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Sudanese Christians arrested and fined for selling food during Ramadan

While Christians in the U.S. persist in assuming that Ramadan is an entirely benign religious observance, their coreligionists in Muslim countries do not have that luxury.

“Sudan: Fines Issued in Sudan’s El Gedaref for Selling Food During Ramadan,” Radio Dabanga, June 13, 2017 (thanks to International Christian Concern):

El Gedaref — The court in El Gedaref has fined people, including Christians, for selling food and tea during the fasting month of Ramadan.

More than 10 people received a fine of SDG2,000 ($298) each. Lawyer Ramzi Yahya told Radio Dabanga that public order police arrested them during a campaign last week.

“This is a clear discrimination against Christians and contrary to the slogans of religious coexistence launched by the Sudan Government for the international community.”

Yahya said that local restaurants have been barred from catering during Ramadan for two years in a row. “Meanwhile there are a considerable number of Christians and other people who excuse themselves from the fasting in El Gedaref.”

Freedom of Christians probed

The European Union Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief visited Sudan mid-March to inquire about the situation of Christians and the demolition of churches in the country. He pointed to the planned demolition of 27 churches and church buildings in Khartoum which was delayed after an appeal was made to the court by lawyers….

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Ramadan in Israel: Islamists murder female Border Police Officer

Not only have jihadis perpetrated this horror in Jerusalem, but now they will celebrate this murder.

Hadas Malka, 23-years old

“Border Policewoman murdered in Jerusalem terror attack,” by Elad Benari, Arutz Sheva, June 16, 2017:

Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old Border Police officer, was murdered in a combined shooting and stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday evening.

Four other people were wounded, among them two moderately and one lightly.

The attack took place around 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, when two terrorists armed with knives and rifles attacked people at Zedekiah’s Cave. They were neutralized by security forces.

A third terrorist stabbed Malka, who was stationed at the Damascus Gate. He, too, was neutralized by security forces.

Malka, who suffered critical injuries, was evacuated to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, where she later succumbed to her wounds.

The other victims were taken to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.

The area of the Damascus Gate has been repeatedly targeted by terrorists. Last month, a knife-wielding female Arab terrorist attacked officers who were deployed at the Damascus Gate.

Officers responded quickly to the attempted stabbing attack, neutralizing the terrorist before she was able to reach her intended target….

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If Manchester jihadi had been Palestinian, his family would have been paid by Abbas

“And as you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end,” Netanyahu said. “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian, and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”

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Yes, and more must be changed as well. It is in the Palestinian Authority charter to obliterate Israel; the aim of the PLO is the “liquidation of the Zionist presence.” As Abbas indicated less than two years ago:

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah.”

Netanyahu and Trump’s noble hope of seeing the Palestinian law of paying terrorists changed would mean a complete shift in core perspective: the Palestinian Authority would have to give up Islam’s jihad doctrine, which Abbas would hardly be willing to do. Nonetheless, funding to the PA by American taxpayers should be cut off entirely unless and until they do change this law.

“Netanyahu Praises Trump Calling for End to Rewarding Terrorism, Demands Palestinians Change Terror Reward Law”, by David Rutz, Free Beacon, May 23, 2017:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and President Donald Trump more indirectly, called on the Palestinian Authority Tuesday to cease its policy of paying terrorists who kill Israelis and supporting their families.

During remarks in the West Bank alongside Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, the morning after a suicide bomber in England killed 22 people, Trump said violence should never be “tolerated, funded and even rewarded.”

“I was gratified that President Abbas joined the summit and committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology,” Trump said……

Trump called for condemnation of such terror attacks in a “single, unified voice.”

Later on Tuesday, Netanyahu spoke before Trump at the Israel Museum and noted the statement Trump made while standing next to Abbas. While the terrorist in Manchester was condemned by Abbas, Netanyahu said, the suicide bomber’s family would have received money from the Palestinian Authority if the victims were Israelis.

“And as you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end,” Netanyahu said. “Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester. I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian, and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber’s family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority. That’s Palestinian law. That law must be changed.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported last year that the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists and their families roughly $140 million a year, or about 10 percent of is annual budget. Official Palestinian media outlets have glorified the perpetrators of violent attacks on Israelis.

The Palestinian who killed U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force to death and wounded several others in March of 2016 was hailed on official media outlets as a “martyr.”

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah,” Abbas said in September of 2015 on Palestinian television. “With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”

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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.

