Burkina Faso: Muslims murder at least 29 civilians in two jihad massacres

“Extremists attacks in Burkina Faso kill 29 civilians,” Associated Press, September 9, 2019:

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s government says suspected extremists have carried out two attacks killing a total of 29 people in the West African nation.

The Ministry of Communications said Monday that one attack Sunday on the Dablo-Delbo road killed at least 14 civilians.

The ministry said another 15 people were killed when a truck hit an explosive device on the road between Barsalogho and Guendbila in Sanmatenga province. Six people were injured in that explosion….

Islamic extremist violence has increased in Burkina Faso’s north and east near its Mali border. Hundreds have been killed in the attacks thousands have fled.

 

A New Chicago Muslim College’s Islamist Ties

The Prayer Center of Orland Park (OPPC), Illinois, recently declared the establishment of an Islamic university at its premises, the Universal Islamic College of Chicago (UICC) that  will provide “higher Islamic education to the American Muslim community as well as serve as a seminary that would prepare imams for mosques” in North America.

The foundation of this four-year university is a joint effort between the OPPC and the Universal School in Bridgeview, Illinois.

The identities of the founders and faculty of the university are deeply concerning and suggest the seminary will be promoting an Islamist ideology to Muslim students in Illinois and throughout the United States.

In the video announcing the college’s founding, Universal School is represented by its Superintendent Safaa Zarzour.

Zarzour has extensive ties to Islamist groups linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, including serving as a board member and president of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and currently vice-president and formerly Secretary General of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Zarzour also served as operations officer for the Zakat Foundation.

CAIR has its origins in the Muslim Brotherhood’s establishment of infrastructure to support Hamas, according to documents released as evidence during the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial, in 2008, when HLF, the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. at the time, was blacklisted by Washington for supporting Hamas in 2001, and eventually convicted of financing the terrorist group in 2008.

ISNA itself has a long history of fundamentalism, anti-Semitism, and support for terrorism. Named as an unindicted co-conspirator during the HLF trial, evidence presented against ISNA led federal judge Jorge Solis to write, “the Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.”

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Anti-Jewish Orthodox Church in America fired priest for praying for Israel and teaching Jewish roots of Christianity

HALIFAX – A Christian Orthodox priest in Nova Scotia was forcibly retired for delivering a sermon that honoured Judaism and Israel.

The head priest of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Halifax, Father Vladimir Tobin, received a letter from Orthodox Church in America Archbishop Irénée, the archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, on Aug. 12, informing him that he is being forcibly retired due to the alleged “Jewish twist in your ministry.”

The phrase likely alludes to a sermon Father Tobin delivered that mentioned Israel and Judaism in favourable terms, asked for congregants to pray for Israel and reminding the congregation that Jesus was a Jew.

“I’ve always been straightforward, have always spoken my mind,” said Father Tobin from his home in New Germany, about 120 kilometres south of Halifax.

He admits that his sermons over the last several years have tied together Christianity’s roots and the Old Testament’s Jewish background.

The 77-year-old cleric said he travelled to Israel in May for the first time in 30 years. In the late 1960s, he visited for two weeks, and returned in 1985 to earn a doctorate in Egyptology at Hebrew University.

Born in Halifax, Father Tobin said his grandmother was Jewish, but he was baptized a Christian. When studying the early Christian period at Dalhousie University, he said he realized that early Christians were Jewish and their scripture was the Old Testament.

Ordained as an Anglican priest, with a part-time pulpit while also teaching at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Father Tobin felt something was lacking in that denomination and was urged to go to the Orthodox side.

“I was happy in Orthodoxy, but felt there was some anti-Jewishness there. I wrote a piece for publication, but was told by my superiors that it was ‘too Jewish.’ That increased my determination that Christianity grew from Judaism. My own theology recognized a faith that started with Abraham and grew through the centuries through Christ,” he said.

He was first sent a letter from Archbishop Irénée in April, following a written complaint by the assistant priest, Father Alexander Treiger, who alleged that Father Tobin was, among other things, including prayers for Israel in his services.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided that effective this date, April 8th, 2019, you are officially retired as Rector of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Halifax, NS,” wrote the archbishop.

Father Tobin responded by writing: “It is true that I regularly pray for both Israel and United States, its armies and its president, and for ‘the land of Israel and the armies which protect her.’ What is to prevent us for praying for other countries that need it? The U.S. and Israel are our allies and need our support for peace in the Middle East. There are precedents of praying for other nations within our tradition. My prayers are mainly intended to advance peace in the Middle East .”

