Germany admits that 75% of Muslim migrants will be on welfare for years to come

They were supposed to be coming to supply a labor force that would make up for Germany’s declining birthrate. Instead, they’re going on welfare, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, since the Qur’an says that non-Muslims must pay for the Muslims’ upkeep (9:29). Germany has imported a huge drain on its welfare system. What could possibly go wrong?

“Refugee reality: Germany admits 75% face long-term unemployment and life on benefits,” by Simon Osborne, Express, June 23, 2017:

THREE quarters of Germany’s refugees will be long-term unemployed and claiming benefits for years, it was admitted today.

Aydan Özoğuz, commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, told the Financial Times that only a quarter to a third of the newcomers would enter the labour market over the next five years, and “for many others we will need up to 10”.

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) found only 45 per cent of Syrian refugees in Germany have a school-leaving certificate and 23 per cent a college degree.

Statistics from the Federal Labour Agency show the employment rate among refugees stands at just 17 per cent.

It said 484,000 of the refugees are looking for work, up from 322,000 last July — an increase of 50 per cent.

Of those, 178,500 are officially unemployed, meaning they not only have no work but are not enrolled in any training programmes or language courses — up 27 per cent on last July….

It was hoped the arrival of so many working-age, highly-motivated immigrants would help end Germany’s skills shortage and solve a demographic crisis posed by its dangerously low birth rate….

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Muslim Brotherhood-linked Rep. Keith Ellison falsely claims 35 mosques attacked under Trump

Muslim Brotherhood-linked Rep. Keith Ellison falsely claims 35 mosques attacked under Trump

Many of these “hate crimes” were just crimes: “The ACLU listed several burglaries in Alabama that targeted mosque donation boxes. But according to a police statement, authorities found ‘no evidence that these crimes are hate crime related.’ Another example involves a 16-year-old boy who set fire to a mosque, but authorities do not believe the arson was a hate crime. The ACLU also lists the murder of a young Muslim woman outside a mosque that occurred Sunday. Police currently believe the crime was a ‘road rage incident’ and not a hate crime….Ellison mischaracterizes some of the incidents CAIR reported by calling them ‘attacks,’ exaggerating instances like hate mail by including them in the 35-number from his tweet.”

This is all familiar. For years, Islamic advocacy groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have wildly exaggerated the incidence of anti-Muslim hate crime, often misrepresenting crimes committed by Muslims themselves as anti-Muslim hate crimes, in order to portray Muslims in the U.S. as victims of widespread persecution. In reality, FBI statistics show that Jews are twice as likely to be victims of hate crimes as Muslims.

The objective is clearly to deflect counter-terror efforts, claiming that Muslims are more victimized than victimizer, and that counter-terror efforts are part of that victimization.

Ellison has multiple links to the Muslim Brotherhood, so this is no surprise coming from him.

“FACT CHECK: Have There Been 35 Mosque Attacks Under Trump?,” by David Sivak, Daily Caller, June 21, 2017:

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison tweeted Sunday that there have been 35 “mosque attacks” in the Trump era.

Verdict: Unsubstantiated

Ellison exaggerates an outdated and imprecise statistic. However, there have been a number of hate crime incidents directed at mosques in recent months. It remains to be seen whether these incidents are part of a growing trend.

Fact Check:

In his tweet, Ellison links to a Buzzfeed article that claims there have been around 35 “incidents of threats, vandalism and arson at U.S. mosques since January.” The figure is roughly based on an outdated statistic mentioned in a March press release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

To establish a more current estimate, The Daily Caller News Foundation analyzed an ongoing list of incidents compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The analysis found alleged incidents at about 60 mosques across the country to date. Many of the incidents noted by CAIR are included in the ACLU listing.

The ACLU’s list relies on local news reports, so the number of incidents could be higher if news outlets did not cover an incident or if the ACLU could not find all instances reported by local media.

The number of “anti-mosque incidents” the ACLU compiled may also be overstated because not all incidents were investigated by police as hate crimes. In addition, the list includes more subjective “incidents” like zoning disputes over the construction of new mosques.

The ACLU listed several burglaries in Alabama that targeted mosque donation boxes. But according to a police statement, authorities found “no evidence that these crimes are hate crime related.”

Another example involves a 16-year-old boy who set fire to a mosque, but authorities do not believe the arson was a hate crime.

