Scary New Report Reveals How Many Americans Have Tried To Join ISIS; One State Has The Most…

According a recently released report by the House Homeland Security Committee, 15 of the 58 Americans who sought to join ISIS since the start of the Syrian war were from Minnesota.

Fifteen is the most from any state. MInneapolis-St. Paul reporter Tom Lyden told Fox News: “You know the groundwork for this was really set back in 2007. We have a very large Somali community here, about 100,000 people, and a very small part of that community was radicalized back in 2007. We had 24 people leave Minnesota to go fight for the terrorist group Al Shabaab in Somali.”

According to the Homeland Security Committee’s report, the trend of Americans seeking to travel to Syria has been upwards over the last few years.

  • Despite concerted efforts to stem the flow, we have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists. Of the hundreds of Americans who have sought to travel to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, authorities have only interdicted a fraction of them.
  • The U.S. government lacks a national strategy for combating terrorist travel and has not produced one in nearly a decade.
  • Gaping security weaknesses overseas—especially in Europe—are putting the U.S. homeland in danger by making it easier for aspiring foreign fighters to migrate to terrorist hotspots and for jihadists to return to the West.

“It is clear that our nation faces a grave and growing threat from foreign fighters,” said Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “Sadly, global efforts have failed to stop the flow of these aspiring jihadists into Syria, and we have already seen ‘returnees’ from the conflict zone come home to America and Europe and plot acts of terror. Even more, those still on the battlefield are radicalizing their peers online and inciting them to launch homegrown attacks. I commend the Task Force for their work on this serious homeland security dilemma, and in light of their findings, I urge world leaders at the United Nations to redouble their efforts to combat terrorist travel.”

As reported by Western Journalism, one of the ISIS leaders who inspired May’s Texas attack at a Draw the Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition was from Minnesota.

Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO reports that Mujahid Miski, whose real name is Mohammed Abdullahi Hassan, left Minneapolis in 2008 to join al-Shabaab in Somalia and was indicted in 2009 on terror charges. He is believed to still be in Somalia.

A little over a week before the “Texas Terror” assault, Miski tweeted: “The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.”

h/t: The Right Scoop

Arab Violence Continues To Spread In Israel As Shocking Details About Jerusalem Stabbing Attack Emerge

The wave of Palestinian violence that hit Israel during the High Holidays Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot escalated further during the Simchat Torah holiday on Monday.

Thousands of Palestinians rioted in various areas in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem and attacked Israeli security forces with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Two young Palestinian Arabs were killed by IDF soldiers after they participated in violent attacks in the Bethlehem region and Tulkarem.

Thirteen-year-old Abdel Rahman Abdallah of the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem was hit in his chest by a bullet when he took part in extreme, violent attacks against IDF forces. Another young Palestinian Arab was killed near Tulkarem when a group of Arabs attacked an IDF checkpoint and refused to withdraw when troops used riot dispersal methods. When they started to attack the checkpoint with firebombs, the soldiers responded with live fire.

An Israeli border police officer was severely wounded when a rock hit him in his head. He was taken to a hospital where doctors failed to save his left eye. Palestinian sources reported that 400 Arab rioters were wounded across Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

Overnight, Palestinians in Gaza launched two rockets at the south of Israel. One rocket fell inside the Gaza Strip, and the other one exploded in an open field near the town of Sederot.

The Israeli Air Force responded with strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza. The ISIS affiliate Sheikh Omar Brigades again took responsibility for the rocket attack.

Today, Israeli media published shocking details about the stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday evening in which two Israeli Jews were murdered by an Islamic Jihad terrorist. The wounded wife of one of the victims escaped with her children after she realized that she could not save her husband.

She told Israeli television’s Channel 2 that she was stabbed in the shoulder, and one of her young children also sustained stabbing wounds. With the knife still in her back, she ran in the direction of Israeli police officers while Arab bystanders applauded the terrorist and told the woman that she should die too.

Here is her account of the horrific attack:

We were walking to the Kotel (the Western Wall). We saw that a lot of people were walking alongside us. We didn’t think there would be a problem. The streets were crowded.

