Indonesia: Teens Whipped For Cuddling

From the AFP via Mail Online:
Two teenagers have been whipped 17 times each after spending months in jail because they were caught hugging in Indonesia’s Aceh province.

A female university student and her boyfriend, both 18, were handed the sentence under strict Sharia law in the province, which forbids intimate displays in public.

The pair were marched on to a stage in front of a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh before being struck across the back with a bamboo cane.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia which follows a strict code of Sharia Law, which includes punishments such as caning for public acts which are deemed to be indecent

Afterward, Banda Aceh deputy mayor Zainal Arifin said: ‘People outside of Aceh who think Islamic Sharia is cruel can now see that it is actually very tolerant and humane.’

Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the punishment being carried out.

A 35-year-old man was also flogged with a rattan cane for being intimate with a woman – aged 40 – in a local grocery store.

On Thursday, the 40-year-old woman pleaded to be caned in order to get out of jail, but a medical team postponed her flogging after they deemed her physically unfit.

All four had served several months in prison.

Aceh is the only province in the world’s biggest Muslim majority country that imposes Islamic law.

Rights groups slam public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end.

But the practice has wide support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population – around 98 percent of its five million residents practise Islam….

Former ISIS Sex Slaves Sheltered In Canada Threatened With Phone Calls, Texts

Canada To Fast-Track Asylum Claims

From the Toronto Star:
Overwhelmed by asylum claims from irregular migrants crossing the U.S. border, the Immigration and Refugee Board is fast-tracking “less complex” cases from selected countries.

On Tuesday, refugee judges began assessing claims under what is known as a file-review process — meaning a decision is made based on submissions from claimants — without a hearing — and a short-hearing process, where there are few disputable issues.

“These new instructions are examples of initiatives recently put in place to slow the growth of the inventory and wait times for claimants,” refugee board chairman Richard Wex told the Star. “By matching our efforts with the complexity of each claim, we are using our resources more effectively, which will result in more refugee claim decisions.”

The latest statistics show the board has more than 73,000 outstanding claims and the wait time for a hearing now hovers at around 24 months. Many of the claims are from asylum seekers who came through the U.S.-Canada border since late 2015 after U.S. President Donald Trump came into the office with a mandate to crack down on illegal migrants.

In December, the board started triaging the claims based on two newly created lists of countries and claims. In total, 25 refugee judges have been assigned to the new effort.

To qualify for the file-review process, a claimant must be from one of 14 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela and Yemen.

However, not every claim from these countries will be automatically expedited.

For instance, only those Saudi Arabian claims alleging persecution based on gender or religious sect can be assessed without a hearing. For asylum seekers from Libya, claims must involve corruption, extortion, kidnapping or threat of kidnapping by militias.

Only some claims from 11 countries are recommended for short hearings: sexual orientation persecution in the Bahamas, Barbados, Iran, Russia, Rwanda and Venezuela; fleeing criminality and corruption in Nigeria, Peru, Saint Vincent and St. Lucia; and threats in Djibouti due to one’s political opinion and activism…..

Anti-Israel BDS Groups Linked To Terror, Report Finds

From World Israel News:
The Ministry of Strategic Affairs revealed over 100 links between terror groups and BDS-promoting NGOs, including the employment of 30 current and “retired” terror operatives.

The Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy (MSA) released its “Terrorists in Suits” report on Sunday, revealing over 100 links shared between the internationally-designated terrorist organizations Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) with at least 13 anti-Israel BDS promoting NGOs.

Elaborating on a previous report, the ministry reveals how Hamas and the PFLP are utilizing a network of NGOs promoting boycotts against Israel as an additional tactic in their ultimate goal of dismantling the State of Israel. These organizations have successfully placed over 30 of their members, 20 of which have served time, including for murder, in senior positions within BDS-promoting NGOs.

The report documents how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial, and active ties with terrorist groups.
Funding from Europe, philanthropic foundations

The Israel-boycott organizations in question were also shown to have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, while gaining access to additional funds through financial, crowdfunding and banking systems.

Examples of terrorists working in support of organizations that promote the boycotting of Israel include Leila Khaled and Mustafa Awad.

