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Muslim sex gang showed ‘no shred of humanity’ as they repeatedly raped vulnerable schoolgirl, 13

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Judge Roger Thomas at Bradford Crown court slammed 12-strong gang’s ‘insolent and disrespectful’ behaviour

A GANG of 12 Asian men have been jailed for a total of 140 YEARS for the repeated rape and sexual abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl they saw as “utterly worthless”.

Eleven were jailed for rape and a twelfth man was jailed for sexual activity with a child under 16.

Their white British victim was aged 13 and 14 when she was repeatedly raped and sexually abused and passed around by the beasts.

In one sustained attack she was raped by five of them in succession.

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Beasts Khalid Mahmood, Sufyan Ziarab and Saqib Younis are today behind bars

Some of the abuse took place in an underground car park where there was graffiti with the victim’s name and the word “corner”.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the men were led by ringleader Ahmed Al-Choudhury who facilitated most of the offences but then fled abroad.

Judge Roger Thomas QC

Judge Roger Thomas QC condemned the “insolent and disrespectful behaviour” the accused showed in court which he said reflected their treatment of their victim.

He told them: “The attitudes of the majority of you have so clearly demonstrated to these proceedings has been contemptuous, disrespectful and arrogant on a scale that I have hardly seen before in many years of practice in criminal law.

“Exactly the same attitude to the 13/14 year old girl who you all sexually abused and exploited for your own selfish gratification.”

He added: “None of these defendants had any concern for the victim.

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Bilal Ziarab, Yasser Kabir and Tauqueer Hussain exploited girl for their gratification

“They were totally uninterested in her welfare and what damage they were causing her.

“The victim clearly demanded pity and understanding but their view of her was heartless and demeaning.

File picture of Faisal Khan, 27, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, who has been jailed for 13 years rape.

Faisal Khan, who was jailed for 13 years, is seen grinning outside court during his trial

“They saw her as a pathetic figure who had no worth and who served no purpose than to be an object that they could sexually misuse and cast aside.

“They showed her no shred of decency or humanity when as a vulnerable child she so needed care and understanding.”

The court heard their victim now has post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression.

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Hussain Sardar, Failal Khan and Israr Ali cast aside victim after they had used her

In a statement, she told the court: “My perception of what a normal relationship is warped. Trust issues affect every aspect of my life.

“I have also had many physical effects. I was physically assaulted and punched and kicked and these hurt when I am tired.

File picture of Sufyan Ziarab, 23 outside Bradford Crown Court, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, who has been jailed for 13 years.

Smirking Sufyan Ziarab was one of the gang condemed for their contemptuous attitude

“My moods are very variable and can be up and down at any time. I have no coping mechanisms and feel out of control.

“The court process has been very difficult. My anxiety and stress levels have been increased. I have struggled to remain in control of my emotions and life in general.”

The court heard how the majority of defendants had a host of previous convictions ranging from drugs, dangerous driving, assault, public disorder, stealing and handling stolen goods.

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Nasir Khan, Zain Ali and Mohammed Akram groomed their victim for sex

Khalid Raja Mahmood has a “significant record” and is currently serving six and a half years for the rape of a 43-year-old woman and a consecutive one and a half years for attempting false imprisonment of a child.

Other convictions include seven sexual offences, three offences of indecent assault and two for curb crawling.

Mahmood, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and three counts of sexual activity with a child was.

He was twice the victim’s age when he met her and had plied her with drink.

The judge told him: “Having met the victim you set about grooming her for sex. You drank alcohol and you offered the victim drink and drugs.

“You were then able to carry out your sexual offending against her, she being in that extremely vulnerable state.”


What the sex gang were sentenced to

Sufyan Ziarab, 22, from Keighley, West Yorks., was jailed for 15 years.

His brother Bilal Ziarab, 21, from Bradford,West Yorks., was jailed for 12 years.

Yasser Kabir, 25, from Keighley was jailed for 15 years with a consecutive five years after being found guilty in June 2015 for offences on two girls aged between five and nine when he was between 13 and 15.

Hussain Sardar, 19, from Keighley received six years detention in a young offenders institution.

Nasir Khan, 22, from Keighley, was jailed for 13 years..

His brother Faisal Khan, 27, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years.

Saqib Younis, 29, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years.

Israr Ali, 19, from Keighley, received three and a half years detention in a young offenders institute.

Zain Ali, 20, from Keighley, received eight years in a young defenders institute.

Tauqueer Hussain, 23, from Keighley was jailed for 13 years and received a five year consecutive sentence for the rape of a second underage victim in 2009.

Mohammed Akram, 63, was jailed for five years.

Khalid Mahmood, 34, was given an extended sentence of 17 years comprising a custodial term of 13 and a half years and an extended licence of three and a half years.

source: The Sun Online

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Three men plead guilty to rape, but avoid prison sentences

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Ashwin Kumar, Waleed Latif and Dylan Djohan Photo: Facebook

Three Australian men who pleaded guilty to the rape of a 17-year-old girl have avoided prison after reaching an agreement with Croatian prosecutors to pay their victim A$30,000.

Dylan Djohan, 23, Ashwin Kumar, 23, and Waleed Latif, 21, all from Melbourne, raped the Norweigan teenager at a bar in Split, Croatia, in July 2015.

The men, facing up to 15 years in prison, were due to appear in court last Monday, before lawyers reached a deal enabling them to walk free.

Under the deal the men entered guilty pleas and were given sentences of one year in jail, reduced to a five-year good behaviour bond.

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Tropic, the bar where the assault took place. Photo: Google Maps

The men have now all arrived home in Melbourne.

Djohan, Kumar and Latif were travelling with a larger group of Australians headed to Croatia’s Ultra Music Festival last July.

Prosecutors say one of the men dragged the girl to the toilets of the late night bar, before the other two followed and joined in with the assault.

Croatian woman’s rights campaigner Sanja Sarnavka, told reporters the prosecutor should not have allowed the men to pay to avoid jail.

“If they can afford it, those who are indicted will pay for the best lawyers, pay the damages and receive a minimum sentence or even go free,” she said.

“In a democratic state, everyone should have the same treatment, regardless of their wealth or assets.”

source : Daily Telegraph

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Abu Hamza’s criminal daughter-in-law who cannot be deported because she is a mother ‘lives in a taxpayer-funded council house’

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  • Moroccan-born woman is said to be living in council property in London.
  • She was jailed for smuggling SIM card into Hamza’s prison under burka. 
  • Cannot be expelled unless she poses ‘serious’ threat, says ECJ adviser.
  • Hate preacher Hamza is now serving life in America for terror offences.

The daughter-in-law of hate preacher Abu Hamza who cannot be deported from Britain because she is a mother is living in a taxpayer-funded council house, it was claimed today.

The Moroccan-born woman, who spent a year in jail for smuggling a mobile phone SIM card into Hamza’s high-security prison under her burka, is said to be living in London.

The European Court of Justice’s top legal adviser has indicated that because she is the sole carer for her British son aged four she cannot be expelled unless she poses a ‘serious’ threat to society.

Hate preacher: Abu Hamza spent years spouting evil on Britain’s streets and is now serving life in America

Hate preacher: Abu Hamza spent years spouting evil on Britain’s streets and is now serving life in America

It is not yet clear if the woman – who has been identified only as CS – is receiving state benefits or if her legal case is publicly funded, reported The Sun home affairs correspondent Tom Wells.

But she was identified by a Conservative MP as the daughter-in-law of hook-handed Hamza – who for years spouted evil on Britain’s streets and is now serving life in America for terror offences.

Using Parliamentary privilege, Shipley MP Philip Davies told the House of Commons on Friday that this was ‘a very, very serious matter for the security of this country’.

Raising a point of order, he said: ‘You may have seen the reports in the newspapers that European judges have ruled that a Moroccan criminal cannot be deported from the country despite the Home Office saying that she committed serious offences which threaten the values of society.

Cleric: Hamza (left) had been detained as a Category A prisoner following his conviction for inciting murder

Cleric: Hamza (left) had been detained as a Category A prisoner following his conviction for inciting murder

‘Surely this is something that should be raised in this House, that the Home Office minister should be making a statement about today?’

Warning: MP Philip Davies said it was 'a very, very serious matter for the security of this country'

Warning: MP Philip Davies said it was ‘a very, very serious matter for the security of this country’

The case intensifies pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron, whose deal with the EU ahead of an in-out referendum did not even touch on the powers of the European Court of Justice over British law.

Vote Leave spokesman Robert Oxley said: ‘This dangerous farce shows just how damaging the EU is for our security. The only way we can fight terrorism is to vote Leave and take control – it’s the only safe option.’

The ECJ’s chief legal adviser dealt a blow to Theresa May on Thursday when he said non-EU offenders who are the sole carers for children with UK nationality could not be booted out ‘simply’ because they have committed a crime.

But in a crumb of comfort for the Home Secretary, ECJ Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said expulsion could be allowed in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

He said a foreign offender who was sole carer of a British child aged under 16 could be flown home if they presented a ‘genuine, present and sufficiently serious’ threat to society, including public security.

If the ECJ backs his preliminary opinion – and the judges rarely disagree – it potentially opens the door for hundreds of low-level foreign criminals to claim the right to stay in Britain.

Hamza’s daughter-in-law married in 2002. In 2005 she was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Luxembourg base: The European Court of Justice's top legal adviser  said non-EU offenders who are the sole carers for children with UK nationality could not be booted out ‘simply’ because they have committed a crime

Luxembourg base: The European Court of Justice’s top legal adviser said non-EU offenders who are the sole carers for children with UK nationality could not be booted out ‘simply’ because they have committed a crime

In 2011 the couple had a son who holds British citizenship. But the marriage ended in divorce, leaving her in sole care of the child.

In May 2012 ‘CS’ was jailed after attempting to smuggle contraband – the mobile phone SIM card – into high-security Belmarsh prison in South-East London, where her father-in-law was being held.

Home Secretary: Theresa May wanted to deport the woman, who was jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court

Home Secretary: Theresa May wanted to deport the woman, who was jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court

Hamza was detained as a Category A prisoner at the time following his conviction for inciting murder and pending extradition on terror charges to the US.

CS was jailed for 12 months at Blackfriars Crown Court on May 4 after she was convicted of conveying a prohibited article into prison.

Mr Justice Openshaw said at her appeal against sentence that Hamza could have used the SIM card to ‘convey messages of support to his followers outside, or use it to encourage or incite the commission of further offences’.

Under current immigration laws, Britain automatically serves a deportation order against all non-EU offenders who are sentenced to more than one year in prison, irrespective of their family circumstances.

After completing her sentence, CS was given a deportation notice in 2013. But she appealed, claiming she could not be expelled because there would be no one else to care for the boy.

