, which it is now clearly reviving, and had renounced violence,” Poole said. “Will this development be met with contrition, or silence? And what says the State Department who met with these guys this week?”

Obama met with members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House last year

Obama met with members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House last year

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OH, NOW I GET IT…If Muslim terrorists only attack and terrorize people (and U.S. troops) in their own countries, the U.S. doesn’t consider them terrorists

White House double downs on its Muslim-appeasing assertion that the Taliban who slaughter innocent civilians, massacre children at school, behead people in the street, stone women to death for being raped, hang homosexuals, and more, should not be called terrorists because they have not yet attacked the U.S.

The operative word here is “yet.”

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Gun-toting Mohammedan attempts to commandeer Dutch TV station

Police said in a statement that the Muslim gunman demanded airtime and threatened that bombs would go off at several locations around the Netherlands if his demand was not met.

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UK Daily Mail  Tarik Zahzah begins to grow impatient, complaining ‘This is taking too long’. But then, police arrived with their guns drawn. ‘Drop it! Drop it! And get on your knees!’ armed officers shouted. He complied and was arrested. Zahzah could be charged with kidnapping, possession of a firearm, and threatening people with a weapon.

Translation of what Muslim terrorist said:

“Don’t yell and don’t warn your colleages. Act like there is nothing happening. I am heavyly armed. When you cooperate with my demands, nothing will happen to you. Realize that I am not alone. There are 5 more plus 98 hackers that stand ready for a cyberattack. Also there are 8 heavy explosives in the building that contain radioactive material. If you don’t take me to studio 8 to make a broadcast, we will be forced to take action.”

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Democrat Congresswoman slams Obama and Kerry for refusing to call Islamic terrorism “Islamic”

ap342434453880_c0-235-5616-3508_s561x327Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (photo right) from Hawaii, an Iraq War veteran, issued a scathing assessment Tuesday of President Obama’s refusal to utter the words “Islamic extremism” in reference to recent terror attacks, calling the omission a threat to the safety of the nation.

Washington Times  “This is not just about words,” the Hawaii Democrat told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “It’s not about semantics. It’s really about having a real, true understanding of who our enemy is and how important that is, that we have to understand what their motivation is and what their ideology is — the radical Islamic ideology that is fueling them.”

Ms. Gabbard took umbrage with Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent assertion that the criminal conduct of terrorists with the Islamic State and al Qaeda is “rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking and other factors,” which she said is flat-out wrong.

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“If that’s really the cause, then the solution would be just to give them a trophy, give them a hug, give them a good-paying job, $10,000, and a skateboard so they can go and get their thrills and say, ‘OK, great, they are going to be happy and they won’t be fighting anymore,’” she said. “That’s not the case. … We’ve got to look at what their ideology is and how that’s fueling these tragic attacks that keep on occurring.”

Ms. Gabbard said part of her views of how to handle radical Islamism come from her military service and her up-close-and-personal look at the combat situations in Iraq.

“If you are at war, which we are, you have to know who your enemy is to defeat them,” she said.

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Designated a terrorist organization by several Arab States and banned by Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is conspiring with the Obama Regime to oust Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

11008_726668560781487_5804529291182608337_n30 million Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. But the U.S.  State Department just hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood leaders for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to overthrow the current government of the very popular Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, elected president in 2014 with an overwhelming majority, following the overthrow of Morsi.

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Washington Free Beacon  One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamofascsit group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page.

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That delegation member, Waleed Sharaby, is a secretary-general of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council and a spokesman for Judges for Egypt, a group reported to have close ties to the Brotherhood. The delegation also includes Gamal Heshmat, a leading member of the Brotherhood, and Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery, a Brotherhood member who served as a parliamentarian from Luxor.

Sharaby, the Brotherhood-aligned judge, flashed the Islamist group’s popular symbol in his picture at the State Department and wrote in a caption: “Now in the U.S. State Department. Your steadfastness impresses everyone,” according to an independent translation of the Arabic.

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Another member of the delegation, Maha Azzam, confirmed during an event hosted Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)—another group accused of having close ties to the Brotherhood—that the delegation had “fruitful” talks with the State Department.

Maha Azzam confirms that ‘anti-coup’ delegation, which includes 2 top [Muslim Brothers], had ‘fruitful’ conversations at State Dept,” Egypt expert Eric Trager tweeted.

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Assam also said that the department expressed openness to engagement, according to one person who attended the event.

Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), told the Washington Free Beacon that the State Department is interested in maintaining a dialogue with the Brotherhood due to its continued role in the Egyptian political scene.

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“The State Department continues to speak with Muslim Brothers on the assumption that Egyptian politics are unpredictable, and the Brotherhood still has some support in Egypt,” he said. “But when pro-Brotherhood delegations then post photos of themselves making pro-Brotherhood gestures in front of the State Department logo, it creates an embarrassment for the State Department.”

