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We needs deal with Palestinians to avoid becoming binational state

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Masked Palestinians hurling stones at Israeli troops outside the Ofer military prison near Ramallah,

Masked Palestinians hurling stones at Israeli troops outside the Ofer military prison near Ramallah, in the West Bank. Photo by AP
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Photo by Emil Salman
 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that an agreement with the Palestinians must be reached “that will prevent Israel from becoming a binational state, but will provide stability and security.”

Netanyahu delivered these remarks during a meeting with the Foreign Ministry’s senior management. This was the first time the prime minister, who also serves as foreign minister, has met with the ministry’s upper echelons since the new government was established last month.

According to two Foreign Ministry officials who attended the meeting, Netanyahu avoided any mention of the statement issued Tuesday by the Arab League delegation in Washington, which stated that the Palestinians might consider small border adjustments in the form of land swaps between Israel and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu said that he was working for the resumption of the peace talks and hoped that the negotiations with the Palestinians would soon be resumed. He said that an initiative is being started that includes economic solutions for the Palestinians together with a political plan.

“Economic peace is important, but it’s no substitute for political peace,” he said.

The prime minister added during the meeting that any peace agreement would require “reliable and durable” security arrangements, since, as he said, “Paper doesn’t promise a thing.” The root of the conflict with the Palestinians “is not Yitzhar but rather Haifa, Acre, Jaffa and Jerusalem,” Netanyahu added, in a reference to the stabbing death Tuesday of a settler from Yitzhar in the northern West Bank, followed by unrest in the area.

Netanyahu added that he was not setting pre-conditions for the resumption of the talks with the Palestinians and was ready to discuss all the issues at the negotiating table. The demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he said, was not a condition for the start of the talks, but rather for their conclusion.

“Until the Palestinians recognize our right to exist as a national state, no matter what the borders, and until they declare that the conflict is over, there will not be peace,” he said. “Unless these things happen, even if we reach an agreement, it will serve to keep the conflict going by other means.”

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GPs give sicknotes to people who aren’t sick

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GPs are still routinely issuing sicknotes to patients who have no medical reason not be at work, Government research has suggested.
Iain Duncan Smith will reveal that a million capable of work are stuck on benefits.

Iain Duncan Smith will reveal that a million capable of work are stuck on benefits. Photo: GEOFF PUGH FOR THE TELEGRAPH

A survey of thousands of family doctors found that more than three quarters say they feel “obliged” to issue sick-leave certificates for non-medical reasons.

The results come despite repeated efforts from ministers to change attitudes towards sick notes and address what some see as a “sick note culture” in Britain.

A total of 77.4 per cent of GPs agreed “the vast majority” felt obliged to issue sickness certificates for reasons that were not strictly medical.

A Department of Work and Pensions study concluded that GPs are still being put under pressure by patients to issue sick notes.

The study was based on a survey of more than 4,100 doctors across the UK conducted last autumn.

“The vast majority of GPs agreed that being actively involved in helping their patients return to work was important and that patients did not have to be fully recovered before they could return to work,” the study concluded. “However, GPs still generally felt pressured to issue sickness certificates for reasons that were not strictly medical.”

Employees are obliged to give their employer a doctor’s note if they are off sick for more than 7 days.

In 2010, sick notes were formally renamed as “fit notes” to put a new emphasis on doctors certifying what patients are able to do, rather than what they cannot.

According to Government figures, around 131 million working days are lost each year to sickness absence in the UK, around 4.5 days per worker.

Around 1 million employees each year have one or more spells of long-term absence, lasting more than 4 weeks. Some 300,000 people move from long-term sick leave to claiming incapacity-related benefits every year.

Overall, employee sick leave costs the UK economy £15 billion in lost output, the Government estimates.

An independent inquiry in 2011 concluded that many people with “manageable” conditions like stress or back pain are effectively being signed off work for long periods when they could actually do some sort of work.

In 2011, David Cameron promised to change sick-note rules to strip GPs of the power to sign workers off sick, declaring “We need to end the something for nothing culture.”

In January, the Coalition announced the creation of a new independent “assessment and advisory service” that will provide occupational health assessments for small employers whose staff are signed off sick for long periods.

