Thursday, July 9, 2020

WATCH: Protesters Storm Baptist Church, Harass Children, Assault Parishioners: ‘How’s Your Head Feel, Pastor?’

Videos posted on social media show parishioners, both black and white, being harassed and physically assaulted at Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York.
The protesters, repeatedly shouting “Black Lives Matter,” even harassed and blocked churchgoers while they were with their young children, using a megaphone to scream at the families, shaming and threatening their parents with calls to CPS, or Child Protective Services.
The assaults, harassment, and protesting have been occurring since at least the end of June, according to the viral videos posted online. The church has refused to close or back down, directing men from the parish to help escort fellow worshipers inside as they are blocked by BLM protesters.
Grace Baptist Church made headlines last month for giving away an AR-15 as a prize for a church raffle. When the giveaway was first reported, Pastor John Koletas told WNYT that the church held it in solidarity with hunters and gun owners who have been “viciously attacked by anti-Christian socialist policies.” One local critic told WRGB at the time that the giveaway exhibited “extreme poor taste,” citing “all of the shootings going on in all of our communities.” READ MORE

War Drums - Iran & Israel On Brink Of Conflict

Over the past several weeks, a series of "mystery explosions" has happened at very strategically sensitive locations inside Iran, and it has become obvious that what we are witnessing is not just a bunch of random accidents.  

For years, the Israeli government has pledged that the Iranians will never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and several of the sites where the mystery explosions have taken place have direct connections to Iran's nuclear program.  

For example, there was a very large explosion at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility on July 2nd, and it is being reported that some officials believe that this explosion was caused by a "powerful bomb".  

The following comes from the Jerusalem Post... Israel was behind an explosion and fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear complex caused by a "powerful bomb," a Middle Eastern intelligence official with knowledge of the incident told The New York Times on Monday.

A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed to the Times that an explosive was used in the incident as well. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Of course there have been several other "mystery explosions" as well, and there is speculation that "computer viruses similar to the Stuxnet virus" may have been involved in at least some of the blasts...

Five recent explosions in Iran may have been caused by computer viruses similar to the Stuxnet virus that disabled Iranian centrifuges in 2010.

Two of the blasts took place at power plants, one at a missile research, development and production site, one at a new uranium enrichment centrifuge center, and the last (if it can be considered part of the attacks) in downtown Tehran at a medical facility that could have been a cover for nuclear operations such as a hidden command center.

It has become clear that the Trump administration does not intend to take military action to stop Iran's nuclear program, so the Israeli government has been forced into a position where it must make a very tough choice.  Either Israel must be willing to accept Iran as a nuclear power or Israel must do something to stop it from happening.

At this point, it has been confirmed that the "industrial shed" that was destroyed during the explosion at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility "was in fact a new site for assembling centrifuges", and that would definitely be a logical target for the Israelis to hit.

When asked about the "mystery explosions", the following is what Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had to say about them...

When Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was asked if Israel had anything to do with "mysterious explosions," he reportedly told Israel Radio: "Not every incident that transpires in Iran necessarily has something to do with us."

"All those systems are complex, they have very high safety constraints and I'm not sure they always know how to maintain them," he said, according to Reuters.

Obviously that is not a denial. (Read More)

Deceptive quiet: IDF prepares for conflict with Gaza

The IDF remains vigilant on the Gaza border six years following Operation Protective Edge. Reconnaissance operations take place at all hours of the day, including technologically advanced intelligence gathering and air force activity.
Arutz Sheva toured IDF positions along the Gaza border to see those preparations.Soldiers at the IDF observation tower can see Hamas positions only a few hundred meters away, just across the security fence.
Traveling along the border with Gaza reveals how advanced and significant the fence is. The barrier extends dozens of meters above and below ground to prevent the construction of cross-border attack tunnels. While the refugee in Gaza camps appear to be peaceful, Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to arm and prepare for another round of fighting with Israel.
Different IDF units are sent to protect the Gaza border every few months. The border is dotted with many lookout towers and technologically advanced observation tools, but the most important resource remains the military's human capital.
All movement along the border, from passenger vehicles to donkey riders, is seen by the IDF.
The current commander of the forces on the Gaza border, Lieutenant Colonel Shemer Raviv, said that "the IDF has changed its modus operandi [since Operation Protective Edge] and its level of readiness is currently high."
Both Israel and Hamas have learned from the last major confrontation in 2014, and both sides aware that the next round of conflict could begin at any time.

Nothing will happen if Israel applies sovereignty to 30%

In recent days, it appears that Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty in thirty percent of Judea and Samaria are halted, for Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz does not believe that such plans should proceed amid the pandemic. He also is hesitant to apply sovereignty, in the absence of an agreement with the other side. If the Israeli government listens to Gantz on this, it will be a terrible mistake, for time is not on our side.

