An Emboldened Iran Takes the Stage at the United Nations

rouhani_3048708b-411x350By Arnold Ahlert:

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations in a speech replete with anti-Western sentiments, anti-Semitism, tiresome tropes regarding the genesis of terror, and promises to continue pursuing his nation’s nuclear program.

While acknowledging that terror had become a global issue, Rouhani sought to put the blame everywhere else. “Today’s anti-Westernism is the offspring of yesterday’s colonialism,” Rouhani insisted, proceeding to take a none-too-subtle shot at America, noting that “certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hands of madmen, who now spare no one.” Apparently omitted from this list of madmen is Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has received direct support from Iran in the form of financial assistance, and despite all denials to the contrary, hundreds of Revolutionary Guard troops fighting in that nation. Iran also supports Hezbollah and Hamas, both of whom have been designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department.

Thus, it was no surprise that Rouhani characterized the last war between Hamas and Israel as a conflict in which “thousands of innocent Palestinians in Gaza” were victims of the “Zionist regime’s aggression,” even as he characterized his own nation—the one that has openly boasted about sharing missile technology with Hamas to improve their ability to hit Israeli cities—as one of “tranquil secure and stable nations” in the Middle East.

Rouhani also aligned himself with the American left’s thoroughly misguided notions about the root of terror, “that germinates in poverty, discrimination, humiliation and injustice” that “grows in a culture of violence.” Several studies have thoroughly debunked that contention, yet it provides Rouhani and other apologists the opportunity to obscure the reality that Islamic fundamentalism is the primary driver of terror throughout the world. Thus, Rouhani expresses “astonishment” that groups like ISIS “call themselves Islamic” and that the Western media “repeats this false claim, which provokes hatred of all Muslims” and is “part of a (sic) Islamophobic project.” Like every other religion, Rouhani insists Islam is peaceful, and like every other prophet, the taking of even one innocent life is condemned by the prophet Mohammed.

Not quite. The Qur’an is filled with verses promoting violence and death against unbelievers, all the innocence in the world notwithstanding. Furthermore, the concept of abrogation explains that later verses in the Qur’an take precedence over earlier ones. Almost all of the violent verses appear later in the book.

Rouhani nonetheless continued his deceptive characterization of the real problems of the Middle East. “The strategic blunders of the West in the Middle-East, Central Asia and the Caucuses have turned these parts of the world into a haven for terrorists and extremists,” he insists, citing Iraq, Afghanistan and the “improper interference in Syria” as examples. He further insists the Middle East wants democracy—even as it impossible to believe he is unaware of the reality that democracy and Sharia Law are fundamentally incompatible systems of governance.

That reality made itself plain last week, when six Iranians were given suspended sentences of six months and 91 lashes for “obscene behavior” for appearing in a video singing the American pop song “Happy.”

They got off easy. In August, 16-year-old Ateqeh Rajabi was hanged in the Iranian town of Neka. She was executed for having sex with her boyfriend. She was one of several victims executed for sexual “crimes” that violated Sharia Law.

Read more at Frontpage

ISIS Releases ‘Flames of War’ Feature Film to Intimidate West

A screen shot from 'Flames of War.' The American narrator of the film is on the far left.

A screen shot from ‘Flames of War.’ The American narrator of the film is on the far left.

After releasing the trailer last week, the Islamic State released the full film — a gory, bravado flick showcasing their ruthless tactics in Syria.

By Ryan Mauro:

True to its promise, the Islamic State terrorist group released a 55-minute video (see below) narrated by an operative in Syria with an American accent.  At the same time, Al-Qaeda has released a new video (see below) featuring an American recruit named Adam Gadahn calling on Muslims to pursue regime change in Pakistan.

The Islamic State video is far above the Al-Qaeda video in terms of production. The 55-minute film, titled Flames of War, is professionally edited and highlights the Islamic State’s seizure of the Syrian Army’s 17th Division base near Raqqah.

Footage is shown from the attack and then the film shows an Islamic State fighter near the base speaking in fluent English with an American accent. Captured Syrian soldiers are shown digging their own graves. One claims that 800 of Assad’s troops were at the base and were defeated by only 20-30 Islamic State members. The captives are then shot point blank and shown gruesomely falling in the ditches.

Flames of War uses the narrator to explain the Islamic state’s version of the events, namely, that they are merely trying to establish god’s law on earth but are being attacked by Assad, the Americans, the West and various other foes.

The film utilizes romantic imagery carefully crafted to appeal to dissatisfied and alienated young men, replete with explosions, tanks and self-described mujahedeen winning battles. Anti-American rhetoric provides the voice-over to stop motion and slow motion action sequences. The use of special effects such as bullet-time is interspersed with newsreel footage.

This up-to-date, sophisticated cinematography combined with the bloodthirsty message the film makes Flames of War reminiscent of Hitler propagandist Leni Riefenstahl’s 1935 film, Triumph of the Will.

The film finishes with a written statement from Islamic State “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi referring to the U.S. as the “defender of the cross.” The message appears to indicate that the group believes U.S. combat forces will be sent to Iraq.

“As for the near future, you will be forced into a direct confrontation, with Allah’s permission, despite your reluctance. And the sons of Islam have prepared themselves for this day, so wait and see, for we too are also going to wait and see,” it says.

The new Al-Qaeda video with Adam Gadahn is simple and only features a lecture from him. The contrast between the two videos is a microcosm of how Al-Qaeda has faded into the background as the Islamic State has risen and is winning the next generation ofjihadists.