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Revolt of the Plebs Broadcast

Revolt of the Plebs Broadcast April 30, 2013

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Salma: Galloway ‘disappointing and wrong’ on rape

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Terry Conway and Susan Pashkoff write:

The recent comments by George Galloway on rape are  extremely offensive and misogynist. Galloway, in seeking to defend Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange not only against the US government and threats of extradition from Britain but from allegations of rape by two women in Sweden, made a series of indefensible statements in his weekly online broadcast, Goodnight with George Galloway.

Galloway trivialises women’s experience of rape and sexual violence by speaking about bad manners and sexual etiquette. He claims that consent is not necessary every time someone wants to have sex.

Lawyers and anti-rape campaigners have rightly pointed out that this is not true under British law – thus trouncing Galloway’s further claim – made in a subsequent statement that “I don’t believe, from what we know, that the director of public prosecutions would sanction a prosecution in Britain. What occurred is not rape as most people understand it. ”
In this second statement Galloway does also say “No never means yes and non-consensual sex is rape” but his other remarks indicate that he has in no sense withdrawn the core of his unacceptable position.

Galloway has been roundly criticised by the leader of his own Respect Party, Salma Yacqoob who says on her blog that “George Galloway’s comments on what constitutes rape are deeply disappointing and wrong”. It is absolutely commendable that Salma has done this.

Rape and all forms of sexual violence are completely indefensible. Sometimes these acts are committed by people – overwhelmingly men – who see themselves as progressive and act in radical ways on other questions.

In consenting to have sex with a man on a particular occasion, a woman is not consenting to have sex with him on other occasions. In consenting to have protected sex a woman is not consenting to have unprotected sex. This holds in all situations whatever the nature of the relationship. Part of feminist campaigning to get rape in marriage recognised has been to make this point.

Many testimonies from people who have been raped show that a myriad of emotions including shock or a sense that what has happened is your responsibility rather than that of the perpetrator mean that people don’t always act immediately to press charges. Indeed some never do – and some never talk to anyone about what has happened.

Similarly some people who are subjected to rape fight back physically. Others talk about freezing so that they are not able even to speak let alone try to ward off their attacker or not doing so because they also fear they could be killed or face serious physical injury.
Most of us don’t know whether any of these issues apply to the Julian Assange case. Whether or not they do we stand with women across the world in their determination to make into reality: “Whatever we wear, where ever we go yes means yes and no means no!”

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How to Wink at a Muslim

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by Keith Johnson

How do you wink at a Muslim? According to one Tennessee politician, you bring the butt of your 12-gauge shotgun to your shoulder and close one eye as you use the other to zero-in on the head of “them there” turban-headed jihadists.  Apparently it helps if you’re a middle-aged white man with a five o’clock shadow and a cowboy hat. I personally take umbrage to that, because I’m a middle-aged Tennessean with a five o’clock shadow and a cowboy hat that doesn’t want to kill “them there” Mooslims.

From the Tennessean:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Coffee County commissioner’s Facebook post suggesting Muslims are best greeted from behind a rifle barrelis prompting demands for an apology. Commissioner Barry West’s post follows a string of anti-Muslim acts throughout Middle Tennessee in recent years, including at least four incidents of mosque vandalism. Opposition to a new mosque in Rutherford County was so strong it took federal Justice Department intervention to open it last year. West played no active role in any of those incidents. He just put an image on his Facebook page, which shows a man aiming a shotgun under the phrase “How to wink at a Muslim.” But even that put a chill through Muslims in Middle Tennessee…The Boston Marathon bombing prompted a nationwide uptick in invitations to violence against Muslims, said Hatem Bazian, director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California Berkeley.

Unfortunately, the Boston Marathon bombing has re-ignited fading tensions between Muslims and the rest of American society.

From Crooks&Liars:

Man Angry Over Boston Bombings Breaks Jaw of ‘F*cking Muslim’ Iraq War Veteran

A 39-year-old Muslim cab driver who served in the Iraq war says that an executive from an aviation company accused him of being a jihadist and broke his jaw in what activists are calling a hate crime. Mohamed A. Salim told The Washington Post that Emerald Aviation President Ed Dahlberg attacked him after he picked him up at Country Club of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at around 2 a.m. on Friday. Dahlberg had been drinking and was told that he would have to finish his open beer before getting into the cab. Salim recorded audio of the encounter on his cell phone. Dahlberg can be heard asking Salim, who emigrated from Somalia, to define “jihad” and then lumping him in with “radical fucking Muslims blowing people up all over the world.” “Denounce those motherfuckers now!” Dahlberg demands. “If you’re a fucking Muslim flying jets into the fucking World Trade Center then fuck you. I will slice your fucking throat right now.”