Trump’s days in the White House may be numbered and a Joe Biden presidency will not permit Israel to apply sovereignty in any percent, let alone thirty percent of Judea and Samaria. Therefore, unless we want the most beneficial and practical peace plan ever presented to be thrown in the dustbins of history, we need to take action in order to implement it, so it will be a fait accompli before Election Day.

Trump’s days in the White House may be numbered and a Joe Biden presidency will not permit Israel to apply sovereignty in any percent, let alone thirty percent of Judea and Samaria.

No other peace plan will recognize our right to a united Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the major settlement blocs, which are of critical importance to preserving Israel’s national security. No other peace deal puts the onus on the Palestinian Arabs rather than us to demonstrate their sincerity. And no other peace plan will ensure that the Palestinians remain demilitarized and do not pose an existential threat to the State of Israel. It would be a shame if this opportunity got lost. READ MORE

Hamas: We will never recognize 'the enemy"

On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, the Hamas organization says it will continue the fight against the "Israeli occupation" until it is uprooted.
The terrorist organization said in a statement released on Wednesday that the fight would not stop until the Palestinians regained all their rights to their land, the holy places and the natural resources stolen from them.
Hamas stressed the importance of the unity of the Palestinian people, the land and the national sentiments, and added that any harm to the Palestinian people or the land constitutes harm to the entire Palestinian people in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem.
"We will never acknowledge the existence of our enemy on our land and holy places," Hamas said. "Our enemies have no place among us and have no future on our land."

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Watch: Black Lives Matter Protest Joins ‘Allah hu Akbar’ Chanting Pro-Yemen Demonstration

On Sunday, hundreds of pro-Yemeni and Black Lives Matter protesters joined forces in London to demonstrate against “white” capitalism, systemic racism, and the war in Yemen.
In a Breitbart London exclusive video, protesters are seen shouting the Islamic phrase “Allah hu Akbar” (Allah is greater [than your god]), “Justice for Yemen”, as well as common slogans to the BLM movement in Britain such as “the UK is not innocent”.
A white male activist — who said that he will never truly understand the plight of minorities because he does not “live in a black body” — pointed to the capitalist system as the reason for the world’s ills.
“Quarterly return is the god that capitalism continually worships at. The realities are, as Extinction Rebellion well put it, that the profit motive means that you can never have infinite growth on a finite planet,” he said.
The left-wing speaker went on to warn of the consequences of unemployment during the economic crisis spurred by the Chinese coronavirus. He said: “The realities are that within the next six months we may well have 50 per cent unemployment in the United Kingdom and when that happens, you’re going to see huge, huge social change.”
Another activist took aim at the American Declaration of Independence, saying that it was a product of “white capitalist slave owners” and therefore was used to oppress black people.
“We trust in a concept that was built off our backs and built to enslave. Democracy today does not exist, when we have black people dying on the streets, when we have famine in Yemen and occupation in Palestine. Democracy doesn’t exist because, in the UK, capitalist interests mean more than the interests of the general public,” she said. READ MORE

Amid Iran tensions, Israel said to ask US to speed up delivery of air refuelers

Israel has asked the US Department of Defense to speed up delivery of its KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft, as tensions rise with Iran.

In March the US Department of Defense announced approval to sell new KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft to Israel, with delivery expected in four years.
However, Channel 12 news reported Wednesday that Israel has requested that the aircraft be delivered within two years.
The report came amid an uptick in tensions with Iran, with Tehran on Tuesday calling for action against Israel following a recent blast at the Natanz nuclear facility that has been blamed on Jerusalem.
This photo released July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, shows a building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP)
Iran appeared to publicly acknowledge on Tuesday that last week’s fire at Natanz, which badly damaged a building used for producing centrifuges, was not an accident.
Israeli TV reports, without naming sources, have said the blast destroyed the laboratory in which Iran developed faster centrifuges and set back the Iranian nuclear program by one or two years. READ MORE

Nasrallah: Annexation is the most dangerous thing in the Middle East

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday slammed Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, claiming it is “the most dangerous thing in the entire Middle East”.

"Our preoccupation with our economic situation should not make us forget the need to stand alongside the Palestinians in their fight against the annexation plan. We stand alongside our Palestinian brothers as a state and as a people, and are ready to do anything against this collusion, the consequences of which are most dangerous for Lebanon," Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast on the Al-Manar network and quoted by Israel Hayom.

During the speech, the vast majority of which dealt with economic issues, Nasrallah attacked the US ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, claiming that the United States is exploiting the economic crisis to incite the Lebanese people against Hezbollah.