Read more at Clarion Project

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Brigitte Gabriel Explains How New ISIS Propaganda Video Threatens America “In Near Future”

Published on Sep 20, 2014 by RightSightings2

New ISIS Propaganda Video Appears to Have U.S. Or Canadian Narrator

ISIS Releases New Agitprop Video, Goes Underground

From the Islamic State's propaganda video "Flames of War"

From the Islamic State’s propaganda video “Flames of War”


Clarion Project, Wed, September 17, 2014:

In an apparent response to America’s top general saying that he could foresee American troops on the ground in Iraq, the Islamic State released a new propaganda video titled “Flames of War” (see below).

The 52-second clip, purported to be the trailer for a longer movie “coming soon,” shows Hollywood-like special effects used to blow up an American tank and troops, and injured American soldiers being loaded into an emergency vehicle.  The clip cuts to U.S. President Barak Obama saying that, “Combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq.” The video’s final frames show Islamic State fighters aiming a pistol over kneeling prisoners, ostensibly captured American soldiers.

The video was released to social media outlets hours after Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that he may end up recommending the use of some American forces on the ground in Iraq, namely by embedding them within Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting to regain territory seized by the Islamic State.

“If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said, using the term “close combat advising” to describe the role of these troops.

Addressing the fact that Obama has said that there will no troops on the ground, Dempsey added, “At this point, his stated policy is we will not have U.S. ground forces in direct combat. But he has told me as well to come back to him on a case-by-case basis.”

Those cases may include using U.S. personnel on the ground to call airstrikes.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joined Dempsey at the hearing, explaining that U.S. efforts in Iraq and Syria will last for a number of years. There will be no “shock and awe” strategy that characterized the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Hagel said.

Meanwhile, despite the Islamic State’s media bravado, the group has been taking direct action in anticipation of American strikes. Local citizens have reported that the group has gone underground in its “capital” stronghold of Raqqa, Syria as well in Iraq.

The Islamic State has been moving and dispersing their heavy equipment daily, with some equipment being abandoned altogether. Fighters are now trying to blend in to local populations. Their office headquarters have been evacuated, and families of Islamic State militants have been relocated.

“They are trying to keep on the move,” one Raqqa resident, who requested anonymity, was quoted as saying. “They have sleeper cells everywhere. They only meet in very limited gatherings.”

However, the group is still highly operational. A recent attack on a Syrian government war plane flying near Raqqa scored a direct hit.

Citizens in Raqqa have also been living cautiously since Obama’s latest speech. Shops in the town now routinely close early in the day, and the value of the U.S. dollar has seen a significant increased in the area. Although a number of residents have left the city, there has not been a mass exodus.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State is keeping up its local propaganda as well. A flier distributed to Raqqa’s residents reminded them that they are expected to comply with a strict code of behavior as mandated by sharia law (no smoking, drinking, etc.). The flier also told women that they must stay at home and that anyone caught with a connection to the Assad government would be killed.

Ironically, the flier announced that residents would see “the great difference” between living under the Islamic State the “oppressive secular government.”

In Search of the ‘Moderate Islamists’

pic_giant_091514_SM_Hasmas-Muslim-BrotherhoodBy Andrew C. McCarthy:

It is not out of ignorance that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are denying the Islamic roots of the Islamic State jihadists. As I argued in a column here last week, we should stop scoffing as if this were a blunder and understand the destructive strategy behind it. The Obama administration is quite intentionally promoting the progressive illusion that “moderate Islamists” are the solution to the woes of the Middle East, and thus that working cooperatively with “moderate Islamists” is the solution to America’s security challenges.

I wrote a book a few years ago called The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America that addressed this partnership between Islamists and progressives. The terms “grand jihad” and “sabotage” are lifted from an internal Muslim Brotherhood memorandum that lays bare the Brotherhood’s overarching plan to destroy the West from within by having their component organizations collude with credulous Western governments and opinion elites.

The plan is going well.

As long as the news media and even conservative commentators continue to let them get away with it, the term “moderate Islamist” will remain useful to transnational progressives. It enables them to avoid admitting that the Muslim Brotherhood is what they have in mind.

As my recent column explained, the term “moderate Islamist” is an oxymoron. An Islamist is a Muslim who wants repressive sharia imposed. There is nothing moderate about sharia even if the Muslim in question does not advocate imposing it by violence.

Most people do not know what the term “Islamist” means, so the contradiction is not apparent to them. If they think about it at all, they figure “moderate Islamist” must be just another way of saying “moderate Muslim,” and since everyone acknowledges that there are millions of moderate Muslims, it seems logical enough. Yet, all Muslims are not Islamists. In particular, all Muslims who support the Western principles of liberty and reason are not Islamists.

If you want to say that some Islamists are not violent, that is certainly true. But that does not make them moderate. There is, moreover, less to their nonviolence than meets the eye. Many Islamists who do not personally participate in jihadist aggression support violent jihadists financially and morally — often while feigning objection to their methods or playing semantic games (e.g., “I oppose terrorism but I support resistance,” or “I oppose the killing of innocent people . . . but don’t press me on who is an innocent”).

Understandably, the public is inclined to give the benefit of the doubt to people the government describes as “moderates” and portrays as our “allies.” If transnational progressives were grilled on these vaporous terms, though, and forced to concede, say, that the Muslim Brotherhood was the purportedly “moderate opposition” our government wants to support in Syria, the public would object. While not expert in the subject, many Americans are generally aware that the Brotherhood supports terrorism, that its ideology leads young Muslims to graduate to notorious terrorist organizations, and that it endorses oppressive Islamic law while opposing the West. Better for progressives to avoid all that by one of their dizzying, internally nonsensical word games — hence, “moderate Islamist.”

