Gaza Islamic Lecturer Tahani Abu Jazar: Islam Defends The Rights of Women

In a recent TV interview, Tahani Abu Jazar, lecturer on Islamic law at the Islamic University in Gaza, defended the status of women in Islam, saying: "The woman does not have the same needs as the man." The man, she said, "uses the left hemisphere of the brain," whereas the woman "uses both parts of her brain." According to Abu Jazar, "this proves that the testimony of a man equals that of two women." The interview aired on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV channel on March 8 to mark International Woman's Day.

Picture of the Week: Child Suicide Bomber

From The Religion Of Peace:
A child suicide bomber, sent by Boko Haram. Last week, the group slaughtered dozens of captured women and children (used as sex slaves) to prevent them from marrying non-believers.

New O’Keefe Video: Cornell Dean Advises On Starting ISIS Club

Joseph Scaffido, Assistant Dean at Cornell University, is captured on hidden camera advising a Project Veritas investigative journalist on how to start and fund a pro-ISIS club on campus, how to obtain funding to send care packages to ISIS and Hamas, and astonishingly, how to bring a member of ISIS to Cornell to run a “training camp.”

ISIS Recruit 400 Children For 'Cubs Of Caliphate'

From Jihad Watch:
The learned analysts quoted in this Newsweek article (not reproduced below) are sure that this is a sign that the Islamic State is on the wane, and can no longer attract adults the way it did before — since only 120 new adult jihadis joined the group between January 1 and March 23. These analysts are likely to be wrong in this assessment, as they do not understand and have not considered the power of the concept of the caliphate.

“ISIS Recruit 400 Children for ‘Cubs of Caliphate,'” by Conor Gaffey, Newsweek, March 24, 2015:
At least 400 children have joined ISIS’s ranks in Syria since the start of this year for use in combat roles, espionage and propaganda, according to monitors.

Offices for “Ashbal al-Khilafah” (“Cubs of the Caliphate”) were opened in several IS-held Syrian cities, according to London-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Minors are indoctrinated through sharia courses and prepared for combat in military training camps. The SOHR also said that children were encouraged to attend public executions and were offered weapons and cash to join the organisation….

A video released earlier this month showed a French child aged around 12 years old executing Arab-Israeli citizen Muhammad Musallam, whom ISIS accused of being a Mossad spy. The group also invited young boys to watch a screening of the execution of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh, who was locked in a cage before being burnt alive.

Online tactics used by the group to recruit young girls have been compared to those used by paedophiles grooming young children….

The SOHR also reported that at least 120 new adult jihadis joined the terrorist group between January 1 and March 23 in what it said was the lowest period of recruitment since the group declared a caliphate on June 28, 2014….

Sunni And Shiite Commentators Clash On TV Over Military Campaign In Tikrit

During an Iraqi TV debate, Sunni and Shiite commentators clashed over the role of the Shiite Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi militia in the military campaign in Tikrit, in the Salah Al-Din province of Iraq. Participating in the debate were Abu Wareth Al-Musawi, spokesman for the Al-Nujaba Movement, part of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi, Amman-based Iraqi researcher Dr. Yahya Al-Kubaisi, and Qais Al-Ameri, of the National Iraqi Alliance. After much wrangling between the participants, Al-Kubaisi got up and left the studio in protest. The debate aired on Dijlah TV on March 14.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

From ABC:
American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today.

Bergdahl was freed after five years in Taliban captivity in a controversial deal last year in which the U.S. agreed to release five mid- to high-level Taliban figures from detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar.

After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.

The Army said today Bergdahl has been charged with two counts under the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.”

The second count is the more severe of the two, carrying a potential sentence of “confinement for life” should Bergdahl be convicted. Both charges also potentially carry a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private, and a total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

"We ask that all Americans continue to withhold judgment until the facts of this case emerge," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, said in a statement. "We also ask that government officials refrain from leaking information or engaging in other conduct that endangers our client's right to a fair trial."

The Army said the case has been referred to a military preliminary hearing akin to a grand jury inquiry, which is “designed to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to merit a court-martial,” after which a higher authority will decide to go ahead with a court-martial against Bergdahl or drop the charges, among other options.

President Obama called it a "good day" when Bergdahl was freed, but critics, including some high-ranking Republicans, loudly denounced the deal, likening it to negotiating with terrorists. Also, lawmakers complained that Congress had not been consulted about the exchange, as they said the law requires. The White House defended the deal, saying that rescuing a prisoner of war was “absolutely the right thing to do” and that the deal had to be done secretly and urgently to be successful.

