A REMINDER OF THE REALITY OF THE HORRORS OF WARFARE
Not for the squeamish!!..... but to illustrate what horrors have been endured by both sides in Iraq.....as we sit cocooned and protected with our laptops and computers,whilst others to do our dirty work ....
PARIS (Reuters) - Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in Paris on Saturday as they defied a ban on a planned rally against violence in the Gaza strip.A Reuters photographer said demonstrators
in northern Paris launched projectiles at riot police, who responded by firing teargas canisters and stun grenades.
Demonstrators also climbed on top of a building and burned an Israeli flag. At least one car was set on fire.
A police spokesman said that 38 demonstrators had been arrested by early evening and that the clashes were dying down.
However, dozens of police trucks were seen rolling into the narrow streets of the historically Jewish Marais neighborhood where French media said groups of protesters had assembled.
President Francois Hollande earlier said he had asked his interior minister to ban protests that could turn violent after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police.
"That's why I asked the interior minister, after an investigation, to ensure that such protests would not take place," he told journalists during a visit to Chad.
In defiance of the ban, large crowds gathered in northern Paris chanting "Israel, assassin" until they were dispersed by tear gas.
Peaceful rallies were also held in more than a dozen other cities, from Lille in the north to Marseille in the south.
"This ban on demonstrations, which was decided at the last minute, actually increases the risk of public disorder," the Greens Party said in a statement. "It's a first in Europe."
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve justified bans in Paris and the Mediterranean city of Nice by saying the security risk was too great, prompting outrage from left-wing and pro-Palestinian groups.
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius responded to criticism France was biased in favor of Israel, which sent ground forces in on Thursday after 10 days of air and naval barrages failed to stop rocket fire from Gaza.
"In no way does this mean that the French government has taken a position against the Palestinians," he told journalists during a visit to Jordan.
Elsewhere in Europe, a man set off a security alert in Geneva when he stopped a tram to retrieve bags that included a book with a radical Islamist image in it, police said.
The alert coincided with a demonstration against Israel's assault on Gaza that drew some 300 protesters to the front of the U.N. European headquarters in the Swiss city.
In London, thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched peacefully clutching Palestinian flags and banners reading "Stop the bombing" and "Free Palestine" before congregating outside of the Israeli embassy.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has contributed to growing tensions between France's Muslim and Jewish populations, both of which are the largest in Europe.
In the first three months of 2014 more Jews left France for Israel than at any other time since the Jewish state was created in 1948, with many citing rising anti-Semitism as a factor.
The Israeli military has begun a ground offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, extending its 10-day-old Operation Protective Edge.
It said it was in response to continued militant rocket fire and to strike a "significant blow to Hamas", which controls Gaza.
Hamas said Israel would pay a high price for the ground offensive.
There had been a five-hour humanitarian truce on Thursday, but exchanges of fire resumed when it ended.
Some 230 Palestinians and one Israeli have died during the Operation Protective Edge period.
In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said: "Following 10 days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to de-escalate the situation, the IDF has initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip."
The news from Iraq is bad. Four distinct yet intertwined problems—the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the dysfunctional politics of Iraq, the utter collapse of the Syrian state and the larger cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran—have combined to disrupt the fragile stability gained by the Iraqis in the wake of...
Israeli troops Wednesday night killed two Palestinian naval commandos attempting to enter Kibbutz Zikim alongside Gaza, in what appears to be a repeat of Tuesday’s near-identical attempted infiltration.
“A short time ago, two armed frogmen were spotted on the shoreline north of the Gaza Strip, headed for Israeli territory,” the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman said in a Tweet.
IDF spotters identified the assault, and troops, including helicopter forces killed the duo as they tried to reach the shore.Palestinians fired mortars in the vicinity, again, as in Tuesday’s thwarted attack, apparently as a ploy to create a diversion for the approaching commandos.
Police and other security forces have locked down the vicinity, and have requested residents to remain indoors pending a search for other potential assailants.
The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the car within minutes of the abduction; the killers believed, erroneously, that the security forces were on their trail.
Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found on Monday, realized very quickly that they had been abducted on the night of June 12
The three teens were waiting at Geva’ot Intersection, west of the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem, soon after 10:15 p.m, looking to catch a ride heading west on Route 367 toward Beit Shemesh and from there to locations in central Israel where each of them lived.
The prevailing assessment within the defense establishment is that the kidnappers, at least at first, only saw one of the hitchikers, perhaps Yifrach, who did not know Shaar and Fraenkel. Only once the kidnappers’ Hyundai i35 came to a stop did the kidnappers realize that they would be outnumbered by their hostages within the small confines of the car. This may be what changed the nature of the crime from kidnapping to murder, security sources suggested.
