Gatestone Institute in the Media

Foreign desk: A Palestinian State Within a State?

by Post Editorial Board  •  October 4, 2017  •  The New York Post

Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority "are now headed, willingly or unwillingly, toward plunging the Palestinians into a similar scenario as in Lebanon," contends Khaled Abu Toameh at the Gatestone Institute. There, "Hezbollah maintains a separate mini-state of its own," with "its own army and territory." Now, an Egyptian-sponsored "reconciliation" deal "paves the way for creating a mini-state within a mini-state in the Gaza Strip," in addition to the PA mini-state that exists in parts of the West Bank. With Abbas gaining civilian control and Hamas retaining security control, "Hamas could not have asked for a better deal," given that it's "effectively been absolved of any responsibility" toward Gaza's population. Says Toameh: "Hezbollah and Hamas must be laughing their heads off as, under weak and impotent governments, they see their power grow."

Segregation plan defended after UK prison system dubbed 'Harvard for radicals'

by Alicia Buller  •  September 17, 2017  •  Arab News

LONDON: The author of a landmark review of extremism in British prisons has defended a controversial strategy to separate "subversive offenders" from other inmates.

The UK Ministry of Justice opened its first separation center in July and plans to open two more in the coming months — housing a total of 28 inmates.

It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on its highest security footing following a London commuter train bombing that injured 30 people on Friday.

Separating inmates was one of the central recommendations of a review into extremism in prisons led by Ian Acheson, a former prison governor, in 2016.

But the strategy has attracted criticism from some experts who claim it will fuel radicalization.

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London bombing shows danger of Islamification in Britain and Europe. Is the US next?

by Julienne Davis  •  September 16, 2017  •  Fox News

The terrorist bombing Friday of a train on the London Underground, which injured 30 people – including one of my very close friends – was yet more evidence of a painful truth: the Islamification of the United Kingdom and Europe is well under way, changing the very character of the continent that gave birth to Western Civilization.

To escape this disturbing transformation of Britain – a place I had come to love after spending much of my adult life there, even becoming a dual British-U.S. citizen in 2000 – my English husband and I moved back to America at the end of 2006. I felt like a bit of a coward, but I did not want to live in an England changing dramatically for the worse before my eyes.

Yet now I fear that the United States will be next in line to see our wonderful traditions of freedom, tolerance, respect for human rights and the rule of law threatened by the regressive and oppressive ideology of Islamic fundamentalism.

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'Wrestling Jerusalem': Moral myopia at work

by Kristina Harrigan  •  September 15, 2017  •  The Santa Fe New Mexican

Last month, Creativity for Peace and the Council on International Relations sponsored Wrestling Jerusalem, a movie based on a play by Aaron Davidman.

The play misrepresents the Arab-Israeli conflict and demonstrates an only too-widespread moral blindness about Israeli and Palestinian relations. The author repeatedly channels the views of Israelis and Palestinians without any comment, thus indulging in the fiction that these views, and their portrayal of the situation on the ground, are factually and morally equivalent.

Two examples should suffice to illustrate the lack of equivalence.

The play begins with a recital of "catastrophes," "massacres" and "what ifs" in antiphonal fashion; alternating Palestinian and Israeli voices. The 1929 massacre of Jews in Hebron is followed by the 1994 massacre of Muslims in Hebron; the 1982 massacre at Sabra and Shatila is followed by the 2003 massacre at the Tel Aviv bus station.

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With Islamic State threat, Moorish past haunts Spain

by Bruce Loudon  •  August 28, 2017  •  The Australian

The rhetoric could hardly be more menacing. "Spain is the land of our forefathers, and we are going to take it back with the power of Allah," it declares.

Since the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition in 1478, it adds, "Spain has done everything to ­destroy the Koran ... Spain is a criminal state that usurps our land." It goes on to claim Muslims have been "burned alive" in the Iberian nation and demands that faithful jihadists should set out to kill Spanish "infidels" by "reconnoitring airline and train routes for attacks" and "poisoning food and water with insecticides".

The source for this demented diatribe is of course Islamic State. Thankfully, there is most of the time a great gap between what the evil Islamist terrorist organisation's monstrous propaganda machine churns out and what it actually succeeds in doing.

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Foreign desk: Suicide Bombers Are Targeting Hamas

by Post Editorial Board  •  August 21, 2017  •  The New York Post

The terrorist movement of Hamas "is finally getting a dose of its own medicine," reports Khaled Abu Toameh at the Gatestone Institute, "in the form of suicide bombing" by ISIS "targeting its members in the Gaza Strip." For Hamas, "suicide bombings are a noble deed when they are carried out by its members and the victims are Jews." But "now that the shoe is on the other foot, things look a bit different." Hamas, "which is not used to being targeted by suicide bombers, has employed powerful rhetoric to condemn the terror attack and those behind it" — which it claims is Israel. This "false accusation is an excellent example of the Palestinian modus operandi — at all cost, divert attention from a disturbing truth," namely that "ISIS jihadis have long been operating under its rule in the Gaza Strip."

Why did ISIS attack Barcelona? The history of Islam in Spain holds answers.

by Melissa Rossi  •  August 18, 2017  •  Yahoo! News

BARCELONA, Spain — When the ominous maps first appeared two years ago, residents of Barcelona scoffed, if they noticed the tabloid news about their home at all. Drawn by ISIS, the maps showed Spain and Portugal in black, signifying territory controlled by the jihadi terror group. And the maps came with a promise: "We will take Spain back" — by 2020, ISIS said.

