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Iran’s Terrorist Allies the First to Benefit from Nuclear Deal

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(Photo: wikicommons/upyernoz)

The threat that a nuclear Iran poses to Israel, the U.S., and the free world is obvious. But the nuclear agreement being made with the Islamic Republic has other disastrous implications. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes that Iran’s terrorist allies are already benefiting from the deal:

[A]mong the chief beneficiaries of a revitalized Iranian economy will be the Islamist regime’s terrorist allies.

The Channel 2 report detailed that Iran has increased its already considerable flow of weapons and cash to its Hezbollah auxiliaries as well as to Hamas. Most troubling is the news that it is not satisfied with helping Hamas rebuild its terror tunnels and replenish its rocket arsenal in Gaza but is also seeking to arm cells of the Islamist group operating in the West Bank. Like Russia’s sale of sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Tehran, these moves are part of the inevitable exploitation of Western weakness by an Iranian regime that understands that it has scored a huge victory in the nuclear negotiations. This is a trend that will get only more dangerous as their economy begins to recover after the sanctions disappear.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 8:33 AM  | Stand for Israel

Two IDF Soldiers Stabbed by Terrorist in West Bank

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Today, two IDF soldiers were stabbed by a terrorist in the West Bank. Haaretz reports on the attack and the IDF’s response:

Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Wednesday morning in a stabbing attack at the Shiloh Junction in the northern West Bank. One of the victims was seriously wounded in his upper body and the other sustained light injuries to his back. The assailant was shot and killed on the spot.

The soldiers, both around 20 years old, were attacked on Route 60, near the entrance to the Ma’ale Levona settlement and the Palestinian village of Sinjil, just after 10 A.M. They were initially treated by medics on site and then transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The two soldiers both serve in the Tavor Battalion of the Home Front Command. They were sitting in an ambulance at the time of the attack, called to the area to reinforce the security guards manning the Shiloh area roads over the Passover holiday.

The assailant approached the ambulance and stabbed one of the soldiers, a medic, lightly wounding him. The assailant then stabbed a paramedic in his neck, inflicting serious wounds.

The lightly wounded medic opened fire on the assailant and killed him.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 9:19 AM  | Stand for Israel

Where Terrorists Thrive and Why

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(Photo: flickr/albanyassociates)

Last week’s attack at a college in Kenya – where the Islamist gunmen targeted Christians – left 146 students dead. It was just the latest in an ever-increasing series of attacks by extremist terrorists that have been launched against Christians, Jews, and those who long to live in a free, democratic society. Commentary’s Max Boot takes a look at where – and why – such terror is thriving today:

Amid the big news of the last week regarding the “framework” agreement with Iran and the ouster of ISIS forces from Tikrit, it’s easy to lose sight of another piece of big news—the terrible slaughter carried out by Shabab militants at a university in Kenya. A small team of just four gunmen armed with nothing more than assault rifles systematically slaughtered 146 students after trying to separate out the Christians from the Muslims. As the New York Times notes, this is but the latest slaughter carried out by the Somali-based Islamist terror group in next-door Kenya: Since 2012, Shabab’s terrorists have killed more than 600 people on Kenyan soil, including a mass murder in 2013 in Nairobi’s posh Westgate mall…

There is not, to put it mildly, an obvious fix that the U.S. can administer to any of these problems. But as a general matter the lesson I would draw is that U.S. aid should be focused on improving the effectiveness of local government—not merely on hunting down individual terrorists who can be replaced all too easily if the territory in which they operate remains ungoverned. This is a lesson that runs counter to the preferred Obama strategy of sending drones and occasionally Special Operations Forces to take out bad guys, including Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Shabab, who was killed in an American airstrike last fall. Unfortunately his death has not eliminated the Shabab threat, any more than the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi eliminated al-Qaeda in Iraq (now renamed ISIS) or the death of Osama bin Laden eliminated al-Qaeda.

These terrorist groups are…

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 8:44 AM  | Stand for Israel

The West’s Romance with Iran and Islamists

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(Photo: flickr/stephenmelkisethian)

Those of us who stand for Israel and for freedom have been appalled at the West’s seeming inability to stand up against Iran during the ongoing nuclear talks. But, perhaps this lack of fortitude in the face of extremism and evil should not be so surprising, writes Gatestone Institute’s Uzay Bulut, as many in the West have lost the capacity and will to criticize Islamist terror:

In the eyes of most Islamists — whether or Sunni or Shia — nothing is cheaper or more worthless than human life. It can be seen in the accelerating rate of executions in Iran since the “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani arrived on the scene, and in the ghoulish slaughters committed by ISIS.