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When asked to comment on the meeting Tuesday evening, a State Department official said, “We meet with representatives from across the political spectrum in Egypt.”

The official declined to elaborate on who may have been hosted or on any details about the timing and substance of any talks.

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Egyptian newspaper exposed Obama’s membership in the Muslim Brotherhood

Samuel Tadros, an Egypt expert and research fellow at the Hudson Institute who is familiar with the delegation, said that the visit is meant to rally support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s ongoing efforts against to oppose Sisi.

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“I think the Muslim Brotherhood visit serves two goals,” Tadros said. “First, organizing the pro Muslim Brotherhood movement in the U.S. among the Egyptian and other Arab and Muslim communities.”

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Life for Christians in Egypt while Mohamed Morsi was president

“Secondly, reaching out to administration and the policy community in D.C.,” Tadros said. “The delegation’s composition includes several non-official Muslim Brotherhood members to portray an image of a united Islamist and non-Islamist revolutionary camp against the regime.”

The delegation held several public events this week in Maryland and Virginia, according to invitations that were sent out.

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Patrick Poole, a terrorism expert and national security reporter, said the powwow at the State Department could be a sign that the Obama administration still considers the Brotherhood politically viable, despite its ouster from power and a subsequent crackdown on its members by Egyptian authorities.

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“What this shows is that the widespread rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, particularly the largest protests in recorded human history in Egypt on June 30, 2013, that led to Morsi’s ouster, is not recognized by the State Department and the Obama administration,” Poole said.

“This is a direct insult to our Egyptian allies, who are in an existential struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, all in the pursuit of the mythical ‘moderate Islamists’ who the D.C. foreign policy elite still believe will bring democracy to the Middle East,” Poole said.

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BREAKING! Jordan allegedly will release Muslim terrorist to the Islamic State (ISIS) in exchange for hostages

The jailed Iraqi female Muslim terrorist at the center of an exchange deal between ISIS and the Jordanian government, will be handed over to the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, according to unconfirmed reports.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman.

Al-Bawaba  Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, who was jailed following a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman, is due to be freed within hours, Al Jazeera said.

The fates of Jordanian pilot Mu’ath Kasasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto are still unknown after ISIS gave a 24-hour deadline to execute both men. 

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F-16 Fighter Jets scrambled and flights diverted after several weekend TWITTER threats to U.S. airlines by alleged supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS)

Five planes throughout the United States were diverted or immediately grounded due to various security threats over the weekend.

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Washington Post  Two flights bound for Atlanta were escorted by the fighter jets to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday because of the Twitter threats, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed to The Washington Post.

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Twitter messages to Southwest Airlines said:

“A bomb was placed on SWA2492. It will be detonated at a random time of my choosing,” it read, adding: “If anything happens to me I’ll make sure that more flights are targeted. I strongly suggest you don’t try anything stupid.”

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That account has since been suspended, and it is unclear whether these messages prompted the NORAD response.

More security concerns caused authorities to evacuate two flights — a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, Calif., and a regional SkyWest plane traveling from Phoenix — upon their arrival at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Passengers were removed from the planes and bused to their gates from the airport’s third runway, according to the Associated Press.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said social media threats were responsible for the extra precautions on those flights, according to the AP.

Delta Flight 1156 from Portland, Ore., and Southwest Flight 2492 from Milwaukee landed safely, according to NORAD’s Preston Schlachter.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Twitter user directed several messages at the Delta account, claiming to have put a bomb on one of its planes.

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“@FOXNEWS WE HAVE PLANTED EXPLOSIVES ON DELTA FLIGHT #1061 FROM LA TO ORLANDO, WE ARE ISIS, WE ARE HERE, YOU WONT BE,” the tweet said, according to the station.

About 4 p.m. Saturday, another Delta flight, 1061 from Los Angeles to Orlando, was diverted to Dallas because of “security” concerns, the airline said.

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“I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport. Can you help me find it?” one tweet read, according to the AJC. “It was from Portland to Atlanta, I forgot the flight number, though. It was something like DL156 or DL 1556 I forgot the order,” said another.

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LIBYA: Islamic terrorists kill at least 8 including 5 foreigners and take hostages at luxury hotel in Tripoli

At least eight people, including five foreigners, were killed during an attack by MUSLIM terrorists, alleging to represent the Islamic State (ISIS), at a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

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FOX News  Mahmoud Hamza, director of Libya’s special deterrence force, told al-Naba television that five foreigners, including two women, as well as a security officer and two of the terrorists, died in the attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. He did not give the nationalities of the foreigners. Islamic terrorists from ISIS in Libya claimed responsibility for the attack.

Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, told the Associated Press that a standoff was ongoing Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Police identified the victims as five foreigners and three guards.

The New York Times reported that the militants are claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.

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Security camera shot of one of the terrorists

A hotel worker who spoke on condition of anonymity said five masked attackers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the hotel after getting past security at the gates, firing in the air before shooting randomly at staffers. He said the hotel was evacuated before the attackers clashed with the guards and blew up a car bomb in the parking lot.

When they got there, he said a car bomb exploded in the parking lot, only a hundred meters (yards) away. He said this came after a protection force entered the lobby and opened fire on the attackers. He said two guards were immediately killed. The staffer spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared being targeted later by militants. He said the car bomb left at least five cars in the parking lot burned and damaged some windows in the hotel’s facade.

The staffer said the hotel had Italian, British and Turkish guests, but was largely empty at the time of the attack. He said the militia-backed Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi usually resides at the hotel, but was not there Tuesday. The hotel previously came under attack in 2013 when a former prime minister was abducted there.

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ANOTHER OBAMA “SUCCESS” – U.S. Embassy in Yemen shut down infinitely due to credible threats

imagesCiting recent attacks, the United States on Wednesday announced that it has suspended public services at its embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. A senior U.S. official said the embassy in Sana’a was closed two days ago and remains closed while “the threat is assessed.” 

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CNN  “Due to recent attacks against Western interests in Yemen, we have temporarily suspended operations of our Embassy in Sana’a to the public,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “We continue to evaluate the security situation every day, and we will reopen the embassy to the public once it is deemed appropriate.”

The suspension of operations is due to a reemergence of a threat from several weeks ago that the United States thought it had disrupted, according to a U.S. official with specific understanding of the current situation.

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A credible threat to the U.S. Embassy emerged around March, the official said, in the same time frame that a video appeared showing some 100 al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, including several who had broken out of jail the month before.

The United States thought that threat had been disrupted by a number of Yemeni actions, including, but not directly related to a series of U.S. drone strikes and Yemeni military operations in early April.

But in recent days, the threat stream has reemerged, the official said. It is currently assessed to be credible and somewhat specific in terms of the embassy being the target, according to the source.

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The United States is still attempting to corroborate the threat and determine whether there is a specific time and date, as well as any other specific locations.

A second U.S. official said the suspension of the embassy activity was based on credible information about threats to Western interests. The senior official was not sure whether the threat was embassy-specific. There have been no evacuations of the embassy.

The U.S. intelligence community has struggled in recent months to track al Qaeda in Yemen via electronic intercepts because the group has changed its communications, following disclosures last year of U.S. eavesdropping methods.

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Riot policemen stand guard during a protest to demand the release of Yemeni detainees in the prison of Guantanamo Bay, outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa

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Still, the United States is using electronic tracking, satellite imagery and operatives on the ground to try to determine what may be planned.

The United Kingdom, meanwhile, advised against travel to Yemen and urged all British nationals to leave the country. “There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Yemen and specific methods of attack are evolving and increasing in sophistication,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.

It continued: “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has previously targeted western interests and there could be a threat to commercial sites, transport infrastructure, diplomatic missions and any place where westerners gather.”

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Saudi Arabia unveils two badass anti-terrorism walls

When is the world going to start calling it an “Apartheid Wall?”

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IJ Review  The oldest way to defend land is through a physical barrier, such as a wall. Yet some Americans dispute the efficacy of a wall when defending our southern border against infiltration from either illegal immigrants or terrorists.

One country is not buying into that notion: Saudi Arabia. Last week, a Saudi general was killed in a skirmish with ISIS at the border with Iraq, along which Saudi Arabia is constructing a 600-mile-long wall:

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The prospect of this wall separating Iraq from Saudi Arabia is not a welcome one for ISIS, whose goals include capturing Saudi Arabia – home to the Holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina.

Construction began on the wall last September and, according to Jane’s, “…consists of 78 monitoring towers, eight command centers, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centers, and three rapid intervention squads, all linked by a fiber-optic communications network.”

The Kingdom is also creating a 1,000 mile wall along its border with Yemen to the south.

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AUSTRALIA: Anti-free speech extremist Muslims protest against Charlie Hebdo insults to Islam

Hundreds of angry Muslims gathered in Lakemba, a suburb of Sydney, to protest the ‘negative coverage’ of Islam and the paedophile prophet Mohammed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and shootings by Muslims in a Kosher supermarket in Paris.

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7News  (h/t Marina) Among the 800-strong crowd in the Muslim enclave of Lakemba, placards were held up with the slogan: “Je Suis Muslim” or “I am Muslim”, evoking the same sentiment that became a touchstone for many in the wake of attacks in Paris.

