Muslim Persecution of Christians, June 2016

Source: Raymond Ibrahim

At the height of one of the worst months for Christians under Islam—as documented in the report below—both the U.S. government and American “mainstream” media continued to ignore the plight of Christians.

Despite the U.S. government’s acknowledgement that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians in in Iraq and Syria, statistics showed  the number of refugees the Obama administration has welcomed since the start of 2015 is far skewed in favor of Muslim refugees: Syria:  5,435 Muslims; 28 Christians; Iraq: 11,086 Muslims; 433 Christians.

 As for the mainstream media, they covered if not obsessed over the death of a gorilla six times more than the Muslim slaughter of Christians for their faith.

June’s roundup of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes, but is not limited to, the following

Muslim Slaughter of Christians

Egypt:  A Coptic Christian priest was Fr. Raphael Moussa, 46, was shot dead in “a hail of bullets” by an unidentified gunman outside the Church of the Martyr of St George in Sinai. No one claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamic terrorists affiliated with ISIS have targeted Christians in Arish before.  In 2013, another Coptic Christian priest, Mina Cheroubim, was also shot dead as he left his church in Arish.

Syria: Non-ISIS rebel fighters considered “moderate” by establishment counterterror analysts slit the throat of a Christian man in front of his wife. The murderer told her: “Your Jesus did not come to save him from us.”  The murder took place in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, where Jesus’ language Aramaic was still spoken.  According to a resident: “They arrived in our town at dawn and shouted ‘We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders.’”  Separately, a suicide bomber disguised as a priest attempted to enter an event commemorating the genocide of Christian Assyrians, but was stopped by Assyrian forces. The bomber detonated his bomb outside the hall, killing himself and three members of the Christian Assyrian Sutoro security forces and wounding five. It is believed the bomber was targeting Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem of the Syriac Orthodox Church, who led the commemoration event.

Pakistan: Three Muslim men slaughtered a 15-year-old Christian student, Wajaesh Shono, on June 14. One of the murderers was the boy’s schoolteacher.  According to local sources, “Because of Shono’s success in school, a local group of Muslims often pressured Shono to convert to Islam….  Shono’s Muslim classmates never allowed him to use their study table or chairs. They always avoided playing with him because of his Christianity, and hated when he drank water from the school tap.”  When the boy continued to insist on rejecting Islam, two men grabbed him while the third, possibly his teacher, stabbed him 15 times.

Bangladesh:  On Sunday, June 5, Muslims associated with ISIS slaughtered a 65-year-old Christian shopkeeper in his store.  According to local priest Father Rebeiro, Sunil Gomez “attended Sunday prayers at my church and then went to his grocery store. The next thing we know he was hacked to death. I can’t imagine how anyone can kill such an innocent man.”  That same afternoon local Christians held a protest rally demanding the immediate arrest of the killers and accusing police of being indifferent to such attacks on Christian minorities. They cited the previous murder of Christian resident Gabriel Costa whose killer is still at large as evidence of police complicity.

LebanonEight suicide bombers launched two separate attacks on the Christian town of Al Qaa on June 27.  At least five people were killed.  One of the attacks was near a church and witnesses heard the attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” before blowing himself up.  According to the town’s priest: “People are stuck in their houses, not daring to go out and fearing more suicide bombers… We’re living in terror in this town.”  No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, although both al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the Islamic State are active on the Syrian side of the border.  Lebanon has also taken in approximately 1.5 million refugees from Syria, an act that has raised fears that militants are hiding among them.

Muslim Slaughter of Christians in Nigeria

  • On June 2, a Muslim mob killed and beheaded a Christian pastor’s wife based on a false accusation of “blasphemy.” Bridget Agbahime, a kitchen utensil vendor, had politely asked Alhaji Dauda, a Muslim engaged in Islamic ritual cleaning, to move from her shopfront as customers were still coming and going.   He left angrily.  According to the report:

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Wisconsin: Muslim convert pleads guilty to trying to join Islamic State terrorists

Source: Madison local admits to trying to join ISIS · The Badger Herald

Madison native Joshua Van Haften pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State Thursday.

Van Haften was arrested in Turkey May 2015 and eventually deported and arrested in Chicago. Adam Stevenson, University of Wisconsin associate law professor, said Van Haften’s guilty plea means that he accepted allegations that he was trying to join ISIS.