Khaled became infamous for hijacking two civilian airliners, Flights TWA 840 and El Al 219, and to this day remains active in the internationally-designated terrorist group the PFLP. She has fundraised for, and promoted, anti-Israel boycott NGOs both in Europe and South Africa. In 2011 she was found to have taken coordinated actions for a terrorist cell planning on attacking sites in Jerusalem. Furthermore, in October 2018 Khaled was quoted in an interview saying, “Palestine will be liberated through resistance in all its forms, first and foremost through armed struggle.”

Awad, is currently serving time for his involvement in several terrorist organizations, including serving as a member of the PFLP and received training from Iranian terrorist group Hezbollah. He also represented Samidoun in Brussels, an organization known for promoting boycotts against the State of Israel and advocating for the release of Palestinian security-prisoners in Israeli jails, including those convicted of murdering civilians in terrorist PFLP attacks.
Connections to Hamas, Islamic Jihad

Another instance includes the BDS National Committee (BNC), the Ramallah-based leadership of the global Boycott movement toward Israel, consists of 28 Palestinian boycott groups. The lead member of this coalition is the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces (PNIF), which includes five internationally-designated terrorist organizations including Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The American fundraising platform Donorbox recently suspended the BNC’s account after finding the group did indeed maintain ties to terrorist groups.

Over the past year, and following MSA activities to expose NGO terror ties, several European countries have announced the reexamination and decrease in funding granted to organizations which promote boycotts against the State of Israel.

The report also showed how members of terrorist organizations operate under the guise of “boycott activists” to gain access, and meet with, senior Western government officials and exert pressure to release convicted terrorists held in Israeli prisons….

Man Who Tried To Create ISIS-Inspired Terror Cell In U.S. Gets Half Time In Prison Of What Prosecutors Sought

From Cleveland.com:
AKRON, Ohio —A man who tried to create a terrorist cell to carry out attacks in the U.S. in the name of the Islamic State was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison, half the amount sought by federal prosecutors.

Erick Jamal Hendricks, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was convicted by a jury in March of trying to recruit and train ISIS sympathizers. He vetted people to see if they were suitable to join him, espoused radical views, and instructed others to vet additional possible recruits through social media.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked U.S. District Judge John Adams to sentence Hendricks, 38, to 30 years in prison, the maximum amount of time allowed for the two charges for which the jury found him guilty. However, Adams said a lesser sentence was warranted….

The judge noted Hendricks’ crimes but also said Hendricks’ actions in court were respectful and that he carried himself with “a certain quiet dignity.”…

Hendricks’ federal public defender Ed Bryan asked Adams for a 10-year prison sentence. Hendricks maintains his innocence and is expected to appeal his convictions.

“I’m not the person that my accusers accused me of being,” said Hendricks, who wore an orange jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. He asked the judge for mercy, but said nothing of the crimes of which a jury found him guilty.

Adams said Hendricks will be on probation for life, which he reasoned will allow the government to closely monitor his activities once released. He also barred Hendricks from having any terrorist literature.

Hendricks’ crimes

Hendricks was arrested in North Carolina in August 2016. His trial was one of the more interesting to take place in federal court in Akron in some time, and included an undercover agent testifying to a courtroom closed to the public.

Prosecutors said Hendricks did much of his work through Twitter and various encrypted chat apps, though the FBI tracked him in Baltimore as he met in person with someone he believed to be a recruit. That man was an FBI agent.

Hendricks exhibited a sense of paranoia and used counter-surveillance measures, often changing social media handles and breaking up words related to the Islamic faith with spaces when using chat apps on his phone, authorities said.

Justice Department attorney Rebecca Magnone said at trial that Hendricks had plans to buy land off the grid in rural areas in California and New Mexico to train recruits.

A large part of the government’s case against Hendricks centered on his connection to one of two gunmen who opened fire at “The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” in Garland, Texas in May 2015. Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi drove from Phoenix to Garland, which is outside Dallas. They wounded a security guard before a police officer and killed them.

Hendricks was not in Texas but was chatting with an undercover FBI agent before and after Simpson and Soofi opened fire. The agent testified that he was in Garland at the time and saw Simpson and Soofi open fire, but he was not aware of the pair’s plan before it was executed….

Muslim Attacks Two Christians As They Fed The Homeless

From Mail Online:
A Muslim who spat at a disabled Christian preacher has been jailed for more than four years for attacking volunteers as they gave out food to the homeless.

Ali Al-Hindawi, 23, shouted ‘Allah is god’ at wheelchair-bound Claudio Bogge before threatening him and spitting at him.

