Picture of the Week: Christians Under Attack

From The Religion Of Peace:
While 2000 Christian families in Mosul were forced to flee their homes under an ultimatum to convert or die, CAIR spent the week complaining about a USOC rule banning basketball players from wearing hijabs in games. The glaring lack of moral perspective toward those outside the faith is symptomatic of the narcissistic teachings of Islam.

Sudanese Salafi Group Endorses Islamic State's New Caliphate

From Reuters:
A Sudanese Salafi group in a statement on Thursday endorsed the Islamic State militant group that declared a caliphate after it swept through northern Iraq last month.

"Our Brothers in the Islamic State ... announcing an inclusive caliphate is a good job," said Sudan's Al-Attasam belKetab wa al-Sunna, which broke from Sudan's Muslim Brotherhood in 1991 to establish a stricter Islamist movement.

"We announce our support to this blessed step," added the Salafi group, which had called for a boycott of 2010 presidential and parliamentary elections because they were based on a secular constitution.

Sudan has been led for 25 years by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who came to power by a coup orchestrated by senior Muslim Brotherhood members. They later abandoned him and called for more reforms and freedoms.

More than half a million Iraqis have been displaced across the country since June 10, when the north's biggest city, Mosul, fell to Sunni insurgents who have harried Iraq's majority Shi'ite, Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

ISIS Terrorists Blow Up Burial Site Of Jonah, Vow More Of Same

From the Washington Times:
Terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have blown up the burial place of Jonah, the reluctant prophet from Galilee whose story of being swallowed by a massive sea creature is told in the Bible.

Islam recognizes the existence of Jonah, also.

ISIL radicals ringed the tomb with explosives and detonated it at a remote location, civil defense officials who witnessed the incident told CNN. A video of the explosion was posted to YouTube, but CNN said it couldn’t yet verify its authenticity.

Jonah’s tomb had been inside the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, a Sunni-held facility.

ISIL, which is engaged in a war to reestablish a caliphate in the region, has begun imposing Sharia law in all the towns it takes over — and has vowed to destroy any shrine or religious artifact found to be noncompliant with Islam. ISIL has also destroyed several Shiite worship sites in recent weeks and driven Christians from the city of Mosul, telling them they must convert to Islam or die.

Islamic State Selling Iraqi Oil To Finance 'Caliphate'

From the Huffington Post:
Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate".

Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit it overran the Himreen and Ajil fields during its two-day sweep through northern Iraq in mid-June.

The oilfields in Islamic State hands are modest compared to Iraq's giant fields near Kirkuk and Basra, which are under Kurdish and central government control. Most of the Islamic State-held oil wells - estimated by a Kurdish official to number around 80 - are sealed and not pumping.

But the monopoly over fuel in the territory it has captured gives the Islamic State leverage over other armed Sunni factions who could threaten its dominance in northern Iraq.

Iraqi officials say that in recent weeks the group has transported oil from Qayara to be processed by mobile refineries in Syria into low quality gasoil and gasoline, then brought back for sale in Mosul, a city of 2 million people.

Larger shipments of crude, some of them from Najma, are also sold via smugglers to Turkish traders at vastly discounted prices of around $25 per barrel, they said.

"We have confirmed reports showing that the Islamic State is shipping crude from Najma oilfield in Mosul into Syria to smuggle it to one of Syria's neighbors," said Husham al-Brefkani, head of Mosul provincial council's energy committee.

"The Islamic State is making multi-million dollar profits from this illegal trade."

Petrol stations in Mosul are now selling fuel supplied by traders working with the Islamic State, which charges either $1.0 or $1.5 a liter depending on quality - a huge increase on previous prices, one petrol station owner in the city said.

"The fuel is brought from Syria ... It's triple the price before, but drivers have to buy it because subsidized government fuel was halted," he said.

Brefkani said the Islamic State was the sole sponsor of the imports from Syria, where the group also controls oilfields in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor. "They use part of it for their vehicles and sell the rest to their traders in Mosul."
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Iraqi Kurds Risk Hamas Rockets In Israel To Get Surgery For Sick Children

From Rudaw:
Three times since arriving in Israel for life-saving heart surgery on his baby boy, Kheiri from Kurdistan had to scurry for shelter at the charity hosting him in Jerusalem, as Hamas rockets flew overhead.

The Kurd from Shengal and his year-old son Wassam are among some of the Kurdish families staying at the Shevet Achim NGO, which brings ailing children from Kurdistan and other parts of the world for heart surgery at Israel’s world-class hospitals, at no cost to the families.

The few Kurdish parents and children there had not counted on getting caught in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

“Thank God, the missiles fell far from here,” said Kheiri, who is unafraid of the blare of the air raid sirens. “This is nothing compared to Iraq. I’ve been bombed many times,” said Kheiri, a Yezidi Kurd working as a policeman back home.

