Somalian jihadist group Al-Shabab calls for attacks on Jewish targets worldwide | Jerusalem Post
An Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen spokesman delivered a sermon in a Barawa mosque in Somalia on Sunday calling upon Muslims to attack Jewish targets everywhere, according to a report provided exclusively to The Jerusalem Post by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute).
Speaking about the conflict in Gaza, Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Dhere said all of the “nations of unbelief” participated in the “aggression against Gaza,” mentioning specifically “the Americans who stood by the Jews in their aggression against the Muslims in Gaza.” [Read more]
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts | The Independent
Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.
There is a reason for this enhancement of the PR skills of Israeli spokesmen. Going by what they say, the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel”. [Read more]
On Gaza, genocide, and impunity | Al Jazeera
How else could one describe a state that is officially sustained by a belligerent apartheid system; a state that occupies the land of another and systematically carries out ethnic-cleansing; and a state that relentlessly demonstrates a rejectionist attitude toward UN resolutions, international law and institutions?
In its latest campaign of brazen aggression, Israel has caused colossal destruction of lives, homes and critical infrastructure. [Read more]
A very difficult time for Israel | Miami Herald
Brian Siegal lived in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s that was met with overwhelming Israeli force. More than 3,000 Palestinians and 950 Israelis died in that conflict. Today, Siegal, who has served as the director of the American Jewish Committee’s Miami and Broward Office since 2007, says he hopes for a lasting peace as he watches the region’s latest conflict. His wife, Judith Siegal, is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables. He spoke last week with the Miami Herald. Here are edited excerpts: [Read more]
Reacting to Conflict in the Middle East: A Revealing Litmus Test | OpEdNews
It’s amazing watching what people reveal about themselves when tensions in the Middle East explode. Some otherwise liberal, compassionate souls with big hearts suddenly morph into raging self-appointed authorities. Others who’ve suffered deeply and have reason not to be kind toward oppressors become surprisingly gentle. Some spew invectives while others weep for dying children.
But nothing rivals what has taken place on social media since the horrific conflict between Israel and the Palestinians began. Having responded to a friend’s pro-Israel Facebook post in which she equated my sympathy for the plight of ordinary Palestinians with being “pro-Hamas,” a slew of opinions started flying and haven’t stopped. [Read more]
Syria Records One of Its Deadliest Weeks Ever | ABC News
Last week, 700 people died in two days in Syria, in what has been described as the deadliest 48-hour period in the country since its conflict began more than four years ago. And 1,700 are reported to have died in the last seven days, in one of the worst weeks on record.
As the global spotlight shifted to Gaza, the past month has been particularly brutal in Syria. Why? Experts cite a bloody fight between Assad forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for control of the large Shaar gas field, east of Homs; an increased regime offensive in Aleppo; and clashes between ISIS, which is rapidly consolidating its territory in the east, and rebel factions like Jabhat al-Nusra. [Read more]
A nation in peril – Iraq’s struggle to hold together | Reuters
Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad’s sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi’ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.
“Things are really tense and it could get worse,” said the 23-year-old Sunni Muslim student. “If the politicians continue as they are doing now, we are on the path to separation.” [Read more]
WHAT IS TO BE DONE? The burning questions of these times in Turkey | OpEdNEws
What to do? A presidential election, the first of its kind, is soon coming to Turkey. There are three candidates. One is the prime minister, about whom the less said the better. Another is Selahattin DemirtaÅ, the Kurdish parliamentary representative, affiliated with the PKK, a separatist, armed terrorist organization. The third is a life-long Islamist now tricked out as a secularist. He, Ekmelledin Ä°hsanoÄlu, characterized himself politically as a loaf of bread. (“Ekmek iÃ§in Ekmelledin”) While perhaps appropriate, it was not meant to be funny. [Read more]
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