Jordanian MP’s Son Joins Islamic State, Dies In Suicide Attack

Notice that the narrative of poor, disenfranchised youth joining Jihad doesn't always fit.

From the AP via the Globe and Mail:
A Jordanian parliament member said he learned from Islamic State-linked media that his son carried out a suicide attack in Iraq, three months after dropping out of medical school and joining the extremist group….

“My son had everything, a family, money, and studying medicine, but he was controlled by terrible thoughts,” the legislator, Mazen Dalaeen told The Associated Press. “He was deceived and tricked by Islamic State. Islamic State is in every home through TVs and the Internet.”

The family is observing the traditional three-day mourning period for 23-year-old Mohammed Dalaeen, starting Friday in his hometown, Ai, in southern Jordan. Ai was also home to a Jordanian fighter pilot who was captured by IS late last year and burned alive in a cage by the militants.

Dalaeen said he learned of the death of his son last week from IS-linked media and a TV station in Iraq’s Anbar province. One of the sites, Dabiq, said suicide attackers drove three car bombs into Iraqi army barracks on the northern outskirts of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar.

Dalaeen said he recognized his son in one of the photos of the purported suicide attackers posted on the IS sites, under the nom de guerre “Abu Baraa, the Jordanian.”

The legislator said he last saw Mohammed in Ukraine in June and stayed with him and his Ukrainian wife, a convert to Islam, for a week.

“I noticed that his behaviour had changed completely,” Dalaeen said in a phone interview Saturday. “He had become isolated” and had grown a large beard.

Dalaeen said he told his son in a heated argument that he would cut ties with him if he didn’t drop his support for the extremists. The next day, Mohammed left for Turkey without telling his father.

Dalaeen tried to track him down, eventually heading to Turkey’s border with Syria, but was unsuccessful.

Mohammed later reached out on Facebook, telling his father he was in Syria and had joined IS. “He was very cruel with me, as if he wasn’t my son,” Dalaeen said. “He said I’m an infidel and don’t fear God, and that I legislate against Islam in parliament. My efforts to get him back failed.”

On Aug. 20, Mohammed informed his father through Facebook that it would be their last contact. He wrote that he had completed his Islamic studies and would head into battle as a volunteer for “martyrdom operations,” Dalaeen said.

An estimated 2,000 Jordanians are fighting in the ranks of IS and its militant rival from the al-Qaida network, the Syria-based Nusra Front, said Hassan Abu Haniyeh, an expert on extremist groups. He said about 350 Jordanians have been killed in fighting in the two countries.

This includes Omran al-Abadi, the son of Jordanian parliament member Mohammed al-Abadi.

Omran, an Egyptian-trained physician, joined the Nusra Front in Syria and was killed in January in a clash with the Syrian army. The legislator said Sunday that he did not hold the traditional mourning ceremony because he did not want to validate his son’s actions….

ADL Blames Abbas For ‘Renewed’ Palestinian Violence Against Israelis

From the Algemeiner:
Israeli border police officers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “implicitly gave the green light for renewed violence against Israeli civilians with a wink and a nod” during his U.N. address last week, setting in motion the string of Palestinian attacks against Israelis over the past week, the Anti-Defamation League said on Sunday.

Abbas’ more incendiary comments centered around the Palestinian leader’s threats to cease cooperating with Israel under the framework of previous agreements, such as the Oslo Accords struck by his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, as well as his refusal to acknowledge Jewish links to the religion’s holiest city of Jerusalem, where an attack by a Palestinian left two Jewish Israelis dead on Saturday.

“The attacks by Palestinian terrorist groups in the West Bank and Jerusalem come just days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s highly inflammatory speech at the United Nations, where he called the Oslo Accords defunct and denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, among other spurious claims,” declared ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt.

Greenblatt’s sentiments echo those of Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu and other members of his mostly right-wing coalition, who blame Abbas for inciting Palestinians to violence against Israelis, and for failing to condemn the attacks that have left five Jewish Israelis dead over the last week — the height of Jews’ holiday season.