"I tell the Americans: Hezbollah will not surrender and the resistance in Lebanon will not surrender. You will not weaken Hezbollah - you will weaken your allies," he warned.
Hezbollah is a designated terrorist organization in the US and has been sanctioned several times by the administration in recent years.

The Arab world has expressed outrage over Israel’s plans to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria. The Arab League recently said that the Israeli sovereignty proposal is a "new war crime" against Palestinian Arabs.

Iran warns Israel: No attack will stop our nuclear program

Iran vowed on Tuesday to maintain its nuclear program despite Israel's alleged efforts to sabotage it, stressing that the recent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment center was not going disrupt its pace.
"The Israeli regime should be aware that creation of norm-breaking narrative on any attack against our nuclear facilities, even if it's only propaganda, is considered as stepping in the path of violating red lines of global peace and security," government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, according to the Israel Hayom newspaper.
He was referring to the mysterious fire at the Natanz nuclear site last week, which Iran has publicly suggested could be attributed to the US or Israel.
Israel has not commented on the incident, but an unnamed Middle Eastern intelligence official told The New York Times that Israel was responsible for the attack, which he said was carried out using a powerful bomb.
Iran has recently reactivated key parts of its nuclear program in response to US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
In his remarks on Tuesday, Rabiei vowed that nothing would stop Iran's nuclear program.
"This incident has not had any effect on the process of uranium enrichment, and the Natanz facilities are active as before; Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful and despite hostilities of enemies, it is unstoppable," he said.
"After the incident, some media outlets tried to create a powerful image for the Israeli regime and attributed the incident to it while officials of the usurper regime have refused to accept responsibility," the government spokesman added.

Senate bill would ban US funding from being used for sovereignty

Proposed legislation from a prominent Democratic senator would ban US assistance to Israel from being used to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria, JTA reported on Tuesday.

The amendment to a funding bill introduced last week by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the foreign operations subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, would not allow aid used to “deploy or support the deployment of United States defense articles, services or training to territories in the West Bank unilaterally annexed by Israel after July 1, 2020, or to facilitate the unilateral annexation of such territories.”

Other notable members of the Democratic caucus sponsoring the amendment include former presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, noted JTA.
AIPAC is vigorously opposing the amendment.

“It’s dangerous to weaken Israel’s defenses, especially as it faces unprecedented threats,” the Israel lobby wrote Monday in a message to its activists. “An amendment in the Senate restricts where Israel can place lifesaving missile defense systems like Iron Dome.”

Van Hollen in an online conversation last week with J Street said he was considering such an amendment as a means of expressing displeasure with plans by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria while not touching Israel’s overall defense assistance, which amounts to $3.8 billion a year.
Democrats have been vocal in their opposition to Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria.

Just last week, four House Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, wrote to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on the United States to cut assistance to Israel should it proceed to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
Last month, a group of Democratic Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), issued a statement in which they expressed their opposition to the sovereignty move.

The senators noted that direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians are “the only path for a durable peace.” They warned that annexation “could undermine regional stability and broader US national security interests in the region.”

Previously, 19 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz in which they warn against an Israeli move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Iran Boasts of Underground ‘Missile Cities’ Along Persian Gulf Coast

(UPI) — The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has touted underground “missile cities,” along the Gulf coastline.
Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangisiri announced the construction of new underground “missile cities” Sunday, as he warned that they would be a “nightmare” for Iran’s “enemies.”
“We have missile-launching floating cities which we will display whenever our leaders see fit,” Tangsiri told the Sobh-e Sadegh weekly.
Tangsiri also referred to the new missile cities as “underground cities that house vessels and missiles.”
He added that southern Iran’s entire shoreline has weapons.
The weapons, mostly in the hands of the IRGC, include units of Basij and 428 flotillas operating along the coastline and concentrated along the Persian Gulf, according to state media reports.
The boasting comes in the aftermath of a fire Thursday at Iran’s Natanz nuclear complex.
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said the incident damaged one of the under-construction sheds at the complex and there were no casualties or damage to current activities at the nuclear facility.
However, the New York Times has reported that since then the government has acknowledged that the incident caused significant damage, which will set back Iran’s nuclear program by months.
Furthermore, the Jerusalem Post cited an Arabic-language daily newspaper, Kuwait’s Al-Jarida, which said an Israeli cyberattack struck Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility on Thursday. According to the the Kuwaiti paper, the explosion and another explosion near Parchin targeted UF6 gas storage used for uranium enrichment and Iran has now lost 80 percent of its stock of this gas.
The touting of “missile cities” also comes after state media reported that Iran successfully test fired short and long-range cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Oman Sea and northern Indian Ocean last month, hitting targets at a distance of about 174 miles.
On the other hand, Iran in May shot a missile that mistakenly hit its own ship during naval exercises in the Sea of Oman, killing at least 19 sailors and injuring 15 others, according to Islamic Republic News Agency.