We prayed at the Kotel. And on our way back, there were lots of people around us.

We got to an area where we suddenly noticed that we were alone. Everyone had disappeared. I asked Aharon, ‘Where is everybody?’ (Because) there weren’t enough people around for us to feel safe.

So we decided to run to a safer area, near security forces, and then we would continue on our way.

Suddenly, he (the terrorist) emerged from one of the shops, that vile murderer. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.

I felt someone at my back, and then I saw my husband starting to confront him. Aharon punched him in the face. My husband is a big man; he really fought with him. He’s extremely strong…(But then the terrorist turned around) and started stabbing me, and after that resumed stabbing my husband.

Many Arabs were around us watching what was happening. They simply laughed and smiled.

I really begged, ‘Help me, help me!’

He (the terrorist) pushed Aharon down to the ground and continued stabbing him. I tried to fight him, to get the knife out of his hand. I realized I wouldn’t be able to; I felt I was about to fall. I thought I had to alert security forces.

(When I reached them), I told them that I was wounded and that my children and my husband were back there. I fell on the ground; I couldn’t move.

As I ran to them, I heard cursing; I got slapped, yelled at. They were animals. I felt that it had been organized.

Islamic Jihad officially took credit for the stabbings in the Old City of Jerusalem and released a video today in which it threatened to resume suicide attacks against Israel. (See video above.)

An Islamic Jihad member can be seen preparing for a suicide attack by making a suicide belt and dressing up as an IDF soldier. He is then filmed approaching a bus stop with a backpack where he waits with a group of soldiers.

The Israeli security cabinet will hold an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the approval of new measures that aim to quell the wave of Palestinian violence. Among the measures are an increase of IDF forces in flashpoint areas and an increased use of administrative detentions as well as the demolition of the homes of terrorists who kill Israeli citizens.

The Israeli government is reportedly also talking to the Palestinian Authority to calm the situation on the ground.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas is one of the Palestinian leaders who poured oil on the fire when he repeatedly distorted the reasons for this wave of violence and blamed Israel for trying to ‘divide’ the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

Abbas called UN chief Ban Ki Moon to ask for international protection against the “increasing Israeli aggression.” He again claimed that “Israeli settlers are staging provocations in the Al-Aqsa Mosque” and asked Moon to send an international intervention force to the territories under Palestinian control.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, however, holds Abbas responsible for the current unrest. He has pointed to Abbas’ inflammatory speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations last week and his false claims about Israel aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Netanyahu emphasized that the IDF has a free hand to take the necessary action to end the current terror wave and said that Israel will win this round with the Palestinians as well.

There are no restrictions on the action of our security forces. We will also lift restrictions regarding action against inciters. We will act against the Islamic Movement which, together with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, is the main source of incitement.

The latest news is that the violence is spreading to Arab cities in Israel. In Nazareth this evening, Arabs hurled rocks at police and fired gunshots in the air. More violence in Arab Israeli cities and villages is expected tomorrow when several demonstrations in support of the Palestinians will be held.

Palestinian Violence Continues To Escalate As Israel Braces For New Terror War

Less than four days after Fatah terrorists murdered an Israeli couple in front of their four young children, it is becoming clear that the Palestinians want another Intifada.

On Saturday, a 19-year-old Palestinian Arab from the Palestinian town of El-Bireh near Ramallah murdered two Israeli men and wounded a woman and a baby with a knife in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The terrorist, Muhammad Halabi, was shot and killed by Israeli police officers after he grabbed the gun of one of his victims and fired at the security forces who had arrived at the scene of the attack. The day before he embarked on his murderous mission he wrote on his Facebook page “The Third Intifada is here.”

He appeared to be influenced by the incitement campaign about the supposed Israeli threats against the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount. Halabi, who was a student at Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University wrote the following on his FB page:

According to what I see, the Third Intifada has erupted. What is happening to al-Aqsa (Mosque) is what is happening to our holy sites, and what is happening to the women of al-Aqsa is what is happening to our mothers and women. I don’t believe that our people will succumb to humiliation. The people will indeed rise up.

