4 Sunni Muslim Groups Responsible For 66 Percent Of All 17,958 Terror Killings In 2013

From CNSNews.com:
The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60 percent compared to the previous year – from 11,133 to 17,958 – with four Sunni Muslim extremist groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities, according to a comprehensive annual study. 
Eighty-two percent of fatalities occurred in just five countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, although the number of countries that experienced more than 50 terror-related deaths also rose – to 24, compared with 15 the previous year.

Among the many findings in the new Global Terrorism Index, a project of the nonprofit Institute for Economics and Peace, is one that calls into question claims that poverty is a key driver of terrorism.

“One of the most important findings in this report is that there is not a strong statistical link between poverty and terrorism,” it says. “Many people who join terrorist groups in wealthy countries are well educated and come from middle class families.”

“Other measures which didn’t correlate include life expectancy, mean years of schooling and economic factors such as GDP growth.”

Socio-economic, governance and attitudinal variables that showed the most significant correlation with terrorism were political stability, intergroup cohesion and legitimacy of the state.

The report also found that “religion” as a driving ideology for terrorism has jumped significantly in the last five years, and accounts for most of the terror activity in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

As a driver for terrorist groups, religion far outstrips “politics,” which tends to dominate attacks in the Western Hemisphere and is responsible for about half of them in Europe; and “national separatist” ideology, which accounts for the vast majority of attacks in Russia and former Soviet Union areas, and about half of attacks in Europe and about one-third in the Asia-Pacific...

Virginia Muslima Will Stay In Jail Until Trial On Islamic State-Related Charges

From Jihad Watch:
“Neighbor Adrian Ford said she found it ‘strange’ when Coffman started wearing a burqa because she used to wear T-shirts and jeans.” Yet Islamic advocacy groups in the U.S., along with their Leftist allies, have consistently denounced any identification of devoutness in Islamic observance as an indicator of possible “radicalization.” The facts again and again show, however, that there is indeed a connection, ignored at our own risk.

An update on this story. “Virginia mom will stay in jail until trial on ISIS-related charges,” by Becky Perlow, CNN, November 20, 2014 (thanks to Lookmann):
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) — A 29-year-old Virginia woman charged with lying to the FBI about alleged connections to the terror group ISIS will remain in jail until her trial.

Heather Coffman of Henrico County, Virginia, stood quietly in federal court in Richmond on Wednesday, where she waived her right to a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing.

Coffman, mother of a 7-year-old son, is accused of trying to help people go to Syria to take up arms with ISIS.

No court date was set at the hearing Wednesday for Coffman, who was dressed in a navy-blue jailhouse jumpsuit and bright orange rubber shoes, her brown hair unkempt and her face emotionless.

Authorities say they built their case against Coffman over several months using information from a series of undercover interviews and social media posts. Coffman first caught the attention of the FBI through her Facebook activity, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Investigators say Coffman, using the name Ubeida Ametova, listed her “work and education” on her Facebook account as “jihad for Allah’s sake” and posted images of ISIS fighters armed with AK-47s with captions including, “We are all ISIS” and “Virtues of the Mujahideen.”

Investigators say they also discovered a man whom Coffman claimed was her husband. According to Facebook communications detailed in the complaint, the man told Coffman he hoped their future son would be “Mujahideen” and Coffman agreed, expressing her support for “whatever you want to do.”

Several of Coffman’s neighbors told CNN there were indications she was increasingly observant of the Muslim faith but they saw no signs she was radicalized. They say they noticed a change in Coffman’s appearance about three months ago when she started wearing black burqas and headscarves.

Neighbor Adrian Ford said she found it “strange” when Coffman started wearing a burqa because she used to wear T-shirts and jeans….

Pakistan: Family Of Murdered Christians Being Pressured To Withdraw Case

From the Express Tribune:
The murdered couple’s family members said that were feeling insecure and demanded government protection. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS 
ISLAMABAD: Relatives of the Kot Radha Kishan lynching victims say they are facing threats and being pressured into withdrawing the case.

The family members told a press conference on Monday that they were being offered land and money as compensation for the murders of Shama and Shehzad Masih.

Shehzad’s brother Shahbaz Masih and his wife Parveen Masih demanded that the government provide them with protection. They said they had already informed the Kasur district police officer of the threats.

They also demanded the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the mob violence incident. The family said that minority representatives should be included in the joint investigation team (JIT) assigned to the case.

