Austria recognizes ISIS genocide against Christians

It is comforting to finally hear the truth being recognized by Austria, along with a determination to assist the victims.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice:

In Syria, the Islamic State has beheaded and stoned men, women, and children for blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy. One Christian Syrian woman described ‘Christians being killed and tortured, and … children being beheaded in front of their parents…

The Center continued:

Assyrian Christians have faced mass kidnappings; children and adults have been tortured for refusing to deny their faith in Christ; and other Christian children have been raped and burned to death by the radicals.

Anglican Reverend Andrew White, aka the “Vicar of Baghdad,” recounted the story of Iraqi Christian before they were slaughtered by Islamic State militants:

Children…were told by ISIS militants to convert to Islam or be killed. Their response? “No, We Love Yeshua (Jesus).”

It is atrocious that peaceful Christians have not been long prioritized by Western nations as refugees; they are not only victims of war but targets of murder and violence by jihadists for their faith. One could not begin to imagine the global reaction and outcry if Christians or Jews were murdering innocent Muslims in the name of their religion, and such an outcry would be warranted. Meanwhile, the word “Islamophobia” keeps getting rammed down the throats of Western infidels in the face of such atrocities committed against Christians and other human beings in the name of Islam. Such lack of sensitivity and remorse is telling.

“Austria Among First Nations to Recognize ISIS’ Genocide Against Christians”, by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, June 21, 2017:

Austria has become one of the first countries in the world to not only formally recognize the genocide being committed against Christians in Iraq and Syria, but also to advance a seven-point plan aimed at helping victims.

The American Center for Law and Justice reported on Tuesday that the Austrian National Council formally recognized earlier in June the “heinous atrocities” being committed by the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities, and committed itself to carrying out at least three steps of a seven-point plan to help those who are displaced.

“Austria has become one of the first countries to take a decisive stand,” the ACLJ wrote, calling it a “major step forward” in the conservative group’s campaign to rescue followers of Christ.

The legal group launched its seven-point plan last year, the details of which are available on the ACLJ website, and has urged U.N. member states to join the fight against genocide.

The plan in question calls for the establishment of in-region “safe zones” for genocide victims fleeing radical terror, along with expanding military efforts as part of the international coalition to defeat IS.

“It is imperative that we continue to pressure the U.N. and the international community in order to provide the relief these victims so desperately need,” the ACLJ urged, calling on people to join the cause as the legal group expands its “largest global legal advocacy campaign in defense of Christians facing jihadist genocide.”

In its letters to the U.N., the group has highlighted the urgency of cooperation when it comes to fighting IS.

“In Syria, the Islamic State has beheaded and stoned men, women, and children for blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy. One Christian Syrian woman described ‘Christians being killed and tortured, and … children being beheaded in front of their parents,’” the law group has said.

It added that Assyrian Christians have faced mass kidnappings; children and adults have been tortured for refusing to deny their faith in Christ; and other Christian children have been raped and burned to death by the radicals……

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“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know whom Allah knows.” (Qur’an 8:60)

Mohamad Hamdan

“‘I’m gonna kill you all. Allah. Bomb.’ Man charged, accused of making threats at U.S. Courthouse,” by Katie DeLong, Fox6Now.com, June 21, 2017:

MILWAUKEE — Charges have been filed against a man accused of making threats at the U.S. Courthouse near Jefferson and Wisconsin on Thursday, June 15th. The incident led to a traffic mess in downtown Milwaukee as several streets near the courthouse were shut down, and the courthouse itself, along with other businesses in the area, were evacuated.

The accused is 32-year-old Mohamad Hamdan of Milwaukee. He faces one felony count of “terrorist threats” and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.