She won that case when immigration judges ruled that deportation amounted to ‘constructive expulsion’ of her son from Europe – a breach of EU rules.

Mrs May appealed against that decision and the case was sent by the British courts for a ruling from the Luxembourg court, where it currently remains.

Facebook’s War on Freedom of Speech

  • Facebook is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might decide is racist — along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is “racist.”
  • The sinister reality of a society in which the expression of majority opinion is being turned into a crime has already been seen across Europe. Just last week came reports of Dutch citizens being visited by the police and warned about posting anti-mass-immigration sentiments on social media.
  • In lieu of violence, speech is one of the best ways for people to vent their feelings and frustrations. Remove the right to speak about your frustrations and only violence is left.
  • The lid is being put on the pressure cooker at precisely the moment that the heat is being turned up. A true “initiative for civil courage” would explain to both Merkel and Zuckerberg that their policy can have only one possible result

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It was only a few weeks ago that Facebook was forced to back down when caught permitting anti-Israel postings, but censoring equivalent anti-Palestinian postings.

Now one of the most sinister stories of the past year was hardly even reported. In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook at a UN development summit in New York.

As they sat down, Chancellor Merkel’s microphone, still on, recorded Merkel asking Zuckerberg what could be done to stop anti-immigration postings being written on Facebook. She asked if it was something he was working on, and he assured her it was.

At the time, perhaps the most revealing aspect of this exchange was that the German Chancellor — at the very moment that her country was going through one of the most significant events in its post-war history — should have been spending any time worrying about how to stop public dislike of her policies being vented on social media. But now it appears that the discussion yielded consequential results.

Last month, Facebook launched what it called an “Initiative for civil courage online,” the aim of which, it claims, is to remove “hate speech” from Facebook — specifically by removing comments that “promote xenophobia.”

Facebook is working with a unit of the publisher Bertelsmann, which aims to identify and then erase “racist” posts from the site. The work is intended particularly to focus on Facebook users in Germany.

At the launch of the new initiative, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, explained that, “Hate speech has no place in our society — not even on the internet.” She went to say that, “Facebook is not a place for the dissemination of hate speech or incitement to violence.”

Of course, Facebook can do what it likes on its own website. What is troubling is what this organization of effort and muddled thinking reveals about what is going on in Europe.

The mass movement of millions of people — from across Africa, the Middle East and further afield — into Europe has happened in record time and is a huge event in its history. As events in Paris, Cologne and Sweden have shown, it is also by no means a series of events only with positive connotations.

As well as being fearful of the security implications of allowing in millions of people whose identities, beliefs and intentions are unknown and — in such large numbers — unknowable, many Europeans are deeply concerned that this movement heralds an irreversible alteration in the fabric of their society.

Many Europeans do not want to become a melting pot for the Middle East and Africa, but want to retain something of their own identities and traditions. Apparently, it is not just a minority who feel concern about this.

Poll after poll shows a significant majority of the public in each and every European country opposed to immigration at anything like the current rate.

The sinister thing about what Facebook is doing is that it is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might consider racist — along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is “racist.”

And it just so happens to turn out that, lo and behold, this idea of “racist” speech appears to include anything critical of the EU’s current catastrophic immigration policy.

By deciding that “xenophobic” comment in reaction to the crisis is also “racist,” Facebook has made the view of the majority of the European people (who, it must be stressed, are opposed to Chancellor Merkel’s policies) into “racist” views, and so is condemning the majority of Europeans as “racist.” This is a policy that will do its part in pushing Europe into a disastrous future.

Because even if some of the speech Facebook is so scared of is in some way “xenophobic,” there are deep questions as to why such speech should be banned. In lieu of violence, speech is one of the best ways for people to vent their feelings and frustrations.

Remove the right to speak about your frustrations, and only violence is left. Weimar Germany — to give just one example — was replete with hate-speech laws intended to limit speech the state did not like.

These laws did nothing whatsoever to limit the rise of extremism; it only made martyrs out of those it pursued, and persuaded an even larger number of people that the time for talking was over.

The sinister reality of a society in which the expression of majority opinion is being turned into a crime has already been seen across Europe. Just last week, reports from the Netherlands told of Dutch citizens being visited by the police and warned about posting anti-mass-immigration sentiments on Twitter and other social media.

In this toxic mix, Facebook has now — knowingly or unknowingly — played its part. The lid is being put on the pressure cooker at precisely the moment that the heat is being turned up. A true “initiative for civil courage” would explain to both Merkel and Zuckerberg that their policy can have only one possible result.

source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7371/facebook-freedom-of-speech

EXCLUSIVE: First Translation of Khameini’s New Book on the Destruction of America, Israel

NOTE: What follows is the first significant translation of the newly-released book, ‘Palestine’ by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khameini.

The page numbers below refer to the original PDF in Farsi (available here). This page will be updated as more of the book is available in translation.

As Jonathan Tobin writes at Commentary:

The Khamenei Palestine book is important not in and of itself but because the regime’s obsession with Israel is a key to its foreign policy.

Iran constitutes a grave threat to Neighboring Arab countries that are at least as angry about the president’s embrace of Tehran as the Israelis since their nuclear status would undermine their security.

But as much as Iran is focused on regional hegemony in which Sunni states would be brought to heel, as Khamenei’s Palestine illustrates, it is the fixation on Israel and Zionism that really animates their expansionism and aid for terror groups.

As Taheri notes in his article on the book, Khamenei distinguishes his idée fixe about destroying Israel from European anti-Semitism. Rather, he insists, that his policy derives from “well established Islamic principles.”

Chief among them is the idea that any land that was once ruled by Muslims cannot be conceded to non-believers no matter who lives there now.

While the Muslim world seems to understand that they’re not getting Spain back, the territory that constitutes the state of Israel is something else.

Its central location in the middle of the Muslim and Arab worlds and the fact that Jews, a despised minority people, now rule it makes its existence particularly objectionable to Islamists like Khamenei.
Khameini: ‘Palestine’ (2015)

Introduction by Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati

The role of Shia Ulama [Islamic leaders] in the complicated issue of Palestine has steadily moved toward reaching its goal. The issue of Palestine has had many extensive, large-scale reflections all around the world.

The way Shia Ulamas, [scholars] including Motaharri, dealt with the issue of Palestine was to rely on Allah internally and on Muslims externally, which enabled them to fight against the oppressors with all their might.

Having this in mind, it is worth it to know how this class of Muslim scholars approached the issue of Palestine and Zionism.

Mohammd Hasan Ibn Mohammad Ibrahim Gilani, one of these scholars, who in his own time had experienced an issue of occupation, as the Israeli-Palestine issue, emphasizes Jihad as a mandatory Islamic duty on Muslims’ shoulders.

He states, “If the people of darkness and blasphemy attack Muslims’ lands and try to establish a non-Islamic political system in that land, jihad becomes a compulsory religious duty for all Muslims who are able to use a weapon.

Sheikh Mohammad Reza Hamedani, who lived in 19th century, in his book, Trqib Ul Musliemin Ela Difa Ul Moshrekin [Encouraging Muslims to resist non-Muslims] expressly writes:-

“ The purpose of jihad is to preserve the seed of Islam and granting Islam prosperity and superiority. Until reaching that goal, the duty of jihad is compulsory.”

By studying the contemporary history of Shia movements, we see how this class of Muslim scholars, even in difficult situations when the foundation of Islamic society was under attack from everywhere, led Muslims in waging jihad.

They meticulously analyzed the situation and recognized the colonists’ long-term plan. In various circumstances, these scholars created obstacles in the way of the colonists and prevented them from reaching their ultimate goal.

For example, in Iraq, the British Army tried to subjugate Iraqis, suppress their uprisings, and divert Iraqis’ attention from revolting against them. They created an atmosphere of fear among Iraqis, not knowing that the Iraqi Shia Ulama [Muslim religious leaders] would disappoint them.

An Iraqi Muslim scholar who lived during World War I recorded his observations of Najaf Shia uprising and its causes. He wrote,

“Some people believe that only because of Islam and Islamic honor the crusaders could not dominate Najaf and rule over this city, which is the center of religion and the apple of the eye of Shia Muslims. Islamic honor prevented the crusaders from placing the flag of trinity over monotheism.″

Islamic sources and faith enabled the Ulama to fulfill their Islamic duty regarding the issue of Palestine. Examining the movement that Shia religious leaders initiated and comparing it with their current day position toward the issue of Palestine proves that Shia Ulamas are among the most persistent and non-compromising Islamic leaders who have shown resistance to the danger of Zionism.

In response to a question from Mohammad Sabri Abedin, Agha Mohammad Hossain aul Kashif al-Quta, who was the highest-ranking Muslim scholar in Najaf, wrote, “The worst type of oppression is forgetting about Islamic duties and disrespecting the Quran by disobeying its commands.”

Regarding selling Palestine land to Jews and its Islamic ruling about these types of transactions, Kashif al Quta states:-

“Don’t you even realize that selling land to the Jews in general and being involved in the transaction as agents or the like is tantamount to fighting against Allah and his prophet and destroying the religion of Islam?

Those who participate in such transaction are out of the religion and consequently infidels. Do not do business with those who are involved in such transactions.

Do not marry them. When they die, do not let them to be buried in Muslims’ cemeteries. You should make a list of apostates, mention their names in there, and publicize it.” [Note: Being recognized apostate allows Muslim to kill the person, make his wives and children slave, and appropriate his property.]

The Ulama’s objection to the two-state Solution in the United Nations was the first formal confrontation between the Islamic scholars [Ulama] and the West, which highlighted the role of Iraqi scholars in resisting against the West.

Shia leaders like, Hebbat Ul Din Shahrestani, Sayyed Mehdi Sadr, Sayyed Mohammad Mehdi Isfahani, Sheikh Razi Aul Yassin, Yusuf Ata, Habib al Ubaidi, and Ibrahim Ravi, sent a telegraph to both the United Nations and the United Kingdom Department of State, expressing,

“Hereby, we the delegates of Islamic legal schools announce our dissatisfaction to the two-state solution, which is aiming to strike at the heart of Arabs and Muslims.″

Ayatollah Sayyed Abul Hasan Isfahani, another high-ranking Muslim scholar, wrote a note to the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad asking Iranians to double their efforts in the United Nations for Palestinian rights.

Accordingly, Kashi al-Quta wrote a letter to Malik Ghazi, the king of Iraq, encouraging him to adopt the same tactic in the United Nations and support Palestinians. He warned the king and the British officials that the only choice they have is to issue a fatwa for Jihad.