Halabi’s remarks about the Palestinian women on the Temple Mount was in reference to the Israeli ban of the Islamist female group, Murabitat, who used to harass Jewish visitors to the Mount.

Shortly after the deadly stabbing attack, more Palestinian violence was reported in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. The light rail in Jerusalem was once again stoned by Arabs in the Shuafat neighborhood in northeast Jerusalem and a second stabbing attack by an Arab terrorist wounded a 15-year-old Jewish boy in the Mamilla mall.

An Israeli Arab was attacked and wounded in the vicinity of Kiryat Arab by a mob of Palestinian Arabs who took him for a Jew. The ambulance that took the Israeli to a hospital was stoned and an IDF army jeep that chased after the rock-throwers was attacked with a fire bomb and went up in flames.

At the same time, Palestinian Arabs fired at an IDF checkpoint near Beth El in Samaria and several other shooting attacks were reported in the Israeli city of Lod, Jerusalem, Ma’aleh Adumim and Cochav Ya’acov. Two Israeli minors were reportedly injured in these attacks.

The stabbing attack in the Old City drew a response from groups of Jews in downtown Jerusalem. An Arab taxi driver was attacked by a group Jews who chanted “Death to the Arabs” and violent clashes between groups of Jews and Arabs broke out in the Mamilla pedestrian mall outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. In the area of Neve Tzuv and the Palestinian city, Nablus cars belonging to Palestinian Arabs were stoned, likely by Jews.

After three days of silence, the Palestinian Authority finally responded to the deadly terror attacks on Thursday and Saturday. The PA called upon the world to intervene because of Israel’s “policy of escalation” and “the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and the series of incursions into cities and villages in the West Bank.” The “two young men” the PA mentioned in its statement were the two terrorists that were shot dead after the murders of the Henkin family and the deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.

WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency, published the statement by PA spokesman Ihab Bseiso, who did not mention the terror attacks that killed four Israelis and wounded at least six others but again claimed that Israel tries to “divide the Al-Aqsa mosque.”

The Arab language website of WAFA manipulated the news about the deadly stabbing attack in Jerusalem. The WAFA reported that the “occupation army” (IDF) killed a young Palestinian “who allegedly was involved in a stabbing attack in occupied Jerusalem.” The English web page told a different story: “a Palestinian, 19-year-old Mohannad Halabi from Ramallah, was shot dead after he stabbed and killed two Jewish extremists in Jerusalem’s Old City.”

Earlier WAFA and other Palestinian media spread a false report about the death of a six-year-old Palestinian boy near the city of Qalqilyah. The Palestinian media reported that a “Jewish settler” had shot and killed the boy, but both the IDF and Israeli media reported that he had died because he and his brother were playing with a loaded gun.

Jordanian journalist Mudar Zahran presented further evidence that the Palestinian Authority is not only fanning the flames in the escalation of violence but is in fact the organizing force behind what Yediot Acharonot, Israel’s leading newspaper, calls the Third Intifada.

Zahran tweeted a link to the Facebook page of Amiri, a Palestinian refugee camp, that showed that PA security forces were actively involved in organizing violent riots.

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The incitement that played a large part in the escalating violence since the riots at the Temple Mount on the eve of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) was also responsible for massive stone throwing that occurred on Route 60 between Jerusalem and Hebron on Sunday morning.

A source in the Israeli security forces in the area of Al-Arub and Beit Umar, two Palestinian villages along Route 60 in Judea, told Western Journalism that muezzin of the central mosque in Beit Umar broadcasted an audio recording of the fatal stabbing attack in Jerusalem during the morning prayers. A Jewish woman, probably the wounded mother, could be heard screaming “Please save us.” Shortly afterward the massive rock-throwing on Route 60 began.