I rehearse all that because last week, right on cue, representatives of Brotherhood-tied Islamist organizations appeared with Obama-administration officials and other apologists for Islamic supremacism to ostentatiously “condemn” the Islamic State as “not Islamic.”

As I recount with numerous examples in The Grand Jihad, this is the manipulative double game the Brotherhood has mastered in the West, aided and abetted by progressives of both parties. While speaking to credulous Western audiences desperate to believe Islam is innately moderate, the Brothers pretend to abhor terrorism, claim that terrorism is actually “anti-Islamic,” and threaten to brand you as an “Islamophobe” racist — to demagogue you in the media, ban you from the campus, and bankrupt you in court — if you dare to notice the nexus between Islamic doctrine and systematic terrorism committed by Muslims. Then, on their Arabic sites and in the privacy of their mosques and community centers, they go back to preaching jihad, championing Hamas, calling for Israel’s destruction, damning America, inveighing against Muslim assimilation in the West, and calling for society’s acceptance of sharia mores.

The Investigative Project’s John Rossomando reports on last Wednesday’s shenanigans at the National Press Club. The Islamist leaders who “urged the public to ignore [the Islamic State’s] theological motivations,” included “former Council on American-Islamic Affairs (CAIR) Tampa director Ahmed Bedier, [who] later wrote on Twitter that IS [the Islamic State] ‘is not a product of Islam,’ and blamed the United States for its emergence.”

Also on hand were moderate moderator Haris Tarin, Washington director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Johari Abdul-Malik, an imam at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. All of these Islamists are consultants to the Obama administration on policy matters; Magid is actually a member Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Where to begin? CAIR, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, is a Muslim Brotherhood creation conceived to be a Western-media-savvy shill for Islamic supremacism in general, and Hamas in particular. At the 2007–08 terrorism-financing prosecution of Hamas operatives in the Holy Land Foundation case — involving a Brotherhood conspiracy that funneled millions of dollars to Palestinian jihadists — CAIR was proven to be a co-conspirator, albeit unindicted. Mr. Bedier, who is profiled by the Investigative Project here, is a notorious apologist for Hamas — the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, which is formally designated as a terrorist organization under U.S. law. He also vigorously championed such terrorists as Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Sami al-Arian (who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiring to provide material support to terrorism).

I’ve profiled MPAC here. It was founded by disciples of Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna and champions of both Hezbollah and the Sudanese Islamists who gave safe-haven to al-Qaeda during the mid Nineties. After the atrocities of September 11, 2001, MPAC’s executive director, Salam al-Marayati, immediately urged that “we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list.” Without a hint of irony, MPAC’s main business is condemning irrational suspicion . . . the “Islamophobia” it claims Muslims are systematically subjected to. Like many CAIR operatives and other purveyors of victim politics, MPAC officials tend to double as Democratic-party activists.

Read more at National Review

Why is USCMO Banquet Featuring Congressional Members Still Secret?

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Center for Security Policy:

As the United States commemorates the 13th anniversary of 11 September 2001 and President Barack Obama deliberates a strategy to manage terror threats from the Islamic State (IS), the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and its Secretary General Ousama Jammal still have not published any video, audio, or transcripts from their inaugural banquet held at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in June 2014. Two current members of Congress, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison (Democrat, Minnesota’s 5th District) and André Carson (Democrat, Indiana’s 7th District), were invited by Jammal to speak at the Washington, DC area event which launched the first ever Muslim Brotherhood political party in the U.S. Not even the respective congressional offices have made available publicly the remarks delivered by Ellison and Carson at this high level Muslim Brotherhood function at a time when the Obama administration’s foreign policy involving Muslim Brotherhood power-grabs in Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere has been marked by repeated fiascos.

USCMO Secretary General Jammal plays a key leadership role for the Muslim Brotherhood’s flagship U.S. political party and handles the position of primary spokesman as well. He’s well-suited to the Brotherhood messaging agenda: Jammal is president of Fine Media Group, the distribution company for the film Mohammed: The Last Prophet, which was completed just months before the 11 September 2001 attacks. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) praised the film as an opportunity for individuals and families from all faith backgrounds “to learn more about an historic figure like Prophet Mohammed and events that shaped today’s world.”

In February 2004, Ousama Jammal, then president of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois characterized the U.S. government counterterrorism program as a “witch hunt.” He declared that it was a “Zionist agenda” that prompted federal officials to close three Islamic charities operating near the mosque and prevent Sabri Samirah, a leader from the mosque and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), from returning to the U.S. from Jordan. What Jammal neglected to mention was that, in fact, it was a HAMAS operative – Mousa Abu Marzook – who established the Islamic Association for Palestine in 1981. On 8 October 1987, the U.S. Department of State (DoS) designated HAMAS a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The IAP was also parent to the Council on American Islamic Relations, which was incorporated in 1994 by the IAP leadership that included Nihad Awad (current CAIR National Executive Director and USCMO member), Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber.

As shown by court documents, the IAP was a prong of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, until the U.S. government froze the IAP’s assets and shut it down in December 2004 on the grounds that it was funding terrorism. The IAP was identified as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s twenty-nine likeminded “organizations of our friends” in the May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America.”

Before USCMO Secretary General Jammal invited U.S. Representatives Ellison and Carson to the USCMO’s historic inaugural event in June 2014 in the Washington, DC area, he likely would have been aware that both these members of Congress previously had participated at various conventions of Muslim Brotherhood organizations. One of these engagements included the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in August 2008, where Ellison and Carson discussed effective strategies for the community-based political advocacy necessary to mobilize the Muslim political machine in the U.S.

