F16 fighter jets escort Florida bound plane back to Toronto after Muslim issues threats

via US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto – Yahoo News.

TORONTO (AP) — Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a Panama-City bound plane back to Toronto on Friday after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

Flight 772 turned around over West Virginia about 45 minutes after its 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) departure from Toronto Pearson International Airport, said Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman Janine Chapman. She said an “agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft” but did not elaborate on the threat.

NORAD Captain Jennifer Stadnyk said the two fighter jets from Ohio flew with the plane out of U.S. airspace as a “precaution.”

Toronto police said Ali Shahi, 25, has been charged with uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft. Police Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick said he’s Canadian.

Chapman said the flight, carrying 183 passengers and six crew, landed safely and no one was injured.

Chapman said the flight will depart again for Panama on Friday afternoon.

More:

Sharon Ramsay was on the flight, headed for a vacation with her two children. It was the first time they had been on a plane. Ramsay said she was crying while the arrest was taking place.

“It was extremely scary,” she said when the police stormed into the plane yelling “heads down hands up.”

“The kids were scared, I was scared.”

The plane was over West Virginia when it turned around.

There were 181 people, two infants, two pilots and four flight attendants on board.

Most passengers left on another flight for Panama City later on Friday.

 

Video: Muslims in Canada support Hamas

“The Nazis of our time.” ~ Doug Murray

Get educated: Hamas Covenant 1988

 

Canada: Another Muslim found guilty of 2 terrorism charges

via Misbahuddin Ahmed found guilty of 2 terrorism charges – Ottawa – CBC News.

Former Ottawa hospital technician Misbahuddin Ahmed has been found guilty of two terrorism-related charges by a jury.

Ahmed, 30, had pleaded not guilty to conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity, participation in the activities of a terrorist group, and possession of explosives with intent to do harm after his arrest in August 2010.

His eight-week trial began in mid-May and went to a jury on Tuesday. On Friday, the jury found him guilty of the first two charges but not guilty to the possession of explosives charge.

Conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, while participation in the activities of a terrorist group has a 10-year maximum term.

Ahmed will be sentenced on Sept. 15.

“I’m devastated by the verdict, it’s never easy to lose a case and it’s especially hard to see someone like this be convicted of these types of offences,” said Ahmed’s lawyer, Mark Ertel.

“He’s a good man, a family man, the jury obviously found that for a short period of time in his life he was misguided but the acquittal on the third count proves they realized if there was any danger to Canadians or anyone he put an end to it.”

Crown lawyers said during the trial that Ahmed was a “committed jihadist” with an eye on potential Canadian targets, pointing to a bag in his basement they alleged held bomb-making materials.

Ahmed and his defence said during the trial that he was trying to stop a planned attack and was planning to destroy the contents of the bag, which he got from a known extremist.

The jury heard how the RCMP had tapped Ahmed’s phone and videotaped him meeting with that same extremist, whose name is covered under a publication ban.

A verdict is expected in the trial for Khurram Sher, one of Ahmed’s alleged co-conspirators, on Aug. 19.

 If you weren’t aware, Ottawa is a major hotbed of jihadist activity and Islamization.

Canada: Edmonton’s honour killing cowardice

Enforcing the sharia in Canada. via Edmonton’s honour killing cowardice video h/t AlohaSnackbar01.

In 2013 a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) paid for five ads on Edmonton buses that read “Is Your Family Threatening You? Is There a Fatwa on Your Head?”

Then it showed the photos of deceased Canadian girls above the line “Muslim Girls Honor Killed by Their Families.”

The ad says “We can help” and directs the reader to FightforFreedom.us.

Yet within 48 hours of the ads going up, they were taken down. The city received, in their own words, a “handful of complaints.”

City councillor Amarjeet Sohi, who ordered officials to take them down, was quoted in the Edmonton Sun saying: “Honour killings is a very serious concern in every community and we need to speak up against it, but targeting one particular group, and singling out one particular group, does not help resolve it.”

