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France on Edge

French No-Go Zones Now Flourishing

May 23rd 2020

Nanterre bus

Saturday, April 18, 11 pm. Villeneuve-la-Garenne, a small town in the northern suburbs of Paris. A young man rides a motorcycle at high speed and hits the door of a police car. He breaks his leg. He is sent to the hospital. He does not have a driver's license but does have a long criminal history. He was sentenced several times by the courts for drug trafficking, robbery with violence and sexual assault.

As soon as news of the accident is released, hostile messages about the police circulate on social media; and in a dozen cities in France, riots break out. The riots are continue for five days in a row. A police station in Strasbourg is attacked and set on fire. A school is nearly destroyed a few miles from Villeneuve-la-Garenne. Read more ..


The Edge of Terrorism

PA Hiding Terrorist Salaries from Donor Countries in Financial Reports

May 22nd 2020

Palestinian Liberation Organization with Arafat

Monthly budget documents prepared by the Palestinian Authority for 2020 show that it is attempting to hide the salaries it pays terrorists from international donors, making a sham of its commitment to financial transparency.

The PA receives hundreds of millions of dollars annually from donor countries around the world and is therefore obliged to produce fully transparent financial records, with all expenses listed, for the benefit of its donors. However, its “pay to slay” scheme, which pays terrorists a monthly stipend, likely falls foul of international law, leaving it unable to openly declare the payments within its budget. Read more ..


Palestinians and Israelis

Is the PA Deceiving Israel to Receive a $227 Million Loan?

May 22nd 2020

Abbas UN

While the PA is begging for financial aid, PMW found that in the first quarter of 2020 the PA’s revenues increased by approximately $355 million compared to the same period in 2019, constituting an increase of 47%.

Would Israel have agreed to loan the Palestinian Authority $227 million (800 million shekels) if the PA had revealed to Israel that in the first quarter of the year its revenues increased by more than $355 million (1.2 billion shekels) compared to the same period in the previous year, and increased by approximately $45 million (160 million shekels) compared to the same period in 2018?

Probably not. But that is the reality, according to the PA’s official financial reports published by the PA Ministry of Finance. Read more ..


The Edge of Terrorism

Tamimi Extradition Crusade Finally Gets a More Public Administration Response

May 21st 2020

Edwin Black at Nabi Selah

An ember of hope for justice has appeared in the years-long crusade to extradite the infamous Palestinian terrorist Ahlam Tamimi—now living a high profile life in Jordan. A statement of support from the US government was just announced on The Edwin Black Show, which is Zoomed every Thursday from Washington. Tamimi helped mastermind the infamous August 9, 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem. Unrepentant, Tamimi has bragged about her role in this act of terror and mass murder. Arnold Roth’s daughter Malki—a US citizen—was among the victims and Mr. Roth has sought justice ever since. Tamimi was released as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange.

Arnold Roth and others appeared on the May 21 edition of he Edwin Black Show to call for invocation of the Jordanian-American Extradition Treaty. Jordan refuses, claiming the 1995 treaty was never officially adopted by Amman’s parliament—even though at least three other terrorists have been extradited from Jordan to the US.

When pressed, the highest official sources in Israel and the United States –citing extreme sensitivity-- have repeatedly refused to comment in any way on the prospects of extraditing Tamimi, smothering Roth family hopes of extradition. Until now. A "direct governmental source with specific knowledge of the case" issued a statement to journalist and author Black for release on his show.

The source asserted, "Do not suggest that this matter is not a priority in the Administration. It is a priority. At the highest levels, our government is determined to hold those who commit acts of terrorism against Americans fully accountable. No one has forgotten about this case. We are very empathetic with the victim and the victim's family."

While Congressmen have been vocal in their demands, this is the first statement on the matter uttered either on the record or off the record by the Executive branch since the effort to extradite Tamimi gather steam.

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Jewry on Edge

The HIAS-ization of American Jews

May 9th 2020

Star of David

Three years ago, the leaders of radical left-wing groups signed a letter in support of Linda Sarsour. The defenders of the anti-Semitic figure who had cheered Farrakhan and terrorists killing Jews and viewed Jews as subhuman included leaders of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish groups such as J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), T’ruah, If Not Now, Bend the Arc, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, as well as Tony Kushner, who once wished that Israel had never existed.

Also signing the petition alongside terrorist and BDS supporters were two leaders of HIAS.

HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, had dropped the “Hebrew” part of its name along with its Jewish identity in 2014 and left New York City, where it once aided Jewish immigrants coming to America, to refocus on lobbying Congress. Instead of listening to calls by members of the Jewish community to shut down the organization and do something productive instead, it followed the money.

