Thursday, October 23, 2014

'Derailed in Jerusalem', Baby Killed In Terror Attack

Baby Killed As Car Rams Crowd In Jerusalem Terror Attack

A three-month-old girl was killed Wednesday afternoon and eight others were injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem in what officials said was a terrorist attack.
The suspect, identified by an Israeli official as a member of terror group Hamas, attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot and badly hurt by police, a police spokesperson said.
“A private car which arrived from the direction of the French Hill junction hit a number of pedestrians who were on the pavement and injured nine of them,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

“Initial indications suggest this is a hit-and-run terror attack,” Samri said.
The baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, died at the nearby Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus a few hours after the incident. A spokesperson for Israeli rescue service Magen David Adom said a 60-year-old woman and seven other people, including the baby’s parents, were also lightly and moderately wounded in the attack.

The alleged attacker is Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, a former Palestinian prisoner from the flashpoint neighborhood of Silwan.
Police confirmed that the suspect was from Silwan and had previously served in Israeli prison.
Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter that all of those injured in the incident were evacuated to local hospitals and that an investigation was ongoing.

Less than a day after a terrorist attack on a light rail station in Jerusalem in which a three-month-old baby was killed, tensions flared in the capital.

Early Thursday morning, a Jewish kindergarten in East Jerusalem was pelted with rocks. No casualties were reported in the incident, which took place in the Ma’ale Hazeitim neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, near Ras el-Amud.

Hours after Wednesday’s attack, which saw a Hamas supporter from East Jerusalem ram his car into a busy station, attacks on the light rail continued, with Arab residents of the city hurling rocks and damaging two train cars in Shuafat.

Police and border police deployed to the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya, near the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus, were also hit with rocks overnight Wednesday and throughout Thursday morning.

Jerusalem police vowed Thursday to crack down on any violence as they fanned out across the city.

“Jerusalem police emphasizes that it will demonstrate zero tolerance toward any incident of violence and will put its hand on anyone who disturbs public order in the city and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

The horror of a terror attack that killed a 3-month-old girl at the Jerusalem light rail Wednesday evening gives way to general disgust in the Hebrew press Thursday morning, as newspapers wrestle with the tragedy and its aftermath.

“Just 3 months old,” reads the main headline of Israel Hayom, on top of what appears to be an exclusive picture of the baby being carried to an ambulance, while Yedioth Ahronoth’s outrage is expressed in its A1 header: “Terror against a baby.”

Yedioth reports that the baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, and her parents, got to the station after visiting the Western Wall, the first time they went there with the baby, whom they had been trying to conceive for an extended period.
“When I got to the scene I saw a mother holding an unconscious baby,” a rescue worker tells the paper. “We immediately began life saving measures. The mother was agitated and screaming ‘that’s my baby, that’s my baby.’”

In Israel Hayom, commentator Emily Amrousi echoes widely quoted comments from the baby’s grandfather that Braun was pure, writing that her only crime was being a Jewish baby.
“She has reluctantly now joined the row of tiny graves. Shalhevet Pass and Yehuda Shoham, Hadas Fogel and Shaked Avraham, Yonatan Palmer and Shmuel Zargari, and a long list of Jewish babies that never knew how to say two words, their only crime being their existence,” she writes, listing young terror victims from the last two decades.

While the news coverage focuses on the terror attacks, most commentators take a step back to examine the larger picture of rising violence in Jerusalem, declaring unequivocally that a new intifada is upon Jerusalem.

The “third intifada” bogeyman been sneaking into press coverage for years, but officials and many commentators have until now treated it like a cross between Voldemort and a royal baby, sometimes refusing to speak its name and dismissing claims of a new one as scaremongering, and sometimes heralding its arrival with fanfare and hand-wringing.
Unsurprisingly, the terror attack brings commentators back around to the latter mindset.
“There’s no choice but to say it: An urban intifada is running wild in Jerusalem,” Haaretz’s Amos Harel writes, running down the litany of violent incidents the capital has experienced over the last several months.
In Yedioth, Alex Fishman calls the situation “anarchy” and makes a similar plea for the violence to be quelled. But he rather pessimistically notes that it doesn’t seem anybody, the police or the Palestinian leadership, can put an end to it.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Evening Update: Canada's Parliament Attacked, Hamas Claims Responsibility For Attack In Jerusalem

Canada's Parliament Attacked, Soldier Fatally Shot

A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.
The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed in incidents that may have been linked to Islamic militants.
Witness accounts indicated the man who shot dead the soldier guarding the National War Memorial in central Ottawa, went on to attack the parliament building minutes later. Canadian police said however they could not "at this point" confirm it was the same person.
The shootings followed an attack on two soldiers in Quebec on Monday carried out by a convert to Islam. Two U.S. officials said U.S. agencies had been advised the dead gunman in Wednesday's shootings was also a Canadian convert to Islam.
Witnesses said a flurry of shots were fired after a gunman entered the parliament building, pursued by police.
The assault took place very near the room where Harper was meeting with members of his Conservative party, a government minister said.
"PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door," Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement told Reuters.
The incident, shocking in Canada's normally tranquil capital, began shortly before 10 a.m. ET and was not over late in the afternoon. Parliament and buildings in downtown remained on emergency lockdown at 6 p.m.
Security in Ottawa came under criticism after the gunman was able to run through the unlocked front door of the main parliament building. Police said an operation was under way to make parliament safe.
"It caught us by surprise... If we had known that this was coming, we would have been able to disrupt it," Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, (RCMP) told a news conference.
It was unclear whether there was any connection between Wednesday's shootings and an attack on Monday when a convert to Islam ran down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, near Montreal, before being shot dead by police in the first fatal attack on Canadian soil tied to Islamic militants.

