Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, May 2015
Zionist Agitator Pamela Geller Organizes Anti-Islam Event in Texas, Provoking Attack, to Distract Americans from Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
May 4, 2015
Zionists, like Pamela Geller, have been relentless in staging events to distract Americans and Europeans from the Israeli war crimes and Israeli "creative destruction" of the Middle East, particularly Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people during the last Israeli war on Gaza in July-August 2014.
They invented the cartoons idea to provoke attacks from alleged Muslims in Europe first and now they are attempting to do it in the US.
Like in all of the previous attacks, the alleged Muslim attackers are killed so we don't know anything about them, except that they were known to the police.
Thus doing, the Zionists are bringing their method of "creative destruction" to the the US, after they had used it successfully in the Middle East, to destroy the Arab states one after the other, in preparation for the emergence of Israel as the regional super power, extending from Egypt to Iraq (from the Nile to the Euphrates).
Israeli veterans describe lax Gaza war rules, indiscriminate fire
Mon May 4, 2015 10:12am EDT
JERUSALEM | By Dan Williams
Israel inflicted "massive and unprecedented harm" to Palestinian civilians in the 2014 Gaza war with indiscriminate fire and lax rules of engagement, a report said on Monday, citing testimony given anonymously by dozens of troops.
The 237-page report by the Israeli advocacy group Breaking the Silence described how Israel Defence Forces (IDF) left swathes of devastation after they invaded Gaza last July with the stated aim of halting Hamas rocket fire out of the enclave.
"We were firing purposelessly all day long. Hamas was nowhere to be seen," one tank sergeant was quoted as saying.
The group said its finding cast "grave doubt on the IDF's ethics".
The Israeli military says it tried to prevent non-combatant casualties, and accuses Hamas of inviting these by fighting from within residential areas. The Palestinian Islamist group has been criticized abroad for firing rockets at Israeli civilians.
Some 2,256 Palestinians were killed during the July-August conflict, of whom 1,563 were civilians, according to U.N. figures. On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and five civilians died. The lopsided tolls have fueled foreign criticism of Israel and Palestinian calls for war-crimes suits.
Monday's report suggested the IDF looked to minimize the risk to their own troops even if that meant harming civilians.
An infantry sergeant is quoted as saying that, once Israel deemed civilians had mostly fled an area of operations, "there weren't really any rules of engagement".
"The idea was, if you spot something, shoot," he said."If you shoot someone in Gaza it's cool, no big deal."
Israel questioned the methodology and motivations behind the report. "Unfortunately, as in the past, Breaking the Silence has refused to provide the IDF with any proof of their claims," a military spokeswoman said.
"This pattern ... indicates that contrary to their claims this organization does not act with the intention of correcting any wrongdoings they allegedly uncovered."
Breaking the Silence, which listed the Swiss foreign ministry and the Norwegian embassy among its Western donors, said it collected testimony from more than 60 war veterans and called for an external probe "that can examine conduct at the highest ranks in the security and political establishments".
The IDF has launched several internal investigations into the war and says these should suffice.
Publication of the report coincided with a conference organized by the Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center advocacy group, which argues Western democracies pitted against militants like Hamas require a "new law of war".
Keynote speaker Benny Gantz, Israel's armed forces chief during the Gaza war, defended his troops' conduct as legal and predicted bloodier conflict in the future given the difficulty in distinguishing between Palestinian fighters and civilians.
"Next time, it will be worse, because Israel has to constantly grapple with the moral dilemma, but we need to protect our country," Gantz said. Asked by Reuters about the Breaking the Silence report, the ex-general declined comment.
(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Crispian Balmer)
Mon May 4, 2015 9:41am EDT
GARLAND, Texas |
By Mike Stone and Lisa Maria Garza .
Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by a group described as anti-Islamic and billed as a free-speech event.
Citing a senior FBI official, ABC News identified one of the gunmen as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was the target of a terror investigation. FBI agents and a bomb squad were searching Simpson's Phoenix home, ABC said.
