18-Year-Old Egyptian Migrant Killed One Man And Injured Two Others In Random Knife Attack In Ireland

A 24-year-old Japanese man studying at Dundalk Institute of Technology was fatally stabbed in the back.  The two other men injured in the attack were Irish, one suffered a blow to the head from a fence post.

Gardaí are investigating whether a series of attacks in Dundalk this morning, which left one man dead, are related to terrorism but stress they are still trying to establish a motive.One man, an 18-year-old Egyptian national, is in custody on suspicion of murder. It is understood he came to Ireland from the UK in recent days.

“A terror attack is certainly a line of inquiry we are looking at. We will endeavour to establish the suspect’s background, including who they are, where they have come from and why are they here. Those are very, very important questions we’re trying to ask and answer,” said Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan.

The dead man is a 24-year-old Japanese man who was living in Dundalk. He died almost immediately from stab wounds to the back on Avenue Road shortly after 9am. Gardaí are currently attempting to notify his family.

Two other male victims are in hospital, having been attacked elsewhere in the town. One man suffered stab wounds while the other received a blow from a fence post. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries. Crime scene investigators are currently examining at least five locations around Dundalk Town.
The Irish Times

Motive

Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said he believed the victims were selected at random and a potential terror link was being investigated…He said the suspect had come into contact with gardai on January 1 when inquiries about his immigration status were conducted. ITV

The Gardaí (Irish police service) this afternoon confirmed they are investigating terror as a motive for the attack.

They said no motive had yet been established but terror was not being ruled out…

Among the lines being investigated is that the young man had recently been refused asylum in the UK – but is in unclear how he may have subsequently entered Ireland or traveled to Dundalk. Independent

Hurricane Ophelia Creates Phenomenon In Britain’s Skies

Hurricane Ophelia – Ireland and the United Kingdom

With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia on Wednesday, 2017 became the first year in more than a century — and only the fourth on record — in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength. NYTimes

Britain was cast in an eerie Martian gloom as Saharan dust whipped across the Atlantic by Hurricane Ophelia shrouded the sun turning skies over the nation red.

The storm is believed to have picked up dust from North Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal as it travelled towards the UK. 

Skies over London have been covered in a murky orange haze as the desert dust mixes with clouds, offering residents in the capital a stark contrast to the grey that usually greets them at this time of year.  DailyMail

Dublin Flies Palestinian Flag Over City Hall

The move was condemned by the Zionist group Irish4Israel, which said “such a move will have an extremely negative impact on Dublin’s international image and tourism.”

“It is quite staggering and almost admirable that these public figures spoke with such arrogant conviction, while having such little historical knowledge of the conflict and its complexities. Most rattled off a few rehashed old buzzwords while remaining comfortable in their simplistic black and white world view,” Irish4Israel added. JNS

The Dublin City Council voted to fly the Palestinian flag above City Hall in a show of support for Palestinian statehood.

Forty-two councilmen in the Irish capital voted in favor of the motion, 11 voted against and seven abstained on Monday evening.

The flag reportedly was raised over City Hall and will remain there until the end of the month. The date had been brought forward from May 15, the day on the Gregorian calendar that Israel became an independent state, and the day referred to by Palestinians as Nakba Day. In Arabic, Nakba means “catastrophe.”

An alternative resolution calling for both the Israeli and Palestinian flags to fly in acknowledgment of “the suffering of civilians on both sides” was defeated.

Ireland is rumored to be ready to recognize a Palestinian state. It was the first European country to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization and has traditionally been one of Israel’s harshest critics in the European Union. JPost

Israeli Embassy In Ireland Slams Upcoming Academic Conference Exploring Elimination of Jewish State As ‘Incompatible With Democratic Values, Academic Discussion’

Organisers’ statement:

“It is with excitement that we are announcing the launch of the conference “International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism” that will be held between the 31st of March and the 2nd of April 2017 at University College Cork, a constituent university of the National University of Ireland.

This conference will be the first of its kind and constitutes a ground-breaking historical event on the road towards justice and enduring peace in historic Palestine. It is unique because, while most attention today is directed at Israel’s actions in the 1967 Occupied Territories, the conference seeks to expand the debate surrounding the nature of the State of Israel and the legal and political reality within it.

The conference will raise questions that link the suffering in historic Palestine to the manner of Israel’s foundation and its nature. It aims to generate a debate on legitimacy, responsibility and exceptionalism under international law as provoked by the nature of the Israeli state. It will also examine how international law could be deployed, expanded, and even re-imagined, in order to achieve peace and reconciliation based on justice.”

International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism Conference

Using a cloak of academic legitimacy, this conference is advocating for the elimination of Israel which its title infers with a focus on the wrongs of the establishment of Israel

A representative from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland responded harshly on Wednesday to news of a planned university conference exploring the elimination of the Jewish state.

Referring to “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility” — hosted by University College Cork (UCC) — the representative said it was “incompatible with the values of democracy and goes against the essence of academic discussion.”

Furthermore, the Embassy slammed the organizers of the conference for “promoting an unbalanced agenda within academic institutions that seeks to demonize and delegitimize Israel.”

“The prejudiced approach of such activists serves only to propagate hatred of the state and its people,” the spokesperson told The Algemeiner.

The conference has also aroused the ire of various Jewish and pro-Israel groups across Ireland, who sharply criticized UCC’s decision to host the event.

A spokesman from the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland called the event “an anti-Israel hate-fest,” adding, “Experience has shown that where a narrative aimed at the destruction of the Jewish state is allowed to flourish, antisemitism follows.”

A member of the Irish4Israel advocacy organization said that while his group is not pushing for the cancellation of the event, it “hope[s] that UCC will ensure balance and fairness and allow both sides to be heard, which could result in a far more successful conference, rather than creating an anti-Israel echo chamber.” Algemeiner

Israel Defense Forces Save Irish From Islamic Jihadists

Golan IDF Tank
Golan IDF Tank

IDF soldiers saved a contingent of 130 Irish UN soldiers from being killed or taken hostage by Islamic militants in the Golan Heights ‘senior sources’ told the Irish Independent on Sunday.

Senor military sources said that Irish soldiers would have been killed or captured if it weren’t for the action of the IDF on August 30th. The IDF guided the Irish soldiers to safety along a route that avoided the Syrian militants.  Also, there were “unconfirmed reports that the Israelis directed  fire at the Islamists to stop them from attacking the Filipino and Irish soldiers.”  About 45 Fijian soldiers are still missing, and are believed held captive by Islamists.

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