According to a criminal complaint, on June 15th, officials were dispatched to the U.S. Courthouse after a report of “a subject fighting a U.S. Marshal.” A security officer at the courthouse told investigators shortly before 11:00 a.m., a suspect, later identified as Hamdan, parked his vehicle in front of the courthouse and walked into the building. Once inside “he began yelling loudly in an Arabic language,” saying things like “Mohammed,” “Allah,” “jihad” and “Malakum.” He asked “Where are the Marshals?” When asked where he needed to be, he said “I am a Marshal.” When asked for identification, he began yelling “Ji-ha” and “Malakum.”

When he suddenly placed his right hand into his pocket, he “caused security to fear for their immediate safety,” the complaint says. He was approached by a courthouse security officer who demanded he back up, and exit the building, and U.S. Marshals were contacted for assistance.

When a U.S. Marshal asked the suspect whether he had any business at the courthouse, he responded by calling the Marshal the “N-word,” the complaint says. The U.S. Marshal tried to escort the man out, but he moved closer to the inside of the building. The Marshal eventually got him out of the building — to the front steps of the courthouse. There, he “began pacing back and forth,” yelling “in an Arabic language and also in English.” He told the Marshals “(expletive) you guys,” and called them the “N-word.” The complaint says the suspect appeared to be talking on a cell phone — which was later recovered, and it was determined that it hadn’t been powered on.

The complaint says Hamdan was told to leave multiple times — told he would be arrested if he refused. He eventually went to his van, and with the driver’s side window down, he “continued to yell in another language with English words interspersed” — specifically yelling “(expletive) you. I’m gonna kill you all. Allah. Bomb.” When he said “bomb,” a decision was made to identify him. When asked for identification, the complaint says Hamdan said “no” and started his van.

When asked to stop, the complaint says Hamdan looked at officials and tried pulling away. A Marshal was able to pull him from the vehicle, and the complaint says he “resisted, began to fight and refused to be handcuffed.” He was directed to the ground on Wisconsin Avenue where he was handcuffed.

Traffic was blocked on Wisconsin Avenue, in both directions in front of the courthouse and for one block on Jefferson Street to enable a bomb-sniffing dog and “Hazardous Device Unit” to check the suspect’s van for explosives….

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THOUSANDS of violent jihadis ON THE LOOSE in Sweden

Islamic refugees and migrants represent a historically violent challenge for the Swedish state. Police receive seven concerning extremism or terrorism reports per hour.

Swedish intelligence, Säpo, has publicized a report which estimates that thousands of violent jihadis live in the country.

Säpo concludes that thousands of violent extremists live in Sweden. A number that has exploded in recent years.

“We have never seen anything like this before,” says Security Chief Anders Thornberg.

According to Thornberg, the vast majority of violent extremists have an Islamic background. In 2010 some two hundred violent extremists resided in Sweden, per Säpo statistics.

“We have gone from hundreds to thousands now,” says Thornberg. And he adds that the situation is serious to such a degree that Sweden is facing a “historical challenge”.

Swedish police receive 6,000 reports about incidents related to terror and extremism every month. That is some 200 complaints per day, which amounts to over seven reports per hour.

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

Ramadan in Alabama: Muslim charged with supporting act of terrorism

“Huntsville man charged with supporting act of terrorism, law enforcement say threat is over,” by by Drew Galloway, Kristen Conner and David Kumbroch, WHNT, June 15, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Police Department has charged a man with Soliciting or Providing Support for an Act of Terrorism.

22-year-old Aziz Sayyed, of Huntsville, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. The arrest is the result of a tip from a citizen.  Sayyed was stopped and taken into custody in the area of Church Street and Clinton Avenue.  Investigators say Sayyed is a U.S. citizen, born in North Carolina.

Shortly after a news conference announcing the arrest, police confirmed that an active investigation scene at Twickenham Village, an apartment complex just north of University Drive in the area of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, was linked to the charges against Sayyed.

The FBI also confirmed they were on scene at the apartment complex.

Police say they were executing a search warrant at an apartment where Sayyed was allegedly staying.

