Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cal. Imam Calls on Allah to Annihilate All Jews; Also to Free Al-Aqsa Mosque from "Filthy Jews"

Jewish groups have asked Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney's office to investigate a California imam who gave a sermon calling on Allah to "annihilate" Jews "down to the very last one" -- and asked his congregants to take part in the slaughter -- the Fox News website reports today (July 27, 2017).

Imam Ammar Shahin gave the sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis, California on July 21. He also asked Allah to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Israel from "the filth of the Jews," and cited an Islamic text that calls for a Judgment Day fight between Muslims and Jews.

"Oh, Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them," said Shahin in both Arabic and English in his sermon.

"The sermon is very anti-Semitic and violent," Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Executive Director Steven Stalinsky said. "It's not surprising that the imam/mosque are denying this and saying that it is incorrect or out of context."

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Erdogan: Era of Bowing to West Demands Over; Turkey's Decades-Long Effort to Join EU Still Nil

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over, the Al Jazeera website reports today (July 26, 2017).

Erdogan's comments came as top European Union (EU) officials held talks with Turkey's foreign minister in Brussels, Belgium. Turkey has eliminated freedom of the press and has denied human rights and jailed many foreigners without a trial in the predominantly Muslim country.

"The West wants Turkey to do, without question, whatever they want... I am sorry to say that Turkey no longer exists," said the Turkish dictator.

Turkey's decades-long bid for EU membership remains in the deep freeze and shows no signs of thawing.

Trump Bans Transgender Troops form Military; Democrats Call It Disgraceful Attack on Troops

President Trump said today (July 26, 2017) that the U.S. military will not accept transgender troops into its ranks or allow them to serve in any capacity, according to the USA Today website.

Trump said that, after consulting "with my generals and military experts," the U.S. government "will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military."

He added, the U.S. military "must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

Democrats disagreed. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., head of the House Armed Services Committee, called Trump's order "an unwarranted and disgraceful attack on men and women who have been bravely serving their country."

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trump Praises Lebanon for Blocking Entry of IS; Will Continue US Support to Counter Syrian Mil.

U.S. President Donald Trump today (July 25, 2017) praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country, and promised continued American help, according to the VOA News website.

"America's assistance can help ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs," Trump said at a White House news conference after talks today with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

Trump did not specify what level of support Lebanon would receive.

Lebanon's military has received hundreds of millions in military assistance from the United States and Britain in recent years, as part of efforts to bolster Lebanon against a threat from militants across the Syrian border.

Israel Removes Metal Detectors at Aqsa Mosque; Will Use Advanced Technology Measures Instead

After several days of violent protests, bloodshed, and a diplomatic crisis with Jordan over placement of metal detectors at the entrances to the Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem's Old City, the Israeli government today (July 25, 2017) removed the detectors, according to the NY times website.

The turnaround came after a day of intense discussions between the leaders of Israel and Jordan.

The Israeli Security Cabinet said it would replace the metal detectors with less-obtrusive security measures based on advanced technologies.

It is uncertain whether or not Muslims will begin to pray again in the temple, as a result of Israeli use of advanced technologies.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Suicide Car Bombing in Kabul Kills Dozens; Taliban Claims Attack,Targeted Intel Workers

A suicide car bombing in Afghanistan's capital early today (July 24, 2017) killed at least two dozen people and injured many more, according to the UPI website.

The car exploded as a bus carrying employees of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mines passed in the Dehbori district of Kabul.

The bomb exploded near the residence of Mohamed Mohaqeq, deputy to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted two buses carrying employees of Afghanistan's intelligence agency to work.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Abbas Halts All PA Security Meetings with Israel; Says Israel Has Temple by Use of Metal Detectors

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has canceled all security coordination meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials, as a protest for the installation of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, the Times of Israel website reports today (July 23, 2017).

This is the first time Abbas has ordered a severance of security ties since he was elected PA president a decade ago.

Abbas criticized the use of the metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound -- placed there by Israel after a July 14 terror attack in which three Arabs shot dead two Israeli police officers with guns they had smuggled into the holy site.

Abbas claimed the metal detectors were "falsely presented as a [security] measure to take control over Al-Aqsa mosque."