But the evidence proves it’s not an equally serious concern for girls from every walk of life. And, even if you believe it is and want to help resolve it, doesn’t it then make sense to create more anti-honour killing ads rather than less?

On Monday the Canadian group Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms announced it would represent AFDI in a court action.

They’ll argue in an Alberta court next February that AFDI’s freedom of expression was stifled by the city.

That this is even happening is chilling. Why were the ads taken down immediately following just a few complaints? What made Sohi and others feel emboldened to do so?

In response to my e-mail, Sohi wrote this: “Advertising on Edmonton Transit vehicles must meet all the requirements of Advertising Standards of Canada. Advertising Standards of Canada’s Canadian Code of Advertising Standards contains 14 clauses that set the criteria for acceptable advertising that is truthful, fair and accurate. The complaints the City received about the ads related to a breach in these clauses (in particular negatively singling out one particular religious group) and therefore warranted the removal of the ads.”

However no judge would read those clauses that way. Sure, they state an ad can’t “condone any form of personal discrimination, including that based upon race, national origin, religion, sex or age” nor can it “demean, denigrate or disparage one… group of persons.” But how does simply pointing out that there have been honour killings in some Muslim circles demean anyone?

Sadly, political correctness these days means the truth is no defence.

In early 2012 a study published in the Canadian Criminal Law Review found that honour killings were on the rise in Canada. There were three between 1954 and 1983, yet 12 between 1999 and the time of the study. The perpetrators were usually Muslim or Sikh.

In 2007 a study by Memorial University professor Amin Muhammad found that immigrants from countries where honour killing was more acceptable brought such views with them to Canada.

Pamela Geller, president of AFDI, explained in an e-mail why the ads didn’t just urge girls to call law enforcement: “Many times, law enforcement sends them back to their families. We refer girls to safe houses: law enforcement cannot and will not do that until there has been a crime. We help girls before they have to suffer or die for wanting to live free.”

Yet the City of Edmonton removed the ads. Their priorities are cowardly.

Calgary: Another Somali Muslim waging jihad, this one for ISIS

One way tickets for all who want to join the jihad. via Farah Mohamed Shirdon of Calgary fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Canada – CBC News. h/t jon

Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian in his early 20s, is fighting overseas with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBC News has learned.

Shirdon, who was enrolled in the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology until at least 2012, appears in an ISIS video released two months ago.

Before burning his Canadian passport, Shirdon, in full view of the camera lens, issues a threat to Canada, the U.S. and “all oppressors.”

“We are coming and we will destroy you by the will of God,” Shirdon says on the video.

He comes from a prominent and well-educated Somali family. His father’s brother, Abdi Farah Shirdon, was a former prime minister of Somalia who has survived numerous attempts on his life by al-Shabab militants fighting for an Islamic state in Somalia under the banner of al-Qaeda.

Shirdon’s mother and sister live in Calgary and are deeply involved in the religious life of their community. CBC News reached out to them repeatedly, but they would only say they are “confused and pained by Farah’s choice,” before asking for privacy.

Though it’s unclear how real his threats are, Shirdon is the latest young man from Calgary to be identified by CBC News as a Canadian fighting overseas.

In January, the CBC’s Adrienne Arsenault first reported on the death of Damian Clairmont, a 22-year-old Canadian-born Muslim who left Calgary for Syria in 2012 and was killed by rebel infighting there.

CBC News also reported on Salman Ashrafi, a Calgary man involved in a November 2013 suicide mission in Iraq under the banner of ISIS.

 As noted last week, Calgary is becoming a breeding ground for jihadi fighters (video).

Canada: Another Islamic honor killing attempt, Muslim tries to kill wife, daughter in Ottawa

via Ottawa realtor charged with attempted murder after daughter, wife attacked | Metro. h/t TROP

An Ottawa real estate agent is facing two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly attacked his wife and daughter in a domestic dispute that sent the pair to hospital with “serious traumatic injuries” late Saturday.