The ACLU also lists the murder of a young Muslim woman outside a mosque that occurred Sunday. Police currently believe the crime was a “road rage incident” and not a hate crime.

Police reports and investigations are not infallible, but “anti-mosque” statistics issued by groups like the ACLU should be taken with a grain of salt. According to the FBI, “only when a law enforcement investigation reveals sufficient evidence to lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that the offender’s actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by his or her bias, should an agency report an incident as a hate crime.”

Ellison mischaracterizes some of the incidents CAIR reported by calling them “attacks,” exaggerating instances like hate mail by including them in the 35-number from his tweet….

Both Ellison’s tweet and the Buzzfeed article frame recent mosque incidents in the context of the Trump era. The article looks at incidents since January, the month President Donald Trump was inaugurated. However, evidence of a link between Trump’s presidency and attacks on mosques is unsubstantiated….

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Remember ladies, the left says, lay back, shut up and do not report rape, for the good of the refugee movement. Don’t be selfish, sheep!

WOMAN, 28, ‘RAPED NINE TIMES BY THREE ASYLUM SEEKERS IN GERMANY’

WOMAN, 28, IS ‘RAPED NINE TIMES BY THREE ASYLUM SEEKERS WHO FILMED THE BRUTAL ATTACK ON HER MOBILE PHONE AFTER AMBUSHING HER AT A TOWN FAIR IN GERMANY’

  • Hungarian woman said Ethiopian men attacked her at station near fair in 2016
  • She claims she was hit before her phone was stolen so she couldn’t call for help
  • Men then raped her three times each, she alleged, and filmed part of the attack
    One suspect says he had consensual sex with her, the others deny involvement

By Allan Hall and Chris Pleasance for MailOnline, 20 June 2017:

The woman claims the men (Isaak N. ,23, left, and Dawit T., 22, right) stole her phone so she couldn’t call for help before taking it in turns to attack her while filming the abuse

The woman said she was forced to have unprotected oral, vaginal and anal sex with three Ethiopian men who she identified in court, The Local reports.

Victim Laura G. says she was repeatedly raped by three asylum seekers including Medhanie A., 29, near a town fair in Mühlhausen, Germany, in August 2016

She claimed the men took it in turns to rape her, sometimes acting as a group, and sometimes individually.

The State Court in Mühlhausen heard how one of the three accused, Isaak N. ,23, approached victim Laura G. as she made her way home from the fair.

She told the court that he grabbed her by the arm and said; ‘We are going to have sex now.’

When she tried to run he grabbed her, slapped her to the ground and proceeded to pull her trousers down.

She managed to get to her feet and run – only into the arms of accomplices Medhanie A., 29, and David T., 22.

 The alleged attack happened at Mühlhausen train station, close to the site of the town fair

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Swedish ‘Islamophobia’ expert joins the Islamic State, calls for jihad massacres

Michael Skråmos is a convert to Islam who was once in the anti-Islamophobia business and “heavily involved” in countering “what he described as a misleading picture of Muslims as violent fanatics.” Now he is a violent jihadist himself, and is calling for attacks against Sweden.

“Many were outraged when details emerged that not only was Skråmo collecting welfare benefits while in Sweden but received up to £4,300 from the Swedish government after he’d left the country to fight for ISIS.” Yet despite the object lesson he provides:

Many ISIS fighters have returned to Sweden leading to some politicians to call for the government to help the returning jihadis integrate into Swedish society. Several municipalities have even called for free housing, debt forgiveness and driving lessons for the returning fighters.

These politicians are delusional and are putting a heavy burden of responsibility on taxpayers, some of whom can barely afford to provide adequately for their own children, given economic downturns. Yet, Swedish citizens are expected to fully fund jihadists who help to create lawless Muslim no-go zones, and who aim to murder and subjugate infidels in their quest for martyrdom. Until the politicians who have brought about this situation are held accountable and voted out of office, the West will continue to spiral downward into the abyss of civil war and sharia.

“Swedish Islamophobia Expert Who Joined ISIS Now Calling For Attacks In Sweden”, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, June 16, 2017:

Swedish former “Islamophobia” expert Michael Skråmos, who joined the Islamic State and travelled to Syria, has now called for Islamists to attack targets in Sweden.

