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February 22, 2015 2:36 pm

Expert Says Al-Shabaab Threat Against Jewish-Owned Malls Shows Increased Jihadi Focus on Jewish Targets

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A chilling video threat issued over the weekend by Somali terror group al-Shabaab against specific Jewish-owned malls provides further indication that Islamist groups around the world are setting their sights on Jewish targets, a leading expert on Jewish security and terrorist threats told The Algemeiner on Sunday.

“The most recent threat by al-Shabaab against malls, and more specifically against Jewish-owned institutions around the world, is another indication that global jihadi groups are increasingly focusing on Jews and Jewish institutions as a way to rally support for their cause,” said Dr. Joshua Gleis, president of Gleis Security Consulting.

Al-Shabaab’s recording, posted to YouTube on Saturday, mostly glorifies the group’s bloody 2013 attack on the Jewish-owned West­gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya which left 63 people dead and at least 175 wounded.

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Towards the end of the nearly 77 minute video, a masked man with an English accent calls on Jihadists to attack specific targets

“If just a handful of mujahedeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated mujahedeen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world,” he says.

“What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota, or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, or in London’s Oxford Street, or any of the hundred or so Jewish-owned Westfield shopping centers dotted right across the western world?” he continues.

Other malls listed in the video include two in Paris, Les Quatre Temps and Forum des Halles, Canada’s CBC News reported.

The Mall of America is owned, and the West Edmonton Mall is managed by the Iranian-Jewish Ghermezian family.

According to CNN, al-Shabaab has recruited members in Minneapolis, home to the largest Somali population in the United States and located close to the Mall of America.

Responding to the video in an interview on CNN, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “This latest statement from al-Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al-Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks.”

Regarding the specific threat to Mall of America, Johnson said: “Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we’ve got to take that seriously.” He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful, Reuters reported.

Reuters also reported that Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police said authorities are looking into the video but “there is no evidence at this time of any specific or imminent threat to Canadians.”

“West Edmonton Mall has implemented extra security precautions; some may be noticeable to guests, and others won’t be,” he said in a statement.

Last July, al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Dhere issued another threat against Jews in a speech at a Barawa mosque in Somalia, The Jerusalem Post reported at the time.

Dhere called upon Muslims to stand up and take revenge for their Muslim brothers in Gaza, saying: “The Jews are spread out throughout the world, and the Jews’ properties are spread everywhere. In light of this, the Muslims must attack the Jews and their properties in every place, and they must pray for their brothers in Gaza.”

After the West­gate Mall attack in 2013, Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League said it underscored the terror group’s battle against Jews and Israel.

The ADL cited Sheikh Abu­laziz Abu Mus­cab, a spokesman for the group, who said they picked the target because it is a place “where there are Jew­ish and Amer­i­can shops. So we have to attack them.”

In 2012, Kenyan sup­port­ers of al-Shabaab pub­lished a pre­dom­i­nantly Swahili-language online ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine fea­turing English-language arti­cles that describe Jews as “the worst enemy of Islam,” the ADL said. The mag­a­zine, titled Gaidi Mtaani, roughly trans­lated as “Ter­ror­ism Street,” cast “the Zion­ist with their Amer­i­can part­ners” as the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the “cru­sade” in Soma­lia and crit­i­cized the Kenyan pres­i­dent for trav­el­ing to Israel to secure Israeli coop­er­a­tion for coun­tert­er­ror­ism efforts.

Al-Shabaab’s most recent threat follows deadly Islamist attacks at a synagogue in Copenhagen that left one dead, and at a supermarket in Paris that killed four Jews as they shopped for Shabbat.

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    That was a very interesting time for the president to use the word “crusader.” Another anti-semitic terror attack ensued two days later. I read above that the Kenyans called their campaign of terror – again against Jews – a “crusade.” I think crusader is a code word. And it is scary to think about the people who are using it – all of them.

    Mr. Sherman, you brilliantly summarized the situation. And a shout-out to Neelie and Lance. In a world that has lost its moral compass, those who still possess one must survive.

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    It’s awful and frightening these people are literally hardwired to primitive bigoted ideologies that engenders hatred and violence.
    I think Unfortunately lots of this violence could be preempted if not for the passivity and apathy of the authorities in countries around the world to obviate the cancer by its roots. if only there wouldn’t be this detachment when it comes to the endorsement of morality and order in the face of the progressive ravaging Islamization of our democratic societies. All throughout Europe there are already entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. These are
    the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe and ultimately England Australia…..

  • In every generation enemies of society have arisen. The threat is real

    Ehr Daw 2014

    I thought that maybe I’d start with a rendition of Paul McCartney’s plaintive masterpiece “Yesterday”… “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though they’re here to stay, oh I believe in yesterday” – but then I thought too romantic.