Pope Francis Dangerous Call For Interfaith Prayer, Each To His Own God

Can you imagine an Apostle Paul who, at the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17), invites his listeners (followers of various philosophical schools and ancient cults) to unite in prayer, each to his own god/ideal as a sign of fraternity?
Can you imagine an Apostle Peter who, in writing to Christians at the four corners of the Roman Empire (1 Peter 1:1), recommends that they raise petitions together with the faithful of the Eastern, Greek and Roman religions, to invoke the end of a pandemic?
For those who have a basic grasp of the biblical faith, this is pretty absurd. Not for Rome, though. Indeed, the Roman Catholic Church organized a "Day of Prayer and Fasting addressed to believers of all religions" under the auspices of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity to pray together.
Catholics, Muslims and people of other religions or of no religion were all encouraged to pray to her/his own god or personal ideal for the pandemic to cease. 
Biblical proximity is not universal fraternity

Before examining the theological problems behind the inter-faith prayer promoted by the Roman Catholic Church, it is important to be aware of the context of this initiative. The aforementioned Higher Committee for Human Fraternity was established in 2019, a few months after the meeting in Abu Dhabi between Pope Francis and Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, the Muslim University in Cairo (Egypt).
That meeting was centered on the signing of the controversial "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together". In spite of the praise gathered in inter-faith circles, it is a controversial document for a simple reason: it joins the commendable attempt to build a peaceful society (especially in areas where the relationship between the Muslim majority and the Christian minority is tense) with the idea that Muslims and Christians are "brothers and sisters" praying to the same God.
In so doing, it wrongly exchanges proximity with fraternity, i.e. our being neighbors with all men and women, withour being brothers and sisters with those who belong to the family of God in Jesus Christ. While proximity connects people of different faiths and backgrounds and calls them to live in peace, fraternity is a spiritual bond that unites believers in Jesus Christ as believers.
The "Document on Human Fraternity" blurs the distinction and changes the meaning of fraternity, extending it to the relationships between peoples of different religions, as if Muslims and Christians are "brothers and sisters" praying to the same God. READ MORE

PA threatens to cancel recognition of Israel

Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday hinted at the possibility that the PLO would cancel its recognition of Israel if it decides, as he put it, to “destroy the possibility of establishing an independent Palestinian state within the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
In an interview with the Palestine TV network, Shtayyeh said that the PA has a number of ways to take action in response to an Israeli sovereignty move, including the cancellation of the document recognizing Israel signed by Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin in 1993.
He blamed the Israeli government for adopting a strategy of thwarting the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state through a blockade of the Gaza Strip, annexing East Jerusalem and treating Area C of Judea and Samaria as an area to expand the “settlements”.
Shtayyeh stressed that the fight against the Israeli annexation plan is, in the eyes of the Palestinian Arabs, a campaign aimed at maintaining the existence of the national Palestinian enterprise. He called for popular protest actions and unity against Israel.
As a response to the Israeli policy, Shtayyeh said, the PA has severed all ties with Israel except in the water, electricity and private sectors.
Despite Shtayyeh’s threats, the PA has never accepted the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish State, and the PLO charter continues to reject the existence of the State of Israel despite the provision of such recognition in the Oslo Accords.
The PA has expressed outrage over the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government could have applied sovereignty over Judea and Samaria on July 1.
While the July 1 date came and went without Israel applying sovereignty, Israel is continuing its discussions with the US on how to carry out the sovereignty move.
On Sunday, PLO official Saeb Erekat said the PA is seeking to build an international coalition to block Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria through diplomatic efforts worldwide.

Will Pres Trump bring King Abdullah to heel?

Last Spring, seven GOP legislators threatened Jordan with economic sanctions and the withholding of aid money if it didn’t extradite the infamous terrorist, Al-Tamimi.

Al-Tamimi was involved - as the mastermind and controller who even scouted out the restaurant - in the terrorist bombing of the Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem in 2001, which claimed the lives of 15 civilians (of whom 7 were children and one a pregnant woman) including two Americans. Due to a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel in October of 2011, Al-Tamimi was released to Jordan where she has been living and unrepentantly enjoying life ever since. Attorney Arnold Roth, father of US citizen Malki Roth, one of the victims, has been fighting to have her extradited ever since.
Abdullah has refused to extradite her to the US despite her being placed on the FBI's most wanted list and a criminal extradition treaty signed between USG and the Government of Jordan (GOJ) in 1995. READ MORE