Michael Skråmos, an Islamic convert, is one of the many Swedish residents who has travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State terror group. Living in the ISIS capital of Raqqa, Mr Skråmos has not only tried to recruit for the terror group but has now called for jihadists to attack Sweden itself Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

The Islamic State capital has come under attack by a coalition of forces which began earlier this month. Skråmos made his comments shortly after in retaliation against the fact that Swedes have volunteered to fight along with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State.

“May the Lord of everything that exists awaken a lion. A Mujahid in Sweden who answer the call of jihad in the middle of the enemy,” Skråmos said.

Skråmo is thought to be one of the 80 to 100 Swedes fighting for the Islamic State in Raqqa as well as another 60 children.

Many were outraged when details emerged that not only was Skråmo collecting welfare benefits while in Sweden but received up to £4,300 from the Swedish government after he’d left the country to fight for ISIS. The Swedish government has seen around 300 separate cases of Islamic extremists claiming some sort of government money from welfare to student loans.

A former expert on multiculturalism and Islamophobia, Skråmo appeared in an ISIS recruitment propaganda video in early 2015.

Jesper Söder of Trollhattan is one of the Swedes fighting against ISIS. “We have American air support bombing Raqqa and ISIS positions that we have selected. There are many civilians who will be panicked to see us, now they see a chance to finally escape,” he said.

Söder added that around 50 ISIS fighters had given up to the coalition force, though said he had not heard of any Swedes being among them.

Many ISIS fighters have returned to Sweden leading to some politicians to call for the government to help the returning jihadis integrate into Swedish society. Several municipalities have even called for free housing, debt forgiveness and driving lessons for the returning fighters.

“There may be criticism, but [I think] that you should get the same help as others who seek help from us……

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Rare photos showing Jerusalem’s Mufti al-Husseini visit to Nazi camps

AN ANONYMOUS PURCHASER BOUGHT RARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A GERMAN DEALER SHOWING HAJ AMIN AL-HUSSEINI TOURING NAZI CAMPS, ACCOMPANIED BY NAZI OFFICIALS AROUND 1943. HE NOW SELLS THEM THROUGH THE KEDEM AUCTION HOUSE, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL.

The six photographs documents a visit to Germany by Mufti Haj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini. [Germany, ca. 1943].

The photographs show al-Husseini, accompanied by a number of Nazi senior officials, dressed in uniforms, and a number of government officials, dressed in civilian clothes, during a tour apparently held at a camp in Germany (possibly, a camp of The German Labour Front).

All the photographs are marked on reverse with the stamp “Photo-Gerhards Trebbin”. The photographer’s mark attests that they were developed in Trebbin, Germany, and may have been shot in its environs.

These photographs, previously unknown, document an unidentified visit to Germany by al-Husseini.

We were unable to identify the men in the photographs. However, according to some speculations, among the photographed are possibly:

  • the Croatian politician Mile Budak (a member of the Ustase Party who served as Croatian envoy to Germany in 1941-1943),
  • Iraqi politician Rashid Ali al-Gaylani,
  • Fritz Grobba (the German ambassador to Iraq, later in charge of Middle Eastern affairs at the German Foreign Ministry, known for his ties to al-Husseini and Rashid Ali al-Gaylani during al-Gaylani’s revolt against the Iraqi government and in the following years)
  • and the Austrian politician Arthur Seyss-Inquart.

Haj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini (1895?-1974) served as the Mufti of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period, in the years 1921-1937, and was known as one of the most important and influential leaders of the Palestinian Arabs and the Palestinian national movement.

In 1937, after the British outlawed the Arab Higher Committee and dispersed the Supreme Muslim Council, al-Husseini fled to Lebanon, where he stayed for about two years before moving to Iraq.

In Iraq he joined the politician Rashid Ali al-Gaylani and contributed significantly to the planning and organization of the revolt led by al-Gaylani in 1941. Following the revolt, al-Gaylani established a pro-Nazi government that demanded the expulsion of the British from Iraq, but his government did not last for long, and with the collapse of the coup, al-Husseini and al-Gaylani left Iraq.

Al-Husseini first traveled to Fascist Italy (where he even met Mussolini), then to Nazi Germany. Al-Gaylani also went to Germany.