“Such rhetoric, combined with the broader Palestinian media and political culture of incitement and slandering of Israel and Jews, promotes and advances a culture of violence. This needs to stop if Palestinians and Israelis ever have a hope for a real shot at peace. In the wake of these attacks Palestinian leaders should send a strong and clear message that violence and terrorism is morally unconscionable and completely unacceptable,” said Greenblatt.

Following a four-hour meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced emergency measures to combat the uptick in terrorist violence against Israelis, including the increased use of administrative detention, boosting security personnel in Jerusalem and its environs and readopting a policy of demolishing terrorists homes.

Swedish Bishop Wants To Remove Crosses From Church And Mark Direction Of Mecca To Make It More Inviting For Muslims

From Jihad Watch:
How wonderful and generous and ecumenical and multicultural this is. Watch for mosques everywhere to remove their mihrabs and install crosses so that Christians will feel comfortable praying there.
This is what a society and culture in the midst of suicide looks like.

“Bishop wants to remove Christian symbols in the Seamen’s Church,” translated from “Biskopen vill ta bort kristna symboler,”, September 29, 2015:
Bishop Eva Brunne has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions.

The bishop wants to temporarily make the Seamen’s Church available to all, for example by marking the direction of Mecca and removing Christian symbols, as is already done in common prayer rooms at airports and in some hospital chapel.

“Making a room available for people of other faiths does not mean that we are not defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ. We do that every day and in every meeting with people. But that does not mean that we are stingy toward people of other faiths,” writes Bishop Eva Brunne…

Has aroused protests

The proposal has triggered protests. Patrik Pettersson, priest of the Oscars parish in Stockholm, thinks that the proposal is noteworthy and writes on his blog:

“The church chapel can not reasonably be equated with prayer rooms at airports and hospital chapels anyway. The Christian churches and chapels are not public areas at any time.”

And Seamen’s Mission Director Kiki Wetterberg does not agree with the bishop.

“I have no problem with Muslim or Hindu sailors coming here and praying. But I believe that we are a Christian church, so we keep the symbols. If I visit a mosque, I do not ask them to take down their symbols. It’s my choice to go in there,” she says to the newspaper Dagen.

Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins Slam Liberals For Giving Islam A 'Free Pass'

From the Christian Post:
Two of the most famous atheists in the world, HBO host Bill Maher and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, slammed liberals who they say are giving Islam a "free pass," despite the human rights abuses being committed in Muslim countries and by Islamic extremist groups around the world today.

Dawkins was a guest on Maher's "Real Time" on Friday, where Maher said it is "ridiculous" that some make out Muslims to be a "protected species."

Dawkins added that people sometimes believe that those criticizing Muslims are racists.

Maher and Dawkins both took aim at liberals they said would shoot down free speech in order to protect Muslim sensitivities. Dawkins pointed out the case of Warwick University's students' union declining atheist and critic of extremist Islam Maryam Namazie the opportunity to speak at the school in October, out of fear of offending the religion.

Maher has himself faced push-back for his own university appearances, with University of California at Berkeley students starting a petition last year seeking to bar the HBO host from speaking at 2014's fall commencement ceremony, due to his "racist" views on Muslims.

"If you can't speak your mind at a university campus, where can you? I mean that's what universities are about. It's about free speech," Dawkins said.

"So they think that if you you criticize Islam you're being racist and you're absolutely right that the regressive [liberals] give a free pass to Islam," the atheist author continued. "They're kind of right about everything else, I mean, they're right about misogyny and all of the other good things. But in the case of Islam, it just gets a free pass and I think it is because of the terror of being thought racist."

Maher added that those who criticize Islam are also called "Islamophobes," which he said was a "silly word that means nothing."

Maher, Dawkins, and other atheist authors, such as Sam Harris, have been criticized by religious commentators, such as Reza Aslan, for blaming Islam for the rise of terrorism...

Palestinian Terrorists Fire Two Rockets Into Israel

From Algemeiner:
Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets at Israel on Sunday night; one exploded in an open area in Eshkol, causing no injuries or damage, and the second failed to cross into Israel, though it triggered warning sirens.