Van Haften maintained a strong online connection with reported ISIS members. The 34-year-old traveled to Turkey, which is typically considered the entry point for people involved with ISIS, to meet a reported ISIS contact, Stevenson said. Van Haften, however, was unsuccessful and arrested.

Stevenson said the next stage in Van Haften’s case would be to estimate his sentence. In order to come up with a sentence, the federal court must further investigate the defendant and allows both sides to give their positions.

Every case follows the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which recommend a range for the sentence based on a point system. The defendant and the crime they committed will be assigned points based on different aspects of the case, Stevenson said.

Van Haften’s case is based on him providing material support to a terrorist organization. Stevenson said he estimates Van Haften’s sentencing range to start with approximately five years. In addition to this sentencing range, defendants may be required to serve 15 extra years as well.

Van Haften’s case will also be evaluated on the basis of other factors like his past criminal record. Stevenson said Van Haften has one prior conviction on his record, which could affect his case.

Van Haften will be sentenced in February 2017.

More on the sex offender who got played by Muslims in Turkey in our previous post on his arrest.

New York: Muslim college student killed waging jihad for Islamic State

Once again destroying the myth that Muslim terrorists are poor, uneducated souls who are lacking opportunities. This Muslim jihadist was attending college…in pricey Manhattan. The media apparently won’t reveal what college he attended (was he an MSA member?) or his immigration status.

Source: Goshen grad killed fighting for ISIS, prosecutors say | Goshen and Chester NY | Local News

— A 2008 Goshen High School graduate killed fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria made a video trying to clear the name of an Arizona man who was charged with helping him join, prosecutors said.

The 24-year-old student’s November death was revealed in papers filed Monday and Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. The student was identified in court papers as Samy El-Goarany.

The Arizona man, Ahmed Mohammed el Gammal, who’s accused of helping the student travel to Syria and receive military and religious-style training, was arrested last year and has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers said the video is unreliable and “overly prejudicial” and should be precluded from a trial scheduled for December.

Prosecutors say El-Goarany left his parents’ home in Middletown, New York, in January 2015, telling them he was returning to his Manhattan college. Instead, the government said, he flew to Turkey and then Syria.

Reached by phone, El-Goarany’s father said the family didn’t wish to speak. Court papers did not identify El-Goarany’s college.

Prosecutors said an unidentified person contacted a relative in November to say El-Goarany was killed fighting in Syria. The person provided photographs of a handwritten note in which the student said, “If you’re reading this then know that I’ve been killed in battle,” prosecutors said.

The government also said it had found a YouTube video in which El-Goarany, clad in military fatigues, said on Sept. 8, 2015, two weeks after el Gammal’s arrest, that he was in the “Islamic State.”

Prosecutors said El-Goarany claimed in the video in an “unabashed effort to falsely exculpate el Gammal — that no one assisted him in traveling to Syria, including ‘Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal.”‘

Prosecutors argued in the court papers that the video should be admissible at trial to show El-Goarany went to Syria to join the Islamic State group and that he and his co-conspirators took extensive measures to maintain secrecy in the group’s methods for recruiting personnel and helping recruits travel.

El-Goarany’s lawyers said in court papers that the video depicts their client sitting on a mat in a sparsely decorated room. They say he states his name, explains he is a U.S. citizen “currently residing in the Islamic State” and says el Gammal did not assist him in his travels.

The lawyers said the video should not be shown to jurors because it “constitutes inadmissible hearsay.”

“Additionally, the entire video should be precluded as overly prejudicial,” they wrote, noting that El-Goarany is unavailable to testify at el Gammal’s trial and cannot further explain how el Gammal did not facilitate his travel.

The defense lawyers also challenged the admissibility of El-Goarany’s handwritten note, saying claims of his death were “unreliable,” especially since he had written to his brother weeks earlier to say he might have to fall out of contact because he was being monitored.

“It is not beyond the stretch of the imagination that the letter was written so that El-Goarany could ‘disappear,”‘ the lawyers wrote.

According to The Chronicle archives, Samy M. El-Goarany graduated in 2008 with a Regent’s Diploma.

The lawyer makes a good point, he may not be dead and if not, may attempt to come back into the U.S. at any time as a Syrian “refugee.”

Houston: Iraqi Muslim refugee who plotted to bomb American malls pleads guilty

Source: Houston man who pledged allegiance to ISIS, plotted to bomb malls pleads guilty to terrorism charge – Houston Chronicle

A Houston man who pledged his allegiance to ISIS and plotted to detonate homemade bombs in local shopping malls pleaded guilty Monday to a terrorism-related charge.