    And then I thought, how about the favorite classic we all learned as children – “Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques, Dormez-vous, Dormez-vous, Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines, Ding Daing Dong, ding daing dong. Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, Brother John, Brother John” but then I said to myself…too French.

    Perhaps the story of Chicken Little – “The sky is falling. The sky is falling” and I thought getting closer but too childish. What about Santayana’s “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Maybe, but too philosophical. And then I remembered Joseph Conrad’s sadly, cynical observation – – “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness,” and sadly it felt right. And so, here were are in a place of unimagined chaos and cowardice, paralysis and brutality. The beast roams the earth; we are stymied, stunned and continue to fiddle.

    My friends, “Ehr Kumpt. Part 2, the Sequel.”

    This is not a time for delicacy. For tiptoeing. It is not a time to parse words nor worry about offending someone with unfiltered vocabulary. Time is no longer a luxury we possess. Distance, no longer provides protection. We are being threatened like no time before, by an enemy obsessed with an apocalyptic end game that will bring only disaster. An enemy that worships savagery. An enemy that celebrates depravity. An enemy that glorifies the death of the young.

    There has been a seismic shift in our world. We feel it. We see it. We know it. We dare not deny it. Pick up any newspaper on any day, the first page, the second page, the third page, the fourth page and beyond – – most of the articles are about radical Muslims, not just ISIS, immersed in a vicious culture of blood and slaughter. Skip to the sports page or the crossword puzzle if you wish but that doesn’t make the uncomfortable news go away.

    In fact, it brings joy to the jihadists who hope for our indifference. If we deny evil then we need not fight it. It doesn’t exist – just a few lunatics, thousands of miles away, pounding sand, blowing each other up and occasionally beheading an unlucky journalist. Not so bad.

    For years we have been mercifully spared the ugliness and intimacy of war. The Battle of the Bulge and Iwo Jima were a black and white movie tone newsreel after Tom & Jerry and before the Pride of the Yankees. We planted victory gardens, rolled up tin foil, bought Liberty Bonds, said goodbye to fathers, sons and brothers. But the trenches were on the other side of the Atlantic and Pacific. So too, every other subsequent conflict. The Yanks were coming but the shooting was “over there.” We suffered little. But today, war has been redefined and relocated. Geneva is finished. We are all combatants in the cross hairs. We are all on the front lines, like it or not. The battlefield has no boundaries and the war, no rules. The enemy targets deliberately, fiendishly, any place of innocence. All are vulnerable and so we must recalculate our strategy, re-examine our tolerance, re-energize our resolve and unequivocally identify the evil doers. Let us not be silenced by fear, by feckless goodwill, by reckless hope, by meaningless rhetoric.

    There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror and wish to see, by any means possible, the Muslim flag fly over every capital, on every continent. I was relieved when I heard only 5%. Thank God it’s only 5%. Now I could sleep soundly. But wait, let me figure this out, 5% of a billion is… 50 million Koran waving, Allah Akbar howling Muslim murderers out there planning to slit our throats, blow us up or forcibly convert us.

    It only took 19 of Osama bin Laden’s disciples to bring down the Twin Towers, plow into the Pentagon and crash a plane into Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 dead. Over $10 billion in damages on that sad day. 19 Al Qaeda. 50 million Islamists. Do the math.

    But what disturbs me is where are the other 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists? Who are not bomb blasting, acid throwing, zealots? Where are the other 950 million Muslims who tuck their children in at night with a lullaby, who are okay with Christians and Jews, crave a peaceful world and wish nothing more than a tasty bowl of hummus and a friendly game of Shesh Besh with a neighbor?

    I want to believe they are out there for their sake and for ours. I want to believe they weep in pain over the desecration of their faith. I want to believe that we have partners who dream the dreams we do and wish upon the same star.

    I want to believe – – but where are they?

    A silent partnership is no partnership. Sin is not just in the act of commission – it is also in the act of omission. Most Germans were not Nazis – but it did not matter.

    Most Russians were not Stalinists – but it did not matter.

    Most Muslims are not terrorists – but it does not matter.

    Stand up righteously or get out of the way. Perhaps in every mosque, in every midrassah, in every Muslim neighborhood, Edmund Burke’s powerful warning should be chiseled on a wall in Arabic, in Farsi, in Pashto, in Urdu, for all to read and heed. “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.”

