Iran Arrests 29 Women For Appearing In Public Without Hijab

Courageous women in the Islamic Republic of Iran as a sign of resistance to the oppressive regime are taking off their hijabs.

In Iran, where dozens of citizens have protested mandatory headscarves for women by hanging scarves on the ends of sticks and waving them up on busy streets in an unprecedented act of defiance. A woman named Vida Movahedi was the first to protest in this way on December 27, in Tehran. She was promptly arrested. More than a month later, a second woman, Narges Hosseini, did the same thing, in the same spot, on January 29. She, too, was arrested.

But in the following days, dozens of women (and some men, too) have copied them across the country. Their photos and videos have been widely shared on social media. They are being called the “Revolution girls”, because the two first women protested on Revolution Street in Tehran.

Most seem to have done this quickly enough to get away with it, but on February 1, Tehran police announced the arrests of 29 people involved in these actions in the capital – without giving any indication as to whether they were arrested on the spot or later.  France24

A protester in Isfahan on January 29.

Narsin Sotoudeh is the lawyer for the “first follower”, Narges Hosseini. She told FRANCE 24 that her client is currently incarcerated in Gharchak prison, and that her bail was set at 500 million Tomas (about €90,000), which her family cannot pay. According to Soutoudeh, Hosseini is a 25-year-old student who hails from a modest family in the centre of Iran.

Sotoudeh says:

Every day, when Iranian women wake up and decide to leave their house, they have to reckon with the fear that they could be arrested over what they decide to wear. They risk being arrested in illegal and humiliating ways, with insults and, in many cases, violence. All of this because they wore a short or tight manto [a long tunic], short or tight trousers, or failed to wear a headscarf.

What the morality police are doing here is a not only a human rights violation, it’s also illegal according to Iran’s laws, because the women generally aren’t given lawyers, nor do they see a judge – cases of incarceration are rare; most women are given fines. [Editor’s Note: When women are fined, a friend or relative must bring them “appropriate” clothing so that they may leave the police station]. According to the law, these women can be fined between 5,000 and 50,000 Tomans [between €1 and €10] or given up to two months of prison.

Iranian women aren’t allowed to make their own choices about their bodies and the way they dress. They are fed up with this everyday humiliation.  France24

Western Feminist World Hijab Day

Muslim women all over the world and the women in Iran, are subjected to violence and arrest for what they wear and for not wearing a hijab;  these are the women with whom Western feminists should be standing in solidarity with. But they are not.

Instead virtual-signaling feminists in the West have a “World Hijab Day” that stems from the false narrative that women wearing a hijab in the West are harassed and persecuted.   Non-Muslim women were encouraged to wear a garment of oppression and subjugation.

“fight discrimination against Muslim women through awareness and education. It is a day on which women of diverse backgrounds and persuasions are encouraged to wear the Islamic head veil in solidarity with Muslim women.” World Hijab organizers

What about the women in the West forced to wear a hijab –  Aqsa ParvezJessica MokdadNoor Almaleki,  Sarah and Amina Said and many more who were honor killed for not wearing a hijab. Who is speaking for them?

Invite means Demand

Refusing to wear a hijab and showing disinterest is not ignorance, bigotry, or discrimination.

A Muslim student tried to get another student expelled Thursday, which was World Hijab Day, after the second student refused to wear a hijab.

A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida said that she invited fellow student Kathy Zhu to try on a hijab, reported Twitchy. After Zhu declined her offer, the Muslim student, identified by Zhu to The Daily Caller News Foundation as UCF health sciences student Rayyan Sukkarieh, took to Twitter, posting “let’s get this girl expelled.” BPR 

 

“I’m in the back of the first pic,” said Sukkarieh on Twitter, noting she invited Zhu to try on a hijab. “You didn’t take the time to even ask questions or try to understand what Hijab is. That’s ignorant of you. You literally sprinted after taking the photos. Pathetic.”

“TWITTER DO YOUR THING,” continued the Muslim student. “Let’s get this girl expelled….Ignorance will not be tolerated at my campus.”   BPR 

Israeli Families Find 1,500-Year-Old Jug During Hike

IAA archaeologist Dr. Walid Artash stated the Byzantine jar, preserved in its entirety since the 6th-7th centuries CE, was likely used in ancient times to store wheat and legumes.

