Drug Addicts In Gaza Forced Into Cold Turkey After Egypt Destroys Smuggling Tunnels

Thousands of Gaza residents addicted to a popular painkiller have been forced into cold turkey withdrawal after Egypt destroyed thousands of smuggling tunnels on the Egypt-Gaza border.

According to the Health Ministry in Gaza, there has been a 50 percent increase in recent months in the number of patients seeking treatment for giving up Tramadol, a prescription painkiller sold illegally on the black market.

The opiate has similar addictive qualities to the hard drug heroin–and has became popular with thousands of residents, including children as young as 13 who are desperate to escape the misery of daily life in Gaza.

Tramadol addicts typically require hospital treatment to deal with the withdrawal symptoms, which include severe abdominal pains, insomnia, chronic joint pain, and, in some cases, suicidal urges. Aid agencies are struggling to provide the necessary support because of a lack of funds.

Khadra Said, a senior official in the health ministry’s psychiatric unit, said that since the Egyptian military set out last year to destroy more than 2,000 of the illegal tunnels, Tramadol had become ever harder to find on the black market, driving up prices. “In the worsening economic conditions in the aftermath of the summer war [with Israel] we are seeing double the patients needing our services, after being forced to give up.”

Tramadol first appeared in Gaza in 2007. It was easily obtainable from Egypt and cost less than $0.13 a pill. In 2010, the Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority reported that 15,000 males in Gaza — about 30 percent of those aged from 14 to 30 — were users.

The 51-day war with Israel last year, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 homes destroyed, boosted the popularity of the “escapist” drug.

The Egyptian Armed Forces stepped up efforts to clear the tunnels last October, pushing Tramadol prices to $2.50 a pill — even as unemployment has soared, making the pills unaffordable to users (most of whom hail from poorer communities).

Yesterday, Ma’an News Agency in Bethlehem reported that the Egyptian army has destroyed 69 tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip since March. 28. This puts the total number of tunnels destroyed at 285 since February, according to the Egyptian Army.

h/t: The Times

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Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic University Advocates Eating Bodies Of Christians And Jews

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Last Thursday, 147 innocent people in Kenya were murdered by the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab. Most of them were Christians.

The group entered the Garissa University campus in Kenya shortly after 5 am local time, eliminating guards and killing anyone they suspected of being a Christian. The terrorists went from room to room, asking each occupant whether he was a follower of Christianity or Islam. The ones who admitted to being Christian were murdered on the spot.

This wasn’t the first time a mass murder of Christians took place in Kenya. In 2013, Islamist terrorists murdered 67 people in cold blood in the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Muslims were allowed to escape, and the Christians among the public were murdered.

Kenyan authorities believe the same mastermind – Mohammed Mohamud – is behind both attacks.

President Obama only reacted a day later and issued a statement without mentioning the words ‘Islamists’, ‘Christians,’ or ‘Islamic extremism.’ This wasn’t the first time the president refrained from mentioning those words after Islamist terrorists murdered Christians or Jews. He did the same thing when Islamic State decapitated 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya on February 15th of this year.

When four Jews in France were murdered in January by Amedy Coulibaly, an Islamist of African origins, Obama said the attack was “random”; and he called the murdered Jews “a bunch of folks who happened to be there” (in a kosher supermarket). In this case, too, he omitted the words ‘Islamic’ or ‘Islamist’ when he spoke about the terrorists who committed a string of murderous attacks in Paris last January.

Instead, he used the words ‘violent, vicious zealots’ to describe the Islamist terrorists who were responsible for the murders.

Obama is not the only one who refuses to admit that Christians are in the front line of the global war that Islamists wage against the free world. Much of the Western media and all Western leaders are reluctant to admit that Christians and Jews are the targets of Islamists because of their faith (Christians) or because they have a Jewish identity.

For example, when Boko Haram kidnapped 300 schoolgirls in Northern Nigeria last year, almost none of the world’s press – and none of the Western world’s leaders – identified the simple fact that these schoolgirls were kidnapped because they were Christian.

But after an Islamist terrorist staged attacks in Denmark last month, a story about a small-scale initiative promoting religious tolerance that involved a few Muslims  in Norway garnered headlines and news coverage around the world.

