Muslim Extremists Threaten Model For Disrespecting Islam. Her BOLD Response Shuts Them Down

A model of Moroccan descent from a Muslim family, competing in the Miss Italy contest, faces criticism for bringing disgrace to Islam.

“Pageant hopeful Ahlam El Brinis has labelled negative commentators ‘ridiculous people with too much time on their hands’ after she received threats and insults on social media,” the Daily Mail reports. Many of the negative comments regard the scanty attire she has worn in the contest and in her modeling photos.

“There have been insults but there have been far more messages of encouragement, both from friends and people I have never met,” the model told La Repubblica newspaper. “Religion should have nothing to do with a beauty contest.”

“Everyone is free to choose and follow their religion in their own way,” El Brinis, 20, explained in an interview with The Local. “I am aware that there are more conservative people who might think that I am mistaken about what I do. But honestly that doesn’t interest me because I have my family’s support and that is enough for me.”

“Insults and threats don’t hurt me. I will follow my own path,” she added.

The model is a non-practicing Muslim who was born and raised in Northern Italy, near Venice. “My parents came to the Veneto region more than 20 years ago and I was born in Padua hospital. I went to a nursery school run by nuns, where my mum worked as a cook. My family is Muslim but they have always been guided by Western values.”

She does not even speak Arabic, the native tongue of Morocco.  

“I love to cook Italian food. I wouldn’t know where to start if someone asked me to cook a Moroccan dish,” she said.

El Brinis dreamed of becoming Miss Italy after watching the contest as a six-year-old. She has already been named Miss Elegance in the pageant. 

She wrote on her Facebook page: “I have never thought or said that my presence in [the] Miss Italy [contest] is a challenge to Islam. Never used this word, brought back to a title, only in a title of a newspaper [article]. I have full respect of Islam and of any religion. Like all the girls, I am [running for] Miss Italy just for fun. And to win the title.”

El Brinis will participate in the final qualifying round of the pageant next month at Jesolo, a resort town near Venice, according to The Telegraph.

h/t: IJReview

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Legendary Pitcher Curt Schilling Shares This Post About Islam, Immediately Loses Job

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling deleted a controversial tweet about Muslims and issued a public apology, but that didn’t stop ESPN from firing him as a commentator for the Little League World Series.

“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective,” according to a statement issued by ESPN. “We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

The tweet was a re-post of a meme that compared the percentage of Muslim extremists to the percentage of Nazis in Germany in 1940. The meme states Muslim extremists make up between 5 and 10 percent of the religion while Nazis made up 7 percent of Germans prior to World War II. The meme was accompanied with Schilling commenting “The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.”

“That didn’t come across in any way as intended or interpreted,” he wrote later as he tweeted apologies.

The 2001 World Series MVP deleted the tweet just moments later and took it off his Facebook page after many Twitter users issued heavy-handed scorn for his sentiments. That didn’t stop disciplinary action from the network. Even though Schilling is off the Little League World Series job, he will remain as a regular on the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

Schilling, a former Red Sox pitcher, said he isn’t angry with ESPN’s decision. He said he wants to think about things before posting them in the future.

“I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part,” Schilling said.

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‘Daily Beast’ Gets It Wrong On Fiorina, Blankley (Me), And Islam

Blogger and comedian Dean Obeidallah gets it wrong at least seven times about my recent column on (one of many reasons) why I won’t vote for Carly Fiorina, and Islam.

If Islamic civilization has contributed so greatly to the world, and to the fictional American “heritage” Carly Fiorina suggests, perhaps she and Mr. Obeidallah can explain why “refugees” and “asylum seekers” are increasingly entering America and Western Europe by the millions, every year— from Islamic-controlled countries.

As a woman, I would never vote for anyone—especially another woman—who believes America’s hope lies in the poorest people in the world, of whom the majority is illiterate. I would argue the reverse. Their hope lies in the unalienable rights protected by the U.S. Constitution, and by those willing to defend these rights from threats both foreign and domestic.

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Who’s The Real Troublemaker In The Middle East?

Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran.

In the first GOP debate alone, Scott Walker promised that he’d tear up the Iran nuclear deal on day one of his presidency. Carly Fiorina blamed the country for “most of the evil that is going on in the Middle East.” Mike Huckabee vowed to topple the “terrorist Iranian regime and defeat the evil forces of radical Islam.”

Oddly, when the candidates complain about the “evil forces of radical Islam” or trouble in the Middle East, they never seem to mention Saudi Arabia.

Iran’s no democratic paradise. But on many counts, Washington’s Saudi allies are even worse. The Saudi royals crush dissent with an iron fist, spread extremist ideology, and invade their neighbors with impunity.

Domestically, the Saudi regime oppresses women, religious minorities, and millions of foreign workers. And it brutally represses criticism from human rights activists, prompting condemnation from both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, for example, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes just for writing a blog the government considered critical of its rule. Hundreds of political prisoners languish in prison — including Badawi’s lawyer, who was sentenced to 15 years for his role as a human rights attorney. New legislation effectively equates criticism of the government and other peaceful activities with terrorism.

Saudi women aren’t permitted to appear in public without adhering to a strict dress code. They need the approval of a male guardian to marry, travel, enroll in a university, or obtain a passport; and they’re prohibited from driving.

The penalties for defiance are steep.

Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world, killing scores of people each year for a range of offenses including adultery, apostasy, drug use, and sorcery. It’s conducted over 100 public beheadings this year alone.

Meanwhile, the Saudi monarchy has used its military and financial might to impose its will throughout the Middle East.