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Just being identified as a Muslim is enough to put you in harms way. On April 27, state bomb investigators responded to a report of a suspicious backpack left at the home of a Muslim resident in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

From the Providence Journal (abridged):

Nimer Ead, a 55-year-year-old design engineer, lives on the bottom floor of a three-family house with his wife and a stepson. He said a neighbor spotted a tan-and-black backpack in Ead’s back yard and called police. The backpack said “USA Bomb” on it, Ead said.

Colorlines did a great story about anti-Muslim crimes in the immediate aftermath of the Boston bombings: On April 17, a white man harassed and punched a Palestinian woman in Medford, Massachusetts, calling her a “terrorist” and blaming her for the deadly bombing attack at the Boston Marathon. Hema Abolaban, a physician, was walking down the street with a friend when they were approached. Malden Patch reported:

“He was screaming ‘F_ you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F_ you!’” Abolaban remembered. “Oh my lord, I was extremely shocked.” She said the man – described as a white male in his thirties wearing dark sunglasses – kept shouting and walking toward her as she backed away. “I did not say anything to him,” she said. “Not even that we aren’t terrorists…he was so aggressive.”

Abolaban is not alone. The New York Post reports that a Bangladeshi man was beaten up by Latino men outside a Bronx Applebee’s restaurant. He, too, was blamed for the Boston bombing.

 Many Arabs, Middle Easterners, Muslims, South Asians, and those confused for any of the above have been bracing themselves for the discriminatory response since the bombing happened. Indeed, immediately after the race police questioned a Saudi student who was at the race. He’d been hospitalized with injuries he sustained during the attack, but very quickly, media set upon the student, announcing him as “the Saudi suspect.” Boston police later confirmed that the student was only a witness, not a suspect, but only after they searched his apartment for five hours and carted out bags of his belongings.

On Tuesday, an airplane leaving Boston’s Logan Airport was grounded this week after passengers reported that two men were speaking Arabic on the plane, Boston’s Fox 25 reported. We havebeen here before. Fueled by a hysterical demagoguery which has saturated the political climate, Islamophobic hate crimes have been a defining feature of life for South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim communities since Sept. 11.

Guess who’s helping fuel the flames against the Muslim world? You guessed it–Faux FUCKIN’ News. SUPRISE! SUPRISE!

Check this out “patriots”:

Former Fox News contributor Jane Hall says that her ex-colleagues at the conservative network have been “waging a campaign” to link the words “radical” and “Islam” following the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this month.

In a Sunday discussion on CNN, host Howard Kurtz noted that after briefly coming together in the aftermath of the tragedy in Boston, the media had returned to its “ideological sniping.”

Current TV host Cenk Uygur told Kurtz that Fox News had led the charge in making the airwaves more vitriolic by “talking about Muslims, which is ironic because this is the same Bill O’Reilly who kept calling Dr. Tiller, “Dr. Tiller The Baby Killer,” until Scott Roeder shot him.”

“So here’s a fundamentalist who’s Christian worrying about fundamentalists who are Muslims, and driving people to violence,” Uygur said.

Kurtz argued that “it’s not entirely just on one side” because MSNBC’s Alex Wagner had accused two Fox News personalities of being on the verge of suggesting that President Barack Obama was a secret Muslim.

“It’s a funny way of balancing things out, Howard,” Uygur disagreed. “I mean, on the one side you have a guy who keeps saying, ‘Muslim! Terrorist! Muslim! Terrorist!’ Trying to equate the two. On the other side, you have someone saying, ‘Hey, maybe that’s not that wise, and maybe they’re implying something here that they shouldn’t be implying.’”

“So, I don’t equate those two as equal,” he insisted. “Just to say that one side does something 1 percent or 10 percent may be wrong doesn’t justify the other side doing something 100 percent wrong.”

“I think that Fox is practically waging a campaign to link the words ‘radical’ and ‘Islam’,” Hall agreed. “I don’t think radical Islam is a religion. I think what happens can be a perversion, from what I understand, of religion. I don’t think the media should shy away from looking at how these young men got radicalized, what [dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev] learned when he went back to Russia… But I think there is a difference endlessly linking this and saying, you know, helpfully having visuals that say radical Islam with these young men’s pictures.”