The rocket that failed to cross into Israel set off sirens in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, sending residents fleeing for cover. The rocket that did explode in Israel did not set off sirens as it was headed towards an unpopulated area, army sources said.

Read full story at The Jerusalem Post.

Islamic Jihad Claims Jerusalem Stabbing Attack: “The third intifada has already begun”

From Jihad Watch:
Reza, now you have what you wanted: “Islamic Jihad Claims Attack: ‘Intifada 3 Has Begun,'” Arutz Sheva, October 3, 2015:
The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has claimed responsibility for sending the 19-year-old Arab terrorist who murdered two Israelis and wounded two others in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday night.

The terrorist was named as Mohannad Shafik Halabi, a resident of Al-Bireh located adjacent to Ramallah in Samaria.

“Mohammed Shafik Halabi, 19, is a member of Islamic Jihad,” a senior member of the Gaza-based terror group told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the group issued a statement hailing the attack and saying it was in response to Israeli “terrorist crimes” against Palestinian Arabs.

Just days before the attack, Halabi posted on Facebook that “the third intifada has already begun.”

“We are at the start of a true intifada,” wrote Islamic Jihad in an announcement. “The situation is at the breaking point – this isn’t a storm in a teacup. Today (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu is reaping what he sowed. The Palestinian people have spoken – harming Al-Aqsa is a red line.”

The reference is to Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, where Arab terrorists have recently stepped up their violence in rioting and have likewise hurled explosives and rocks at police from inside the mosque.

The Palestinian Arabs claim that the IDF has already informed the family of the terrorist that his home will be demolished tonight.

Hamas welcomed the attack and called for additional murders. Hamas spokesperson Hussam Bardan called the attack an act of heroism, and said, “we support every attack of this type.”

Jerusalem Terror Attack: BBC Headline Shocker

From Honest Reporting:
Two Israeli men were fatally stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday evening. The Palestinian attacker was shot dead by security forces after he opened fire on them. The wife of one of the victims and their two-year-old baby were lightly wounded.

How did the BBC initially report on the attack?
Notice how the main focus of the headline is the death of the Palestinian perpetrator who is “shot dead,” effectively turning the terrorist into the victim.

And what is a “Jerusalem attack?” Cities don’t attack people. In this case, the BBC cannot bring itself to apportion responsibility to a Palestinian. Nor does it state that the actual victims of the attack were Israeli Jews.

Disturbing, yes. Surprising, no. The BBC has a history of publishing headlines where Palestinian terrorists are sanitized to the point that inanimate objects such as bulldozers are held responsible for killing Israelis.

While the headline was eventually changed, presumably as a result of outrage on social media, it is appalling that such an initial response could have been published at all.

Israel: Jewish Victim Of Terror Was Bleeding, Spat At By Palestinian Arab

From i24:
Adele Benita, one of the surviving victims of Saturday's terror attack in Jerusalem's Old City, gave a chilling account of how the stabbing attack, that killed her husband and another man who came to the family's help, unfolded and how her cries for help were ignored as she herself was stabbed repeatedly.

“I yelled ‘please help me!’ and they just spat at me,” Benita told the Israeli Ynet news site of the surrounding Palestinian store owners, whom she said stood by as the Palestinian terrorist, 19-year-old Muhanad Halabi, stabbed her husband to death in an alleyway near Lion’s Gate in the Old City.

The family's two-year-old son was also lightly injured in the attack after the attacker wrestled the weapon Aharon Benita was carrying from him and began shooting at a nearby group of tourists and police. The Benita's infant girl miraculously remained unharmed.

Benita was taken in serious condition to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, where she underwent a life saving emergency surgery overnight Saturday.

Her husband died of his wounds at Shaare Zedek Hospital, also in Jerusalem, shortly after the attack.

“When we got back from the Western Wall, we felt that something wasn’t right,” she told Ynet news from her hospital bed Sunday.

“We started walking fast but the terrorist emerged from one of the stores and lunged at us and started stabbing my husband. My husband is a strong man and started fighting him, he punched him in the face. At that point, the terrorist started stabbing me. Then he went back to my husband and stabbed him again and again. I also fought him, I tried to take away the knife, but I failed,” she recounted.

