Dozens Dead as Wave of Islamist Terror Hits Europe, Middle East

(Photo: wikicommons/Yo)

(Photo: wikicommons/Yo)

Dozens of people are dead, as Islamist terrorists have made multiple attacks around the world today. The Times of Israel reports that terrorists have carried out deadly attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait:

In Kuwait, the suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque during the main weekly prayers, killing and wounding dozens. The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State.

The blast hit Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City, security officials and witnesses said. Medics said at least 13 people were killed in the blast…

A car rammed the gate and plowed into gas canisters, touching off an explosion, at the factory near Lyon [in France] on Friday morning. A decapitated body and flags with Arabic writing were found at the scene…

Thirteen or more are dead in the bombing of a Kuwaiti mosque — an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Please pray for the families of the victims of these heinous acts, for the recovery of those wounded, and for God’s peace and protection around the world, from those so evil they would take innocent lives.

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Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 8:42 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Man Killed in West Bank Terror Attack

Terror struck the Holy Land today as a terrorist in the West Bank approached a car carrying two Israeli men – supposedly to ask for direction – before opening fire on them. The above video from Israel News Flash shows people running from the scene of the shooting. The Times of Israel reports that one man was killed and another was wounded:

 An Israeli man who was critically injured Friday afternoon in a shooting attack in the West Bank succumbed to his wounds later Friday. He was named as Danny Gonen, 25, from the central city of Lod…

The two men were traveling in their car after visiting a spring near Dolev, when they were flagged down by a Palestinian man, seemingly asking them for help, before being shot.

Please pray for the recovery of the wounded man, for the family of the man who was killed, for God’s protection over the Israeli authorities looking for the terrorist.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 12:23 PM  | Stand For Israel

Rabbi Eckstein Condemns Galilee Church Arson

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(Photo: flickr/dukie1)

The Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, sits on the ruins of two previous churches, and is said to be the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. The church building fell victim to arson on Thursday. Rabbi Eckstein spoke out against this crime, slamming it as a product of xenophobia:

Condemnation of the suspected arson at a Galilee church on Thursday morning continued to pour in on Thursday afternoon.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), said that the action was “a product of the xenophobia which increasingly dominates our society, including the religious sector.

“I call the government and the police to follow a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against the perpetrators and instigators alike,” said Eckstein. At the same time, rabbis must break their silence and denounce these anti-Jewish phenomena.”

Eckstein was only one of many voices in Israel and the Jewish world condemning the alleged arson and desecration of the Tabgha church on the shores of the Kinneret earlier Thursday.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 9:10 AM  | Stand For Israel

9 Killed in South Carolina Church Shooting

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(Photo: wikicommons/Spencer Means)

Last night, a lone shooter killed nine people at a prayer service in a Charleston, SC, church:

A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning…

In a statement, Gov. Nikki Haley asked South Carolinians to pray for the victims and their families and decried violence on religious places.

“While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another,” Haley said.

As details on this horrifying crime continue to emerge, please pray for the victims’ families, for the community, and for peace.

Rabbi Eckstein shared these words concerning this tragedy:

My thoughts and prayers are with the Emanuel AME Church community in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were shot and killed during a prayer group meeting last night.

Entering a place of worship to connect with God and to be surrounded by people of faith should bring peace, not fear. I pray that God will grant this grieving community comfort and peace.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 8:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

No More “Terrorism” or “Terrorists”

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(Photo: flickr/ l_suddenly)

With terrorist attacks continuing to occur around the world – from the Middle East to Europe to the United States – the international media has been forced to acknowledge the vile and violent actions of the extremist perpetrators. But that doesn’t mean that biased journalists always identify said terrorists for what they really are. Writing at The Algemeiner, Dr. Daniel Pipes has decided not to describe them as terrorists, instead deciding to “use words like ‘violent,’ ‘murderous,’ ‘Islamist,’ and ‘jihadi,’ words that do not generate a definitional uproar”:

When the British Broadcasting Corporation, the world’s largest news operation, decided in January not to call the gunmen who attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo terrorists, this made an impression on me…

Does it make sense to soldier on, fighting a semantic battle that will never be won? Why argue for a word that everyone agrees is confusing and some find loaded?

Therefore, I too have stopped using “terrorism” and “terrorist” (“counterterrorism,” however, is a tougher word to drop). It’s not worth the fight. Better to use words like “violent,” “murderous,” “Islamist,” and “jihadi,” words that do not generate a definitional uproar. Better not to have to waste time arguing that the U.S. or Israeli governments are not terrorist.

Worse, this argument over terrorism diverts attention from the important fact, which is destruction and murder. Rather than have a debate whether an act of violence meets some theoretical threshold, let’s focus on the real problems…

It has been five months now since these words fell out of my vocabulary, long enough to be able to report that my analyses hold up and my political efforts are undimmed. In fact, I am better off unburdened of it and its vocabulary debates. You would be too.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Four Hurt in Terror Attack

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

Terror has again struck the Holy Land in the form of a car-ramming attack. The Times of Israel reports that four Israeli students were injured at a bus stop on Thursday when a terrorist rammed them with his vehicle:

Four people were injured after a vehicle drove into a bus stop in the West Bank, in a possible terror attack Thursday afternoon.

The attack occurred outside the Alon Shvut settlement in the Etzon settlement bloc south of Jerusalem, at the site of a similar fatal attack in November.

The deputy head of the Etzion settlement bloc council Moshe Savil told Ynet news the driver came from the direction of nearby Kfar Etzion. “He crossed the highway and with great force struck a group of students who were waiting for the bus,” he said.

A suspect was arrested a short while later and was handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning. He is reported to be a Palestinian resident of Hebron.

One person was seriously injured, another moderately and two more lightly hurt in the incident, Israel Radio reported. All four were evacuated to a nearby Jerusalem hospital.

The victims are between 16 and 25 years old…

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 8:25 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinian Official Jailed in Israel for Praising Terrorists, Inciting Violence on Social Media

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(Photo: facebook)

In today’s digital world, messages can be spread to many thousands of people around the world – messages that are good, as well as those that are bad. The Times of Israel’s Marissa Newman reports that Israeli courts have convicted a Palestinian official for doing the latter – praising terrorists and inciting violence on Facebook:

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday sentenced the secretary general of Fatah’s Jerusalem branch to nine months in prison for using his personal Facebook account to incite violence and support terrorism against Israeli civilians.

The sentencing of Omar Shalabi, 44, a resident of the West Bank village of Eizaria, marks the first time Israeli courts handed out a prison sentence for incitement on social media…

The indictment against him referenced 10 Facebook statuses written between July and October of last year, at a time of heightened tensions in the capital, in which he hailed terrorists for various attacks.

Last October, following an assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick, Shalabi wrote that Glick was in serious condition, and wished him “hell and bad fate.”

A month later, on the day after Border Police officer Jedan Assad and 17-year-old Shalom Aharon Badani were killed in a car-ramming attack, Shalabi wrote: “In Jerusalem there are actions, not words. May God have mercy on the brave shahid [martyr] Ibrahim Akary and may he enter heaven.”

In another instance, he wrote: “Children of Jerusalem, be angered and continue on the path of despair and conflict that will simmer and purify Jerusalem and al-Aqsa from the defilement of the bastard Jews.”

Judge Eitan Kornhauser described the online posts as “grave incitement, including praise of heinous murderers and words of encouragement to carry out similar actions.”

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 1:37 PM  | Stand For Israel

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

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