“All we want is fair investigation of the case,” said Shahbaz, while demanding that Justice Waheed Saddiqui, a retired Federal Shariat Court judge, be included in judicial commission members.

They called for the commission and the JIT to make their reports publicly available immediately after completion of the inquiry. 
Shahbaz also urged the Supreme Court take suo moto notice and order an inquiry into the attack.

Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL) Chairman Sajid Ishaq said that it was a test case for the country as government itself is a complainant in the case. “The government registered the case, terming the allegations of blasphemy false and baseless,” he said.

He demanded exemplary punishment for the culprits so that no one misuses religion as an excuse to ‘resolve’ personal enmities in the future.

He said, “If the perpetrators of Gojra, Joseph Colony and the Rimsha Masih case had been punished, no one would have dared to burn Shehzad and his wife.” He said the victims’ family was feeling insecure and fearing another extremist attack. “We want the government to relocate the family to a safer place to protect them from the people pressuring them,” said Ishaq.

PIL Executive Director Nazia Ansari said it was time the government took steps to check the incidence of mob violence in blasphemy cases.

Sweden: Ambulance Workers Demand Anti-Riot Helmets, Body Armor And Gas Masks

From Jihad Watch:
More at Jihad Watch on Sweden here. Via 10news.dk:
“There have been so many incidents. There has been everything from shootings to people with machetes and people smashing ambulances or trying to attack the ambulance staff. We are not safe to the extent we have previously been,” says Henrik Johansson, president of the Ambulance Association to Dagens Medicin.

He explains that the organisation wants the alarm center and ambulances to have access to the same information that police have on people who are likely to be violent or have weapons. But the union also wants to introduce what Henrik Johansson calls tactical units.

“Emergency Medical teams that are ready to enter a hot spot should have riot helmets, bulletproof vests and shin guards. They should have equipment relevant for working in such an environment. They of course also should have gas masks.”

So they will more or less look like the riot police?

“No, the military, I would rather like to say.”

UC Berkeley Students Apathetic About ISIS Flag


Jihad Watch notes:
"This aptly illustrates the moral inversion of what is taught on our college campuses. These students’ reactions show how thoroughly they have been propagandized — just as students on the campuses of Nazi Germany in the early 1930s were just as propagandized to be anti-Semitic and tolerant of thuggery, calling evil good and good evil."
 Video thanks to Ami Horowitz.

Kenyan City Of Mombasa Hit By Killings After Mosque Raids

The fact that the mosques were likely linked to Islamic fanaticism gets a pass from Muslim clerics, according to this report. Apparently grenades and ammunition is part of the Islamic faith and belongs in mosques -- and to raid a place that hides those sorts of things is an outrage to Muslims.

From BBC:
Police say they recovered this flag, associated with Islamist militants, in the raids 
At least three people have been stabbed to death by rampaging youths in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, officials say.

The attacks came hours after police raided two mosques they accuse of having links with militant Islamists in neighbouring Somalia.

One person was killed in the police raids and more than 200 were arrested.

Witnesses said masked youths armed with machetes then went on the rampage in the Kisauni area of the city, attacking people waiting at bus stops.

Several others were injured in the attacks, which were carried out in apparent revenge for the police action.

'Raids condemned'

"We are investigating the incident and have arrested some of the suspects," local police chief Richard Ngatia said.

Some of the youths were reported to be carrying black flags similar to one recovered in the raids on the Musa and Sakinah mosques.

Police said they had also seized a pistol and a cache of ammunition, including grenades, in the raids.

They say the mosques have links with the Somali militant Islamist group, al-Shabab, and have been used to recruit and train militants and store weapons.

Muslim clerics and human rights groups have condemned the raids, which they say will only reinforce feelings that police are targeting the entire Muslim community in Mombasa, a coastal city which is a popular tourist destination.

Mombasa County commissioner Nelson Marwa said three people had been killed by the rampaging youth. Relatives and hospital staff reported four deaths.

In February, a similar raid at the Musa mosque led to violent protests. The mosque was once controlled by the radical cleric Sheikh Abud Rogo, who was killed in 2012.

There have been a number of bombings and shootings in Mombasa since 2011 when Kenyan troops entered Somalia to attack al-Shabab.