The evangelical preacher, who was handing out leaflets for his local church, told the incensed Al-Hindawi: ‘I love you because Jesus loves you.’

Al-Hindawi then carried out another vicious assault on a Christian volunteer who was helping the homelessness, several hours later on 11 June, 2018.

He taunted Kayode Ogunleye, who was working with an outreach programme for the homeless on Victoria Street in Westminster, before flying into a rage biting his fingers.

Al-Hindawi then beat the volunteer over the head with a metal bar taken from a bike lock until his victim was left bloodied and lying on the floor.

After the cruel assault, Mr Ogunleye told police that he forgave Al-Hindawi, wishing him ‘only Jesus’s love.’

A fortnight later Al-Hindawi was asked to leave St Vincent’s homeless hostel following accusations of drug dealing.

He then threatened to cut the throats of staff working at the Christian hostel before trying to burn the charity to the ground with a makeshift flamethrower.

Prosecutor Suki Dhadda told how on the 1 June, within just a few hours of arriving in London from Coventry, Al-Hindawi was already causing carnage.

‘On 1 June at approximately 1:20am, Mr Rob Baker was with his friend on Euston Road outside McDonalds.’

She told how the pair saw Al-Hindawi sleeping next to a branch of Barclays bank and Mr Baker turned to his friend and said: ‘That could be me tomorrow night.’

Al-Hindawi leapt to his feet and shouted: ‘Do you think that’s funny?’

‘He turned round and said, “No mate.” Mr Baker and his friend offered the defendant their food but again that only seemed to make him angrier.

‘He punched him in the side of his head at least twice.’

Ms Dhadda then told the court how Al-Hindawi shouted: ‘I’ve got a screwdriver, I’m going to stick it in you.’

Mr Baker later told police: ‘I have never experienced anything like this before, I give money to homeless people – I felt sorry for the male and the situation he was in.’

Al-Hindawi was arrested and he handed over the offending screwdriver to police before being released on bail.

Describing the next attack, the prosecutor said: ‘On the 11 June at approximately half past seven in the evening, Mr Boggi was giving out leaflets from his church.’

Ms Dhadda told how Al-Hindawi approached the disabled man shouting: ‘Allah is god, Jesus was only a prophet. You’re in a wheelchair, you’re lucky I don’t hit you.’

‘The defendant then spat at him and that landed on him.’

Mr Boggi replied: ‘God’s love covers multiple sins. I still love you because Jesus loves you.’

Later that day, Al-Hindawi approached Mr Ogunleye who was handing out food to homeless people.

Al-Hindawi shouted at him: ‘Hey big fella, what are you going to do?’

‘All of a sudden the defendant headbutted the victim, this he said glanced off his forehead, the defendant then bit his fingers.

‘The defendant reached down in front of his trousers and he took out a metal object.’

Ms Dhadda told how Al-Hindawi ‘managed to smash this item into the back of Mr Ogunleye’s head.

‘The victim then felt blood coming down the back of his neck and the police arrived a short time later.’

‘He forgave the male, wishing him Jesus’s love and said he would continue his outreach work for the homeless.’

‘There was headbutting, a number of punches, the biting of fingers and then, your honour, the smashing of the metal pole on the back of the head.’

Paramedics later treated a one inch gash at the back of Mr Ogunleye’s head.

Turing to the final set of offences, Ms Dhadda said: ‘This incident occurred on the 25 June at St Vincent’s centre on Carlisle Place.

‘He was told by members of staff that they were withdrawing services because of allegations of drug dealing. The defendant spat at both the females.’

The prosecutor told how the two women, Milita Raymond and Nora O’Keefe, managed to escape the consultation room before Al-Hindawi began his rampage.

She told how he broke into the main reception area, jumped on the counter and began kicking the glass while the horrified pair watched on from behind a protective door alongside the charity’s director, Roger Clark.

‘He then armed himself with a broken bottle,’ explained Ms Dhadda, adding, ‘The defendant looked at him [Clark] holding the broken bottle and stated he would cut their throats.’

The prosecutor told how Al-Hindawi managed to smash over £3,000 worth of printing and computer equipment before he reached into his bag and produced a deodorant spray while grabbing a guillotine.

Al-Hindawi then set light to the canister, creating a makeshift flamethrower, before pointing it at the frightened trio.

He then stormed out of the centre, attempting to punch a number of passers-by and swinging the paper-cutting blade.