The Shevet Achim building, where staff share living quarters with visiting families, does not have its own bomb shelter. But its old stone structure appears solid enough to withstand a Hamas rocket hit.

When air raid sirens go off in Jerusalem, the Shevet staff hurries families into the stairway, the safest place in the building because it has no windows that can shatter by incoming rockets.

The mothers or fathers have 90 seconds at most to get out of bed, wake their ailing children, and rush them to the stairwell.

Hami, from Dohuk, is in Jerusalem with her 12-year-old son, Daoud.  He too is battling a heart problem, and has had a series of operations over the last four months.

Like Kheiri, she professed no fear at the sirens and rockets.

“Whatever God wants,” she said. “There is also war back home.” She is so unconcerned that that she does not even head for the shelter when sirens go off, saying “I trust in God.”

But Sirwa, who arrived from Chamchamal about a month ago with her three-year-old son, Aram, is terrified of the sirens.

“I’m always the first to go down,” she confessed, getting laughter from the other mothers. “But when I am with everyone, I am not afraid.”

Josh Miles, a Shevet employee and son of its founder, has been responsible for getting staff and the families to safety during sirens.

“The mothers have been pretty calm,” he said. “Some of the staff was actually more nervous.”

What is more, Miles’ wife was in labor during the first rocket barrage fired at Jerusalem. “We were counting contractions, and I was directing the staff through texts,” he quipped.

Miles said that families from Kurdistan are still coming, despite the fighting.

The charity sponsors children from Syria, Jordan and Gaza for surgery in Israel.

Miles said it was harder to get families from Gaza to the hospitals, because of the fighting.

Two Gazan families were too afraid to travel through the northern Gaza Strip, which has seen the heaviest fighting, to reach the Erez Crossing into Israel.  Another two families were prevented from entering Israel by Hamas.

One of Shevet’s Palestinian staffers, a Christian man who asked not to be named, said that for Gazans trying to get into Israel it was much harder to get through Hamas checkpoints than through Israeli ones.

Despite the fighting and the dangers to their lives, Kheiri has no regrets about coming to Israel. And he confessed to being very impressed by his experience in Israel.

“In the hospital, how people act? It doesn’t matter what religion you are. People here have freedom, the Jews give freedom,” he gushed.

Kheiri said he wished he could move his family to Jerusalem and leave Iraq’s problems behind.

Iraqis: Jihadis Destroy Ancient Mosque In Mosul

From Yahoo! News:
Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the city said.

The residents said the Islamic State militants, who overran Mosul in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the city, first ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, then blew it up.

The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Quran is swallowed by a whale.

It was renovated in the 1990's under Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the recent militant blitz that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.

Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, said the residents, speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared for their own safety.

The residents told The Associated Press that the militants claimed the mosque had become a place for apostasy, not prayer. The extremists also blew up another mosque nearby on Thursday, Imam Aoun Bin al-Hassan mosque, they said.

The attack came hours after Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president, as they struggle to form a new government amid the militant blitz that has engulfed much of northern and western Iraq.

Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops amid the blitz offensive last month by al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State group that captured large swaths of land in the country's west and north, including Iraq's second largest city of Mosul. The militants have also seized a huge chunk of territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, and have declared a self-styled caliphate in the territory they control.

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Gaza Reporters’ Tweets: Hamas Using Human Shields

From the Jerusalem Post:
Several journalists from around the world reported seeing rockets fired from civilian areas in Gaza in recent days, and received threatening tweets in return accusing them of “informing” the IDF.

On Wednesday, Peter Stefanovic of Australia’s Channel Nine News tweeted: “Hamas rockets just launched over our hotel from a site about two hundred metres away. So a missile launch site is basically next door.”

An account called @ThisIsGaza said this was Stefanovic’s fourth time “passing and fabricating information to Israel... from GAZA” and threatened to sue him.

Another account, @longitude0 wrote: “You are a cretin. Are you working for the IDF” and “in WWII spies got shot.”

Financial Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief John Reed reported seeing “two rockets fired toward Israel from near al-Shifa hospital, even as more bombing victims were brought in.”

Shifa, in Gaza City, is the main medical facility in the Strip.

In response, @Saritah_91 tweeted: “We’ll hold you responsible if Israel uses your tweet to bomb the hospital & then justify it.”

Another twitter user, @ Faysal_FreeGaza, said he’s “subtly justifying and encouraging IDF attacks on hospitals,” and @Maysara_ ara wrote: “Get out of Gaza u informant.”

Wall Street Journal correspondent Nick Casey tweeted on Tuesday a photo of a Hamas official using Shifa hospital for media interviews, writing: “You have to wonder w the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see interviews.”

By Wednesday, the tweet was deleted, but pro-Palestinian Twitter accounts continued to include him on lists of “journos in Gaza [who] lie/fabricate info for Israel” and “must be sued for crimes.”