When the Avidor and Armon families set off for a hike this week in the Nahal Harod river bed in the Beit She’an National Park, they were likely expecting to enjoy the greenery and perhaps see some wildflowers. But the nature walk became a lot more memorable after children Nir and Matan spotted something unusual made out of clay

“We were hiking and stopped to rest on a slope. All of a sudden, we noticed a kind of ‘ear,’ which was the clay handle protruding from the earth,” said mother Tamar Armon. “We were surprised and excited to discover a complete, heavy and beautiful pot.”…

The Beit She’an area is well-known for its archaeological richness. The national park showcases one of Israel’s most spectacular tourist sites, with well-preserved Roman and Byzantine-era ruins, including an impressive 2nd century CE theater, roadway, mosaics and bathhouse.

According to Nir Distelfeld, head of the Israel Antiquity Authority’s theft prevention unit in the northern region, the strong weekend rains in the Beit She’an region must have turned up earth at the vessel’s site of origin. TimesOfIsrael

The Memo Non-Partisan Guide

The House Intelligence Committee Nunes memo. (pdf)
These abuses is something I’d expect from a Banana Republic.

WSJ’s Kimberley Strassel’s non-partisan guide on ignoring the spin, and what to look for.

Kimberley Strassel:

 Rationale. Did the FBI have cause to open a full-blown counterintelligence probe into an active presidential campaign? That’s a breathtakingly consequential and unprecedented action and surely could not be justified without much more than an overheard drunken conversation or an unsourced dossier. What hard evidence did the FBI have?

 Tools and evidence. Government possesses few counterintelligence tools more powerful or frightening than the ability to spy on American citizens. If the FBI obtained permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Trump aide Carter Page based on information from the Christopher Steele dossier, that in itself is a monumental scandal. It means the FBI used a document commissioned by one presidential campaign as a justification to spy on another. Ignore any arguments that the dossier was not a “basis” for the warrant or only used “in part.” If the FBI had to use it in its application, it means it didn’t have enough other evidence to justify surveillance.

Look to see what else the FBI presented to the court as a justification for monitoring, and whether it was manufactured. Mr. Steele and his client, Fusion GPS, ginned up breathless news stories about the dossier’s unverified accusations in September 2016 in order to influence the election. The FBI sometimes presents news articles to the court, but primarily for corroboration of other facts. If the FBI used the conspiracy stories Mr. Steele was spinning as actual justification—evidence—to the court, that’s out of bounds.

Omissions and misdirection. What else did the FBI tell the court? One would presume the bureau did its due diligence and knew Mr. Steele ultimately worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The FISA court puts considerable emphasis on the credibility of sources. Did the FBI inform the court of the Clinton connection? Or did it lean on the claim that the Fusion project was originally funded by Republicans? Such a claim might diminish the partisan stench. But it would also be a falsehood, since the dossier portion of the project was purely funded by Clinton allies. And if the FBI didn’t bother to ask who hired Mr. Steele or Fusion, that’s a scandal all its own.
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Hamas Co-Founder Dead After “Accidentally” Shooting Himself

Accident?

A senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization has died, a Hamas spokesman said Tuesday, three weeks after he suffered what the terror organization claimed was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.

On January 9th, Fawzy Barhoum, spokesman for the Gaza-based Islamist terror group, said that Imad al-Alami, one of the movement’s most senior officials, was critically wounded when his personal firearm accidentally discharged.

Al-Alami, 61, was “inspecting his personal weapon in his home and is in critical condition,” Barhoum said at the time.

The Hamas leader was rushed to a Gaza City hospital.

On Tuesday, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem reported that Al-Alami had succumbed to his wounds, dying in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital.

Outlawed by the US in 2003 for his position in Hamas, al-Alami was considered one of the Gaza terror group’s most important assets, due to his extensive ties with the Iranian government – a major sponsor of Hamas – and his personal relationship with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, himself a client of the Tehran regime.

In recent years, al-Alami operated out of Turkey, where he received medical treatment.