Georgetown professor promotes ‘religious discrimination’ against Jews

The radicalization of our nation’s colleges and universities continues apace. Hard-left, antisemitic propaganda has now been institutionalized in academia. The ugliest rhetoric is sanctioned under the guise of “free speech,” while courageous voices for freedom are blacklisted. My colleagues and I are banned from speaking, for the most part. And in the rare instance where we are invited, violent and vicious pandemonium ensues. Robert Spencer’s talk at the University at Buffalo, Milo at Berkeley or mine at Brooklyn College best demonstrate what we face. And yet, Linda Sarsour, a pro-jihad terror activist and vicious anti-Semite is invited to give the keynote commencement address at CUNY (which we are protesting on May 25th here).

Professor Jonathan Brown is a notorious Jew-hater with a long history of anti-Semitic agitation. His wife is the daughter of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian.

“Georgetown professor Jonathan Brown openly rallies for ‘religious discrimination’ against Jews,” Canary Mission, May 18, 2017:

Jonathan Brown [Jonathan A.C. Brown] has demonized Israeli Jews and Judaism. He  has implied that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict could be solved if only “Jews in Israel” were told that “they are not allowed to take stuff that doesn’t belong to them.”

In February of 2017, Brown found himself embroiled in controversy after he was accused of supporting non-consensual sex and slavery in early Islam. The incident is detailed later in this profile.

Brown has endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement’s attacks on Israel, made under the guise of support for “human rights.”

Brown is a tenured Associate Professor of Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University (Georgetown). He is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (SFS). Brown is also the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding (CMCU) within the SFS. The CMCU is known for its links to the Saudi government.

Brown is son-in-law to Sami Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida (USF) professor, who was revealed in 2006 to be a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization. The United States government deported Al-Arian to Turkey in 2015. Brown’s wife is Al-Jazeera senior producer Laila Al-Arian.

Demonizing Israeli Jews

On February 26, 2015  — at a multi-denominational symposium hosted by the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) titled: “Religious Politics in the Middle East: The Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — Brown said: “The problem is that the Israeli political creature, the Israeli political establishment, has not told Jews in Israel that they are not allowed to take stuff that doesn’t belong to them and that is, I think, a fundamental problem… If you can tell people that your religious belief does not give you the right to take the possessions of someone else. Ok? Then If that were established, I think that would completely change, you know, the reality 180 degrees.”

Promoting Faith-Based Segregation

On February 26, 2015, at the above-mentioned symposium, Brown suggested that Americans would have to overcome their “allergy to the idea of religious discrimination” if they wanted to envisage a realistic end to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Brown went on to say and that even within the context of a totally secular democratic state, it would be “absolutely disastrous” for Palestinian Muslims or Palestinian Christians if “a Jew’s allowed” to go into the holy places of other religions “and just start praying there.” Brown said that we “need to accept that” Jerusalem might have to become a “very divided city under some kind of international or … external control.”

Later, Brown highlighted the Palestinian’s perception of being “encroached upon” by Israeli Jews and posited that a “clear notion of stable boundaries and separations”  would lead to a “cosmopolitan atmosphere” and help in “building trust.”

Earlier in the symposium, Brown said “I don’t want to say that this isn’t a religious issue, because I think it very clearly is — especially from the Jewish and the Christian perspective — But I think, actually, from the Arab/Muslim perspective not so much.”

Brown argued that even “if you could just erase religion from the minds of Palestinians, they would still have all the problems that they have now” and “the problem would still not be resolved.” Brown also posited that the willingness of fundamental Islamists to fight alongside secular Arabs against Israel showed that the fundamentals of the conflict were not religious.

Brown later posited: I think the religion is the superstructure and the unresolved issues of control and disenfranchisement and land and power and and rights — these are the real issues.”

Presenting BDS as a Muslim Duty

On November 4, 2016, in a podcast titledDiffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience,” Brown insinuated that Muslims have a religious responsibility to promote BDS. After listing the various religious, cultural and professional affiliations of some people who support BDS — and singling out some Jews, in particular — Brown went on to say: “Who’s the ones who are going against BDS and undermining it now? It’s the young Muslims. Think about that disgrace.” (7:20).