He then walked back into the building and attacked the charity’s director: ‘He approached Mr Clark, still armed with the guillotine, and struck him across the back.’

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said: ‘So this was the director of the charity that was looking after him?’

‘Yes,’ replied Ms Dhadda, ‘that caused a hairline fracture to his left shoulder.’

When police viewed the CCTV of the incident, they saw earlier clips of the defendant walking around the centre with bread knife that he had stolen from the kitchens….

Avirup Chaudhuri, defending explained that the defendant suffers from drug problems and ADHD….

Al-Hindawi, of no fixed address, admitted four counts of common assault, threatening another with an offensive weapon, possession of an offensive weapon, actual bodily harm, two counts of criminal damage, possession of a bladed article and one count of grievous bodily harm.

A further count of religiously aggravated assault was left to lie on file….

Meghan Markle's Friend Loujain Al-Hathloul Languishing In Riyadh Prison Cell

From The Express:
MEGHAN MARKLE’S friend has been jailed and tortured in Saudi Arabia for fighting for women’s rights, her family say. Loujain al-Hathloul is a globally respected activist who once graced Vanity Fair alongside her friend Meghan Markle.

But today, the 29-year-old languishes in a Riyadh prison cell, with her family reporting she has been subjected to electric-shock torture, and threats of rape and death in a “palace of terror”. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International believe other imprisoned rights’ activists are being subjected to similar horrific treatment. A source close to the activists told Express.co.uk: “Loujain is starting to speak more and more about the torture. She is experiencing very hard post-trauma. She is shaking and she cannot control herself sometimes. We want them to be released. But we just don’t know when they will be.”

There are calls now for Loujain to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as the battle to secure the group’s release continues.

Loujain Al-Hathloul became a hero to many around the world as she battled peacefully to win Saudi women the right to drive and pushed for gender equality.

Her campaigning won worldwide recognition and a huge social media following…..

Pope Signs Declaration With Shiekh Ahmed El-Tayeb

From Jihad Watch:
Pope Francis has “met with Emirate leaders and signed a joint declaration together with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, condemning ‘acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression’ carried out in God’s name.”

This sounds admirable and appears on paper to the gullible to be a source of hope, but the character of el-Tayeb does not match up to the document he just signed with Pope Francis. [...[
Read it all here.

Somalia: Terror Attack Kills 11, Wounds 10

From Reuters:
MOGADISHU – A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Somalia’s capital on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 10 in an attack that police said was probably carried out by Islamist group Al-Shabaab.

The blast occurred in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, a busy area with shops and restaurants….

A Reuters witness saw one dead person at the scene, where four cars burned and a restaurant was destroyed.

Al-Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia against government and other targets….

Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar Once Blamed Al Shabaab Terror On U.S.

From Fox News:
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer weighs in on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to place Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar on the House Foreign Affairs committee.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar once described acts of terrorism as a reaction to “our involvement in other people’s affairs,” in the wake of the brutal al-Shabab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013.

Omar made the comments during an obscure local television appearance just weeks after four armed al-Shabab jihadists stormed the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, killing nearly 70 people and wounding 200.

“When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation,” host Ahmed Tharwat asked then-activist Omar, on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS during a discussion about the experience of the Somali community in the U.S. following the attack in Kenya.

“Yes,” she agreed. “What you’re insinuating is what nobody wants to face. Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of the radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”

She continued: “Usually most people want to not look internal and see what their actions that makes another react. For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs.”

Tharwat, who has given a platform before to radical activists — including a political cartoonist who won second place in the 2006 Iranian International Holocaust Cartoon Competition, an anti-Semitic contest featuring Holocaust denial — went on to compare the violence perpetrated by terror groups around the world to the actions of western governments.

“Most of the people who commit these kind of heinous violence are done by people unelected that are just fringe of the societies … but the violence done [by] the West is done by the people that are elected,” he said, prompting Omar to agree that violence committed by the West is “legitimized.”

Omar is now a freshman member of the House, holding a seat on the influential Foreign Affairs Committee overseeing legislation and investigations related to American foreign policy.

She recently came under fire for a 2016 letter asking a judge to show leniency toward a group of Minnesota men accused of trying to join the Islamic State terror group. In the letter, she urged compassion and blamed the men’s “desire to commit violence” on “systematic alienation.”…