Al-Nahar, a Baghdad newspaper, reported that [in the 1950s] Muslim scholars gathered around Imam Ali’s Shrine in Najaf and discussed the possibility of issuing the fatwa of jihad. Ulama from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Arab Gulf countries were invited and Kashif al Quta issued the fatwa for jihad. The issued fatwa stated,
O, Muslims, Arabs, brothers, and human beings! A situation in which the beheaded Palestine is trapped, is obvious.

As I have said before, the issue of Palestine is not just an Arab-Muslim issue. Every human being has to wage jihad. Hereby I send a public invitation to Arabs and Muslims.

Allah is my witness that if I were not old and sick, I would be the first person to make jihad against Israel.″

In another fatwa, Kashif al Quta, classified the Islamic world and assigned each one of them to perform their duty of jihad regarding Palestine. The first country he addressed was Jordan.

He believed, since the Hashemite family runs Jordan and they are decedents of the prophet, they are the ones who need to initiate jihad.

After Jordan, he addressed Hijaz [Saudi Arabia]. He said, “Since Islam shone in that land, Saudis also should be a part of the jihad.” Kashif al Quta also assigned Syria and Egypt for the reason that they are Palestine’s neighbor.

In the 1960s, Imam Khomeini started his transparent and relentless movement, which played a pivotal role in the realm of politics and the establishment of a new wave called “Islamic Awakening.”

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Islamic awakening in Iran and in the Islamic world aimed to first topple the Pahlavi regime and replace it with an Islamic republic system and second, to wage Jihad in the region against Zionism in an effort to emancipate Palestine.

Globally, the movement is going to confront the United States as the symbol of injustice. In one sentence, Imam Khomeini’s purpose of struggle is to emancipate Iran and the Islamic world from the superpowers’ bondage, restore honor to Islam, and establish an Islamic government based on Islamic principles.

With persistence and honesty, Imam Khomeini raised the flag of the emancipation of Quds and Palestine. The chain of resistance against Zionists is currently more evolved.

Today, the resistance line starts from Iran and covers Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza, West Bank, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Yemen, Bahrain, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

This new wave of Islamic awakening, which was initiated by Imam Khomeini, is now stronger than ever. Cutting the hand of the United States from Islamic countries, establishing Islamic government and restoring Islamic values, and emancipating the whole of Palestine are our objectives.
Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati

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[Biographical Note on Ali Akbar Velayati: Velayati was born in Rostamabad village in Shemiran, Tehran, on 24 June 1945. He was admitted to Tehran University of medical sciences in 1964. Velayati finished his studies in pediatrics and moved to Johns Hopkins University for a fellowship in infectious diseases.

Velayati taught at a university and was an active member of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Expediency Council and Islamic Encyclopedia Foundation. During the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah, Velayati was arrested by the intelligence service when he was only seventeen.

After the Islamic Revolution, and under Mousavi, the former Iranian prime minister, Velayati served as the minister of foreign affairs. After Hashemi Rafsanjani became the president of Iran, he retained his position until 1997. Since then he has been an advisor on international affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran.

In November 2006, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corra issued an international arrest warrants for Velayati and six other Iranians and one Lebanese in connection with the AMIA terror attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 85 people and seriously injured151. 

The attack on the Jewish Cultural Center came two years after the 1992 terrorist bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Velayati has been on the official Wanted list of Interpol since March 2007 charged with “Aggravated Murder and Damages” related to the 1994 AMIA bombing case. 

The arrest warrant is based on the allegation that senior Iranian officials planned the attack in an August 1993 meeting, including Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, Mohammad Hejazi, Khamanei’s intelligence and security advisor, Rafsanjani, then president, Ali Fallahian, then intelligence minister, and Velayati, then foreign minister.]

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Quds Day: The Day of Breaking the Back of Oppressive Americans and its Zionists Servants [p.40]
In 1960s, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini started his transparent and relentless movement, which played a pivotal role in the realm of politics and the establishment of a new wave called, “the Islamic Awakening.”

The Islamic Awakening in Iran and in the Islamic world aimed to first topple the Pahlavi regime and replace it with an Islamic Republic system and, second, to wage Jihad in the region against Zionism in an effort to emancipate Palestine.

Globally, the movement is going to confront the United States as the symbol of injustice.
For us, [the liberation of Jerusalem] Quds and Palestine are very significant and splendid issues. Today [Quds Day] is when all the oppressed people armed with the spirit of faith and reliance on Allah would break the back of all unjust superpowers, the Imperialism of the United States and its Zionist servants.

We should not be satisfied with what we have [the Islamic Revolution] within our borders; we should not think we are done. Until this stinky wound and infected gland called “the Israeli Government” is in the heart of Islamic territories, we cannot feel we have won.

From the beginning of the Islamic Revolution in Iran to the present time, Palestine remains a burning issue for the Muslims of the world.

The centrality of Palestine for the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Muslim world is undeniable. Even before to the Islamic Revolution, Palestine, the Palestinian people, and the injustice they were experiencing were important issues for Imam Khomeini and the movement he led.

We cannot observe and tolerate the existence and presence of the enemy who has occupied the land.

Palestine is the most important issue of the Islamic world. Palestine is the most important issue of the world of Islam.

There is not any other international issue in the world of Islam more important than the issue of Palestine.

The reason is that the domination of the occupiers of Palestine and Quds is the source other weaknesses and problems in the Islamic world.

One might ask about the future of Palestine and Quds.

Let me educate you and give you some information: As we broke down and destroyed the robust, undefeatable gates of the imperialist regime of the Shah, we can defeat the legendary power of the superpowers.

Allah’s Promise: Defeating Bani Israel [the Jewish People] Again [p.41]

We should learn from the Quran in which Allah addresses Israel saying:
“O children of Israel! Indeed, you would do mischief in land twice and you will become tyrants and extremely arrogant.” [Surah Al-Isra’ 17:4-8]

Allah’s soldiers will come to punish you for the corruption you did on Earth. Any nation that walks on the path of Allah—with the weapon of truth and justice—Allah will help him. But any nation that makes mischief, oppresses the people, and ignores humanity will be destroyed and perished.

An Infected Cancer Called “Israel,” Cause of Division Among Muslims [p.42]

Imperialists, the enemy of human beings, planted this infected cancer gland within Islamic-Arabic territory.

Today this gland has grown and become the cause of division among Muslim governments. You see how the leaders of Islamic countries who call themselves Muslims do not perform their Islamic duty about the issue of Palestine.

Why? Because they have been busied with internal problems. Where their problems have come from? From this infected gland named “Israel” that was created by the superpowers.

Defeating Israel by Muslims is Pivotal for Muslims’ Salvation is the World [p.43]

Today, Palestinians have risen up. The Quran in Surah 17:7 has addressed Palestinians saying, “If you do good. You have done this to yourself.”

If you do jihad in the cause of Allah, if you obey Allah’s command and fight against the enemy of humanity and the religion of truth, O Palestinian Muslims, you have done a good thing that benefits you.

When we create a glorious Islamic power in the region, this power can punch superpowers in the mouth. Then, the Muslim nations will never suffer from hunger, poverty, and oppression.

Supporting Palestinians is an Islamic Duty [p.44]

We, the revolutionary Muslim people of Iran—after successfully getting the attention of the entire world by punching the American imperialists in the mouth—should take another big step: We should teach Arab nations how to fight for Palestine and Palestinians rights sacrificially.

As I said before, the issue of Palestine is an Islamic humanitarian issue. It is humanitarian because group of anti-human criminals, who know nothing but hegemony and trespassing, have gathered to plot against other nations and governments.

Today, they help our enemies, some of whom share borders with us.

Palestine is also an Islamic issue for us: Islam has obligated us to defend other Muslims and their lands; it has obligated us to fight for the rights of oppressed peoples; it has obligated us to answer to our Muslim brothers and sisters call for help with our property and lives.

Muslim Governments Ignore Palestine [p.45]

Palestinians have been calling for help from other Muslims for decades. Which one of these Arab governments has answered the call for help from their Palestinian Muslim brothers?

They just used the issue of Palestine for their political advertisements, just to attract their people for political purposes. I address North African and Middle Eastern governments. I address the Gulf States. Which one of you all has done the Islamic duty of helping your Palestinian brothers?

The Possibility of Annihilation of Israel through Nations’ Determination and Resolve [p.46]

Take the issue of Quds and Palestine seriously.

Bayt Ul Moqaddas was Muslims’ first Qibla [the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays].

This [holy place] is under the control of antihuman Zionist occupiers, and needs to be emancipated. The land of Palestine has to be freed and returned to its own people.

They might ask, “How would you wipe a country, which is under the protection of the superpowers, off the map?” A resolve that comes from faith eases any difficulty; it makes every miracle possible.

Islamic Revolution: A Role Model for all Islamic Revolutions [p.47]

The Islamic Revolution of Iran would become the mother of all other Islamic revolutions throughout the region. After your triumphant Revolution, the passion for Islamic values is boiling in the region.

Today, many movements based on Islamic ideology are seeking freedom. This fire continues to give off flames. You should continue. You should know that those you inspire, other Revolutions, would come to your help whenever you need them.

That the Islamic Revolution continues to live disappoints the United States, and has done so thusfar.

Today we face two factors to deal with.

One problem is the Imperialism of the United States and its agent and proxy in the region, the Occupier Government of Israel—on which we should put pressure, and seek its destruction.

This government is the expression and visualization [the agent and proxy] of the American hegemony. Another factor is the issue of inviting oppressed Arab nations to rise up against their oppressors.

Like Pebbles and Buckets of Water  [p.48]

Today—on behalf of you the people of Tehran who have gathered here in the Day of Quds [Jerusalem Day]—I tell the other nations to learn from our experience.

Look at the miracle Allah has done through the Iranian people, and encourage others to move [in this direction].

As our Imam and leader mentioned, there are more than one billion Muslims around the world. This is a huge and marvelous power.

If every one of us threw a pebble toward Israel, this nation would be buried under a pile of pebbles.

O Muslim nations, [Quds Day] belongs to you as well. We should get ready and arm ourselves with military weapons and equipment. Improve the quality of your weapons.

We have the issue of Palestine, the concern of the Imperialism of the United States, and plots and conspiracies. As Imam Khomeini said, “If Muslims were united and each one had poured a bucket of water on Israel, a flood would have taken Israel away. ”

The Importance of Palestine [p.51] 

From a speech given at Imam Khomeini’s Shrine, May 21- 2002:

Palestine is the most important Issue in the Islamic World. No other international issue is more important than Palestine in the World of Islam.

The reason is that the occupation of Palestine and Quds, which are parts of the body of Islam, is the source of all the weaknesses and problems in the Islamic World.

This painful wound on the body of Islamic society is annoying the heart of the Prophet. The heart and soul of the Prophet in paradise is full of sadness. What is the solution, then? Jihad is the answer.