A founding father of the Hamas terror group, al-Alami returned to the Gaza Strip in 2012, where he previously served as deputy chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau, and once chaired its “Intifada Committee”.

In November, 2016, al-Alami was reportedly selected as Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh’s designated successor.

The shooting incident fueled a variety of conspiracy theories within the Palestinian Authority, ranging from claims al-Alami was assassinated, to suggestions he may have committed suicide following years of serious health problems.  INN

Don’t Ignore Jarad Kushner’s Quiet Mideast Gains

A unique historic opportunity?

    • In recent years, the scope of common interests between Israel and the Sunni Arab world has widened. Given the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), chaos stemming from stateless Libya, and civil wars in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, the Arab states – which are a pragmatic lot – can no longer claim that the Palestinian issue is the region’s top priority…
    • Current geopolitical conditions have created a critical mass of new and overlapping interests between Israel and the Arab countries, and there is now a historic opportunity to promote a process of normalization. ForeignAffairs

Jarad Kushner recognizes that Iran now matters more to the Arabs than Palestine.

Still, his frequent visits and stray public remarks reveal a surprisingly sophisticated understanding of the region. Behind the scenes, he is making surprising progress…

Second, Kushner realizes that younger Arab generation has a fundamentally different perspective from that of its elders. More than 60 percent of Arabs are too young to remember the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel, and many more regard them as ancient history. Consider an American equivalent; how many millennials are outraged at the fate of South Vietnam? As a result, younger Arabs largely accept Israel’s existence as a settled fact, and generally see trading with its prosperous economy as essential to their own economic growth. I know. I have heard them tell me these things in the privacy of their living rooms. Their septuagenarian leaders do not share their views, and punish younger leaders who try to independently engage with Israelis—which only deepens the divide.

The generation gap is based on practical economic concerns. Young Arabs want well-paying jobs that allow them to marry and start families. They want good schools for the children. Many see no issue with taking an ambulance across the border to an Israeli hospital, unlike their retirement-age relatives who say that they would rather die…

Key relationships

Second, he is liked and trusted by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its influential ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. Obama administration officials often publicly faulted Israel’s elected leaders, and the relationship was, at best, lukewarm.

Third, Kushner has befriended Saudi Arabia’s thirty-one-year-old deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Both are seen as tech-savvy, young disrupters of the status quo, and both favor practical solutions over symbolic displays. Saudi pressure on Qatar to end its funding of Hamas, the Palestinian terror group, would not have happened with earlier generations of Saudi leadership.

Other Gulf Arab leaders that I have met with tell me that they have heard positive things about Kushner, and are eager to work with him….

In short, Kushner’s correct reading of this unique moment in Arab politics as well as the strong relationships with key players that he has fostered position him, and the United States, to make historic progress in the Middle East.  NationalInterest

A Historic Holocaust Awareness In Saudi Arabia

Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2018 – Saudi Arabia’s Muslim World League participated.

Muslim World League (MWL), is an international organization founded in 1962 to propagate  Saudi Wahabbi Islam.  It is headquartered in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and maintains offices in countries throughout the world.

Saturday, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The UN resolution that established the commemoration urges all countries “to develop educational programs to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again.” To its credit, Saudi Arabia has taken an important first step toward fulfilling that charge…

In early December, I led a delegation of lay leaders of the foreign policy think tank I direct on a visit to Riyadh, the Saudi capital. Among the high-ranking officials we met during our three-day visit was Dr. Mohammed Al Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League.

This is the organization that has long been cited as the key facilitator of Saudi Arabia’s global effort to export a radical, hate-filled, anti-West, anti-Semitic version of Islam. Just last year, a prominent British research institute labeled Saudi Arabia the main source of Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom and cited the MWL as a critical linchpin in that project…

Taking his lead from Muhammad bin Salman, the current crown prince who has vowed to cleanse his country of extremism and return it to “moderate Islam,” Al Issa seems to have a specific mandate to transform the MWL from an organization synonymous with extremism to one that preaches tolerance…

I was skeptical. In Saudi Arabia, where the royal family counts protection of the holy sites of Mecca and Medina as main sources of legitimacy and public expression of non-Muslim prayer is prohibited, religion and politics are inherently connected…

A few days later, I had another “why not?” idea. With January 27 approaching, I wrote Al Issa asking whether he would send a letter to Bloomfield on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day that she could make public. The letter, I suggested, might reflect his and the MWL’s approach toward the Holocaust and the broader battle for tolerance and moderation.  MyDailyNews – Robert Satloff

Statement on Holocaust Remembrance from Head of Saudi-Based Muslim World League

Washington, DC – The following letter to Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, was sent via email on January 22, 2018. It is posted here – in the original English and in Arabic translation — with full permission from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. For background on this landmark letter, read Dr. Robert Satloff’s related op-ed.