Brown made his comments in the context of slamming a Jewish-Muslim dialogue project known as the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI,) which was founded by Imam Abdullah Antepli, the first Muslim chaplain at Duke University. MLI is an educational program for Muslim Americans to “understand why Jews believe what they believe, how Jews see their history, why Jews are so attached to this contested strip of land (Israel) — and thus to better engage with American Jews.” According to Antepli, “MLI aims to put mainstream North American Jewry in conversation with their Muslim counterparts.”

Brown said he had no problem with young Muslims “dialoguing” with Jews or Zionists “anywhere.” However, he said that since the organizers “insisted” that the program be held in Israel, it “should reveal what the actual purpose is… to break the boycott in going there.”

Demanding Israel Surrender “Power”

In the same podcast, after arguing that religious segregation is a necessary prerequisite to trust building, Brown argued the basis for the Arab-Israeli conflict is really a political one, caused by an imbalance of power and resources.

Brown argued that if one group has “armed power… resources and international power” and another group does not, then “until that imbalance is rectified, in some way, there’s not going to be a solution.” Brown said you “can’t have peaceful relations or solving an age-old conflict unless the party that is in power surrenders that – until you have some kind of equitable distribution.”

In his closing remarks, Brown responded to a request for his solution to the psychological-religious divide between the parties. Brown hypothesized that “theoretically for an Islamist” such as “someone in Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)” will assert that his religious goals might be to “establish an Islamic state here” and “have Sharia Law” and to “drive all the Jews into the sea.”

Challenging “Freedom” and “Consent”

On February 7, 2017, Brown’s comments at a lecture titled “Islam and The Problem of Slavery” made national headlines. Multiple media outlets accused Brown of speaking in favor of slavery and rape —  a claim which Brown denied. The controversy began with a blog post by freelance writer Umar Lee, who attended Brown’s lecture.

On February 8, 2017, it was reported that Brown had conservative journalist Andrew Harrod ejected from the lecture hall, prior to the start of Brown’s formal remarks. Brown referenced the ejection at the beginning of his lecture — and publicly derided the ejected reporter.

Below are a selection of controversial statements Brown made during the lecture and the Q&A period that followed:

In response to a questioner who characterized imposed slavery as a “wrong,”  Brown said: “If you’re Muslim, the prophet of God … had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that. Are you more morally mature than the prophet of God? No, you’re not.”

Brown also said: “Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself, because ‘slavery’ doesn’t mean anything. The moral evil is extreme forms of deprivation of rights and extreme forms of control and extreme forms of exploitation. I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody, because we own lots of people all around us and we’re owned by people.”

On August 9, 2015 — according to a February 11, 2017 screenshot on Twitter — Brown said on Facebook: “I think people have a lot of things mixed up in their minds, forming a sort of outrage soup they can’t deal with. I think one has to proceed in an orderly way 1) slavery is, in general, allowed in Islamic law. 2) It’s very possible (and it’s actually happened) to declare that slavery is no longer permissible whether due to consistent failings in treatment of slaves or the decision of governments for the common good of the Muslim community. 3) But it’s not possible to say that slavery is inherently, absolutely, categorically immoral in all times and places, since it was allowed by the Quran and the Prophet. 4) Slave women do not have agency over their sexual access, so their owner can have sex with them.”

Explaining Non-Consensual Sex

During his February 7, 2017 lecture, Brown challenged modern standards of morality that define human beings as “autonomous agents” and dictate that “the sine qua non of morally correct sex is consent.”

Brown went on to say: “For most of human history, human beings have not thought of consent as the essential feature of morally correct sexual activity. And second, we fetishize the idea of autonomy to the extent that we forget – again, who’s really free? Are we really autonomous people? What does autonomy mean?”

Brown then followed up: “We have this obsession with the idea of autonomy” —  and proceeded to equate the servitude of those pressed into sexual slavery or serving as concubines to individuals subject to voluntarily assumed familial obligations, stemming from marriage.

Walking Back Controversial Statements

On February 17, 2017, Brown defended his statements, in the Washington Post, stating: “These people criticizing me don’t know the difference between the past and the present tense. The talk I gave was historical description.”

On February 16, 2017, Brown wrote an article for the online magazine Muslim Matters where he explained his statements. There, Brown wrote: “As a Muslim today, I can say emphatically that slavery is wrong and that Islam prohibits it … It’s easy for me to say this looking back on slavery in American history, because our American slavery was a manifestation of the absolute domination of one human being by another that is, in my opinion, a universal wrong across time and space.”

On February 11, 2017, Brown tweeted: “Islam as a faith and I as a person condemn slavery, rape and concubinage.”

