David Cameron’s religious adviser is grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder

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via Mail Online h/t Religion of Peace

David Cameron is facing embarrassment over the close links between a Government adviser on religion and an Islamist group placed under urgent investigation.

The Prime Minister last week ordered the security services to look into the Muslim Brotherhood amid fears its leaders, exiled from Egypt, are plotting terrorist attacks from London.

He said the inquiry would establish ‘the complete picture’ of the Brotherhood including its possible involvement with ‘violent extremism’ and its ‘presence here in the UK’.

But the investigation is likely to lead to red faces in Whitehall, as a scion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founding family is a senior ministerial adviser.

Tariq Ramadan is one of 14 members of the Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory peer Baroness Warsi. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and was a member of a taskforce set up by Tony Blair after 7/7.

But Prof Ramadan, 51, is grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna and his father Said Ramadan was a leading light.

The Swiss citizen was for several years banned from the US for ‘providing material support to a terrorist organisation’ and only let in after a long legal battle in which he argued that no link with terrorism existed.

Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘David Cameron should be deeply embarrassed by this. Tariq Ramadan is extremely loyal to his father and grandfather and he does not, by any means, speak out against the Muslim Brotherhood.’

Ramadan was banned from the U.S. too, until Obama and Hillary Clinton gave him a visa and Hamas-linked CAIR immediately hosted the Brotherhood prodigy.

Related: The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States

New York: Muslim women say forced to pray separately, sometimes in basement

More from Muslims in their own words…the real war on women via Mosques Relegate Women’s Prayers to the Basement | Womens eNews. h/t Jihad Watch

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned.

“When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam.

Matea didn’t want her full name published.

“The spaces are separated, there are different rooms and sometimes it was even in the basement,” Matea continued. “And as a convert, it feels very strange to you. I used to go to church and everybody is part of the same community. You can see the preacher. You can hear the sermon very well.”

“Every time I visit a mosque, I assume that I must enter through a side or back door, if I’m allowed in at all,” Makki said. “I assume that my prayer space is not the one that men use and that I must look for signs directing me to a basement or a mezzanine floor. This has been the case in nearly every mosque I’ve visited in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe.”

Makki realized the importance of the issue during the month of Ramadan in 2012 when one of her friends was kicked out of a mosque for praying in the second men’s prayer hall. Since the women’s prayer space, which was located in the basement, smelled of mildew and the air conditioner wasn’t working, her friend, and a few other women, decided to pray in the last rows of the men’s second prayer hall.

“She wasn’t even praying in a mixed-gender line,” said Makki in the email interview. “That didn’t go over so well. The imam threatened to call the police on them if they didn’t leave the premises.”

Women are particularly discouraged from going to mosques on Fridays, the day for the congregational Muslim prayer when space is limited and arguments against women’s participation are used to prevent crowding, authors of the report found. And when women feel unwelcome they may prefer to stay home to pray.

Farida Kabir, who lives in Brooklyn, only started going to mosques two years ago. Before that, her family members, who are from Bangladesh, told her that women don’t go to mosques.

“They always told me to stay at home, especially my dad,” Kabir told Women’s eNews on the side of last week’s discussion. “He was telling me that women don’t go to masjid (mosque). You stay and pray at home and that’s how it should be. That’s how I grew up.”

When she finally went to a mosque two years ago after she was married she felt unwelcome. “A man told me this is not the place to be, come back another time!”

 

Obama planning more money, weapons to Syrian jihadists

via U.S. finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels: sources | Reuters.

The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks.

More non-lethal small-arms aid.

The United States would increase assistance and send the shipments to moderate rebel factions mostly based in Jordan, along Syria’s southern border, the officials familiar with the plan told Reuters.

The additional supplies are likely to be modest and will not include surface-to-air missiles, the officials said, raising questions over the impact in a civil war that has killed an estimated 136,000 people, produced nine million refugees and threatens to destabilize the region.

If they are specifically saying they won’t send surface-to-air missiles they probably will or are doing so already. (see video below)

Rebels have urged the Obama administration to provide advanced weapons including surface-to-air missiles and exert greater military pressure on Russia-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has intensified bombings of rebel neighborhoods in recent month.

