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Just in less than 24 hours 3 Palestinian kids murdered by ‘Israel’

  • A 1.5 year-old Palestinian infant, Ali Dawabsheh, was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously wounded early Friday morning after a house was set on fire in the West Bank village of Douma, near Nablus.
  • A 17 year-old, Mohammed al-Masri, was shot by Israeli sniper in Beit Lahya northern Gaza Strip.
  • A 17 year-old, Laith al-Khaldi, from al-Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah, was shot in the chest at the Atara checkpoint and later died from his injuries at Palestine Medical Complex near Ramallah.

This is life under aparthied occupation. This is life in occupied Palestine.

A martyr every day!

Will the Navy Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack?

Keep in mind, this has yet to be independently confirmed by a major news agency, but Colonel Allen West claims to have an inside source that says the officer who used his personal firearm to return fire during the Chattanooga terrorist attack will be charged with “illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.”

From the Inquisitr:

When the Chattanooga shooter attacked the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center on July 16 with a handgun and an assault rifle, U.S. Navy officer Timothy White returned fire using his personal weapon. Another U.S. Marine may have been carrying a Glock and also returned fire on the shooter. But it turns out that defending against the mass shooter may have been illegal based upon gun control laws.

According to the Times Free Press, current Department of Defense regulations limits the usage or carrying of firearms to police officers or military police members.

…Due to the Chattanooga shooting, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon is considering allowing military personnel like Timothy White to use guns to protect themselves. According to the Wall Street Journal, Carter believes military leaders and politicians should “consider any additional protection measures, including changes to policy and procedures that protect our force against the evolving threat.”

This change in policy may be too late for U.S. Navy officer Timothy White. Allen West reports that “Lt. Cmdr. White could face disciplinary action for violating policy about possessing a weapon on the facility that was supposedly a gun-free zone.”

[From Allen West]:

“Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received yesterday, I can confirm that the United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.”

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This would not be justice. It would be a travesty.

But here’s the thing. He broke the law. By the letter of the law, he should go to jail for a long time. Now, don’t get me wrong, I hope he doesn’t go to jail. I think the law is utterly ludicrous and it *must* be changed immediately. But he broke it, nevertheless (Yes, some might argue that it’s an unconstitutional law which renders it invalid. And while I agree with this sentiment, I don’t want to get bogged down in the minutia of it).

The point is, laws should be rare and just. We should never be put in the position of having to choose between ignoring laws by making exceptions for those we think somehow deserve it and throwing good (yet “guilty”) men in jail. But a massive government insistent on passing law after law after law puts us in that position.

Whatever the outcome of this event, let it be a reminder to us that it’s a bad idea for politicians to govern based on their whims.

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Bin Laden Raid Documents: Iran Worked with Al Qaeda
Iran Worked with Al Qaeda, Suppressed Bin Laden Raid Documents illustrate collusion between the government of Iran and al-Qaeda, including Iran’s assistance with attacks on Americans.

“There are letters about Iran’s role, influence, and acknowledgment of enabling al Qaeda operatives to pass through Iran as long as al Qaeda did their dirty work against the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, tells the Weekly Standard. “What Congress should demand is to see all the UBL [Osama bin Laden] documents related to Iran and all the documents related to intentions of AQ into the future—they are very telling.”

As if we needed another reason to hate the Iran deal, but the Obama Administration makes it too easy.

I’m so sick of people using this act of Jewish terrorism to push their political agenda, but when Jewish children are murdered by Palestinian extremists, they’ll either ignore it, victim-blame the children (because they were “Zionist settlers” or whatever) or just straight up justify the murder.

If your sympathy for a murdered child depends on the child’s nationality, then you’re a horrible human being.

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A right-wing Israeli settler wrote a manual on how to burn Palestinians alive in their homes

“Sometimes we’re fed up with only destroying property and we want to deliver a blow that will clarify to the accursed that if we could we would…. So we simply want to torch a house and its inhabitants” writes Orbach. He explains that “this is an attempt to murder, considered much more gravely by the Zionists.” He says that this is work for professionals “with experience” (written with spelling mistakes in Hebrew). He recommends using a bottle filled with a gasoline-soaked rag (a firebomb), as was the case early Friday morning. He recommends placing burning tires outside the front door, to prevent anyone from escaping.