“Hebrew” was an exclusionary and outdated term, HIAS CEO Mark Hatfield opined. And so he dispensed with the Jewish part of the organization’s name and with aiding Jewish immigrants in New York. Hetfield was one of the signatories of the Sarsour letter. HIAS moved to D.C. to be closer to the government grants that made up its budget. Back then, 65.3 percent of that budget came from government grants, but the writing had already been on the wall in the 1990s. Former HIAS president Leonard Glickman had admitted in the late ’90s that the decline in Jewish refugees affected “the amount of money we receive from the government,” which “is based strictly on the number of people we resettle.” Read more ..


Vote 2020

Reade States: ‘I Didn’t Use Sexual Harassment’ in Biden Complaint

May 3rd 2020

Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Joseph Biden

Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleges Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, says she filed a limited report with a congressional personnel office that did not explicitly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment.

"I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable," Reade said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. "I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault."

Reade told the AP twice that she did not use the phrase "sexual harassment" in filing the complaint, but at other points in the interview said that was the behavior she believed she was describing. She said: "I talked about sexual harassment, retaliation. The main word I used – and I know I didn’t use sexual harassment — I used ‘uncomfortable.’ And I remember ‘retaliation.’"

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The Digital Age

Ultrasonic Attack Device Hacks Phones through Solid Objects

April 7th 2020

Smart phone

Voice assistants allow smartphone users to snap a photograph or send a text with a spoken command. Yet they also potentially let hackers do the same things by bombarding the device’s microphone with ultrasonic waves (sounds with frequencies higher than humans can hear). Researchers have previously demonstrated how they could trick a phone by sending these waves through the air, but the approach required proximity to the victim and was easily disrupted by nearby objects. Now a new technique called SurfingAttack can send ultrasonic waves through solid objects. It could enable potential snoops to avoid obstacles and perform more invasive tasks—including stealing text messages and making calls from a stranger’s phone.

To test this method, researchers hid a remotely controllable attack device on the underside of a metal tabletop, where it could send ultrasonic waves through the table to trigger a phone lying flat on its surface. “We are using solid materials to transmit these ultrasonic waves,” says Qiben Yan, a computer scientist at Michigan State University. “We can activate your voice assistant placed on the tabletop, read your private messages, extract authentication pass codes from your phone or even call your friends.” Read more ..


The Edge of Terrorism

As Americans Go Broke, Sanders Demands Taxpayers Give Hamas $75 Million

April 2nd 2020

Masked Hamas terrorist close-up

A group of Democratic senators called for the U.S. State Department to reverse its policy and give funding to the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that the government reverse its policy and resume giving monetary aid to the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria and the Hamas-led government in Gaza. “Given the spread of the coronavirus in the West Bank and Gaza, the extreme vulnerability of the health system in Gaza, and the continued withholding of U.S. aid to the Palestinian people, we are concerned that the Administration is failing to take every reasonable step to help combat this public health emergency in the Palestinian Territories,” the letter read. Read more ..


Vote 2020

TV Station Broadcasts Biden-Sanders Results Day Before Election

March 18th 2020

Vote Buttons

A television station in Illinois broadcast results from the Joe Biden–Bernie Sanders Democratic Primary contest on Monday–the day before the actual election was scheduled to occur.

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Paris, Illinois resident Sherry Daugherty noted the discrepancy in a widely-shared and commented upon Facebook post.

“While watching The Price is Right our station accidentally runs tomorrow’s election results,” she said. “It’s Monday our election in Illinois is tomorrow.”

Local CBS affiliate WCIA ran the graphic showing Biden leading on 50 percent of the vote with 986,341 votes. Sanders had 45 percent of the vote in the WCIA graphic with 893,249 votes. After Daugherty’s post and other viewer-captured videos of the pre-results were shared, the network immediately caught an intense amount of flak online. Suggestions of vote-rigging and electoral fraud. Read more ..


Inside the Media

My 1990 New York Times Magazine Cover Story and Finding the Elusive Head of the Stasi--A Reporter Remembers

November 12th 2019

File Folders

This Veterans Day comes as we mark the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall. Reflecting on both events, I thought about what East Germany was like back then, and my experience tracking down the head of the country's notorious Stasi secret intelligence agency on assignment for the New York Times Magazine. I also can't help but appreciate the role American soldiers played in keeping the Soviets from enveloping all of Berlin after World War II. I hope you find the article below informative and relevant as we honor those who wear our nation's uniform.

-- Steven Emerson, November 11, 2019

The back story:

In the fall of 1989, the murderous division between East and West Berlin unraveled after four decades of unspeakable terror. Within weeks, the trigger-happy, bloody enforcers of the border shed their East German uniforms; the heavily armored checkpoints, most notably "Checkpoint Charlie," simply closed down. East and West Berliners began to smash the hated 10-foot-high concrete blocks surrounding the city. But the Stasi, the eight-football-field long secret East German intelligence agency, housing tens of millions of internal files, still stood. Read more ..


