Pakistan Charges 106 Over Christian Couple's Lynching

From BBC:
Pakistan has charged 106 people with murder after a Christian couple was beaten and burnt to death by a mob in Punjab province over blasphemy allegations.

Sajjad Mesih and his wife Shama, who was pregnant, were killed last year after claims burnt pages of the Koran were found near their mud brick house.

They were attacked and put in the brick kiln where they worked as labourers.

Local media reports that three men had stirred up a crowd of 400.

The charge sheet produced by the Pakistan anti-terrorism court says the accused - three clerics - were involved in persistent provocative speech against the couple, according to local media.

Thirty-two suspects are said still to be at large.

Summonses have also been issued for witnesses to come forward.

Following rumours that burnt pages of the Koran had been found, angry members of the village told the impoverished couple to convert to Islam to repent against their alleged sin, or face the consequences for committing blasphemy.

Witnesses told the BBC when they tried to leave they were locked in a room at the kiln and told they must pay duties first.

The next day hundreds of people converged on the kiln. They were dragged out, attacked with bricks and shovels and later laid on the brick oven to be burnt alive.

The case raised fears among Christians, who form a minority in the Muslim country where blasphemy laws are controversial and attacks against Christians are common.

Protests were staged demanding justice.

Egypt’s Salafi Party Bans Christmas, Easter Greetings

From Raymond Ibrahim for Jihad Watch.
During a recent interview on Egyptian television, the schizophrenic face of the Islamist parties was on full display.

 Dr. Yunis Makioun, head of the Al-Nour Party, the political wing of the Salafis, insisted that Islam commands Muslims to “protect”—a reference to their “dhimmi” status—and treat Coptic Christian minorities properly.

 Even so, according to Islam, said the Salafi spokesman, Muslims are forbidden from offering greetings or congratulations to the Copts on any Christian holiday, such as Christmas and Easter.

New Jersey Muslim Gets Life In Prison For Murder He Initially Blamed On “Islamophobia

From Jihad Watch:
Thank You @pamelageller and @jihadwatchRS, If you have any humanity, you might ponder over this! nyp.st/phBJuX via @newyorkpost

The link went to a story about a murder in New Jersey. Why were Pamela Geller and I being blamed for a murder when we obviously had nothing to do with it or any other murder? The answer was obvious: Islamic supremacists never miss a chance to position Muslims as victims so as to deflect attention away from jihad terror and try to place Islam and the Muslim community beyond reasonable scrutiny. Not only did I receive Jawad Rasul’s Tweet, but also a well-placed source told me that Ibrahim Hooper, Honest Ibe himself, of Hamas-linked CAIR was “salivating and waiting to jump all over” the murder story. “They are waiting to blame you for everything.”

In CAIR’s world, as I noted here, my work exposing the activities of Islamic jihadists and the ways in which they use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism constitutes “hate” and “incitement to violence.” The goal of Hamas-linked CAIR and other Islamic supremacists is to demonize us and thereby shut us up, so that the jihad can proceed unchallenged. The unscrupulousness and mendacity of such charges only indict those who make them.

Anyway, in the New Jersey case, the Muslim who initially blamed the murder of his wife on “Islamophobia” has just been sentenced to life in prison.

“Man, 29, who arranged for his lover to shoot dead his wife in front of their toddler son is sentenced to life in prison – as judge says he is ‘beyond redemption,'” by Sophie Jane Evans, Dailymail.com, May 22, 2015:
A 29-year-old man who arranged for his lover to shoot dead his wife in front of their toddler son has been sentenced to life in prison – with a judge deeming him ‘cold-blooded’ and ‘beyond redemption’.

Kashif Parvaiz, from New York City, was on a walk with his wife, Nazish Noorani, 27, and their two-year-old son in Boonton, New Jersey, in August 2011 when Noorani was fatally shot in the chest.

After the killing, Parvaiz – who sustained a wound to his leg – claimed his family had been targeted in an anti-Muslim attack. But his lies unraveled when his mistress admitted to her role in the crime.