In December 2008, U.S. Representative Ellison made history as the first member of Congress to make a MAS-sponsored hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Muslim American Society (MAS) was created by the Muslim Brotherhood; MAS also is a founding member of the USCMO. In 2007 and 2008, Ellison gave the keynote address at MAS conventions in Minnesota. This very same MAS Minnesota chapter that paid for Ellison’s hajj highlighted writings on its website from Islamic clerics who praised HAMAS and urged Muslims to “wage Jihad until death.” The architects of HAMAS and some of Al-Qaeda’s founding figures were members of the Muslim Brotherhood first.

During a Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) convention in the summer of 2012, U.S. Representative Carson stated in his address about the State of The American Family that “America will never win the war against terrorism without help from the Muslim community. America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Quran.”

Carson continued on an aggrieved and somewhat exaggerate theme, noting that “America must understand that she needs Muslims. There are over 7 million Muslims in this country. While we are under attack, we cannot retreat. We have been a part of America since the inception of America…Now, It is unfortunate that there are those who are thinking at this convention right now, we are having secret meetings, that we are plotting to destroy this country. But I say to those who are here undercover, Allah will not allow you to stop us.”

The lack of transparency apparently favored by the USCMO and its Secretary General Jammal, at least when U.S. Congressmen with a record of Muslim Brotherhood linkages are involved, doesn’t bode well for any of them. Careful control of the USCMO image, narrative, and messaging to the U.S. public may shield them from criticism for the moment, but at a time when the Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist entity by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and the Islamic State (a similarly jihadist organization) is running amok across the Middle East, it is going to be difficult for the USCMO—or its Congressional pals—to maintain the façade forever.

Jamie Glazov Exposes Muslim Brotherhood Charade in the American Heartland

 hjkl1-450x250Front Page, by Bob Unruh, Reprinted from WND.com:

A prominent Muslim has been challenged to explain whether or not Islam demands the slaughter of Christians and, if not, why American Muslims aren’t vocally condemning atrocities in the Middle East.

In a panel discussion held in Omaha, Nebraska, by the Global Faith Institute, Muslim panel member Naser Z. Alsharif, head of the Middle East Cultural and Educational Services, was challenged by FrontPage Magazine Editor Jamie Glazov.

“Frankly … it’s so sickening how you snicker so condescendingly on this stage while Christians are being massacred by your co-religionists,” Glazov said.

“You should be up here apologizing that there is an Islamic theology that you’re a party of that your co-religionists are quoting while they’re massacring Christians and kidnapping Nigerian Christian girls.”

 

 

The panel was put together by Mark Christian, the president of Global Faith, a group that is trying to stop the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the “Tri-Faith Initiative” in Omaha, an effort where planners want to build a Jewish synagogue, Christian church and Muslim mosque on the same campus.

Glazov, author of “United in Hate” and “Showdown with Evil,” recently was criticized by a guest on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program as “a disgusting person” for claiming people who contend Islam has nothing to do with terrorism are complicit in acts of violence carried out by Muslims.

A Muslim proponent of the Omaha interfaith project responded to criticism that it is joining forces with groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America. Defenders argue the groups are allowed to do business with the federal government.

But Glazov pointed out the two Islamic groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism-funding trial, the largest of its kind in U.S. history.

Further, he said, CAIR and ISNA were founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has declared its objective in America is to destroy society from within.

In an interview with WND, Glazov explained what America would look like under Islam.

“Killing of apostates, church and synagogue burnings, genocide against religious minorities, slavery, stoning of adulterers and other monstrosities would be codified into the law. In other words, a nightmare,” he said.

Glazov said “our totalitarian and terrorist enemies manipulate and exploit ‘dialogue’ with us as a weapon to weaken and destroy us – a tactic which is found in Muslim Brotherhood documents.”

He said the political left, “which controls our culture,” tries to

“appease our enemy, a desire which is based on the Stockholm Syndrome assumption that we can change our enemies’ intentions toward us by us doing something for them or changing something in our own behavior.”

He made it clear that ISIS, whose reported atrocities across Iraq include beheading Christian children and crucifying their parents, is “the true Islam.”

“Anything we see in the West which looks ‘moderate’ appears that way because Muslims who are lucky enough to be separated from Shariah by Western influences, laws and environments, can practice ‘selective’ Islam,” he explained. “They will not have that privilege when Islam becomes the ruler of the land.”

Since its founding, Islam has had rules for Christian minorities under Muslim domination. Among the restrictions: Christians cannot build or repair a church without permission, display a cross, proselytize or “congregate in the open.”

ISIS is applying those restrictions and others in Iraq and Syria.

Glazov noted that a memorandum of understanding under which the three religious buildings would be constructed in Omaha stipulates that there be “no outward indications of the Jewish faith” and “no exterior display of the cross.”

The planned mosque, however, “features a very prominent crescent and star, an internationally known symbol of Islam.”

On the Hannity program, Glazov said, “So many people are afraid to come forward because they’re called ‘dangerous’ people. They’re called ‘racists, Islamophobes.’ But we’re the ones on the side of the victims, including Muslims.”

Video of the exchange on “Hannity,” Glazov speaks at the 11:45 and 32:00 minute marks:

 

In an interview on his own “The Glazov Gang” Web program with Ann-Marie Murrell, a WND columnist and author of the upcoming book, “What Women (Really) Want,” Glazov contended the left is winning the culture war, in part, because of its effective strategy of “demonizing” those who tell the truth about Islam:

 

“What I’m so tired of hearing and what I was saying on the show is how the left has constructed the boundaries of debate,” he said.

