“Sometimes when I come back from the visit with Gabriella, after saying goodbye to her, I feel as if I cannot live without her, I want to go back and hold her. She kisses me so hard. It is hard to say goodbye to her. She blows kisses all the way as she goes up the stairs, and everyone stands there watching.” These are the words of a grieving British mother, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, held in prison in the Islamic Republic of Iran, as she describes saying goodbye to her child.
In 2016, the relationship between the regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Obama administration seemed to have reached a euphoric level. Many exorbitant concessions were made by the United States to the Islamic Republic. The argument for these concessions was that such policies of appeasement would inspire Iran to change its malignant behavior, and that the freedoms that resulted would trickle down to the Iranian people. People began to think it would be safe to travel to Iran again. As tourism began to increase, however, it soon became clear that there was still rampant danger. People started becoming the new hostages of Iran.
Two of these victims are an innocent British mother, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and her helpless then-22-month-old daughter, Gabriella. Zaghari-Ratcliffe traveled with her baby to Iran to visit her family on Norowz, the Iranian New Year, in 2016. With the change in political climate Zaghari-Ratcliffe, employed as a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Canadian news agency, Thomson Reuters, assumed they would be safe. As she boarded the plane, she had no idea what she would face at the Khomeini Airport. She was surrounded by The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and arrested.
via Iran’s Kidnapping Industry: British Mother Held in Prison
Almost half of Swedish women are regularly prisoners in their own home because it is too dangerous to go outside. Religious police and gangs are controlling ever larger areas. There are not enough police to stabilize the country. There is no help in sight for the Swedes, and Sweden is becoming an ever greater security threat to the surrounding NATO countries. Should NATO react?
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The Israel Defense Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit revealed a disconcerting phenomenon on Thursday: Sick children from the Gaza Strip who have received medical treatment in Israel are being abandoned at the Erez border crossing by a parent or other guardian, who took them into Israel for treatment and wants to stay in Israel illegally to work.
On Feb. 5, the father of a 4-year-old Palestinian child abandoned him at the crossing in northern Gaza. The boy had received medical treatment in Israel and when it came to time to return home via the crossing, the father left him with a stranger and remained in Israel illegally.
via Sick Kids from Gaza Being Abandoned at Border Crossing
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair blasted current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday for failing to combat antisemitism within the party.
In a televised interview, Blair told Sky News that Corbyn had not been “robust” enough in his response to the party’s growing antisemitism crisis.
“Of course we should eradicate antisemitism from the Labour Party,” he said. “We are supposed to be a progressive political party, how can we say it’s tolerable to have a certain level of antisemitism in the party?”
Blair also referenced the no-confidence motion brought against Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger in response to her outspoken activism against antisemitism in the party.
via Former British PM Tony Blair Slams Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for Failure to Deal With Antisemitism in Party
“Palestinian suspect arrested in murder of young woman in Jerusalem forest,” i24 News, February 7, 2019:
Israeli police and security forces arrested a Palestinian man in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old woman from a West Bank settlement, whose lifeless body was found in the Jerusalem forest on Thursday night with multiple stab wounds.
According to local media reports, the suspect confessed to the murder during his interrogation with Israeli security forces.
Identified as Arafat Irfaiya, the 29-year-old suspect from the flashpoint city of Hebron was arrested in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank.
via Israel: “Palestinian” mosque employee murders 19-year-old woman because she was Jewish