Antoinette Stephen, from Billerica, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to murder in May 2013. She then testified against her boyfriend, claiming the father-of-two had plotted with her to shoot dead Noorani.

In February, Parvaiz, whose other child was at home in Brooklyn at the time of the murder, was convicted of arranging for Stephen to kill his wife and injure him, making it look like a random attack.

And on Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison for murder – plus seven years for child endangerment and three years for hindering apprehension – at Morris County Superior Court.

Judge Robert Gilson called Parvaiz ‘cold-blooded’ and ‘beyond redemption’ as he jailed him for at least 85 years, denying defense attorneys’ requests for him to sentence the killer to just 30 years.

Parvaiz reportedly showed no emotion as he was imprisoned for life. His defense team later told CBS News that he was planning to appeal his conviction and sentence for murder and his other crimes.

Earlier in the sentencing, Noorani’s tearful brother, Kaleem, had addressed Parvaiz, saying: ‘You are a failure as a husband, father, son, as a human being, and above all, you are an evil murderer.’

Meanwhile, prosecutor Matthew Troiano had deemed the killer a coward who had endangered his own son. ‘He put that little boy into direct harm’s way,’ he said, adding Parvaiz had not run to help his wife….

U.S.: Two Men Arrested For Trying To Provide Support To ISIS

From the Daily Mail:
Two men accused of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group have been arrested, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Federal prosecutors alleged that both men intended to travel overseas to join the group.

Muhanad Budawi, 24, and Nader Elhuzayel [pictured], 24, both of Anaheim, California, were arrested on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Elhuzayel was detained at Los Angeles International Airport and Budawi in Orange County.

he men were expected to be charged Friday in federal court in Santa Ana in the probe conducted by a joint terrorism task force made up of federal and local authorities.
The FBI declined to give further details about the incident.

According to an FBI affidavit seen by The LA Times,  the agency was aware of the young men's social media activity about ISIS and several phone conversations.

But their commitment to the terrorist cause hardened earlier this month when the pair together bought a one-way ticket for Elhuzayel to fly to Turkey and on to Tel Aviv.

Elhuzayel mentioned visiting Palestinian relatives then making his way to the battlefield by crossing into Egypt.

Badawi had not travel plans but was arrested because he also paid for Elhuzayel's airfare.

The affidavit also revealed that Elhuzayel had made plans over social media to marry an ISIS supporter while in Palestine and the pair professed love for each other.

According to the court documents: 'Early in their communications, the woman told Elhuzayel that she is pro-ISIL, and that she had tried to travel to the Islamic State but was detained and returned to her home in Palestine.

'Elhuzayel responded by telling the woman that he too is pro-ISIL and that he has the same beliefs and goals as the woman.'
Read it all here.

Jihadi Bride: “I rejoiced when we had our first sex slave”

From Jihad Watch:
Richard Brennan, a Senior Political Scientist at RAND, says: “There is no way to square these things – forcing people to be slaves and raping them – with the Koran. It’s not Islamic, so they have to lie about that to make it fit the narrative.”

The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)

The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:

Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-’azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. (Muslim 3371)

It is also in Islamic law: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” (Umdat al-Salik O9.13)

The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims would take slaves. In a subsequent interview he elaborated:
Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars—there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.

When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Koran 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point—there is no disagreement from any of them. […] When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.
Around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.
A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth. I brought up [this man’s] situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?”

The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.”

“Is this forbidden by Islam?” I asked.

“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not—she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that’s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”
The savage exploitation of girls and young women is, unfortunately, a cross-cultural phenomenon, but only in Islamic law does it carry divine sanction.

“‘I rejoiced when we had our first sex slave, forced sex ISN’T rape and they should be thankful': Chilling rant of twisted ISIS jihadi bride who justifies kidnapping and abusing Yazidi girls,” by Jay Akbar, Mailonline, May 22, 2015:
ISIS has released a chilling document in which it justifies the kidnapping and rape of slave girls – and brands Michelle Obama a prostitute whose ‘price won’t even exceed a third of a dinar’.