The Huntsville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are jointly investigating the case with support from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. No specifics of the threat have been released, but both agencies say the arrest eliminates any threat to the Huntsville/Madison County area, including Redstone Arsenal.

“We successfully mitigated a threat today with this arrest,” said Roger Stanton, FBI Birmingham Special Agent in Charge….

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Specter of the Caliphate is haunting Europe

At a Party meeting, the Party leader addresses the audience:

“All of you will be hanged tomorrow. Do you have questions?”

Silence.

The Party leader:

“I will repeat the question. Tomorrow you all will be hanged. Does anybody want to say anything?”

A timid voice is heard from the audience:

“Shall we bring our own rope and soap or they will provide it to us?”

This was a Soviet anecdote of the 70s.

The world of Quisling’s followers, barbarian colonizers, and a submissive, or at best frightened, murmuring herd — this is the Western Europe of the 21st century

In 1975, he was 40 years old, and he was well-known already: his performances were popular; he was a member of the editorial board of a famous literary magazine. Any path was open before him, but he chose a different way.

After putting down the Prague Spring, he challenged the authorities, having written an open and furious letter addressed to the President of Czechoslovakia, which was occupied by the Soviet troops. He was arrested, accused of attacking a civil servant and put into prison. Later on he was released, accused of an attempt to overthrow the communist regime, imprisoned for four years and five months, released again and imprisoned again in 1989.

He spent years in prison and turned into an unbreakable leader of his people – a future president of the Czech Republic. His name is Vaclav Havel. Like Thomas Masaryk, the founder of the Czech Republic, he was an embodiment of the best qualities of a statesman: mind, fortitude, strength and decency.

The West presents a gloomy picture of impending darkness and tyranny, the likes of haven’t been known to the civilized world for centuries. This is the world in which an aggressive, patriarchal and primitive religion has taken root in the very heart of the continent; in which bearers of dark prejudices, intolerance and barbarism, who came from the far ends of Asia and Africa, murder, rape, mock and disparage those who trustfully and carelessly opened their doors to them. This is the world in which the elite have turned into Quisling’s followers, the guides of colonization, and the governments of the nations have chosen (more or less eagerly) the role of Vichy.

However, we notice a striking phenomenon: masses of people doomed to inevitable suffering keep silent or, at best, passively and anonymously express their disagreement during elections — although they have almost no chance to win, since the whole state system is aimed at brainwashing, and the people of Western Europe and Canada are deprived of individualism and self-reliance, like the people of America. Undoubtedly, there are those who dared to raise their voice against the invading despotism, but there are few of them, surprisingly very few for a society that is still relatively open. This applies to both intellectuals and ordinary people.

I am not talking about the so called “useful idiots” — sectarians blinded by ideological clichés and ready to use the corpses of their compatriots to pave their path to the Pastures of Hell. I am not talking about those who receive grants and privileges — they have chosen this cynical and dirty role. I am talking about the thousands of ordinary professors, teachers, lawyers, writers, actors, filmmakers, journalists. I am talking about priests and rabbis, human rights activists, feminists, activists of the LGBT community — those who will be the first victims of the forthcoming theocracy. They will not be granted an easy death.

What makes those whose relatives, friends and neighbors are blown up, raped, humiliated and held in terror keep silent? Haven’t they already lost a sense of security and calm in their own homes, streets and cities? We see sentimental scenes with weeping people, toys, candles and wreaths at places of massacre, where mass demonstrations, rallies of protest and pickets are needed instead. We see exalted the opponents of Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, and the Women’s Marches, but we do not see any opponents of politically correct tyranny. Why do people submit their throats to murderers, being obedient like sheep?

What is this — self-censorship, conformism, the hope that they will avoid the fate of being a victim? They won’t escape this. After the terrorist attack in Manchester, the pop star Katy Perry, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and a member of the French Senate for Nice, Nathalie Goulet, expressed the opinion of the Western elites by saying that Europeans should get used to terrorist attacks. And they will make them get used to them. Finally, they will get used to the fate of the so-called “dhimmis” – semi-slaves, human cattle, whose lives will be taken by servants of the bloodthirsty cult.

