(Reuters) - The Vatican on Monday condemned the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank as a “hideous and unacceptable crime” and a obstacle to peace.
In an unusually strong statement, the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis, who visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in April, was united with the families of the victims who were suffering “unspeakable pain”.
“The killing of innocent people is always a hideous and unacceptable crime, a grave obstacle on the path towards peace …,” Father Federico Lombardi said, calling the news of the deaths “terrible and dramatic”.
The three missing teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces after a nearly three-week-long search and a sweep against the Islamist Hamas group that Israel says abducted them.
Israeli searchers on Monday discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, who were kidnapped on June 12, north of Hebron in the West Bank.
The bodies were found in an area between Halhul and Karmei Tzur on Monday afternoon. Israeli security forces, which had been conducting extensive searches in the area, sealed off the area and declared it a closed military zone.
A search team lead by Yaron Rosenthal, the head of the Kfar Etzion field school, along with IDF soldiers from an elite unit, found the teens.
Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped on the night of June 12 at a hitchhiking post outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.
Since the start of Operation Brother’s Keeper to find them, 18 days of searches had seen the arrests of over 400 Palestinians, a majority of them members of Hamas.
The bodies were found at about 5pm, partially hidden in an open field.
Read more: Bodies of three kidnapped teens found | The Times of Israel timesofisrael.com
Baruch Dayan Ha’emet. (The True Judge be Blessed)
Yet he claims that he opposes violence at the same time? How exactly is he opposing violence here? Oh and this guy was arrested for violating our gun control laws, no surprise there. The Southern Poverty Law Center needs to keep monitoring people like Adam Kokesh. Everyone here should consider donating to them
David Edwards at Raw Story has more on what this sick idiot had to say,
A libertarian gun activist — who was convicted on weapons charges after he carried a loaded shotgun in downtown Washington, D.C. — this week defended two people who recently went on a shooting rampage in Las Vegas, killing two police officers and another person.
“You’re not going to get away with it this time USA Today and SPLC,” Kokesh insisted, arguing that the shooters had acted because “authority has become a homicidal institution against freedom.”
Wow, what a wingnut! Defending the murder of police officers, yeah, that’s really going to help your cause.
The one thing that surprises me about this is that it wasn’t Jim Hoft, the dumbest man on the internet who said it. You’ll think the same thing when you hear how the “Center for Accuracy In the Media” Is trying to convince us that Jarad and Amanda Miller were “progressives.”
Reflecting on the past five years, a leading far-right extremism expert I recently interviewed described the homeland security report as “prophetic.” Mark Pitcavage, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of investigative research, explained that most of the warnings in the 2009 report have become realities. Yet at the time of its release, the document was derided by many inside and outside of government as “ridiculous [and] deeply offensive,” an “inconceivable” assault on US veterans, and, in general, “a piece of crap.” Buckling under political pressure from conservatives, homeland security rapidly repressed the report. Promptly removed from department’s website, the tabooed document also disappeared from the computer systems of state and local law enforcement divisions as well as federal intelligence agencies. The homeland security unit responsible for the report was virtually muzzled. The report essentially fell into obscurity.
The report’s demise was an unfortunate loss for all levels of law enforcement. Since its release, credible plots and attacks by violent extremists have surged. As the report forewarned, responsibility for the vast majority of these events lies with far-right individual extremists and extreme groups. Moreover, veteran and active-duty military personnel, when compared to the general population, were disproportionally involved in far-right extremist incidents. In just the first two months following the report, significant attacks occurred via the hands of major components of far-right extremism. For example, in May 2009, a “soldier” in the Christian terrorist anti-abortion network Army of God assassinated Kansas late-term abortion provider George Tiller. One day earlier, members of an anti-immigrant vigilante group—the Minutemen American Defense—invaded the home of an Arizona Latino and his 9-year-old daughter. Both were killed as part of a plan aimed at securing money to fund the group’s anti-immigrant terrorist operations. Less than two weeks later an octogenarian white supremacist shot and killed a security guard at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Reflecting the conspiracy theories adhered to by many white supremacists, hand-written notes found in his car read, “The Holocaust is a lie… Obama was created by Jews… Jews captured America’s money. Jews control the mass media.”
In the five years following the report’s release, far-right extremists have also plotted against and, at times, successfully attacked a wide-range of additional targets, including government buildings and leaders, law enforcement personnel, polling stations, courthouses and judges, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, anti-racist gatherings, a Mexican consulate, synagogues and other Jewish institutions, mosques, a Sikh temple, African-Americans and other minorities, and interracial couples and families.
Despite this grim record—amid a political environment that often discounts warnings of far-right extremist threats and terrorism—the Department of Homeland Security remains reluctant to address the growing threat.
