Terrorism and the Latest Iran Deal Distraction

(Photo: wikicommons/ Nick Taylor)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Nick Taylor)

As usual, the mainstream media has been doing its best to divert attention away from the dire and distressing aspects of the Iran nuclear deal. Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin writes that the main issue is, and should be, the fact that the nuclear agreement will only strengthen Iran’s support of terrorism:

Though the polls show increasing opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama seems to be winning in the court of public opinion on the issue this week. The reason is that a series of inflammatory comments about the agreement from Republican presidential candidates have made it appear as if its critics are nothing but a pack of cynical partisans…The terror angle to the Iran agreement has been largely swept under the rug by the administration…

This is not a small point or a semantic argument. By choosing to strike a deal with Iran that deliberately ignored its role as a state sponsor of terror, its quest for regional autonomy, its tyrannical abuses at home or its oft-stated goal of destroying Israel, the president essentially gave all these elements of the regime Western sanction. The administration may say that it disapproves of all of it and will seek to curb Iranian excesses in the future. But the goal here is not merely a shaky nuclear deal that in the best-case scenario will only put off an Iranian bomb for a decade. The president’s objective has been something far more ambitious: a détente with Iran that will allow it “to get right with the world.” We may well scoff at such naïveté but, in order to buy into the Iran deal, you have to actually think that Iran will stop aiding terror or fomenting conflict throughout the Middle East. Once you discard this absurd hope, you have to accept the fact that the funds the U.S. is agreeing to release to Iran will soon be paying for a Hezbollah or Hamas rocket aimed at Israel or a murder squad roving Europe…

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Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 8:51 AM  | Stand for Israel

Justice Finds Child-Killer Terrorist

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(Photos: wikicommons/Mardetanha)

In the past, Stand for Israel has told the tragic story of the Harans, the Israeli family who in 1979 were murdered by terrorists. One of those child-killing terrorists, Samir Kuntar, was reportedly killed today by an IAF airstrike. Tablet’s Liel Leibovitz writes that an unrepentant murderer of children such as Kuntar at last received the justice he deserved:

Danny Haran, 31, and his daughter Einat, 4, were taken hostage. Smadar, Danny’s wife, managed to grab her infant daughter Yael, 2, and hide in the apartment’s narrow attic. Terrified, and anxious to keep the child from crying, Smadar accidentally choked her baby to death. Kuntar and his men, meanwhile, took Danny and Einat to the beach, where they were met by Israeli soldiers and police officers. A short firefight ensued, but Kuntar had other targets in mind. He shot Danny in the back at close range, murdering him in front of his small daughter. Then, he took Einat and smashed her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle.

Samir Kuntar was captured later that evening, and sentenced to life in an Israeli prison. There, he married an Israeli citizen, completed a bachelor’s degree and part of a master’s degree through the Tel Aviv-based Open University, and contemplated a run to the Lebanese parliament, cashing on his popularity in his native country. On July 16, 2008, Kuntar was released as part of a deal between Israel and the Hezbollah, and wasted no time espousing his favorite cause and calling for the kidnapping and murder of more Israelis. If he was indeed killed this morning in Lebanon, it’s nothing less than justice finally served.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 PM  | Stand For Israel

Chattanooga Shooter Gave Chilling Warning of Jihad

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(Photo: facebook)

Terror once again struck the United States yesterday, as a gunman shot and killed four Marines in Chattanooga, TN. And, writes The Daily Beast’s Michael Daly, the terrorist gave chilling warnings of his murderous intent beforehand:

Three days before he set out in a silver Mustang convertible and murdered four Marines, 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez all but announced his intentions in a pair of blog posts.

One, headlined “Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men,” declared that the original disciples of the prophet were not “like priests living in monasteries.”

“Every one of them fought Jihad for the sake of Allah,” Abdulazeez wrote as myabdulazeez.