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...And if they did fail to investigate, they were insane

There’s an old joke amongst lawyers about the “perfect defense argument”. It’s a series of “in the alternative” responses that seeks to derail the plaintiff’s case (usually styled as something simple like “your client broke my vase”) at every vase. “You don’t have a vase. If you have a vase, my client has never seen it. If he saw it, he never touched it. If he touched it, it did not fall….” and so on. The last line in the litany is that if, after all that, the man can indisputably have been shown to have broken the vase … well, “he was insane.”

It’s a joke because, of course, such a strategy is not “perfect”, it reeks of desperation and wouldn’t be received well by any jury at all. It also smacks of how some folks are responding to Yesh Din statistics showing that a mere 7.4%  of cases of Jewish civilians committing crimes against Palestinians are cleared (which came up in the discussion over my post on the recent “price tag” murder of a Palestinian child).. Here is an edited version of the fusillade of responses I’ve gotten to that figure on Twitter:


  • Where did that figure comes from? [Answer: Yesh Din]
  • How was it calculated? [Out of 996 complaints with investigation files opened and processed, only 7.4% resulted in any charges being filed.]
  • “Charges filed”? Why that metric? [That’s basically what’s known as the “clearance rate”: the ratio of complaints made to arrests and charges made.]
  • Who’s to say 7.4% is low? Maybe in the US it’s even lower. There are plenty of cases where a crime report is filed and nobody is caught. [True, but 7.4% is still really low. The American clearance rates, by comparison, are 47% for violent crimes and 18% for property crimes] 
  • What happens if charges are dropped? Maybe the police are investigating the claims but the prosecutors are electing not to file?  [A case where charges are filed and later dropped still counts as “cleared”. Since it’s a measure of police efficacy, not prosecutorial talent, it stops measuring once the case is out of the police’s hands.]
  • It includes dropped charges? Then those numbers are squishy; the police could goose the numbers just by arrested and charging random strangers! [There’s no evidence that happens over a large scale. This is a very widely used metric of police efficiency.]
  • Bah! Your numbers are useless if they don’t include convictions [Fine. The percentage of claims which result in a conviction is 3.3% (33/996). The conviction rate (how many charged cases lead to at least one conviction) is 58%]
  • Who’s to say 3.3% is low? Maybe in the US it’s even lower! [This again? Highly unlikely. Even if we assumed every crime was a property crime, the conviction rate would have to be an appalling 18% for the ratio of complaints to convictions to catch up.]
  • Maybe the US conviction rate is that low? [It’s not. It’s 66%.]
  • Well, maybe the police aren’t charging people because it turns out the complaints are unfounded? [Overwhelmingly, the files are closed because the investigation fails – no suspect or insufficient evidence to bring a case – not because the claim is deemed unfounded.]
  • Maybe they’re not finding enough evidence because no crime occurred! [Perhaps, sometimes. And perhaps sometimes the police gave it their all and just couldn’t catch the perpetrator. That’s why we use aggregate statistics and used the U.S. as a baseline comparison. Neither explanation is likely to account for 93% of cases.]
  • Bah again! I bet almost all claims of “price tag” attacks are lies. Ever heard of Pallywood? [I have. Again, if you think it accounts for 93% of cases, you’re delusional.]
  • Also, these statistics come from Yesh Din, and they’re one of those EU-funded Israeli groups that can’t be trusted. [Then by all means provide contrary data from a source you like better. I’m happy to look at it.]
  • [Needless to say, actually providing contrary data, or countervailing evidence of any sort, has been met with utter silence].
You’ll note that all of these responses are attempts to pot-shot at the data. They don’t provide any positive evidence – empirical or otherwise – demonstrating that Israel does a good job investigating “price tag” attacks on a systematic level. This is the behavior of people who are guarding a belief that they desperately want to be true, and will cling to it through hell or high water. I don’t want to believe that Israel systematically fails to investigate price tag attacks. I prefer it when Israel does a good job, and I’m unhappy when it does a bad job. But the fact of the matter is that they’ve been a colossal failure in this arena; and it’s not an unimportant arena.