Financing the Flames

The Missing Palestinian Authority Billions

November 5th 2019

Hamas head

Since its creation, the Palestinian Authority has received tens of billions of dollars of international aid. Just since 2011, the European Union, the United States, and other countries have provided the PA with hundreds of millions of dollars and euros of aid.

While the PA has constantly complained about its financial difficulties, scrutiny of the PA's own financial records for the years 2011 - 2018, shows that the PA transferred from its coffers over 7 billion shekels to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), some of which was then given to terrorist organizations. In that same period, the PA also spent over 440 million shekels to fund its non-functioning institutions. Read more ..

Financing the Flames

Who’s Funding Illegal Palestinian Settlements in Area C—Terrorist Links

August 22nd 2019

Edwin Black

Hundreds of millions of euros flow annually from European nations to fund illegal Palestinian settlements in Area C. Under the Oslo Accords, only Israel can issue construction permits. The current rapid expansion plan dispenses with any coordination with Israel.

According to Israeli activist watchdog groups, such as Regavim, during the last five years, illegal Palestinian settlements and infrastructure have sprawled across more than 9,000 dunams (9 square km) in more than 250 Area C locations, supported by more than 600 kilometers of illegally constructed access roads and more than 112,000 meters of retaining walls and terracing. This massive works project is being conducted in broad daylight. Palestinians no longer apply for permits in Area C; they deny Israel’s right to issue them. Now, they just start building, powered by millions of annual euros in joint projects with the EU.

How is the money routed? Among the many NGO recipients, one name keeps appearing: Union of Agricultural Work Committees.

A 2012 French Foreign Ministry report listing a €354,489 multi-year water development project states: "The first action proposed under this Action Plan is being carried out by the Union of Agriculture Work Committees," adding, "UAWC … is responsible for project management." Agence Francaise de Dévelopment (AFD) committed €130,000 to the UAWC, also in 2012, according to a 2012 Ernst and Young audit of the NGO Development Center. In February 2019, AFD also announced, "Union of Agricultural Workers Committees and relevant stakeholders … [would be] granted by AFD amounts up to 232,000 euros out of a budget of 650,000 euros."

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Financing the Flames

Who’s Funding Illegal Palestinian Settlements in Area C—Nearly 10,000 Cases

August 16th 2019

Edwin Black

"Area C," which comprises some 60 percent of the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria, has become highly volatile again. In the past, debate has centered on Jewish settlements. Now, "illegal Palestinian settlements" sprouting across the region, are under the spotlight.

According to Israeli activist watchdog groups such as Regavim, during the last five years, illegal Palestinian settlements and infrastructure have sprawled across more than 9,000 dunams in more than 250 Area C locations, supported by more than 600 kilometers of illegally constructed access roads and more than 112,000 meters of retaining walls and terracing. This massive works project is being conducted in broad daylight, often heralded by tall announcement placards and proud press releases.

Israeli government officials contacted did not dispute the Regavim numbers. In exasperation, one military spokesman close to the Area C files estimated "close to 10,000" illegal construction efforts are now underway—adding they feel "powerless to stop them."

In the 1990s, after years of diplomatic wrangling, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo Accords, envisioning a peaceful two-state solution. Under the complex Oslo Accords, the "West Bank" is divided into three separate administrative zones, Areas A, B and C.

Area A is reserved for Palestinian civil and administrative control and seats the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Area B is governed by Palestinian civil control under a joint Israeli-Palestinian security apparatus.

Area C —also called Judea and Samaria—comprises roughly 60 percent of the West Bank. The majority of Area C residents are Israelis—an estimated 325,000 alongside some 300,000 Arabs. Under the Oslo Accords, only the Israeli Civil Administration can authorize new construction in the zone—for Israeli and Arab alike.

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The Iranian Threat

Iran Preparing a Worldwide Terror Network

July 18th 2019

Iranian Revolutionary Guard

An Iranian network of terrorist cells is spread out around the world, ready for activation at any time as tensions in the Persian Gulf remain high. Threats by the Islamic Republic to escalate its standoff with the United States mean that the chances of an Iranian proxy terrorist activation are rising.

Biting American sanctions are causing unprecedented damage to the Iranian economy. In response, the radical Shi'ite regime has already provided the world with a sample of its ability to order attacks that destabilize the Middle East.

Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen recently launched explosive drones and cruise missiles, targeting Saudi Arabian oil installations and airports. An Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia in Iraq, Katai'b Hizballah, is suspected of firing rockets at U.S. interests, and the Islamic Republican Guards Corps (IRGC) launched mine attacks on civilian oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. Read more ..


The Iranian Threat

Iranian Oil Flowing Past Malaysia on Way to Asian customers

July 14th 2019

Iranian oil tanker

Iran's efforts to sustain its oil exports to Asia in the face of tightened U.S. sanctions appear to be getting some assistance from Malaysia, according to analysis of data on ship movements.