See how the oppressive countries without any sympathy toward the Islamic nations are smashing [the Palestinians] underfoot.

Palestine is, and will continue to be, the most important issue of the Islamic nations. This is not a joke; some occupiers have come to remove others from their homes and country and replace them with those whose hands are soaked to their elbows in blood.

Palestine is the worst misery the Islamic nation has ever experienced. Those who claim the importance of human rights should be on the vanguard of this struggle and lead others.

Besides Palestine, Beit Ul Moqadas [Jerusalem] is also important.

Today, Zionists wage a spectrum of plots and conspiracies aimed at the destruction of this Holy City.

But Muslims never allow Zionists to carry out their plots: this city belongs to all Muslims, and is the capital of Palestine. They will resist.

Palestine is an issue for the Islamic world for two reasons: One reason is that Palestine is a part of Islamic territory. All Islamic schools of thoughts agree over this.

All Muslim scholars have consensus over this claim that Palestine is a part of Islamic land that has been occupied by our enemies. Everybody is religiously obligated to wage jihad to return this part of Islamic land back.

Another reason is that the establishment of this Jewish government, in other words, Zionist government, in this region was to fulfill the first stage of a bigger plan.

Palestine links three continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The United Kingdom created this mess to prevent the emergence of another Islamic power like Ottoman Empire.

Even though the Americans pushed the British away and inherited its colonialism. Therefore, the liberation of Palestine and destruction of the occupier Zionist regime is an issue that has close relationship with the security and existence of Iran and all other countries in the region.

Those Muslim intellectuals who have not become puppets in the hands of the oppressive United States believe that we should fight against Israel and resist American’s hegemony.

The Islamic Republic and the Issue of Palestine [p.63]

Adapted from a seminar given to a group of Palestinian Jihad groups (February 27, 201); a a speech before a group of Ardabili Youth (July 26, 2000); and an address to a group of pilgrims in Mashhad (March 21, 2011).:

Palestine is not a strategic but a belief issue. It is about a heart connection. It is a religious issue.

For these reasons, there is an agreement between Iranian people and us over the issue of Palestine. The majority of our people care about Palestine and this motivates millions of them to come out for demonstration in the Quds Day regardless of the climate condition.

The view, perspective, and analysis of our decision making officials toward Palestine is religious not political, per se.

We are asked why we support the people of Bahrain.

We support all oppressed who rise up against their oppressors. We have been supporting Palestinians for decades. Which Islamic country has done such thing?

Are the Palestinians Shia? No. How many times have our youth rushed to airports to fly to Gaza to fight against Israel? They did it many times. But we stopped them.

We told them the roads to Gaza are blocked. Our people care about Palestine regardless of sectarian differences. We care about Egypt and Tunisia as well. Are they Shia? No. Enemies try to misinform others that our support of oppressed people is a sectarian issue.

Supporting Oppressed Nations, Especially Palestine, is a Part of the Islamic System’s General Policies [p.64]

Announcement of the Five Year-Period General Policy by the Supreme Leader (January 10, 2009):

Improving the place, situation, power, and role of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the regional and international level in order to bolster our national security and national interest, and also supporting Muslims and oppressed nations, especially the nation of Palestine, are important parts of our general policies.

Without Destroying Israel, Our Victory is Incomplete [p.65]

A message to the pilgrims on Hajj (June 3, 1989):

We do not follow the dictated solutions offered by the superpowers regarding the Palestine issue. The only accepted treatment for the wound of Palestine is to cut and remove the cancer gland of the Zionist government, and this is possible.

In the process of pilgrimage, Muslims should chant concerted slogans in support of Palestinians. Iranian people should always take side with Palestinian fighters.

Without winning the battle of Palestine, our victory is incomplete. Since the first days of his mission and struggle in Iran, our deceased great Imam [Khomeini] gave the first priority to the issue of Palestine.

He continued the same mission even after he defeated the Shah and established the Islamic Republic. In his political and spiritual will, Imam Khomeini talked about Palestine to Muslims all around the world and highlighted the religious obligation facet of it.

Universality of Imam Khomeini’s Movement [p.67]

Tehran Friday Prayer at Imam Khomeini’s Shrine (June 3, 2010):

Another facet of the Imam’s movement was its universality. Imam [Khomeini] believed that his mission is universal.

It belongs to the Muslims around the globe; even oppressed non-Muslims could use it.

Imam did not pay any attention to the critics, who said his statements were, “interfering in other independent countries’ affairs.” Our method of exporting our revolution is different from the colonialists’ method. We do not use colonialism. We are not such people.

Our method is to spread the scent of this merciful phenomenon to the world. Therefore, other nations come to recognize their responsibilities. Muslim nations should know their identity, to learn how to find it.

One example of this universal view was the Imam’s position regarding Palestine. He directly said, “Israel is a cancer gland.” What do people do with a cancer gland? Aside from cutting and removing it, what other treatments are available? This was his rationale, and he did not care about the criticism. This is not a slogan; it is logic.

The Iranian Revolution Created Hope for Palestinians  [p.67]

Tehran Friday Prayer (February 12, 2004):
This [Iranian] Revolution in the Islamic and Arabic worlds revived hopes. Before we successfully toppled the Shah’s regime, the Islamic world was in a hopeless, passive situation.

The Zionists had successfully intimidated the Muslim Nations. No nation could even imagine a feeling of hope. Suddenly, the gates of hope opened and nations woke up. Zionists wrongfully thought that they have swallowed Palestine and everything is in control.

You see how the Palestinians are resisting, even under tremendous pressure. This resistance is not only a defeat for Israelites, but also for Americans. All the Zionist superpowers that control the world are defeated, as a poor, unarmed nation has brought them all to their knees.

The spirit of hope also awakened in the Lebanese. In the aftermath of the revolution, Lebanon was a mess. Zionists did whatever they wished to that country. They attacked and killed people. Their warplanes were flying over Lebanon whenever they wanted, as if it was their own territory.

Instead of focusing on the [Israeli] enemy, Lebanese groups were fighting against one another.

Shaheed Chamran was there at that time. He was reporting whatever he was observing. He reported, “Now, Lebanese are going to become a power. They are striking Zionists unprecedentedly. The Zionists are retreating.”

Our Position [Against Israel & the United States] [p.68]

Speech to the Iranian Military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (June 30, 1991): 
Our position against Israel is, as always: Israel is a malignant cancer gland that needs to be uprooted. In contrast to what shallow people believe, it is not impossible to defeat Israel and the United States.

Superpowers have come and gone throughout history. Materialistic powers are neither everlasting nor infinite.

Yesterday, there was a power called the Soviet Union. It was one of the superpowers, but it no longer exists. A similar historical contemporary change is still before us.

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Mideast Christian Suffering: U.S. Denial

 

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by Raymond Ibrahim : 

  • Escaped eyewitnesses have reported that ISIS places Iraqi and Syrian Christians in cages or coffins and sets them on fire.
  • ISIS persecution of Christians “fits the definition of ethnic cleansing.” — Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial.

When a 1,400-year-old Iraqi Christian monastery was destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) most of the world condemned the demolition — except for spokesman for the U.S. military’s Operation Inherent Resolve, Col. Steve Warren.

“Thousands [of Iraqi Christians] have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee,” said CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Col. Warren the other week. “There is legitimate fear — you’re there in Baghdad — that the long history of Christians living peacefully, productively in Iraq, is coming to an end. How worried should we be about the Christian community in Iraq?”

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Army Col. Steve Warren

Col. Warren’s response: “Wolf, ISIL doesn’t care if you’re a Christian … We’ve seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting towards Christians.”

Except that roughly two-thirds of Iraq’s 1.5 million Christian citizens have been killed or forced to flee the country by ISIS and its jihadi predecessors over the past decade. This has nothing to do with their religious identity?

In Iraq and everywhere else it has conquered, ISIS has, at a minimum, rigorously enforced on pain of death Islam’s dhimmi laws, which require Christians to pay extortion money (jizya) for “protection,” and agree to live by a set of degrading rules.

One of 21 Coptic Christians prays seconds before being decapitated for refusing to renounce Christ for Muhammad.

Often, ISIS fighters skip these formalities and simply torture to death Christians who refuse to convert to Islam. ISIS then releases the footage online for propaganda purposes. Most notable are two videotaped mass executions of 21 Egyptians and 30 Ethiopians in Libya last spring, but there have been many lesser-known instances. When, in 2014, a group of Iraqi Christian children refused to renounce Christ and said, “No, we love Jesus,” ISIS decapitated [them] and mangled their bodies.

Also, last summer in Aleppo, Syria, ISIS tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for refusing to convert. Escaped eyewitnesses have reported that ISIS places Iraqi and Syrian Christians in cages or coffins and sets them on fire.

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A christian man crucified in Syria

ISIS kidnaps Christians and demands ransom payments for their release. It forces female captives into sexual slavery. A 12-year-old girl, raped by an Islamic State fighter, was told that “what he was about to do was not a sin” because she “practiced a religion other than Islam.”

ISIS has sent operatives disguised as refugees into U.N. refugee camps in Jordan to kidnap young Christian girls to sell or use as slaves.

The Islamic State seems committed to expunging all physical traces of Christianity in areas it conquers. It has demolished dozens of ancient churches — up to 400 churches have been destroyed during the war in Syria alone — not to mention countless crucifixes, statues, graves, and other relics.


The Islamic State has ordered the University of Mosul to burn all books written by Christians, and decreed that the names be changed of all Christian schools in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Some schools have been there since the 1700s.

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The Islamic State (Isis) terrorists confiscated dozens of non-Islamic books and burned them in public. [Representation Pic]Isis media/Twitter

ISIS’s destruction of a 1,400-year-old monastery is nothing new. Last summer, ISIS set fire to a 1,800 year-old church in Mosul and bulldozed a 1,600-year-old monastery in Homs as a response to “worshipping a God other than Allah.”

Below, what the 1,600-year-old monastery in Homs  used to look like, and images of its destruction:

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The Syriac Orthodox Church of St. Ephrem in Mosul, Iraq, before if the captured by the Islamic State (left), and after.

 

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Monasteries & churches destroyed

In short, Christians are absolutely experiencing “specific targeting” by the Islamic State. ISIS also kills Muslims who get in its way, but only non-Muslims — chief among them Christians — are enslaved, raped, and sometimes forced to convert to Islam on pain of death. Although Islamic law, or Sharia, legitimizes the killing, enslavement, and rape of non-Muslims, it prohibits treating fellow Muslims that way, unless they are deemed takfir[excommunicated] or apostates.

Few informed observers dispute that the Iraqi Christian community is severely threatened by ISIS. According to the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial, ISIS persecution of Christians “fits the definition of ethnic cleansing.” David Saperstein, the United States ambassador at large for religious freedom, also acknowledges that it is “primarily Christians” being persecuted for their faith in Iraq.