The fact is that the persecution of Christians by Islamists and Islamic states – most of them in the Middle East – is the greatest human rights tragedy of our time. An estimated 100-200 million Christians are persecuted every year; one Christian is martyred every five minutes. Approximately 85% of this persecution occurs in Muslim-majority nations. In 1900, 20% of the Middle East was Christian. Today, less than 2% is.

In July and August 2013, when Egypt witnessed yet another regime change, the Muslim Brotherhood launched its version of Kristallnacht, attacking, destroying, and torching some 82 Christian churches. Some of these churches were built in the 5th century, when Egypt was still a Christian-majority nation before the Islamic conquests.

The persecution of Christians and Jews by Muslims is based on the Quran. Just last week, the Egyptian media outlet al-Masry al-Youm reported that a textbook used by Al-Azhar Islamic University in Cairo permits Muslims to eat murdered Jews, Christians, and other infidels raw.

The Al-Azhar University is where President Obama held his outreach speech to the Muslim world in 2009. He said then that “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

Religious Jurisprudence textbooks for Al-Azhar students address, among other things, the issue of eating dead human beings. The textbooks quoted Mansour bin Yunus al-Bahuti, a scholar of the Hanbali school of jurisprudence who died 500 years ago, as saying that eating dead Jews, Christians, and non-believers is halal (permissible by Islam) if it is a necessity–but non-Muslims are not to eat dead Muslims, even out of necessity.

Another textbook quotes Imam al-Sherbini of the Shafi school of jurisprudence as saying that dead prophets of any religion should not be eaten. And when he was told that prophets do not die and that they lie alive praying in their graves, according to the Hadith, he said that he meant this only if they were found dead before they were buried.

He also clarified that the meat of dead Jews, Christians, and infidels should be eaten raw, not cooked or grilled.

Other Al-Azhar textbooks say that eating dead Jews, Christians, and non-believers can be allowed not only out of necessity, but also as a punishment for heresy.

The only leader who has openly criticized this type of extremism in Islam was a devout Arab Muslim. At the beginning of January of this year, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an extraordinary and courageous speech on Islam at (again) Al-Azhar University.

Here are the most important excerpts of his speech:

“I am referring here to the religious clerics.   We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before.  It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.  Impossible!

That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world.  It’s antagonizing the entire world!

Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they may live? Impossible!

I am saying these words here at Al-Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.

All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

I say and repeat that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands”.

Ever since al-Sisi made this speech, Islamist terrorist organizations like the Islamic State offshoot Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis have stepped up their war against the Egyptian regime.

At the same time, al-Azhar University continues to brainwash a new generation of Muslims to hate Jews and Christians. Christians continue to flee from the Arab countries, and Islamic State destroys churches in Iraq and Syria.

The only country that is safe today for Christians in the Middle East is Israel.

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No Tears For Egyptian Christians In A Muslim Brotherhood-Friendly White House

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The Obama White House-supported Muslim Brotherhood is at war with Egypt; and as a result, security is tight throughout that nation. The Cairo airport is locked down tight; no one without a ticket to fly can get into the airport terminal. The Egyptians have an understanding that the White House does not – the Muslim Brotherhood will resort to terror if it can’t get what it wants at the ballot box.

Although it is resorting to terror in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has a formal and lasting relationship with the Obama White House. This is evidenced by a recent visit to the White House by Muslim Brotherhood activists on February 4th. That meeting prompted outcries from the Egyptian government and raised concerns in other Middle East nations that are Muslim Brotherhood targets.

The exact date the Muslim Brotherhood – White House relationship began is not known; however, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Secretary Hillary Clinton “reaching out” to the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011, shortly after the Egyptian government fell to protesters. The relationship must have actually begun much earlier. Clinton’s trusted aide, Huma Mahmood Abedin, had been steadily moving her toward the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abedin at the time was U.S. Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department and had been a longtime personal aide of Secretary Clinton. Abedin, whose mother and father were deeply involved in the Muslim Brotherhood leadership, convinced Clinton that to “control” the outcome of the Arab Spring and keep governments from falling into extremist hands, the United States must back “moderate” Islamist parties. Of course, her “moderate” solution was the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that works for the same end result as the Islamic State but is willing to get there at a slower pace.