The Parish Council, unhappily shocked by the dismissal, wrote a letter urging Father Tobin’s reinstatement, to which Archbishop Irénée agreed, only to renege on last month.

On Aug. 12, the archbishop wrote to Father Tobin: “Now, I place you once more on retirement as of Monday, August 26, 2019. This will permit you to say your farewells to the Faithful of Saint Vladimir Parish and remove your personal possessions from the church premises.”

Father Tobin, while obviously upset, said he has plenty to do in retirement, things he couldn’t do while preaching and teaching.

“I have many CDs to hear and books to read, a dog to walk and a grand piano that wants to be played,” he said with a chuckle in his voice.

“But I don’t feel right deserting the congregation like this. I had planned to retire in a year or so, by my 78th birthday, but obviously wanted to retire on my own terms. I would have been sad. The congregation would have been sad, but everyone would have understood. This way is not the best thing.”

Nova Scotia priest fired for praying for Israel

Christians in Burkina Faso face options: ‘Flee, convert or die’

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Christians in Burkina Faso are being forced to “flee, convert or die” by Islamic jihadists, according to a leading Catholic aid charity.

Burkina Faso’s government said on Monday that suspected extremists have carried out two attacks killing a total of 29 people.

One attack Sunday on the Dablo-Delbo road killed at least 14 civilians, while another 15 people were killed when a truck hit an explosive device on the road between Barsalogho and Guendbila in Sanmatenga province.

 

Islamic extremist violence has increased this year in Burkina Faso’s north and east near its Mali border. Hundreds have been killed in the attacks and thousands have fled.

However, Christians have been especially targeted. In June, seven Christians were killed by jihadists in a targeted attack in the northern town of Bani. The victims were searched for “signs of Christianity,” such as Bibles or crosses, before they were killed.

“Not only do the governments of nations like Burkina Faso need to be more protective of Christians and other minorities, but the international community needs to take decisive measures to end international terrorist financing and cross boarder transfers of weapons and militants,” Clancy said.

 

Burkina Faso is a Muslim-majority nation, but has a significant Christian minority, making up around 10 to 20 percent of the population. Most of the Christians are Catholics, and the country has 3 archdioceses and 12 dioceses.

The West African country used to have relatively good interfaith relations, with Christians and Muslims living together in peace. Since 2015, the situation has changed significantly: Jihadist groups that were previously active in neighboring Mali have gradually infiltrated Burkina Faso, and attacks have been increasing.

According to the Barnabas Fund, at least 56 Christians were killed by jihadists in a series of attacks between April and June.

There are a variety of Islamist groups active in the country, including the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, and the home-grown Ansaroul Islam.

While these groups attack state symbols like military targets, schools and healthcare facilities, their targets of choice have been Christian churches.

Churches have been attacked in Soum, Dablo, Toulfé and Zimtenga since April 2019, and the parish priest of Djibo, Father Joël Yougbaré, was kidnapped in March.

On August 4, militants killed three Christians in attacks on Protestant and Catholic churches in Tialboanga. The town is in the eastern Tapoa Province, sparking fears that the insurgency is spreading from the north.

“In countries like Burkina Faso and Niger, the modus operandi is to create an atmosphere of fear and to undermine any civil authority that might exist. Interreligious tensions are exacerbated to the point of violence. This will help undo the cultural and social fabric of societies and people will be forced to seek extreme measures in order to survive. Because Christians are in the minority, they are the easy and prime target as jihadists want to rid the world of all faiths except their own particular distortion of religion,” Clancy told Crux.

Clancy blamed the rise of jihadist terrorism on conflicts taking place beyond Burkina Faso’s borders.

“The rise in jihadist terrorism across Africa has its roots in the collapse of Libya in 2011. With that and the battle experience gained by jihadist terrorists in places like Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, there are now many trained, armed and motivated extremists able to spread fear and unrest through West Africa,” he said.

Last month, Bishop Laurent Dabiré of Dori, the president of the bishops’ conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, called on the global community to step in and help.

“If the world continues to do nothing, the result will be the elimination of the Christian presence,” he said in an appeal published Aug. 1 by Aid to the Church in Need.

“They’ve slowly moved into the interior of our country, attacking the army, civil structures and the people,” he said, speaking of the jihadist groups. “Today their main target appears to be Christians. I believe they are trying to trigger an interreligious conflict.”

The bishop blamed outside actors for supplying the jihadist groups.

“The weapons they are using were not made here in Africa,” Dabiré said. “They have rifles, machine guns and so much ammunition, more than the Burkina Faso army has at its disposal. When they come to the villages they shoot for hours. Who is supplying them with these resources? If they were not getting this support from outside, they would have to stop. That’s why I’m appealing to the international authorities. Whoever has the power to do so, may they put a stop to all this violence!”