Inside the Hyundai, Israel alleges, were Hamas terrorists Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme.
Recognizing, too late, that the car was not an innocent Israeli vehicle, one of the teens called the police at 10:25 p.m. and whispered, “We’ve been kidnapped.” The call was transferred immediately to a senior female officer, who continued to ask questions but received no reply. The call lasted for 2:09 minutes and was then cut off. The officer called the number eight more times, but received three busy signals and reached voicemail five times.
The kidnappers, apparently realizing that a call had been made, shot the three teens dead soon afterwards in the backseat of the car, military sources said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday night that they were murdered “in cold blood.”
Early assessments by some regarding the professionalism of the terrorists appear to have been misplaced: the killers seem to have panicked. The three teens did not fulfill the role Hamas sought for them, security officials indicated, to serve as bargaining chips that would free thousands of Palestinians prisoners and promote the Hamas brand throughout the West Bank.
The three Israeli teens, from L-R: Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16. (photo credit: courtesy)
The killers then drove a further 10 minutes or so before switching vehicles. They abandoned the Hyundai i35, a relatively new vehicle, and set it on fire.
They transferred the bodies to the second vehicle, and drove close to the field in the Halhul area where the three corpses were ultimately discovered, bound, partially buried, and in what eyewitnesses said was “in not good condition,” on Monday afternoon. The land where the bodies were found belongs to the Kawasme family, Channel 2 news reported.
Amer Abu Aysha (left) and Marwan Kawasme (right), suspected by Israel of kidnapping three Israeli teens. (photo credit: Courtesy)
Unbeknownst to the killers, the emergency call had not prompted an alert by Israel’s security forces. The senior officer did not pass on the information to her superiors or listen to the recording for further evidence, concluding that it was a prank call. The security forces realized there had been a kidnapping, and began what became an 18-day search operation, only some seven hours later.
Assuming that they were being hunted down right away, the kidnappers quickly abandoned the three bodies, and made their escape.
Israeli security forces pinpointed Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme as prime suspects on June 13, and began a series of searches of the family homes and the questioning and arrests of relatives and other suspects. But the two alleged kidnappers were still at large as of Monday night. Others allegedly involved were also still being h
Remembering the IDF volunteer and LA native who was laid to rest on Wednesday.
A day before his death, St.- Sgt. Max Steinberg, 24, awakened his parents in their Los Angeles area home at 4 a.m. to say he had survived a tank accident in Gaza but was heading back into the Strip to continue fighting with his Golani unit.
“We told each other how much we loved each other, and we wished him a safe return,” his father, Stuart, recalled as he eulogized his son on Wednesday. He and his wife Evie stood just a few feet away from their son’s freshly dug grave in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Military Cemetery.
An "aggressive Islamist agenda" was being pursued in some of the so-called Trojan horse schools in Birmingham, says a Department for Education report.
Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, is publishing the findings of his inquiry into allegations of a hardline Muslim "take-over" of schools.
Mr Clarke found a lack of intervention from the local council and weaknesses in the oversight of academies.
He said the council viewed the issue from the "prism of community cohesion".
Mr Clarke has delivered the findings of a report commissioned by the former Education Secretary Michael Gove. His successor, Nicky Morgan, is to present the results of the investigation to the House of Commons.
Much of the report had already been leaked - and representatives of schools facing allegations claimed they had faced a "co-ordinated and vicious" attack from the government.
The inquiry found no evidence of extremism, said Mr Clarke, but "there are a number of people in a position of influence who either espouse, or sympathise with or fail to challenge extremist views".
"I have established that there is a group of associated individuals in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies who have, over quite a considerable time, looked to introduce what could be described as an aggressive Islamist agenda into some schools, very few schools, in Birmingham," Mr Clarke told the BBC.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah and the Syrian branch of al Qaeda have fought a deadly five-day battle in Syria near the border with Lebanon, a Hezbollah source and a fighter for the Nusra Front said on Thursday.Hezbollah
A six-year-old schoolgirl has been allegedly raped by two staff members at a prominent school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police say.
The child was assaulted on 2 July, but her parents discovered it only a few days ago after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, hundreds of parents have protested outside the school, pulling down its gates and shouting slogans.
Police have registered a case, but they are yet to make any arrests.
The BBC's Andrew North in Delhi says it's the latest in a series of sexual assault cases that have made headlines in India.
The new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised a zero tolerance approach on crimes against women, but violence and discrimination against women in remain deeply entrenched in society.
The girl was allegedly raped by a security guard and a gym teacher, but as there are multiple guards and gym instructors in the school, police say they are trying to identify the guilty, BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi reports from Bangalore.