Do they fear turning into racists, fascists, Islamophobes? Do the fear losing jobs, opportunities for career growth, invitations to conferences on human rights and inter-confessional dialogue? Do they fear paying a fine for defamation?

I started this article with Vaclav Havel’s story not at random. For decades, the world has witnessed Eastern European people desperately struggling for their rights and dignity against tyranny. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Prague Spring, the Polish Solidarity movement, the Romanian revolution against Ceaușescu’s dictatorship, the courage of the Lithuanians who escaped the “bear embrace” of the Soviet empire in January 1991 at the cost of dozens of lives – crowds of people led by the intellectual class walked out to the streets and were confronted not by courts or comments on Facebook and anonymous threats on Twitter, but by bullets, tanks and the State Security. They had neither lawyers nor rights. They knew that they could be put into prison for years, like Havel, or even die (Havel’s friend philosopher Jan Patočka died during an interrogation). Nevertheless, Eastern Europeans became stronger owing to this experience, ready to defend Democracy and their freedom. They gained immunity against universalistic utopias and put forward courageous and determined leaders.

There was a powerful dissident movement in the very citadel of Soviet tyranny. Many of these people disappeared in prisons, camps and psychiatric hospitals. They shared prison cells with criminals, who were encouraged to bully them and commit sexual violence (carte blanche) against them. Most of the Soviet dissidents were represented by scientists and writers headed by the academic Andrey Sakharov – they were the color of the nation. During the Soviet Coup in August 1991, armored troop carriers in Moscow crushed three people, but the restoration of the Soviet regime was prevented.

In our time, Ukrainians have overthrown their corrupt ruler, and in Moscow, people go out to protests against autocracy. In Israel, after the vicious Oslo agreements and the subsequent murderous mass terrorist attacks, tens of thousands of people repeatedly took to the streets demanding a stop to inhuman political experiments on the living body of the society. People blocked the roads and organized marches to the Prime Minister’s residence. About eight years ago, the mass outbreak forced the Israeli government, despite enraged opposition from left organizations and the media, to build a fence on the border with Egypt to protect the country against hordes of African migrants.

It is symbolic that Pegida, which did not find followers in the rest of Western Europe, appeared on the territory of the former German Democratic Republic.

Democracy is not just voting once in every four years. First of all, this is a civic activity, and requires courage — it is not the act of a weeping child in a kindergarten. A primary task of a democratic state is the protection of its people. If a state and elites do not comply with the social contract, and what is even worse, sacrifice their own people, culturally and physically, in the name of a dubious ideology, utopian conception and personal interests, then the people have their right to demand the revision of that social contract. They have a full right not to allow totalitarian structures (and the Western elite has implanted a sophisticated cultural totalitarianism) to turn them into guinea pigs of social engineering.

In 1984, in the essay called “Politics and Conscience,” Havel wrote: “I advocate an anti-political policy, that is, a policy considered to be not a method of power and manipulation, not a cybernetic system for managing human beings and not a pragmatic person’s skill, but one of the ways to seek and achieve a meaningful life, protect such life and serve it. I advocate a policy considered to be practical ethics, service to the truth, people’s care of their fellow human beings, measurable by human standards.”

The Western elites have created a system of manipulating human beings, having forgotten that they are dealing with real people, their lives and feelings.

Havel called Communist regimes Absurdistan (The Land of the Absurd). Today Absurdistan is the West, and most of all Western Europe, where freedom is destroyed under the guise of its protection, where the right of migrants to murder and rape is above the right of law-abiding citizens to live a normal and safe life, and where democratic institutions are used to implant the worst possible kind of theocracy.