Three Americans Among Four Rabbis Murdered By Muslims Screaming “Allahu Akbar” At Jerusalem Synagogue

From Jihad Watch:
What will be the response of the American government? Since the Obama Administration thinks that “Palestinian” jihad attacks are responses to Israeli actions, it will probably step up pressure on the Israelis to make more concessions to the “Palestinians”: stop the construction of “settlements,” give up part or all of Jerusalem, etc. And if the Israelis react strongly to this, the U.S. government will immediately start telling them to stop and to conclude a “truce” with the “Palestinians.”

“Three Americans Among Four Rabbis ‘Slaughtered’ in Jerusalem Synagogue,” by Paul Goldman and Lawahez Jabari, NBC News, November 18, 2014:
TEL AVIV, Israel — Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue, opening fire and using knives and axes to attack Jews praying inside, officials said Tuesday. Four rabbis were killed — including three dual U.S.-Israeli nationals — and six other people wounded.

The attackers were later killed in a shootout with police. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Iraeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld Rosenfeld said: “Everybody was praying peacefully without any disruptions whatsoever and then all of a sudden the terrorists go into a place of worship and peace and turn it into a killing nightmare.”

Israeli police told NBC News that three of the dead were dual U.S.-Israeli citizens. Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed the death of a dual U.K.-Israeli national. Police said the slain included Rabbi Moshe Twersky. He is the son of Boston-born Isadore Twersky, who founded Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies. Rabbi Kelman Levin, Rabbi Avraham Goldberg and Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky were also killed, according to an announcement made by the synagogue.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, the first time he has done so since a recent spike in deadly violence against Israelis. He also called for an end to Israeli “provocations” surrounding a contested holy site. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised it and called for more bloodshed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers.” Netanyahu blamed the violence on incitement by Hamas and Abbas.

Secretary of State John Kerry described the incident as an “act of senseless brutality” and an “atrocity.” He added: “The Palestinian leadership must condemn this. This simply has no place in human behavior and we need to hear from leaders who are going to lead their people to a different place.”

The rampage took place in the ultra-Orthodox western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. Witness Akiva Polock was one of the first to arrive at the scene. “I arrived to the synagogue and saw a wounded man outside, I started to treat him and suddenly shots were fired at me from inside the synagogue,” he told Israel’s Channel 2. “I jumped away while trying to pull away the wounded.”…

Netanyahu To World Leaders: I Want To See Outrage Over This Massacre

From Y-Net:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called on world leaders to denounce the attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that claimed the lives of four worshipers.

"I call on all the leaders of countries in the Western world: I want to see outrage over this massacre. I want to see denunciation," he said at a press conference in Jerusalem Tuesday night.

Two terrorists wielding meat cleavers, knives and guns arrived at the compound on Harav Shimon Agassi Street, which includes a synagogue and yeshiva (rabbinical seminary), and carried out two attacks in two locations.

While Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, Netanyahu said this was not enough.

"We are in the midst of a terror campaign focused on Jerusalem. In the middle of Shacharit, while wrapping in tallit and tefillin, four rabbis were slaughtered, four innocent and pure Jews. The animals who committed this massacre came charged with vast hatred from wide-raging incitment against the Jewish people and its country," Netanyahu said.

"Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority are spreading countless of libels and lies against the State of Israel. They say the Jews are defiling the Temple Mount. They say we mean to destroy the holy sites there, and that we mean to change the praying arrangements there. It's all a lie. And these lies have already exacted a very steep price," he added.

"Yesterday, a bus driver from East Jerusalem committed suicide. The pathological report's findings, which were released to the public, prove it unequivocally. But this did not prevent those inciting to spread these blood libels that he was murdered by Jews. And this incitement played a part in the shocking massacre this morning."

Earlier in the day, Netanyahu warned that Israel would "respond harshly" to  the attack, calling it a "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers."

Netanyahu's comments were echoed by Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz who said that "the terrorists wielded axes, but the voice was that of Mahmoud Abbas."

An official Hamas statement said that the attack was a response to the death of bus driver Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, who was found hanged at a Jerusalem bus terminal Sunday night. Police said that he had committed suicide, a statement dismissed by some.

Other Israeli politicians reacted strongly to the attack, also suggesting that Israel's response would be fierce.

"These are no longer isolated incidents - we are at war," said Shas leader Aryeh Deri, while Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat urged "the government to allocate all forces and resources; we will not let terror win."

President Reuven Rivlin said that Israel was "experiencing a coordinated campaign; this isn't a coincidental sequence of events." He added that "this hour demands national responsibility and unity, and coping together -- both with terrorism and with other challenges that face us."