As terrorists throughout the Muslim world lay down their own lives to bring death, the U.S. and Europe silently watch Islamic terrorism in Sudan, in Pakistan, in Iraq and Syria by ISIS, in Nigeria by Boko Haram and especially in Iran by the Mullahs’ regime, which the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) deludedly still seem to think will turn nuclear warheads into plowshares.

U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers continue talks past deadline after deadline to give Iran — one of the most corrupt, repressive and genocidal countries on the planet – a nuclear weapons capability to threaten the rest of the Middle East, the U.S. and Europe. Granting nuclear capability is seen as a reward for lying, cheating and breaking treaty after treaty. What a brilliant precedent for everyone else.

The West seems to have lost the will to criticize political Islam. Not speaking out or taking action against Islamists is a sickness not only of the current U.S. government; many intellectuals also seem to suffer from it…

Why then is Hamas a “more acceptable” terrorist group than ISIS? Because it targets Jews? How can Hamas’ Western sympathizers be so sure that the same extreme Islamic jihadist groups will not target them, “the infidels,” in the future, as they say they will?

If these…

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 8:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

70 Killed When Islamist Terrorists Target Christians at Kenyan University

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(Photo: flickr/advocacy_project)

In yet another international attack by Islamist terrorists, CNN reports that members of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group entered Garissa University College in Kenya, took students hostage, and killed 70 of them, specifically targeting Christians:

Islamist gunmen burst into a Kenyan university before dawn Thursday, shooting students and taking hostages in a terror attack that left 70 dead, Kenyan officials said.

Two attackers were killed in the ongoing security operation, and one was arrested, authorities said…

Joel Ayora, who was on the campus and witnessed the attack, said gunmen burst into a Christian service. Taking hostages from the service, they then “proceeded to the hostels, shooting anybody they came across except their fellows, the Muslims.”

The attackers separated students by religion, allowing Muslims to leave and keeping an unknown number of Christians hostage, Agence France-Presse reported.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 12:29 PM  | Stand For Israel

Remembering the Park Hotel Passover Bombing

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(Photo: wikicommons/Avi1111)

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack of the Second Intifada. On March 27, 2002, Jews around the world were celebrating Passover. The Park Hotel in the coastal city of Netanya, Israel, was hosting its annual Passover seder, with 250 guests observing the Jewish holiday. Many of the seder guests were elderly Jews without family or relatives, and many of these were Holocaust survivors.

As the seder was going on, a terrorist disguised as a woman sneaked into the hotel’s dining room with a suitcase full of explosives. At 7:30 pm, the suicide bomber detonated the bomb, killing 28 and injuring 140. Two victims later died from their wounds. A number of the dead were married couples, and the deceased included a father and his daughter.

The Hamas terrorists who planned the attack were arrested, with four of them receiving 29 life sentences and one being given 20 years in prison.

We remember the victims of this horrific moment in Israeli history, carried out as the Jewish people celebrated what should have been a joyous time. May their memories be a blessing.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 10:36 AM  | Stand For Israel

Jews in France, Denmark Feel Sting of Terror Attacks

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(Photo: flickr/piven)

Yesterday, we reported on the alarming anti-Semitism faced by the United Kingdom’s Jews. But, as recent terror attacks have shown and as USA Today’s Maya Vidon and Katharina Wecker report, the rest of Europe is just as affected by the growing rash of Islamist terrorism:

Though Jewish communities across Europe have been growing and thriving, the atmosphere remains tense in France and Denmark, two nations rattled by recent deadly attacks aimed at Jewish facilities.

France has Europe’s largest Jewish population, about a half-million people, and has experienced rising anti-Semitism the past few years.

In the wake of January’s mass killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris, many French Jews fear for their safety. A record 7,000 French Jews moved to Israel last year — double that of the previous year.

Jewish children in particular “are the victims of all sorts of attacks,” said Catherine Nicault, professor emeritus in contemporary history at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in northeast France.

“Unfortunately, the children suffer from hate and anti-Semitism in public schools, and that’s why, more and more, they take refuge in Jewish schools,” said Shlomo Katz, who teaches at a yeshiva in Paris. “The problem is that these Jewish schools are the target of anti-Semitic attacks and must be constantly under surveillance.”

About 10,000 soldiers and police have been protecting Jewish schools, synagogues and cultural centers in France since the attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for European Jews to move to Israel is being rebuffed by many.

“I do think very strongly that fear of anti-Semitism and terrorism is not reason enough to move to Israel,” said Tamar Shiloh, an Israeli journalist who moved to France to marry a Jewish Frenchman more than 10 years ago. “There is insecurity in Israel, too. There might be no anti-Semitism like in France, but there are other kinds of tension.”