Arabs in the same area had earlier celebrated the death of the Henkin couple who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in front of their four little children on Thursday. They handed out sweets and shot fireworks. The murder on Nehemia Lavi (41) and Aharon Benneth (21) on Saturday was celebrated too. Arabs set up a Facebook page in honor of Muhammad Halabi, the terrorist who stabbed the two Jews to death. The page gained more than 2000 likes in 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the IDF has started a crackdown on Palestinian terrorists. The elite unit, Duvdevan, arrested scores of Palestinian suspects during early-morning raids in the Palestinian cities Nablus and Jenin in Samaria. The IDF has also reinforced its presence in Judea and Samaria and is reportedly preparing incursions in villages and cities that are known to be hotbeds of terrorism.

Other measures taken by Israel include a ban on prayer in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for Muslims younger than 50 years and a partly closure of the Old City in Jerusalem for Muslims. Buses with Muslim worshippers that were on their way to the Al-Aqsa mosque were stopped by Israeli police and sent back to where they departed.

Fatah Terrorists Murder Israeli Couple In Front Of Their Children And Say It Was A Necessary Act

On Thursday evening, an hour after Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu delivered his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York proposing to start peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Fatah terrorists committed one of the most horrific terrorist acts in Israel in years.

Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama were travelling home with their four young children when their car was shot at by terrorists of the Abdal Qader al-Hussaini Brigades, the armed wing of PA President Abbas’ Fatah movement.

The Henkins, both in their thirties, were attacked in a drive-by shooting while travelling on the road between Itamar and Alon Moreh, two Jewish villages in Samaria.

Naama Henkin was killed instantly by a bullet in her chest but her husband succeeded in stopping the car in the middle of the road to open the door for his children, who he ordered to flee the scene. He died shortly thereafter. Investigators believe that the father’s last act before he died saved the lives of his children.

The four terrified children aged 9, 7, 4 and four months witnessed how the terrorists returned to the car to check if the passengers were really dead. The children were taken to the Itamar intersection where they were examined by paramedics who arrived at the scene.

The Abdal Qader al-Hussaini Brigades took responsibility for the murders and said that it was a ‘necessary act’. They realased a statement of al-Hussaini Brigades:

With Allah’s help and in keeping with our people’s right to struggle to recover our usurped homeland and our duty to sacred jihad, our forces on Thursday night carried out a necessary action in which they fired on a car of occupying settlers outside the Itamar settlement, built on Palestinian lands south of Nablus, firing directly on the car, killing a settler and wounding his wife according to enemy media, and the group returned to the safety of the camps.

We warn the enemy against carrying out any action against innocent civilians, wherever they are, because our troops will respond with similar attacks, and we will consider their actions to be war crimes.

Long live the unity of our people and our struggle to regain our dignity and homeland.

Hamas praised the murders by the ‘brave resistance’ and called the attack ‘heroic’. The Popular Resistance Committees also blessed the murderers and said it was a ‘natural reaction’ to ‘Israeli crimes’.

“Senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) as having announcing responsibility on Facebook for the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin outside Itamar in Samaria,” Arutz Sheva in Israel reported.

The Abdal Qader al-Hussaini Brigades of Fatah is affiliated to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite terror organization that is fully backed by Iran. The armed wing of Fatah receives weapons and training from Hezbollah and has been involved in rocket attacks on Israel during last year’s war with Hamas in Gaza.

In August, a spokesman for the al-Husseini Brigades told the Lebanese Al-Akhbar that Iran plays a direct role in funding, training and arming his terrorist organization.

“There is always contact between the Palestinian resistance and Hezbollah and Iran,” he said. “This is no longer a secret.”

“These contacts take different forms, such as training, preparation, equipment, logistical support and developing the resistance and its weapons,” Arutz Sheva reported.

The murder of the Henkin couple has led to outrage amongst the Jewish population in Israel. Nationwide people took the streets to express their anger over the heinous murder of a father and mother in front of their children and to express solidarity with the Henkin family.

Israel Under Attack Again, But Continues To Celebrate Sukkot Holiday

While Israel celebrates the biblical Sukkot holiday (Feast of the Tabernacles), Palestinian violence across the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem continues.