(CNN) — Three people were killed and another was seriously injured in a shooting Saturday at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, Belgian officials said.
A person arrived by car at the museum in central Brussels, entered and quickly opened fire before leaving the scene, Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told CNN affiliate Bel RTL.
The circumstances of the shooting have raised suspicions that it may have been an anti-Semitic attack, but no motive has been determined.
The shooter remains at large, and the nation’s terror alert level was raised. Belgian public broadcaster RTBF quoted Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur as saying those killed were two men and a woman, while a man was seriously injured at the museum, which is near the tourist sites.
Two of the dead were Israelis — a couple in their 50’s from Tel Aviv, Israel’s foreign ministry said Sunday.
At a press conference, Milquet said the threat level is highest at locations frequented by the Jewish community. This measure was precautionary, she added.
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders, who was nearby when the shooting occurred, told CNN affiliate RTL/TVI that he saw the victims inside the museum, then called the emergency services and put witnesses in touch with police.
“It seems that a car was double-parked and that a person went in and came out of the museum quickly after shots were fired,” Reynders said.
One witness managed to see the license plate of the vehicle used in the attack, according to Reynders.
“You can’t help thinking, when you see a Jewish museum, to think about an anti-Semitic act, but the investigation will tell more,” he said.
Because of the Santa Barbara shootings at the top of the news cycle and also being off Teh Internets for the past 4 days, I almost missed this. WTF is going on, Human Beings?
Update: a 4th person has died. Shooter is still at large.
Disclaimer: there are some very disturbing tweets and comments in here - plus the trolling and agitation of OAS was carried out by myself, however, I do think it is important to have a record published of what these “Operation American Spring” people are really like.
As many of you are aware, yesterday a group of ‘patriots’ attempted a coup in Washington D.C. - and it could not have gone worse for them.
There were supposed to be “millions” of God-fearing, freedom-loving, gun-hugging American militia crackpots in Washington DC today, taking back America while dodging Obama’s drones.
But somewhere along the way, “millions” became “dozens.” May have to put that “overthrowing America” thing on hold.
When it became clear that this was pretty much a bust, the conspiracy theories started:
#OperationAmericanSpring damn it civilians we need help govt has hacked us, cmon this is your chance to fight take to the twitter GO TO WAR
Ok we have helped Anons in the past, Please we are asking for help to git commo on the ground, we want the same thing
Due to the let down of American Spring i will no longer support any causes due to the apathy of the American People
I got that message, by way of some contacts within Lulzsec, and some other of the operations group of Anonymous. I was asked if i could send them an answer - a direct ‘no’ due to the fact ‘old racist white men trying to overthrow a democratic government and install a right wing theocracy is not our opinion of oppression’
That message was delivered, which seemed to upset Lonervet, the organizer for the Texas contingent at the ‘revolution’:
@LonerVet no. smply no. Anon has no interest in operation american spring - it is antithesis to freedom for all
@palmerkiss U guys I always help anons when they need me or ask, Just asked for a freakin favor. And I would pay it back,
@LonerVet take off all your uniforms, take down your confederate flags, and go home, leave this to the adults.
@palmerkiss Do not press, you are warned, next be aware
From then on, things took a decidedly darker turn:
which strangely led him to claiming he committed a war crime - while on duty in Iraq for the United States Armed Services:
At this point, several people, including myself filed reports with both the FBI and the dept of Homeland Security.
so he decided to double down:
@Tweak2010 U wanna know what combat feels like, git ready you will soon know,
@Tweak2010 me neither punk, so you willl go easy, but weha will make sure you will not fear bit you will have pain from the brothers
@Tweak2010 so you know you stepped over a line and you will pay
@palmerkiss I got vet friends everywhere an they love this mission.Maybe u should check ur brakes, snipers will wait for that
it went on like this pretty much for a 12 hour period - at some point i counted he had sent me over 200 death threats, but then he veered directly into threatening terrorism:
@palmerkiss tic toc cause you never know and IED can fit any where, tic toc
As if that was not bizarre enough, while this was happening - several right wing media figures decided they wanted in on the action - and despite warnings that they were aiding and abetting a crime in progress, not to mention getting involved with terrorism, and war crimes - they continued:
kay runs dayontheday.com - a very very out-there right wing conspiracy rag.
She was warned off - but her good sense seems to have vacated her brain at this point:
Patrick Read, founder of conservativereport.org - another right wingnut rag, also wanted in on the fun:
This was all interspersed with the usual right wing troll response to a bossy woman: lots of “you cunt” and “go in the kitchen or die” from a particularly odd collection of 1950’s sexists and bigots - most of whom were veterans. Or so they claimed.
And that brings us to racism:
@RightWingRock : I know the pros and cons of all races. I studied them scientifically i know each race’s weakness.
His account appears to be suspended so I will have to wait until he returns to see the original.