As news of the child's rape became public, hundreds of parents gathered outside the school, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the school management, our correspondent adds.
"They have handled it very shoddily," said Vivek Sharma, parent of a boy studying in the school.
On Thursday, school chairman Rustom Kerawala addressed a meeting of the parents where he offered his "sincere apologies" and promised "full cooperation" with the police in investigation.
Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.
The brutal crime led to a massive outrage in the country and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws, including the death penalty in rare cases.
But the law has failed to act as a deterrence as is borne out by the statistics - according to the National Crime Records Bureau for 2013, one rape was reported every 21 minutes in the country.
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The attack was retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, police officials say
A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sexual assault blamed on her brother, her family and police said Friday.
Jitendra Singh, a top local police official, said two men have been arrested in the teenage girl's rape. The suspects include the village headman and the main suspect, identified as the husband of the woman who was allegedly molested by the girl's brother.
The attack on the girl took place after midnight on Sunday in a small village in Jharkhand state's Bokaro district. Some reports indicated the victim was as young as 10 years old.
The victim's brother has also been arrested on charges of molestation.
The girl's mother told India's CNN-IBN news channel that she pleaded with the council and other villagers when they ordered the rape but no one listened.
"We kept begging them. We begged with folded hands, but they would not listen. They dragged her away to the forest," she said.
"They attacked her in retaliation, and we are taking this case very seriously," Singh said, adding that police expect to complete the investigation and file charges in the next few days.
Across much of rural India, deeply conservative local councils wield great power. They can pass decrees on any subject they choose — from how women should dress to whether young lovers deserve to live or die. They usually enforce strict social norms about marriage and gender roles.
In January, a council of elders in West Bengal state ordered the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman as punishment for falling in love with a man from a different community.
The village councils are often the only practical means of delivering justice in areas where local governments are either too far away or too ineffective to settle disputes. Their power is often derived from the fact that they can order that villagers be ostracized for ignoring their decrees.
In some of the most extreme cases, the councils have sanctioned so-called honor killings, usually against men and women suspected of out-of-wedlock sex or marrying outside the community.
But even this majority apparently isn't good enough for Obama given the fact that he continues to bow down towards the Muslim world at virtually every opportunity ... and at the expense of everybodyelse...
By Jonathan Topaz, Politico :–
“President Barack Obama’s approval rating is higher among Muslims than any other religious group, a new poll says.
According to a Gallup poll released Friday that tracked responses for the first six months of 2014, 72 percent of Muslims said they approve of the president, compared with just 20 percent who disapprove.
Mormons were the least approving religious group, with 18 percent of Mormons approving and 78 percent disapproving of the president. Mormons in the past have ranked as the most conservative major religious group in the U.S.
The survey underscores a religious divide when it comes to presidential approval — Obama is more popular among non-Christians and less popular among Christians.” Read more.
Flashback: Terror-Linked CAIR Poll: More Than 85% Of American-Muslims Voted For Obama – “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released the results of an informal exit poll on Friday that shows more than 85 percent of American Muslim voters picked President Barack Obama in Tuesday’s election… CAIR conducted the informal survey of 650 American Muslim voters, with just 4 percent of respondents stating that they voted for Mitt Romney… ‘The fact that more than 95 percent of Muslim respondents went to the polls is a clear indication that they are fully participating in our nation’s political process and are part of the fabric of America,’ Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR said …” Read more.
Flashback: Pro-Terror Islamist Group ISNA Actively Working To Re-Elect Barack Obama – “In 1928, Egyptian Hassan Obama formed an organization called The Muslim Brotherhood. In World War II that same Muslim Brotherhood joined with Adolph Hitler to kill, indeed to exterminate, Jews globally. In 1981 that same Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. And in 2011, that same Muslim Brotherhood overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for the express purpose, as the United West predicted, to establish the Islamic Caliphate in Egypt and eventually spread Sharia Law globally. Astonishingly, in April of 2012, that same Jew-hating, Christian-hating Muslim Brotherhood was welcomed into our country … by President Barack Hussein Obama.” Read more.
Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Officially Endorses President Obama’s Islamic Faith Adviser – “That’s right. The Muslim ‘Kill-All-Jews‘ Brotherhood is tickled pink by Barack Obama’s anti-Israel, pro-Islamist choice in spiritual matters. When a ‘There-Is-No-Freedom-In-Islam‘ and ‘Destroy-Western-Civilization-From-Within‘ pro-terror ‘political’ movement endorses the American President’s own chosen ‘faith adviser’, something is gravely ill in the Land of the Free …” Read more.