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Former Fox News pundit: ‘Fox waging a campaign’ to link ‘radical’ and ‘Islam

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Jane Hall speaks to CNN

Former Fox News contributor Jane Hall says that her ex-colleagues at the conservative network have been “waging a campaign” to link the words “radical” and “Islam” following the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this month.

In a Sunday discussion on CNN, host Howard Kurtz noted that after briefly coming together in the aftermath of the tragedy in Boston, the media had returned to its “ideological sniping.”

Current TV host Cenk Uygur told Kurtz that Fox News had led the charge in making the airwaves more vitriolic by “talking about Muslims, which is ironic because this is the same Bill O’Reilly who kept calling Dr. Tiller, “Dr. Tiller The Baby Killer,” until Scott Roeder shot him.”

 

“So here’s a fundamentalist who’s Christian worrying about fundamentalists who are Muslims, and driving people to violence,” Uygur said.

Kurtz argued that “it’s not entirely just on one side” because MSNBC’s Alex Wagner had accused two Fox News personalities of being on the verge of suggesting that President Barack Obama was a secret Muslim.

“It’s a funny way of balancing things out, Howard,” Uygur disagreed. “I mean, on the one side you have a guy who keeps saying, ‘Muslim! Terrorist! Muslim! Terrorist!’ Trying to equate the two. On the other side, you have someone saying, ‘Hey, maybe that’s not that wise, and maybe they’re implying something here that they shouldn’t be implying.’”

“So, I don’t equate those two as equal,” he insisted. “Just to say that one side does something 1 percent or 10 percent may be wrong doesn’t justify the other side doing something 100 percent wrong.”

“I think that Fox is practically waging a campaign to link the words ‘radical’ and ‘Islam’,” Hall agreed. “I don’t think radical Islam is a religion. I think what happens can be a perversion, from what I understand, of religion. I don’t think the media should shy away from looking at how these young men got radicalized, what [dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev] learned when he went back to Russia… But I think there is a difference endlessly linking this and saying, you know, helpfully having visuals that say radical Islam with these young men’s pictures.”

Hall pointed out that Fox News guest Ann Coulter had said that Tsarnaev’s wife should have beenimprisoned for wearing a headscarf and Fox News host Bob Beckel had called to suspend all student visas from Muslim countries.

 

“We don’t know what happened here and yet there is a rush to tar all Muslims with radicalism,” she observed. “I really think if you look at it, it’s across a lot of different shows on Fox.”

Watch this video from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast April 28, 2013.

 

 

 

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Obama: US Officials Don’t Know Who Used Syrian Chemical Weapons; Media Pushing Propaganda?

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Without question, pundits to justify American intervention in the region have overly used the Syrian chemical weapon accusations that came about last week. For administration officials, complying with the mainstream and political rhetoric is pretty much mandatory. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reversed his view on Syria’s alleged chemical use just days after saying, “Suspicions are one thing, evidence is another,” calling for legitimate evidence.

Even though officials have produced zero evidence since Hagel’s initial statements, the Defense Secretary seems to think otherwise. For Sec. of State John Kerry, it won’t take much convincing to gain his support for more intervention, as the Sec. of State has been campaigning throughout Europe to garner more support for rebels. In addition, President Obama has seemed subtle but ensuring that chemical weapons would be a “game changer” resulting in more U.S. cooperation with overthrowing Assad.

On Tuesday, the President noted on “some evidence” on Assad’s regime during a press conference at the White House. However, dousing the statement, President Obama also said, “We don’t know who used them. We don’t have a chain of custody that establishes… exactly what happened.” According to Obama, Pentagon officials blitzed the idea of military intervention – giving the President multiple plans to go about toppling Syria’s current regime. Unfortunately for interventionists, the wait will be extended considering no real evidence has been filed on Syria’s chemical use.

Disregarding whether or not Syria’s government did use chemical weapons, former Representative Ron Paul said on Fox Business what’s the difference between dying from chemical weapons or common weapons? Paul explained, “So whether you’re machine gun or gassed or a drone missile kills you, it’s still very dangerous, but I think we are looking for trouble by being there.” Taking Paul’s explanation into account, some analysts of the war believe Syria’s alleged gas use is just propaganda.

Going even farther, Foreign Affairs’ John Mueller is saying President Obama should “erase the red line,” labeling the same understandings as former Rep. Paul. Mueller also alluded to the history media’s hype and propaganda of chemical weapons.