Benita said Palestinian youths who witnessed the attack laughed and cursed at her as she cried for help.

One of them slapped her while another laughed in her face and told her to “drop dead” when she told him she would give him a million shekels if he helped her get to safety with her two toddlers.

“They saw that we were with two baby carriages,” she said.

Nehemia Lavi, 41, an Old City resident who heard Benita's cries for help, came to help and he too was stabbed and killed by the terrorist.

Lavi and Banita were laid to rest Sunday at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.

The terrorist was shot dead by security forces at the scene.

'Boko Haram Marked Me For Death Because I Converted To Christianity'

From the Nigerian Bulletin:
Nigeria – A 35-year old man has disclosed how Boko Haram insurgents burnt his stores, father’s house, offices, and thereafter killed one of his cousins, who was an undergraduate at the University of Maiduguri.

According to Raphael, trouble started when he converted to the Christian faith contrary to the wishes of his father, family members and neighbours.

“A few months after my conversion to Christianity, I received several threats and warnings from the insurgents, telling me to revert to my former religion or face dire consequences. I received written threats saying I could only run but could not hide, which I took to the Police and they told me they would do something about it, but nothing was done. If they had done something about it, I wouldn’t have received the second note that said I could only run but could not hide,” he said.

“I was born in Maiduguri, Borno State, but my father was from Oyo State while my mother was born in Abuja. Both of them had been living in Maiduguri before I and my siblings were born. My father is a Muslim, and I was born into a Muslim home. I am into buying and selling of animal skins, a business I started after my National Diploma (ND) education at The Polytechnic, Ibadan in 2007/2008, and I have so many people working under me.

“In 2012, I lost my mum to illness, and towards the end of that year, I converted from Islam to Christianity. My father and all other Muslims around the neighborhood who knew my father were not happy with my conversion, because my father is one of the leaders of the Islamic group, Nasru lahi fathi (Nasfat) branch in Maiduguri.

“I am a member of the youth association in Gwange ward, and I give them financial assistance and sometimes release my bus to them for developmental projects.

“I conducted my own investigations. One of my neighbours whose brother received the same notes because of his conversion a few years ago was killed by an unknown killer.

“My family members and I have been marked for death, and everyone in the community denied ever knowing me or my family because they said I was one of the people supporting the youth with finance and cars to protest against them and kill their members.”…

Australia: Muslim Who Screamed “Allahu Akbar” After Murdering Police Official Regularly Attended Mosque

From Jihad Watch:
“Police have given no information on the shooter, who media reports said regularly skipped school to pray at a local mosque.” This presumably is the mosque that authorities raided with permission. Probably the raid focused on whether there were weapons inside, and/or visible signs of ties to the Islamic State or al-Qaeda. Did investigators also look into what is regularly taught at this mosque, and who regularly listens?

“Australia police probe motives of teen gunman,” AFP, October 5, 2015:
SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday it was still not clear if the teenager who shot and killed a man outside a police headquarters was a self-motivated “lone-wolf” attacker.

Police have not identified the black-clad assailant who shot 58-year-old finance worker Curtis Cheng in the back of the head outside New South Wales state police headquarters in suburban Sydney on Friday.
This is an odd statement. Earlier stories readily identify him as Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad.
The teen, who authorities said was born in Iran of Iraqi and Kurdish background and had no criminal history prior to the incident, was killed in an exchange of fire with police.

“In terms of these so-called lone wolves, it is too early to comment or really for me to say at any rate to what extent this individual who murdered Mr Cheng was self-motivated, self-activated,” Turnbull told reporters.

“There is a lot of work being done to investigate this murder,” said the leader, who on the weekend said the attack “appears to have been an act of terrorism”.

Authorities have searched a mosque the shooter is believed to have attended, and Turnbull stressed that Australian Muslims were the country’s “absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of extremist violence”.
Great. What are they doing to help?
“All of us need to be very aware of the way in which radicalisation can occur … communities at every level, from families all of the way up, should be alert to what young people are doing, what influences are impacting on young people,” he said.

Police have given no information on the shooter, who media reports said regularly skipped school to pray at a local mosque….