"Iranian oil typically arrives in the Straits of Malacca and is handed over using ship-to-ship oil transfer to Chinese very large crude carriers," Samir Madani, co-founder of TankerTrackers.com, a company in Sweden which monitors the shipping and storage of oil via analysis of ship transmission data, commercial satellite imagery and other information, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Under the U.S. sanctions revived last November to pressure Iran into negotiations over its foreign policy and missile programs, any company involved with sales of Iranian oil can be fined and cut off from the U.S. financial system. Until May 2, the U.S. granted waivers for China, India, South Korea, Japan and others to continue buying Iranian oil with the expectation they would phase down their purchases. Read more ..


Media on Edge

Watchdog Group Canary Mission Uncovers Longstanding ‘Disdain’ for Jews and Israel among Al Jazeera Staff

May 24th 2019

al-Jazeera

Amid the fallout over a video that denied the Holocaust, the anti-Semitism watchdog group Canary Mission has revealed that several members of Al Jazeera’s staff have held longstanding “disdain for Jews and Israel” that predate the video release.

The seven-minute video, which was published last week on the network’s online channel, AJ+, stated that Israel was the “greatest beneficiary,” and that the Holocaust happened, but “it’s different from how the Jews tell it.”

After international outrage, Al Jazeera retracted the video and announced that the makers of the video were to be suspended, and that staff were to undergo sensitivity and bias training.

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The Edge of Terrorism

Did Panama Ever Reopen Its Investigation Into the Flight 901 Bombing?

January 29th 2019

Runway lights

Several alert, uniformed sentries stood behind defensive barriers in front of the Ahavat Sion synagogue in a tony neighborhood of extreme high-rise hotels and residential buildings, ubiquitous in this prosperous Central American city. The sentries required identification and a stated purpose for the visit, studied my face, and disappeared inside after warning that no exterior photos were allowed for security reasons.

I showed up seven months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provided intelligence information to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela that he said solved a long-unattributed terror attack on this small country of 4 million that includes 15,000 Jews. The mid-air bombing took down Alas Chiricanas Flight 901 in 1994, killing all 22 commuters and crew aboard, including 12 Jews, and had remained unsolved and uninvestigated for nearly a quarter century. Read more ..


Campus Hate

Mixed Reactions After Prosecution Efforts at UCLA and UCI

January 17th 2019

Edwin Black

Organized disruptors–both students and non-students--who shut down a pro-Israel gathering at University of California Los Angeles in May 2018 might not be prosecuted, according to information from LA City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office. Instead, they will be called to a confidential but mandatory proceeding called a “City Attorney Hearing,” an alternative to prosecution which can be described as a “warning” not to repeat the conduct. One legal expert compared it to a “deferred prosecution,” but stressed a full trial could still result. Victims generally do not appear at such a hearing, the City Attorney’s office explained, and generally no criminal record attaches. Still, the prosecutor retains the right to issue charges later if he feels the illegal conduct has recurred or may recur. Los Angeles conducts hundreds of such closed-door hearings each year to dispose of minor misdemeanors arising from, for example, neighbor disputes, domestic disharmony, or curfew violations.

To the south of Los Angeles, newly-installed Orange County Prosecutor Todd Spitzer is still undecided about prosecuting rambunctious disruptors of a pro-Israel event at University of California Irvine which also took place last May, according to official university sources. Spitzer’s office has asked for additional police investigation to develop more facts.

With or without actual prosecution, the two incidents and the Jewish community’s response have potentially changed the landscape for belligerent disruption of pro-Israel events on California campuses, which last year arguably yielded some of the most pernicious in the nation. Those involved in the two California events—the affected students and the Jewish communal groups who rose to invoke prosecutions—expressed a range of reactions as to whether justice has been minimally obtained or seriously delayed. Read more ..


Jewry on Edge

How Historians Will See Canary Mission Years From Now

December 17th 2018

Edwin Black

On a recent Thursday, at about 8 am, on a desk illuminated by light from a nearby window, a paper cup of steaming coffee laden with cream and sugar was nudged near an open laptop, thus beginning a ten-to-twelve-hour day of mind-numbing monitoring by a Canary Mission [CM] staffer at one of the organization’s several locations. In endless social media searches, refreshes, clicks, video reviews, forwards and saves, the Canary Mission staffer will capture the worst of the openly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions agitation and hate speech erupting all across America’s campuses. Their work also encompasses white nationalism.

 

BDS advocates often spew some of the most venomous hate speech visible on the Internet, hate speech that Canary Mission captures and re-publishes in personal profiles. For example, the tweet by a Chicago activist with Students for Justice in Palestine who tweeted this joke: “Why did Hitler commit suicide?........ He saw the gas bill. Pahhahaha.” Or the UCLA protestor whose Twitter account was captured with this remark: “Mmmaaaannnnnnnnnnn what's with all this peaceful approaches!?? F**k that. I want terrorism and another intifada.” The same UCLA student reportedly added a photo close-up of a gun and bullets.