Iranian Leader Khamenei: Death to America; Obama Is Trying To Turn Our People Against The Regime

In an address in Tehran on March 21, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responded to the crowds' chants of "Death to America" by saying: "Death to America, of course, because America is the principal element behind this pressure [i.e., the economic sanctions]." Khamenei said that Obama had said "some dishonest things" in his Nowruz address and that the American goal was "to turn the [Iranian] people against the system." The address was broadcast on the Iranian news channel IRINN.

Counter-Terrorism Bureau Warns Of Jihadi Threats To Jewish, Israeli Targets In Europe

From the Jerusalem Post:
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned on Sunday that global jihadi elements likely will seek to carry out additional attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets, particularly in western and northern Europe.

The warning appeared in an annual travel advisory guide issued by the Bureau, which is a part of the Prime Minister’s Office.

It noted the string of terror attacks in 2014 in Belgium, France, Denmark, Canada and Australia, saying they “raise concerns over additional attacks against Western targets, including Jewish and Israeli targets.”

Militant veterans of battlegrounds in Syria and Iraq who return to their countries, and local extremists inspired by terrorist organizations, are behind the threat of more attacks, the advisory, issued ahead of the Pessah holiday, said.

The Bureau issued a total of 27 travel alerts, in addition to six enemy states that Israelis are banned by law from visiting, and eight regions that are subject to a variety of advisories.

Spring holidays, including Pessah, Independence Day and Lag Ba’omer, could attract attacks by terror elements, the advisory said, adding that the travel alerts contained in the guide are based on “solid and reliable information, which reflect tangible threats and which are based on the intelligence picture for the given period.”

In Africa, the threat of attacks against Western targets, including Israeli business travelers and companies, has risen, the advisory stated.

The Somali al-Shabab organization poses a threat to Kenya and other Horn of Africa states, and the Boko Haram group in Nigeria has increased its attacks. Al-Qaida in North Africa poses a threat, as well, and ahead of Lag Ba’omer, the advisory named Tunisia as a country that could see additional attacks.

Iran and Hezbollah also continue to pose a threat to Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, particularly Israeli tourist destinations and Jewish community figures.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau, like last year, advises Israelis to refrain from non-essential travel to Turkey.

India: Youth Happy With Jihad Work For ISIS

From India TV News:
“I am happy with my Jihadi work, I won’t come back to India”, said Fahad Shaikh, who along with three other youths left from Kalyan near Mumbai to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In the last one year since Shaikh left, he had no communication with his family however, according to sources familiar with the case, since last one month he is in constant touch with his family and friends through Skype and other VoIP platforms.

He also confirmed that Saheem Tanki, one of the youths who went with him, is dead. Reportedly, he had sent a photo of the location where Tanki died to his family members.

When NIA investigators managed to contact Shaikh on a phone number he had called from, he told that he won’t return as his community was not treated well here.

He again claimed that he was happy with ‘Jihad’ however refused to elaborate about what he was doing in Raqqa, Syria.

The four youths who joined ISIS were – Areeb Majeed, Fahad Shaikh, Aman Tandel and Shahim Tanki. All of them, educated and from well-established backgrounds, left for a pilgrimage to Baghdad in May 2014 and never looked back.

Out of them Areeb Majeed returned to India in November last year and is currently in Arthur Road jail.

As reported in Hindustan Times daily, Fahad Shaikh told his family members a week ago that he and Tandel are safe there while Tanki has died.

Except Tanki who was an HSC dropout, rest three were engineering students with well-to-do family backgrounds. Shaikh had a mechanical engineering degree from Kalsekar College in Panvel where Majeed and Tandel were students. Shaikh and Majeed’s fathers are doctors while Tandel’s father works in a reputed company in Mumbai and Tanki’s dad is a businessman.

Dead Argentine Prosecutor Was Zeroing In On A Terror Threat To The Entire Western Hemisphere

From Business Insider:
As days go by, the mystery surrounding the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman - who was found shot in the head in his locked apartment two months ago - becomes murkier.
But we're learning a lot more about the explosive findings of his decade-long investigation.

Testimony from journalists and government officials suggest that in addition to describing Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's hand in protecting the perpetrators of a 1994 Buenos Aires terrorist attack, Nisman was also working to blow the lid off the workings of Iran's terrorist organization in Latin America.