Nowadays, people still have an opportunity to prevent despotism. However, censorship is getting stricter, penalties are increasing, colonization is spreading rapidly like cancer cells, and the window of possibilities is narrowing. A specter is haunting Europe: the specter of the Caliphate.

Alexander Maistrovoy is the author of Agony of Hercules, or a Farewell to Democracy (Notes of a Stranger).

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VIDEO: Geert Wilders — A Documentary

Watch this trailer for a documentary of the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) and his fight against Islamic terror in the West.

He is a courageous defender the inalienable right of free speech, something we hold precious here in the US, a right guaranteed under the First Amendment of the US Constitution and innumerable rulings of our Supreme court.

Wilders has been brought to trial in The Netherlands on alleged violations of the country hate speech laws in 2011 at the Amsterdam district court, where he was vindicated, and 2016 at a special Hague District court where he was convicted of one charge without penalty.

Wilders is also a friend and defender of the Jewish nation of Israel having spent time therein his youth. He has fought enemies in the veritable lion’s den and been ejected by the totalitarian Islamic Republic of Iran after criticizing its human rights violations in person in Tehran.

I am pleased to have supported and written about his views and exploits. This included arranging a controversial talk in 2009 at one of my alma maters, Columbia University. He lives under 24/7 security of the Dutch Royal Protection Service given threats on his life moving frequently disrupting his personal life with his wife.

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Muslim ‘Asylum Seekers’ Arrested for Filming and Molesting Underage Girls

To the victor, the spoils.

Sex slavery is sanctioned under Islam. Sex slavery and rape of the infidel is sanctioned and rewarded under Islam. Muslim clerics all over the world confirm the right to have sex slaves. It is in the Qur’an — the word of Allah. Politicians keep turning a blind eye, law enforcement keep ignoring it, so this pox on our communities will continue to get worse.

SYRIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS ARRESTED FOR FILMING AND MOLESTING UNDERAGE GIRLS

by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart News, June 11, 2017:

FOUR SYRIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS WERE ARRESTED BY POLICE IN THE GERMAN TOWN OF LÖBAU AFTER THEY FILMED AND MOLESTED UNDERAGE GIRLS AT A SWIMMING POOL.

Police arrested the group of Syrian asylum seekers at the Herrenmannsbad outdoor swimming pool on Friday. Two of the men, aged 31 and 27, are said to have filmed several underage girls at the facility against their permission and then tried to sexually touch them in the swimming pool, MDR reports.

“Two asylum seekers, or perhaps four, have bothered girls there. They also made videos and that is the charge. We are now awaiting the investigation of the police and the prosecution,” said the mayor of Löbau Dietmar Buchholz.

The asylum seekers are said to have used their mobile phones to film the young girls. When one tried to physically molest a girl, the lifeguard on duty told him to stop and then called the police.

Police say the 31-year-old migrant was filming the girls whilst his 27-year-old fellow countryman was the one who molested several children in the pool itself. A 19-year-old and a 21-year-old are currently being treated as witnesses to the alleged crimes.

Mayor Buchholz announced the four men would be banned from the Herrenmannsbad pool going which the town runs.

Nearby Lake Berzdorf has also seen men of a “Mediterranean appearance” film women with their smartphones. As a result, the spokesman for the town of Görlitz, which manages the lake, said they have hired security to patrol the area.

Since 2015 there have been a high number of sex attacks in swimming pools in Germany and Austria. The most notorious attack occurred in Vienna when an Iraqi asylum seeker brutally raped a young boy in the pool changing room, the migrant claiming he was having a “sexual emergency”. He recently had his sentence reduced by a judge who deemed the seven years he was meant to serve as being too harsh.

Many cities and pools have tried various methods to reduce the number of sex attacks by migrants at swimming pools. Some have tried banning asylum seekers altogether but have faced immense opposition by left-wing, pro-migrant groups.

Leaked police documents last year showed the number of migrant pool sex attacks had sharply risen. “In particular, offences of rape and sexual abuse of children in bathing establishments is significant,” the report said.