For the official spokesman of the U.S. military’s fight against ISIS to make such remark is deeply disconcerting. But what if Col. Warren is not to blame — what if he is just a military man doing his best to comply with demands from politicians up at the top not to acknowledge the suffering of Middle East Christians?

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Plans for new Islamic centre spark debate

Plans to convert a former Methodist youth centre into a new Islamic centre in Belfast have sparked debate.

Leaders of the Belfast Islamic Centre (BIC) unveiled plans on Monday night at Wellington Park Hotel to submit a planning application for the conversion of Aldersgate House, which previously belonged to the Methodist Church.

Dr Saleem Tareen, BIC chairman, said: “As the Muslim community in Northern Ireland increases, so does our requirement for additional space. Our existing premises on Wellington Park are no longer fit for purpose and BIC has been striving to secure an alternate place for its activities and worship for some time.”

Alliance councillor Paula Bradshaw said she was “thrilled” about the plans.

“We need to ensure that Belfast continues to evolve as an open, welcoming and inclusive city,” she said.

UUP councillor Jeffrey Dudgeon was also pleased.

The plans involve public areas and community engagement which will be “especially valuable in bringing about integration”, he said.

SDLP MLA Claire Hanna agreed the proposal was “very welcome”, adding that BIC engagement with politicians is “a sign of the multi-cultural and mutually tolerant community that is south Belfast”.

But others noted Christians would not enjoy the same freedoms in the Islamic world – and expressed annoyance that a complaint from a former BIC leader recently resulted in the prosecution of Pastor James McConnell.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson said: “In our society – unlike many Moslem dominated countries – freedom of religion is a right which we dearly defend, though it is a pity that the former head of the Islamic centre did not believe that Pastor McConnell should be afforded that right.”

He said that normal planning regulations should not be relaxed for the application and that no public funds should support it.

Pastor McConnell said: “It is wonderful that you can plan to create a new Islamic centre like this in Belfast. If I was in the Islamic world I could not buy land to build a church, or worship Christ, rap a door, give out a tract or tell someone of their need of the gospel of Christ. They should take note of the liberty they enjoy here.”

Blogger David Vance added: “The plan for a larger Islamic Centre in Belfast shows that liberty and freedom for all to worship is still a central part of our western values. Sadly, in the Islamic world, Churches and Synagogues are not welcome and one hopes that Belfast’s Muslim community will recognise our enlightened ways. I would also hope that gender segregation will be clearly prohibited in this Centre as I am sure the NI Equality Commission would otherwise be deeply concerned”.

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Revealed: Extent of police time spent on Pastor McConnell case

A PSNI team spent a minimum of 163 hours on the Pastor James McConnell case, figures obtained by the News Letter reveal.

The police investigation led to the prosecution of the elderly evangelical leader on two charges, both centring on the allegedly “grossly offensive” nature of an anti-Islamic sermon he had given.

Since his acquittal on January 5, the News Letter has attempted to tot up the total cost to the public purse in bringing the case.

It had previously been disclosed that the cost which the failed three-day magistrates’ court trial had placed upon the Courts Service and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was equivalent to a minimum of £8,491.

Now the PSNI has revealed that “a total of 163 duty time hours worked by the Crime Support Team (one constable, one sergeant) in relation to the Pastor James McConnell case”.

It said that the estimated cost of this equates to £4,485.

When added to the existing estimates concerning PPS spending and the use of court facilities, it means the official estimate of the cost of the case has now climbed to £12,976.

The 163 hours of police time amounts to almost exactly a full week’s work, covering 24 hours for seven solid days.

David McIlveen, DUP member of the Policing Board and the son of traditionalist clergyman Rev David McIlveen, said: “Of course it is a matter of concern about how much PSNI time was wasted on this case, however to be fair to them they had an obligation to investigate a complaint that was made.

“What I believe should be of more concern to us is that we seem to live in a society were a Christian preacher makes sincerely held views, and finds himself the victim of a spurious complaint that is grossly exagerrated by the usual politically correct media hysteria that many of us have now come to expect.”

The MLA for North Antrim said the blame lies principally with those who took offence at the sermon and sought a police probe in the first place, and with the public body which plumped for prosecution.

He added: “This complaint against Pastor McConnell should never have been taken in the first place, the waste of police time and subsequesnt cost in my view rests with those who misread and mishandled this case, namely the complainants and the PPS.”

However, even now the figures do not tell the whole story.

As previously reported, whilst the Courts Service had estimated that the use of court facilities and staff time amounted to £4,473, the PPS had said that it could only give a figure for how much the outside help it had hired for the case had cost.

This sum – £4,018 – did not take into account how much time had been spent on the case by the PPS’ own in-house employees.

And the PSNI said that other police staff beside the two identified may have worked on the case but that this was not recorded, and that the £4,485 total which they had provided “does not include additional costs i.e. officers checking notebooks, overtime claims/hours etc”.

The police added: “Therefore the estimated 163 time hours would materially understate the real PSNI costs incurred in respect of the Pastor McConnell case.”

The figures were obtained by the News Letter thanks to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act.

The UK government last year signalled its intention to reduce access to information via the act, even though departments often rebuff requests for information under the law, or flout the existing rules by failing to answer requests on time.

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Angela Merkel Diagnosed by Psychoanalyst as ‘Narcissistic’, Verging on ‘Mental Breakdown’

One of Germany’s most celebrated psychoanalysts has said the refusal of Chancellor Angela Merkel to reverse her “completely irrational” migrant policy is evidence of a potential “mental breakdown” that endangers society.

Hans-Joachim Maaz, a German psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and best-selling author, was speaking with Huffington Post Germany when he suggested a “stubborn” Angela Merkel has “lost touch with reality”.

According to Mr. Maaz, the German Chancellor suffers from “narcissism” brought on by people lauding her position as ‘mother of the nation’ and most powerful woman in the world, and calling for her to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He says the “artificially inflated self-image” she labours under leads to the “stubborn attitude” on display by her during the ongoing migrant crisis.

Mr. Maaz claimed that Mrs. Merkel has not, in fact, taken any difficult decisions or displayed genuine leadership. In his opinion she reacts to situations rather than leads, something which testifies to her uncertainty and an underlying lack of self-worth.

The result of this, he says, is that she tends to make “emotional” decisions which meet immediate popular approval instead of making difficult but rational moves. By way of example he cites first Mrs. Merkel policy of phasing out nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a decision she took knowing most Germans backed the move.

The second “emotional” decision she took was to open Germany’s borders to Syrian migrants. Although met with worldwide approval as a “great humanitarian gesture” it was actually poorly thought through, as hindsight confirms. Now her refusal to move represents a danger to Germany.

Mr. Maaz confirmed that overachievers such as Mrs. Merkel, often suffer from “self-esteem deficit, inferiority and insecurity”.

That is not a problem when sufferers enjoy success and recognition, but it does lead to hubris and immunity to criticism which means that when things go wrong people can become prone to “loneliness” and “mental breakdown”. He sees no reason why Mrs. Merkel would react any differently, adding “a psychological or psychosomatic collapse is imminent.”

With ever more defiant reactions to criticism seeing the Chancellor “digging her heels in” rather than change course, Mr. Maaz diagnoses a very real risk to Germany, saying that by insisting on sticking with policies which no longer enjoy the support of a majority, she contributes to the breakdown of German society.

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Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians with US Bombs

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War planes with the US-backed, Saudi-led Arab war coalition dropped illegal cluster munitions amongst several groups of villages in northern Yemen

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. 

In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

This conflict is part of a regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are bombing Yemen in order to defeat the Houthi rebels, who have been resisting government repression for a long time. Iran has been accused of supporting the Houthis, although Iran denies this. 

Yemen is strategically located on a narrow waterway that links the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea. Much of the world’s oil passes through this waterway. 
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Yemen has become one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises following the Saudi-led intervention in 2015. | Photo: EFE

A United Nations panel of experts concluded in October 2015 that the Saudi-led coalition had committed “grave violations” of civilians’ human rights. 

They include indiscriminate attacks; targeting markets, a camp for displaced Yemenis, and humanitarian aid warehouses; and intentionally preventing the delivery of humanitarian assistance. 

The aftermath of a bombing that killed 13 civilians in Sanaa’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, pictured on September 18, 2015. (Photo: Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch)

The panel was also concerned that the coalition considered civilian neighborhoods, including Marra and Sadah, as legitimate strike zones. The International Committee of the Red Cross documented 100 attacks on hospitals.

Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions prohibits the targeting of civilians. It provides that parties to a conflict “shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives.” 

Saudi Arabia is also engaging in serious individual human rights violations.

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The Crisis in Yemen Demands Humanitarian Non-Intervention

In January 2016, the Saudi government executed 47 people, including a prominent pacifist Shia cleric, who had been a leader of the 2011 Arab Spring in Yemen. 

Many of those executed were tortured during their detention and denied due process. Most were beheaded. This horrifies us when ISIS does it. Yet State Department spokesman John Kirby protested weakly, “We believe that diplomatic engagement and direct conversations remain essential in working through differences.” 

Also in January 2016, Palestinian artist and poet Ashraf Fayadh, a Saudi citizen whose family is from Gaza, was sentenced to death by beheading. 

Palestinian artist and poet Ashraf Fayadh

His alleged crimes: “apostasy,” or renouncing Islam, and photographing women. “Throughout this whole process,” Amnesty International UK found, “Ashraf was denied access to a lawyer – a clear violation of international human rights law.”

Both Saudi Arabia and the United States are parties to the Geneva Conventions, which define as grave breaches willful killing, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and torture or inhuman treatment. 

Grave breaches are considered war crimes. Also prohibited are “the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.”

Although neither the United States nor Saudi Arabia are parties to the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, that statute sets forth standard aider and abettor liability provisions. 

It says that an individual can be convicted of war crimes if he or she “aids, abets or otherwise assists” in the commission or attempted commission of the crime, “including providing the means for its commission.”

The U.S. government is the primary supplier of Saudi weapons. In November 2015, the U.S. sold $1.29 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. 

It included more than 10,000 bombs, munitions, and weapons parts manufactured by Raytheon and Boeing, as well as bunker busters, and laser-guided and “general purpose” bombs. A month earlier, the United States had approved a $11.25 billion sale of combat ships to Saudi Arabia. 

The U.S. also provides intelligence and logistical support to the coalition. During the past five years, the U.S. government has sold the Saudis $100 billion worth of arms. These sales have greatly enriched U.S. defense contractors.

Why has the United States “usually looked the other way or issued carefully calibrated warnings in human rights reports as the Saudi royal family cracked down on dissent and free speech and allowed its elite to fund Islamic extremists,” in the words of New York Times’ David Sanger? 