Referring to World War I and the low levels of death by chemical gas, Mueller noted, “But that view lost out to the one that the British propagandists had put forward — that chemical weapons were uniquely horrible and must, therefore, be banned. For the most part, the militaries of the combatant nations were quite happy to get rid of the weapons. As the official British history of the war concludes (in a footnote), gas “made war uncomfortable … to no purpose.

Even when it comes to examining the public evidence, details are contradictory. SLN detailed, “The Guardian reported Saturday on inconsistencies found with the sarin attack claims, pointing to eyewitness account versus government explanation. For example, witnesses reported a white, smoky gas after the attack, which is the opposite of what sarin produces.” Other reports show that videotaped victims have symptoms, which don’t match the effects of sarin exposure, bringing more questions than answers.

Non-interventionists like Rep. Paul believe staying out of the internal situation completely is best for Western powers, especially America.

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Non-Muslims Carried Out More Than 90% Of All Terrorist Attacks On U.S. Soil

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Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated

An FBI report shows that only a small percentage of terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 were perpetrated by Muslims.

Princeton University’s Loon Watch compiled the following chart from the FBI’s data (as explained below, this chart is over-simplified … and somewhat inaccurate):

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

According to this data, there were more Jewish acts of terrorism within the United States than Islamic (7% vs 6%). These radical Jews committed acts of terrorism in the name of their religion. These were not terrorists who happened to be Jews; rather, they were extremist Jews who committed acts of terrorism based on their religious passions, just like Al-Qaeda and company.

(The chart is misleading in several ways. For example, it labels “Extreme Left Wing Groups” and “Communists”, but not “Extreme Right Wing Groups” or “Fascists”. It should have either discarded all partisan labels, or included labels for both ends of the spectrum. In addition, “Latinos” is misleading, as Loonwatch is actually referring to Puerto Rican separatist groups, Cuban exile groups and the like. However, as shown below, many of the basic concepts are correct.)

U.S. News and World Report noted in February of this year:

Of the more than 300 American deaths from political violence and mass shootings since 9/11, only 33 have come at the hands of Muslim-Americans, according to the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The Muslim-American suspects or perpetrators in these or other attempted attacks fit no demographic profile—only 51 of more than 200 are of Arabic ethnicity. In 2012, all but one of the nine Muslim-American terrorism plots uncovered were halted in early stages. That one, an attempted bombing of a Social Security office in Arizona, caused no casualties.

Wired reported the same month:

Since 9/11, [Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, writing for the Triangle Center on Terrorism and National Security] and his team tallies, 33 Americans have died as a result of terrorism launched by their Muslim neighbors. During that period, 180,000 Americans were murdered for reasons unrelated to terrorism. In just the past year, the mass shootings that have captivated America’s attention killed 66 Americans, “twice as many fatalities as from Muslim-American terrorism in all 11 years since 9/11,” notes Kurzman’s team.

Law enforcement, including “informants and undercover agents,” were involved in “almost all of the Muslim-American terrorism plots uncovered in 2012,” the Triangle team finds. That’s in keeping with the FBI’s recent practice of using undercover or double agents to encourage would-be terrorists to act on their violent desires and arresting them when they do — a practice critics say comes perilously close to entrapment. A difference in 2012 observed by Triangle: with the exception of the Arizona attack, all the alleged plots involving U.S. Muslims were “discovered and disrupted at an early stage,” while in the past three years, law enforcement often observed the incubating terror initiatives “after weapons or explosives had already been gathered.”

The sample of Muslim Americans turning to terror is “vanishingly small,” Kurzman tells Danger Room. Measuring the U.S. Muslim population is a famously inexact science, since census data don’t track religion, but rather “country of origin,” which researchers attempt to use as a proxy. There are somewhere between 1.7 million and seven million American Muslims, by most estimates, and Kurzman says he operates off a model that presumes the lower end, a bit over 2 million. That’s less a rate of involvement in terrorism of less than 10 per million, down from a 2003 high of 40 per million, as detailed in the chart above.

Yet the scrutiny by law enforcement and homeland security on American Muslims has not similarly abated. The FBI tracks “geomaps” of areas where Muslims live and work, regardless of their involvement in any crime. The Patriot Act and other post-9/11 restrictions on government surveillance remain in place. The Department of Homeland Security just celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 2011, President Obama ordered the entire federal national-security apparatus to get rid of counterterrorism training material that instructed agents to focus on Islam itself, rather than specific terrorist groups.