“[We're] standing up for the victims of jihad and Islamic gender apartheid, and this means we’re also standing up for many Muslim victims, for many Muslim people. Do you think we’re ‘Islamophobes’ and ‘racists’ because we spend so much of our time trying to save and protect the victims? … Those are Muslim women, those are Muslim girls.”

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James Foley’s Sister Kelly: ‘Don’t Watch Video of my Brother’s Beheading’ #ISISMediaBlackout

Twitter users urged not to watch or share video of US journalist James Foley's beheading by 'British jihadist' in Syria(Nicole Tung/Free James Foley)

Twitter users urged not to watch or share video of US journalist James Foley’s beheading by ‘British jihadist’ in Syria(Nicole Tung/Free James Foley)

By Tabatha Kinder:

As the world reacts with horror to the graphic video apparently depicting the beheading of US photojournalist, James Foley by an Islamic State (IS) jihadist with a British accent, Twitter users are calling for a media backlash against the propaganda released by the militants.

The hashtag #ISISMediaBlackout began trending shortly after the video was released by IS on YouTube on Tuesday night, as Twitter users urged others not to share the video or any other graphicimages released by the terrorist organisation.

The trend appears to have originated with a woman using the Twitter handle @LibyaLiberty. She wrote: “Amputate their reach. Pour water on their flame.

From here on out, I won’t share any photo or video of violence intentionally recorded & released by ISIS for propaganda. #ISISMediaBlackout”

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Twitter @LibyaLiberty

The video of Foley’s purported killing was removed from YouTube shortly after it was put online.Graphic still images from the video have also been removed from Twitter, but the video continues to circulate on other websites.

Foley’s sister Kelly has also implored people on Twitter not to watch or share the video of her brother’s apparent beheading.

Many believe that sharing the images of Foley’s gruesome killing on social media plays into the hands of the Jihadist group, whose large social media presence has been a key tool in recruiting new members and in disseminating their islamist ideology to the world.

Wajahat Ali, an al-Jazeera America journalist, said: “Don’t share ISIS’s beheading video of journalist #jamesfoley. That’s what they want – don’t give them the satisfaction.”

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Twitter @WajahatAli

Others say images like this result in mass desensitisation to violence, which leads to a global acceptance of violence.

An Iraqi Twitter user named Sajad Jiyad wrote: “In Iraq our children became desensitised to images of killings because it’s always shown, don’t let that happen elsewhere.”

Read more at International Business Times

Dinner With Saba

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Another Ramadan has past, but not without personal opportunity to examine a recent Muslim media darling, Saba Ahmed.  The 9/11 Truther and other radical beliefs expressed by Ahmed and her associates during a recent interview make her aspirations of being the “head of the Muslim peace movement” not worthy of further consideration.

After achieving national notoriety with Brigitte Gabriel at the Heritage Foundation and in two subsequent Fox News appearances, further attention for Ahmed, such as a Nation interview, followed.  Her lobbying firm “monitor[s] all congressional hearings related to national security,” Ahmed explained, “primarily targeting” everything thereby that “has to do with Islamists.” According to Ahmed, using this word “to define ‘terrorist’” contradicts Qur’an 2:256’s message that “there is no compulsion in religion.”

Ahmed’s recurring requests for interaction with me resulted in a July 17 invitation to an Iftar hosted by Make Space mosque, a “non-judgmental community” with a “strong focus on youth and young professionals.”  Make Space emphasizes “universal as well as Islamic values of compassion, cooperation and service” as opposed to a “counter-productive focus on controversial issues” in Islam.  At Alexandria, Virginia’s Dunya Restaurant I removed my shoes and entered to be met by mosque volunteers, including a South Asian-looking, unveiled American woman wearing business slacks and blazer.

Literature for Guidance Residential, the “Leader in Islamic home financing” for American interest-free “Home Ownership the Sharia Way,” filled a table near the entrance.  A postcard featuring Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Guidance Residential’s Sharia Board Chairman, caught the eye.  A member of Pakistan’s Supreme Court since 1982, Usami played a key role in introducing sharia laws on blasphemy, corporal punishments, and other matters during Zia al-Haq’s dictatorship.  The Muslim 500:  The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims 2013-2014 edition ranks Usami 25th, a “leading scholar of Islamic jurisprudence” and “intellectual leader” of the Deobandi movement that gave rise to the Taliban.

Contrasting with laywoman Ahmed, Usami’s 2002 book Islam and Modernism does “not make excuses” for saying that the “command of jihad remains till the last day” and “killing is to continue until the unbelievers pay Jizyah after they are humbled.”  During jihad the “clear manifest truth is that taking slaves is permissible,” Usami’s Islamic slavery apologetic argues.  “Fiercely anti-American” according to Investor’s Business Daily, Usmani has urged Muslim support for fighting American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Islamic teaching, however, “proves the impermissibility of playing backgammon,” another Usami article declares.

Read more at Front Page

The Grid: Hamas Weaponizes Social Media against Israel

shutterstock_189356837_ngsd_article_img_lgThe Grid, Gaza 2014:

Hamas Interior Ministry to Social Media Activists:

  • Always Call The Dead ‘Innocent Civilians’
  • Don’t Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population Centers

In light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders.