But the United States fears supplies of advanced weapons to pro-Western rebels could be diverted to Islamic militant groups, who could use them to attack allied, Israeli or civilian aircraft, the U.S. officials said, explaining why the surface-to-air missiles won’t be included in the assistance.

President Barack Obama has resisted becoming entangled in Syria’s complex, two-year civil war, but has faced criticism for failing to take a tougher stand given the immensity of the humanitarian crisis.

He’s wasted more than $1 billion of U.S. taxpayer dollars as well as funding and training jihadists – we’re already entangled.

The assistance does not require additional funding from Congress, said the officials, who declined to be identified because they are not authorized to speak with the media.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden declined to comment.

 http://youtu.be/W-WSdGasWpg

UK: Muslim parents say school taken over by Islamic radicals is brainwashing children

via Muslim parent: Radical school is brainwashing our children

Children at one of the state schools taken over by hardline Muslims are being “programmed” and have been “drilled” by their teachers to lie to Ofsted inspectors investigating the plot, according to a parent.

Mohammed Zabar, the father of a 10-year-old girl attending Oldknow Academy in Birmingham, today becomes the first person to speak openly about events at his daughter’s school.

Mr Zabar, 44, decided to break his silence after The Sunday Telegraph described how teachers at the supposedly secular school led children in anti-Christian chanting, stopped them from celebrating Christmas, organised subsidised trips to Mecca and required all pupils to learn Arabic.

“Everything I read in your articles is true,” he said. “The last three or four months have been really difficult. My daughter’s education has been at the back of my mind the whole time.

“It is important for Muslim parents to say that what is happening is wrong, and to stand up against it. The culture I’ve been brought up with is that you mix with all races and communities and this will drive wedges between different communities.”

Mr Zabar spoke out as a former teacher at another school in the city targeted, Park View, told The Sunday Telegraph that he repeatedly witnessed the man who is now effectively Park View’s head giving “mind-blowing” anti-Western assemblies to pupils at the school.

Nigel Sloan, the former head of drama at Park View, said that Mohammed Hussain told pupils in assembly that the Americans were, among other things, “the evil in the world” and “the cause of all famine”.

Mr Sloan said: “I heard Mr Hussain say those words. It was always anti-American, anti-Western propaganda. Some of his assemblies were so anti-American in their content as to be mind-blowing.”

Mr Hussain, a maths teacher at the time, is now Park View’s principal, effectively its head teacher. His nominal superior, the school’s respected executive head, Lindsey Clark, has told Ofsted inspectors that she has been marginalised by Mr

Hussain and the hardline chairman of governors, Tahir Alam.

Serving staff at Park View have told The Sunday Telegraph and the BBC’s Today programme that a senior teacher there praised the al-Qaeda ideologue, Anwar al-Awlaki, at assemblies.

It can also be disclosed that the same senior teacher is a person of interest to West Midlands Police, which have arrested his brother and questioned him about the senior teacher’s comments. Continue reading

Dearborn: Muslims claim Easter egg hunt flyers are covert plot to convert Muslim kids to Christianity

Christian-phobia alive and well in Dearbornistan. Disguised as a discussion on separation of church and state. Of course when it comes to Islamic dawah in history books, Arabic language/”culture” (read Islamic culture), trips to mosques, halal food, Islamic prayer spaces and wash areas it then becomes a civil rights issue.

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via Muslim parent upset over school flyer promoting church’s Easter egg hunt | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.

A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.

“It really bothered my two kids,” said parent Majed Moughni, who is Muslim and has two children, ages 7 and 9, in Dearborn elementary schools. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.’ ”

He’s raising fine Christian-phobic children who are either being used by parental lies or readily adapting taqiyya as a tool.

Moughni said he’s concerned about “using school teachers paid by public funds … to pass out these flyers that are being distributed by a church. I think that’s a serious violation of separation of church and state.”

David Mustonen, spokesman for Dearborn Public Schools, did not respond Thursday to several requests by the Free Press for comment.

The pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended the flyer, saying it was approved for distribution by Dearborn Public Schools and is not promoting a religious event.

“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” said Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill. “There is not a religious component to this event.”

“Part of our ministry in Dearborn is to invite the community to let them know we’re here,” she added. “We’re offering various kinds of programming, fun opportunities, so what we can be engaged with the community.”