Kurzman doesn’t deny that law enforcement plays a role in disrupting and deterring homegrown U.S. Muslim terrorism. His research holds it out as a possible explanation for the decline. But he remains surprised by the disconnect between the scale of the terrorism problem and the scale — and expense — of the government’s response.

“Until public opinion starts to recognize the scale of the problem has been lower than we feared, my sense is that public officials are not going to change their policies,” Kurzman says. “Counterterrorism policies have involved surveillance — not just of Muslim-Americans, but of all Americans, and the fear of terrorism has justified intrusions on American privacy and civil liberties all over the internet and other aspects of our lives. I think the implications here are not just for how we treat a religious minority in the U.S., but also how we treat the rights & liberties of everyone.”

We agree. And so do most Americans. Indeed – as we’ve previously documented – you’re more likely to die from brain-eating parasites, alcoholism, obesity, medical errors, risky sexual behavior or just about anything other than terrorism.

Kurzman told the Young Turks in February that Islamic terrorism percentdoesn’t even count for 1  of the 180,000 murders in the US since 9/11.

While the Boston marathon bombings were horrific, a top terrorism expert says that the Boston attack was more like Columbine than 9/11, and that the bombers are “murderers not terrorists”. The overwhelming majority of mass shootings were by non-Muslims. (This is true in Europe, as well as in the U.S.)

However you classify them – murder or terrorism – the Boston bombings occurred after all of the statistical analysis set forth above. Moreover, different groups have different agendas about how to classify the perpetrators (For example, liberal Mother Jones and conservative Breitbart disagree on how many of the perpetrators of terror attacks can properly be classified as right wing extremists.)

So we decided to look at the most current statistics for ourselves, to do an objective numerical count not driven by any agenda.

Specifically, we reviewed all of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil as documented by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). (2012). Global Terrorism Database, as retrieved from http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd.

The START Global Terrorism Database spans from 1970 through 2012 (and will be updated from year-to-year), and – as of this writing – includes 104,000 terrorist incidents. As such, it is the most comprehensive open-source database open to the public.

We counted up the number of terrorist attacks carried out by Muslims. We excluded attacks by groups which are obviously not Muslims, such as the Ku Klux Klan, Medellin Drug Cartel, Irish Republican Army, Anti-Castro Group, Mormon extremists, Vietnamese Organization to Exterminate Communists and Restore the Nation, Jewish Defense League, May 19 Communist Order, Chicano Liberation Front, Jewish Armed Resistance, American Indian Movement, Gay Liberation Front, Aryan Nation, Jewish Action Movement, National Front for the Liberation of Cuba, or Fourth Reich Skinheads.

We counted attacks by Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Black American Moslems, or anyone who even remotely sounded Muslim … for example anyone from Palestine, Lebanon or any other Arab or Muslim country, or any name including anything sounding remotely Arabic or Indonesian (like “Al” anything or “Jamaat” anything).

If we weren’t sure what the person’s affiliation was, we looked up the name of the group to determine whether it could in any way be connected to Muslims.

Based on our review of the approximately 2,400 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil contained within the START database, we determined that approximately 60 were carried out by Muslims.

In other words, approximately 2.5% of all terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1970 and 2012 were carried out by Muslims.* This is a tiny proportion of all attacks.

(We determined that approximately 118 of the terror attacks – or 4.9% – were carried out by Jewish groups such as Jewish Armed Resistance, the Jewish Defense League, Jewish Action Movement, United Jewish Underground and Thunder of Zion. This is almost twice the percentage of Islamic attacks within the United States. In addition, there were approximately 168 attacks – or 7% – by anti-abortion activists, who tend to be Christian. Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional – a Puerto Rican paramilitary organization – carried out more than 120 bomb attacks on U.S. targets between 1974 and 1983, and there were some 41 attacks by Cuban exiles, and a number of attacks by other Latin American groups. If we look at worldwide attacks – instead of just attacks on U.S. soil – Sunni Muslimsare the main perpetrators of terrorism. However: 1. Muslims are also the main victims of terror attacks worldwide; and 2. the U.S. backs the most radical types of Sunnis over more moderate Muslims and Arab secularists.)