Phoenix's KPHO TV reported that the second man lived in the same apartment complex as Simpson, the Autumn Ridge Apartments. He was not identified, and the second man's apartment was searched, the station said, quoting an FBI agent.
FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont in Dallas said she had no information about the suspects. An FBI evidence team began to go over the scene at 4:15 a.m. CST (05:15 a.m. EDT) and was still working, she said in an email.
The shooting in a Dallas suburb was an echo of past attacks or threats in other Western countries against art depicting the Prophet Mohammad. In January, gunmen killed 12 people in the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in what it said was revenge for its cartoons.
The attack on Sunday took place at about 7 p.m. local time in a parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, an indoor arena in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on an al Qaeda hit list, was among the speakers at the event.
Garland police and the FBI had no immediate comment on the report.
ABC News said officials believed Simpson sent out tweets ahead of the attack, with the last one using the hashtag #texasattack. It said, "My bro and myself have given bay'ah to Amirul Mu'mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen. Make dua."
"Bay'ah" means "oath of allegiance" in Arabic, and "Amirul Mu'mineen" is "commander of the faithful," a title of caliphs and other Muslim rulers. "Dua" means "supplication." The tweet was pulled from Twitter after the attack.
A fighter for Islamic State, a militant group which has taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria, said in a tweet that "2 of our brothers just opened fire at the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) art exhibition in Texas," according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based monitoring group.
SITE identified the writer as "Abu Hussain AlBritani," a name used by British Islamic state fighter Junaid Hussain.
Shortly before midnight, police alerted media that a strong electronic pulse would be activated near the scene, presumably as part of the bomb squad's work, and a loud boom was heard moments later, though police did not comment further.
The exhibit was organized by Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Her organization, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, has sponsored anti-Islamic advertising campaigns in transit systems across the country.
Organizers of the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest" said the event was to promote freedom of expression. They offered a $10,000 prize for the best artwork or cartoon depicting the Prophet, as well as a $2,500 "People's Choice Award."
Depictions of the Prophet Mohammad are viewed as offensive in Islam, and Western art that portrays the Prophet has angered Muslims and provoked threats and attacks from radicals.
SECURITY GUARD HURT
In Sunday's incident, the two suspects drove up to the building as the event was ending, and opened fire with automatic rifles at an unarmed security officer, striking him in the leg, police and city officials said.
Garland police officers who were assisting with security returned fire, killing both suspects, a police spokesman said.
One of the suspects, after being initially wounded by police gunfire, was seen reaching for a backpack and was shot again and killed, Garland Mayor Douglas Athas told CNN.
The security officer was treated at a local hospital and later released, Harn said. No one else was injured.
Most of the 200 people attending the event were still inside the arena when the violence unfolded and unaware of what had happened until police came into the building and told everyone to stay inside because of a shooting.
The mayor said the city had permitted the event even though officials knew its inflammatory theme could provoke an attack.
"There was concern, which is why we had heightened security in the area, but we all swear to uphold the Constitution, free speech, free assembly and in this case perhaps, free religion," Athas said. "So in this case they were free to use the building."
He said the school district that owns the building had posted extra security officers, and the city of Garland had a number of security and SWAT (special weapons and tactics) teams in the area.
'SURRENDER TO MONSTERS?'
The AFDI issued a statement on Facebook after the shooting saying, "This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?"
In his speech at the event, shown in a video clip posted on the AFDIís website, Gert Wilders, the Dutch politician, offered his rationale for supporting the cartoon contest, saying depicting the Prophet and violating one of Islamís greatest taboos was a liberating act.
"Our message today is very simple: we will never allow barbarism, never allow Islam, to rob us of our freedom of speech," Wilders said.
***Share this article with your facebook friends
Fair Use Notice
This site contains copyrighted material the
use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright
owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance
understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic,
democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this
constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for
in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
Section 107, the material on this site is
distributed without profit to those
who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information
for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of
your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the
Opinions expressed in various sections are the sole responsibility of their authors and they may not represent Al-Jazeerah & ccun.org.
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org