Northern Israel was covered by thick fog over the weekend, with near-zero visibility. The rain came and went, mostly drizzling and turning everything that was not concrete into mud.
Someone just passing through would probably be unable to tell anything was wrong, or that the entire area was on edge. The partial military restrictions imposed on a section of the border when Operation Northern Shield was launched last week have already been lifted, and nothing could be seen of a military presence beyond the sporadic military vehicle driving around. For all intents and purposes, this was just another rainy Saturday in northern Israel.
This facade, however, successfully hid the IDF’s nonstop efforts to neutralize Hezbollah terror tunnels snaking under the Israel-Lebanon border.
The decision to continue the search for tunnels over the weekend was unorthodox, and not only because it involved operations on Shabbat. The work was hindered by the stormy weather, but the complex engineering and logistics effort involved in this intense operation never waned. If anything, the IDF kept pushing and everyone — from GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick to the last special combat engineering soldier deployed on the ground — seemed to be accelerating the pace.
Further down the street, there was a flurry of activity. A woman was surrounded as she opened a huge bag full of phones, shoes, sunglasses and handbags — clearly stolen from tourists or Parisians. The goods were quickly sold and the crowd melted away.
Unemployed or underemployed Muslim migrants (and there are many) who are legal can count on a cornucopia of benefits provided by the French state, including free or subsidized housing, free medical care, free education, family allowances, and unemployment benefits. Even illegal ones manage to receive some of these benefits, such as free medical care through Aide médicale d’État.
Police have reportedly admitted the area is a ‘no-go’ zone, and will only drive through the areas armed and four to a vehicle….
The appalling attacks in November 2015 by home-grown Islamic State killers shone a pitiless spotlight on the problems that can grow out of immigrant ghettos.
These are not ”immigrant ghettos,” but “Muslim ghettos” (which include Muslims born in France).
Here’s some “good” news: In October, only five Palestinians living in Syria were pronounced dead. The London-based Action Group for Palestinians of Syria reports that in October 2017, 12 Palestinians were killed due to war-related incidents in that country. “The list of victims who died in October 2018 includes four Palestinians who were pronounced dead in Teloul Al-Safa, in Al-Sweida desert, south of Syria, and one Palestinian in Damascus,” the group said.
According to the human rights watchdog that monitors the situation of Palestinians in Syria, the number of Palestinians killed in Syria since the beginning of the civil war there in 2011 now stands at 3,903. Another 1,712 Palestinians in that country have been arrested by the Syrian authorities, and 316 are listed as missing.
The latest victim was identified as Ahmed Abdullah Balbisi who, according to the human rights group, died of torture in a Syrian prison eight years after his incarceration. The group said that Balbisi was arrested then for participating in peaceful demonstrations organized by the Syrian opposition. Balbisi is the latest victim added to the 3,903 Palestinians killed in Syria during the past seven years. His death was reported by the group on November 22.
A day earlier, the human rights group reported that two other Palestinians, Mohammed Khalil al-Kurdi and Wael Abu Hamdeh, died due to lack of proper medical treatment. On November 19, reports surfaced that a third, Mohammed Ahmed Farhat, was killed during an exchange of gunfire between the Syrian army and the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.
About 170 nautical miles off the coast of Oman, a small, stateless fishing vessel was intercepted in March 2016 by the HMAS Darwin, an Australian navy ship operating under Combined Task Force 150, which is responsible for counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East.
On board the Samer, the Australian crew discovered a large cache of weapons, including 100 rocket-propelled grenades, 1,989 AK-47 rifles, and 49 PKM general purpose machine guns, that appeared to have been manufactured in Iran.
The incident marked one of four interdictions of Iranian smuggling vessels from September 2015 through March 2016 that yielded, in total, more than 5,000 AK-47 rifles and 80 anti-tank guided missiles, as well as machine guns and sniper rifles, according to data released by the United States Navy.
Based on interrogations of crew members and examinations of GPS data on board the five vessels, the Navy determined that the weapons shipments had originated in Iran. “We know they came from Iran and we know the destination,” said US Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, who oversees American naval operations in the Middle East.
12/10/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on November 27, Coptic Christian Abd Adel Bebawy was sentenced by an Egyptian court to three years in prison for “insulting Islam in the first degree.” His lawyer was granted access to the verdict on December 6 and has opened an appeal which is expected to be heard at the end of December.
Bebawy was originally arrested in Minbal, a village located in Upper Egypt’s Minya Governorate on July 6, 2018. He had posted on Facebook an image of God, the angel Gabriel, and a verse from the Quran. The day after he was arrested and charged by the police, a mob gathered in Minbal and attacked several Christian homes. It is common for Islamic extremists in Egypt to collectively punish the Christian community for the perceived wrongs of one individual.
You read that headline right. Thank you to Zahra Billoo, the radical Islamist director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area chapter.
We still think she’s filled with a blinding hate toward Israel and those who support it. Our gratitude should not be taken as a change of heart. She’s no fan of ours, either.
But real honesty is rare, and Billoo displayed it during a recent American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) conference. AMP is a rabidly anti-Israel organization with numerous links to a U.S.-based Hamas support network that operated during the 1990s and into the 2000s.
Linda Sarsour is an extremist who has “roots in [the] Muslim Brotherhood,” according to an English-language feature on Al-Arabiya, the Saudi Arabia based news channel. The article published in idiomatic English on Sunday accused the Brotherhood of “shaping the thoughts of American activist Linda Sarsour, [which resulted in] her declaring her ‘Jihad’ against US President Donald Trump.”…
Written by Huda al-Saleh, the article sought to expose what it called “details of calls to attack Trump by US ‘Muslim Sisters’ allied to the Brotherhood.” The article began by noting that two Muslim women, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, were recently elected to the US Congress.
However, “those sponsoring and supporting the two Muslim women to reach the US Congress adopted a tactic to infiltrate through their immigrant and Black minority communities in general,” insinuating that Muslim Brotherhood activists sought to drum up support for the Democratic candidates.