 

After the massacre at Pittsburgh, calls went out broadly to monitor, spotlight, and report hate speech, especially since hateful acts of violence are often preceded by hate speech. That is precisely what Canary Mission does. Canary Mission tracks social media and videos, capturing BDS, anti-Zionist, and anti-Semitic expressions, triangulating them into individual profiles that expose and create permanent highly-visible records of the words and images BDS and SJP leaders actually use. The profiles are almost always incontestable since CM links to actual videos, tweets and other open documentation. Canary Mission’s intent is to shine an indelible light on students, faculty, and others, thus creating a negative incentive or at least a consequence for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate speech. Read more ..


Campus Hate

UCI Preparing to Refer Anti-Israel Disrupters to Prosecution

September 21st 2018

Edwin Black

Campus police at University of California, Irvine will in the near future refer anti-Israeli event disruptors of a May 3, 2018 pro-Israel event to Orange County prosecutors, according to a UCI spokesperson. Referral will occur, says the spokesperson, as soon as the campus police investigation concludes.

If so, UCI will be the second UC campus, after UCLA, to refer loud and raucous anti-Israel disruptors to prosecutors for violation of California’s statutes prohibiting disruption of public meetings, disturbing the peace, and conspiracy to do either.

After the police referral, it will be up to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to decide whether actual prosecution should ensue. Rackauckas previously made history with the 2011 prosecution and conviction of the famous “Irvine 11,” who disrupted Israeli  Ambassador Michael Oren in 2010 when he spoke at UCI. Rackauckas is considered one the state’s most seasoned, no-nonsense DAs. Read more ..


The Trump Era

Video Reveals 'Communist' Cabal In Federal Government Blocks Trump Agenda Six Hours A Day

September 21st 2018

Washington K Street NW

An undercover video revealed that an auditor at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a member of a larger cabal of socialists within the federal government that is thwarting the efforts of the Trump administration. Released by Project Veritas, a transparency advocacy group that has produced similar videos in the past, Natarajan Subramanian is seen admitting to spending most of his time on the job at the GAO advancing the cause of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) party, of which he is a member. “No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA.” 

See the Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYvQPKskqSU

James O'Keefe is the founder and president of Project Veritas. In an announcement on Thursday, O'Keefe promised that the next installment may prove to provide the most damning evidence of socialist activity within the federal goverment. It will be released on Friday. Read more ..


Campus Hate

Prosecutor Expands UCLA Disruption Probe as Jewish Groups Extend Criminality Approach to other Campuses

August 3rd 2018

Edwin Black

Los Angeles city prosecutor Spencer Hart, who is reviewing the belligerent shutdown of a Students Supporting Israel panel at the University of California-Los Angeles on May 17, 2018, has requested additional investigative materials from the UCLA Police, according to a prosecution source. The request on Case 18-1206 was transmitted to UCLA campus Detective Selby Arsena, who assembled the original investigative package submitted to Los Angeles Pacific Branch prosecutors in mid-July.

The request was seen as an indication that LA prosecutors are taking the case seriously and undertaking a thorough review. No timeline for a decision could be identified, prosecution sources say, because prosecutor Hart, who is second in command at the Pacific Branch, not only handles his own substantial case load, but as assistant supervising attorney, he also oversees the case loads of other prosecutors. However, since a one-year statute of limitations applies, investigative sources envision a decision on prosecution by year’s end. Read more ..


Campus Hate

LA City Attorney Mulls Prosecution of anti-Israel Disrupters of UCLA Event

July 23rd 2018

Edwin Black

It began as yet another frustrating example of a university refusing to take swift action in a case of aggressive disruption of a pro-Israel event. The belligerent shutdown of a Students Supporting Israel panel discussion occurred at the University of California-Los Angeles on May 17, 2018. That incident has skyrocketed to become the most important potential prosecution of anti-Israel campus disruption in the nation since the Irvine 11. A top Los Angeles City attorney is now actively reviewing the file of evidence and police complaints for possible prosecution under state laws that criminalize the disruption of public meetings, as well as other related statutes.

 

In the now well-known case, on May 17, Students Supporting Israel gathered in a UCLA function room for a panel discussion titled Indigenous Peoples Unite. Disrupters--suddenly and loudly--stormed into the room mid-session. One person tore down the students’ flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and cursed threateningly close to the face of a panelist. With bullhorns, whistles, staged dancing, and slogan shouting, the event was shut down. The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the SSI event was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41.