BDS

The BDS movement was founded in 2005 by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.”

BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycotts, anti-Israel rallies and protests.

The movement’s most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for “BDS resolutions.” In these cases, backed by university anti-Israel affiliates, student governments have brought to vote on some form of boycott of — or divestment from — Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities. These resolutions, although non-binding, have been passed by student governments on numerous North American campuses.

BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. In 2013, when the student government of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) debated a BDS resolution, reports emerged of violent threats and the spitting on a student wearing a Star of David necklace. As a result, the student government chose to vote via a “secret ballot” in order to ensure their own safety.

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Hamza Bin Laden

“Bin Laden son’s chilling video threat to the West as he encourages Muslim extremists to launch lone-wolf attacks,” by Omar Wahid, The Mail On Sunday, May 14, 2017:

Osama Bin Laden’s son encouraged Muslim extremists to launch lone-wolf attacks against the West in a chilling video released last night.

In the ten-minute footage, Hamza Bin Laden urges his followers to embark on suicide missions that cause most damage and go for ‘the jugular of the enemy’.

Bin Laden relays his message in Arabic with English subtitles, declaring: ‘This is advice for anyone who intends to carry out a martyrdom operation.’

As he speaks, the video shows pictures of terrorists who have launched successful attacks in the West.

Bin Laden, who is thought to be 28, goes on: ‘Be perfect in your choice of targets, so that you may damage your enemies more.

‘If you are able to pick a firearm, well and good; if not, the options are many.’

And he adds: ‘Take lead in inflicting losses, attacking the jugular of the enemy and hitting its joints.’…

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Muslim cleric demands FIFA ban players from making sign of the cross

Muhammad Alarefe, a prominent Saudi religious leader, has demanded that FIFA, the international soccer governing body, instruct players to stop making the Christian sign of the cross.

For many Christians, their deep, personal and peaceful faith is inextricable from every aspect of their life. Making the sign of the cross — or any other religious gesture — should not pose a problem or threat to anyone, but to the Islamic supremacist leader Muhammad Alarefe and his ilk, any religious expression outside of Islam represents a threat, especially since FIFA is so prestigious. Let’s hope FIFA honors the religious freedoms of their talented players and rejects the demands of Muhammad Alarefe. If FIFA bows to the demand of Alarefe, it should also ban Muslim prayer on the field and outskirts, too.

Back in February, Real Madrid soccer team removed the cross from its logo to avoid offending Muslims

Discriminating against Christian values and attempting to stifle Christianity — a foundational faith in the evolution of modern understandings of human rights and the formation of Western democratic principles — is nothing new. Most troubling is that discrimination against Christians while kowtowing to Muslims is being presented as the norm to the next generation.

The American Center for Law and Justice reported  in 2015 that:

Public colleges and universities are taking the gloves off when it comes to Christian students on their campuses.  Gone are the days of surreptitious slights against Christians; now it is open season on faith.  Blatant, in-your-face anti-Christian discrimination is the new norm.

Correction: not “an open season on faith,” but specifically on Christian faith.

Also, Islamic indoctrination in public schools is in full swing, with eager collaboration and help from the Hamas-linked group CAIR.

fifa with jesus“Saudi Cleric Demands FIFA Ban Players From Making Sign Of The Cross”, by Ali Waked, Breitbart, May 9, 2017:

TEL AVIV – Muhammad Alarefe, a prominent Saudi religious leader, has demanded that FIFA, the international soccer governing body, instruct players to stop making the Christian sign of the cross.
Alarefe wrote on his Twitter account, “I’ve seen video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is if FIFA’s rules forbid this.”

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د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe
رأيت مقاطع لرياضيين ” كرة قدم، سباق جري، رمي سهام، .. ”
إذا فاز أحدهم أشار لصدره إشارة الصليب!
سؤالي:
أليس نظام فيفا يمنع الإشارات الدينية؟
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Social media users were divided on the question, with some supporting Alarefe’s comment and others laughing and saying they wondered why he has taken no stance against Muslim soccer players who kneel to pray when they win or score a goal.

Sultan Alhusni wrote, “I can’t lie. Mohamed Salah (an Egyptian soccer player who plays in Europe) and others kneel to pray when they score a goal and no one punishes them. Leave the sport to those who deal with it.”