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Organizers of the Our Prophet, Our Honour rally said it was intended to be “a peaceful and respectful event” to counter negative coverage of Islam and the lampooning of the Prophet by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Speaking at the rally, outside the Lakemba train station, local Muslim leader Sufyan Badar told the crowd it was also in response to the waves of protests in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

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Mr Badar said the protests in the name of free speech had nothing to do with freedom. “We also gather to place the politics of the events in France in the correct context,” he said.

“Freedom is the smokescreen with which Western politicians and media conceal the underlying issues.

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“In reality free speech is one of the many political tools that are used to maintain dominance over the Muslims.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned against the rally being used to incite terrorism, saying he hoped few people would attend.

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Hamzah Qureshi, a spokesman for the controversial group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which helped organise the event, questioned the prime minister’s comments and the suggestion the event could incite violence.

“No one should be asked to apologise for or distance themselves from something they are not responsible for,” Mr Qureshi said.

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“I would however mention that it’s interesting that the question of whether a Muslim event will be peaceful or violent consistently seems to come up.”

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had previously spoken to say he hoped few people would attend. He warned against the rally being used to incite terrorism and called on Muslim leaders to distance themselves from “evil things that are done in the name of Islam”.

A spokesman for terror-linked Islamic Hizb ut-Tahrir, which helped organize the event, questioned the Prime Minister’s comments and his suggestion the gathering could be used to incite violence.

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One would think that given its own long history under Islamic supremacist rule, Spain, today, would not be a “hot spot for Islamic jihadists”

But, sadly, it is. Spain’s branch of the anti-Islamization movement PEGIDA called their homeland a “jihad hot spot,” claiming jihadists in Spain to be the most active and dangerous in Europe. 

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Sputnik News (h/t Maria J) Spain’s jihadist movement is one of the most dangerous in Europe, the Spanish branch of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) movement told Sputnik. “The jihadist movement in Spain is one of the most active and dangerous in Europe,” Pegida members said in an email, calling Spain a “jihad hot spot.”

The members of the movement said Spaniards were growing tired of their country’s Islamization, explaining a growing interest in PEGIDA activities.

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“There are many people in Spain who are tired of Europe’s Islamization, and many show interest in our movement. We are surprised by the number of Spaniards that show support for us,” the email said.

The PEGIDA members noted that Islamists’ plans to conquer the Iberian Peninsula were nothing new, as the latter saw the region as their territory.

PEGIDA, which held protests following terror attacks in Paris last week, will hold a rally in Madrid and expects the movement to grow gradually in Spain and in Europe, as it has in Germany. German PEGIDA members will also attend the Madrid rally.

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PEGIDA is particularly active in Germany, organizing weekly rallies in the country. The movement has drawn criticism from the country’s officials, who accused Pegida of promoting hatred.

Spanish police arrest four suspected members of an Islamic jihadist cell.

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FOX News  Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country’s North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

‘These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act.’

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The ministry said the four were following instructions given by the al-Qaida in Iraq leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, via what it called “a powerful and aggressive communication campaign” including jihadi Internet forums and websites. Investigators were still assessing the cell’s “infrastructure to carry out terror attacks in the country,” the ministry said.

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SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES: Two killed, 54 wounded after explosion near bus terminal

Muslim terrorists are suspected.

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SCMP  A powerful explosion killed at least two people and wounded 54 others in a southern Philippine port city that has been hit by similar blasts blamed on Muslim militants, police said today The blast occurred at a bar across the street from a busy bus terminal in Zamboanga city, damaged nearby establishments and hitting the victims with flying glass and debris.

One officer was among the wounded, police said. Police suspected the Islamic militant Abu Sayyaf group, which operates in Zamboanga and nearby provinces, saying the attack could have been in retaliation for the foiled prison escape of a brother of one of the group’s leaders.

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Earlier this week, army special forces killed at least three Abu Sayyaf gunmen in running gunbattles and have continued to pursue the militants in nearby Basilan province. The group has previously set off bombs to divert attention from military operations. The bar and the bus terminal had been separately hit several years ago by bomb blasts blamed on the Abu Sayyaf.

At least two suspected militants were arrested in another bomb attack near a police station last month, he said. The Abu Sayyaf numbers about 300 fighters and remains a major security threat in the country’s south despite US-backed Philippine military offensives.

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NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM? Five Chechen Muslims from Russia arrested in France for plotting a terrorist attack with a cache of weapons

Prosecutor Yvon Calvet said five Chechen Muslims are being held in Beziers, a town in southern France. The detained were not on security services lists, and the case “does not seem to have religious implications,” said the prosecutor.

Only an ‘Islamophobe’ would think that Muslims caught with explosives and plans for a terror attack have anything to do with Islam.’  

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