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Sex crimes by migrants in Germany have doubled to over 3,000 in a single year, official figures show

June 15, 2017  •  The Daily Mail

Sex offences committed by migrants in Germany have doubled to more than 3,000 in a single year, official figures have shown.

A new report issued by the German Government states that there were 3,404 sex crimes involving migrants last year compared with 1,683 in 2015.

The crimes range from less serious crimes up to rape.

According to HeatStreet, data analysis by the Gatestone Institute think tank, the most frequently recorded nationalities were Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Iranian, Algerian and Moroccan.

This comes after the number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany soared by more than 50 per cent in 2016, according to data from the Interior Ministry.

Police were hunting 174,000 suspects classed as immigrants in 2016, the data showed, 52.7 per cent more than in the previous year.

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Sweden torn over how to handle incoming terrorists

by Brooke Singman  •  April 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm  •  Fox News

As investigators piece together a possible motive in Friday's apparent terror attack in Stockholm, government officials have disagreed on the right way to handle terrorists entering the country — with one lawmaker suggesting they should be "integrated" back into society.

Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke, reportedly made the remarks in early March.

"First of all there are suspicions of crimes, they need to be investigated — and any such crimes should be punished," Kuhnke said. "But after that we need structures locally, such as social services, around our country to integrate them back into our democratic society."

Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund called the comments "ignorant". Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said Kuhnke's words were misinterpreted, and that security for Sweden's citizens was paramount.

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'We haven't seen nothing yet': Geert Wilders warns 2017 will have even worse terror attacks

by Siobhan McFadyen  •  December 24, 2016  •  Express

OUTSPOKEN Dutch politician Geert Wilders has warned that Europe is unprepared for the scale of terror attacks it is facing and that 2017 will bring more bloodshed.

And he's calling for German leader Angela Merkel to be driven out of power in a shocking speech where he slams the political establishment.

In an essay for US think tank the Gatestone Institute Mr Wilders says that politicians are failing to prosecute criminals falsely seeking asylum.

And he says politicians across the bloc are refusing to accept the scale of the "self-inflicted problem" insisting a political revolution is brewing in Europe.

He said: "There is little doubt that 2017 will bring Germany and the entire West more violence, more attacks on our women and daughters, more bloodshed, more tears, more sorrow.

"The terrible truth is that, in all likelihood, we ain't seen nothing yet.

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German Lesson: Islamist Enclaves Breed Jihadism

by Andrew C. McCarthy  •  December 22, 2016  •  National Review Online

German investigators have named a Tunisian refugee, Anis Amri, as the jihadist whom they suspect carried out Tuesday's mass-murder attack. Amri is believed to be the man who drove a truck through a Christmas festival in Berlin, killing twelve and wounding four dozen others in an atrocity reminiscent of the attack in July, when 86 people were killed at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice.

Notwithstanding that they arrested and held the wrong man for several hours, it turns out that German authorities have been well aware that Amri posed a danger. He is yet another of what my friend the terrorism analyst Patrick Poole has dubbed "known wolves" — Islamic terrorists who were already spotlighted by counterterrorism investigators as likely to strike.

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Time to scrutinise foreign aid
Editorial

November 29, 2016  •  The Australian

If the Israelis are right, the Australian taxpayer has been one of the biggest (unwitting) funders of the terror group Hamas in Gaza. The claim is that money given to World Vision for farms and other economic projects has been diverted to build a military base, tunnels and weapons for Hamas. The head of World Vision Gaza, Mohammad El Halabi, stands accused of funnelling $US43 million ($57.4m) to Hamas since infiltrating the charity in 2010. These are serious allegations. Australia gives aid money to the Palestinian Authority to encourage the economic development without which a two-state solution cannot be viable. It is a destructive fraud if those funds are used to bankroll terror.

There is much at stake. Through AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian government has been the world's single biggest donor to World Vision in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, as we reported yesterday.

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President-elect Trump and the refugee crisis

November 21, 2016  •  Fox News

Defcon3: KT McFarland talks to the Gatestone Institute's Soeren Kern on the refugee crisis and US national security.

Conservative take: Europe's New Blasphemy Courts

by Post Editorial Board  •  November 4, 2016  •  New York Post

European nations are "seeing the reintroduction of blasphemy laws through both the front and back doors," writes London-based commentator Douglas Murray for The Gatestone Institute. British Olympic gymnast Louis Smith's career "has been put on hold and potentially ruined" because of a drunken video in which he and friends imitated Islamic prayer rituals. Murray questions the outrage over Smith's mockery of religion "in a country in which Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' is regularly voted the nation's favorite comic movie." Meanwhile, Dutch politician Geert Wilders is on trial for asking a crowd whether they wanted "fewer Moroccans" in their country. Agree with him or not, says Murray, "by prosecuting someone for saying what he said, the courts in Holland are effectively ruling that there is only one correct answer to the question."

Angela Merkel under more pressure over refugee policy as it is revealed migrants committed 142,500 crimes in Germany during the first six months of 2016

by Julian Robinson  •  November 1, 2016  •  Daily Mail

Migrants in Germany have committed 142,500 crimes in just six months, police figures have revealed

This was the equivalent of 780 crimes a day - an increase of nearly 40 percent over 2015, according to data from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office

It comes as German chancellor Angela Merkel remains under pressure over her open-door policy on immigration amid concerns over how to integrate 900,000 newcomers who arrived last year.

A separate report from late last year by the Federal Criminal Office found that migrants registered as living in Germany committed more than 200,000 crimes over the whole of 2015 with two-thirds involving theft counterfeiting and financial crimes.

According to the Gatestone Institute, an international policy council, police in some parts of the country fear they are being stretched to the limit amid climbing crime figures.

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