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

Muslim USAF veteran gets 35 years for trying to join the Islamic State

“I am a Mujahid. I am a sword against the oppressor and a shield for the oppressed. I will use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic State.”

Yet another convert to Islam gets the idea that his new religion commands treason and mass murder. Authorities remain resolutely uninterested in examining, or even acknowledging, this phenomenon.

“In 2001, while working for American Airlines, one of Pugh’s coworkers told the FBI that Pugh ‘sympathized with Osama bin Laden, felt that the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies overseas was justified and expressed anti-American sentiment.’”

And no one at American Airlines would have dared to question him about his sentiments regarding Islam and jihad. That would have been “Islamophobic.”

“US Air Force vet gets 35 years prison for trying to join Islamic State group,” by Lauren del Valle, CNN, June 1, 2017:

(CNN) — A U.S. Air Force veteran convicted for providing material support to the Islamic State group was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday.

Tairod Pugh was convicted by a federal jury in 2016 on charges of trying to give material support to the Islamic State group and of obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Justice Department indictment.

“The defendant turned his back on his country, and the military he once served, to attempt to join a brutally violent terrorist organization committed to the slaughter of innocent people throughout the world,” stated Acting United States Attorney Bridget Rohde.

Prosecutors allege that investigators discovered a letter on Pugh’s desktop computer saying he wanted to “use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic States,” and a chart of crossing points between Turkey and Syria, where the Islamic State group controls some territory.

Eric Creizman, Pugh’s lawyer, said at the time of Pugh’s conviction that he believed that there was reasonable doubt in the case.

“Our client maintained his innocence since day one, so we went to trial and put up the best fight we possibly could,” Creizman said. “It was a well tried case, an interesting case, because the whole thing was what they could glean from his state of mind from things he did, on the Internet and on the computer.”

“I think this case is good for the justice system. It’s good for the world to see that in this country, you get a trial by jury,” Creizman said. “In the Islamic State, people accused of crimes don’t get such fair treatment.”

Crossing the Middle East

Pugh, a convert to Islam, served in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990, according to the Justice Department.

Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial that Pugh traveled from Egypt to Turkey in an attempt to cross into Syria to join the Islamic State group for jihad, the news release says.

One piece of evidence was a letter Pugh wrote just before leaving for Turkey.

“I am a Mujahid. I am a sword against the oppressor and a shield for the oppressed. I will use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic State. There is only 2 possible outcomes for me. Victory or Martyr,” Pugh wrote in the note, prosecutors say….

In 2001, while working for American Airlines, one of Pugh’s coworkers told the FBI that Pugh “sympathized with Osama bin Laden, felt that the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies overseas was justified and expressed anti-American sentiment,” according to his criminal complaint.

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MI5 reveals that up to 23,000 radical Islamic terrorists are living in Britain

Is anyone surprised? Theresa May and her ilk have the Britain they have chosen, the Britain they have created. For years, May and her cohorts have hounded, stigmatized, and demonized foes of jihad terror, falsely claiming that they represent a “far-right” equivalent to jihad terrorists, while appeasing and accommodating Muslim groups in Britain, many of which were by no stretch of the imagination “moderate,” and allowing numerous jihad preachers to operate without hindrance.

Britain has a steadily lengthening record of admitting jihad preachers without a moment of hesitation. Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri’s preaching of hatred and jihad violence was so hardline that he was banned from preaching in Pakistan, but the UK Home Office welcomed him into Britain.

The UK Home Office recently admitted Shaykh Hamza Sodagar into the country, despite the fact that he has said: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above.”

May’s government also recently admitted two jihad preachers who had praised the murderer of a foe of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One of them was welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Meanwhile, the UK banned three bishops from areas of Iraq and Syria where Christians are persecuted from entering the country. And of course, May banned me from entering the country for saying: “[Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers,” which is like banning me for saying humans need oxygen to breathe.