Haj Amin al-Husseini’s ties with the Nazis, initiated before he had arrived in Germany, grew closer during his stay there. He had contacts with the German Foreign Ministry, with the upper echelons of the S.S. and the Gestapo, and even met with Adolf Hitler (their first meeting was in November 1941).

One of al-Husseini’s major contributions to the German war effort as part of his activities in favor of the Axis Powers was the recruitment of fighters to the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS in 1943. This division, called Handschar, was established by the Germans in the region of Croatia under the rule of the pro-Nazi Ustase Party (which then included Bosnia and Herzegovina). Most of the recruits were from among the Muslim population of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the recruitment was carried out with the encouragement of al-Husseini, who was sent there especially by the German authorities.

In addition, al-Husseini established the “Arab Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question” in Berlin – an institute founded with German funding and constituting the Berlin parallel to the “Institute for the Study of the Jewish Problem” active in Frankfurt, whose declared objective was the expulsion of the Jews from German territory.

As a result of these and other activities, al-Husseini was included at the end of World War II in the list of “war criminals” of the Yugoslav Committee Investigating the War Crimes of the Occupiers and their Collaborators.

Al-Husseini’s relations with the Axis Powers have been closely studied and still arouse questions. Some associate his collaboration with his enthusiasm for German policies towards the Jews and their plan for a “Final Solution”, and even with an aspiration on his part to expand the genocide to Palestine as well.

Islamic alliance is not exclusively with the left.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The Geller Report.

London police chief Dick hails ‘diversity’ of jihad massacre victims

“It’s desperately sad and poignant but among those who died is someone who’s British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish. In terms of our witnesses that we’ve spoken to so far, out of the 300-odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin. And the London British population comes from all kinds of backgrounds and every kind of faith and ethnicity.”

How wonderful: we’re all dying together, in a gloriously multicultural mosaic. Do something realistic about the jihad terror threat, so that we can celebrate our “diversity” in life rather than in death? Why, of course not! That would be “Islamophobic.”

“Met Police Chief: Attack Victims Show Off Diversity Which Makes London So Great,” by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart, June 10, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

The commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police has said that the range of nationalities of the victims of last week’s terror attack on London Bridge proudly showcases the diverse cultural makeup of the city.

“It’s desperately sad and poignant but among those who died is someone who’s British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish,” Cressida Dick told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.

“In terms of our witnesses that we’ve spoken to so far, out of the 300-odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin. And the London British population comes from all kinds of backgrounds and every kind of faith and ethnicity.”

She said she believed that long-time residents of London cherished the international flavour of London. “We believe of course that that’s what makes our city so great,” she said. “It’s a place where the vast majority of time it’s incredibly integrated and that diversity gives us strength.”…

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There is an ongoing effort in the establishment media to present Islam and Sharia observance as completely ordinary, benign things, with no downside at all. This effort usually becomes more intense after a jihad massacre, with its attendant myth-making about racist, redneck yahoos supposedly victimizing hijab-wearing women: efforts such as this one are presented as attempts to offset that supposed outpouring of “hate” by “humanizing” hijab-wearing women and allowing sympathetic non-Muslims to stand in “solidarity” with them.

That’s all wonderful, but where is Facebook’s and Twitter’s solidarity with Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or Aqsa and Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Or the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; or Amira Osman Hamid, who faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; or the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; or the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; or the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; or the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; or the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; or the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; or the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; or the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents; or the fifteen girls in Saudi Arabia who were killed when the religious police wouldn’t let them leave their burning school building because they had taken off their hijabs in their all-female environment; or all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?

Who is standing in solidarity with them? Those who taunt or brutalize hijab-wearing women are louts and creeps, and should be prosecuted if they commit any acts of violence. At the same time, the women who don’t wear hijab in Muslim countries are far more likely to be victims of violence than hijabis in the West. Who speaks for them?

“Twitter and Facebook rolling out new emoji which includes breastfeeding and hijabs,” by Gilaine Ng, Straits Times, May 26, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):

Tired of the emoji on your phone? As of Tuesday (May 23), Twitter users can take 239 new emoji for a test drive.

The update will soon be rolled out on Facebook too.

In total, there are 56 entirely brand new characters.

Gender and skin tone variations account for the other 183.

The new emoji include a breastfeeding mother, one of the most requested emoji in 2016. It was proposed by Ms Rachel Lee, a registered nurse at the University College of London Hospital.