On Sunday, Janis Mackey Frayer, a correspondent for Canada’s CTV, tweeted that, while in Gaza City’s Shejaiya’s neighborhood, she “saw several Hamas gunmen.

One passed dressed in a woman’s headscarf... tip of a gun poked out from under cloak.”

She received threats similar to those sent to other reporters.

Harry Fear, a journalist from the UK reporting from Gaza for RT (formerly Russia Today) television, tweeted last week: “Early morning Gaza rockets were fired into Israel. A well-known site in W. Gaza City, near my hotel, was among the origins, confirm locals.”

Fear then took on the critics, tweeting soon after that he rejects “loaded complaints that I ‘informed’ Israel about the specifics of Gaza military sites... These sites are well-known among locals and internationals here.”

“Should a journalist only report the noise and ferocity of Israel’s attacks & not the sounds of Gaza’s rockets? Both terrify people,” he tweeted.

Later that day, Fear tweeted: “Al-Wafa hospital has been hit in the last while; injuries reported – this is the hospital with human shields.”

Bahrain: Man Caught Smoking Cigarette While Driving His Car Charged With Denigrating Ramadan

From Jihad Watch:
Virtue that is mandated by force is not virtue. It does not make people good. It only creates an empire of fear. That is what Sharia creates.

“Bahraini charged with smoking during Ramadan,” by Neil Halligan, ArabianBusiness.com, July 24, 2014 (thanks to Twostellas):
A Bahraini man, who was caught smoking a cigarette while driving his car, was charged [with] denigrating Ramadan, according to a report in Bahrain’s Daily Tribune newspaper.

Police caught the man smoking and holding a juice can in his hand in public and was immediately referred to the Lower Criminal Court, where he was remanded in custody for seven days, pending an investigation.

Earlier this month, an Egyptian woman was charged with smoking in public during daylight hours, as she was being questioned by a Customs officer at Bahrain International Airport.

The 32-year-old had been escorted into the lieutenant’s office after she tried to avoid having her bags checked at the airport, claiming she was late for her flight.

Gulf Daily News reported that she allegedly insulted the officer, knocked his hat off and lit a cigarette in his office.

She said that she lit the cigarette as she was not fasting. She also claimed that she accidentally knocked the policeman’s hat off, as she wave her hands explaining that she was late for her flight. She was released on BD500 bail.

Bahrain, like other Islamic countries, prohibits smoking, drinking and eating in public in the daylight hours during the holy month of Ramadan.

IDF Calls Out UN For Lying About Gaza Civilian Casualties

From the Washington Free Beacon:
Israel is calling out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed today.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility.

UNRWA—which has been under fire in recent days for allowing Hamas to use its facilities to store rockets—released a statement claiming: “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate staff and any displaced persons who chose to evacuate to a more secure location. Approval for that never came to UNRWA.”

Earlier, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness had similarly accused the IDF of preventing a civilian evacuation.

“Over the course of the day UNRWA tried 2 coodinate [sic] with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted,” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness tweeted, following the strike.

However, in an unusual move late Thursday, multiple IDF sources rejected UNRWA’s claims and characterized them as outright falsehoods when reached by the Washington Free Beacon.

“For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general,” said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and International Red Cross (ICRC) leading up to the incident.

The official continued: “This morning we sought a cease-fire in the area and a humanitarian evacuation of civilians, but Hamas refused—because they wanted to keep civilians in the area to protect their fighters who were firing on the IDF,” the source said. The claim by Gunness and UNRWA that the IDF did not respond to their request to evacuate civilians, the source said, is “a flat-out complete and total lie.”

When asked for further details about the incident, UNRWA claimed that its school in Beit Hanoun had been turned into “a battlefield” in recent days.

Many Palestinians, including women and children, had sought shelter from the fighting in the school, believing it to be safe territory, according to UNRWA.

“This is the fourth time in the past four days that an UNRWA school has been struck by explosive projectiles,” UNRWA said.

An official IDF statement released to the Free Beacon states that “the IDF authorized a humanitarian time window for evacuation between 10:00-14:00 IDT earlier today. Hamas prevented the civilians from leaving it and once again used their infrastructure and international symbols as human shields. In the course of the afternoon, several rockets launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip landed in the Beit Hanoun area.”

“From initial inquiries done about the incident, during the intense fighting in the area, militants opened fire at IDF soldiers from the school area,” the statement says. “In order to eliminate the threat posed to their lives, they responded with fire toward the origins of the shooting.”

“The UNRWA claims that Israel prevented the safe evacuation of the school in Beit Hanoun are unfounded,” the statement concludes.

The source of the explosion is being investigated by the IDF.

“It should be emphasized that during recent days the [Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories] has been maintaining close contact with representatives of the UNRWA, the ICRC, and Palestinians in Beit Hanoun,” the statement concludes. “It should be further emphasized that following this contact, the humanitarian window was authorized.”