“In return,” Sanger writes, “Saudi Arabia became America’s most dependable filling station, a regular supplier of intelligence, and a valuable counterweight to Iran.” Saudi Arabia, and close U.S. ally Israel, opposed the Iran nuclear deal.

In April 2015, the U.S. government prevented nine Iranian ships loaded with relief supplies from reaching Yemen. 

President Barack Obama also sent an aircraft carrier to the area to enforce the Saudi embargo on outside supplies.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a foodstuff storage facility destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Houdieda January 6, 2016.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at a foodstuff storage facility destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Houdieda January 6, 2016.

President Barack Obama also sent an aircraft carrier to the area to enforce the Saudi embargo on outside supplies. According to UN estimates, 21 million people lack basic services, and over 1.5 million have been displaced. UNICEF notes that six million people don’t have enough food. Moreover, the U.S. government seeks to prevent scrutiny of Saudi human rights abuses in Yemen. 

In October 2015, the United States blocked a UN Security Council sanctions committee proposal that would have required the committee’s chair to contact “all relevant parties to the conflict and stress their responsibility to respect and uphold international humanitarian law and human rights law.” 

The U.S. government is also violating domestic law by providing the Saudis with military aid. The Leahy Law prohibits U.S. assistance to foreign security forces or military officers “if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.” 

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), for whom the law was named, told Foreign Policy: “The reports of civilian casualties from Saudi air attacks in densely populated areas [in Yemen] compel us to ask if these operations, supported by the United States, violate” the Leahy Law. 

Furthermore, 22 U.S.C. section 2304 provides that “no security assistance may be provided to any government which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” 

The Arms Trade Treaty obligates member states to monitor exports of weapons and make sure they do not end up being used to commit human rights abuses. 

Although the U.S. has not ratified the treaty, we have signed it. Under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a signatory is prohibited from taking action inconsistent with the object and purpose of the treaty. 

The U.S. government should immediately halt arms transfers and military support to Saudi Arabia and support an independent investigation into U.S. arms transfers and war crimes in Yemen. 

The United States must stop participating in and call for an end to the de facto blockade so that humanitarian assistance can reach those in need, engage in diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. 

In an interesting twist, the Saudis contributed $10 million to the Clinton Foundation before Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. In 2011, the year after the State Department had documented myriad serious human rights violations by Saudi Arabia, Hillary oversaw a $29 billion sale of advanced fighter jets to the Saudis, declaring it was in our national interest. 

The deal was “a top priority” for Hillary, according to Andrew Shapiro, an assistant secretary of state. Two months before the deal was clinched, Boeing, manufacturer of one of the fighter jets the Saudis sought to acquire, contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation.  
Hillary now says the U.S should pursue “closer strategic cooperation” with Saudi Arabia.  

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her most recent book is “Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.” See www.marjoriecohn.com.  This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: 
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Who is Hossein Nayeri: Meet the Muslim Hannibal Lecter – Cuts Off Victims’ Penises

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Hossein Nayeri,(L) and Hanibal Lecter as portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins

By Debbie Schlussel

Hossein Nayeri, mastermind of a Southern California prison break, is yet another example of the “Religion of Peace” in action.

When I began watching the departed (and now newly resurrected) FOX series “Prison Break,” I wondered why most of the prisoners were White guys or light-skinned men from other ethnicities. And I wondered, where are all the evil Muslims who convert the others to Islam and wreak worse havoc when they get out? Politically correct FOX didn’t show you the truth about prison. And the network, which has announced plans to bring back the waste-of-time series back to TV, won’t do it in the next incarnation. Muslims are pure and clean as the driven snow. Right?

And the truth about prison is guys like Hossein Nayeri. Nayeri, an Iranian Muslim immigrant (what’s his immigration status?), is believed by authorities to be the ringleader of the escape. And he’s known by prosecutors as “Hannibal Lecter.” Nayeri tortures infidels and has a predilection for then cutting off their penises, all while they are still alive. This is ISIS-grade stuff.

A deputy district attorney compared one of the men who escaped Friday from the Central Men’s Jail to a movie villain and contended the Sheriff’s Department was too lax in its handling of the suspect after it was warned about his violent past. “He’s diabolical,” said prosecutor Heather Brown, who is handling the 2012 case against Hossein Nayeri on charges of kidnapping and torture. “My first reaction was: Oh, my God, they let Hannibal Lecter out. He is sophisticated, incredibly violent and cunning.”

And although he’s been compared to Lecter, there is no evidence that Nayeri actually eats his victims. That wouldn’t be halal. But the cutting off of victims’ penises is typical of Islam. Whenever you hear about the return of kidnapped Israeli soldiers’ dead bodies from Islamic terrorists, including HAMAS and Hezbollah, they are almost always returned desecrated, including with their penises cut off.

Nayeri escaped twice before, fleeing to his native Iran one of those times. And, by the way, whenever you hear Muslim propagandists tell you what great American citizens Muslims are because some of them (a very small, minute minority) serve in the U.S. military, think of Nayeri, who was U.S. Marine. Semper Halalis:

Nayeri has fled prosecution at least twice before. He spent three years in Washington, D.C., after fleeing officials in Madera County, where in 2005 he was in a drunken driving accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. In 2012, after his initial arrest in the torture and kidnapping case, he jumped bail and fled to Iran. He was re-arrested in 2013 in Prague.

Though born in Iran, Nayeri, 37, grew up in central California. While attending Clovis West High in Fresno, Nayeri, a wrestler, had at least three close friends – two men and a woman – who also were charged in the 2012 kidnapping and torture. He served in the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton, according to court documents.

More on this–just one of his brutal crimes:

The crime he stood accused of was particularly cruel. Authorities say Nayeri had become convinced that a Newport Beach man who ran lucrative pot dispensaries had a stash of money in the Mojave Desert. Prosecutors allege Nayeri masterminded a plot to kidnap the man and began surveilling him. On Oct. 2, 2012, prosecutors say, Nayeri and codefendants Ryan Kevorkian and Kyle Handley broke into the Newport Beach home where the man was staying and kidnapped him, along with a woman who was dating the owner of the home.

At a preliminary hearing in March 2015, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Ryan Peters testified that someone struck the man in the face with the stock of a shotgun and that he was cuffed with zip ties, gagged and blindfolded. Authorities said the attackers dragged the man and woman to a van and drove them to the desert, a 2 1/2-hour drive. The attackers said they believed the man had $1 million, but he told them he could get them $40,000 cash, Peters testified.

According to authorities, the attackers — who wore disguises and adopted obviously fake Latino accents — punched the man, Tasered him, burned him with a butane torch and cut off his penis. As they left, the woman told an investigator, the attackers left a knife behind and told her to count to 100 and then free herself, but not to call police. She cut herself free and ran a mile before flagging down a Kern County sheriff’s patrol car, officials said. The pair were rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital.

Prosecutors said that about a week before the kidnapping, Newport Beach police attempted to stop Nayeri for a routine traffic violation, but Nayeri sped away, crashed his car and fled on foot. Police found surveillance equipment inside the abandoned car but did not know of its possible significance in the crime being plotted.

The kind of behavior in which Nayeri took part isn’t new. It’s something endemic to Islam and learned over generations. And it’s something that is present in Muslim immigrants and their native born sons and daughters. They have no respect for non-Muslim human life. Heck, they don’t even respect a lot of Muslim life.

The more Muslim immigrants we let in, the more of this kind of stuff we’ll see.

Just another episode of “Your Day in Religion of Peace.”

One other thing: experts believe the three who fled the Orange County, California prison led by Nayeri, were helped in their escape by jail staff. The experts say there is no way they could have escaped without it.

Hmmm . . . how many Muslims work at the jail? And is there a jailhouse imam on staff?

Just askin’.

source: Debbie Schlussel

Ofsted chief backs schools that restrict ‘inappropriate wearing of veil’

School inspectors will be allowed to rate schools as “inadequate” if they let pupils or staff wear full-face veils such as niqabs in their classrooms, according to a policy announced by the chief inspector of schools.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said Ofsted would support heads and principals banning what was described as the “inappropriate wearing” of the veil, in an intervention that was supported by ministers but criticised by Muslim leaders and teaching unions for polarising the issue.

“I am concerned that some heads and principals who are trying to restrict the wearing of the full veil in certain circumstances are coming under pressure from others to relax their policy. I want to assure these leaders that they can rely on my full backing for the stance they are taking,” Wilshaw said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw.

“Where leaders are condoning the wearing of the face veil by staff members or by pupils when this is clearly hindering communication and effective teaching, they should give consideration to judging the school as inadequate.”

The Muslim Council of Britain accused Wilshaw of being heavy handed in his approach, saying: “Ofsted need not have resorted to the megaphone of the media to show that it is flexing its muscles.

“We are a country that prides itself in accommodation and fair play. It is a shame that the niqab – the full-face veil that a minority of Muslim women wear – has become a polarising issue when it need not be.”

The Ofsted intervention comes after David Cameron said last week that he would back institutions with “sensible rules” regarding Muslims wearing full-face veils. Promoting plans to encourage greater integration of Muslim women in the UK, Cameron said he would support public bodies such as courts that needed to “see someone’s face” in order to function.

Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, said last week: “It very much is up to the schools, schools will have a uniform policy. But there are certain things, particularly in relation to teachers who are teaching young children, particularly learning to read and to speak, where actually seeing the teacher’s mouth is very important in understanding them.”

On Tuesday, however, the Department for Education indicated that it supported Wilshaw’s revised stance. “We are pleased that heads and school leaders who choose to implement policies which restrict the wearing of the veil to support effective teaching and learning will receive Ofsted’s backing,” the DfE said.

The wearing of the niqab has been an occasional flashpoint in schools and colleges.

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Camden School for Girls hit the headlines in 2014 after it banned a student from wearing a niqab in sixth form. The 16-year-old had been a student at the school for five years, but wanted to start wearing the full-face veil when she began her A-level studies.

The school refused her permission on the grounds that teachers need to see a student’s face to read the visual cues it provides. The school said it was important for the safety and security of the school community to know who is on site and to be able to identify individuals.

In a separate incident, Birmingham Metropolitan College was forced to drop a ban in 2013 after students protested. The college had said students must remove hoodies, hats, caps and veils while on the premises so that they were easily identifiable, but was forced to change this after thousands signed an online petition opposing the move.

The college subsequently issued a statement saying it had decided to allow individuals to wear “specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values”.

The niqab can be worn by observant Muslims after puberty. Those schools that allow it to be worn are independent Muslim faith schools, but in the majority of cases they are also single-sex schools, meaning that girls are able to discard it in the classroom or indoors.