Flashback: Islamic Cleric Linked To Al-Qaeda Endorses Barack Obama For President – “A Sudanese opposition leader and prominent Sunni Muslim who had links to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the 1990s said he hopes President Barack Obama will get re-elected in Tuesday’s much anticipated election, AFP reported. ‘You know what ‘Baraka’ means in Arabic? Blessing,’ said veteran Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi, who served as the secretary-general of the Islamic Charter Front, a political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood … ‘He’s gentle towards the Muslims generally,’ Turabi said …” Read more.
Back on June 18th I reported on a notorious (but popular) imam in Dearborn calling for sharia restrictions on the first amendment in the wake of a quran burnings in front of his mosque. I wrote:
As for the two qurans that were allegedly burned outside a mosque, color me skeptical. We have seen so many of these incidents actually committed by Muslims in order to advance their narrative of being victims of hatred, and in order to impose or secure some concession or accommodation to Islam. I find the timing a bit too coincidental.
And I was right. The quran burnings were done by Muslims.
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The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who authorities said were kidnapped this month have been found in the West Bank, a spokesman said.
"All Israel tonight is united in mourning the three teens who were brutally murdered by the Hamas terrorists," Mark Regev said Monday.
He continued: "Hamas, I think, has shown us all once again what Hamas is all about. It's a brutal terrorist organization that has no qualms whatsoever about targeting civilians, and in this case, in kidnapping and murdering children."
Netanyahu said "Hamas will pay" for the deaths.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned against escalation, saying if Netanyahu "brings a war on Gaza, the gates of hell will open to him."
The Israeli military said it found three bodies northwest of Hebron and that the bodies are "going through forensic identification." The military also said it has informed the families of the three missing teens about the discovery.
The three teens -- Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, a 16-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen -- disappeared late June 12 or early June 13 from the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion in the West Bank, according to the Israeli military.
"Although the identification has not been officially confirmed, I would like to send my support and condolences to the Shaar, Frenkel and Yifrach families," said Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon with the Israel Defense Forces.
He vowed to pursue those responsible for the deaths.
"The war on terror continues. It didn't begin now and it will not be over soon," Alon told reporters.
"We will do whatever it takes to deter Hamas and other terrorists and we'll continue to fight terror using every legal means at our disposal."
Netanyahu called an emergency security Cabinet meeting about the issue Monday; an announcement from the Cabinet is expected shortly, according to the Israeli military.
Spokeman Regev said he didn't want to "prejudge" what the Cabinet will decide, but stressed that Israel will "continue to act against Hamas in order to protect our people."
"Hamas says every Israeli man, woman and child, every civilian, is a legitimate target for these sort of terrorist attacks, so we're totally within our rights to protect ourselves against those Hamas terrorists who want to kill our people," he said.
When asked whether he holds the Palestinian Authority responsible in any way for the teens' deaths, Regev responded: "It's clear that the terrorists came from areas under Palestinian Authority control and returned to territories under Palestinian Authority control."
He urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to annul his pact with Hamas.
His comments were echoed by U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, chairman of the House Middle East and North Africa subcommittee; and Ted Deutch, D-Florida, ranking member of that subcommittee.
"We will continue to support the government of Israel in its efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice, and we offer the people of Israel our deepest and most heartfelt condolences as we grieve with them. If it is determined that Hamas is behind this horrific tragedy, Abu Mazen must immediately break up the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas, a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization," they said in a staetment.
Abu Mazen is another name for Abbas, whose government now includes Hamas, which controls Gaza.
U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were among world leaders condemning the killings Monday.
Abbas called an emergency meeting of his own. The Palestinian leadership is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss the developments.
Last week, the Israel Security Agency said it believed that two "Hamas activists from Hebron" were behind the teens' disappearances.
As Israeli media were reporting on the bodies' discovery Monday night, Israeli forces were blocking roads into Hebron, a city in the southern West Bank. Fighter jets could be heard flying low over Gaza.
Israeli security forces conducted an extensive search for the teens. Within days after their disappearance, soldiers had detained more than 150 Palestinian suspects. The military said Hamas leaders and operatives were among the suspects.
Netanyahu similarly blamed Hamas for the kidnappings. A Hamas spokesman said in the days after the abductions that the Prime Minister's comments attributing blame were "stupid and baseless."
Also in the days after the abductions, the mother of one of the teenagers spoke to reporters.
The three "were just on their way home," said Naftali's mother, Racheli Frankel. "We trust" that they "will be with us here, and we'll hug them soon."
She thanked the security forces for their efforts and the U.S. Embassy for its support. "We feel waves and waves of prayers and support and positive energy in this direction."