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, a 24-year-old father, stockpiled circuitry components, wireless remotes and other bomb-making implements in his west Houston apartment, according to court documents.

“I want to blow myself up. I want to travel with the Mujahidin,” he once said, according to prosecutors. “I want to travel to be with those who are against America. I am against America.”

A prayer list for committing jihad and becoming a martyr was found among his belongings, as was an ISIL flag, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Ken Magidson.

Al Hardan  pleaded guilty on one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or ISIS. He had been facing two other charges for allegedly lying during the application process for U.S. citizenship.

His attorney, David Adler, could not be reached for comment.

Al Hardan originally entered the country as an Iraqi refugee in 2009. He gained legal permanent residence in 2011 and settled in the Houston area.

Feds started investigating him in April 2014, looking at his communications with other suspected terrorists and monitoring his menacing social media posts.

In November 2014, according to the plea agreement, Al Hardan took an oath of loyalty to ISIL.

Al Hardan said he will stay in custody till his January sentencing hearing. He is facing up to 20 years in federal prison. Prosecutors agreed as part of the plea deal not to see up to $250,000 in fines.

As noted previously, Iraqi Muslim refugee wanted to bomb malls, said “I am against America”

…Al Hardan was coordinating efforts with another Iraqi refugee living in California, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab. The two men communicated through Facebook messenger from April 2013 to October 2014 and talked about getting weapons training and eventually sneaking into Syria to fight alongside the terrorist group, Wittliff said.

“Once I get the passport I will leave America, I will leave. I will make a widow of you,” Al Hardan said to his wife, according to the excerpt read in court. “I will go to Syria. I am not wacko. I am not wacko. I am speaking the truth. I want to blow myself up. I want to blow myself up … I am against America.”

And don’t forget, it certainly appears that this ISIS-supporting Muslim refugee brought another Muslim refugee to the U.S. to be his child bride.



Minneapolis: Muslims riot, attack cops during protest of HBO series on jihad recruitment

Religion of disturbing the peace. Courtesy of the Cliton’s.

Source: Protests break out in Minneapolis over HBO production | Minnesota Public Radio News  h/t Bare Naked

Rapper and singer K’naan faced a hostile reception from dozens of Somali-American protesters on Saturday at a block party in Minneapolis. He had just begun performing on a stage on Cedar Avenue, the beating pulse of the East African community, when demonstrators essentially shut him down.

The source of their hurt is K’naan’s latest project, an HBO series that several media reports have described as a drama about jihadi recruitment set in Minnesota, which also involves director Kathryn Bigelow.

“Him being a Somali, I would expect more of him,” said Filsan Ibrahim, 27, one of the organizers of the protest. “He has such a big platform. He could use his name and celebrity to change that narrative and say, ‘There’s more to us.'”

On Saturday, Ibrahim donned a purple scarf and grabbed a bullhorn to describe to the crowd what she anticipated from the cable TV show. “It’s going to be talking about how the Somali kids in Cedar are terrorists!” she cried.

K’naan left the stage before making a comment about “ignorant” people.

On Twitter, some pressed him to be more transparent about the project.

“There’s only so much one could talk about, when the work is yet to be made,” he responded.

K’naan is teaming up with Bigelow, director of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” At one point, the working title of the series was reportedly “The Recruiters.”

On Saturday, a number of Minneapolis police were working off-duty to secure the event. Ibrahim, the activist, said some officers began pushing the demonstrators.

Mohamed said he observed some individuals in the crowd throw items at police, including a football and what looked to be a glass bottle. Officers sprayed a chemical irritant, sending people to flush their eyes with containers of milk.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Catherine Michal said some also hurled rocks and a chair at officers. A Metro Transit police officer was hit in the head with an unknown object and was treated and released at a nearby hospital before finishing his shift, said the agency’s spokesman Drew Kerr.

By the end of the day, Minneapolis police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman on suspicion of riot. As of late Monday, which was the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the woman was being held at the Hennepin County jail. She could face gross misdemeanor charges on Tuesday.

Abdi Mohamed, a 22-year-old from St. Paul, came to document the performance and demonstration. After Mohamed sent K’naan a video link to the chaos that ensued — including tense skirmishes between police and demonstrators — the musician replied in a series of direct messages on Twitter.