    A couple of months ago, 3 young Israelis were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and killed. And so began Operation Protective Edge. But the Gaza war was much more than shooting down rockets and blowing up tunnels – it was the preview, the soft opening, for a much more serious war – a genuine world war. It was a test of resolve, of fortitude. It was a test watched carefully by the indecent forces of a rising Islamist world. Israel is only the beginning. The first prize sought in what promises to be a protracted, multi-generational Kulterkampf. Israel made the headlines but the front lines are all over the map – we just don’t know it yet. The whole world was watching and our performance was pathetic. We, the good guys, stumbled at the gate; tripped clumsily in an embarrassing display of moral confusion and ineptitude. It was amateur hour and the bad guys were licking their chops.

    I say the following unapologetically and with a heavy heart. When the war began, the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, should have immediately, instinctively invited to the Oval Office, the leading Democrats and Republicans of the Senate and the House, his cabinet and all significant Washington political players. Every domestic and international news organization should have been notified and the following talk broadcast across the planet.

    “Fellow Americans – a crisis has erupted once again in the Middle East and I have been told that the war between Israel and Hamas is complex and nuanced. I have been told that our great nation must be evenhanded- but I am here to say with no equivocation, with no hesitation, this war is not complex. This war is not nuanced and we will not be evenhanded in this confrontation of good and evil, of right and wrong, of civilization and savagery. We Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives from sea to shining sea, stand together in unshakable support of Israel against foul, corrupt, murderers who sacrifice the lives of children in their pursuit of power. To Israel we say – do whatever you must. To Israel we say, take whatever time you need to crush this vile enemy and whatever you require, you can count on us. To the world we say, Israel is fighting for all of us – for our values, for our principles, for our civilization. Support her efforts, as we do, in every way possible. I will not tolerate any words of disparagement against our greatest ally and friend in the Middle East. God bless Israel and God bless the United States of America.”

    But these words did not ring forth from the White House, the capital of the free world. What we did hear was “No victor, no vanquished.” This statement was our President’s strategic plan. No call for triumph over terrorism, but a weak kneed, stalemate with butchers – a tie between good and evil. Right and wrong. Civilization and savagery.

    This did not go unnoticed.

    Media coverage during the war was biased and shameful with a few notable exceptions. To permit Hamas spokesmen and Hamas sympathizers to speak and to defend their monstrous deeds to millions of viewers is morally shocking. To promote equivalency between Israel and Hamas is morally appalling. With my remote, I would channel surf, go from station to station and I could not believe what I was hearing on CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC, MSNBC, and all the rest. The grotesque propaganda, the repulsive distortions – the tolerance of the wicked.

    And this did not go unnoticed.

    As I sat through these numbing broadsides, I wondered if our mainstream media during WWII would have invited the Germans and the Japanese to share their perspectives on the hostilities in Europe and in the Pacific. As they moaned about Dresden and the Doolittle Raid, would the anchors have nodded in sympathy? When the Germans and Japanese explained the need for the V1 and V2 bombardment of London and the necessity for the Bataan Death March, would the anchors have expressed understanding?

    The obscenities and outright lies given airtime and legitimacy should be sickening to any person of conscience.

    Words distinguish us from the beast. In a powerful Holocaust tale, Eli Wiesel painfully writes that when words lose their meaning, disaster follows. In today’s Middle East, lexicon; restraint means suicide. Terrorists have become militants. Self-defense is a war crime. Democracy is apartheid. Israelis and Jews have become Nazis. Warning civilians to get out of harm’s way has become genocide. 38 Muslim countries – 22 Arab countries and Israel, the only Jewish nation, must constantly defend her right to exist.

    Russia invades. Nigeria enslaves. China oppresses. Pakistan rapes. Iraq slaughters. North Korea starves. Iran nuclearizes. Syria massacres. Venezuela plunders. Afghanistan tortures. Sudan annihilates. ISIS beheads and Israel is the pariah state, put under the microscope by the morally noxious.

    And this did not go unnoticed.

    Eric Hoffer, the longshoreman philosopher, wrote the following in 1968 – 46 years ago. His words have not grown stale with the passage of time. To the contrary, they are every bit as relevant and meaningful today, nearly 1/2 a century later.

    I quote: “The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out 1,000’s, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey drove out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out, heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But, in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield, dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious on the battlefield, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in the world…Other nations when they are defeated, survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated, it would be destroyed…” Hoffers’ final words are chilling and prophetic. “I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.” To those who are morally obtuse I say shame on you- from university professors to the useful idiots of the media, from liberal churches to Hollywood, from the United Nations to the clueless left – let me remind all the ‘misguided do-gooders” – your deeds do not go unnoticed.”

    The world does not like a righteous Goliath especially if Goliath speaks Hebrew.