So that was a fun day with one of the founders of “Operation American Spring” - thank you to Joy Reid of ‘The Grio’, who was kind enough to keep a kind word in my ear, and help me sort out the legal issues in relation to the death threats, and war crime admission.
'My husband kills kids with drones': Michelle Obama's viral pic fuels anti-drone campaign http://t.co/bC8AmRoDuN pic.twitter.com/4CMkw8jPXa
They have retweeted this several times today already. The comparison is terrible on so many levels, not least of which is RT’s lack of coverage of Russian violence against Muslims around the world:
Thousands of Russian nationalists planned to march in Moscow on Monday in an annual show of anger against the presence of Muslim migrants that has previously spilled into violence.
The city-sanctioned demonstration was to take place through the same blue-collar region on the city’s outskirts that saw riots break out three weeks ago over a stabbing murder blamed on a citizen of Azerbaijan.
Organizers hope to bring up to 30,000 people out on the streets in a show of Slavic pride.
In many countries in Eastern Europe, current violence against Muslims is intimately linked to anti-immigrant sentiment as well as historical developments. In the Russian Federation, people from the Caucasus and Central Asia—both Russian citizens and foreigners— suffer the highest proportion of bias motivated violence.
Incidents of personal violence have in some cases been a response to the war in Chechnya and associated terrorist attacks.
At the same time, comprehensive reporting on attacks against migrants from these areas remains unavailable, as the victims tend to fear police abuse or arrest and are least likely to report bias-motivated attacks. Attacks on immigrants from these regions are generally perceived to be motivated by racism, but sometimes have an overlay of religious hatred and intolerance: many people from the Caucasus and Central Asia are Muslims. In a particularly horrific case in August 2007 that seemed to bridge these different aspects of intolerance
The mullah’s moderate approach, and the Kyrgyz migrant’s arrest on Islamist charges, suggest several clues for understanding Islam in Russia. First, we should acknowledge the constantly shifting resonance of Islam and politics in Russia. Second, along with Evangelical Christianity, Sunni Islam is one of the fastest growing religious faiths within Russia, and Muslim converts have increasingly come from ethnic backgrounds that extend beyond the “traditionally Muslim” groups of the Middle Volga, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Third, Sunni and Shia Muslims in Russia, especially (but not only) migrants, are increasingly monitored and arrested throughout the federation. Fourth, dangers of street level, haphazard Russian nationalist aggression, augmented by official policies against selected Muslims, could stoke a backfiring cycle of serious violence that could then create the very polarization and extremism that most rational government officials have been trying to avoid.
(For diverse perspectives, see also: Geraldine Fagan Believing in Russia; Hans-Georg Heinrich, Ludmilla Lobova, Alexey Malashenko, eds. Will Russia Become a Muslim Society?; Sergey Markedonov The Rise of Radical and Nonofficial Islam Groups in Russia’s Volga Region; Shireen Hunter Islam in Russia; and Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, ed. Religion and Politics in Russia.)
Some Russian nationalists argue that forceful repression of Muslims is the only way to “stem the tide” of Muslim migrants and extremism. However, street violence and official crackdowns have only exacerbated the intertwined interethnic and interreligious tensions. In 2006, in the town of Kondopoga, Karelian republic, a brawl in a café involving Chechen migrants and local Russians turned into a massive civil disturbance lasting several days, in part because of Russian nationalist calls over the Internet for reinforcements against “the Muslims.” Several other “mini-Kondopogas” ensued. The more recent, better-known Manezh Square Moscow riots in 2010 pitted Russian soccer fans and nationalists against those perceived to be from the North Caucasus after a young fan was killed by a man from Kabardino-Balkaria. In 2013, further injuries were incurred when interethnic riots broke out at the Biriulovo market on the outskirts of Moscow, with police seeming to condone Russian youth violence as they arrested many sellers from the Caucasus.
Such disturbances are sometimes fueled by Islamophobic slander against Muslims, and they have sharply increased a climate of mutual suspicion in Muslim and Russian Orthodox communities. This is the context for terrorism that has led to escalating security measures in the North Caucasus and the Middle Volga regions. Muslim youth Jihadists, termed “brothers who have gone to the forest,” are allegedly creating underground cells using impassioned Russian converts as well as local and migrant activists. The recent firebombing of four Russian Orthodox churches in the republic of Tatarstan may mark another stage in the cycle.
Muslim and Russian Orthodox elders jointly have condemned the bombing as a “provocation” to turn Tatarstan into another Chechnya. Religious leaders also worry that police overreaction may be a function of enterprising police copycat accusations of crimes or of central authorities’ quota-like expectations of arrests. Three additional terrorist bombings in the southern Russian town of Volgograd in the lead up to the Sochi Olympics have intensified everyone’s security concerns.