But Moughni and others are worried that churches are trying to convert their youth through the Dearborn schools. Moughni said his children received flyers for Halloween events at another church last year.

And in recent years, other Muslim parents have complained about what they say are attempts to convert their children. The Conquerors, a Grandville-based group of Christian athletes who display feats of strength to spread the message of Jesus, have performed in Dearborn schools, drawing some concern. In 2009, there was controversy over an assistant wrestling coach who some parents said was trying to convert Muslim wrestlers, which the coach denied.

Moughni said he greatly respects Christianity, but believes that schools should not promote events related to religious holidays. He said he would oppose flyers that promoted events at mosques as well.

For those who don’t recall here’s the same “parent” burning an effigy of Pastor Terry Jones anNiraj Warikoo just happened to be there to snap the photo:

Remember, the leader of the Islamic billboard dawah group in the U.S. told Muslims this:

…showing happiness and joy on Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Good Friday is like shaking hands with Satan and telling him to carry on the good work.

 Update: Some Muslims know that the end result could mean a loss of sharia privileges in public schools: Battle rages over Easter Egg hunt in Dearborn

Moughni has been criticized by some Muslim activists and leaders who argued that his protests, published in the Detroit Free Press, cast Muslims as being anti-Christian.

Osama Siblani, the publisher of the widely respected Arab American News, blasted Moughni in a posting on his Facebook Page.

“Once again, local attorney Majed Moughni stuck his foot in his mouth. But this time the Muslim community is paying heavily in bad publicity for Moughni’s few seconds of media extravaganza,” Siblani wrote citing the newspaper headline “Muslim parents upset over school flyer promoting local church’s Easter egg hunt.”

“The Free Press quotes only Moughni to justify the headline, bringing thousands of angry comments against Muslims in a matter of few minutes after it was posted on the paper’s website and Facebook. Moughni’s hunt for brief fame is reckless, dangerous and irresponsible. He only represents himself and doesn’t speak on behalf of the thousands of Muslims in Dearborn. Let it be known that Dearborn’s Muslims are not rioting or angry over such a flyer.”

And no one is even talking about Moughni’s ‘convert Muslims to Christianity flyer’ conspiracy theory.

Syracuse: Muslims buy Catholic church, neighbors shocked mosque will remove crosses

The more they learn about Islam, the more shocked they will be.

Yusuf Soule, volunteer director of the North Side Learning Center (why’s he so happy?)

We’ve gotten a lot of requests to post this story. The first thought that comes to mind is – when you sell a church to Muslims, what do you expect? Of course they will remove all Christian symbols. Two points of interest however.

First, many of the early articles only mentioned the name of the group that bought the church as “The North Side Learning Center.” Why would they convert a church to a mosque? Well, it’s an Islamic group – or a group run almost entirely by and for Muslim immigrants as noted in the article.

Second, the subtly pro-Islam/bigoted-Americans article below by Marnie Eisenstadt claims the Muslim-run group didn’t want the church and had no intention of converting it to a mosque…but were forced to buy the church to get the school building on the property. We call bullshit. It is very likely they had every intention of buying the church and one day converting the church it o a mosque. Quotes in the article suggest they were in fact looking for a mosque for the rapidly growing Muslim population in the area.

Here’s the group’s mission statement:

The mission of North Side Learning Center is to aid in adult and youth literacy development, and to be instrumental in teaching self-sufficiency and self actualization to newcomers in our community.

Here’s a photo from the same page:

nslc-about No mention of Islam in the group’s description or mission, so why would they need a mosque?

Muslims are a stealthy bunch, subverting zoning laws and getting deals done quietly and below market value. Check our archives (search ‘mosque’ or ‘zoning jihad’). They will tarnish anyone who tries to stop them with the full backing of the DOJ when necessary.

But when you abandon a church and your diocese sells it to a Muslim group – not to mention related Catholic organizations continue to bring tens of thousands of Muslims into the United States for no apparent purpose other than profit – expect many more churches to have their crosses removed. This is a self-inflicted wound.

via Plans to turn a church into a mosque bring pain and hope to changing neighborhood | syracuse.com.