Clancy told Crux that if the jihadist influence is not stopped in the region, then “poor countries with unstable and/or corrupt governments will easily become very dangerous places for the Christian faithful as well as for Muslims who are not aligned with the jihadist philosophy.”

Christians in Burkina Faso face options: ‘Flee, convert or die’

FSWC Demands UofT to Disallow Former Member of Terror Group from Speaking at Student Event

Toronto (September 6, 2019) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is demanding the University of Toronto to not allow a man with previous ties to a Palestinian terror group to speak on campus.

Issam Al-Yamani has been accused of being a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been designated by Canada as a terrorist organization and has carried out numerous terror attacks, including murdering 15 innocent civilians and five military personnel. According to a Global News investigative report, the Immigration and Refugee Board ordered Al-Yamani’s deportation in 2005, but he remains in Canada awaiting the execution of the deportation order. The Canada Border Services Agency has called him a “danger to the security of Canada.”

This contentious speaker is being brought in by the Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT student group to a campus event at the University of Toronto, according to the group’s Facebook page.

“Frankly, we are surprised he is being given an open platform and that the group itself is able to utilize UofT property to house this event,” said Avi Benlolo, FSWC president and CEO. “In an opinion piece in the Canadian Jewish News this week, the university’s president, Meric Gertler, wrote that the university is standing up against antisemitism. We hope to see these statements come to fruition in this case.

FSWC has contacted UofT President Gertler’s office expressing concerns regarding the event and Al-Yamani and is awaiting a response and course of action.

“The university should also be questioning why a student group is inviting such an individual to speak. Clearly, the intention of BDS and anti-Israel groups on campuses is to promote hate and violence, not human rights. Following this incident, the student group should not be permitted to operate.”

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Speaking tour by Palestinian youth ‘journalist’ exposes Chicago-based Islamists

A young Palestinian journalist described as the youngest press card holder in the world was on a tour of the United States last month, with a stop in Chicago.  But critics say the teenager is little more than a spokeswoman for anti-Israel propaganda promoted by groups with extremist ties.

Janna Jihad, who is 13 years old, is credentialed with the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and is currently on a P.R. tour in the USA, sponsored by the South African organization Shamsaan.

 

The syndicate has a reputation for spreading anti-Israel propaganda over factual reporting.  In a conference sponsored by the Syrian regime in 2017, Nasser Abdullah Salim Abu Baker, the syndicate’s secretary general, stressed that “the Israeli occupation is the main enemy of the Arab world and was behind the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ with the intention of dividing and fragmenting the Arab world.”

Much has been written on Jihad’s family history.  Jihad’s cousin Ahed Tamimi, now 18, became famous after a viral video of her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier at the age of 16.  Jihad’s aunt is Ahlam Tamimi, convicted in a terrorist attack that killed eight children, a pregnant woman, and six other adults in Israel in 2001.  Ahlam is on the FBI list of the Most Wanted Terrorists in the USA with a $5-million reward.

Janna Jihad was hosted in her Chicago speaking engagements on August 8–9 by the Al-Nahda Center and the American Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), both of which have concerning history of ties to Islamist ideology and support for terrorism.

The Al Nahda (Arabic for “revival”) Center was founded around three years ago by Ghassan Ballut, a well known supporter of the Palestinian terrorist organization Islamic Jihad.  Ballut, also the current center president, was arrested and accused in 2003 of helping lead Islamic Jihad’s U.S. operations and helping its members enter the country.  Ballut was later acquitted, although his co-defendant, Sami al-Arian, was convicted on one count.

The joint host, USPCN, used the opportunity of the August 8 event to have convicted and recently deported terrorist Rasmea Odeh introduce Janna Jihad to the audience at the Al Nahda Center, on Skype from Jordan.

In 1970, Odeh was convicted of two bombings in Jerusalem, including one that killed two young men at a supermarket.  She was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 1979 as part of a prisoner swap between Israel and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).  With family in Michigan, she applied for a U.S. visa in 1994 but didn’t disclose her criminal record.  Convicted in a U.S. federal court for lying about her terrorist past, Odeh was deported in August of 2017.

Despite this, Odeh remains something of a hero to many Chicago-area Islamists and Palestinian radicals.  USPCN proudly features Odeh on its website.

Earlier in her tour, Jihad interviewed Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), who recently introduced legislation “to promote human rights for Palestinian children by ending abusive Israeli military detention practices.”