In 2011, Saudi tanks invaded neighboring Bahrain and brutally crushed that nation’s budding pro-democracy movement. Two years later, the Saudis backed a coup in Egypt that killed over 1,000 people and saw over 40,000 political dissidents thrown into squalid prisons.

In their latest military intervention, the Saudis have used American-made cluster bombs and F-15 fighter jets in a bombing campaign over Yemen that’s killed and injured thousands of civilians and created a severe humanitarian crisis.

All the while, they’ve helped export an extremist interpretation of Islam around the globe. Let’s not forget that 15 of the 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks were Saudis, as well as Osama bin Laden himself.

Despite all these abuses, Saudi Arabia has been a key U.S. ally for decades. Why?

One reason is oil: Saudi Arabia is the world’s second largest producer, trailing only the United States itself.

Another is the arms trade: The country is the largest purchaser of American-made weapons. In 2010, the U.S. government concluded a $60.5 billion arms deal with the Saudis — the largest in history. This means that for years to come, U.S. weapons will be used by the Saudis to maintain their repressive rule and impose their will on neighboring countries.

A third reason, ironically, is Iran. Since 1979, Washington’s pursued a policy of building up the Saudi military as a counterweight to Iran’s revolutionary government.

For Republican presidential candidates, this primary season is all about vilifying Iran. While they beat up on the White House for making peace with America’s enemies, maybe voters should ask them more questions about America’s friends.

 

Medea Benjamin, the founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange, is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

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Northern Israel Attacked By Missiles From Syria; IAF Hits Back

ANALYSIS: 

While Israel was anticipating renewed rocket fire from Gaza and deployed the Iron Dome anti-missile system in the southern cities of Ashdod and Beer Sheva today, four rockets were fired into Israel from Syria this afternoon.

Two rockets landed on the Golan Heights in Israel, and two missiles struck a kibbutz in the Emeq HaHula area in upper Galilee. No casualties or damage were reported, but brush fires broke out on the Golan Heights in the area where the rockets landed.

The IDF later said the rockets were fired into Israel from the northern Quneitra region, where regime forces and Hezbollah are in control.

A couple of hours after the first intentional rocket fire on Israel from Syria in one year, the IAF responded by striking targets in Syria. The IDF later issued a statement that said Islamic Jihad with Iranian backing was responsible for the rocket attack.

The attack could be related to the escalating crisis around Islamic Jihad operative Mohammed Alaan a Palestinian lawyer, who went on a hunger strike because Israel holds him in administrative detention.

Alaan had been involved in terrorist activities in the past and was suspected of planning new terrorist attacks when he was arrested. Two months ago, he went on a hunger strike to force Israel to release him. His medical situation deteriorated last week when he slipped into a coma in the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashqelon.

Today, Alaan ended his hunger strike after Israel decided to suspend his administrative detention due to the brain damage he suffered as a result of his coma.

On Wednesday, Islamic Jihad announced that it would no longer uphold the cease-fire in Gaza if Alaan would die as a result of his hunger strike. After Islamic Jihad had issued its threat, Israeli security officials started to prepare for the possibility of the eruption of a Third Intifada resulting in the deployment of the Iron Dome anti-missile shield in southern Israel.

Tensions in Israel have been on the rise after a significant increase in terrorist attacks by Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) over the last two weeks. Palestinians carried out several knife attacks against Israeli security forces; and on Wednesday evening, an IDF soldier was moderately wounded when a Palestinian terrorist threw an improvised explosive device at a Border Police base close to the Gush Etzion Tunnel Road in the Jerusalem area.

Another explanation for the sudden missile attack on northern Israel from Syria could involve the situation in Syria–and more specifically recent moves by the Iranian al-Quds force in Syria.

Israeli experts have reported increased activity by the Iranians and Hezbollah in the Golan Heights area since the announcement of the nuclear deal in Vienna in July.

Iran has established a forward command on the Golan Heights, and Hezbollah by its own admission this week is activating terrorist cells in the border area. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Javad Zarif, announced in Beirut last week that the nuclear deal has provided a historic opportunity to resist the Zionist entity.

Zarif, no doubt, referred to the release of $150 billion in frozen assets that Iran will receive after ratification of the nuclear agreement. Pundits have pointed out that most of this money will be used to reinforce the so-called “resistance”–meaning Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah and Iran.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this week: “Iran will use all means to support all those who fight Israel.”

It is possible that today’s attack is directly related to new setbacks the Iranian axis in Syria suffered at the hands of Islamic State and the Army of Conquest recently. Islamic State is threatening Hezbollah’s rule in the Qalamoun Mountains in west Syria and reportedly is trying to seize border crossings on the Syria-Lebanon border. These border crossings are the last ones under regime control–all the other border crossings in Syria are controlled by rebels and Islamic State.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are losing more territory every week and are now only in control of 20 percent of Syrian territory. For example, this week, regime forces and Hezbollah lost territory south of Homs and were surrounded by Islamic State in Qusayr, where Iran is reportedly running a nuclear facility. Damascus is now isolated by this move and is cut off from the Alawite area in the coastal plain.

As a result of these moves, the Iranian corridor from Tehran to the Litani River in south Lebanon is now under direct threat.

This could be the reason Iran suddenly welcomed a UN peace plan for Syria today, and it could also be the reason for the rocket fire on Israel this afternoon.

By heating up the border with Israel, Hezbollah and Iran are showing that the Islamic Republic, and not Islamic State, is the only force that can lead the struggle against the Jewish state.

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