She wrote that the emoji would “fill a gap in the current standard which omits the most popular form of nutrition for newborn babies”.

The latest emoji update was first announced in March by Unicode Consortium, the organisation that oversees the creation of emoji.

Another addition is a woman with headscarf, proposed by Rayouf Alhumedhi from Saudi Arabia.

The 15-year-old teenage girl wrote in her proposal to Unicode: “The addition of the hijab emoji will prove to be a step forward in tolerance and diversity.”…

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Manchester mass murderer used taxpayer-funded student loan and benefits to fund jihad plot

Salman Abedi caught on CCTV camera at sight of Manchester massacre.

Salman Abedi received thousands of dollars worth of student loans. Yet there are still Leftist and Muslim spokesmen who are trying to sell the public on the idea that it was his “alienation” and “marginalization” in a “racist,” “Islamophobic” British society that led him to jihad.

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

UK jihad preacher Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:

“We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”

“Exclusive: Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot,” by Robert Mendick, Martin Evans and Victoria Ward, Telegraph, May 27, 2017:

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.

Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training.

Police are investigating Abedi’s finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp.

It comes as Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, said detectives had made “immense progress” in dismantling Abedi’s terror network.

Hey, that’s terrific, Rowley. Just 22 dead too late.

In further developments, a barber shop in Manchester was raided with one theory that Abedi may have obtained hydrogen peroxide – a chemical used in the hairdressing industry but which can also be used to construct bombs – from the salon.

Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.

One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans “often with no intention of turning up”.

Abedi was given at least £7,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after beginning a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015.

It is thought he received a further £7,000 in the 2016 academic year even though by then he had already dropped out of the course. Salford University declined to say if it had informed the Student Loans Company that Abedi’s funding should have been stopped.

Separately, the Department for Work and Pensions refused to say if Abedi had received any benefits, including housing benefit and income support worth up to £250 a week, during 2015 and 2016. It would only say he was not claiming benefits in the weeks before the attack.

Abedi, 22, never held down a job, according to neighbours and friends, but was able to travel regularly between the UK and Libya.

Abedi also had sufficient funds to buy materials for his sophisticated bomb while living in a rented house in south Manchester.

Six weeks before the bombing Abedi rented a second property in a block of flats in Blackley eight miles from his home, paying £700 in cash.

He had enough money to rent a third property in the centre of Manchester from where he set off with a backpack containing the bomb.

Abedi also withdrew £250 in cash three days before the attack and transferred £2,500 to his younger brother Hashim in Libya, who is accused of knowing about the attack in advance….

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Jihad: the family business.

Remember: “Salman and his brother Ismail worshipped at Didsbury mosque, where their father, who is known as Abu Ismail within the community, is a well-known figure. ‘He used to do the five and call the adhan. He has an absolutely beautiful voice. And his boys learned the Qur’an by heart.’”

His father, who has ties to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, is a well-known figure at the Didsbury Mosque. Why didn’t the Vast Majority of Peaceful Muslims there rebuke him and his sons for their jihadist leanings?

“Manchester bomber Salman Abedi’s father and brothers arrested, linked to ISIS, Al Qaeda,” Fox News, May 24, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report):

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi apparently wasn’t the only member of his family to harbor extremist views as Libyan officials arrested the suicide bomber’s father and two brothers, and uncovered what investigators called a plot for a new attack.

Hashim Abedi, who was born in 1997, was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday evening by the Libyan counter-terrorism force Rada on suspicion of links to the Islamic State, and was planning a new attack on the Libyan capital, a government spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

The father of the bomber was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday, a Libyan security spokesman told The Associated Press. The father, Ramadan Abedi, had said another brother of the bomber, Ismail, was arrested Tuesday.

Salman’s mother, Samia Tabbal, is belived to have returned to Libya, while the Facebook profile for his sister, Jomana, suggests that she still lives in Manchester. The mother was described in an article by the Guardian as a “very nice woman” who taught a friend’s daughter to read the Quran.

Earlier Abdel-Basit Haroun, a former security official in Libya, told The Associated Press Wednesday that he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and that the elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s. The group had links to Al Qaeda.

Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun said the father belongs to the Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group hail. Haroun added that Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, had returned to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The LIFG was founded in 1995, and was involved in attempts to assassinate then-Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi as well as violent clashes with Benghazi police. In 2002, a senior LIFG commander, Anas al-Libi, who also was a companion of Al Qaeda founder Usama bin Laden, was detained by U.S. forces for his role in the 1998 bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people.

The group also was involved in the bloody riots at Abu Salim prison near Benghazi in 1996 that killed more than 1,200 prisoners.

The LIFG reportedly teamed up with the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group in planning the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, that killed more than 40 people and injured more than 100. The group also has been linked to the 2004 attacks in Madrid that killed 194 people.

Ramadan Abedi escaped Tripoli in 1993 after Qaddafi’s security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain. The elder Abedi first immigrated to London before settling in the Whalley Range area of south Manchester, where they had lived for at least a decade.

We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us.

– Ramadan Abedi, the father of Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi

The neighborhood is known to be home to a number of former LIFG members living in exile, including Abd al-Baset Azzouz – an expert bomb-maker who left Manchester to run a terrorist network in eastern Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Usama bin Laden’s successor as leader of Al Qaeda. Media in the United Kingdom reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control.

In a telephone interview from Tripoli, Ramadan Abedi — who is now the administrative manager of the Central Security force in the Libyan capital — denied to The Associated Press that his son is linked to any militant group or the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.

The father of the alleged terrorist said that his family “aren’t the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents.”

“We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us,” he said….

Sure. But are non-Muslims innocent?

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“Salman Ramadan Abedi named by police as Manchester Arena attacker,” by Ian Cobain, Frances Perraudin, Steven Morris, and Nazia Parveen, Guardian, May 23, 2017:

The man who murdered 22 people and injured 59 others has been named as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent.

Police confirmed the 22-year-old’s identity after officials in the United States passed it to news reporters, apparently against the wishes of the British police and security services.

Abedi was known to the security services but was not part of any active investigation or regarded as a high risk. He was viewed as a peripheral figure in much the same way as the Westminister attacker, Khalid Masood.

The police and security services are trying to establish whether he worked alone or was part of a wider network that helped him with the bomb. Although Islamic State has claimed responsibility, the police have found no evidence to support this.

Even before Abedi was named, several members of south Manchester’s Libyan community wondered whether the suicide bomber was one of their own: perhaps one of the young men who had fought in Libya during the 2011 revolution, some of whom came home traumatised and angry.

But none appear to have suspected that British-born Abedi – a slightly withdrawn, devout young man, always respectful to his elders – would become a mass murderer.

“Salman? I’m astonished by this,” one member of Manchester’s Libyan community told the Guardian. “He was such a quiet boy, always very respectful towards me. His brother Ismail is outgoing, but Salman was very quiet. He is such an unlikely person to have done this.”

Salman and his brother Ismail worshipped at Didsbury mosque, where their father, who is known as Abu Ismail within the community, is a well-known figure. “He used to do the five and call the adhan. He has an absolutely beautiful voice. And his boys learned the Qur’an by heart.

“Abu Ismail will be terribly distraught. He was always very confrontational with jihadi ideology, and this Isis thing isn’t even jihad, it’s criminality. The family will be devastated.”

Abu Ismail Abedi, who worked as an odd-job man in Manchester, is thought to be in Tripoli. His wife, Samia, is thought to be in Manchester. The couple are believed to have another son, Hashem, and a daughter, Jomana.

“Abu Ismail comes and goes between here and there,” the family friend said. “I can’t believe [Salman Abedi] would have been radicalised in Tripoli. All those types have been driven out of the city. It must have happened here.

“But what was he doing, murdering all those people. There must have been somebody influencing him. It’s terrible. He was off his head.”

But others had a different recollection. Mohammed Saeed, a senior figure of Didsbury Mosque and Islamic Centre, said Salman Abedi had looked at him “with hate” after he gave a sermon criticising Isis and Ansar al-Sharia in Libya.

Saeed said he gave a strong sermon against terrorism and about the sanctity of life in 2015. He said 2,000 members of the mosque were with him; a small number were not; and a few signed a petition criticising him.

“Salman showed me a face of hate after that sermon,” he said. “He was showing me hatred.”

Saeed said a friend was so worried that he got his adult children to sit beside Salman Abedi in case he was attacked by him….

Did he notify the police?

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the Geller Report.