Moreover, another study undertaken by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – called ”Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism in the United States” – found:

Between 1970 and 2011, 32 percent of the perpetrator groups were motivated by ethnonationalist/separatist agendas, 28 percent were motivated by single issues, such as animal rights or opposition to war, and seven percent were motivated by religious beliefs. In addition, 11 percent of the perpetrator groups were classified as extreme right-wing, and 22 percent were categorized as extreme left-wing.

Preliminary findings from PPT-US data between 1970 and 2011 also illustrate a distinct shift in the dominant ideologies of these terrorist groups over time, with the proportion of emerging ethnonationalist/separatist terrorist groups declining and the proportion of religious terrorist groups increasing. However, while terrorist groups with religious ideologies represent 40 percent of all emergent groups from 2000-2011 (two out of five), they only account for seven percent of groups over time.

Similarly, a third study by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Religion found that religion alone is not a key factor in determining which terrorists want to use weapons of mass destruction:

The available empirical data show that there is not a significant relationship between terrorist organizations’ pursuit of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) weapons and the mere possession of a religious ideology, according to a new quantitative study by START researchers Victor Asal, Gary Ackerman and Karl Rethemeyer.

Therefore, Muslims are not more likely than other groups to want to use WMDs.

* The Boston marathon bombing was not included in this analysis, as START has not yet updated its database to include 2013 terrorist attacks. 3 people died in the Boston attack. While tragic, we are confident that non-Musliims killed more than 3 during this same period.

We are not experts in terrorism analysis. We would therefore defer to people like Kurzman on the exact number. However, every quantitative analysis of terrorism in the U.S. we have read shows that the percent of terror attacks carried out by Muslims is far less than 10%.

PostscriptState-sponsored terrorism is beyond the scope of this discussion, and was not included in our statistical analysis. Specifically, the following arguments are beyond the scope of this discussion, as we are focusing solely on non-state terrorism:

  • Arguments by University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole that deaths from 20th century wars could be labeled Christian terrorism
  • Arguments that our recent use of torture and double tap drone strikes are terrorism

 

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Fodder for the Front: German Jihadists on Syria’s Battlefields

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Photo Gallery: 'I've Come to Help My Muslim Brothers'

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A young man in his mid-twenties with a stubbly beard is driving a delivery van through the rubble-strewn streets of the northern Syrian town of Azaz. He speaks excellent German and calls himself Yousuf. The man in the passenger seat is around the same age and also sports a beard. He won’t even reveal his first name, but he also speaks nearly perfect German.

 ”After we go back home, we don’t want any problems with Germany’s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies,” says Yousuf. This also explains why the two men refuse to divulge what city in Germany they come from. “Before we entered Syria, the Turks had already put our passport information into their system,” he adds. “They know exactly who we are. If they pass that on to the Germans, we’re sunk, even though we’re just here on a humanitarian mission.”

A humanitarian mission? That’s the euphemism foreign jihadists use when they try to explain their presence in Syria.

There are reportedly a few hundred Muslims from Western countries who are fighting alongside the rebels to topple Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. It’s a relatively small number compared to the perhaps 100,000 insurgents in the country.

“We know that jihadists from Germany, who we have already been observing here at home, are currently in Syria and fighting there,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said last week. German intelligence agencies are primarily concerned that such men will be trained during the civil war and later return to the West as radicalized extremists– assuming they survive.

‘I’ve Come to Help my Muslim Brothers’

Jamal Mohamed Abd al-Kadir, a 24-year-old Canadian who was also in Azaz, often referred to his humanitarian mission — before he was killed in battle. His family originally came from a village near the Kurdish-Syrian city of Afrin, but Abd al-Kadir grew up in Montreal. He was a university student when war erupted in Syria.

“Assad, this monster, is destroying his country and the entire world is merely watching,” the young man with the wavy black hair exclaimed back in September. “That’s why I’ve come here to help my Muslim brothers.”

A photo from Abd al-Kadir’s college days shows him at home, with his hair in a ponytail and wearing blue jeans. Nothing about him matched the usual image in the West of the hardcore jihadist. The brainwashing that he was subjected to in the Salafist battalions in northern Syria quickly produced the desired effect. Only a few weeks after he arrived in Syria, he said: “Your media in the West is constantly lying. You always talk about al-Qaida, but in reality it’s your countries that are the real terrorists. They kill Muslim Afghans and Palestinians.”

