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>JN Dec. 26, 2014, Vol. 22, No. 251
Shots Fired at Kosher Restaurant in Paris
Just days after fire was opened at a synagogue in Paris, a kosher restaurant in the
same city was attacked in a similar manner. According to the French-language JSSNews, an
air gun was fired towards the Al Haeche kosher restaurant in the 19th district of the
The attack took place overnight Tuesday, and the owner of the restaurant discovered a
bullet hole in his window on Wednesday morning, around 7 a.m. The damage was minimal and
there were no injuries, noted JSSNews, adding that the same type of gun was used in attack
earlier this week on the David Ben Ichay synagogue.
The Bureau for National Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA) condemned the incident
and added, "We describe it as anti-Semitic because it was deliberately aimed at a kosher
restaurant." The BNVCA noted that the restaurant and the synagogue are located within one
kilometer of one another, and that the weapon used in both attacks was an air pistol.
"Regardless of the projectile, the BNVCA considers the intention and gesture to be
criminal and anti-Jewish," said the organization.
France has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitism in recent years, and it flared
particularly during this past summer's Operation Protective Edge, with violent protests in
Paris. In one incident, hundreds of Muslim extremists attacked a major synagogue in Paris,
provoking clashes with Jewish youths who rushed to defend the site and worshippers trapped
inside. Earlier this month there was a shocking robbery and rape attack committed against
a young Jewish couple in Paris, which has led French politicians to condemn the steep rise
Iron Dome Installed in Be'er Sheva, Netivot, Israel Buys 4 Missile Corvettes from
Germany to Defend Gas Fields
The IDF Thursday positioned two Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries in Netivot just north
of the Gaza Strip and Be'er Sheva which has taken frequent Hamas rocket attacks. No
explanation was available. This step conflicts with the Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's
comment that Hamas does not seek another escalation of violence with Israel.
And Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reported Thursday that four corvette warships had
been purchased from Germany to defend Israel's offshore Mediterranean gas and oil
installations. Berlin is contributing $145 million out of the total purchase price of $1.2
billion. Netanyahu expressed Israel's gratitude to Chancellor Angela Merkel for her role
in promoting the transaction.
IS Militants Use Sex to Lure Recruits
By VOA News
Fighters join the so-called Islamic State group for myriad motives, but one big reason
might be the lure of one of the most basic human desires: sex." The offer of access to sex
is part of the Islamic State's recruitment strategy," said Jytte Klausen, a professor at
Brandeis University and the founder of the Western Jihadism Project which monitors Islamic
"It has to be assumed that it works. Many young and not-so-young men in the Middle East
and Africa, and beyond, live under circumstances where it is not possible for them to set
up independent households and family lives," Klausen said.
In a gruesome example of just how seriously the Islamic State group takes the
availability of sex as a lure for would-be fighters, the group recently published an
online guide on the treatment of sex slaves.
According to a translation from Middle East Media Research Institute, a U.S.-based
non-profit monitoring militant online activity, some of the rules in the guide include
permitting men to engage in sexual intercourse with "captive" females, permitting the sale
of a female captive, and perhaps most chilling, permitting a man "to have intercourse with
the female slave who hasn't reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse."
Klausen said sex and forced marriage are Islamic State recruiting tools. She cites
poverty, displacement and the breakdown of traditional capabilities for the arrangement of
marriages to having contributed to the "creation of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even
millions, of transient single men. Revolutions have always drawn on such men for fuel,"
she said. "The Islamic State clearly hopes to attract them as part of its colonization
Mia Bloom, a criminology professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Center
for Terrorism and Security Studies, said the sex lure is more than a recruiting tool. "A
lot of the fighters know that if they go to [IS], they are guaranteed a wife, or more than
one," she said. "It's also about retention so they don't leave." Bloom added that
recruitment consists of a combination of "worldly and other-worldly incentives."
The Yazidi minority of northern Iraq came under furious attack by Islamic State
militants in the summer, with thousands of women and girls reportedly taken captive.
Matthew Barber, a doctoral student at the University of Chicago who is studying the
Yazidi, was in Iraq when the community was besieged. In interviews with survivors, he said
he discovered that thousands of women and girls had been taken prisoner by the Islamic
State group. In an interview posted on YouTube, Barber said the capture of so many women
and girls was no accident.
"Over time, it became clear that it was a sexually motivated campaign to take large
numbers of concubines, to take Yazidi women and place them in jihadi homes basically as
domestic servants/sex slaves," he said, adding that there were credible reports that the
first wave of Islamic State fighters attacking the Yazidi came with empty trucks
specifically to ship off women and girls.
The Islamic State group first denied these reports but later said they were true and
provided what they said was religious justification for their actions. That justification,
according to Barber, is that they believe that having justified and available sexual
alternatives to their wives will allow them to maintain sexual purity. "What is clear is
that fighters are rewarded for their efforts in jihad with women given to them as gifts by
the IS," he wrote in an email.
Numerous reports indicate Islamic State fighters operate brothels in Syria and Iraq.
"Some [women are] sold to individual men, others are kept by [IS] in rest houses and face
multiple rapes by fighters returning from the battlefield," wrote Valerie Amos, the United
Nation's Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator,
in a report earlier this month.
She warned more violence against women was likely. "Recently, Kurdish refugees from
Kobani reported the capture of young girls by [IS] for sexual purposes," she wrote. "Girls
as young as 12. Reports of early and forced marriage are also on the rise. This is in part
due to a depletion of family resources, and more recently because parents are terrified of
their unmarried daughters being forced to marry [Islamic State] fighters in areas under
their control," she said.
And for women and girls who refuse to become sex slaves, the consequences are brutal.