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The risks posed by Mullah Omar's death for both India and Pakistan
Groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda may exploit the vacuum and try to trigger a war between the two South Asia neighbours, which must pre-empt this by co-operating closely.
By Khuram Iqbal

Mullah Omar, who led one of the most prolonged yet effective guerrilla campaigns of the 21st century, is no more. The well-kept secret of his death leaked due to internal divisions among the upper echelons of the insurgents’ hierarchy and the recent rapprochement between Pakistani intelligence and their Afghan counterparts.

How can Mullah Omar’s demise impact the nascent peace process between the militants and Kabul, the organisational structure of Afghan Taliban and South Asian regional security? With Mullah Omar’s departure, the centre of gravity of Afghan resistance has exploded, thus the splintering of the Afghan Taliban is inevitable. An internal power struggle flared up as soon as Fidayi Mahaz, a breakaway faction of the Afghan Taliban, disclosed on July 22 that Mullah Omar had died in July 2013.

Pro-talk elements are rallying behind Mullah Akhtar Mansur, while anti-talk Taliban are backing Mullah Omar’s son, Yaqub, to take over. President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan prefer the former because of his moderate views towards the peace talks, while those making significant gains in the battlefield wish to see Yaqub replacing his father. Who prevails in the end will determine the future of the fragile peace talks between the militants and Kabul.

Next move

On the surface, the dialogue facilitated by Pakistan and China and endorsed by the US has suffered a reversal, with the Afghan Taliban postponing the second round of talks because of Mullah Omar’s death. Whether this is actually a reversal will depend on the new leader’s ability to command the Afghan Taliban. This means the leader will have to not only maintain a cohesive insurgency but also enforcing his will on the upper and middle echelons of the insurgents’ hierarchy.

To prove his mettle, Mullah Akhtar Mansur, the newly elected supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban might be considering a show of power in the days to come. This may manifest itself in the form of an escalated campaign of violence against Afghan and coalition forces as well as against those contending from within and outside the group for jihadi leadership in the country. A failure to do so will undermine the credibility and authority of Mullah Akhtar and provide the ISIS, the Middle East jihadi outfit, an opportunity to attract thousands of Afghan fighters disillusioned by the death of their one-eyed spiritual leader.

The ISIS has been waiting for an opportune moment. Reports suggest that some of the most fearsome Afghan Taliban commanders, including Mansoor Dadullah, who was expelled by Mullah Omar a few years ago, are considering joining the ISIS. Should this happen, the Afghan Taliban movement will be pushed into factional chaos that will eventually benefit Kabul. However, before that happens, the South Asian region will witness much upheaval.

India, Pakistan vulnerable

If Daesh, ISIS’s Arabic name, succeeds in establishing a strong foothold in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan will be on at the receiving end. Using ungoverned areas of Afghanistan as a base, the ISIS will be ideally positioned to implement its plans of triggering a war in India to provoke an “Armageddon-like end of the world”, it has put it. We must not forget that the transnational terrorist organisation suffers from an image problem, and regional conflicts such as Kashmir provide the group with an opportunity to emerge as the protector of oppressed Muslims.

For radicalised youth that seeks the excitement of war, the lure of ISIS is much stronger than that of the Lashkar-e-Tayeba, which is now attempting to redirect its cadre’s energies towards social welfare services under the banner of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, or Human’s Welfare Foundation. If the ISIS is able to launch one symbolic attack in Indian Kashmir, it will have Lashkar-e-Tayeba and Jaish-e-Muhammad by the throat.

Anticipating such a scenario, Kashmir-centric groups are under tremendous internal pressure to resume attacks in Indian Kashmir in order to avoid large-scale defections, maintain organisational cohesion and protect their exclusive sphere of influence from the ISIS’s encroachment

Any venture of ISIS in Indian Kashmir can place India and Pakistan on the verge of war. But unfortunately, both the countries lack the much-needed level of mutual trust and preparedness to effectively forestall such a scenario. The Indian official response to the arrival of ISIS strongly suggests that policy-makers in New Delhi are unable to grasp post-9/11 shifts in the regional militant landscape, where these non-state actors have developed a momentum of their own.