The ministry’s guidelines, which it is calling the “Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign,” were issued via an instructional video posted on its official website and via posters published on its Twitter and Facebook pages. Both the video and the posters were also posted on the ministry’s social media accounts and forums

OBJECTIVES:

  • ensuring preservation of the line of Hamas and other Palestinian organizations;
  • preventing the leaking of information that would be of military value to Israel;
  • bolstering Hamas’s propaganda efforts outside the Gaza Strip, in both the Arab world and the West; and
  • preventing damage to Hamas’s image. 

Hamas particularly seeks to cement the perceptions that its actions are a response to Israeli aggression and that all Gaza casualties are “innocent civilians,” and to ensure that there is no evidence of rockets being fired from Gaza population centers.

The Hamas interior ministry website included the following text along with its instructional video: “The Information Department of the Ministry of the Interior and National Security has instructed activists on social media websites, particularly Facebook, to correct some of the commonly used terms as they cover the aggression taking place in the Gaza Strip. The following Information Department video calls on all activists to use the proper terminology, in order to play their part in strengthening the home front and in properly conveying information worldwide.”

“Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign” instructional video posted on official Hamas interior ministry Facebook page

Message to Facebook activists on Hamas interior ministry website:

Excerpts from the guidelines-

  • “Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.
  • “Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase ‘In response to the cruel Israeli attack,’ andconclude with the phrase ‘This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.’Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of ‘the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.’
  • “Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation’s version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.
  • “Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.
  • “To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: ‘The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza’…”
  • Additionally, the interior ministry prepared a series of suggestions specifically for Palestinian activists who speak to Westerners via social media. The ministry emphasizes that conversations with them should be conducted differently from conversations with other Arabs. It stated:
  • “When speaking to the West, you must use political, rational, and persuasive discourse, and avoid emotional discourse aimed at begging for sympathy. There are elements with a conscience in the world; you must maintain contact with them and activate them for the benefit of Palestine. Their role is to shame the occupation and expose its violations.
  • “Avoid entering into a political argument with a Westerner aimed at convincing him that the Holocaust is a lie and deceit; instead, equate it [the Holocaust] with Israel’s crimes against Palestinian civilians.
  • “The narrative of life vs. the narrative of blood: [When speaking] to an Arab friend, start with the number of martyrs. [Butwhen speaking] to a Western friend, start with the number of wounded and dead. Be sure to humanize the Palestinian suffering. Try to paint a picture of the suffering of the civilians in Gaza and the West Bank during the occupation’s operations and its bombings of cities and villages.
  • “Do not publish photos of military commanders. Do not mention their names in public, and do not praise their achievements in conversations with foreign friends!”

 

WHY YOU DON’T SEE HAMAS FIRING ROCKETS ON TV

Hamas-RocketsBreitbart, by JAMES DELINGPOLE:

From the Facebook page of Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan:

I met today with a Spanish journalist who just came back from Gaza. We talked about the situation there. He was very friendly. I asked him how comes we never see on television channels reporting from Gaza any Hamas people, no gunmen, no rocket launcher, no policemen.. We only see civilians on these reports, mostly women and children. He answered me frankly : “it’s very simple, we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel, but if ever we dare pointing our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us.” Wooh, impressive. Then I asked him “would you mind saying that on camera? I can film you explaining this…” For some reason I cannot really understand he refused and almost ran away. I guess my camera is as dangerous as Hamas threats… So just for you to know, the truth will never appear on the images you see on television.

As the Elderofziyon blog reports, this has long been common practice among Islamist militias.

It is worth reminding people about how reporters in southern Lebanon dealt with Hezbollah intimidation in 2006. CNN’s Nic Robertson dutifully accompanied Hezbollah on a planned tour of a bombed out building, repeating Hezbollah’s talking points about not seeing any military targets there and not telling viewers that it was staged entirely by Hezbollah.

Only when he was safely back in the US, and challenged on TV about his report, did he admit the truth, as reported by Newsbusters:

Hezbollah has “very, very sophisticated and slick media operations,” that the terrorist group “had control of the situation. They designated the places that we went to, and we certainly didn’t have time to go into the houses or lift up the rubble to see what was underneath,” and he even contradicted Hezbollah’s self-serving spin: “There’s no doubt that the [Israeli] bombs there are hitting Hezbollah facilities.”

 

Profs Blame Pro-Israel Bias for Stereotyping Muslims

Pro-Israel-media-biasFront Page, by Andrew Harrod:

Arabs and Muslims have an image problem in media and entertainment as a result of a pro-Israel political agenda. So claimed Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, on June 11, 2014, before an audience of forty middle-aged individuals at Washington, D.C. Jerusalem Fund think tank.

Ghareeb and Shaheen’s presentation, “Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later,” commemorated their respective 1984 publications, Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media and The TV Arab.  Drawing upon personal experiences, Ghareeb decried a “lack of balance” in Middle East news coverage in Israel’s favor, although groups such as CAMERA and Honest Reporting routinely demonstrate the reverse. According to Ghareeb, this allegedly biased media stereotyping “dehumanizes a people” and “allows for the use of force” against Arabs.

As evidence for this dubious claim, Ghareeb relied upon equally dubious sources such as Senator William Fulbright, who announced on television in 1973 that “Israel controls the United States Senate” and later became a registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia.  Ghareeb also praised the reporting of  Peter Jennings as an isolated example of balanced Middle East coverage and labeled Orientalism author Edward Said an “important figure” for writing, Covering Islam:  How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World.  He then cited Muhammad Hassanein Heikal, longtime editor of Egypt’s semiofficial Al Ahram newspaper and government minister under Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser, two individuals who inspired little confidence.