Janna Jihad’s speaking tour in the Chicago area thrust into the spotlight extremism that too often hides just beneath the surface.  Groups like the Al-Nahda Center and USPCN are willing to use a young girl to promote radicalism and support for convicted terrorists like Rasmea Odeh.  This is another example of American Islamists marketing the broken and damaging politics of the Palestinian resistance to American Muslim youths.

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Canada: Man smeared as “racist” for asking politician questions about political Islam and Sharia at MuslimFest

A major “Islamophobic” incident has taken place in Canada. The National Post explains:

An Ontario legislator is racking up online praise for his response to Islamophobic remarks directed at him at MuslimFest over the weekend. A video posted online and viewed more than 250,000 times shows NDP Gurratan Singh, who represents the riding of Brampton East, responding to a man’s anti-Muslim remarks at the event in Mississauga, Ont. In the video, Singh tells the man that he condemns racism.

But what did this man, whose name is Stephen Garvey, actually say to garner this kind of attention, scorn, and charges of “racism” and “Islamophobia”?  He asked the provincial politician Gurratan Singh whether he supported “political Islam” or “sharia law.” That’s it.

Let’s look at a comparable example about the subject matter of hate speech and racism, as this is the second time in less than a week that such a topic has made national headlines in Canada.

Several days ago, Jihad Watch ran the first such piece, which was about a Canadian federal Liberal candidate who spewed hatred against Jews. Liberal Party candidate and prominent religious leader Hassan Guillet was busted by B’nai Brith for his history of antisemitic comments, and only upon a public outcry was he dumped by the Liberals as a candidate.

Here is what was said about him:

  • Guillet referred to Israel as an “apartheid state,” with no justification for this claim. Imagine if someone said that Islamic states are apartheid states, based on their supremacist values.
  • “In January of 2017, Guillet celebrated the release of Raed Salah, a Hamas-aligned activist who has accused Jews of staging the 9/11 terror attacks and has claimed that Jews use children’s blood for baking holy bread.”
  • Guillet hailed Salah as a “jihad-fighter” and “frontier-fighter” whom “Allah will surely support.” Guillet congratulated  Salah “on being freed from ‘the prisons of occupied Palestine,’ and prayed that he will some day be successful in the fight to liberate ‘the whole of Palestine.’”

Something is dreadfully wrong when a so-called respectable religious leader gets away with spewing dangerous, racist and hateful statements against Jews for so long, and is subsequently accepted by the federal governing party as a political candidate. Meanwhile, the media and certain politicians jump on the back of a citizen simply for asking questions about the sharia and political Islam.

The media generally ran with a narrative about Garvey’s remarks being “Islamophobic” and what a big hero Singh was for keeping his composure under the strain of Garvey’s “racism.” The media also went on about how Singh made his brother, federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, so proud. Notice, however, that Singh never addressed Garvey’s concerns about sharia or political Islam, but instead dismissed him with name-calling (“racist”), which escalated an already volatile situation. When Garvey was accused of being racist by Gurratan Sigh, he shouted– “I am not racist. I am not racist.” The media dismissed this as special pleading, but in fact concern about sharia is not racist.

While every Western society should continue to fight the ills of racism (including racism between visibly minority groups and religious discrimination and supremacism), there needs to be caution about crying wolf. Let’s be fair and ask the question: what was “hateful,” “racist” and “Islamophobic” about Garvey’s questions? Maybe Garvey can be accused of disrupting a peaceful event, given the scene he created, and there were also unverified accusations that Garvey was disparaging toward police in his rage that followed the incident, but creating a scene is outside the domain of whether Garvey should be categorized as a “racist” or “Islamophobic.”

Garvey was also accused of ignorance in mistaking a Sikh for a Muslim. This sometimes happens, but there is no actual evidence that Garvey did confuse the two. He was directing his question about sharia to a politician, which is valid in itself, and does not indicate that he assumed that the politician was Muslim. Sharia has been a longstanding concern in Canada: back in 2003, then-Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty declared after a long brouhaha concerning religious arbitration in Ontario that “there will be no Sharia law in Ontario….there will be one law for all Ontarians.” The question about sharia is no less relevant today.

It is unjustifiable to immediately judge Garvey as a “racist” because he inquired about Singh’s position on political Islam and sharia. Garvey, like many others, has now experienced being tried and convicted of “hate,” “racism” and “Islamophobia” in the court of public opinion by the media, the Singh brothers, and other Canadians who have surrendered to political correctness and identity politics. Such capitulation comes at a high cost for those who value the rule of law and freedom, and especially for the significant number of immigrants who have escaped countries where political strife based on religion is mainstream, disruptive, and even abusive and violent

Canada: Man smeared as “racist” for asking politician questions about political Islam and Sharia at MuslimFest