    Let’s leave the Middle East and head to Europe. For those who have not been recently, it has changed. It has changed dramatically. The sights. The sounds. The crowds. The streets are much different than when we backpacked with our Eurorail passes – strolling down the Champs-Elysees, chasing pigeons at Trafalgar Square, wandering the backstreets of Amsterdam after dark. The continent that gave birth to Western civilization, the continent that defined high culture is crumbling before our very eyes. Because of well-intentioned tolerance and an undisciplined pluralism, Europe is returning to the dark ages. By most estimates, Europe will be unrecognizable by the middle of this century – crushed by a demographic tsunami. The birthrate of the Brits, the French, the Dutch and the rest of the EU is well below ZPG. The Muslim community’s birthrate is prolific. The danger, however, is that Europe has not been a melting pot, assimilating new Muslims. And these new Muslims, for the most part, are not interested in respecting the great democracies of Europe. They want Sharia law and Islamic culture to be ascendant and with their birthrate, the ballot box and their disdain for the West, in time, they will get it.

    The element that is surging and redefining Europe are not the democracy respecting Muslims but those who are rampaging in nearly every capital. They are preaching hate for Jews, for Christians, for Israel, for America, for the entire Western world. It is not our grandfather’s Europe and it will not be a Europe our grandchildren will recognize.

    For the record, Europe is being flooded not by freedom loving, tolerant, assimilating Muslims who wish to share in Western freedom, in Western tolerance, in Western culture but rather by violent Islamists, extremists who reject every value we treasure. We love ethnic communities – they are vibrant, exciting, magical faraway places only a walk away. Chinatown, Little Odessa, Greek town, Little Havana, Lower Eastside, Little Italy, but what is spreading across Europe are not charming, quaint neighborhoods enjoyed by locals and camera toting tourists in search of a charming restaurant. These are beachheads for invasion.

    Want to stare down a guard at Buckingham Palace? Do it soon.

    Want to see the Follies-Bergere dance the Can Can? Do it soon.

    Want to sip wine at the vineyards of Tuscany? Do it soon.

    Want to sunbathe on the beaches of San Trope? Do it soon.

    The sun never set on the British Empire but now there is a cold darkness settling on Europe. A Nihilism. A corruption. A perversion in the name of Allah. A Kristallnacht of European and Western culture is coming that will destroy a millennia of creative genius. Don’t listen to me. Listen to what the Islamists preach. Don’t listen to me. Look at what the Islamists do. It is not a leap into fantasy to perceive a dystopian future that is irretrievably ugly and inconceivably vile.

    · The Sistine Chapel demolished for portraying God’s image.

    · The Pieta, Venus de Milo, David smashed. Idolatry.

    · Botticelli’s and Goya’s and Renoirs and Rubens torched – paintings of women not wearing a hijab and chador.

    · The Guttenberg Bible. The Magna Carta. Tossed into a bonfire. Profane literature.

    · Museums all across Europe vandalized by marauding Islamist fanatics.

    Even the Nazis saved the masterpieces.

    · Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart silenced.

    · The end of opera. Rossini, Verdi, Puccini gone.

    · For Shakespeare, Cervantes, Moliere. The Final curtain, a dark stage.

    Even the Nazis enjoyed the classics.

    I must assume there are skeptics out there – folks who disbelieve my warnings and might label me an alarmist – a Paul Revere wannabe – galloping across the Pyrenees through the European heartland in the shadow of the Alps crying out “The Muslims are coming. The Muslims are coming.” I weighed each and every word carefully. Repeatedly. Was I treading into bigotry? … into melodrama?

    Speak with the ‘canaries in the mine’, the Jews of Europe, fleeing in record numbers. Synagogues fire bombed. Jewish businesses vandalized. Children threatened on their way to school. Kippot buried in their pockets. Mezuzot. Hamsas. Magen Davids dangling on chains tucked under shirts and under blouses to hide Jewish identity. Israeli products pulled off store shelves. This is not the 1930’s nor the 1940’s and yet it is. 68 years since the Nazis defeat but their descendants are making Hitler proud picking up where he left off.

    “I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.” Slip in the word “Jew” for Israel and we see the future of Europe.

    This ever-growing tragedy doesn’t end neatly in Europe, in the Middle East, in Mumbai or the Philippines. Most of us have never tasted the bitterness of war. Witnessed its horror. Clawed our way out from beneath tons of rubble. But we dare not be complacent and cry out confidently – “we have 2 oceans and the TSA to protect us.” We live in a shrunken world. In a porous country. In an open society. We have become perilously naïve. Recklessly evenhanded. Unacceptably tolerant. Dangerously comfortable. The greatest generation has spawned the clueless generation. I say it again loudly, slowly and clearly – we are at war, here in America as well, with radical Islamists. We have been attacked repeatedly and yet we continue to turn away. We euphemize the enemy. Disguising his identity and his intent. There will not be armadas chanting “Allah Akbar” landing on the beaches of Malibu and Boca. No vast battalions chanting “Allah Akbar” while crossing the Rio Grande or the 45th Parallel – but make no mistake – we are at war, right now, this very minute. The tactics have changed. The battlefield is different. The rules of engagement have been redefined but we dare not make the mistake that all is well and that Islamic terrorists are simply violent criminals. That Islamic terrorists are just a bunch of unemployed losers, no part of a vast network hell bent on destroying our country. Their disunity in numbers but their unity in purpose is their power. The Lone Wolf is deadly and we are the prey.