On Tuesday evening, the Iron Dome missile shield intercepted a rocket in the skies above the port city of Ashdod, 40 kilometers north of Gaza, Israel radio Reshet Beth reported.

At 10.45 PM, sirens went off in southern Israel, and citizens ran to their private security rooms or public bomb-shelters. Less than a minute later, the Iron Dome shot down a missile launched by the Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigade, a Salafist terror group that is affiliated with Islamic State. The interception was caught on video.

The attack on Ashdod came a week after a rocket attack on the coastal city of Ashqelon, ten kilometers from Gaza, and two days after the north of Israel was attacked with missiles from Syrian territory.

The Israeli air force retaliated and bombed four targets in Gaza overnight. Two of the targets were Hamas property, Palestinians in Gaza reported.

IDF spokesman Peter Lerner later issued a statement that said Hamas was responsible for the rocket fire on Ashdod.

“This evening, the third day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a rocket was fired at southern Israel sending the residents of Ashdod as well as several surrounding communities to nearby bomb-shelters. Hamas is responsible and will be held accountable for every attack emanating from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue defending all Israelis who are repeatedly attacked by such blatant acts of aggression,” Lerner said.

In Judea and Samaria (West Bank), scores of Palestinian Arabs clashed with Israeli soldiers in multiple locations. Three hundred Arabs marched to the Jewish village of Beth El in the Ramallah area and approached an IDF checkpoint while firing in the air and throwing stones at Israeli vehicles and IDF soldiers.

The soldiers responded with rubber bullets, stun grenades, low-impact Ruger rifle rounds and skunk spray for crowd control, the Jerusalem Post reported.

In the region of the Palestinian city of Tulkarm and near Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem, scores of Arabs attacked IDF soldiers and Border Police with rocks and firebombs. Several Arabs were wounded when security forces responded with rubber bullets.

In Jerusalem, thousands of police officers tried to prevent a repeat of the violence the city had witnessed during the first day of Sukkot when Muslims again used the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a base for attacks on Israeli visitors and police on the Temple Mount.

Several Jews, including children who were on their way to prayer services at the Western Wall, were attacked by Arab mobs on Monday. In video footage of one of these attacks, a Muslim mob can be seen attacking a religious Jewish man and kicking a toddler while chanting “Allah Hu Akhbar.”

On Tuesday, police restricted the number of Muslims allowed to enter the Temple Mount and continued its crackdown on violent Arabs in Jerusalem. Thousands of policemen were deployed in the area of the Old City of Jerusalem to ensure Sukkot celebrations at the Western Wall and in the Jewish Quarter could take place without disruptions.

The wave of violence that started on the day preceding Rosh Hashanah two weeks ago left the Jewish residents of Jerusalem apparently unfazed.

When this reporter visited the area on Tuesday, tens of thousands of Jews were strolling in the streets of downtown Jerusalem and the Old City. Restaurants near the Mamilla Mall were packed with tourists and residents who were dining outside in Sukkot, the traditional booths that are used to commemorate the exodus from Egypt and the forty years spent wandering through the desert.

In the Jewish quarter of the Old City, scores of ultra-orthodox Jews were dancing in the streets and in the reconstructed Hurva Synagogue that had been destroyed by Arabs after the Jordanian conquest of Jerusalem during the War of Independence in 1948.

Today, some 100,000 Jewish pilgrims and tourists gathered at the Western Wall for the ‘Birkat Kohanim’ festive ceremony during the morning prayer service. Birkat Kohanim (priestly blessing) is performed every day during morning prayers by Jews descended from Aharon and his sons (Kohanim means priests). During Passover and Sukkot, the ceremony is performed by hundreds of Kohanim and draws thousands of spectators.

Hundreds of police officers were watching the ceremony from rooftops nearby, and a police helicopter hovered over the Temple Mount to monitor suspected movements. They had been working since the early hours of Wednesday and succeeded in securing the Old City and preventing disturbances during the ceremony.