Later, Abd al-Kadir transferred to the radical Support Front for the People of Greater Syria, widely referred to as the Al-Nusra Front. “The people in the Support Front quickly realized that the Canadian was a clever fellow,” says one of Abd al-Kadir’s former fellow fighters. “And they always have a use for people like that. They brought him to Damascus, and that’s where he was killed,” he recalls, adding that “he was his parents’ only son, and they had tried to convince him to drop the ‘holy war’ and come back home.”

The ‘Land of Sham’

The men of the Islamist Al-Nusra Front, who see their group as part of al-Qaida, are not particularly concerned about losses among their own ranks. In a small shop in Azaz, one of the group’s commanders is sitting with a young Libyan who has just arrived.

First, he explains to the new arrival that in the Support Front they don’t use the name “Syria,” but rather the “Land of Sham.” Both “Land of Sham” and “Greater Syria” are nationalist terms that refer to a geographical space covering nearly the entire Levant, which the fighters hope to transform into one big Islamic state.

Then the older man says to the younger one: “I hope that you will soon die in battle and go to paradise.”

Many foreign jihadists are between the ages of 18 and 28 and of Arab descent, or at least from Muslim families — and have no combat experience whatsoever. They are essentially cannon fodder. They come from Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, from North Africa, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain and North America. Most of them receive rudimentary training in camps, primarily in northern Syria.

The Libyans have a special status. Speaking via Skype, a physician from the western Libyan city of Zawiya talks about how he lost a relative in Syria. “When our young men leave Libya, they are very rarely radical Islamists,” he says, “but when they return, we hardly recognize them anymore. They have been brainwashed.”

Libya is without a doubt the most important source of arms for the Syrian resistance. For the Libyans, it’s not about the prospect of exporting ideology or gaining strategic interests. Rather, they know what it means when a dictator is prepared to kill his own people.

Airfare for Kalashnikovs

The Libyan recruits nearly always take the same route to Syria: They fly with Turkish Airlines to Istanbul. Libyans require no visa to enter Turkey. From Istanbul, they catch a connecting flight to Antakya or Gaziantep, and then continue overland to border towns like Reyhanli and Kilis. They often receive help from Islamic networks.

“In Zawiya there is a Salafist sheikh of the most radical sort who is known all over town and helps them,” says the Libyan physician. “Anyone who has no money to pay for the trip, ” he contends, “brings along his Kalashnikov and hands it over to the sheikh’s people” — who then sell the weapon.

Although most foreign fighters in Syria are extremely young and inexperienced, there are a few veteran fighters. One of them is a 52-year-old Egyptian with a bushy beard. He would rather not mention his name, but he does talk about how he fought alongside the Afghan mujahedeen to expel the Soviets. 

After his return from Afghanistan in 1992, he says he was arrested and imprisoned for 15 years under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. “In Syria, young people are forced to do everything they’re told — they can’t freely choose their future,” he says, referring to the lives of his Syrian brethren under Assad: “In Europe, though, young people are perfectly free to choose their own path in life.”

In Europe, he believes, they could have a better chance of following the way of the Prophet Muhammad than in Syria under the dictator Assad. He says that there is more breathing room there, even for Islamists — which is why he is waging jihad to make Syria a bit more like Europe.

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FBI Whistleblower Says That The CIA Was Involved in the Boston Bombings (Video)

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FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds connects the Boston Bombings suspects with CIA backed terrorist operations in Chechnya.

 

by JGVibes
Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds

 

According to Wikipedia:

Sibel Deniz Edmonds (born 1970) is an Iranian-American formerFBI translator and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). Edmonds gained public attention following her firing from her position as a language specialist at the FBI’s Washington Field Office in March 2002, after she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving foreign nationals, alleging serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence which, she contended, presented a danger to the United States security. Her later claims have gained her awards and fame as a whistleblower.

In March 2012, she published a memoir, titled Classified Woman – The Sibel Edmonds Story.

Edmonds testified before the 9/11 Commission, but her testimony was excluded from the official 567 page 9/11 Commission Report.

Before its News reported that:

In the last few days details ties between Boston Bombers Uncle Ruslan and former top CIA official Graham Fuller have been revealed by the alternative media.  In an attempt to do damage control the corporate media acknowledged the ties and downplayed the links.  But now FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds who is familiar with Graham Fuller’s involvement in backing terrorist operations overseas has stepped forward with new details about Fuller.

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