    Ask the man or woman on the street when did this all start and most would reply: “On 9/11.” That was a catastrophic day, but not the start. For us here in America, the war began in Teheran in 1979 when our embassy was taken over. It has continued ruthlessly and without pause ever since. Lockerbie and Scotland, TWA Flight 840, the USS Cole, embassies and American interests bombed and Americans killed in Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Spain, Kenya, Germany, Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

    Connect the dots.

    Here on American soil, before 9/11, the Twin Towers were attacked in 1993. The Times Square bomber. The Tsarnev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing. The Fort Hood massacre was not work place violence but the calculated, cold blooded murder of 13 American soldiers by a Muslim Jihadist yelling “Allah Akbar.” The shooting up in Little Rock, Arkansas of an army recruiting station. The murder of 2 CIA agents outside Langley by a Pakistani whose final words before meeting his maker were “There is no God but Allah.” The indignant, impious, arrogant claim By CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic relations-that anyone who commits an act of violence is by definition, not a Muslim. Therefore, a Muslim terrorist, a Muslim killer, a Muslim suicide bomber, is a misleading term of bigotry and Islamophobia. The slick, masterful ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis. New York. Colorado. On Facebook. On Twitter and across the country.

    Connect the dots.

    Let’s get Jewish-personal. A Zim Line cargo ship was prevented from offloading it’s cargo for 3 days because of pro-Palestinian mobs in Oakland, California. A young man from our shul on his 1st day of university was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948… In Dade County a synagogue was defaced with swastikas and the words Hamas scrawled on its walls. A JCC in Seattle was attacked. A pro-Palestinian rally in Miami called for “the massacre of the Jews.” University campuses across the country, hot beds of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish hostility. A local merchant in Roswell told one of our members (not realizing she was Jewish and vocal) that she was fed up with Israel’s brutal treatment of the children of Gaza.

    We are not Europe but connect the dots.

    I am concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming surge in Islamist rhetoric, violence and influence. I am equally concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming silence and inaction of mainstream Muslims.

    I fear political correctness run amuck. I fear the worship of multiculturalism. I fear progressive voices of repression. I fear a distorted media tolerant of intolerance. I fear politicians who prefer the easy, still of the night to the noble, necessary struggle of the day. I fear we are not so far away from where we thought we would never be.

    Three thoughts to ponder. This past year many of us saw the Book of Mormon at the Fox. An irreverent, vulgar, hysterically entertaining musical about the Mormons. We parked our car at the Georgian Terrace and crossed Peachtree Street. In front of the theater were a half dozen, well dressed, mannerly Mormons handing out literature. “Sir, if you would like to know more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” a young woman said to me as I took her brochure, “Please go to our website.” I thanked her. She smiled, wished me a pleasant evening and turned to speak with another ticket holder. I thought, “God bless these folks. This is how we disagree in America.” At the same moment I had another thought. What if Trey Parker and Matt Stone came out with a tasteless, bawdy musical that was hysterically entertaining entitled “The Quran, Allah’s Holy Book.” What would happen? It doesn’t take much imagination to answer that question. Jeff Foxworthy correctly wrote, “Have you ever wondered why it’s okay to make jokes about Catholics, the Pope, Jews, Christians, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Chinese, the French (including French Canadians)…but it’s insensitive to make jokes about Muslims?”

    A few years back, a Danish newspaper “Jyllanns-Posten” printed 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad to illustrate an article. If the photos published were of Moses or Buddha or of the Apostle Paul, the event would have been met with a yawn. But not so with our Islamist friends. The reaction? Not a letter to the editor. Not a request to submit an op-ed. Not a friendly visit to the publisher – – but worldwide rage. Riots. Boycotts. Embassies burned. Ambassadors recalled. Attacks on Christians and on churches. 200 killed.

    Soon after, a professor from Brandeis wrote a book on this outrageous event entitled, “12 Cartoons That Shook the World.” It was published by Yale University Press located at 302 Temple Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, United States of America. But what was missing in the book? What Yale University refused to print were the 12 cartoons and images of Muhammad. This self-censorship was shameful, cowardly, un-American and a sniveling submission to Islamic narcissism and intimidation.

