Last week there were three more attacks on Jews by Arab and African immigrants in suburban Paris, according to police. None of the latest victims was seriously injured, but the attacks heightened the nervousness of French Jews. There is alarm that the antipathy of French Muslims toward Jews, long based on opposition to Israel, is reverting to the even more sinister prejudices that once pervaded Europe, making Jews the scapegoats for all social ills.
''Anti-Semitism is rising in our country," said legislator Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Halimi, 23, son of Moroccan-born Jews of modest means, sold cellphones at a shop in Paris. He disappeared on Jan. 20, allegedly abducted by a predominantly Muslim youth gang dedicated to crime, street fighting, rap music, and virulent anti-Semitism. The thuggish crew sought a cash ransom of more than $500,000 because they assumed all Jews were rich, according to French authorities. And when Halimi's hard-strapped family could not produce money, they killed their captive because he was a Jew.
In taunting calls to Halimi's family, the abductors addressed his parents with anti-Semitic slurs and told them to get cash ''from your synagogue." They also contacted a French rabbi, boasting, ''We have a Jew." Even more shocking, investigators believe that many inhabitants of the project were aware that the youth gang was holding a Jewish captive, but none called police or urged the abductors to show mercy.
Missiles test-fired by North Korea this week are "a quantum leap forward" from its previous weapons with greater reliability and precision, the commander of the U.S. military in South Korea said.How long until Iran has them too?
Speaking before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on March 9 in Washington, General B.B. Bell said North Korea was also moving ahead with the development of longer-range ballistic missiles that could hit Alaska and targets in the continental United States.
North Korea’s testing of two short-range missiles on March 8 came during a stalemate in six-country talks aimed at ending its nuclear weapons programs.
Pyongyang says it has nuclear weapons but proliferation experts have questioned its ability to mount them on missiles.
"(They) are, in fact, a quantum leap forward from the kind of missiles that they have produced in the past," Bell told the hearing, referring to the short-range missiles tested this week.
The missiles were boosted by solid fuel, rather than liquid fuel, providing greater reliability, mobility and precision, he said.
"They are routinely testing these," Bell told the hearing, according to an audio recording made available on March 10 on the U.S. House committee’s Web site.
North Korea test-fired a similar missile in May last year. A senior Bush administration official said the missiles tested this week did not leave North Korean territory.
Bell said the North was developing longer-range missiles with ranges "far beyond any requirement that they have for defense".
Pyongyang is ready and willing to sell the technology, posing a great concern about proliferation, Bell said.
UNLESS Christians start taking their faith seriously, Britain could become a Muslim nation, a senior cathedral cleric is suggesting.Good luck with that theory, Rowan. Maybe you should think about how you can reignite the faith of Britain's secular masses before it's too late.
The warning was sounded by Lincoln Cathedral subdean Alan Nugent in this week's Chapter Letter, distributed to members of the cathedral congregation yesterday.
Canon Nugent says that during the demonstrations by Muslims following the publication of cartoons characterising the Prophet Mohammed, "much was made" of some of the "brutal and violent" posters carried by protesters.
But other posters were not commented on – and to Canon Nugent they were "significant".
He says: "They warned that Britain would before long become Islamic. There is no doubt Islam is a missionary faith and the conversion of unbelievers is a major factor in its spread.
"It is not surprising many Muslims may well harbour the hope that this country could be converted to the faith of the Prophet – especially when so often they encounter a Christian faith which could well be characterised as uncertain and in decline."
Canon Nugent adds: "What is needed for Britain to remain a Christian nation is for Christian people to take their faith seriously and never assume that a Christian Britain is a given which will never change."
Recent figures have suggested that by 2012 there will be more people worshipping in mosques in England than in churches.
In an interview last weekend in Sudan, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams tackled such predictions, and described church attendance as "stable" with signs of growth.
He added: "However many people there are in the mosque in Britain, there is still a question, I think, as to what is the religious institution of first resort for the British people. Now culturally and historically I don't see that being a mosque in five years' time."
The UN appears no closer to working out a consensus on a definition of terrorism – a key element holding up the adoption of new UN Comprehensive Anti Terrorism Convention – than it was at the start of this sixtieth session of the UN General Assembly last fall. Achieving a Comprehensive Anti Terrorism Treaty is one of the principal objectives set by heads of state attending this special anniversary session. Nevertheless, UN legal committee negotiators continue to wrangle over phrases that continue to convey major differences over the application and scope of the convention. The drafters, members of a working group of the UN General Assembly’s Sixth (Legal Affairs) Committee ended their week-long meeting March 3rd without even setting a new date to reconvene. All 191 UN members have a seat on the working group.Ah. There's your problem, right there...
March 15, 2006 - ABC7 News has learned the terrorism task force is looking into two suspicious cases in downtown Chicago. They happened within the last three weeks. Investigators describe one of the incidents as frightening.You know what's frightening? These incidents occur, the individuals in question are confronted, and nobody ID's them, and nobody detains them for questioning by the police. They're just allowed to wander off. What the hell are these people thinking?
The incidents involve two landmark Chicago buildings, the Sears Tower and Boeing World headquarters. Since 9-11, the Sears Tower building management in particular has increased security efforts several times over. But the law enforcement sources say, nevertheless, they are concerned about these latest incidents.
The entire incident was recorded on Sears Tower video security cameras. The tape is now in the hands of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. It shows three suspicious looking men parked right in front of the building near the loading dock.
They get out of the car in point formation, with two of the men appearing to serve as lookouts, and a third taking pictures of the building with either a video or still camera. When building security noticed them guards made them leave. They failed, however, to ask for identification, and if they had, it may have been phony, because authorities later learned the car was rented under a fake name.
A law enforcement source who has seen the video describes it as very frightening.
Mark Spencer, a spokesperson for the Sears Tower said, "We reported this situation to federal authorities immediately after it occurred. We are confident that federal investigators will thoroughly investigate the situation."
There is no video of a second incident, around the same time of a suspicious individual who was seen sketching the Boeing headquarters building. Building security questioned that man, even took pictures of his sketch but again failed to get an ID or even a picture of him.
Chicago police are part of the terrorism task force and a spokesperson says the incidents are being investigated. She says incidents like this have to be taken very seriously but should not be cause for alarm.
According to those who have seen it, the security camera video from the Sears Tower does not show clear pictures of the men, at least clear enough to identify them. There may be an innocent explanation for what they were doing there, but at this point, investigators have no idea what that might be.
Iran continues to urge Islamic Jihad to carry out terror attacks against Israel ahead of the Knesset elections, Israeli intelligence sources say. According to the sources, the Iranian pressure on Islamic Jihad comes despite Tehran's declared support for Hamas and the fact that senior Hamas officials were invited to Tehran to celebrate the organization's victory in the elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council.Despite? What, did Iran sign Hamas to an exclusive contract or something?
The Islamic Jihad tactic would be designed, inter alia, "to pose a challenge to Hamas," a senior source in the General Staff said to Haaretz. According to the source, the Jihad terror group seeks to confront Hamas with a dilemma - "whether to uphold the policy of calm toward Israel, as it has done until now."
Troops along the northern border were on unusually high alert status Monday, amid fears that the pro-Iranian Hezbollah organization might attempt to kidnap a soldier.