The Obama/Clinton Grand Strategy for the Middle East was dealt with in depth in a Wall Street Journal article by Walter Russell Mead in 2013. Describing the Grand Strategy, he wrote:

The plan was simple but elegant: The U.S. would work with moderate Islamist groups like Turkey’s AK Party and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to make the Middle East more democratic. This would kill three birds with one stone. First, by aligning itself with these parties, the Obama administration would narrow the gap between the ‘moderate middle’ of the Muslim world and the U.S. Second, by showing Muslims that peaceful, moderate parties could achieve beneficial results, it would isolate the terrorists and radicals, further marginalizing them in the Islamic world. Finally, these groups with American support could bring democracy to more Middle Eastern countries, leading to improved economic and social conditions, gradually eradicating the ills and grievances that drove some people to fanatical and terroristic groups.

From the beginning of the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood was assisted by the Obama White House in taking over nations that had been secular-leaning, including Tunisia and Egypt, under the guiding hand of Hillary Clinton. The attempts in Libya and Syria failed, but those nations are still bleeding as a result. The main victims of the Abedin/ Clinton plan accepted by the Obama White House have been the actual moderates, who are secularists, and, of course, the Christians.

Currently, the only nation under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood is our NATO “ally” Turkey, which is supporting violence against Egypt for casting off the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 and voting in favor of a more secular government. Turkey also assisted tens of thousands of Sunni Islamist fighters in crossing the border into Syria to war with the secular government there. Still, the Muslim Brotherhood has the full support of the Obama White House.

Rejected by the army and the vast majority of Egyptians, including Coptic Christians, the Muslim Brotherhood has moved from the ballot box to the bullet box to seek power.

MEMRI, a media translation service, recently reported that: “The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has recently escalated its statements and activity against the Egyptian regime, to the extent of explicitly calling for using terrorism and violence against it, and even for assassinating President ‘Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi. These calls included an MB communique calling on movement activists to prepare for a lengthy and uncompromising jihad and to hunger for a martyr’s death; clear incitement to violence on MB TV channels broadcasting from Turkey.”

The delusional concept that having a “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood in control will somehow restrain “extremism” is alive and well at the White House. A blind eye is turned to the fact that 90% of the jihadists from all over the world going to fight jihad in Syria and Iraq have used Turkey as their entry point. With the Muslim Brotherhood as an ally, it is not possible for the White House to be critical of anything Muslim. This may explain Obama’s empty and duplicitous response to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya by the ISIL.

President Obama could find no religious motivation for the killings at all! His White House issued a statement saying: “The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity.”

Well, the Islamic State had tried to make the religious element as clear as they could. They even produced a polished production video showing the 21 Christian men, hands bound behind them, being led one-by-one along a beach to their brutal slaughter. They could be heard crying out “Ya Rabbi Yasou”, which translates as “Lord Jesus!” while others recited the Lord’s Prayer. The video, titled A Message Signed with BLOOD to the Nation of the Cross, is indisputably and intensely religious. The entire production is full of references to the Qur’an and the Hadiths of Muhammad.

In an article concerning the video production, theologian and scholar Dr. Mark Durie wrote: “The whole event was meticulously choreographed and rehearsed.  The video’s obvious purpose is to humiliate and terrorize Christians, whom it derisively calls, ‘The Nation of the Cross.’ Still, Obama could not even bring himself to identify the victims as Christians, referring to them only as ‘citizens.’”

Contrast this evasive response to the quick way he reacted a few days earlier when, during a neighborhood dispute over parking spaces, three Muslims were gunned down. Immediately, President Obama blamed their deaths on religious discrimination, saying that “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.” Had President Obama known then that the killer was an activist atheist and a far left “progressive” Obama fan, he probably would not have said anything.

