Palestinian Terrorism: 15 Years Later

Aziz Salha was freed in a swap for Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit. Salha was one of over 1,000 terrorists returned to the Palestinians for Shalit. And Salha was welcomed as a hero.

From StandWithUs:
On this day 15 years ago, two IDF soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, mistakenly passed an Israeli checkpoint and entered Ramallah. They were detained by Palestinian police only to have the police station overrun by an angry mob of Palestinians. What occurred after was one of the most horrific incidents violence in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

The soldiers were beaten, stabbed, had their eyes gouged out, and were disemboweled. At this point, a Palestinian (later identified as Aziz Salha), appeared at the window, displaying his blood-soaked hands to the crowd, which erupted into cheers. The crowd clapped and cheered as one of the soldier's bodies was then thrown out the window and stamped and beaten by the frenzied crowd. One of the bodies was set on fire. Soon after, the crowd dragged the two mutilated bodies to Al-Manara Square in the city center as the crowd began an impromptu victory celebration. Palestinian policemen did not prevent, and in the lynching.

15 years later, we deal with horrific violence again as a Palestinian stabs Israelis, including a 13-year-old, on the streets of Jerusalem.

Picture of the Week: Palestinian Terror In Israel

H/T: The Israel Project
Meet Orel. Yesterday, a terrorist rammed into her with a car, then stabbed her over and over again. She is now in critical condition.

Powerful Blasts Rock Ankara Peace Rally, Dozens Killed

Warning some of the scenes in this video you may find disturbing. At least 30 people have been killed and 126 injured in two blasts at the venue for a peace rally in the Turkish capital, Ankara, Interior Ministry said. According to the Turkish government, the explosions are suspected to be a terror attack by suicide bombers.

Denmark: 77 Percent Of Muslims Think That The Quran’s Instructions Must Be “Applied Fully”

From Jihad Watch:
Translated from JP
Muslims in Denmark have begun to pay more attention to their religion and religious practices.

A poll among Muslims in Denmark shows this… it is comparable to a similar survey from almost 10 years ago, in 2006.

Back then it was 37 percent who prayed daily five times or more. Now 50 percent are praying five times a day or more. Similarly, an increasing proportion – 77 percent – think that the Quran’s instructions must be applied fully, as compared to 62 percent in 2006. Finally, there are also some who believe that Muslim girls from adolescence onward should cover themselves with headscarves.

Terrorist Smiles In Court: 'I Didn't Do Anything'

Israel's peace partner at work ... stabbing Israelis.

From Arutz 7:
Alla Raeed Ahmed Zayud, 20, the Arab terrorist and Israeli citizen from Umm El Fahm who on Sunday night wounded four Israelis in a terror attack, appeared in court on Monday with a smile on his face, and pretended as if his murderous attack never happened.

Zayud ran over two soldiers, and then got out of his car to stab two passersby. One of the soldiers is in serious condition, and the rest of the victims are defined as suffering light to moderate wounds. The attack took place at a bus station near Gan Shmuel on Highway 65 in northern Israel, between Hadera and Afula.

And yet the Arab terrorist showed no remorse for his actions in court, or even any willingness to recognize his deeds.

In a court hearing to extend his arrest at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court, he said, “I didn’t do anything. They want to turn me into a terrorist. I don’t know what they want from me. I’m not a terrorist.”

The terrorist’s statements, which fly in the face of a mountain of evidence, evidently did little as his arrest was extended until Wednesday.

Zayud’s lawyer, Wassam Araf, made the surprising claim that his client was involved in a “car accident,” and was then attacked by Jews, in a total reversal of the facts of the case. Previous car attacks have also initially been claimed as “accidents.”

The female soldier who Zayud critically wounded with his car was transferred from the Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera to Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer on Sunday night. She continues to be in serious condition and was brought in to the surgery room….

Afghan Taliban's Reach Widest Since 2001

From New York Times:
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat.

In addition, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan over the past two weeks has evacuated four of its 13 provincial offices around the country — the most it has ever done for security reasons — according to local officials in the affected areas.

The data, compiled in early September — even before the latest surge in violence in northern Afghanistan — showed that United Nations security officials had already rated the threat level in about half of the country’s administrative districts as either “high” or “extreme,” more than at any time since the American invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001.

That assessment, which has not been publicly released but is routinely shared by the United Nations with countries in the international coalition, appears at odds with the assessment of its American commander, Gen. John F. Campbell, in his testimony to Congress last week.

“The Afghan security forces have displayed courage and resilience,” General Campbell testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. “They’re still holding. The Afghan government retains control of Kabul, of Highway One, its provincial capitals and nearly all of the district centers.”

Afghan officials in many districts currently under attack by the Taliban depict a significantly different situation. Even Highway One, a ring road connecting all of Afghanistan’s main cities, has long suffered repeated Taliban ambushes and roadblocks in southern Afghanistan; over the past two weeks the insurgents repeatedly cut the highway in the Doshi and Baghlani Jadid districts of Baghlan Province — long an uncontested government stronghold. Few government officials now use the highway along much of its route.

In many districts that are nominally under government control, like Musa Qala in Helmand Province and Charchino in Oruzgan Province, government forces hold only the government buildings in the district center and are under constant siege by the insurgents….

Iran Tests Long-Range Missile, Possibly Violating Nuclear Accord

Well, that was fast.

From the New York Times:
TEHRAN — Iran tested a new guided long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, hours before Parliament, in a rowdy session, approved the generalities of the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran and world powers, the state news agency IRNA reported.

The missile launch may have violated the terms of the agreement, reached in Vienna with six world powers. According to some readings of the deal, it placed restrictions on Iran’s ambitious missile program.