Ms. Bloomfield,

It’s my pleasure to write to you this letter on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrating the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. On this occasion, I confirm to you what I have already told my friend Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about our great sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving person.

This human tragedy perpetrated by evil Nazism won’t be forgotten by history, or meet the approval of anyone, except criminal Nazis or their genre. True Islam is against these crimes. It classifies them in the highest degree of penal sanctions and among the worst human atrocities ever. One would ask, who in his right mind would accept, sympathize, or even diminish the extent of this brutal crime. However, our solace is that the memory of history is fair and vivid; and a justice, free of any other inclinations, would mourn this crime on behalf of all humanity. The victims have sacrificed their innocent lives to pen a memorable reminder of freedom and determination, an example of the extent of Nazi hate which has sunk the world into wars and disasters.

History is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it. Hence, we consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds.  Read full statement at WashingtonInstitute

DACA Recipient Arrested On Human Smuggling Charges…Again

Third time in a week.

This is the reason for legal immigration, immigration laws, and vetting who comes into a country.

A third person living in the United States under an Obama-era protection for illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors was arrested this week for allegedly trying to smuggle Mexican nationals into the U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol said agents in Arizona nabbed the 26-year-old man, who is a Mexican national and a beneficiary of the 2012 Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals executive order, after spotting footprints from four people who had crossed the border near the Colorado River on Monday.

Officials said they soon discovered the four people getting into a white Ford F-150 in a nearby citrus grove.

The vehicle was pulled over and the driver, who now lives in Salinas, Calif., was identified as a DACA recipient, authorities said. The four other occupants were identified as Mexican nationals who were in the U.S. illegally.

Border Patrol said the unidentified driver was arrested on human smuggling charges while the four passengers were arrested for immigration violations. The vehicle was seized for forfeiture.

Monday’s incident was at least the third human smuggling-related arrest this week in which agents nabbed a so-called “Dreamer.”  FoxNews

EU’s Tusk Urges Re-Elected Czech President Zeman To Cooperate In Europe

That populist wave in Europe may still be alive and well.

Europe’s populist movement was given a shot in the arm on Saturday when Czech Republic President Milos Zeman, running primarily on an anti-migration platform, fended off a challenge from political neophyte Jiri Drahos…

Zeman, a former left-wing prime minister who ascended to the presidency in 2013, had been widely criticized for what critics described as Islamophobic rhetoric, and had also raised concerns in Western Europe by taking a distinctly pro-Russian approach on questions such as the annexation of Crimea.

Zeman, who has warned of an “organized invasion” of migrants and asked why young men fleeing their country didn’t take up arms and fight back home, had embraced the populist wave that swept through the West in 2016. FoxNews

Cooperate

In a message of congratulations, European Council President Donald Tusk wrote: “I trust that your country will continue to play an active and constructive role within the European Union.”

The former Polish prime minister, who has tried to calm mounting frictions between the wealthier governments in the west and the formerly-communist EU states in the east, highlighted his own efforts to get the bloc to “better respond to European citizens’ concerns” — a nod to popular worries over issues such as immigration.

The head of the EU’s executive European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, echoed Tusk’s appeal for cooperation.

“In an increasingly polarized and complex world, we need to build bridges within and between countries,” he wrote. Reuters

Video: Czech President: ‘Trojan Horse’ Migrant Wave an ‘Organised Invasion’ of Europe

Bill Maher Defends Jerusalem Decision

Interesting.

“I hate to agree with Donald Trump, but it doesn’t happen often, but I do. I don’t know why Israel — it has been their capital since 1949, it is where their government is. They’ve won all the wars thrown against them. I don’t understand why they don’t get to have their capital where they want,” he said.