These shocking admissions are made by a jihadi bride in the ninth edition of its propaganda magazine Dabiq, in a feature entitled: ‘Slave girls or prostitutes.’

For years Islamic State has been enslaving and sexually abusing the women it captures – particularly from Iraq’s minority Yazidi community – and sending the ‘prettiest virgins’ to depraved auctions, a United Nations envoy claimed this week.

ISIS has not only confirmed this to be true, but the terror group justifies the cruel sex crimes as Sunnah, which roughly translates as ‘a way of life’.

A counter-terrorism expert told MailOnline that this was another example of how ISIS is twisting the holy text to recruit young male fighters – who often can’t get wives in their own countries – by telling them their spoils of war will be women.

The hate-filled rant is penned by a suspected jihadi bride named Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah, who called for her ‘sisters’ to emigrate to Syria and become wives to Islamic State extremists in the previous edition of Dabiq.

During her latest despicable five-page article, she even describes the First Lady of the United States as a prostitute.

Saying: ‘Who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dinar, and a third of a dinar is too much for her!’

And she openly admits that ISIS has plundered villages and kidnapped women, saying: ‘As for the slave-girl that was taken by the swords of men following the cheerful warrior then her enslavement is in opposition to human rights and copulation with her is rape?!

‘What is wrong with you? How do you make such a judgment? What is your religion? What is your law? Rather, tell me who is your lord?’

‘Allah has opened the lands for His awliya [supporter], so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffar [non-believer], capturing their women, and enslaving their children.’

She angrily adds: ‘I write this while the letters drip of pride… We have indeed raided and captured the kafirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword.’

Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah expresses deep disappointment to Islamic State fanatics who refuted the mass kidnappings of Yazidi girls, saying: ‘So the supporters started denying the matter as if the soldiers of the Khilafah [Caliphate] had committed a mistake or evil.’

The maniacal jihadi bride claims in Dabiq that slave girls were ‘turned into hard-working, diligent seekers of knowledge after she found in Islam what she couldn’t in Kuffar [non-believer], despite the slogans of “freedom” and “equality”.

‘Indeed it is our pure Islam, which upraises every lowly-one and puts an end to every deficiency. I and those with me at home prostrated to Allah in gratitude on the day the first slave-girl entered our home.’

ISIS has carried out ‘systematic sexual crimes’ against Yazidi women and girls, having captured hundreds of them from northern Iraq over the last two years, Human Rights Watch has said.

In early April, more than 200 Yazidi women, children and elderly were released near Kirkuk after being taken hostage by Islamic State extremists last June.

Aid workers reported that among them was a pregnant nine-year-old girl who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS militants in northern Iraq – and claimed to have been ‘sexually abused by no fewer than ten men’.

Al-Muhajirah shockingly claims these women who ‘claimed to have run away from Islamic State, made up lies, and wrote false stories’.

Adding: ‘Whoever has read history and studied the Sirah [biographies of the Prophet Muhammad] knows that throughout the times there were devious and wicked slave-girls with stories that would turn a newborn’s hair grey.

‘We’re kind to them and we don’t force them to convert. Yes, this is our – as they allege – ‘savage’ Islam, ordering us with kindness even towards slaves.

I swear by Allah, I haven’t heard of nor seen anyone in the Islamic State who coerced his slave-girl to accept Islam… On the contrary, I saw all of those who accepted Islam had done so voluntarily, not against their will.

By attributing the article to a woman, Islamic State is trying to reach out to women as well as young men, a Senior Political Scientist at counter-terrorism think-tank RAND told MailOnline.

Richard Brennan added: ‘Because you’ve got a female writing that, one of the things they are desperately trying to do is to get foreign women to be wives of the foreign fighters.

‘But what happens when people get there is massive disillusionment because the external propaganda they’re using to recruit is not the reality on the ground – and many try to escape.

