by Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson
A Quinnipiac poll in April showed Chris Christie the most popular potential Republican vice-presidential candidate, thanks to his budget cuts and standing up to government employee unions. But the governor of New Jersey has a problem, specifically an Islam problem, in the way of his possible ascent to higher office. We regret to report that, time and again, he has sided with Islamist forces against those safeguarding American security and civilization.
Derek Fenton removed by police after burning pages of the Koran in 2010.
2008: When serving as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Christie embraced and kissed Mohammed Qatanani, imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, and praised him as “a man of great goodwill.” He did this after Qatanani had publicly ranted against Jews and in support of funding Hamas, a U.S. government–designated terror organization, and on the eve of his deportation hearing for hiding an Israeli conviction for membership in Hamas. In addition, Christie designated a top aide, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna, to testify as a character witness for Qatanani.
2010: After Derek Fenton burned three pages of a Koran at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, his employer, New Jersey Transit, got Christie’s approval to fire him. Christie vocally endorsed Fenton’s termination, even though this meant protecting Islam at the expense of Fenton’s constitutional right to free speech, declaring, “I don’t have any problem with him being fired.” The American Civil Liberties Union successfully represented Fenton to get his job back.
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by IPT News The local government in the French city of Angoulême has provided a room for a pro-Hamas photography exhibit, a month after a French Islamist terrorist murdered a Rabbi and three Jewish youth to “avenge the Palestinian children.”
The organizing Charente Palestine Solidarity Association explained that the exhibit was at the center of a Palestinian cultural event, “in order that people could understand better what Hamas really is,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
The display of photography by Frédéric Sautereau, which the organizer says “shows the daily activities of Hamas and its active and positive role in the social, economic and cultural life of the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip,” has gone forward despite vociferous protests by French Jewish organizations.
The president of France’s leading Jewish organization, Richard Pasquier, denounced the exhibit and the complacency of French society towards anti-Jewish, Islamist terrorist groups in an open letter about the event. The exhibit was part of the “perverse importation of this [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict onto French
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Security official and police on caught two Hamas legislators Monday who hid in a Red Cross building in Jerusalem for 18 months. By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
The two men, Khaled Abu Arfa and Mohammed Totah, are legislators wanted for “Hamas activities,” said police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld. They used the Red Cross facility as a hideout after warrants were issued for their arrest in July 2010.
The Red Cross did not explain its involvement in the use of the building by the fugitives, and its spokeswoman Cecilia Goin only stated, “I can confirm that they were arrested around 1:15 p.m. Police came into the compound and arrested them”
Their Jerusalem identification cards had been revoked and they were not permitted to be within the city. They escaped detection even though two other Hamas members who were with them previously were arrested and sent out of the capital.
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Hamas announced Thursday that the new rulers of Egypt have given their blessing to a “million man march” against “Judaization” of Jerusalem. By David Lev
Hamas announced Thursday that the new rulers of Egypt – swept into power as a result of the “Arab Spring” rebellion – have given their blessing to a major demonstration to take place in Cairo next week. The “million man march” to be sponsored by Islamist groups a week from Friday will protest against the “Judaization” of Jerusalem.
Symbolically, the march will leave from the Al-Azhar mosque, Egypt’s most prominent, and proceed to Tahrir Square, which was the spiritual center of the protests that swept Hosni Mubarak from power last spring.
The march will be led by no less than Ahmed a-Taib, Egypt’s highest-ranking Islamic cleric and perhaps the most important in the entire Sunni Arab world. A-Taib, head of the Al-Azhar mosque, called the march “very important,” and worthy of the time of every Muslim who valued his religion. In recent weeks, a-Taib set up a special committee to prevent the progress of the “Zionist plan to Judaize Jerusalem.” The committee is expected to develop a platform that it will ask all individuals planning to run in Egypt’s upcoming elections to support, committing them to using whatever resources are at their disposal to “defend the Al-Aqsa mosque” on the Temple Mount. A-Taib expects all politicians in Egypt – including Coptic Christians – to endorse the platform.
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Famous Muslim cleric Dr. Awad al-Qarni offers reward in response to similar cash prize offered by Israeli bereaved family. Hamas minister: Gaza pullout enables us to keep Shalit captive Roee Nahmias
A week after the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, top Saudi cleric Dr. Awad al-Qarni is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who kidnaps Israeli soldiers.
He is responding to an ad published by the Libman family offering a similar reward for anyone who catches the person who murdered their relative Shlomo Libman. Libman was killed by terrorists near the settlement of Yitzhar in 1998.