In the case of the parking lot dispute in which the victims were Muslims, FBI agents were immediately ordered in by President Obama to investigate possible Civil Rights crimes. Yet, when Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed thirteen fellow soldiers plus one unborn baby at Foot Hood in 2009 while shouting “Allah Akbar,” President Obama saw the “crime” as “workplace violence.” Within hours, he asked the nation to be “constrained” and not blame Islam or Muslims for the death toll.

The White House will not even refer to the Islamic State by name and uses the initials ISIL in all official statements. To say the name that the organization calls itself is even taboo at the White House because the word “Islamic” is a part of that name.

The logic for this refusal was made clear by Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, in a Fox News Sunday program on February 22nd.

Johnson said: “To refer to ISIL as occupying any part of the Islamic theology is playing on a battlefield that they would like us to be on. I think that to call them some form of Islam gives the group more dignity than it deserves frankly.” Identifying Islamic terrorists as Islamic gives them “dignity” is the liberal logic.

But the Obama Administration has no problem using the term Christian to identify terrorists even if they are not Christian. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on MSNBC must then have given “dignity” to Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Army when she called it a “Christian militant group.” In reality, Kony’s group is a strange mixture of religions including animism. His recognition of Jesus is just about as authentic as the Islamic version of Jesus. Even so, Kony’s army is at most responsible for 1 act of terror for every 10,000 acts of terror by Islamic groups in the world today; this is not to say that he should not be brought to justice quickly.

During his interview on Fox News, Secretary Johnson did let slip the real reason why the Obama Administration does not use the word “Islamic” when describing terror, and where the term “violent extremism” came from. Muslim leaders in the United States don’t want the Obama Administration to refer to Islamic terror as Islamic terror. Johnson said, “The thing I hear from leaders in the Muslim community in this country is, ‘ISIL is attempting to hijack my religion’.”

Because of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Obama Administration is trying to fight the shadow of fundamentalist Islam, which is terror, without identifying what casts that shadow of terror on the world today. A people, a nation that refuses to identify its enemy cannot defeat that enemy. It is not possible to defeat a shadow; the figure that casts the shadow must be defeated. Until there is an administration in Washington, DC, that is willing to identify and fight the enemy of Western civilization, there can be no lasting success.

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Allen West: Jordan Knows How To Fight ISIS Better Than President Obama Does

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Lt. Col. Allen West joined Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss the new video of ISIS – also known as Daesh- brutally burning a Jordanian pilot alive. West stated that President Obama’s strategy doesn’t measure up to how the Jordanians just responded by executing two captured ISIS terrorists.

“Jordan understands far better how to fight the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) than the Obama administration,” West said and hinted towards the White House as to what our government should be doing.

“So the only way you can deal with savage, barbaric animals is to be tough and ruthless,” West continued. “And that is something that General el-Sisi understands in Egypt, that Prime Minister Netanyahu understands and that King Abdullah understands.”

“The one thing all three of them have in common: you have an airborne commando that leads Israel, you have an American-trained special forces officer that leads Jordan and you have a former Egyptian military general that leads in Egypt,” he concluded. “They understand the enemy and how you have to fight it.”

h/t: Allen West Republic

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Ouch: This Foreign Nation Just Mocked Obama For His Hypocrisy On Ferguson Situation

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How’s this for an interesting turn of events regarding the town that’s become “ground zero” for racial agitation and unrest?

Another country — one that we support with millions in foreign aid — is now advising U.S. authorities on how to deal with the ongoing protests, rioting, and looting in Ferguson, Missouri. And the poke-in-the-eye language this country uses is clearly reminiscent of what President Obama once said to them about the treatment of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Via BusinessInsider.com:

Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri – echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

It is unusual for Egypt to criticize such a major donor, and it was not immediately clear why the government would have taken such a step.

Ties between Washington and Cairo were strained after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the army’s ousting of freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.

Eqypt adds that it will closely follow the way authorities handle the Ferguson race riots, illustrating how the events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown are resonating worldwide.

Could it be that the Obama administration doesn’t really mind this kind of “foreign intervention”, as the regime once again sees political opportunism in the racially charged crisis in the nation’s heartland…an opportunity to portray America as a country still torn and tormented by racism and social injustice? After all, Team Obama thrives on strife, discontent, and discord that it can cynically exploit.

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