Shaheen began his presentation by recounting how, in 1974, his children told him about “bad Arabs on television,” prompting him to study Arabs and Muslims in popular entertainment.  For his interest in this subject, Shaheen claimed he was “tagged the Arab professor” and had his research dismissed as “not academic; it’s propaganda.” A Rockford Files producer, meanwhile, allegedly rejected his interview request with the statement, “I hate Arabs.”

Hollywood prejudice has now “spread its wings” from Arab Muslims to Muslims in general. Shaheen claimed, noting in a subsequent article on the event that “Islamophobia [has] joined Arabophobia.”  He objected to headlines involving “Islamist extremists” in stories where Islam is not a factor, although he neglected to provide any examples. He did concede that, when pertinent, religion “should be part of the story.”

Shaheen alleged that “people who have a political agenda” play a significant role in creating such stereotypes, while entertainment involving an “Israeli connection” is “pervasive.” Eight seasons of the television crime show NCIS, he noted, featured American intelligence cooperation with an Israeli Mossad agent, not with a Palestinian or Yemeni agent. Yet despite CIA cooperation with Palestinian and Yemeni agents, American ties with Israel are clearly much stronger and mention of them in a TV show involving spies simply reflects reality. Vaguely referenced “friends of Israel” in the media are “much more influential, powerful,” than their opponents, Ghareeb added conspiratorially.

After the event, this reporter asked whether there was an analogy with consistently negative portrayals of Germans, given their authoritarian and aggressive past.  Shaheen called this a “totally different issue.”  He then reiterated his 2002 Nightline comments that Americans “were at war with a country” in the World Wars and not with Islam’s supposedly “lunatic fringe, al-Qaeda.”  Yet decades-long conflict with various Islamic terrorist organizations and dictatorial regimes is hardly a “fringe” phenomenon.

Undeniably, Hollywood’s dream factory and the media can stand more realism, but Shaheen and Ghareeb’s often cartoonish views condemning a supposed pro-Israel political agenda offer little benefit.   Substantial evidence of anti-Israel media bias, however, does exist, and despite Ghareeb and Shaheen’s dubious sources and wishful thinking, art does, in fact, imitate life when it depicts violence among Arabs and other Muslims. Ignoring these facts in deference to the professors’ fantasies would be the real fiction.

Andrew E. Harrod is a freelance researcher and writer who holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JD from George Washington University Law School. He is a fellow with the Lawfare Project; follow him on twitter at @AEHarrod. He wrote this essay for Campus Watch, a project of theMiddle East Forum.

Guest Column: Jesus Recrucified

by Reuven Berko
Special to IPT News
June 16, 2014

1001_largeThe Palestinians likely were furious when the Pope Francis visited Jerusalem two weeks ago. They believe that when the Pope or any foreign official visits Jerusalem it is de facto recognition that it is the capital of the State of Israel.

To keep emotions boiling during his visit, the Palestinian media systematically issued false reports of how Israel “prevents” Christian worship and sends its thugs to attack and vandalize Christian holy sites in and around Jerusalem. When the Pope visited, it was no different. Palestinian propaganda has carefully avoided mentioning that only since the liberation of Jerusalem by Israel have the various religions enjoyed complete freedom of worship in a united Jerusalem. Moreover, Palestinian leaders have been shocked by the fact that in the past year, Israeli Arab Christians have increasingly enlisted in the Israeli army. Despite their efforts, even Palestinians specializing in anti-Israeli propaganda have found it hard to make their accusations stick if only because of the endless incidents of rape, murder and vandalism perpetrated against Christians by the forces of radical Islam in various locations around the globe, including Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Iraq and throughout Africa.

The Palestinians have not let facts interfere with their agenda. During the Pope’s visit to Israel and to the West Bank, the Palestinian media was flooded with photomontages of Old and New Testament scenes. In the Palestinian version of Raphael’s “The Deposition,” Jesus’ legs have been replaced by a photo of the wounded legs of a Palestinian, being carried away by a man as an Israeli soldier looks on. Particularly stunning is the Palestinian version of Rembrandt’s “The Sacrifice of Isaac,” with an Israeli soldier holding Isaac down, exposing his throat for slaughter, replacing the angel staying Abraham’s hand.

Art in the service of the PLO’s lie industry is a constant factor of Palestinian media and helps the PLO leadership mold the organization’s policies. Interviewed in 2000, Palestinian artist Yasser Abu Sido said “the Palestinian struggle against Israel is eternal. It began 2000 years ago (sic) and continues to this day. I illustrate it by depicting Jesus, who came into the world with a message of justice, and the Jews did what they did to him. The Palestinians demand the same rights and to be treated the same way. I illustrate that by showing Israeli soldiers as the Palestinians see them, in uniform. I show Jesus with nothing but the truth. When he was searched at the entrance to Jerusalem all they found on him was a stone, a piece of bread and a fish, and for that he was put in chains. That is the Palestinian who began the struggle and will continue it until it ends, if it ends…”

The Palestinians have adopted Jesus as their own: According to Palestinian TV in 2008, “Jesus was the first in a long line of sufferers. The Palestinians, naturally, are accustomed to such a death, the suffering of the first Palestinian, the Messiah, began at the Last Supper.” In 2012, on a Palestinian TV program about the Via Dolorosa, there was a subtitle reading “Mother, what did I do wrong? Am I forbidden to bring a message of peace from my Lord? That was the crime of Jesus, the Palestinian Messiah.” In 2010, the PLO’s website claimed the Virgin Mary was a Palestinian, saying that her pride was a model for the female shaheeds (those who commit martyrdom operations), prisoners and fighters who had become icons of dedication and sacrifice.