Patty Poole’s great grandparents raised money to build Holy Trinity in 1904. Her great-grandfather, Frederick Schneider, dug up one of the first shovelfuls of dirt for the church. It was to be a new spiritual and educational home for the German immigrants who settled the North Side, she said.

For her entire life, the crosses peeking over the hill were always a sign that she was home, Poole said. The Catholic diocese’s decision to close the church still stings for her and the others now opposed to cutting off the crosses.

They fought to keep the church open, Poole said. And, when there were plans to sell the stained glass windows to a church in Louisiana, they fought and won that battle.

Poole and the others opposed to tearing off the crosses didn’t hear about it from the North Side Learning Center or the city. Instead, word spread on Facebook. That did not sit well.

Neither did plans for a fence around the church yard.

“My feeling is they fear us and they don’t even know us,” said Katie Scott, a former Holy Trinity parishioner. Scott was speaking directly to board members of North Side Learning Center at a coffee hour the group hosted last week to try to address community concerns.

No one at the meeting said they minded the church being used for a mosque. But the families who worshipped at Holy Trinity for decades don’t want their landmark to look different.

And they are still worried that the massive stained glass windows might be removed next. They depict scenes from the life of Christ.

Yusuf Soule, executive director of the North Side Learning Center, estimated there are about 5,000 Muslims who would be served by the mosque.

The population of Muslims in Onondaga County more than doubled in the last decade. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of worshiping Muslims in the county rose from 3,109 to 6,566. The county’s total population is more than 450,000.

Consistent with the population in the U.S. doubling since the 9/11 jihad attacks.

A walk through the North Side shows the change: Many of the women on the sidewalks and in the parks wear traditional Islamic headcoverings.

“I’m so happy someone wants to maintain the building,” said Tom Schultz, whose family celebrated many milestones at Trinity. But he wondered out loud if there was a way to keep the crosses and the windows without violating the faith of the new worshippers.

The answer on the crosses was clear. They cannot stay atop a mosque, Soule said.

So much for the Learning Center’s core values of Neighborly Love and Respect, and Compassion. Loyalty is only to Islam.

Accidental mosque

The North Side Learning Center bought Holy Trinity Church in December from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for $150,000. The nonprofit group, which teaches English to adults and children on the North Side, wanted the school building on the church grounds for a permanent home. At the time, the group, whose board is primarily Muslim, had no plans for a mosque.

Odd, in a separate article at the Troy Record, Soule told a different story:

Yusuf Soule, director of the non-profit literacy learning center, says an Islamic group wants to lease the church and use it for a mosque.

So which is it? A non-profit bought it for $15o,000 or a Muslim group wants to lease it? Someone is not being honest. One thing is clear however, Muslims want all kufr symbols gone.

But when the learning center board members were told they had to take the church and rectory, too, the idea for a mosque was born, said Mark Cass, chairman of the center’s board.

The diocese, which closed the church in 2010 because of declining attendance, does not oppose removing the crosses, said spokeswoman Danielle Cummings.

Neither should anyone else if no zoning or other laws were broken. They should oppose the Catholic Diocese and the myriad of Muslim importers that disguise themselves as non-profit refugee resettlement groups responsible for the Islamization of the U.S.

Florida: Judge blasts FBI transparency in Saudi family 9/11 investigation

via Judge blasts FBI over Saudi family investigation | HeraldTribune.com.

A federal judge on Friday chided the FBI for failing to produce records tied to a prominent Saudi Arabian family who seemed to abandon their Sarasota home suddenly just prior to the 9/11 terror attacks.

U.S. District Court Judge William Zloch ordered the FBI to conduct a much more thorough search than it had previously done and deliver all pertinent documents — uncensored — to him by April 18 for review.

The judge said the FBI must comply using its most advanced document search system, called Sentinel, to search for records pertaining to a year-and-a-half old Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the Fort Lauderdale news site Broward Bulldog. The Herald-Tribune Media Group joined the suit earlier this year as a “friend of the court.”

Under the judge’s order, the FBI also must search for documents related to the Saudi family, a home in Sarasota’s gated Prestancia subdivision and the investigation following the 2001 attacks using Sentinel and multiple other search systems.

The agency initially refused to search for the family’s names, claiming that would result in an invasion of privacy.

Judge Zloch ordered the FBI to also inform the court of any documented communications between it and other government agencies concerning the investigation.

