On September 28, 2018, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) spokesman Da’ud Shehab announced the election of Ziyad al-Nakhalah as secretary general. Al-Nakhalah, the organization’s third leader, replaced Ramadan Abdallah Shalah, who has been in a coma for the past six months (following a series of strokes). The PIJ is Iran’s preferred proxy in the internal Palestinian arena. Ziyad al-Nakhalah, who has strong connections with Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, plays a central role in foster and promoting the PIJ’s collaboration with Iran. Therefore it can be expected that under al-Nakhalah’s leadership the PIJ will continue to promote Iran’s interests in the Gaza Strip and in the internal Palestinian arena in general; and in return the PIJ will profit from generous Iranian financial and military support, which will help it preserve its status as the second most important terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip (after Hamas).
Ziyad al-Nakhalah, who today lives in Lebanon, was one of the founders of the Jerusalem Brigades, the PIJ’s military-terrorist wing. In the past he was sentenced to life imprisonment in Israel because of his involvement with terrorism (and released in the Jibril Deal). He was detained again and exiled by Israel to Lebanon (where he decided to remain). He has close relations with senior Iranians, among them Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Qods Force,. who plays a key role in transferring Iranian support to Hamas and the PIJ. Al-Nakhalah also has strong ties to the Hezbollah leadership. On January 23, 2014, the United States designed him a terrorist operative and his name was added to the American its list of terrorists (the PIJ was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States on October 8, 1997).
View More Profile of Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the New Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport in Coraopolis, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, following last weekends shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. (photo – KTVQ News)
President Trump on Tuesday visited the synagogue in Pittsburgh where a gunman over the weekend opened fire and killed 11 people in the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
The president traveled to Squirrel Hill, the historic hub of the city's Jewish community and the location of Tree of Life synagogue. Trump was accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Accompanied by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the president and first lady laid white roses and stones from the White House – a Jewish tradition – at the makeshift memorial outside the synagogue.
Trump’s visit came on the day that Pittsburgh’s Jewish community held the first in a weeklong series of funerals for the 11 people killed — allegedly by 46-year-old Robert Gregory Bowers — amid complaints in some quarters that his presence would take too much focus off the dead. Some critics have accused Trump of fomenting racial and ethnic hostility and have said he deserves some of the blame for the bloodshed.
View More Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue to pay respects to victims of massacre
A new 300-page report published today by the Henry Jackson Society finds that for the first time in recent years Britain has become the number one location for terrorism in the Western world. Measuring data collected from terrorist incidents in 2017 against earlier datasets from 2016, the report is able to draw out the key trends as to changing patterns. Breaking new ground, Terrorism in the West: An Age of Extremes outlines for the first time the data from 2017, a year of terrorism that saw troops on the streets of Britain.
Accounting for a fifth of all Western terrorist attacks, Britain saw 693 people injured or killed by terrorism between 2016 and 2017.
View More Report: Terrorism in the west, An Age of Extremes
Asia Bibi and two of her five children, pictured prior to her imprisonment on death row in 2010 for “blasphemy.”
Points to consider:
– Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 because she is a Christian and because she was thirsty. Today, justice was served when her conviction was overturned.
– Now, Bibi may be targeted for assassination when she is released. Islamists have placed a bounty on her head of 50 million rupees ($375,000). Salman Taseer, a brave Muslim who was governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, was murdered just for expressing support for her. Pakistan's federal Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was also murdered for defending Bibi.
View More Pakistan: Asia Bibi Acquitted After Years Awaiting Death for 'Blasphemy'
Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that among the thousands of migrants heading for the United States border are some “gang members” and people with “significant criminal histories.”
Department spokesperson Tyler Houlton said on Twitter that the caravan, 7,000 migrants strong by some estimates, includes citizens not only of Central American countries, but also of the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and “elsewhere.”
“.@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,” another tweet read. He did not offer more specifics.
View More Some in Migrant Caravan 'Have Significant Criminal Histories'- Regions of Origin Include Middle East – Homeland Security
[Editor's Note: Article 4 of 4 in today's focus on “The Economy of Geo-Political Change” features the impact US Sanctions is having and will yet have on the Jihad-beleaguered nation of Iran. This is crux of political action through financial means – hit our enemies ideologies where they hurt – in the pocketbook. And it is working.]
(Above photo – US Treasury Undersecretary Mandelker) “Our expectation is that because of our sanctions, oil purchases by foreign authorities from Iran will be going significantly down,” US Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker has told “Globes.”
Sigal Mandelker tells “Globes” how the US is increasing pressure on the “world's main terrorist regime.”
View More US Treasury Undersecretary – Sanctions to hit Iran hard
[Editor's Note: Article 3 of 4 in today's focus on “The Economy of Geo-Political Change” features the worldwide “gold rush” for Israeli innovation. This is such a game-changer for any nation that allies itself with, per capita, the most inventive and prosperous entrepreneurs on Earth – Israelis! Israel is proving the power of the pocketbook by extending their hands of partnership in technology and industry to any nation willing to do business.]
Israeli RetailTech Landscape graphic courtesy of The Shelf
Amazon, Adidas, Nike, eBay, Walmart, Best Buy – the world’s retail giants are lining up to buy the Israeli technologies now reinventing commerce.
Avid skateboarders like Roy Tertman wear out their shoes every few weeks. To save time shopping, Tertman would order a bunch of pairs online and return those that didn’t fit. He discovered that 35% percent of all shoes purchased online are returned, causing a big pain point for retailers.
View More Why megabrands come shopping for Israeli retail technology
[Editor's Note: Article 2 of 4 in today's focus on “The Economy of Geo-Political Change” features the the infamous refugee-abusing, Israel-only UN refugee agency, UNRWA (as opposed to the UN agency, UNHCR, which DOES settle refugees in every other nation on the planet outside Israel). Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, is one of many voices speaking truth to dark power by simply addressing the massive economic abuses and shortfalls by such corrupt and ill-conceived entitites as UNRWA.]
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, center right, arrives for a tour in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat. October 22, 2014. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Jerusalem mayor makes rare visit to East Jerusalem refugee camp. Nir Barkat walks the streets of Shuafat, meets city sanitation workers who enter Palestinian neighborhood for the first time, as part of plan to replace UNRWA in capital
View More The Plan to Replace UNRWA in Israel's capital
[Editor's Note: Article 1 of 4 in today's focus on “The Economy of Geo-Political Change” featuring the funding behind the recent “Migrant Caravan” working its way to the US-Mexico border. Note the President's and Vice President's confidence in naming the President of Honduras as their source for this information!]
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the President of Honduras revealed to him who is actually funding the controversial migrant caravan that is heading through Mexico towards the U.S. border.
“Organized by leftist organizations and financed by Valenzuela”
Pence told the media about the revelation during a media briefing in the Oval Office with the president.
“At the president’s direction I spoke to President Hernandez of Honduras,” said Pence, “he told me that the caravan that’s now making its way through Mexico headed for the southern border was organized by leftist organizations and financed by Valenzuela.
View More Mike Pence says the president of Honduras told him who is really funding the migrant caravan
US president vows ‘we’ll get down to the bottom’ of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, but says he doesn’t want to nix arms deals.
US President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he did not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia over the disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, arguing the US relies on the kingdom in the fight against terrorism.
Asked during an interview on Fox Business what punitive steps he had in mind if he learned Saudi Arabia was responsible, Trump said: “Well, I hope we’re going to be on the better side of the equation.
View More Trump says US needs Saudis in fight against terror, Iran