Wilshaw’s announcement was criticised across the spectrum of teaching unions, including the more moderate unions representing headteachers, as an assault on school autonomy.

Leora Cruddas of the Association of School and College Leaders, which represents many secondary school heads, said: “We do not think that it is the role of Ofsted inspectors to judge schools on uniform policies and dress codes. Inspectors should focus on what schools achieve, rather than what people wear.
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“Schools make decisions on uniform policies and dress codes with the needs of their staff and pupils in mind and take into consideration relevant educational, welfare and equalities issues.”

Kevin Courtney, the deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, called the move a “punitive dictat”.

“Rather than assisting school leaders, this will have the effect of alienating many staff and pupils,” he said.

Following Cameron’s remarks, Wilshaw said the veil was possibly stopping teachers and pupils from communicating effectively and that he supported any schools which prevented Muslim girls from wearing the veil “if it is stopping good communication in the classroom”. “My inspectors say on occasions they go into classrooms where they see there are problems about communications,” Wilshaw told the BBC.

Andrew Clapham, an expert on school inspection at the Nottingham Trent University school of education, said Wilshaw’s position was not supported by any research.

“There is no credible evidence base to suggest that wearing a piece of clothing on one’s head has an impact on intellectual or academic ability,” he said.

“Penalising an institution because of a piece of clothing raises a whole range of questions, which appear beyond the remit of the school inspectorate. If Ofsted is to pursue this initiative, then empirical evidence should be analysed prior to making such a policy decision.”

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Record numbers of migrants apply for asylum in Japan – but they accept just 27 PEOPLE

A RECORD number of migrants applied for asylum in Japan last year – but the country accepted just 27 people.

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Japan accepted just 11 refugees out of 5,000 applicants in 2014

Fewer than one per cent of the 7,586 would-be refugees were allowed entry – and many of them could have been waiting for years.

Most of them came from Nepal, followed by Indonesia and Turkey, according to official data.

Authorities approved six Afghans, three Syrians, three Ethiopians and three Sri Lankans last year.

Japan, which has a population of 127 million, has one of the world’s strictest refugee systems and accepted just 11 people out of 5,000 applicants in 2014.

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Japan has faced protests over its policy on refugees

Meanwhile EU countries let in about 185,000 asylum seekers in the same period.

The Japan Association for Refugees said: “We hope that (Japan) will hold discussions with UNHCR and NGOs and swiftly consider measures to certify refugees in line with international standards.” 

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Japan has one of the world’s strictest refugee systems and let in very few asylum seekers each year

In October last year the country pledged to give millions more than Saudi Arabia to help refugees from Syria – even though they are 5,000 miles away.

Japan tripled their aid efforts to nearly £1 billion to combat the migrant crisis, dwarfing Saudi Arabia’s contribution.

They claim to have given just over £450million while the UK has contributed £918million.

OBVIOUSLY THE TROUBLES IN EUROPE ARE SOMETHING THE WISE JAPANESE CARE NOT TO EXPERIENCE!

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Horror as gangs of migrants ‘assault female swimmers and masturbate in hot tub’

A GANG of migrant men sexually assaulted German women at a historic swimming bath, it has been claimed.

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Migrants assaulted women at a swimming pool, according to reports

Other migrants were caught “emptying their bowels” in the children’s pool and masturbating in a hot tub, according to reports.

They are thought to have been caught on CCTV before laughing at pool staff when challenged about their behaviour.

Following the allegations, the historic Johannisbad baths in Zwickau, Saxony has banned migrants from the premises until further notice.

Civil servant Rainer Kallweit is believed to have made the disturbing claims in a leaked internal memo.hot tub Capture

According to Breitbart London, he said: “An asylum seeker has masturbated in the hot tub and ejaculated into the basin.

“This is also recorded on the surveillance camera.”

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Cologne was rocked by a string of sex attacks last month

Mr Kallweit also alleged that “eight foreign men” harassed locals in the sauna, the website added.

He is quoted as saying: “Furthermore, the lifeguards have to protect women and girls from the asylum seekers. Young men wanted to forcibly penetrate the female changing room.”

Several asylum seekers were reportedly arrested in connection with the claims, but have since been released.

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PEGIDA activists protest in the wake of the Cologne attacks

Police in the city of Cologne have launched a probe into a string of alleged sexual abuse by migrants on New Year’s Eve.

More than 500 women said they were assaulted, raped and robbed on December 31 after the mob went on the rampage.

Yesterday the Muslim group MuslimStern brazenly called for Germany to ban alcohol, claiming it “leads to rapes”.

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Ibrahim Anderson and Shah Jahan Khan guilty of ‘promoting IS’ outside Topshop – BBC News

Ibrahim Anderson, 38, and Shah Jahan Kahn, 63. Credit: PA.

Two men from Luton have been found guilty of promoting the so-called Islamic State outside Topshop in London’s Oxford Street.

Ibrahim Anderson, 38, and Shah Jahan Khan, 63, had denied inviting support for a proscribed organisation.
The Old Bailey heard they were in a group that set up a stall near the store on 9 August 2014.

The pair have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced later this month.
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Prosecutor Mark Seymour had told jurors Khan, of St Catherine’s Avenue, and Anderson, of Dallow Road, spent two and a half hours speaking to passers-by and distributing a leaflet.

He said both “would have been well aware that this is what they were doing”.
Anderson’s home was later searched and a notebook computer was seized which contained three images that “formed part of a set of instructions for travel to Syria to support jihad”, the prosecutor said.

The Muslim convert, who represented himself in court, appealed to jurors to “see who I really am – a devoted father to my family”, saying he only wanted to practise his religion and exercise his freedom of speech.

He had denied knowing the other people who had gone to Oxford Street that day for dawah (call to Islam) – and said he only glanced at a leaflet he was given.
Anderson was also found guilty by majority of possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist, in December 2014.

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Denmark: Local governmant rules that kindergartens must serve pork to Muslim children

The employees of day care centers in Randers can not in the future choose to not buy pork in the supermarket when shopping for the children’s dinner.

In Denmark, a country with more pigs than humans, pork has become the latest element of a debate that has been declared a culture war.

Earlier this week, the city council of Randers made it mandatory for public institutions, including cafeterias in kindergartens and daycare centers, to have pork dishes on their menus. The council members said that their decision was an effort to preserve Danish identity and culture — including pork meals which are consumed by most Danes.

Pork is often on the menu at these kinds of cafeterias, which is why critics are calling the decision a farce intended to fuel anti-Muslim and anti-foreigner tensions. A few efforts to ban it have provoked debates in the past, including an incident in 2013 when then-Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt criticized day cares that had stopped serving meals that included pork. But according to Agence France-Presse, only 30 out of more than 1,700 day cares were affected.

Pork — which is usually not consumed by observant Jews and Muslims — is central to the Danish food industry. On its website, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council states that the consumption and export of pork are crucial to Denmark’s economy. There are about 5,000 pig farms in the country, with several million animals. “Exports of pig meat account for almost half of all agricultural exports,” the council wrote.

The decision is likely to please anti-Islamic lobby groups. Although the council stressed that it did not want to force Muslims or Jews to eat food that contradicts with their religious beliefs, some considered the decision a message to refugees and other migrants that Denmark was unwilling to give up parts of its culture to accommodate others.

On Facebook, anti-Islam politician Martin Henriksen welcomed the city council’s decision. “It should be needless to say … that it is unacceptable to ban Danish food culture, including dishes with pork,” he wrote. “What’s next?! The Danish People’s Party works nationally and locally for Danish culture … and hence, we are also opposed to Islamic rules … which dictate what Danish children should eat.”

The British Independent newspaper quoted Manu Sareen, a former integration minister, as criticizing the council’s decision as an effort “to impose a forced ideology … in this case on children.”

Denmark has become one of Europe’s most restrictive countries in terms of dealing with the influx of refugees. Last week, the Danish government secured a parliamentary majority for an immigration bill that would also allow police officers to seize cash and valuables from refugees. The proposal has provoked outrage internationally. Switzerland passed a similar law years ago.

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‘Drive-by plotter’ downloaded jihadist software, court hears

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Clockwise from top left – Tarik Hassane, Suhaib Majeed, Nathan Cuffy and Nyall Hamlett

One of the four men accused of plotting “drive-by” shootings downloaded software to allow jihadists to exchange secret messages, a court has heard.

Suhaib Majeed, 21, had “Mujahideen Secrets” on his laptop, the jury heard.

Mr Majeed, along with Nathan Cuffy, 26, Nyall Hamlett, 25, and Tarik Hassane, 22, from west London, deny conspiracy to murder and preparing terrorist acts.

It is alleged they were inspired by the Islamic State group and plotted to kill a police officer, soldier or civilian.

The Old Bailey heard that Mr Majeed liaised via Skype, the internet-based communication software, with someone overseas who helped him download the software, which the prosecution said was designed for Islamist terrorists to exchange encrypted messages.

The contact abroad told Mr Majeed to “stay sharp” but unknown to either of them he was already under surveillance by counter-terrorism officers, the court was told.

The prosecution says Mr Majeed and fellow defendant Mr Hassane were in frequent contact about how to cover their tracks using false names and addresses and a variety of SIM cards.

The jury also saw evidence they had set up a code to share new phone numbers but Mr Majeed did not fully understand it, leading to a string of abusive messages from Mr Hassane.

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Coded messages were used on Twitter to discuss getting a gun, the court heard.

While Mr Hassane, a medical student, was in Casablanca in Morocco, he exchanged direct messages on the microblogging site with Mr Majeed about sourcing “creps” or “black Huaraches”.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told jurors that would ordinarily be a reference to a certain brand of Nike trainer, but in their secret language they meant firearms.

Days later, on 25 August 2014, Mr Majeed reported back “I got it”, to which Mr Hassane replied “kl” (cool).

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Court sketch of the accused: Tarik Hassane, Suhaib Majeed, Nyall Hamlett and Nathan Cuffy (from left) deny the charges

Mr Hassane was alleged to have been leading the plot and to have issued instructions to Mr Majeed, who was studying physics at King’s College London at the time of his arrest, the court has heard.

Jurors have also heard that by the time three of the gang were arrested in September 2014, they had a gun and ammunition and were discussing buying an untraceable scooter.

Mr Hassane, who was studying in Sudan, returned to the UK to carry on as a “lone wolf terrorist” but was arrested by police in early October 2014, the trial heard.

Using Google Streetview photo-mapping service, he had allegedly identified Shepherd’s Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks at White City as possible targets.

Mr Majeed, Mr Cuffy and Mr Hamlett are also charged with various firearms offences.

The trial continues.

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Iraq conflict: Civilians suffering ‘staggering’ violence – UN

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The UN says the actual figures for those killed could be much higher than the report suggests

The UN says violence suffered by civilians in Iraq “remains staggering”, with at least 18,800 killed between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015.