That information, and an explanation of how the FBI is complying with the judge’s order, is due by June 6.The 23-page order Friday was Judge Zloch’s second in favor of the Bulldog and its editor, Dan Christensen.

In the latest order, Zloch takes the FBI to task for failing to exhaustively produce documents pertaining to the case.

He describes the agency’s initial search as “preemptively narrowed in scope based on agency decisions that categories of documents are exempt and thus, will not even be sought.”

He called one of the government’s characterizations of the Bulldog’s requests “literal to the point of being nonsensical.”

Tom Julin, the attorney for the Bulldog, praised the judge’s action.

“That is just exactly the kind of order a federal judge should render when the FBI refuses to acknowledge the existence of important documents like this,” Julin said. “I hope the FBI will follow his order to a ‘T’ and we will finally get to the bottom of this controversy.”

In joining the case in mid-March, the Herald-Tribune and the Miami Herald cited articles written about the Prestancia case and described ways in which a further search would be in the public’s interest.To date, the FBI has turned over 35 pages of heavily redacted documents — out of the 15,000 files it has acknowledged were part of its Florida inquiry into the 9/11 attacks.

Last summer, Zloch asked Julin to explain in writing how an FBI search could be done better. The FBI, the lawyer noted, did not even search for documents using the names of the family members residing in, or owning, the Prestancia home.

The home was owned by Saudi businessman Esam Ghazzawi and his wife, Deborah. Ghazzawi is known to have connections to the Saudi royal family.

For the six years before the terror attacks, the home was occupied by their son-in-law, Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, and their daughter, Anoud.

The Al-Hijjis came to the FBI’s attention after the couple apparently returned abruptly to Saudi Arabia two weeks before the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., leaving behind clothes, food, children’s toys and cars.

Federal agents also linked phone calls from the Prestancia home — some dating to a year before the attacks — to known 9/11 suspects, the Bulldog has reported.

The calls were made to, or received from Mohamed Atta, fellow pilots and 11 other terrorist suspects, the Bulldog reported.

Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi had learned to fly at Huffman Aviation at the Venice Municipal Airport. Ziad Jarrah also took flying lessons nearby, at the Florida Flight Training school.

More in these previous posts.

 

Florida: ‘American Law for American Courts’ Passes Second Hurdle

via New English Review.

The Florida  version of American Law for American Courts (ALAC) SB 386 passed the second hurdle  today, on a partisan vote of 6 Republicans  versus 3 Democrats. The Democrat opponents included  Sen. Jeremy Ring, the Chairman of the State Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability (GO&A) Committee.

It was left to GO&A  Deputy Chairman Sen. Alan Hays to advance the legislation to passage at today’s hearing..

We join with other Floridians in commending Sen. Hays for his valued support of SB 386: “acceptance of foreign laws in certain cases.” His tenacity, perseverance and collegiality in working with the proponents and his adroit understanding of the politicking involved has made a demonstrable difference endeavoring to pass the Florida version of ALAC s in its fourth try.

Having watched the video of today’s  Florida Senate GO&A  hearing and partisan vote we have provided you with  the url link to the Hearing video below.

http://www.flsenate.gov/media/videoplayer?EventID=2443575804_2014041060

Please watch beginning at time mark 60 mins through  81 mins.

Read it all and if you live in Florida contact your elected leaders (and those running for office).

Carter: ‘Inappropriate’ to Block Member of U.S. Hostage-taking Muslim Terror Group

via Carter: ‘Inappropriate’ for U.S. to Block Member of Terrorist Group.

Former President Jimmy Carter yesterday said he is supportive of letting a known member of a terrorist group, Hamid Aboutalebi, into the United States as Iran’s newest ambassador to the United Nations.

Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim student group who held 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for more than a year beginning in 1979 during Carter’s presidency.

When asked in an interview if the United States should block Aboutalebi’s entrance to U.N. headquarters in New York, Carter told radio station WTOP:  “You know, those were college students at that time, and I think that they have matured. …I think it would be inappropriate for the United States to try to block someone that Iran wanted to choose.”

While Aboutalebi claims that he was not part of the initial hostage takeover, he admits that he was a part of the organization that carried it out. According to Iranian-American activist Banafesh Zand, Aboutalebi served as a translator at a news conference hosted by the militant group just weeks after the takeover. He was 22 years old at the time.

The Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line was the militant student group responsible for the crisis and, according to Bloomberg, Aboutalebi’s photo is still on their official website.

Unlike Carter, the State Department has raised “serious concerns” about the appointment and several members of Congress have also pushed back.

“It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard for the status of our diplomats when they were stationed in his country,” remarked Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Tex.) in a statement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) is also wary, saying in a statement that “Iran’s attempt to appoint Mr. Aboutalebi is a slap in the face to the Americans that were abducted, and their families. It reveals a disdain for the diplomatic process and we should push back in kind.”

Since the hostage crisis, Aboutalebi served as the political director general of the Foreign Ministry and was Iran’s ambassador to Australia, Belgium, Italy, and the European Union. He protests that his past has not prevented him from conducting diplomatic relations with the West before now. The Department of State has yet to clear his visa request and legislation to suspend it was brought to the Senate floor by Cruz  on Wednesday afternoon.

Obama is certain to allow him into the country, as Carter and Obama duel it out for worst president in U.S. history.

Former Gitmo detainee killed while leading jihadist group in Syria

via The Long War Journal. h/t Religion of Peace

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released to Moroccan custody, has been killed while leading a jihadist group that fights Syrian government forces.

Bin Shakaran, who is also known as Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, and Brahim Benchekroune, was “martyred, Insha’Allah, in battles for Hilltop # 45 in Latakia,” according to Kavkaz Center, a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.

Bin Shakaran led a jihadist group known as Sham al Islam, which is based in Latakia and is comprised primarily of fighters from Morocco, according to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Bin Shakaran created the group “not only to recruit fighters for the Syria war, but also to establish a jihadist organization within Morocco itself.”

Sham al Islam has been fighting alongside the al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, as well as Ahrar al Sham and the Army of the Emigrants and Supporters in an ongoing offensive in the coastal province of Latakia.

Sham al Islam was one of several rebel groups that fought in another offensive in Latakia in August 2013 in which major human rights abuses were committed. While Human Rights Watch noted that Sham al Islam was present during the offensive, it could not confirm if the group was involved in the atrocities committed. The group’s allies, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, Ahrar al Sham, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar (or Army of Emigrants and Helpers), and Suquor al Izz, were directly implicated. [See Report highlights al Qaeda affiliates' role in Syrian atrocities, from LWJ.]

Bin Shakaran is the second former Guantanamo Bay detainee from Morocco reported to have been killed in Syria while waging jihad for Sham al Islam. The other ex-Guantanamo detainee, who was known as Mohammed al ‘Alami, was killed last year.

A December 2003 leaked threat assessment authored by Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) identified Bin Shakaran as a “high-ranking member” of the theological commission of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization. According to the assessment, he traveled to Afghanistan in November 2000, “attended basic and advanced training at the Al Farouq training camp,” a known al Qaeda facility, “from January to May 2001,” and then “rotated to the front lines near Kabul” in October 2001 after the US invaded Afghanistan.

Bin Shakaran fled Afghanistan as US forces pressed al Qaeda. He passed through the Afghan province of Logar, then to Pakistan’s Waziristan tribal area, then to Bannu, and after that to Lahore with “two Pakistanis, three Arabs and a Turkmenistani.”

The 2003 JTF-GTMO threat assessment recommended that Bin Shakaran remain in custody as he “poses a high risk as he is likely to pose a threat against the US, its interests, or her allies.”

Despite the assessment, the US transferred Bin Shakaran to Moroccan custody in July 2004, and he was released shortly afterward by Moroccan authorities.

Bin Shakaran immediately returned to the fight. The Defense Department reported in 2008 that Bin Shakaran and another freed Guantanamo detainee known as Mohammed Bin Ahmad Mizouz were involved “in a terrorist network recruiting Moroccans to fight for Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s al Qaeda in Iraq.” Zarqawi’s group was responsible for killing and wounding thousands of US soldiers in Iraq.

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California: Murder of Muslim woman was honor killing, not hate crime

And terror-linked, honor-killing deniers at CAIR tried to blame it on Americans.