 

Although the UCLA administration publicly promised a referral to prosecutors, no such action was taken against the various protestors — both students and non-students, because UCLA campus police were awaiting formal complaints by the intimidated students. Only after such a formal police report is filed do police investigate and determine if a referral to prosecutors is called for. Then, prosecutors weigh the evidence and decide if prosecution is warranted. All students contacted by this reporter stated they did not know they were entitled to make a police report. Read more ..


Campus Hate

UCLA Students File Criminal Complaints Against anti-Israel Disruptors

June 13th 2018

Edwin Black

Criminal complaints are now being filed by students following the belligerent disruption of a May 17, 2018 Students Supporting Israel [SSI] event at University of California Los Angeles. At least a half-dozen students announced they would visit the UCLA police department to file formal complaints reporting criminal disruption of a meeting, as well as disturbing the peace and conspiracy.

 

The move follows media disclosures that the UCLA was reneging on the public pledge by two chancellors in the Daily Bruin —bolstered by a statement for the record by a university spokesman — to refer the belligerent May 17 incident to prosecutors.

 

The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the May 17 SSI event at UCLA was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41. Read more ..


The FBI on Edge

FBI Official Wants Immunity to Testify About Hillary Clinton's Emails

June 9th 2018

Capitol Building at night

Andrew McCabe, who served as Deputy Director of the FBI, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee within the next few days. He has apparently requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. CNN is reporting that McCabe requested that “the Senate Judiciary Committee provide him with immunity from prosecution” so that he will talk about the FBI’s handling of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state in the Obama administration. 

“Under the terms of such a grant of use immunity, no testimony or other information provided by Mr. McCabe could be used against him in a criminal case,” wrote Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. Grassley has requested McCabe testify next week. He has also invited former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify. McCabe was fired in April. Read more ..


Debbiegate

Pakistani 'Mystery Man' Wants Plea Deal In Case Linked to Rep. Wasserman Schultz

June 7th 2018

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

A former aide to congressional Democrats may soon enter into a plea deal with federal prosecutors in a case that has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump. Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American who provided IT services to more than a dozen Democrats in the House of Representatives, and wife Hina Alvi will appear before  U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington on July 3. The court filing did not betray any of the terms of the apparent agreement.

The Awan case has been questioned by congressional Republicans because of Awan’s involvement with prominent Democrats, such as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and his access to sensitive data. President Trump tweeted that Awan is “the Pakistani mystery man,” and asked in 2017 “Whatever happened to this Pakistani guy who worked with the DNC?”

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Campus Hate

Pro-Israel Groups Pursue Criminal Aspects of Disruptions

June 6th 2018

Edwin Black

Disruptions of pro-Israel events by anti-Israel groups continue to intensify into physical aggression and violence across campuses and even into the community. As a result, Jewish and pro-Israel groups have started to explore the criminal aspects of such incidents.

 

The invasion, disruption, and nose-to-nose intimidation of a May 17, 2018 Students Supporting Israel [SSI] event at the University of California, Los Angeles was one several red lines recently crossed for pro-Israel groups and many in the human rights community. The small UCLA gathering, dubbed “Indigenous Peoples Unite,” brought Kurdish, Armenian, and Israeli individuals to discuss their common bonds.

 

As shown in this video, beginning at minute 41, disruptors suddenly and loudly stormed into the room mid-session. One person grabbed a flag, demonstratively pulled away a desk placard, and threateningly cursed close to the face of a panelist. With bullhorns, whistles, staged dancing, and slogan shouting, intimidation brought the event to a halt. Read more ..


The Hillary Investigation

Long-awaited OIG Report Recommends Criminal Prosecution of FBI and DOJ

May 18th 2018

Supreme Court Lady Justice

The long-expected report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice has moved into its final phase. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has found, according to the Wall Street Journal, "reasonable grounds" to believe that federal laws were broken by the FBI and DOJ it their probes of Hillary Clinton. Horowitz has referred findings of possible criminal misconduct to John Huber - Utah's top federal prosecutor who was paired with Horowitz by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

Horowitz has also forwarded copies of the draft report to the FBI and DOJ for their review by the end of this week. The OIG report will then go from the Office of the Inspector General to both investigative committees of Congress and  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and is expected within weeks. According to the Wall Street Journal, Horowitz will then respond within a “few days.” 

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Financing the Flames

Palestinian Authority to Pay $355 Million in 2018 to Terrorists and their Families

March 29th 2018

International Currency 3

The Palestinian Authority has authorized payments of $355 million to convicted terrorists and the families of terrorists as part of their 2018, according to a report.

Get Financing the Flames and read the original Edwin Black investigation on the topic

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the P.A. budget for the Commission of Prisoner Affairs, which pays the salaries of terrorist prisoners and released prisoners, is set at $166 million, of which $158 million will go to terrorists.

Additionally, the budget for the Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution is set at $200 million, of which $197 million will go to the families of terrorists.