Labib Khawas, 55, appeared in court via video link Monday as the attempted murder charges were read to him. He stood motionless and only mumbled a broken “yes,” when the judge asked him if he understood.

Paramedics responded to Khawas’ upscale home at 66 Links Rd. near the Canadian Golf and Country Club around 11:15 p.m. Saturday night for a domestic assault. When they arrived, they treated Khawas’ wife Dianne and his 20-something daughter Jenna for serious injuries.

Paramedics would not confirm or deny reports that Jenna had her finger sliced off with a butcher knife and Dianne was slashed in
the neck. The couple has another daughter Nadia and another university-aged son named Adam. Neither was injured.

A neighbour in the upscale Ashton neighbourhood who wouldn’t give his name told Metro that Khawas is of Muslim faith, while his wife, originally from Sudbury, converted to the religion.

Khawas is a real-estate agent at Coldwell Banker on Woodward Drive, but his bio and photo have already been removed from the website.

 

Second hammer attack on child by a Muslim in a week, this time in Canada

Last week a Muslim woman attacked a child with a hammer in an Oakland, California school bathroom, now this. via Windsor hammer attack: police charge suspect with attempted murder – Windsor – CBC News. h/t Blazing Cat Fur

Police have charged a 28-year-old man with attempted murder after a 13-year-old Windsor, Ont., boy suffered multiple skull fractures from a hammer attack.

A police spokesman said the child is in serious condition at a hospital in London.

Rafid Jihad, 28, of Windsor was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder shortly after the incident.

Hammer attack on Windsor boy, 13, probed by police

Police blocked off a section of Church and Erie streets, where the incident happened, late Friday morning.

Sgt. Matt D’Asti of the Windsor Police Service said Friday the boy was walking by the suspect’s house when the alleged attack happened. He said the boy lives down the street from where the attack took place.

D’Asti said the boy was struck in the head several times with a hammer. Responding officers found the suspect sitting by the side of the road and he was arrested without incident, he said.

“This easily could have been, you know, much worse. We still don’t know the exact extent of the injuries to this young boy. The latest we’ve heard is that his condition is serious. We know that he has multiple skull fractures and we know that his injuries are serious enough to have him transported to London,” D’Asti said at the time.

D’Asti said the boy was off school for a PA Day, but that police were not aware of any conversation that may have taken place between the victim and the suspect, or whether the two know each other.

The attack is being investigated by major crimes detectives. D’Asti said police will be talking to neighbours to determine a possible motive.

 

Calgary becoming a breeding ground for jihadi fighters (video)

via AlohaSnackbar01. h/t jr

Homegrown extremism abroad has a new face, and CBC News has learned it belongs to yet another Calgary man, a development that points to the West as a hotbed for exporting jihadis.

 His name is Salman Ashrafi, and when the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) released images of him last month following a double suicide bombing in Iraq in November that killed 46 people, he was celebrated in a martryrdom notice.

Only then, he was known as Abu Abdullah Al Khorasani.

CBC News has confirmed that Al Khorasani was Ashrafi’s nom de guerre and that he was a Canadian citizen who grew up in the Stampede City, where he went to school and worked.

 The Calgarian’s story is one of as many as two dozen others, most of whom left to battle alongside rebel militants in Syria.

At one time, Ashrafi led a lifestyle many would have envied, with jobs at Talisman and Exxon and huge downtown Calgary firms.

Shocking though it may have been, Ashrafi’s journey from being a University of Lethbridge student who organized anti-racism rallies to a violent end as a suicide bomber is not an anomaly.

 Calgary is earning a reputation as a breeding ground for jihadi fighters.

Read it all. Someone in some mosque is breeding them.

Canada: Muslim Brotherhood activities need to be probed, report says

via Muslim Brotherhood activities need to be probed in Canada, report says – Canada – CBC News. h/t jr

The Canadian government should consider investigating the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has entrenched itself in North America and represents a greater systemic threat than al-Qaeda, according to a newly released report on the group.