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حصه العون بنت الوطن ✔ @hesshalown
@MohamadAlarefeنعم شيخنا الجليل لكن انظمتهم لا تطبق الا على المسلمين فقط وللاسف لم نجد من يحتج على هذا التمييز والكل صامت صمت القبور
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@hesshalown @MohamadAlarefe ما يجوز الكذب .. محمد صلاح وغيره من المسلمين في الملاعب الاروبية يحتفلون بالسجود بعد تسجيلهم الاهداف ولم يعاقبوا .. اقول خلوا الرياضه لاهلها
10:39 AM – 5 May 2017
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Sam, another social media user, wrote, “The cross is one of the symbols of the vehicles we travel in, so what’s the problem if it appears on the pitch, or is what’s allowed in one place forbidden in another? Weird.”

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@twasulnews الصليب موجود بسيارات الي نركبها وش مشكله الملاعب ولا حلل وحرم بمكان ومكان لا عجيب
1:40 AM – 6 May 2017
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Fahd Alarawi wrote, “Great, Alarefe has become a sports commentator. When there’s free time, we get involved in things we don’t understand.”

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🔴 «العريفي»: لماذا لا يمنع «فيفا» إشارات التصليب في الملاعب؟http://twasul.info/793102 #محمد_العريفي #العريفي #الملاعب #السعودية pic.twitter.com/657wwIIr6p
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@twasulnews احلى يالعريفي صاير محلل رياضي😂
الفاضي يعمل قاضي😁#محمد_العريفي
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Another social media user wrote, “Respected Sheikh, unfortunately their rules are only applied to Muslims and unfortunately no one protests that – on the contrary, the go quieter than the grave.”

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د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe
رأيت مقاطع لرياضيين ” كرة قدم، سباق جري، رمي سهام، .. ”
إذا فاز أحدهم أشار لصدره إشارة الصليب!
سؤالي:
أليس نظام فيفا يمنع الإشارات الدينية؟
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@MohamadAlarefeنعم شيخنا الجليل لكن انظمتهم لا تطبق الا على المسلمين فقط وللاسف لم نجد من يحتج على هذا التمييز والكل صامت صمت القبور
10:35 AM – 5 May 2017
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Win Al Fahad wrote the sheikh that, “It’s like you’re now calling on FIFA to forbid Muslim players from bowing to Allah and raising their hands in prayer to the sky. FIFA prohibits the use of religion, politics and racism in sports.”

5 May
ابراهيم العطوي @ibraheam202
@MohamadAlarefe حتى المسلمين لما يسجلو او يفوزو يسجدو شكر لله
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فهد محمد العوين @alowinfahad
@ibraheam202 @MohamadAlarefe كأنك بهذا تدعو الفيفا لمنع اللاعبين المسلمين من السجود لله ورفع أيديهم لله شكرا
الفيفا يمنع توظيف الدين والعنصرية والسياسة في الرياضة.
1:01 PM – 5 May 2017
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Ibrahim Alatwi responded to Al Fahad, saying, “And no one says a thing (to Muslim players who pray) so the Christians are allowed to mark the cross on their chests. FIFA doesn’t distinguish between one player and another.”

6 May
ابراهيم العطوي @ibraheam202
@turki3nzi @alowinfahad @MohamadAlarefe انا احدثك على نظام عالمي اللي هو الفيفا
نظام لا يفرق بين مسلم وكافر من ناحية القوانين مثل ما احنا المسلمين نسجد عند الفرح
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ابراهيم العطوي @ibraheam202
@turki3nzi @alowinfahad @MohamadAlarefe ولا يتكلم علينا احد فيحق للنصارى ايضا الشارة الى صدورهم باشارة الصليب
فالفيفا لا يفرق بين هذا وذاك
10:54 AM – 6 May 2017
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Abu Lil scolded the religious scholar, writing, “Get out of our sport that unites Christians, Sunni and Shia on one team with their hearts one on the other. Everyone should deal with his religion and let us be. May FIFA be blessed.”

5 May
د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe
رأيت مقاطع لرياضيين ” كرة قدم، سباق جري، رمي سهام، .. ”
إذا فاز أحدهم أشار لصدره إشارة الصليب!
سؤالي:
أليس نظام فيفا يمنع الإشارات الدينية؟
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✍اٍّبّْوّ لَّيٌّلَّ☞ @M0503996767
@MohamadAlarefe @hesshalown انتم اطلعوا من رياضتنا الي تجمع المسيحي والسني والشيعي بفريق واحد على قلب واحد اتمنى كل واحد يهتم بدينه وفكونا الله يسعد نظام الفيفا✋️
10:42 AM – 5 May 2017
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Another social media user, Capitano, responded to the sheikh with sarcasm, saying, “The ISIS regime forbids crossing oneself; when al-Baghdadi is elected president of FIFA, we’ll discuss the respected sheikh’s request.”