In Denmark, the community of 6,400 Jews has been shrinking but has long felt safe, until now. The community is tense after a deadly attack in February…

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 2:05 PM  | Stand For Israel

Triple Suicide Bombing Kills over 100 in Yemen

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(Photo: screenshot)

While Islamist terrorists seem to target Christians and Jews, an attack today shows that their evil acts do not discriminate. The Times of Israel reports that three suicide bombers have killed over 100 today in attacks on mosques in Yemen’s capital:

Triple suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques crowded with worshippers in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Friday, killing 77 and injuring 121 others, according to medical officials. The attackers targeted mosques controlled by Shiite rebels.

A Shiite rebel-owned TV channel put the toll at 137 dead and 345 wounded.

A report on the rebel-owned Al-Masirah TV channel said the bombers attacked the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques during midday prayers on Friday, traditionally the most crowded time of the week. It added that hospitals were urging citizens to donate blood.

Witnesses said that at least two suicide bombers attacked inside the Badr mosque. One walked inside the mosque and detonated his device, causing panic as dozens of worshippers rushed toward the outside gates. A second suicide bomber then attacked amid the panicked crowds trying to escape.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 9:56 AM  | Stand For Israel

19 Killed in Tunisia Terror Attack, 2-3 Gunmen at Large

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(Photo: wikicommons/ BEN KHALIFA WISSAM)

Tunisia – the North African democracy bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Libya – has long been troubled by Islamist terrorism. Today, terror struck its capital city when gunmen killed at least 19 tourists at an art museum:

Attackers opened fire Wednesday at a major museum in Tunisia’s capital, gunning down 17 tourists as dozens more sprinted to safety. At least 21 people in all were killed, including two gunmen, but some attackers may have escaped, authorities said.

The attack on the famed National Bardo Museum in Tunis was the first on a tourist site in years in Tunisia, a shaky young democracy that has struggled to keep Islamic extremist violence at bay.

It wasn’t clear who the attackers were but security forces immediately flooded the area. Tunisia’s parliament building, next to the museum, was evacuated.

Private television Wataniya showed masked Tunisian security forces escorting dozens of tourists up nearby steps and away from the danger, as armed security forces pointed guns toward an adjacent building. Many elderly people, apparently tourists, ran in panic to safety, including at least one couple carrying two children.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said 21 people were killed: 17 tourists, two gunmen, a Tunisian security officer and a Tunisian cleaning woman. He said the dead tourists came from Italy, Poland, Germany and Spain.

He said two or three of the attackers remained at large.

Several other people were reported wounded in the attack, including three Poles and at least two Italians.

Tunisia recently completed a rocky road to democracy after overthrowing its authoritarian president in 2011, seen by many as the start of the so-called Arab Spring. The country has been more stable than other countries in the region, but has struggled with violence by Islamic extremists in recent years, including some linked to the Islamic State group. It also has extremists linked to al-Qaeda’s North Africa arm who occasionally target Tunisian security forces.

A disproportionately large number of Tunisian recruits — some 3,000, according to government estimates — have…

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 12:40 PM  | Stand For Israel

Car Attack Terrorist Bought an Axe, Hunted Jewish Victims

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(Photo: twitter/MickyRosenfeld)

Details were released Monday about Mohammed Salaimeh, a 22-year-old Arab resident of the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of Jerusalem. Salaimeh was the terrorist behind the car terror attack on female Border Patrol officers in Jerusalem 10 days ago:

On March 6 at 9:50 a.m., Salaimeh drove in his car on Highway 1 in Jerusalem heading southwards, according to the indictment list. When he arrived at the Border Patrol headquarters in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood, he saw the officers standing in a crosswalk, at which point he backed up, slammed on the gas and ran over the officers together with a bicyclist.

A Border Patrol officer who was manning the base’s entrance at the time of the attack together with another security guard saw the attack and opened fire at Salaimeh, damaging his car and bringing it to a halt.

Salaimeh then exited the vehicle while holding an axe in his hand, at which point the officer and security guard again fired at him, wounding the terrorist.

A total of six Border Patrol officers were wounded at different levels of severity due to the attack, along with the bicyclist who happened to be on the scene.

Under investigation the terrorist admitted to conducting the attack, adding that during the week prior to it he was planning an attack against Jews, and went to the Old City where he bought an axe which he stored in his car.

A day before the attack Salaimeh finalized his intentions to attack, and at 8 a.m. on the morning of the attack he left his house, driving around looking for Jewish victims.

First Salaimeh drove on Highway 1, from which he transferred to Begin Highway before returning to Highway 1. When he arrived at the base, he saw the officers and decided to attack them.

On Monday morning Salaimeh’s detainment was extended, after the prosecutor clarified she intends to submit an indictment against him.

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Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 9:40 AM  | Stand for Israel

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Seventy years has passed since the Holocaust, one of the darkest periods in history. However, the evil of anti-Semitism lives on. As Israel observes Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), let us continue to pray for the chains of hatred to be loosened and for the oppressed to be freed…


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