Triggering a war between India and Pakistan is among the aims of groups such as Al-Qaeda and now the ISIS. The only way Islamabad and New Delhi can pre-empt such a doomsday scenario is through enhancing cooperation on the counter-terrorism front.

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Jewish Arsonists Suspected in West Bank Attack That Killed Palestinian Toddler
The attack was branded as terrorism by Israeli and Palestinian politicians, and shocked consciences on both sides of the simmering conflict.
By Diaa Hadid and Jodi Rudoren

Residents of this Palestinian hamlet still awake on a hot summer night heard the screams and rushed to the Dawabsheh home. Outside, Saad, 32, lay writhing on the ground. Nearby, his wife, Riham, 27, was still on fire. Their 4-year-old son, Ahmad, could be heard crying inside the burning house, and his brother, 18-month-old Ali, was already dead.

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“Recognize the KluKluxKlan as a domestic terrorist organization & make their eradication a Homeland Security priority.” There are 24,980 signatures by far and 75,020 is needed.

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The link is in my bio! #KuKluxKlan #Terrorism #Terrorists #BlackLivesMatter

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Lafayette, LA (07/23/15) -  Three people died and nine were wounded after a gunman opened fire in a movie theater on Thursday night, officials said. The shooting took place shortly before 7:30 p.m. during a showing of the comedy “Trainwreck” at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, a 16-screen multiplex on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city. Chief Jim Craft of the Lafayette Police Department said that police officers entered the theater complex while the shooting was going on. When they got inside the theater, they found the gunman dead of a self-inflicted wound.

The shooter, John Russel Houser a 58-year-old man, killed two people and wounded nine others before he turned his gun on himself and took his own life.

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France sees 23.5% rise in Islamophobic attacks post Charlie Hebdo: Report

July 7 2015

Less than 10 minutes after a delivery driver, apparently inspired by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State, last month decapitated a man and rammed a company van into a gas factory in Isere near Lyon, tweets started coming in.

Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and a close associate of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, was one of the first to respond, branding in 140 characters an entire community: “…this dramatic attack in Isere reminds us of the presence of a fifth column in FR [France].”

Nadine Morano, a former minister, quickly followed suit, also denouncing the presence of a “fifth column".  

The reference to France’s “enemy within” is not new: during World War II, the same charge was brought against communists who were described as the “eye” of Moscow. It was also used by anti-Semites to designate French Jews as those who did not assimilate and allegedly plotted against society.

It was far right-wing politician Aymeric Chauprade who, after the Charlie Hebdo massacres in January, first applied the term to French Muslims, a million of whom he described as “sympathetic to terrorism”.

In France, the lure of Islamophobia is strong and can be set off by something as trivial as a culinary recipe: last month the Le Marmiton restaurant in Dunkirk received a barrage of hateful and racist comments after publishing “oriental recipes” on its website.

But France’s mounting hostility towards Muslims goes beyond words. A report published last week by the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), documents a 23.5 percent rise in “Islamophobic acts” - physical assaults, verbal abuse, and damage to property - since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

CCIF’s chairman, Samy Debah, sees the spike in attacks as a sign of a new malaise in France:

“We have never experienced such a large increase in Islamophobic acts in such a short period of time… Mosques have been attacked and very few have been convicted,” he said.

The report contains numerous cases of Islamophobia: a security guard at a Paris airport who was denied work because “his behaviour and morality” did not meet “necessary safety requirements”; a young woman working in a shop in a Paris suburb who was told by her boss, after her contract was abruptly terminated, “I cannot put my team at risk”; a Muslim schoolgirl who was lectured in front of her class by her teacher on the “principles of secularism and France’s wars of religion” because she was wearing a long skirt.

The report also points to another worrying trend: an increase in violence against women.

“Women are more easily identifiable as Muslims because of their veil,” said Debah. “The attacks tend to target the most vulnerable sections of society.”

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