Experts have been debating the interpretation of a United Nations Security Council resolution, adopted a few days after the accord was agreed upon, that bars Iran from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”

Hard-line Iranian officials had for months been demanding new missile tests, a common practice before the negotiations over the country’s nuclear program began in 2013.

The missile — named Emad, or pillar — is a step up from Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles because it can be guided toward its target, the Iranian defense minister, Hossein Dehghan, told the semiofficial Fars news agency. In recent decades, with Iran’s air force plagued by economic sanctions and other restrictions, the country has invested heavily in its nuclear program and has produced missiles that can reach as far as Europe.

“We don’t seek permission from anyone to strengthen our defense and missile capabilities,” Mr. Dehghan said.

Also on Sunday, members of Parliament voted in favor of a bill approving the generalities of the nuclear agreement, but they had been denied information on its details. State television broadcast the session using only audio and archived images of Parliament.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, who had gone to Parliament to defend the deal, said in a speech that a member had threatened to kill him and bury his body “in the cement of the Arak heavy-water reactor.”

Under the nuclear agreement, a heavy-water plant in Arak will be redesigned and turned into a relatively less dangerous light-water reactor. The threat, which sounded like something from an American gangster film, was made in front of witnesses by a hard-line representative, Ruhollah Hosseinian, according to reports. [...]

Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Attacks Kill Dozens In Chad

From the AFP via France 24:
At least 36 people were killed in Chad Saturday in what appeared to be a string of coordinated suicide attacks targeting a village housing thousands of Nigerian refugees that had fled Islamic extremist violence.

Authorities blamed the attacks on the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The five suicide bombers behind the attacks in Baga Sola, on the shores of Lake Chad, have been identified as two women, two children and a man, according to a statement from government spokesman Hassan Sylla Bakari.

Female suicide bombers hit the market in Baga Sola when it was at its busiest Saturday, killing at least 16 people, the director general of Chad’s gendarmerie, General Banyaman Cossingar, said. A second group of suicide bombers also targeted a nearby refugee camp, killing dozens more.

"There are bodies everywhere, a head here, a leg there, everyone is in a state of panic," a resident said on the condition of anonymity.

There were conflicting reports on the number of wounded. While the government’s official count was 48, the UNICEF said at least 53 people were wounded, including 14 children.

“There were three explosions at the Baga Sola market and two explosions near the Dar-es-Salam refugee camp. From our information, the explosion was not in the refugee camp, but in a part of the village nearby,” police spokesman Paul Manka said, noting that two of the bombings were near the refugee camp, but not actually inside it.

Thousands of refugees

For months, Baga Sola has been home to thousands of people who already had fled deadly Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. The United Nations says the Dar-es-Salam camp now has just over 3,000 refugees, and can house up to 15,000 people.

The village is in the Lake Chad region near the border with Nigeria, where Boko Haram first launched its insurgency six years ago. According to Amnesty International the uprising has so far killed 20,000 people.

While Boko Haram has attacked Chad’s capital before, the bombings on Saturday appear to be the largest and most elaborate staged yet in the country’s lake region.

Chad has become a major military ally of Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram, which earlier this year threatened to retaliate.

In June and July, Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, was rocked by a series of suicide attacks that killed dozens of people - the first such attacks since Boko Haram threatened Chad

Boko Haram, which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group, has also stepped up attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May pledging to halt the uprising.

Boko Haram has used dozens of young girls and women in recent suicide bombings in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, raising fears it is using kidnap victims to target countries involved in setting up a regional force to combat the extremists.

Saudi Sheikh Yahya Al-Jana' Waxes Lyrical About The Virgins Of Paradise

In a lesson posted on the Internet on September 1, 2015, Saudi Sheik Yahya Al-Jana' talks about the joys of Paradise, saying that men will have the strength of a hundred men in Paradise and will be busy "tearing hymens," while the virgins of Paradise, whose breasts are "like pomegranates," become virgins every time again.

Palestinian Teen Stabs Israeli Man, Wrote Of Desire TO Be Shahid


From the Times of Israel:
Palestinian teen who stabbed an Israeli man in a terror attack Wednesday wrote of her desire to become a shahid, or martyr, hours before carrying out the knifing.

“I’m going to become a shahid [martyr],” 18-year-old Shorouq Dwayyat wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday morning.

In the post, Dwayyat, a resident of East Jerusalem’s Tsur Baher neighborhood and a student at Bethlehem University, wrote:

“Mother: Where are you going?
Mother, I am going to become a shahid
Mother, I want to ask a request of you
Don’t cry about me, when I become a shahid
#Our greatest desire is to become shadids for Allah”

Dwayyat was evacuated in critical condition to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem after being shot by the Israeli man she stabbed in the back near the entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday morning.

In an interview with Channel 2, Dwayyat’s mother claimed her daughter stabbed the Israeli in self-defense after he attempted to pull off her head covering. She said Shorouq had told her she was going to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque before going to Bethlehem for classes. She was apparently unaware of her daughter’s Facebook post.

Several members of the Dwayyat family scuffled with police officers at the hospital Wednesday afternoon after they were barred from seeing her. One of the family members was detained by police for questioning.

Wednesday’s terror attack took place close to where a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli men to death Saturday night. The wife of one of those murdered and her toddler child were also wounded in that attack, while the stabber was shot dead by security forces.

Palestinians have reacted violently over allegations that Israel has been seeking to curtail Muslim rights at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, and to alter longstanding rules that ban Jews from praying there.

Israel has repeatedly denied the allegations, asserting that it is not planning to change the status quo at the flashpoint compound.