Nisman's decade of work on the subject pointed to Iran.

And according to the testimonies, it appears Nisman was working to blow the lid off the entire workings of Iran's terrorist organization in Latin America.

'Export Iran's Islamic Revolution' 
In a written statement on Wednesday, Brazilian investigative journalist Leonardo Coutinho walked members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs through the findings of his years of work looking into Iran's penetration of Brazil.

In a statement titled "Brazil as an operational hub for Iran and Islamic Terrorism," Coutinho discusses not only his findings while working for Brazil's Veja magazine, but also Nisman's tireless work.

"Official investigations carried out by Argentine, American, and Brazilian authorities have revealed how Brazil figures into the intricate network set up to 'export Iran's Islamic Revolution' to the West, by both establishing legitimacy and regional support while simultaneously organizing and planning terrorist attacks," Coutinho said (emphasis ours).

"Despite the fact that Brazil has never been the target of one of these terrorist attacks, the country plays the role of a safe haven for Islamic extremist groups, as explained below."

He went on to note that Nisman's 502-page dictum on the 1994 Buenos Aires terrorist attack "not only describes the operations of the network responsible for this terrorist attack, it also names those who carried it out. Consequently, the document lists twelve people in Brazil with ties to [Iran's Lebanese proxy] Hezbollah, who reside or resided in Brazil. Seven of these operatives had either direct or indirect participation in the AMIA bombing."

To put these astounding assertions into perspective, consider that Iranian military mastermind Qassem Suleimani recently said, "We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and North Africa."

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains what Suleimani, head of the foreign arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, meant by this: 
"When he talks about exporting the Islamic Revolution, Suleimani is referring to a very specific template.

"It's the template that the Khomeinist revolutionaries first set up in Lebanon 36 years ago by cloning the various instruments that were burgeoning in Iran as the Islamic revolutionary regime consolidated its power."

And now, according to reporting from Veja and Nisman, Iran and Hezbollah have been attempting the same in Latin America.

Nisman dug deep 
Nisman had been working on Iran's involvement in Latin America since 2005, when Nestor Kirchner, then Argentina's president, asked him to investigate a 1994 terrorist attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish Center, AMIA. The attack killed 85 people.

Around the same time, according to reports, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, had allegedly ensured that Iranian and Hezbollah agents were furnished with passports and flights that would allow them to move freely around South America and to Iran.

From there, it was a matter of fund-raising for Iran's agents - co-opting drug cartels, and sometimes hiding in remote, lawless parts of Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and other countries that lack the infrastructural, legal, and economic resources to root out Iran's agents of terror.

"Iran and Hezbollah, two forces hostile to US interests, have made significant inroads in Peru, almost without detection, in part because of our weak institutions, prevalent criminal enterprise, and various stateless areas," Peru's former vice interior minister told Wednesday's House hearing, noting that Peru was not hostile to the US. "These elements are particularly weak in the southern mountainous region of my country."

Nisman's findings alleged that Hezbollah and top government officials in Iran orchestrated the AMIA attack. Nisman's investigation was lauded by international parties - current President (and Nestor's widow) Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has said so herself. 
But things changed after Nestor left office in 2007. Argentina's prolonged ostracization from international markets made it a cash-strapped nation, and the popularity of the Kirchners domestically waned below ecstatic.

That meant Fernandez would have to fight to hold on to power, and that fight would take money. According to Coutinho's work, that's when things changed. He interviewed three defected officials of Chavez's regime who said they witnessed a conversation between the Venezuelan president and his then-Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in January 2007.

Ahmadinejad and Chavez reportedly planned to coerce Argentina into sharing nuclear technology with Iran - which Argentina had done in the 1980s and again in the early 1990s after the AMIA bombing - and stopping the hunt for the perpetrators of the AMIA bombing in exchange for cash, some of it to finance Fernandez's political aims. It's unclear whether Fernandez knew where this money was coming from, according to Coutinho.

In any case, The New York Times recently reported that intercepted conversations between Argentine and Iranian officials "point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials" from being formally accused of orchestrating the terror attack.

If genuine, The Times noted, the conversation transcripts show "a concerted effort by representatives of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's government to shift suspicions away from Iran in order to gain access to Iranian markets and to ease Argentina's energy troubles."
Read the full report here.