But when you ban foes of jihad and allow jihad preachers to enter and preach all over the country, you’re going to get more jihad. This is Theresa May’s Britain. If Britain survives as a free nation, which is very much in doubt, Theresa May will not be hailed as a statesman. She will be excoriated as the traitorous criminal she is, one who is chiefly responsible for the downfall of British society.

“MI5 reveal ‘up to 23,000 jihadis living in Britain’ ahead of Bank Holiday security boost,” by Fraser Moore, Express, May 27, 2017:

UP TO 23,000 potential jihadis are reportedly living in Britain as police investigate the sprawling terror network linked to Manchester bomber Salman Abedi.

Security services revealed the figure as they said up to 3,000 would-be terrorists are being investigated as “subjects of interest”.

The announcement, unusual for security agencies such as MI5 and MI6, highlights the difficulties in investigating potential terror threats, according to insiders.

Amid a reported 500 active terror investigations, one security source told the Mail: “It is difficult because becoming aware that someone is an extremist sympathiser does not make them a live and present danger.

“It is a balancing act – is the intelligence sufficient to push them up the list of priorities or should the focus be on someone else given the finite resources available?”

The warning comes as extra police officers and soldiers are deployed to thousands of events across the UK this bank holiday weekend amid heightened terror fears.

Sick terror group Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack that killed 22, has called for “all-out war” against the west as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins.

But police officials have announced beefed-up security at events such as Saturday’s FA cup final, the premiership rugby final and the Great Manchester Run.

And for the first time armed police will patrol Britain’s trains as soldiers guard the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

Film premieres in London have also been scrapped in the wake of the horror bombing.

The UK premiere of The Mummy at Leicester Square was scheduled to take place on Thursday but Universal Pictures said the screening has been cancelled out of respect to the victims….

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Christian Broadcasting Network docudrama ‘In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem’ – a review

Last night, the eve of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day in Israel , upwards of 400,000  people in 700+ theaters across America watched the engrossing, and at times emotionally charged, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) production of In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem. Those of us  who were young adults in 1967, with  fear and anxiety were  glued to transistor radios waiting to  hear whether Israel would survive annihilation. Viewing this excellent factually based production with superb Israeli casting brought back memories of the miracles and sacrifices made by the heroic and valiant commanders,  soldiers, airmen and sailors of the T’zahal.

Mike Bates  and I had interviewed Shoshana Bryen , senior director of the Washington, D.C. – based Jewish Policy Center about the legacy of the June 1967 Six Day War that we published in the NER/Iconoclast.  She  discussed the significance of how the stunning victory against enormous odds transformed the Israel that we have come to know, today: happy, confident, a technological powerhouse with a global reach and democratic, with a small “d” ally of the US in the Middle East.

For those of us who have served in the military the camaraderie, heroic resolve and raw emotions of liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of modern Israel,  depicted in the film gave it persuasive power.  The interaction between  Colonel Mordechai “Motta” Gur,  charismatic commander of the 55th Brigade and his intelligence officer, Arik Achmon, as well as  combat battalion and company commanders had the ring of truth. As an ex US Army Intelligence officer, I appreciated the scenes between Gur and Achmon when he dragooned the  later away from his  Economics studies at Hebrew University to ‘learn’ how to be his intelligence officer. Then there was the exchange when in preparation for the War, Gur  asked Achmon  to prepare a  battle plan for a jump  by the 2,000 strong brigade  into the Egyptian town of El Arish behind enemy lines.  Then , Gur informed Major Achmon that plans had been changed, and  in less than 10 hours he had to prepare for the critical Battle of Jerusalem.