“The aim of the group in North America is to weaken and destroy the free and open societies within Canada and the U.S.A. from within and replace them with the heavily politicized views of [founder] Hassan Banna, Sayyid Qutb and the Muslim Brotherhood,” according to the report, entitled The Muslim Brotherhood in North America (Canada/U.S.).

The report, written by Tom Quiggin, a court expert on terrorism and member of the Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada Network, raises concerns about the Brotherhood’s alleged ties to Canadian organizations, some which have either been accused of being terrorist organizations or alleged to have links to extremist groups.

Quiggin believes that the organization’s period of relative moderation has come to an end and it is now becoming “increasingly aggressive in its actions.”

 But the threat facing Canadians is not so much physical but more systemic.

 “This is cultural, this is political, this is a different kind of threat,” he said.

 The goal of the Brotherhood in North America is to establish front organizations and eventually gain political power, he said.

 These front organizations are interlinked by a common ideology, set of beliefs and set of leaders, Quiggin said.

 The Brotherhood has already tried to spread influence and raise money through these adherent groups, which have “sought to systematically and repeatedly circumvent and break Canadian regulations and laws,” according to the report.

 The report also raises a number of possible options for the government: looking into which organizations in Canada have affiliations with the Brotherhood; which adherent groups have links through their leadership; which should have their charitable status reviewed; and which have access to government.

 “One of the points of this report was to say ‘Hey look, this group exists, the amount of money they’re moving around runs tens of millions of dollars, they’re funding terrorist groups all over the place. At a certain point we have to ask ‘Do we want this behaviour to continue?’” Quiggin said.

 Full report here: TSEC: The Terrorism and Security Experts of Canada Network (in 11 chapters along the right side of the page)

See the report on the Muslim Brotherhood in Canada laid out in eleven sections. The report was written starting December 2013 and completed in May of 2014. Note the list of sections on the right hand side of the page. The cover page, overview and table of contents are in section one.

KEY JUDGEMENTS

  • *Canada has a significant presence of Muslim Brotherhood adherent individuals and organizations. Their values and actions are frequently the antithesis of the Canadian Constitution, values and law.  Despite statements to the contrary, the Muslim Brotherhood considers itself above local laws and national constitutions.
  •  *The Muslim Brotherhood’s use of settlement and the “process of civilization jihad” has proven effective.  The long term aim is to globally impose a virulent form of political Islam to the exclusion of other faiths or systems.
  •  *Internationally, the Muslim Brotherhood is realigning under pressure as old alliances crumble and opportunities arise. An aggressive posture is re-emerging which has used extensive political violence in the past. 
  •  *The policy and process of denial is deeply rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood.
  •  *Muslim Brotherhood adherent groups should not be given governmental accreditation, access to public grants nor should they have charity status.
  •  *Canada’s stance against Muslim Brotherhood adherent organizations in recent years has been more aggressive than the USA, especially in financial areas.

Canada: Jordanian immigrant charged in series of violent rapes

Possibly dozens. via Ground Zero Mosque.

Ottawa Canada was living in fear as a serial rapist was attacking and raping young girls in the Canadian city of Ottawa. Yousef Hussein, a Jordanian on an expired student visa was charged with the rape of dozens of innocent women.

Montreal: 60-day jail sentence for Muslim who killed daughter for mumbling under her breath

It would be one or her last breaths. Yet sentencing was a difficult task for the judge? WTF via 60-day jail sentence for father who killed daughter with slap.

MONTREAL – From the opening sentence of his decision, Quebec Court Judge Richard Marleau acknowledged he had a difficult task in sentencing an elderly man for killing his teenage daughter with a slap.

“What sentence should be imposed on the father of a family, with no criminal record, who slaps his 13-year-old daughter and who, against all expectation, causes her death?”