‘They have done an extremely good job of tainting what it is to be a Muslim. They’ve taken very specific verses of the Koran and used it to create their own narrative of what Islam should be.

Brennan says Al-Muharijah’s twisted claims that they take care of slaves and do not force them to convert are lies.

Adding: ‘The reason we know they are lies is because there is no way to square these things – forcing people to be slaves and raping them – with the Koran. It’s not Islamic, so they have to lie about that to make it fit the narrative.’

ISIS is sending the ‘prettiest virgins’ they capture to slave markets in the Syrian city of Raqqa, United Nation’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict claimed this week.

Zainab Bangura claims that after ISIS attack their villages, they strip the girls naked, conduct virginity tests, evaluate their bodies and send them to slave auctions where they are sold as sex objects to the highest bidder.

She discovered the gruesome extent of Islamic State’s sexual crimes against young women – particularly from Iraq’s Yazidi minority community – after collecting information from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Islamic State Seizes Syria's Last Border Crossing Wiith Iraq

From Yahoo! News:
The Islamic State militant group has seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by the Syrian government after security forces withdrew, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Thursday.

Iraqi officials said Iraqi security forces had also withdrawn from their side of the crossing known as al-Waleed in Iraq and al-Tanf in Syria. The crossing is in Syria's Homs province, where Islamic State on Wednesday seized the historic city of Palmyra from government forces.

It was not immediately clear when Islamic State took the site.

An Islamic State fighter contacted by Reuters confirmed the group had taken control of the crossing, which is a 240 km (150 miles) drive from Palmyra, known as Tadmur in Arabic.

Islamic State also controls a border crossing between Syrian province of Deir al-Zor and the Iraqi province of Anbar, while a border crossing between the two countries in northeastern Syria is controlled by a Kurdish militia, the YPG.

Islamic State has declared a cross-border "caliphate" in the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq.

Palestinian Driver Who Rammed Israeli Police Officers Shot Dead

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
A Palestinian driver who rammed his car into a group of Border Patrol officers in eastern Jerusalem was shot and killed by Israeli police.

Two officers were moderately injured in the Wednesday morning attack in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tor, near the Mount of Olives.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld in a tweet called the driver an “Arab terrorist.” The driver, 30, reportedly was shot as he tried to back his SUV over the downed officers, a man and a woman both in their 20s. They were taken to Jerusalem-area hospitals.

Police, who are investigating the incident, closed off the area. Local residents threw rocks at police and security forces following the attack, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Last week, four Israelis, three of them students, were injured at a traffic junction in the West Bank when a Palestinian driver from nearby Hebron rammed his car into them. The driver confessed to intentionally carrying out the attack.

There have been a series of vehicular attacks on Israelis by Palestinian drivers in the Jerusalem area in recent months.

Libyan Cleric Justifies Beheadings And Body Mutilation "To Strike Terror In The Heart" Of The Enemy

In a May 16 interview with Al-Tanasuh TV, Libyan Cleric Muhammad Bouajila, a member of the Libyan Ulema Association, explained that in principle, beheadings and body mutilation are prohibited, but are allowed under certain circumstances "especially if this serves to strike terror in the heart" of the enemy. Sheik Bouajila further commented that Muslims should fight non-Muslims who refuse to convert to Islam or pay the jizya poll tax. Al-Tanasuh TV is owned by Sadiq Al-Ghariani, Mufti of Libya who is associated with the Libya Dawn forces.

Syrian Regime Helicopter Drops Barrel Bombs On Idlib Province

Footage taken inside a helicopter of the Syrian regime shows barrel bombs being dropped on Idlib Province. According to the YouTube channel that posted the footage on May 19, the chopper was shot down by rebels and the crew was captured.

Top Turkish Cleric Gormez: We Should Not Accept Jerusalem As The Capital Of Anyone But The Muslims

In a sermon delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 15 and posted on the Internet, Mehmet Gormez, President of the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs, said: "We should not accept that Jerusalem be the capital of anyone else. It is the capital city of the Muslims. We ask Allah to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the aggressors."