    Where is a great university’s courage? Where is Freedom of the Press? This happened in America. In the land of the free and in the home of, I hope, still the brave.

    I recall, as we all do, the good old days when air travel was a pleasure. When I flew here to Etz Chaim in my commuting, student days, I’d catch a cab outside my apartment on the upper West side and be at LaGuardia in about 20 minutes. I’d check my bags in 2 minutes and be at the gate in 4 minutes, just in time to board my flight. I even got a meal.

    In those days, flying was an adventure, even in coach. Today it is irritating and exhausting. What happened? What changed? Who’s to blame? Who has created the need for a multibillion dollar security industry? Who has created a tedious need for us to remove our shoes and belts, empty our pockets, pack only 3-1/2 ounces of Listerine, go through metal detectors and x-ray machines, submit to frisks and wand searches? Arrive hours before departure? Who is responsible? Let’s see – – not the Italian Mob, not skin heads, not neo Nazis, not Columbian drug cartels, not the Russian mafia, not the Crips nor the Bloods nor the Aryan Brotherhood, not the Ku Klux Klan. So who is it that has irretrievably ruined worldwide air travel?

    So, think of a Muslim play on Broadway.

    Think of a scholarly text on Muhammad.

    Think of flying Delta or United or AirTran.

    Think about it and connect the dots.

    For us, WWII lasted 4 years. It has been 13 years since 9/11. 35 years since the invasion of our Iranian embassy and like it or not, we are still at war with radical Islam. Declaring we are not at war with radical Islam does not make it so. Roosevelt and Churchill got it and understood that the stakes were not just the Sudetenland and a few islands in the South Pacific. From the White House and 10 Downing Street, they understood it was planet earth. Today, the radical Islamists seek the same prize – not just Bagdad or Benghazi – but planet earth.

    This is not dramatic fiction but the real thing. A handful of us, here today experienced the real thing about 11 weeks ago in Israel. We didn’t see the real thing on the nightly news nor read about it in the evening paper or hear about it in a long distance phone call from uncle Moshe in Tel Aviv. We were there as Kassam rockets rained down on Israel, on us, targeting, not military bases, not Merkava tanks, not IDF divisions, but children at play, families enjoying dinner, friends laughing over a beer, lovers strolling through a park, teenagers playing volleyball on the beach. The world watched and preached and judged and only now has begun to stir from their slumber of hypocrisy and inaction. Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas. They are all the same. Hezbollah. Islamic Jihad. Al Shabab. Muslim Brotherhood. Boko Haram. Al Qaeda. Taliban. Iran. The only difference, is the length of the knife they use in their butchery.

    Israeli blood bleeds the same red as the blood of James Foley, of Steven Satloff, of David Hawthorne Haines of Christians and Yazidis.

    Let’s reason some suggest. One last Hail Mary negotiation. Maybe we can figure out what’s bothering these troubled Muslims and perhaps they’ll tell us what we can do to resolve the friction. I am all for dialogue, but we are dealing with a moral species that eats its own, kills it’s young and celebrates innocent death as homage to God.

    Osama bin Laden eluded capture for 10 years. Ever wonder why? There was a $25 million bounty on his head. That’s a lot of money. $25 million can by a lot of plastic surgery. A new identity. Rosetta Stone tapes. Elocution lesson. A suburban home. A Brooks Brothers wardrobe. New partners. New friends. Surf and turf every night and a round of golf every day.

    In 10 years, there was not one betrayal of Osama bin Laden – – not one. And I asked myself, “why not?” – $25 million is a great amount of money and can easily facilitate a luxurious disappearance. The answer is simple. These Islamist criminals are unlike us in the most basic of ways and we have yet to accept and understand their total immersion in moral debauchery.

    The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul.

    Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.”

    The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.

    If we fail in this holy crusade, we will live in a world bereft of color. Empty of music, of art, of romance, of laughter, of freedom, of invention. A world barren of all beauty. Depleted of all virtue.

    We are divided today not by faith nor holy book. We are divided today by decency and indecency. By right and wrong. By moral and corrupt. By courage and cowardice. By righteousness and evil.

    The good citizens of earth must rise up. Gather on the mountain top and proclaim in thundering unison the words of Isaiah:

    “Hoy ha’omrim lera tov v’la’tov rah – woe to them that call evil, good and good, evil. Who present darkness as light and light as darkness. Who call bitter, sweet and sweet, bitter.

    We must turn back the evil.

    We must turn back the darkness.

    We must turn back the bitter.

    My friends – Ehr daw – they are here.