5 May
د. محمد #العريفي ✔ @MohamadAlarefe…..

Virginia woman receives threats after publication of video showing her as “Islamophobic”
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On day Abbas met Trump, Fatah honored 12 jihadis who murdered 95 people

Abbas lied brazenly to President Trump, claiming that his government “educates for peace” and that the Palestinian Authority is “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”

Meanwhile, this was what was going on back home.

palestinian jihadists“While Abbas met with Trump, Fatah honored 12 terrorists responsible for murdering 95 people,” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch, May 10, 2017:

As Palestinian Authority and Fatah Chairman Abbas met with President Trump last week, the two institutions he heads were busy glorifying murderers and planners of suicide bombings and shooting attacks in which 95 people were murdered.

Fatah posted the photo above of 12 imprisoned terrorist murderers on Facebook and sent “blessings” to the “heroic prisoners”:

Posted text:

“All blessings to our heroic prisoners carrying out the [hunger] strike of dignity: Karim Younes, Marwan Barghouti, Nael Barghouti, Ahmad Sa’adat, Abbas Al-Sayid, Hassan Salameh, Zaid Bassisi, Bassem Al-Khandaqji, Wajdi Joudeh, Maher Younes, Fuad Al-Shubaki, Wael Al-Jaghoub.”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, May 3, 2017]

These are the crimes of Fatah’s “heroes”:

Hassan Salameh – Serving 46 life sentences for planning suicide bombings that murdered 46.

Abbas Al-Sayid – Serving 35 life sentences for planning suicide bombings that murdered 35.

Marwan Barghouti – Serving 5 life sentences for planning 3 shooting attacks that murdered murdering 5.

Bassem Al-Khandaqji – Serving 3 life sentences for involvement in a suicide bombing that murdered 3.

Zaid Bassisi – Serving a life sentence plus an additional 55 years for planning a car bombing that wounded 8.

Karim and Maher Younes – Each is serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering 1.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti – Each was serving a life sentence for murdering 1. Both were released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal. Nael Barghouti was rearrested for violating the terms of his release and is serving a life sentence plus an additional 18 years.

Wael Al-Jaghoub – Serving a life sentence for establishing PFLP terror cells and carrying out terror attacks. PMW was unable to verify the details of his crimes.

Ahmad Sa’adat – Serving a 30 year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization.

Wajdi Joudeh – Serving a 25 year sentence for involvement in a suicide bombing that murdered 4 and wounded 24.

Fuad Al-Shubaki – Serving a 20 year sentence for planning attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority

The image posted by Fatah shows the terrorists listed in the post. Above them is a logo showing three hands reaching up through barbed wire….

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VIDEO: Muslim destroys cross at St. Marein church in Austria

These stories never make it to the English-speaking media, for obvious reasons. They will not report on any news that reflects poorly on Islam. Self-enforcing sharia in the mainstream.

The destruction of the religious symbols and icons of unbelievers is a religious imperative in Islam, the notorious religion of peace. There are centuries of precedents in Islamic history. The Dome of the Rock, Hagia Sophia, tens of thousands of Hindu temples, etc.

In any number of youtube videos, Muslims are screaming, “Break the cross that belongs to those dogs,” he uses the same classical Arabic phrase – “break the cross’ (the Arabic root is k.s.r ‘break’) — which is found in a famous hadith (tradition) about Jesus — understood in Islam to be a Muslim prophet — who will return to the earth as a cross-destroying enforcer of Islamic Sharia law:

Narrated Abu Huraira: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, surely [Jesus,] the son of Mary will soon descend amongst you and will judge mankind justly [as a Just Ruler]; he will break the cross and kill the pigs and there will be no jizya [i.e. no taxation taken from non Muslims: because they will all be forced to convert to Islam]. …’”

(Sahih al-Bukhari: The Book of the Stories of the Prophets. 4:60:3448.)