Moments ago CBS News reported, citing Law enforcement and U.S. Government sources, that the shooter in today's tragic Ottawa incident was Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau, born in Canada in 1982. One source says he sometime dropped the name Michael and went by Abdul Zehaf Bibeau. At other times he apparently dropped the Abdul. In a report from the Muslim Issue, Zehaf-Bibeau is said to be reportedly of Algerian descent.
Zehaf-Bibeau is the alleged shooter who killed soldier at the national War Memorial before entering the Centre Block and firing off more shots. Epoch Times reporter Matthew Little says that the shooter got as far as the library before Sergeant-At-Arms shot him dead.
As CBS adds, no motives for the shootings have been revealed yet, but the incidents happened one day after two other soldiers -- one of whom later died -- were run over by a car driven by a recent Muslim convert and jihadist sympathizer whom police also shot and killed. The series of incidents in Ottawa began shortly before 10 a.m., when the soldier was shot.

As Breaking911 adds, the shooting suspect was allegedly born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall. He’s a recent convert to Islam.

 US and Canadian air defenses were put on heightened alert Wednesday following a shooting in Canada’s parliament, and the American embassy in Ottawa was placed on lockdown, officials said.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) “is taking appropriate and prudent steps to ensure we are adequately postured to respond quickly to any incidents involving aviation in Canada,” said a US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The move came as a precaution after a gunman opened fire in and around the Canadian parliament. The gunman was killed after shooting dead a Canadian soldier who was guarding a nearby war memorial.

Just months after a ceasefire ended a months-long war between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza, violence may again be flaring up in the Middle East.
On Wednesday, eight people including a three-month-old baby were wounded in Jerusalem when a car ran into a crowd of passengers assembling near a light rail station. “A baby in critical condition, a woman in seriously condition, two people moderately and four more lightly,” Haaretz reported. The suspected attacker was also seriously wounded when first responders shot him.
The infant latter passed away as a result of the wounds suffered in this attack.
The attack was suspected to be what in Hebrew is termed a “run-over terror attack.” This kind of attack has been used several times in the past in Jerusalem, most recently in August, when a Palestinian man driving a digger in Jerusalem used his vehicle to flip over a bus, killing Avraham Walles, a 29-year-old father of five. Five others were lightly wounded in the attack: the bus driver, three passengers and a police officer. The incident, which took place in the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood, has been declared a terrorist attack.

The editor of The Jerusalem Post confirmed that Hamas militants had taken credit for the attack.

The view from Israel is decidedly different from the West, apparently. The Associated Press did its best to downplay the seriousness of the attack on Israeli civilians.
Originally headlined “Israeli police shoot man,” apparently for no discernable reason, AP later revised its headline to read “Car slams into east Jerusalem train station.” The opening paragraph noted that the incident “appeared to be an nationalistically motivated attack.” AKA radical fundamentalist terrorism.
AP’s headline was finally amended one last time to reflect the horror Hamas had unleashed on Israeli civilians: “Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station.” Small favors.
After reporting on the details of the attack, the AP took a moment to defend its assertion that this attack was merely an outburst resulting from overzealous nationalism.

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Iran Nuclear Concerns: Israeli Defense Minister Airs Concerns At Pentagon

Defense Minister Airs Iran Nuclear Concerns At Pentagon

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday he shared with his US counterpart Israel’s concerns about the direction of talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program.
In an audio message released by Ya’alon’s office after his meeting with Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, Ya’alon said they also talked about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the US-Israel defense partnership.

“The Iranian issue indeed worries us,” he said in Hebrew. “The question of if there will be an agreement and what kind of agreement worries us. I’m talking about that here and behind closed doors we express our concerns.”

He also lashed out at Turkey, saying the country supported Hamas terrorists.

“We’ve said all along that better no agreement than a bad agreement and the question is what are they discussing at the moment, are they talking about how many centrifuges there will be and if so, why should they have centrifuges at all?” Ya’alon said.
“Are they talking about other elements of the Iranian military nuclear project such as missiles ready for nuclear warheads?”
In an October 1 meeting at the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a “threshold nuclear power”.
The same week in New York, Netanyahu told the United Nations that Iran was trying to “bamboozle” the world into sealing a nuclear deal that would leave Tehran with the capacity of thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium.
The nuclear threshold is the point at which a nation is considered to have the radioactive material, equipment and know-how to quickly produce a nuclear device, but has not yet taken the decision to do so.