“When you win a war you don’t get to take the other side’s land,” newly-minted New York Timescolumnist Michelle Goldberg said.

“Actually, you do,” Maher responded.

“Especially because they were attacked. I mean the country was divided, which they were okay with. They were attacked more than once and they took land in those wars that they won and there has been peace offers on the table ever since to give part of that land back,” he added.

Maher asked why is it always up to Israel to come up with a two-state solution, and when they do it is rejected and blamed for making it “impossible.” He said what is making a two-state solution impossible is the “perpetually hostile,” “coiled snake” that is Palestinian leadership.

“But what is making the essential thing that is making the two-state solution impossible is that one party is perpetually hostile, a coiled snake,” Maher said in an argument with guest panelist Michelle Goldberg.

He also said Israel has given back land, including Gaza, and said the result was not hospitals and schools but tunnels and rockets.

“Israel gave back Gaza and what was the result? Did they use the funds to build schools and hospitals? No. They used them to build tunnels to get weapons and they invited Hamas in to shell Israel across the border,” he said.  RealClearPolitics

College Students React To SOTU Address – Don’t Realize It Hasn’t Happened Yet

Video:  College Students Hate Trump’s SOTU Address… Don’t Realize It Hasn’t Happened Yet

Campus Reform took to the campus of NYU to ask their opinions on President Trump’s State of the Union address… except the speech hadn’t happened yet. Watch to see what they had to say.

Illegal Aliens In Arizona Commit Crimes At Double The Rate Of Native-Born

The Crime Prevention Research Center report:  crime rate among illegal immigrants in Arizona is twice that of other residents.

Attorney General Sessions  remarks on Arizona:

“I’m sure you’ve heard that immigrants are less likely to commit a crime than average.  But one study that just came out looked at the prison population in Arizona and found that illegal aliens are more than twice as likely to be convicted of crimes as Arizonans

They’re more likely to be convicted of sexual assault, robbery, and driving under the influence.  They’re more than twice as likely to be convicted of murder.

Tens of thousands of crimes have been committed in this country that would never have happened if our immigration laws were enforced and respected like they ought to be.”

Convicted of More Serious Crimes

The report, from the Crime Prevention Research Center, used a previously untapped set of data from Arizona that detailed criminal convictions and found that illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state’s population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.

And the crimes they were convicted of were, on the whole, more serious, said John R. Lott Jr., the report’s author and president of the research center.  WashingtonTimes

Legal vs Illegal

There appears to be a huge difference between the two groups. The type of person who goes through the process to legally immigrate in the United States appears to be very law-abiding versus even the U.S.-born population. The reverse is true for undocumented immigrants — they are committing crimes, and more serious crimes…

Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent — significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. Native-born made up the rest.

Undocumented immigrants also accounted for five times the rate of convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings. WashingtonTimes

Attorney General Sessions Remarks on National Security and Immigration Priorities of the Administration

There are some 11 million illegal aliens in this country—a population the size of Georgia or Portugal. If we can’t control—or even know—who enters this country, it’s that much harder to keep people safe.

And this is no hypothetical matter. The effects can be seen across the country.

Last week, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security released a report that reveals that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has removed more than 1,700 aliens with national security concerns since 9/11.

It also states that nearly three out of every four people convicted of international terrorism-related offenses in federal courts since 9/11 were born outside of this country…

Any crime committed by improperly vetted immigrants—and especially illegal aliens—is, by definition, preventable. Even one victim of a crime committed by an illegal alien is too many. Criminals have no right to demand entry to the United States. We should strive to never admit criminals. And yet thousands of Americans across our country have suffered because of decades of lax immigration policies and even more lax enforcement.

Last month, we released another report with the Department of Homeland Security, which revealed that there were nearly 40,000 known or suspected aliens in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. That’s roughly one in five federal prisoners. That means that the immigrant share of the federal prison population is nearly two-thirds greater than their share of the general population.

Out of those in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, which is responsible for housing those awaiting trial, nearly 20,000 were foreign-born. That is more than one third. And nearly triple their share of the general population.