When Marleau reached the end of his 17-page decision Wednesday morning at the Longueuil courthouse, Moussa Sidime, 74, a retired architect originally from Guinea, was left with a 60-day prison term for killing his 13-year-old daughter, Noutène. During a sentence hearing in February, the prosecution suggested a prison term of two years less a day would be appropriate, while defence lawyer Marie Josée Duhaime sought a suspended sentence. Marleau allowed for Sidime to serve his sentence in a discontinuous fashion. Beginning next week, he is expected to report to a detention centre and serve the sentence every Monday and Tuesday. The prison term will be followed by two years of probation.9863157.bin

On Oct. 6, 2010, Sidime slapped his daughter after she mumbled something under her breath when he told her he wasn’t satisfied with how she had cleaned up the kitchen. According to evidence filed into the court record when Sidime pleaded guilty to manslaughter last year, the father noticed his daughter was crying but returned to the living room in the family’s apartment to sit down. He then heard Noutène fall to the kitchen floor and returned to find her unconscious and barely breathing.

Noutène was taken to a hospital where she died two days later. The cause of her death was later attributed to a ruptured artery in her head caused by a sudden turn of her head, either by the slap itself or from turning her head away in a reaction to it.

When sentencing arguments were made earlier this year, Duhaime characterized what her client did as “a simple slap” that didn’t leave a visible mark on Noutène’s face. But Marleau, referring to a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision about child abuse, disagreed: “In reality it is an assault.”

As Marleau read from his sentence, Sidime was seated, his hands clasped together resting on his lap. Two dozen of Sidime’s relatives and friends sat behind him. One of his adult daughters later said her father prayed while Marleau read.

The judge noted that a 2010 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada gives judges “vast discretionary power” in determining a sentence in a manslaughter case. That discretion is allowed because manslaughter convictions can involve different circumstances. He also referred to a recent study of sentences involving homicides where parents killed their children in which the authors recognized the possibility “of sentences ranging from a suspended sentence to four years of imprisonment” in cases that involve many mitigating factors.

 

Canada adds Muslim charity to list of banned terrorist orgs

via Canada Raids, Designates Hamas-Tied Charity :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has conducted searches in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec as part of an investigation into a Muslim charity organization. Canadian federal auditors accuse the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN-Canada) of sending nearly $15 million to Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization. On Tuesday, the Canadian government officially added the organization to its list of banned terrorist organizations.

“As a consequence, any property or asset belonging to IRFAN is now frozen,” said a letter from the RCMP said.

IRFAN-Canada lost its charity status in 2011 following a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit that exposed the organization as an “integral part” in Hamas’ international fundraising infrastructure. The donations in question were sent between 2005 and 2009.

The CRA also found videos at the organization’s Mississauga office that “demonize Israel, characterize the Arab-Israeli conflict as a religious war, appeal for all Arab and Muslim nations to join in the struggle against Israel and glorify martyrdom.”

Tuesday’s raids netted “an extensive amount of documentary evidence along with stored media, money and other records were seized,” according to the RCMP statement issued shortly after the government announced the organization’s ban.

“IRFAN-Canada has knowingly financed Hamas … for many years,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. “The well intentioned and charitable Canadians who sought to support humanitarian relief through this organization deserve better.”

No one for IRFAN-Canada was available to comment, but a lawyer speaking on the organization’s behalf condemned the listing as an attack on humanitarian assistance for Palestinians.

Also read Telling the Truth about Terrorism and Islamic Charities.

Canada: Criticism of Islam forbidden by Toronto District School Board

Criticism of kufr…not forbidden. via Blazing Cat Fur: Criticism of Islam is forbidden at the TDSB.

This is a TDSB human rights related document, available only to TDSB staff online. Note this entry; “Derision of followers of Islam (Muslims) because of any aspect of their traditions beliefs or culture.”

tdsb no criticze Islam

Related posts on the sharia-compliant TDSB here.

