Muslim asylum seekers are enforcing Islamic Sharia law in German refugee shelters, according to police, who warn that Christians, Kurds and Yazidis in the shelters are being attacked by Muslims with increasing frequency and ferocity.
Muslim migrants from different sects, clans, ethnicities and nationalities are also attacking each other. Violent brawls — sometimes involving hundreds of migrants — are now a daily occurrence.
Police say the shelters, where thousands of migrants are housed together in cramped spaces for months at a time, are seething cauldrons ready to explode. The police are urgently calling for migrants of different faiths to be housed in separate facilities.
Some politicians counter that such segregation would go against Germany’s multicultural values, while others say that separating hundreds of thousands of migrants by religion and nationality would be a logistical impossibility.
As the consequences of unrestrained migration become apparent, the tide of public opinion is turning against the government’s open-door policy. Observers say that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the so-called most powerful woman in the world, may have met her Waterloo.
Step one in the ramping up of attacks to the point where every few hours we hear of new stabbing attacks being prevented or too often the dreaded successful attack with some victims barely holding to life and very seriously injured but stabilized and expected to survive and those fortunate enough to need a short treatment in a hospital or even just an outpatient treatment. The news will quite possibly concentrate exclusively on those assaults taking place near the Temple Mount or the Old City of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and those ‘occupied’ (actually disputed) territories. This will permit summarizing that the reason for these assaults is because of the Palestinians not being granted their state. This does not explain the stabbing attacks within Green Line Israel including a serious attack in Tel Aviv amongst others. Then there is the call that has gone out to all Arabs, Palestinian, Israeli or…
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Are you expecting a new Iran? The most optimistic scenario by supporters of the nuclear deal with Iran is that the pact will bring about better relations between Tehran and Washington.
This presumptive script also suggests that Iranian pragmatists, emboldened by their success at the impending lifting of economic sanctions against Iran, will move to transform the regime’s overall foreign policy. It also assumes that young supporters of President Hassan Rouhani will somehow “force” the regime to institute reforms that will lead to improved human rights as well as liberalization of the country’s socially restrictive domestic policies.
In their view, apparently, as Tehran becomes more integrated, developing normal diplomatic ties with Western nation-states, its aggressively expansionist regional policy will become more tame and “manageable.”
Unfortunately, considering the dark nature of the regime and its behavior during its 36 years of Islamist rule in Iran, this hope lacks any credibility. Given Iran’s recent history, its unremittingly hostile statements and its continuing secretive, self-serving and antagonistic behavior, there seems ample precedent for the high-flown hopes of Western diplomats to be dashed.
The upsurge of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens — by young people, female as well as male — the resumption of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, the insistence on using Islamic holy places as an excuse for violence, the continuing deliberate falsehoods about Israeli intentions, and the inflammatory rhetoric of the Palestinian leadership have brought a new, unhelpful dimension into the Middle East.
One of the unexpected and remarkable developments in the Middle East has been the collapse of the state system with the chaos in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. At present, only Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel remain as states characterized by some form of national identity if not total solidarity, and capable and willing to take action.
The Middle East monarchies, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Gulf Emirates are less able and less willing to do so.
However, the biggest failure to create some form of a coherent political entity, strong enough to control its population and seek peace with its neighbors, has been the Palestinian Authority, which has obtained non-member observer status at the United Nations and can fly its flag there, and which seeks to establish a Palestinian state.
That failure was shown by the inability of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to formulate a coherent policy, even a clear message, on the current outbreak of violence, as shown by his statement on October 8, 2015 that he would strengthen the hand of those defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque while insisting that he is against violence.
The Chinese ambassador has warned Jeremy Corbyn should “know how to behave” when he sits down with the country’s President at Buckingham Palace.
Mr Corbyn is expected to confront the Chinese President over his human rights record when he attends a state banquet on Tuesday evening.
But Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to Britiain, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that President Xi Jinping was “not here for a debate” on human rights.
He’ll think twice next time!
The increasingly erratic conduct of one of Africa’s more despotic rulers is raising serious concerns about the future of a vital American intelligence-gathering base that plays a central role in targeting al-Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in countries such as Yemen and Syria.
Since coming to power 1999, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, has emerged as a vital ally of the United States, in spite of his despotic style of government and mounting criticism over his country’s lamentable record on human rights.
Successive American administrations — including that of President Barack Obama, who claims to champion greater democracy in Africa — have willingly turned a blind eye to Mr. Guelleh’s dictatorial style, in return for being allowed to operate the Camp Lemonnier military base that is located in the strategically-important African state.
Sited at the junction between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, the sprawling Camp Lemmonier complex, which houses 4,500 U.S. military personnel and is the only U.S. military based located in Africa, has developed into one of America’s key listening posts since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Apart from being a sophisticated communications centre for the Arab world and beyond, it also houses U.S. Special Forces, fighter planes and helicopters, as well as being a major operational center for drone operations in Africa and the Middle East.
A Palestinian woman was shot dead Saturday morning by the policewoman she tried to stab near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, in the third attempted stabbing attack of the day and the second in West Bank city, a frequent flashpoint city where a few hundred Jews live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Palestinians.
The Palestinian teen arrived at a Border Police base near the West Bank city and attacked the policewoman, who sustained light injuries to her hands, according to initial reports. The Border Police officer shot her attacker, killing her.
The attacker was identified as Bian Asila, 16, from Hebron.
The incident came after two other separate stabbing attacks in Hebron and Jerusalem just hours earlier in which both attackers were also killed. Along the Gaza border, IDF forces fired tear gas at dozens of protesters who tried to approach the fence.
The Ariel Police detained five people – including three minors – overnight Saturday/Sunday, on suspicions of entering Joseph’s Tomb outside Shechem (Nablus).
Their attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, reported that some detainees were bleeding after Palestinian Authority (PA) police found them and beat them; two of them are suffering from head injuries.
On Saturday night, the detainees arrived at the Tomb together with about 30 people to protest the site’s arson by Palestinian Arabs last week.
The PA police beat as many people as possible upon their entry to the site, however, banging their heads against their jeeps until the IDF arrived; the IDF then arrested the five for entering a closed military site.