1:03 P.M. Syria claims it destroyed two of three jets seized by Islamic State
Syria's information minister says the Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week.

Omran al-Zoubi told Syrian TV late Tuesday that Syrian aircraft bombed the jets as they were landing on the runway of the Jarrah airbase in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province. He said the Syrian air force was searching for the third jet.
Syrian activists said Friday that IS militants flew three MiG fighter jets over the Jarraj air base with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots.
Those reports could not be independently confirmed. U.S. officials have said they had no reports of the militants flying jets in support of their fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Russia will have military control of the entirety of its 6,200 km Arctic coastal zone by the end of 2014, just a year after Moscow announced its ambitious plan to build military presence in the region, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced.
“We have set quite a pace in our foray into the Arctic,” Shoigu said during a military council meeting in Moscow. “By the end of the year we will already deploy most of our units in the region – from Murmansk to Chukotka.”
Moscow announced its intentions to create a special force grouping in the strategic region in December last year, with Vladimir Putin saying that Russia needs to activate “all the levers for the protection of its security and national interests” in the “promising region.”
The undertaking, which Shoigu labeled “fundamental,” is now in full flow.
“Many of the sites in the region have to be repaired. In fact, a lot of them, such as airfields, logistics facilities, water intakes, power stations will have to be built from scratch, which is what we are doing right now.”

Russia’s Northern Fleet, which is headquartered in Severomorsk on the Kola Peninsula, has been assigned as the core of the new Joint Strategic Command, and also the main strike force.

Two Borey-class nuclear submarines, which will form the spine of the refurbished fleet, have been armed this year, and a third one has just completed trials. In total, eight Borey vessels are expected to be built by the end of the decade, though some of them may be re-deployed with the Pacific fleet.

Russia is also in the process of unsealing at least seven airstrips that were shut down following the collapse of the Soviet Union, with Tiksi in Yakutia expected to house the bulk of the Arctic air force.
Work also began in September on a permanent base located on the New Siberian Islands in the Laptev Sea. A military group consisting of two brigades will be stationed in the far North as part of the new military district.
The Arctic has attracted an increasingly intense gaze from the powerful nations that border it in the past decade, not least because it is thought to contain up to 30 percent of the world’s oil and gas. As technologies have advanced, more and more of those hydrocarbons have become recoverable and viable. The stretch of sea can also provide new shipping lanes for goods traveling between Asia and America and Europe.

Regulators have informed a Christian school that it needs to have a Muslim imam come in to lead assemblies for its students in order to teach “British values” including diversity, or face the possible penalty of closure, according to a new report from the Christian Institute.
The threat comes as part of a series of new school inspections imposed by the government because of a “Trojan horse” scandal where several public schools in Birmingham, England, were taken over by their managers, who then introduced an Islamist teaching standard.
The nation’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills then demanded that all schools teach “British values,” including diversity, even in the face of mounting opposition from educators because of the ripple effect of such regulations.
According to a report by John Bingham, religious affairs editor for the Telegraph, inspectors claimed the school, which was identified only as a “successful Christian school,” was failing to promote “tolerance.”

Bingham reported the details were in a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan from the Institute, which is providing guidance to the school.
“In the latest case inspectors are understood to have warned the head that the school, which was previously rated as ‘good’ that it would be downgraded to ‘adequate’ for failing to meet standards requiring it to ‘actively promote’ harmony between different faiths because it had failed to bring in representatives from other religions,” he reported.
The report said there would be further inspections “which could ultimately lead to it being closed.”
The Christian Institute, which is planning a legal challenge to the regulations, said the school was told “to invite a leader from another religion, such as an imam, to lead assemblies.”
A spokeswoman for the government agency told the newspaper, “Under Ofsted’s revised guidance for the inspection of schools, inspectors now pay greater attention to ensuring that schools provide a broad and balanced education for their pupils, so that young people are well prepared for the next stage in their education, or for employment and for life in modern Britain.”
The report found a “coordinated, deliberate and sustained action, carried out by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham.”
But the Institute said the reaction was an overreach, and the rules call for teachers to “actively promote” the rights defined in the Equality Act 2010, including sexual orientation and transsexual rights.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) predicted we will learn that President Barack Obama had “cut a deal” with leaders in Africa to “bring people in” from areas in the region impacted by the Ebola virus after the election on Monday’s “Sean Hannity Show.”

“I can’t help but believe, just based on the way we’ve got all these nebulous excuses why not to have a travel ban.  This president, I guarantee you, we’re going to find out, he has cut a deal with African leaders.  They’re going to bring people in,” he said.
Gohmert added, “He has probably told them ‘Look, keep in mind, I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election.’” 
Gohmert also referenced the recently announced program to bring individuals from Haiti into the United States.  The Department of Homeland Security defended the plan by stating “Legal authority for the HFRP [Haitian Family Reunification Parole] program is provided under the Immigration and Nationality Act which authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”  Additionally, The Miami Herald reported that activists “launched the push for accelerated family reunification in the days after Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.”
On Friday, Judicial Watch claimed that the administration was “actively formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.” 

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