“K’naan told me he wanted to show the more humane side of Somalis,” Mohamed said. “He said these narratives are already out there — people are already trying to push a blanket image of Somalis, a one-dimensional image.”

The artist assured Mohamed he wanted to depict the community “as they are — as mothers, fathers, as students.”

On the other hand, Mohamed said, Somali-Americans are simply exhausted of seeing themselves on screen.

“Whether it’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ or ‘Captain Phillips,’ there’s always this kind of imagery as Somalis and Muslims being the bad guy in a Hollywood blockbuster,” he said.

Rioting in Minnesota and attacking the police in opposition to shedding a light on Muslim terrorists in your midst is not only more bad guy imagery – it’s your violent reality.

The HBO show should whitewash and excuse it all away though.

PS: What MPR called a protest, that resulted in rioting charges, happened back in September.

Florida: Pensacola man arrested over ISIS threats to attack military bases, beaches, and schools

Source: Department of Justice

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Regis L. Walker, 30, of Pensacola, has been arrested on a charge of mailing threatening communications.  The criminal complaint was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

According to the criminal complaint affidavit, Walker mailed a threatening letter on notebook paper to Sheriff Morgan at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.  The affidavit further alleges that Walker claimed several people who had joined ISIS would simultaneously attack military bases, beaches, and schools at a nonspecific time and could not be stopped by law enforcement.  Walker appeared to sign the note as “ISIS ALLAH.”

The punishment for the crime alleged is a maximum of five years in prison.  Walker will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals at the Santa Rosa County Jail pending further judicial proceedings.  Future court appearances will take place in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola on a date to be determined.

This case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

More from the walker_complaint.pdf

The writer stated that five to ten attacks could not be stopped (stating law enforcement “cannot be everywhere at once”), and that the attackers planned on “not giving up” and “dying.” 
Your affiant determined that Walker is a registered sex offender and has as his listed address XXXXX Street, Pensacola, Florida. This location is within
approximately five (5) miles of the Jordan Street Post Office. Your affiant also determined that Walker was arrested on June 22,2016, on unrelated harassment
type charges. Walker also appears to have a prior conviction for Aggravated Assault (pursuant to review of the Escambia County Clerk of Court website).


Islamic State terrorists destroy Assyrian Church in Iraq’s Nineveh

Source: ISIS militants destroy Assyrian Church in Iraq’s Nineveh – ARA News

ERBIL – Islamic State (ISIS) extremists demolished an Assyrian Church in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate on Sunday. Barbara Fouq Attal Church was in the town of Karmlis, near Mosul city.

“[ISIS] jihadists detonated a number of explosive devices inside the church on Sunday afternoon,” human rights activist Ghazi Shamoun said. “The church was completely destroyed.”

The Assyrian town of Karmlis and adjacent Christian villages have been completely depopulated since ISIS invaded Nineveh Governorate in June 2014. Thousands of Christian families fled their hometowns as ISIS advanced, taking shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Shamoun told ARA News that, ISIS “terrorists have destroyed dozens of Assyrian churches and archeological sites in Nineveh in a bid to eliminate the historical identity of the area.”

History Under Attack 

Zuheir Mousilly, a Nineveh-based media activist, told ARA News that after ISIS seized control of Mosul city in 2014, jihadists destroyed many historic sites and monuments. Notably, the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged Bulls, and the Mosul National Museum were demolished.

According to locals, ISIS militants often remove pieces of sculpture in advance of their iconoclasm. These treasures are then smuggled abroad and resold.

Last April, ISIS demolished the Gate of God. This fortified arch dates back to the 7th century BC and may have been constructed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib.

An Iraqi antiquities expert, Yasser Hatami, condemned the destruction of the historic gate, blaming Iraqi authorities for their inability to protect archeological sites.

Last year, ISIS extremists bombed Shingal District’s ancient Yezidi minaret. The Shingal District is west of Mosul city, in northern Iraq.

In April 2015, ISIS terrorists blew up the Church of the Virgin Mary in the Assyrian village of Tel Nasri. Tel Nasri is west of Hasakah city in northeastern Syria.

In June 2014, ISIS also blew up two monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“ISIS views those sites as sacrilegious and a return to paganism,” Abdul Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s Director-General of Antiquities and Museums, told ARA News in an earlier interview.

More than 1000 archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq have been attacked by ISIS and other Islamist groups, according to reports.

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