In Our Hands deftly segues between dramatized exchanges like these and interviews with the Achmon, 71st battalion company commander Zamosh, the son of the 66 Battalion commander killed leading troopers in the ‘alley of death, battle,’ when they had lost their way and were confronted with Jordanian fighters. The depiction of the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill, reminiscent of WWI trench  warfare was realistically portrayed. The episode commentary  noted  that 39 IDF troopers and  71 Jordanian Legionaries  were killed  and many maimed and wounded  on the Israeli side. The surviving  troopers of the Ammunition Hill Battle in the film version are shown digging a mass grave for the Jordanian dead. Later there is the recollection of a meeting between a brigade  survivor and a Jordanian legionnaire commander at an occasion 45 years after the battle for Ammunition Hill when they could laugh and talk of peace.

In Our Hands depicts a dinner given by a Jewish family in Jerusalem on the eve of the battle that was most effective.  An 86 year old grandmother, a refugee from the Jewish Quarter  in the Old City overrun by Jordanian legionnaires brings out an Israeli flag that had been taken down when she and 1,600 others were forced to leave at the end of the siege.  She  gifted it to Zamosh with the hope  for returning  to fly from the Temple Mount.

One  Battle for Jerusalem episode depicts Gur confronted by IDF Chaplain Rabbi Goren who had driven by jeep from the front in El Arish in the Sinai running breathlessly carrying a torah and shofar to pray at the eventual  breakthrough at  the Temple Mount. Goren urges Gur not to wait for orders from General Uzi  Narkiss of the Central Command. Nevertheless, with Jerusalem surrounded on all sides there is a dramatized conference on the southern overlook involving fabled Gen. Moshe Dayan, IAF operations Commander Ezer Weizmann, General Narkis and Col. Gur when the decision is made, despite some trepidations. to enter the Old City.  In Our Hands shows archival color footage of the breach of Lions Gate and audio of the race to the Western Wall and Temple Mount, amidst sniper fire with Gur’s dramatic  radio transmission, “the Temple Mount is in our hands.”

Gur’s intrepid troopers find a ladder and scamper up with Zamosh’s gifted  Israel flag to fly it from the Dome of the Rock Mosque.  Minister of Defense, Dayan sees the act of reclaiming Jewish sovereignty and requests Gur by radio to have it taken down.  That act of Dayan redounds to this 50th Commemoration given the unresolved  matter of  Israel’s sovereignty over its eternal capital of Jerusalem.  The flag is then flown on the Temple Mount fence overlooking the Western Wall. The dramatized scene of two soldiers at the wall, one Orthodox, the other secular, the latter being  trained to pray the shema was most effective. Another touching scene was Gur breaking down when he asked Achmon to read the list of the 55th brigade fallen in the retaking of  Jerusalem. 55th brigade commander Gur eventually becomes IDF Chief of Staff and enters politics to serve in Israel’s Knesset. Tragically he took his own life after contracting terminal cancer at the age of 65.

Gordon Robertson, head of CBN and  producer of its Israel documentaries  of which , In Our Hands was the latest, is shown narrating a 10 minute afterward using scripture from Old and New Testaments about the Jewish heritage of Ha  Shem’s gift to his covenanted people of Jerusalem.  Robertson  addressed the attack on Israel’s legal and biblical claims to Jerusalem in UNSC 2334 passed in December 2016 with a 14 to 1 abstention by the former Obama  US Ambassador  to the UN,  Samantha Power. He notes the election of President Trump with  promises to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and long delayed move of the US Embassy to Israel’s capital.  However,  following the President’s  first trip to Israel and dramatic pictures of him and his entourage  praying for the Peace of Jerusalem at the Kotel or Western Wall appears not in the cards in the foreseeable future.

We commend your reading and viewing  the video excerpts in Professor Miriam  Elman’s review published  Legal  Insurrection of the CBN production of In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem. It sent an important message about the legacy  of the June Six Days War in 1967 portrayed vividly in the CBN docudrama emblazoned on every Hanukkah dreidel: Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”.

If you missed the one night showing of In our Hands reprise performances in selected theaters as well as the eventual sales of DVDs by CBN.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.