Prosecutors say Kassim Alhimidi beat spouse to death because she wanted divorce; defense says he would not harm wife

via Accused sobs as his murder trial opens | UTSanDiego.com.

EL CAJON — In the spring of 2012, Shaima Alawadi wanted out of her marriage.

The 32-year-old mother had obtained paperwork to file for divorce, and at least two of her five children were aware that separation could be imminent. So was her husband.

And that, prosecutors contend, may be what led to her death.

Kassim Alhimidi, 49, is now on trial in El Cajon Superior Court charged with murder. He sobbed loudly and repeatedly Tuesday as a prosecutor delivered his opening statement, laying out much of the evidence the attorney said would point to guilt.

She believed that the defendant had cheated on her and she was done,” said Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals, contradicting Alhimidi’s statements to police that his wife wasn’t serious about divorce.

A defense lawyer told the jury Tuesday that Alhimidi, who immigrated from Iraq with his wife, did not want her to end the marriage, but he would not harm her.

“There is going to be no evidence of domestic violence in this trial at all…,” Gilliland said in his opening statement. “He loved his wife very dearly and that’s why he didn’t want the divorce.”

Surveillance video shows a person parking a minivan that looked like Alhimidi’s 1996 Nissan Quest in an area near the family home, walking away from the vehicle and returning sometime later.

Mechals said a family member would testify that Alhimidi asked his wife for forgiveness when she was still in the hospital, and later admitted that if she were to wake up, she might claim that he “did this to her.”

Gilliland, one of the defense lawyers, said Alhimidi may have asked his wife for forgiveness, in keeping with his Muslim faith, but it did not mean he killed her. He said the statement from the family member, related by marriage, shows his hatred for the Alhimidi family.

“He wants to see Kassim crash and burn,” Gilliland said.

The attorney said Alhimidi cooperated with police when his wife was injured and throughout the nearly eight months before his arrest. He even returned early after burying his wife in Iraq to meet again with investigators.

Gilliland said there was no evidence of blood or broken glass on any of Alhimidi’s clothes or in his minivan. At some point during the investigation, Alhimidi tossed a hammer out of his van because he had heard that something like it was used in the attack.

“It’s because he’s scared,” the attorney said. “It also goes to show that he didn’t know what the murder weapon was.”

That makes no sense. He knew exactly what the weapon was and that’s why he threw that one specific item out.

Gilliland said investigators received a break in the case when the couple’s eldest daughter, the same one who made the initial 911 call, contacted police unexpectedly and pointed the finger at her father. He said the daughter had a relationship with a Chaldean boy, which had caused conflict with her mother.

“The evidence will lead you to the truth,” Gilliland said.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Alhimidi could face 26 years to life in prison.

 

CIA Chief: I Removed ‘Islamic’ from ‘Islamic Extremists’ in Benghazi Talking Points to Appease Muslims

via CIA Chief: I Removed ‘Islamic’ from ‘Islamic Extremists’ in Benghazi Talking Points to Appease Muslims – Fox Nation.

Congressman: Just want to clarify, how does the term Al Qaeda…how would that disclose classified sources? Number 1 and then secondly, OK if we can get there, you also took out Islamic extremist… (Cross talk)

Morrell: I did not take out extremists, I took out the word Islamic in front of extremist and I took it out for two reasons. Most importantly I took out because we were dealing with protests and demonstrations across much of the Muslim world as a result of the video and the last thing I wanted to do was to was to do anything to further inflame those passions and so that’s why I took the word Islamic out. It was a risk judgment. The second reason I took it out was-What other kind of extremists are there in Libya?

Per Wikipedia:97% of the population in Libya are Muslims, who belong to the Sunni branch.[150] Small numbers of Ibadi Muslims and Sufis also exists in the country.[151]  So the answer is none. There are only Muslim extremists. And CIA assets.

After former acting CIA Director Mike Morell testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he is the one who changed the Benghazi talking points, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) renewed her call for a select committee to investigate the attack. She suggested that Morell either lied to senators shortly after the attack, or lied during his testimony today.