The Jerusalem Post reported this week that Islamic State militants killed 150 women and
underage girls for refusing to perform sex acts with the fighters.
Netanyahu: The Fire of Radical Islam is Lapping at Our Borders
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a graduation ceremony of Israeli Air Force
pilots at a special ceremony at Hatzerim Air Base in southern Israel on Thursday. Speaking
to those present, the prime minister promised a tough response to any attempts to break
the state of calm along any of Israel's borders.
"The State of Israel is building its strength from year to year, from decade to decade,
in aircraft, submarines, in air defense systems such as 'Iron Dome' and the Hetz
(air-defense) missile, and with some of the most modern offensive military systems in the
Turning to the new recruits, Netanyahu added: "When you are flying in the country's
skies you see just how close the different threats are... In our region there are endless
conflicts raging, and terrible and cruel violence. The fire of radical Islam is lapping at
our borders in the north and the south," he continued. "Your, and our, supreme mission is
to safeguard our home, the State of Israel. Our policy for doing so is twofold, to prevent
and foil attacks as much as possible, and to respond in strength to any attack," he
Turning to recent sniper and rocket fire from terrorists in Gaza, he added: "We will
not tolerate attacks against us, neither from the Gaza Strip, nor from the Golan Heights,
nor from the Lebanese border or from anywhere; therefore, the IDF responded in strength
and immediately to the recent attempt by the terrorist organizations to raise their heads.
"We hold Hamas responsible for any violation of the quiet emanating from the Gaza Strip
and will act accordingly. Our counter-terrorism actions are carried out in a wide circle
occasionally far from our borders. The air force has a decisive role in implementing this
policy on land, sea and air. Our soldiers attack terrorist organizations and
systematically disrupt the supply of war materiel sent to them mainly by Iran and its
"We are determined to prevent our enemies from acquiring deadly weapons that could
endanger our security, and we are determined to do everything to prevent Iran, which has
recently again called for our destruction, from attaining nuclear weapons."
Know Your Enemy: Foreign Ministry Workers to Learn Persian
The Foreign Ministry's Training department intends to open Persian language courses for
Israeli diplomats and the ministry's employees, it was reported Thursday. The initiative
is part of the goals outlined by the ministry for 2015, which include thwarting Iran's
nuclear program at the diplomatic level, maintaining sanctions against Iran, forming
regional alliances against the Iranian ayatollahs' regime, highlighting Iran's involvement
in supporting terrorism and destabilizing regimes in the region.
The ministry's Israeli employees are routinely expected to focus diplomatic and
intelligence efforts against Iran's nuclear program. Israeli diplomats worldwide play an
important role in obtaining information about Iran's nuclear progress and about the
international community's efforts regarding the issue of sanctions.
When the ministry published a notice informing employees of the course, the response
was surprisingly enthusiastic.. "The purpose of the course is to provide additional tools
for employees who deal with the issue. The studies will take place once a week for 20
weeks," an internal document circulated among the employees said.
Ten diplomats are expected to attend the first course, and several others will be
taking a distant learning course. The course will be taught by a professional teacher from
the Berlitz language center. "Leaning languages is an essential element in the work of
Approximately two years ago, the Foreign Ministry offered its employees a virtual tour
of Iran. The initiative, promoted by the diplomatic planning unit in the ministry, aimed
to acquaint the ministry's staff with the beautiful side of the Islamic Republic and its
rich and diverse history.
Op-Ed: Hitler Used A PR Firm In the 30's Today Terrorists Do
By Ronn Torossian (Op-Ed)
A few months ago I noted that Qatar had hired a major public relations Agency,
Portland Communications "for a communications/political push targeted at Congress and
federal agencies to improve ties with the US."
Qatar funds Hamas, which the United States and Europe recognize as a terror
organization. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have all recalled their
ambassadors from Qatar to protest its support of terror organizations. Meanwhile, they
have a pr firm led by Tim Allen, a former adviser to former British Prime Minister Tony
Blair to help them spin.
And it goes on in the PR world- Burson Marsteller refused to represent Israel, yet
accepted the Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood as clients, Brown Lloyd James worked for Syria's
Assad family as well as Qaddafi, the brutal Libyan dictator. The list goes on and on.
What I was unaware of until recently is that the bad guys have always utilized public
relations companies. A new novel (which is based upon fact), "The Nazi Account" has
unveiled the fact that Hitler's Nazi Germany hired Carl Byoir & Associates, a leading
NY PR Firm at the time to spin Nazi horror to Americans. As the book description notes,
"In 1933 the German government decided that their public relations in the United States
was absolutely dreadful. (Go figure). They took a trip to New York City and hired the
largest PR firm in the country to help them out."
There are others today who are spinning for people who harm the world. Then it was
paid by Nazi Germany to Carl Byoir & Associates today it is to other PR firms
around the world.
At the time, during the Holocaust, Peter Bergson of the Bergson Group and a group of
others worked tirelessly to try and educate the West about what was happening in Europe.
Today there must be valiant efforts expended to offset the work of public relations in the
pursuit of evil.
As the Zionist prophet Ze'ev Jabotinsky noted about the importance of Public Relations:
"The work of the publicist is a legacy from the Prophets of Israel
Our passion is to
speak, to proclaim"Shouting" is what the same audience calls it, `we have no need
for words, give us actions.'
"One thing that the audience forgets is that speech is also an action Perhaps
the most authentic of all other actions. Cities have been destroyed, and more will fall,
but what was shouted in the wilderness thousands of years ago is alive and still relevant.
The world was created by the Word. The world will be mended by the Article."
Ronn Torossian is a public relations CEO at 5WPR, as well as an author.
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