As such, the total payment by the P.A. for 2018 is set at $355 million, which is 7.47 percent of its operation budget of $4.76 billion in 2018 and some 44 percent of the funding the P.A. hopes to receive in foreign aid this year. Read more ..


The Obama Era

Republican Report Suggests Obama Direct Involvement in Clinton Email Probe

February 10th 2018

Obama and bright lights

A new report released on Wednesday by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin alleges that texts between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page show that then-President Barack Obama was being informed about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton email controversy. The senator’s report puts a focus on the scandal, and includes Strzok, who was one of the top FBI agents assigned to the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of supposed ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, and Page. Johnson serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sen. Johnson alleges that texts between Page and Strzok show that they were preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey because Obama may have wanted to be apprised of the case. Page wrote on Sept. 2, 2016, that she was preparing the talking points because "potus wants to know everything we’re doing." POTUS is an abbreviation for President of the United States. Read more ..


The Russia Probe

FBI Unable to Preserve Some Text Messages From Agent Removed From Mueller Probe

January 22nd 2018

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The FBI was unable to preserve some text messages between two agents who have been accused of anti-Trump bias, including one who previously served on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to a letter from the bureau to lawmakers.

The FBI said it did not have a record of messages exchanged over a six-month period between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page because many of its issued mobile phones had problems related to “rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades.” 

“The result was that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected,” the FBI explained in the letter.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) expressed concerns over the missing messages, according to a letter he sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray, obtained Sunday by The Hill.

Strzok, who also worked on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, was removed last summer from Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after it was discovered he had sent anti-Trump messages. Some Republicans seized on the news as an indication that Mueller’s probe was biased against President Trump

The missing messages were sent between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, according to Johnson’s letter. 

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The Digital Age

Social Media Giant Twitter Imposes Secret Political 'Shadow-Bans'

January 12th 2018

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According to a Project Veritas investigation, Pranay Singh of social-media platform Twitter admitted to banning mass numbers of Twitter accounts that show an interest in guns, God, and America. Singh, who serves as a direct-messaging engineer for Twitter, said on video: “Just go to a random [Trump] tweet and just look at the followers. They’ll all be like, guns, God, ‘Merica, and with the American flag and the cross,” declared Singh, who was secretly recorded by Project Veritas reporters. “Like, who says that? Who talks like that? It’s for sure a bot.”

When the Project Veritas investigator asked Singh whether it is possible to eliminate accounts, Singh answered, “Yeah. You just delete them, but, like, the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you’ve got to, like, write algorithms that do it for you.”

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Financing the Flames

In 2017, Palestinian Authority Paid Terrorists $358 Million

January 10th 2018

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The Palestinian Authority spent 1.23 billion shekels ($358 million) on payments to terrorists and their families last year, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The figure represents 7% of the Palestinian Authority's total budget for 2017.

Get Financing the Flames and read the original Edwin Black investigation on the topic

In 2016, the Palestinian Authority spent 1.15 billion shekels ($322 million) on terrorists' stipends. The Defense Ministry released the figures as part of the government's work on the so-called "terrorist wages bill," which passed its preliminary Knesset reading in June 2017.

According to the latest figures, each terrorist serving a three- to five-year sentence in an Israeli prison receives a monthly stipend equivalent to NIS 2,000 ($580).

Terrorists serving a life sentence receive a monthly stipend amounting to NIS 10,000 ($2,900). Married terrorists receive an additional NIS 300 ($87) a month, and those who are married with children receive an additional NIS 50 ($14) per child a month. Terrorists who have Israeli citizenship receive an additional NIS 500 ($144) a month.

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Hillarygate

Clinton Foundation Investigation Re-opens as Statute Clock Advances

January 6th 2018

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According to several media reports, FBI agents have renewed an investigation of the Clinton Foundation following calls from President Donald Trump and leading Congressional Republicans to get to the bottom of allegations that have dogged the political sphere since 2016. FBI agents are interviewing persons connected to the philanthropy, which is tied to former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Questions are being raised to whether donations to the foundation were made in exchange for favors on the part of Hillary Clinton while she served former President Barack Obama as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

The Clinton Foundation is denying any complicity. In 2016, the FBI shut down an investigation into the foundation for supposed lack of evidence. President Trump has repeatedly called for a renewed investigation, in a break with tradition that has placed Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- who has recused himself from related probes -- in an uncomfortable position of receiving gibes from the president. 

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The Election on Edge

Bush/McCain Associate Subpoenaed to Reveal Key Role in "Dirty Dossier"

December 28th 2017

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On Wednesday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, issued a subpoena to an associate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who allegedly traveled to the United Kingdom to receive a copy and a briefing on a salacious, uncorroborated dossier from a former British spy, Christopher Steele. David J. Kramer, a former State Department official who is now a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, traveled to London in November 2016 and met with Steele. He then returned to the U.S. and gave the dossier to Sen. McCain.