Canada tracking 80 Muslims who came home after waging jihad abroad

With 13o more still abroad. via CSIS tracking 80 Canadians who came home after going abroad for ‘terrorist purposes’ | canada.com. h/t Jihad Watch

Intelligence officials are aware of about 80 Canadians who have returned home after going overseas for “terrorist purposes,” according to speaking notes prepared for the director of the nation’s spy agency.

The document obtained by Postmedia News does not offer explicit information about their activities, though it makes it clear that not all were involved in combat. While some individuals may have engaged in paramilitary activities, others are believed to have studied in extremist Islamic schools or provided logistical or fundraising support. Others never achieved their goals and simply returned home.

The so-called “foreign fighter” phenomenon has become a growing concern for the intelligence community, stoking fears that individuals could return to Canada more radicalized than when they left.

“Most troubling, if they participate in a foreign conflict or train with a terrorist group, they might return with certain operational skills that can be deployed themselves or taught to fellow Canadian extremists,” the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said in its annual report released earlier this year.

The 80 Canadians on CSIS’s radar were referenced in speaking notes prepared for the agency’s director, Michel Coulombe, ahead of his Feb. 3 appearance before the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. Postmedia News obtained a copy of the notes through access-to-information legislation.

During the hearing, Coulombe testified that the agency was aware of more than 130 Canadians abroad who were believed to be supporting extremist activities. And he expressed concerns about the threat such individuals posed if they return home.

However, a review of Coulombe’s testimony shows no mention of the 80 individuals, who, according to his speaking notes, had returned to Canadian soil.

The director’s speaking notes do not indicate where they travelled or when. Coulombe did tell the committee that of the 130 Canadians who were still abroad, about 30 were in Syria. Other destinations included Somalia, Yemen and North and East Africa, according to the speaking notes.

It is not clear what specific action authorities have taken against those individuals who have returned to Canada. But Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former senior intelligence officer with CSIS, said Sunday that the 80 individuals have to be considered “very high risk” and are likely being closely watched.

“We don’t know their state of mind. … No one goes to a war zone without being affected, especially if they were exposed to a long period of indoctrination,” he said.

CSIS spokeswoman Tahera Mufti confirmed Sunday in a statement that “CSIS is aware of Canadians who have returned to Canada after having been abroad for terrorist purposes.” She added that the agency “actively investigates such individuals and is coordinating with the RCMP in order to keep Canadians safe.”


How many Muslims residing in the U.S. have traveled abroad to wage jihad and were allowed back in the country?

 

Canada: Muslim Brotherhood-founded student group & college clash over prayer room

via Muslim students, Algonquin College clash over spirituality centre | Ottawa Sun. h/t Mike

A group of Muslim students at Algonquin College are upset and say they are not being given fair use of the school’s spirituality centre.

The president of the Muslim Students Association, 19-year-old Abdalrahman Naddaf, told the Sun that while the school has agreed to certain compromises, the association feels more could be done.

The debate started last week when new policies were introduced.

The policies were introduced after complaints that the Muslim students were leaving their prayer mats on the floor after using the room.

Naddaf said the policies changed drastically and without warning on March 17, the first day of Islam awareness week on the campus.

Muslim students were busy with planned activities and prayers organized at other locations throughout the school.

Muslims want control of the spirituality center and have basically turned the entire campus into their own prayer grounds.

Naddaf said this is why students were confused by the new policies, the removal of posts on their board and the sudden installation of cameras.

A day later, security informed them the centre would be closing at 6 p.m. instead of midnight. The students were asked to leave the centre immediately.

Muslims pray five times a day, and four of those prayer times happen to fall during their time spent at the college.

“We went and we prayed in front of the security office,” said Naddaf.

The location was an attempt to get the school’s attention and it worked. A meeting was called, but no agreements were made.

After the media was contacted, the hours were extended to 10 p.m.

Coercion and thuggery mastered.

More background on the Muslim Brotherhood founded Muslim Students Association (MSA) here.

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