Such absurd notions are part of the disinformation campaign waged by the Palestinian terrorist conglomerate called the PLO in its ongoing effort to steal the Jewish identity and historical rights to the land of Israel. But using tactics of counterfeit and fabrication the Palestinians, in an effort to vilify the Jews , know full well that their propaganda falls into the fertile ground of age-old European anti-Semitism, where the Jews were officially absolved of the death of Christ by the Catholic Church only in 1965, and more recently by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.

According to the PLO’s newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda in 2000, the Palestinians also have asserted that Nazareth, was “the city whose first son was killed by the Jews.” In 2004 it called Capernaum, where they said that the Palestinian Messiahchanged water into wine, by its Arabic name, Kafar Kana. In 2005 the PLO newspaper called Jesus the first “Palestinian shaheed” (martyr) and in 2006 claimed that the Arab countries were the cradle of Christianity and that the Christian Jesus was a Syrian Palestinian who was born in Nazareth [sic]… In 2012 it wrote, “We are proud, oh son of Mary, that you are the first Palestinian who redeemed mankind so that love would continue to light the way.” This is all part of the revisionist Palestinian narrative to claim that Jesus was a Palestinian and thus deny that Jews ever lived in the land of Israel.

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New Al Qaeda Group Produces Recruitment Material for Americans, Westerners

Alhayat Media Center

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By Bill Gertz:

Al Qaeda’s ultra-extremist Syrian offshoot known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is stepping up efforts to recruit Americans and other westerners for jihad in Syria and possibly for future domestic terror attacks, according to U.S. officials.

A new media outlet affiliated with ISIL recently began producing recruiting materials in both English and German that U.S. intelligence analysts say is a sign they are targeting western jihadists for recruitment.

It is the first time ISIL, one of the most prominent ultra-violent jihadists among Syria rebels groups, has set up a western-oriented media arm.

ISIL also is leading the major military operations now under way in Iran that has produced the group’s take over of several Iraqi cities, including Mosul, the second largest.

According to U.S. officials, the new media outlet is called the Al Hayat Media Center that is under the authority of the ISIL’s official propaganda arm, the Al-Itisam Establishment for Media Production.

Recent ISIL recruitment products include English-language videos, pamphlets, and a magazine.

Analysts say the products appear to have been produced by competent English speakers and are devoid of spelling and grammatical errors, while including Arabic phrases and words.

Patrick Poole, a counterterrorism analyst, said ISIL’s media arm has made a major push over the past month to produce material targeting potential western recruits.

The ISIL appears to be copying a similar propaganda and recruitment model used by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, he said in an email.

“We know from recent reports that their recruiting efforts in the U.S. have been successful, with at least 15 Somalis from the Minneapolis area leaving to fight jihad in Syria, some fighting with ISIL itself,” Poole said.

“With as many as 70 Americans fighting with Syrian jihadist groups, and thousands of westerners, counterterrorism authorities have been rightfully worried,” he added. “Now that we have known cases of Americans fighting with ISIL, that is considered even too extreme for al Qaeda, and ongoing recruitment inside the U.S., we’re only going to see the potential domestic terror blowback from the Syrian jihad grow even more.”

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Professors Shill for Islamism

EGYPT-NESF ELDONIABy Andrew Harrod:

Only ten people, including two imams and a reporter, showed up to hear University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, professor of religious studies Carl W. Ernst deliver the “First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi Lecture” on May 7 at the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES) in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. Ernst was introduced by ICMES founder and president Norton Mezvinsky, who came to ICMES after a 42-year career teaching Middle East history at Connecticut State University.

A self-professed “anti-Zionist,” Mezvinsky endorsed the infamous 1975 Zionism-is-racism U.N. resolution and developed amiable relations with the deranged anti-Semitic Lyndon LaRouche movement and once spoke at the LaRouchite Schiller Institute in Germany. He also co-authored Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel with the late Israel Shahak, whose work, MEF Fellow Asaf Romirowsky wrote, “rests on his conviction that Judaism is the font of all evil and that most global issues can ultimately be traced back to Judaism via a world-wide Jewish conspiracy.”

In dedicating its inaugural lecture series to the memory of former ICMES director Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, ICMES signals its support of his radical ideology. Mezvinsky tearfully recalled his late “very good friend” and “distinguished scholar,” about whose book on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Sayyid Qutb Daniel Pipes wrote, “author and subject meld into a nearly seamless whole” so that, for Qutb and likeminded individuals, Abu-Rabi was “their apostle to an English-speaking audience.”

Appreciatively hearing Mezvinsky were Imams Mohammad Magid and Johari Abdul-Malik. The Sudanese-born Magid heads two groups with disturbing Islamist connections, the Muslim Brotherhood-founded, terrorism unindicted co-conspirator Islamic Society of North America and the All Dulles Area Muslim Societymosque in northern Virginia. The American convert Abdul-Malik, meanwhile, who called Magid “my teacher” at a press conference the day after the ICMES lecture, is outreach director at northern Virginia’s Dar al-Hijrah mosque, known for many years of attracting violent individuals, some personally defended by Abdul-Malik.

Ernst used PowerPoint to illustrate a chapter on Islamic ethics from his 2004 book, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World. Hackneyed accusations of “modern Islamophobia” with a “connection to racism & anti-Semitism” in an aggressive, post-Cold War Western society seeking “another opponent to take the place of the Soviet Union” introduced Ernst’s comments. “Islamophobia,” Ernst elaborated, “draws upon a well-established attack” upon Catholics previously called disloyal to a secular state.

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