This phrase ‘break the cross’ is religious and ritualistic in its overtones, invoking the canon of Islam. It is like a Christian saying ‘forgive us our trespasses’ in reference to the Lord’s Prayer. This is a clear reference to the words of Muhammad, and invokes his authority for the deed being performed. (Mark Durie)

Quran, Sura 9:30: “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

Those who believe Jesus is the Son of God are under cursed by  Allah. ( Sura 9:30)

Google translate:

Man beating on Jesus cross – VIDEO

By Unsertirol24.com• May 9, 2017

On the evening of the Montagnes, a man raged at the parsonage of St. Marein, in the district of Graz. Several witnesses alerted the police after the man damaged several sacred objects.

The 37-year-old from the Weiz district snapped at the parsonage of St. Marein. He tore several artistically designed windors from the anchoring and thereby damaged several flower pots. Then he struck a cross and Jesus figure with a wooden stick and destroyed it. Then, with one of the organ pipes, he smashed the two glass doors of the rectory.

The detectives, who had been informed by witnesses, overwhelmed the raging man and took him. He was admitted to a hospital.

The amount of material damage has not yet been determined. According to the police, however, it should be well over 15,000 euros.

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

ISIS using Craigslist to lure non-Muslims to be slaughtered

Here’s a new tool of ISIS to lure in victims — the jihadists are going Craigslist.

Specifically, ISIS sent out a message in its latest magazine edition that advises would-be terrorists and terror group members, to use the Internet to full advantage to find victims.

Be careful what you’re in the market for — ISIS has told its members to use Craigslist and fake rental ads to lure victims.

And once lured, slit their throats, the Rumiyah magazine advised.

Here’s the story, from PJ Media:

“The Islamic State magazine that has published tutorials on vehicle, knife and arson attacks as a tool of lone jihad is now encouraging terrorists to acquire guns at shows and shops and take hostages not for ransom but ‘to create as much carnage and terror as one possibly can.”‘

“The latest issue of Rumiyah magazine, distributed online in 10 languages including English, offers another installment of the ‘Just Terror Tactics’ series, praising lone jihadists including U.S. terrorists who have ‘set heroic examples with their operations.’

“The objective of taking hostages, would-be jihadists are told, is ‘not to hold large numbers of the kuffar hostage in order to negotiate one’s demands,’ but to sow terror with ‘the language of force, the language of killing, stabbing and slitting throats, chopping off heads, flattening them under trucks, and burning them alive, until they give the jizyah [tax] while they are in a state of humiliation.’”

Well, isn’t that special.

But the article goes on, against as PJ Media notes:

“‘The scenario for such an attack is that one assaults a busy, public, and enclosed location and rounds up the kuffar [disbelievers] who are present. Having gained control over the victims, one should then proceed to slaughter as many of them as he possibly can before the initial police response, as was outstandingly demonstrated by the mujahidin who carried out the Bataclan theatre massacre during the course of the blessed Paris raid,’ the article instructs.

“Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen ‘superbly demonstrated this scenario’ of taking hostages simply to delay police while killing them ‘when, having armed himself with an assault rifle and a handgun, he single-handedly slaughtered 49 sodomites.’

“Jihadists are told that Europeans should try to acquire guns in conflict zones or from underground dealers, and ‘much like its Crusader European counterparts, the UK faces a gun control dilemma as it feebly attempts to fend off the influx of weapons, but to no avail’ so attackers are advised to find guns ‘readily available for purchase on the streets of Britain.’

“In the United States, ‘anything from a single-shot shotgun all the way up to a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle can be purchased at showrooms or through online sales – by way of private dealers – with no background checks, and without requiring either an ID or a gun license,’ ISIS states. ‘And with approximately 5,000 gun shows taking place annually within the United States, the acquisition of firearms becomes a very easy matter.’ …

“ISIS suggests luring targets by placing an ad at an unemployment center for a job Muslims would not take, then ‘subdue” each victim as they arrive at the interview site, even if that means renting a fake office, before murdering en masse.

“Another suggested lure is advertising a studio apartment for rent, small enough not ‘attract large families,’ and capture and kill the interested tenants. ‘It might even help to include in the ad that the apartment is ‘ideal for students,’ ISIS adds.

“Jihadists are also encouraged to place some stuff for sale on ‘buy and sell websites such as Craigslist, Gumtree, eBay, the Loot, and others’ and ‘specify that collection and payment is only available in person and that only cash is accepted. Also, the item being advertised should be something that requires the victim to enter one’s property.’

“‘It is likewise important to be realistic when advertising and not advertise something far below its valued price, as this can attract the attention of authorities searching for stolen goods or possibly attract other suspicions,’ the article states.”

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