Israeli army officers ordered to foil kidnappings, even at expense of soldier’s life Hamas vows to abduct more soldiers
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During 40-minute visit, Gantz reports to Shalit family on details of the swap, yet adds that some of them were still not finalized. By Jack Khoury
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz visited the Shalit family on Wednesday at their home in the Galilee community of Mitzpeh Hila. Present in the home was the immediate family, including GIlad’s grandfather, Tzvi Shalit. According to Channel 2, Gantz confirmed that Shalit will be returned next Tuesday.
Gantz was accompanied by the head of the IDF’s Personnel Directorate, Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai and other senior officers. During the 40-minute visit, Gantz reported to the family on the details of the swap. He said that some details were still not finalized, particularly those involving the soldier’s transfer from Hamas to the Egyptians at the Rafah crossing.
Shalit will apparently be brought into Israel at the Kerem Shalom crossing, handed over to Israeli officials and then taken by helicopter to an Israel Air Force base central Israel, where he will meet his parents, Noam and Aviva, his brother Yoel and his brother’s partner, Ya’ara Winkler.
Gantz did not speak to media representatives, who have been near the house since the Shalits left their protest tent in Jerusalem for home Wednesday night.
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Nabbed engineer Abu Sisi provides Israel with invaluable information about Hamas’ operations, newly released documents reveal; terror group’s military academy operated in Gaza mosques, he says Ilana Curiel
Hamas engineer Dirar Abu Sisi, nabbed by Israeli security forces earlier this year, provided interrogators with priceless information on Hamas’ modus operandi, the terror group’s readiness for a clash with Israel and attempts to improve its rocket range.
According to interrogation excerpts, cleared for publication Thursday by the Beersheba District Court following Ynet’s appeal, the Hamas engineer described the terror group as an orderly hierarchical organization that aims to learn from its mistakes and adapt to changing regional realities.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of Sohail Mohammed to be a state judge shows the governor’s tin ear for radical Islam. Not only did he appoint a longtime mouthpiece for radical Islamists to be a judge, but Christie has also turned a blind eye to the activities of one of Mohammed’s clients – radical imam Mohammed Qatanani, head of one of New Jersey’s largest mosques.
Qatanani has a history of Hamas support and was related by marriage to a leading Hamas operative in the West Bank. This fall, Qatanani will return to a New Jersey immigration court, where the Department of Homeland Security is fighting to have him deported. In his initial application for a green card filed in 1999, government lawyers say Qatanani failed to disclose a conviction in an Israeli military court for being a Hamas member and providing support to the terrorist group.
Oddly, Christie – a Republican who was then the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey – sided with Qatanani against DHS, allowing a top lieutenant, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna, to testify as a character witness at Qatanani’s first immigration trial, and publicly embracing the imam at a Ramadan breakfast at his mosque. Christie later appointed McKenna as New Jersey’s head of homeland security..
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Flotilla advocate has history of ‘bold action,’ specialty is ‘getting in the way’
By Aaron Klein
IDF footage from first Gaza flotilla
TEL AVIV – In a presage of trouble, a leader of a U.S. activist ship making its way to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has a history of violent confrontation with Israeli forces as part of a group whose motto is “Getting in the Way.”
The ship is named “The Audacity of Hope,” the namesake of Obama’s 2006 book and his 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention. Obama himself took the name from the title of a sermon, “Audacity to Hope,” given by his controversial pastor of more than 20 years, Jeremiah Wright.
Several of the ship’s endorsers and fundraisers have been close associates of Obama’s.
The U.S. ship, with 50 passengers expected on board, departs for Gaza today as part of an international flotilla attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The Jewish state maintains the blockade to ensure against Hamas arming itself by sea. The terrorist group had been caught several times attempting to smuggle weapons, including rockets and advanced missiles, into Gaza by sea.
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By Aaron Klein
A former Jordanian diplomat widely quoted in news media in recent months calming fears about the Muslim Brotherhood is a Mideast specialist for a peace institute funded by philanthropist George Soros.
WND previously reported the International Crisis Group, or ICG, led in part by Soros has long petitioned for the Egyptian government to normalize ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. The ICG includes on its board Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, as well as other personalities who champion dialogue with Hamas, a violent offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Also, WND reported on the numerous ties of Soros initiatives, including the philanthropist’s own Open Society Institute, to the revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.
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Since those revolutions first started in Tunisia in January, news media have widely quoted Marwan Muasher, a former Jordanian foreign minister and deputy prime minister, as a Middle East analyst.
Muasher has roundly championed the revolutions while calling for Arab countries to include Islamist groups in a new democratic system based on an open society.
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