McCain gave a copy of the document that made unsubstantiated accusations about Donald Trump to James Comey, who was then the director of the FBI. However, the FBI already had a copy of the dossier because Steele had himself given it to the bureau, reportedly by installments beginning in July 2016. The dossier was formulated at the behest of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential operation.

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Debbigate

Terrorists, Obama, and Democrats linked to International Hizbollah Money Laundering

December 19th 2017

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On Monday, the Justice Department warned that Imran Awan -- a former Capitol Hill IT aide who was associated with the Democratic National Committee and congressional Democrats -- is a “flight risk” who could flee to his native Pakistan if a judge approves his request to lift “all of the conditions of his release.” This comes after revelations that during the Obama administration, the Hezbollah terrorist organization, backed by Iran, trafficked cocaine and laundered money through used cars to finance the expansion of its global threat. Awan had a used car business among his various enterprises. 

Beginning in 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration launched Project Cassandra and amassed substantial evidence that Hezbollah had expanded from its military and political activities focused on the Middle East to a global criminal enterprise. It funneled cocaine into the U.S., collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering, and other criminal activities. Federal agents tracked cocaine shipments from Latin America to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, while others went through socialist Venezuela to Mexico and thence to the U.S. To launder the money from the cocaine sales, Hezbollah bought American used cars and shipped them to Africa.

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Jew Hatred

Mennonites and BDS: A Lawsuit Amid a Legacy

November 27th 2017

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Ellen Koontz, a Kansas contract schoolteacher, is asking a federal judge to re-affirm the anti-Jewish boycott campaign begun by Adolf Hitler on April 1, 1933, openly adopted shortly thereafter by the Mufti of Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Nazi alliance during the Holocaust, internationalized against the Jewish State after WWII by the Arab League in December 1945, made illegal in America by a 1976 amendment to the Tax Reform Act and a 1977 amendment to the US Export Administration Act, which governs commercial activity impacting foreign policy, reaffirmed by continuous Presidential Executive Orders, and re-labelled in recent years with glitter and violent disruption as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, otherwise known as BDS.

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The Edge of Evil

The 5 Most Evil Things Tech Companies have Helped Happen

November 15th 2017

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We are in a time where we depend on tech heavily. But sometimes out of necessity or just a careless attitude, tech companies have done some pretty bad things to the world. Some of these effects have helped shape and mold the society we live in today.

1. IBM and the Holocaust

As much as this may be hard to imagine, research has shown how IBM helped the Nazis perpetrate a holocaust. IBM helped create the most rationalized and methodically perfected means of genocide that has been recorded in human history.

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Edwin Black, an author, explains how IBM services were suited for machination of the ThirdReich.This was to help the Nazis perfect the art of killing not only making it operative smooth but effortless and justified. IBM used computer predictability to do a wide range of estimations and recording for the Nazi. Thus one of the most powerful tech companies was used by the Nazis as a way of registering the entire population that was bought from their offices in New York Read more ..


Financing the Flames

Foundations Gave Millions To Groups Accused Of Terror Ties

November 13th 2017

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Major American foundations have given millions of dollars in funding to Islamic organizations accused of having ties to radical Islamist movements or designated terrorist organizations and a group of activists are trying to convince them to stop. 

Groups like Islamic Relief Worldwide, which some countries have banned for allegedly funding Hamas and other terrorist organizations, have received millions of dollars from corporate charities like the GE Foundation, community foundations like the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and independent foundations like George Soros’ Open Society.

Researchers with the Middle East Forum, an activist group devoted to promoting American interests abroad, identified the financial stream from American foundations to seven Islamic groups with radical ties: Islamic Relief Worldwide and its sister organization in the United States — Islamic Relief USA, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and, despite rebounding from highly damaging terrorist allegations in 2008, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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The Russia Scandal

Hollywood's Oliver Stone Questions Involvement of Sen. McCain and Media in Uncorroborated Steele Dossier

October 28th 2017

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Oscar-winning movie director Oliver Stone reminded his followers on Twitter that Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona was among those in government who propagated the uncorroborated allegations against Donald Trump that have recently been put into question by startling revelations. Stone tweeted on Friday, “Those who prompted the corrupt dossier’s findings,” included not only McCain but also former CIA Director John Brennan and others.

Stone was referring a dossier allegedly paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele for the GPS Fusion opposition research firm and the behest of a law firm affiliated with the Democratic Party. Earlier media reports indicated that an initial report on Trump, to which the Steele report was eventually added, was paid for by a Republican. The Washington Free Beacon -- a conservative media outlet associated with publisher William Kristol and billionaire Peter Singer -- revealed to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday that it had contracted with the Fusion GPS opposition research firm to produce the original report. Both Kristol and Singer were initially opposed to Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and have been dubbed Never-Trumpers. Read more ..



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