  • Bob

    Maybe the Mall has become unprofitable and they need to run another false flag/insurance scam like they did with Silverstein and Lowy on 9/11.

  • Sure. Those darn Somalis are at it again… What a bunch of A-lshabaabs. You never know what those N…. aturally
    atramentous people are going to come up with next!  

    Hate to break to everyone but – the Threat is in Everyone’s backyard.
    If G-d decides that He wants to let a bunch of Sand N….. aturally atramentous Somalis off me while blowing up the Mall of America – gezunt heit! We should all live and be well.
    Really people….
    I mean, maybe I should just go and live in a nice beautiful neighborhood with a nice parcel of land and a beautiful view somewhere more safe – like the Golan Heights or Gush Etzion!
    Like I’ve said before, I’d be there in a Minnesota minute if I could figure out how to live there…
    Don’t worry. Be happy.

  • Gemma

    The US has imported big problems by having Somalis come here in large numbers and settle in Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, among other places. It is one thing when people are given sanctuary and really appreciate it, but these people are out of Somalia with medieval abilities to cope and no idea of what the US is really about.

  • John Kabanya

    Its a high time that we pray to Elohim who has been a defender and sustained the Jews all through to intervene.Let all who worship the Almighty in truth and spirit pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel as a whole. May His Kingdom come.
    Shalu,Shalom Yerushalahim!!!

  • Alan Kennedy

    “Jews are spread throughout the world…”
    Typical islamist propaganda which unfortunately gets swallowed by the libtards. Jews are thinning out around the world while masked idiots aim to take control of all at the point of the sword, all for the glory of their false profit

  • Jay

    Where’s the world’s outrage against these delusional and fanatical Jew haters??
    Maybe hating Jews is easier and safer than hating say the Russians or Chinese, no?

  • The only way to subdue the jihadists is to make them do hard labour in the concentration camps. The nile waters have to be extended upto libya. these captured jihadists can be sent to these places since their dna is idle. They will not do hard work unless they are taught the value of work they will not change. America does not know how to extract work from these militants in the guintanamo bay. Actually america needs good presidents like Julius richard jeyawardhane

  • Cheryl Semrau

    West Edmonton Mall is owned by a Jewish family

  • If these pedofile lunatics start bombing the malls, they will also destroy “non jewish employees” places of work as well as non jewish investors who own the shops inside those malls. – Has the media comment on this threat? – So again we must be on alert on anyone dressed up for “Halloween” off season, as these lunatics usually dress up, for any suspicious activity within a mall.

  • Neelie Kent

    We all need to be armed. And trained. Period.

    • Zack

      How long do you believe a terrorist would last in a shopping center filled with shoppers and store clerks who all carried firearms? One second – maybe? How long would a knife-welding terrorist last against an intended victim who carried a firearm? Not even a second.

    • Lance

      yes we do and willing to use them

  • Leo Toystory

    After a few thousand more Americans are killed in attacks by ISLAMIC TERRORISTS (sorry Barack)the Ummah in America is no longer going to be very safe there. Those
    MUSLIM TERRORISTS (sorry Barack) forget that the
    330,000,000 citizen of America own about 250,000,000 firearms, and if their government won’t protect them the American people will eventually protect themselves.

  • Muhammad personally decapitated 600 – 900 unarmed Jews. All observant Muslims are expected to emulate his sociopathogy and murder Jews. It is basic to Islam.

    • Robert Davis

      And to socialists. They start demanding money so as not to have to work and end up exterminating people. Socialism ends up in nazism.

  • Robert B Geller

    My guess is that Obama feels that these malls will be targeted because they are owned by “some folks” and have nothing to do with the war that radical Islam is waging against Jews. Difficult to know what will be worse for American Jews – the jihardists that admit to their goals and tactics or an American administration that is completely delusional to the risks and, therefore, has absolutely no clue what to do about it.

  • Ly

    As long as radical Isalm has a voice, a pulse, and ear that we offer for dialogue.

    We as western thinkers. And are way of life will constantly be danger and high alert.

  • tom tuey

    Well according to our Govt we do not need to be
    concerned about this threat…probably just typist
    error or just misread…..we have been assured that
    Islam is a religion if PEACE….perhaps they meant
    PIECES after the bomb goes off or someone is
    beheaded….what a lovely religion….after all,
    Many, many if our bright college/university
    students from some very prestigious institutions
    say ewe should learn more from Islam and we
    would understand ….learn to make bombs 101,
    Beheading for left handers, The Art of Rape and
    Plunder Advanced Theories, A Compendium of
    Lies to tell non-Muslims, all and more available
    at your local mosque..please see the Imam, mam.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Attacking Jewish Institutions and businesses is NOT racist.
    They are making just random selections – just ask Obama.
    If this is not a war against Judaism then what is it and if so then let us declare war on Islam. Stop all the policical correctness BS and call it what it is. If this is a war declared by Islam then I for one choose to be at war with Islam.

