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Are Acts of Staged Controversy an Islamist Strategic Tactic? :: Articles by IPT :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

via Are Acts of Staged Controversy an Islamist Strategic Tactic? :: Articles by IPT :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

“…Upon boarding the plane, the imams dispersed. Two sat in the front of the plane, two in the middle, and two in the rear.[12] The flight crew and passengers observed them changing seats, and several of the men requested seat-belt extenders.[13] Crew members thought the request was odd, as none of the imams appeared overweight.[14] Although the extenders were provided, they were never used and were left on floor of the plane.[15] One passenger stated that she believed that the imams deliberately acted out as a part of an attempt to intimidate airline employees.[16] Another passenger said, “I can’t explain it, but it was like they were definitely trying to raise suspicion.”[17] The flight was delayed and the imams were removed from the plane by the airport police, questioned, and released after their plane had already departed.

CAIR filed a complaint with the Department of Transportation, and a separate civil suit in federal court on behalf of the imams against US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, citing civil rights violations. CAIR also sued the “John Does” who alerted the aircrew and authorities after becoming alarmed by the imam’s behavior in the terminal and on the plane.[18] While the “John Doe” provision of a bill (designed to protect citizens who report possible terrorist-related behavior from being sued, and to protect officers acting in an official capacity to prevent terrorist attacks) was moving through Congress, CAIR persisted with its lawsuit, claiming the right to discover whether the complaints were actually made “in good faith” or if they were racially motivated.[19]”

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Hugo Chavez And Anti-Semitism – Forbes.com

Hugo Chavez And Anti-Semitism – Forbes.com.

Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez has launched attacks against Jews in a campaign to win support for a Feb. 15 referendum that, if passed, would allow him to run for president for life.

On Jan. 22, vandals broke into Tiferet Israel, a Sephardic synagogue only a mile from Chávez’s presidential palace in Caracas, trashing Torah scrolls and spray-painting the walls with threats of death for Jews and Israel.

While he lamented the synagogue attack in a one-line statement, for weeks beforehand Chavez had vociferously rallied his supporters to protest Israel’s war in Gaza, which he called a “genocidal holocaust against the Palestinian people.”

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Gaza War Protests or Pro-Hamas Hate Rallies? :: Articles by IPT :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Gaza War Protests or Pro-Hamas Hate Rallies? :: Articles by IPT :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Thousands of people have participated in demonstrations throughout the country that are critical of Israel’s military incursion into Gaza. Thousands gathered January 10 in Washington’s Lafayette Park. A coalition of national Muslim-American groups, including the Muslim American Society and the Council on American-Islamic Relations organized bus caravans to bring protesters to the capital.

Rather than simply take issue with the battle in Gaza, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Anaheim, Houston and other cities repeatedly have engaged in ugly hate speech and chants that echo the goals and dogma of Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Fistfights and chants calling for the murder of Jews and invoking the Holocaust expose the true motivation behind distressingly large segments of the protesters. After all, the conflict Israel wages is against Hamas, a terrorist organization whose charter contains virulent anti-Semitism, calls for Israel’s destruction and rejects any peaceful settlement to the conflict.

As this report shows, radical, hateful attacks have been prominent in rallies across the country.

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Charles Krauthammer – Obama Distorts Americas Stance on Muslims – washingtonpost.com

Charles Krauthammer – Obama Distorts Americas Stance on Muslims – washingtonpost.com.

Outreach, Yes. Apology, No. We’ve Never Been Islam’s Enemy

Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying “to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” his formulation was needlessly defensive and apologetic.

Astonishing. In these most recent 20 years — the alleged winter of our disrespect of the Islamic world — America did not just respect Muslims, it bled for them. It engaged in five military campaigns, every one of which involved — and resulted in — the liberation of a Muslim people: Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The two Balkan interventions — as well as the failed 1992-93 Somalia intervention to feed starving African Muslims (43 Americans were killed) — were humanitarian exercises of the highest order, there being no significant U.S. strategic interest at stake. In these 20 years, this nation has done more for suffering and oppressed Muslims than any nation, Muslim or non-Muslim, anywhere on Earth. Why are we apologizing?

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Sixteen Jews among Chronicle of Philanthropy’s top 50 donors | The Fundermentalist | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

Sixteen Jews among Chronicle of Philanthropy’s top 50 donors | The Fundermentalist | JTA – Jewish & Israel News.

Top Jewish donors (amount they pledged and the amount they actually paid up in 2008):

1) Leona M. Helmsley — $5.2-billion (bequest) $5.2-billion
9) Michael R. Bloomberg — $235-million $235-million
12) Helen L. Kimmel — $156.5-million $6.5-million
15) Jeffrey S. Skoll — $110.8-million $110.8-million
16) Stephen A. Schwarzman — $105-million n/a
18) Eli and Edythe L. Broad — $100-million $33.2
20) David H. Koch $100-million — $15-million
26) Ronald O. Perelman — $63.5-million $16-million
31) Stewart A. and Lynda R. Resnick — $55.3-million $9.5-million
32) Donald J. and Ruth Weber Goodman — $52.7-million (bequest) $52.7-million
33) Jerome and Anne Fisher — $50-million n/a
34) Michael Moritz and Harriet Hayman — $50-million n/a
37) Lorry I. Lokey — $46.7-million $4.7-million
40) Sheldon G. and Miriam Adelson — $41.9-million $6.9-million
42) Lawrence J. Ellison — $40.3-million $40.3-million
48) Andrew H. and Ann Rubenstein Tisch — $35-million

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