Islamic terrorists assaulted the American facility at Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, killing for Americans just weeks before the presidential election. Despite copious evidence that was available during the attack and immediately afterward that it was a premeditated terrorist attack, the Obama administration from the president on down initially blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest sparked by an obscure YouTube movie. That take fit well with the Obama campaign narrative that al Qaeda was “on the run,” while al Qaeda killing four Americans in a coordinated assault on a US facility did not. Morell testified today that a group of intelligence officers from the Office of Congressional Affairs, and CIA public affairs, removed a reference to al Qaeda from the talking points given to Congress. Morell testified that he changed the talking points himself as well, and removed “Islamic” from a description of the “Islamic militants” who assaulted the facility, because “What other kind of extremists are there in Libya?” He also admitted to making the change so as not to “further aflame” passions in the Muslim world.

Under questioning from Republicans on the panel, Morell also admitted that he was aware that the CIA’s Libya station chief never believed that there was a protest prior to the attack, but Morell sided with Washington-based analysts who blamed a protest. Left unanswered, is who decided to blame the YouTube movie in the first place? And who briefed Ambassador Susan Rice, who went on five political shows on the Sunday following the attack and blamed the movie while downplaying the al Qaeda and terrorist connections.

 Recall also that current CIA head (and Muslim convert) John Brennan’s company was behind the Youtube video.

Australia: Muslim & imam who married him to 12-year old girl deported

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via Cleric who ‘married’ 12-year-old believed he had done nothing wrong. h/t LUTBOI

A Muslim cleric living in Australia on a religious visa believed he didn’t do anything wrong by “marrying” a 12-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man because the union was never officially registered.

Muhammad Riaz Tasawar, 35, of Mayfield, appeared before Parramatta Local Court on March 19 where Magistrate Peter Miszalski accepted the plea to the offence of solemnisation of a marriage by an unauthorised person.

He was fined $500 and is in immigration detention awaiting deportation to Pakistan upon the cancellation of his Religious Leaders visa.

Tasawar, employed as the imam at the Mayfield mosque in Newcastle, was approached by a 26-year-old university student in January to perform an Islamic marriage ceremony in the girl’s backyard.

The sheikh attended the family’s Raymond Terrace home on January 12 and met with the 26-year-old man, his 12-year-old bride-to-be, the girl’s father, her younger brothers and sister and another man.

The group all acted as witnesses to the marriage which was conducted by Tasawar.

“At the conclusion, they drank and ate together before the accused and Shoaib [a friend of the accused] left,” according to an agreed statement of facts.

Police were made aware of the underage marriage when, a month later, the 26-year-old man, applied at Centrelink to become the child’s guardian.

He was arrested and charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with an underage child. The girl’s father, 61, has also been charged. Police allege he allowed his daughter to be “joined in an illegal union” in his Hunter Valley home on January 12 and to start a sexual relationship with the man.

When Tasawar was arrested in February, he told police he didn’t believe the marriage was a “full marriage”.

“In his view, he did not believe it was a full marriage because he had not officially registered it… however throughout the interview [he] referred to it as a marriage,” the agreed facts said.

The sheikh, the husband and the bride’s father all believed the marriage was legitimate and official, police allege.

The 26-year-old, who was was living in Australia on a student visa, has also had his visa cancelled.

This is sharia. And why immigration of Muslims to the West should be halted indefinitely. Deportation is a start.

Video: Sharia and the Freedom of Speech

via Atlas Shrugs.

David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center in Cincinnati last week.

Hamas-CAIR Tries To Shut Down Documentary on Honor Killing

And succeeds in the occupied territory of Dearbornistan.

“CAIR should be hosting screenings rather than shutting them down.”

via CAIR Tries To Shut Down ‘The Honor Diaries’ | actjonesboroar.

CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations), the Muslim group that has been tied to terrorist groups, have succeeded in shutting down a screening of the film, “Honor Diaries,” at the University of Michigan, Dearborn last Thursday night, claiming that the film is ‘Islamophobic.’  Last night Megan Kelly interviewed one of the Muslim women featured in the film and another woman who defends ‘Honor Diaries.’

More:

O’Reilly and others at Fox continue to give Hamas-linked CAIR a platform…even though they openly display their hatred of Jews, women and even Muslims.

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 The woman from the video, pictured above, responded to CAIR:

Mar 30

look! takes photo with a proud Jew and implies wrongdoing!

Bonus: Extended clip of Honor Diaries

http://youtu.be/w-zWq_Xzw_g

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