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett also denounced Abbas, saying that he "has declared war on Israel, (and) we must respond accordingly."

But Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino sounded a note of caution in comments from the site of the attack. "We currently have no magic solution for these kinds of attacks," he said.

"The terrorists will be defeated," Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said. "I call on citizens not to take the law into their own hands."

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned that the attack should not be connected to the Islamic State, stating that it was a Palestinian attack with a nationalist motive.

Likud MK Danny Danon said that  'Netanyahu must take charge and re-establish security for the citizens of Jerusalem.'

Meanwhile, Likud MK Miri Regev, who proposed legislation to change the status quo on the Temple Mount - a move vehemently rejected by the Muslim world - told Ynet that, "If this kind of incident had occurred in a mosque, the entire world would be against us."

MKs from the main Arab parties provided a different point of view. Hadash chairman Mohammad Barakeh, Ibrahim Sarsour of Ra`am-Ta`al, and Jamal Zahalka of Balad, condemned the attack and expressed sorrow for the bloodshed.

They said that the cycle of violence could only end only through negotiation. They stressed that the attack stemmed from lack of hope and of a political horizon, which they saw as Netanyahu's responsibility.

Families Of Terrorists Celebrate Their Attack, Hail Martyrs And Heroes

From Y-Net:
Abbas condemns attack on 'Jewish worshippers in their place of prayer'; clashes erupt in East Jerusalem as security forces move in to terrorists' home village.

The families of the two terrorists who killed four people in a brutal attack in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning have hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza.

Alaa Abu Jamal, a cousin of the terrorists, said that Israeli policies were to blame for the attack at the synagogue, when the two entered the compound during morning prayers, armed with meat cleavers and a gun.

"This occurred because of the pressures of the occupying Israeli government on the Palestinian people and in Jerusalem generally, and the ongoing harm to the al-Aqsa mosque; this act is something normal for any person who is connected to his people, to courage and to Islam."

"We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs."

He said that the family had been surprised by the attack, and that the two terrorists had not had any political affiliation. "We had not expected it to happen," he said. "One of them is married with three children; I do not know what will happen."

He added: "Praise God. For a person to die as a martyr is a great thing."

On social media, caricatures praising the terrorists were posted Tuesday, one of them showing a massacre in a synagogue...

Islamic State To Remaining Christians In Raqqa: Pay Jizya Or Lose Homes

From Jihad Watch:
Has the Church ever had a worse group of bishops than the current crop? Their ongoing silence and indifference in the face of the Muslim persecution of Christians, and their refusal even to allow discussion of it among Christians, for fear of harming their spurious and self-defeating “dialogue” with Muslims. If what they preach is even remotely true, they will be judged very, very harshly.

Meanwhile, the Muslims in Raqqa are operating in accord with the Quran: “Fight against those who do not obey Allah and his messenger, and do not forbid what he has forbidden, even if they are of the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (9:29)

“ASIA/SYRIA – 25 Christian families still in Raqqa. Obligation to pay a ‘protection tax,'” Agenzia Fides, November 15, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Raqqa (Agenzia Fides) – In Raqqa, the city of northern Syria which has become a stronghold of the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) since 2014, counts only 23 Christian families of the 1500 who lived there before the beginning of the Syrian conflict. The violence of Islamist fanaticism strikes down on this small community made up of Armenian Christians, who were unable to leave the city for lack of resources or because of age and health reasons with the methodical aspect of the administrative and bureaucratic practices: they have recently been informed about the parameters of the jizya, the “protection tax” they will have to pay from 16 November if they do not want to be expelled and dispossessed of their homes and that amounts to the equivalent of $ 535. The information reported by the Christians in Raqqa, was released by the Arab site, ankawa.com. In all likelihood Christian families, impoverished by the war, will not be able to pay the tax and will have to leave their homes.

The jizya tax had to be paid, until the nineteenth century, by every non-Muslim subject to the Islamic authorities as a clause of the “pact” which guaranteed them protection from external aggression and freedom of worship. In Raqqa the jihadists of Is – who took total control of the city in early 2014, after having met with other Islamist anti-Assad factions – have turned the main Armenian church in offices for the management of Islamic affairs and the promotion of sharia. In the stronghold city the militia of the Islamic State have already expropriated the property of the Christians fled, and they also organized symbolic actions, such as the burning of Bibles and Christian books. The kidnapping of the Jesuit Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio is attributed to the jihadist faction of IS.