The second post was headlined “A Prison Called Dunya,” that being a term for the material world…

He brought along enough weaponry to fire what one witness described as “more bullets than you can count.” He shot up one recruiting center and then another, killing four Marines and wounding a police officer…

By Thursday evening, his mother had taken down the Facebook page…

Her son’s blog posts were being read by a senior counterterrorism official who reported being sick upon seeing them.

All the signals were there.

If only somebody had seen them.

Let us please pray for God’s comfort over the families of those who were murdered, for the recovery of the wounded, and for God’s hand of protection over the world, as hateful terrorist attacks such as these continue to occur.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 8:35 AM  | Stand For Israel

Don’t Fall into the Trap of Complacency

Mr. Mahane Fahres, supervisor of Druze education in the Ministry of Education, and Religious Council representative in Hurfeish speaks with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

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Each day, it seems that Israel is being threatened or attacked by one of its terrorist enemies. And when the Jewish state and its people are not being targeted, it is only because some other group – most often a religious minority – has incurred the terror organizations’ wrath. Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein laments that none of us are immune to these threats. And, writing at The Jerusalem Post, she tells of what The Fellowship is doing for the Druze community:

I have gotten used to my father, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, being briefed on a disturbing situation and then yelling out the words, “How can this be? I can’t believe it!” and then taking swift action to help where others have failed to.

That is exactly what happened two weeks ago when Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, the Druse spiritual leader in Israel, approached The Fellowship asking for emergency food aid for the terrorized Druse families being targeted in Syria.

“This is an international headline news story, yet the world can’t get it together to provide food to these innocent people being threatened with genocide?” my father rightfully asked. The Druse leader said that was indeed the case. And, after lots of research, we learned that he was telling the truth. Two days later, my father, along with the Fellowship executive staff, approved six months of food aid for the Syrian Druse refugees in Jordan.

Learning about the plight of the Syrian Druse facing genocide was very powerful for me. As I looked at pictures of the terrified eyes of mothers holding their children, starving kids, and fearful fathers, I saw my own people.

The plight of the Syrian Druse – and of all of the other innocent minorities being ruthlessly persecuted around the world – is strikingly similar to the plight of the Jewish people before the formation of the modern State of Israel. Today, thank God,…

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Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 8:13 AM  | Stand For Israel

Britain Remembers 7/7 London Terror Attacks Ten Years Later

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(Photo: wikicommons/FrancisTyers)

Ten years ago, terrorists struck the heart of London in a series of horrific attacks. Today, The Telegraph’s Vin Shahrestani reports, Britain remembers those lost in these terrorist bombings:

Britain paused to remember the July 7 attacks amid a welter of warnings about the enduring and changing threat from terrorism a decade on.

The country fell silent to mark the 10th anniversary of the atrocity in which 52 people were murdered and hundreds more injured when four suicide bombers attacked London’s transport network.

The bombers, British Muslims inspired by al-Qaeda, set off from King’s Cross that morning and blew themselves up aboard three tube trains and a bus in the deadliest attack on London since World War II. As well as the dead, more than 700 people were injured.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 2:08 PM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi: “Those Who Don’t Condemn Terror Cannot Claim Innocence”

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

Last night, four Israelis were wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting. This comes after an Israeli policewoman was stabbed earlier by a female terrorist in Bethlehem. In response to these acts of terror, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinians to denounce such violence, while discussing what Israel continues to do to combat it:

“The attempts to harm us do not cease for a moment,” Netanyahu said. “The Shin Bet and IDF have thwarted dozens of terrorist attacks this year. We will act strongly and with determination and bring the terrorists to justice.

“The fact that the Palestinian Authority has yet to condemn these attacks should disturb not only us, but also the entire international community. Those who do not stand up unequivocally against terror cannot wash their hands of it.”


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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 8:56 AM  | Stand for Israel

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

(Photo: flickr/dukie1)

(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

(Photo: wikicommons/Spencer Means)

(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