Some 3.2 million people have also been displaced internally over the same period, according to a new report.

The UN accuses so-called Islamic State of systematic and widespread violence, including holding some 3,500 mainly women and children as slaves.

Alleged abuses by troops, militiamen and Kurdish forces were also recorded.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein said the report “starkly illustrates what Iraqi refugees are attempting to escape when they flee to Europe and other regions. This is the horror they face in their homelands”.

‘Gruesome spectacles’

The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is based on interviews with the displaced and direct testimony from victims, survivors or witnesses of rights abuses.

It says the figures of 18,802 civilians killed and 36,245 wounded between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015 could be much higher.

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Documented cases of IS abuse in 2015

10 July: IS militants force victims to lie down in central Mosul in front of large crowd. A bulldozer is driven over them

4 June: Two young males and a 60-year-old man thrown from a building in Ninewa for alleged homosexual acts

1-2 August: IS militants allegedly kill 19 women in Mosul for refusing to have sex with fighters

21 June: Women offered as sex slaves to the top three winners of a Koran memorisation competition in Mosul

23 June: IS group video shows men placed in a car and hit by rocket-propelled grenade; men drowned in a cage; men decapitated with explosives

12-15 July: Four imams in Mosul accused by self-appointed IS court of conducting forbidden taraweeh Ramadan prayers. Shot in the head

Source: UN Report on the Protection on Civilians in the Armed Conflict in Iraq 1 May-31 October 2015


In particular, the figures from the conflict-torn western province of Anbar, much of which is held by IS, might not fully reflect the situation.

About half of the deaths were recorded in Baghdad province and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were the deadliest tactic used against civilians.

Nevertheless, the figures for civilian deaths are still significantly below those recorded at the height of the sectarian insurgency in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.

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Analysis: BBC’s Ahmed Maher in Dahuk

Before so-called Islamic State swept across large areas of the country in 2014 and except for the 2006-07 sectarian war between Sunnis and Shia, the civilian death rate was much lower than the toll in this latest UN report.

The monthly average rate between 2010 and 2013, for example, was about 400 deaths, which also included domestic violence and crimes.

The latest figure will also certainly be much higher than the UN reports, because there are many no-go areas for activists and journalists.

IS militants brag about killing anyone who they perceive as “non-believers” of their extremist Islamist ideology. Followers of other religions have also been singled out – with Yazidis and Christians taking the brunt of summary executions and murders.

And Baghdad still represents a large percentage of civilian deaths, with IS militants targeting shopping centres, cafes, schools and markets.


The report says: “So-called Islamic State continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law.

“These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide.”

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Some 3.2 million Iraqis have been displaced internally since January 2014, the UN says

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Destruction in Ramadi. The UN says casualty figures for Anbar province could be much higher

The report documents killings by IS militants “in gruesome public spectacles, including by shooting, beheading, bulldozing, burning alive and throwing people off the top of buildings”.

It notes that up to 900 children have been abducted in the IS-held northern city of Mosul, to be indoctrinated and given military training.

Women and children were also subjected to “sexual violence”, the report states.

It says about 3,500 people, mainly women and children and largely from the Yazidi community, were being held as slaves.

The UN Special Representative for Iraq, Jan Kubis, said the “scourge of IS continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering”.

The report also documents alleged violations, including abductions and unlawful killings, by government forces, militiamen, members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilisation forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Civilians displaced by the conflict face difficulties in finding safety and if they do can be subjected to arbitrary arrests or forced expulsions, the UN says.

Mr Kubis urged the Iraqi government to “use all means to ensure law and order, necessary for the voluntary return of the internally displaced to their place of origin”.

Mr Hussein said the “obscene” casualty figures did not fully reflect the suffering of civilians as many had died “from the lack of access to basic food, water or medical care”.

The most up-to-date UN estimate of internally displaced people in neighbouring Syria is 6.5 million, while more than 4.6 million others have fled to neighbouring states – including almost 245,000 to Iraq.

More than 250,000 people are estimated to have been killed since the conflict erupted there in 2011.

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Pastor McConnell: I will meet with Muslim leader who reported me to police – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Pastor James McConnell has said he is willing to meet the Muslim leader who reported him to police over his controversial comments about Islam.

The firebrand preacher said that if he received a private invitation he would visit the Belfast Islamic Centre to talk to Dr Raied Al-Wazzan.

“Even though his actions led to my prosecution, I am prepared to do the Christian thing and meet him. I am not a man for holding grudges and I wish Dr Al-Wazzan well,” Pastor McConnell said.

“But I would tell him that there was no call for him to report me to the PSNI and that he needed to start respecting the right to freedom of speech and freedom of worship.”

A fortnight ago, Belfast Magistrates Court found the 78-year-old preacher not guilty of making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam.

He had branded the religion as “heathen” and “Satanic” in a sermon in his Belfast Metropolitan Tabernacle church in May 2014.

Dr Al-Wazzan, who was later himself to make controversial comments praising the rule of Islamic State in Iraq, lodged a complaint about the pastor’s “offensive and disgusting” remarks with the PSNI four days after the sermon.

Following Pastor McConnell’s acquittal, the Muslim leader said he had no regrets about his involvement in the case.

He told the BBC that he “would do it again if somebody was stereotyping the Muslim community”.

Dr Al-Wazzan said he hoped the Christian preacher had learned from his experience and “would choose his words carefully” in future.

He added that he would be prepared to meet the pastor to discuss the issues involved.

Pastor McConnell last night told the Belfast Telegraph: “If Dr Al-Wazzan privately asks me to meet him, rather than making such an invitation through the media, I would agree without a moment’s hesitation.

“I’d be prepared to visit the Belfast Islamic Centre and to shake his hand. There are many things I’d like to say to him face-to-face but I wouldn’t want our meeting to be a media gimmick. If it takes place, it should happen in private, away from the cameras.”

The pastor said he would tell the Muslim leader that he had to respect freedom of speech: “I would tell him he never should have gone running to the police over what I said and that he shouldn’t be so touchy in future.

“I would say to him that he has to learn to take criticism of his religion.

“He has to acknowledge that I am as free to condemn Islam as Muslim clerics are to condemn Christianity.” Pastor McConnell expressed disappointment that Dr Al-Wazzan had not been present in court for the case.

“His actions started the whole prosecution process. I had to appear in court seven times and I think that Dr Al-Wazzan was a coward for not going to court once,” he said. “I know the prosecution didn’t call him as a witness but he was free to attend the trial as a member of the public and to listen to proceedings. Given how important the case was to him, you’d think he would at least have done that.”

Last year Dr Al-Wazzan was embroiled in controversy when he said that Islamic State had made his home city of Mosul in Iraq “the most peaceful city in the world”.

Pastor McConnell said that had he wanted to retaliate, he could have called for Dr Al-Wazzan’s prosecution for those comments.

“But I didn’t lodge a complaint with the police or anybody else because everybody has a right to freedom of speech,” he said.

“As strongly as I disagreed with what he said, I acknowledged his right to say it. I bear no ill-will to Dr Al-Wazzan. I have no bad feeling or hate in my heart for him.”

Pastor McConnell was charged under the 2003 Communications Act with “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive”.

Finding him not guilty, Judge Liam McNally said: “The courts need to be very careful not to criminalise speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive.

“It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances.”

The pastor said that while he still remained strongly opposed to Sharia law, he regretted if his words had hurt Muslims.

“I didn’t mean to do that. I wouldn’t hurt a hair on their head. I am against their theology, not them as individuals,” he said.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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Muslims Kidnapped 13-Year-Old Girl In Germany And Gangraped Her For 30 Hours *Video*

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Muslims Rape Little White Girl For 30 Hours And The Police Reply Should ENRAGE You!

After their 13-year-old daughter was brutally gang raped by a group of Muslim migrants for 30 hours straight, the parents thought the police would deliver justice to the depraved pedophiles. However, what officers told them immediately turned their child’s nightmare into a living hell.

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Above screenshot: The APB issued after the girl was kidnapped…….Missing – we ask for your support – has not arrived at school on her way to  Falkenburg  – she is 1.5m – brown hair – green-brown eyes

Three Muslim migrants, described as “Arab men” and “foreign nationals,” grabbed the schoolgirl, whose family immigrated from Russia, on her way to class, covered her eyes with a blindfold, and took turns raping and assaulting her for 30 hours.

After she was dropped back off at her middle school, the traumatized child and her devastated parents believed that authorities would find and punish the girl’s attackers, but what they said instead is not only shocking and sickening, but a warning that the leftist agenda is perpetuating this depravity.

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The Epoch Times reports that upon contacting the police station on the horrific crime, the police spokesperson shamelessly defended the child rapists, claiming that the men had neither abducted nor sexually assaulted their victim.

“After the police investigation, there was neither abduction nor rape. Further details are not disclosed to protect the personality.”

The spokesperson admitted that the investigation was not yet complete, but that didn’t stop them from forming an official opinion on the alleged rapists and releasing them without charge.

“So, in plain German, a 13-year-old girl had consensual sex with three ‘southern’ men,” a family member said, sarcastically referring to the police’s failed handling of the case. “It is an outrage that these people are not being arrested or detained.”

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Because of government-ordered media censorship and fear of revenge attacks from the perpetrators, the family remained silent. However, after it was clear that authorities were more worried about softening the crimes of migrants, especially Muslims, they relinquished their anonymity and began protesting against the destructive efforts of both the media and police.

The Gateway Pundit reports that the family put on a rally over the weekend, revealing the stomach-churning details of the girl’s sexual assault. Seeking to expose Germany’s leftist agenda, they even created a Facebook page, which was met with liberals’ criticism and bigotry, shamelessly accusing them of spewing “right-wing propaganda” to prevent asylum seekers from entering Europe.

As appalling as it is to think that those charged with defending and representing the people could act as victimizers who are more concerned with the image of a group that is widely perpetrating heinous crimes, this is exactly what’s happening in the West.

Mad World News recently reported that a German federal officer had come forward to reveal that Chancellor Angela Merkel was ordering police and media to downplay or even cover up crimes committed by refugees, migrants, and Muslims.

“Our domestic rule is — better to let him run away,” Officer Bernd K. said.

Bernd explained that if a refugee is violent, “superior orders” warn officers not to use any coercive action. Instead, offenders are either let go or charged with much less than what they’ve committed.

We are witnessing the progressive dystopia, a proverbial paradise of rape, supremacy, and persecution at the hands of the left’s favored minorities. If we decide to defend our culture, country, or children, we are racist bigots who must hate the offenders based on their skin color.

source: Mad World/Gateway Pundit /Pamela Geller