  • Joe Honick

    Where are media failing to note this?

    • Robert Davis

      Pr”sqent media are all left wing and they do not fail to understand it they are arabs’ accomplices thinking they fight “capitalism” and help capital distribution so the “poor” who do not want to work can live on tax payers’ money. They think this is…”highly moral”… they too will end up decapitated! Only a moral fascism can oppose socialism and moslems not democracy.

    • Lynne T

      They are not failing to note this. CBC Radio, our national broadcaster, was broadcasting this item as a headliner yesterday and actually even described it as a clearly antisemetic expression.

  • art

    Where are the people of “good faith” where are those church groups that boycott Israel to speak out against these threats? Their silence speaks volumes

    • Martyman39

      Why don’t these church groups look at the genocide, beheadings, and abductions of girls, and the suffering of Christians in Egypt, The Sudan, Nigeria, etc.?

      • victoria brandeis

        THERE NOT WHITE….THAT IS WHY…..THE EARLY MEXICAN ERA ALSO SAW INDIGENOUS CONVERSIONS TO CHRISTIANITY WELCOME TO PRAY ….. BUT OUTSIDE ONLY IN THE COURTYARD….NEVER INSIDE..

        GOOD DAY TO YOU

    • Robert Davis

      They are on arabs’ and socialists’ side! They want a communist world…

  • mr. H

    The Song of Moses. Teshuva to Adoni. Kehn. Adonai help.

  • Jack

    Sorry. West Edmonton is owned by Armenians!

    • Edna

      I thought it was sold 8 years’ ago by the Armenians to the descendants of Haj Amin El Husseini

    • Anon

      Its owned by IRANIANS, Iranian Jews. Same owners as moa. Not Armenians

  • Sofia

    I don’t understand how these terrorists are privy to have access to all the media – there must be a way to stop this from happening.

    It’s hard to believe that these monsters are able to kill innocent people just for the sake of killing. And having large groups settled in one area, i.e. Minneapolis Mo is frightening, its like this was an idea well planned ahead of time, and now the chicken are coming home to roost.

    The West better wake up, and the media shouldn’t make it so easy as to write who owns which business. Why not tell all the State secrets to CNN – do like Israel, keep your mouth shut and ears and eyes open.

    • Sara Springer

      Minneapolis was selected because they had a lot of money in welfare reserves. Their citizens weren’t using it. The work. So when Somalis were coming they were sent where the welfare money was.

      • victoria brandeis

        ASK YOUR PRESIDENT……..ISIS MAY BE ON HIS PAYROLL

  • Sharon Rappaport

    Time to implement security measures at the door.

    • Martyman39

      I think it’s time to do what Harry Truman did in 1945. World War 2 ended within one week.

  • The Oslo accord is null and void! r1

    A scathing indictment of the world nations at large

    The Arab-Palestinians Charters explicitly states that they want the State of Israel for themselves and the Jewish people destroyed.

    The Arab-Palestinians actions to date has proven that they do not want peace. Why is the liberal left and many of the world nations are fantasizing and deluding themselves that the Arabs want peace.

    People of the world wake up and realize what is their ultimate mission, eliminate the unbelievers.
    If the world at large does not wake up now they will be next. It already has started, take off the blinders, open you eyes and look around.

    No entity in the world will force a solution on Israel.
    They forced and or were complicit to the Final solution in WWII with the Holocaust and the extermination of over 6 million Jewish people, men women and children.

    Where were the worlds nations outcry, threats and objection when millions of Jewish people were being exterminated, men women and children? They were silent.

    Where was the world nations when the Arab countries expelled over a million Jewish people from their countries who lived there for over 1800 years, many died due to hardship and starvation. The Arabs confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real Estate 5-6 times the size of Israel (46,00 sq. miles – 120,000 sq. km.), valued in the trillions of dollars?

    Where is the world nations today? Why do they ignore when thousands are slaughtered by Muslims throughout the world every month.

    Today and since 1948. Israel is being threatened with annihilation, the Arabs educate their children to commit terror and violence against Israel, glorify suicide bombers and terrorists, they name streets after them and pay monthly payments to their families. When Israel defends itself from destruction, suicide bombers, thousands of missiles, violence, etc, by the Arabs, every country has something to say, threaten Israel and meddle in its business.

    This is the time when nations of the world must mind their own business and stay out of Israel’s internal affairs. Only then there will be a possibility of peace.

    NEVER AGAIN!!!
    YJ Draiman

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