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Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting: what we know?

 

 

On Friday morning, at least one gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people are dead, and 10 others have been wounded, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said Friday.

At least one suspect is in custody, identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a police officer.

Two other people are being questioned by police, according to Abbott. Explosive devices were also discovered on the high school campus and surrounding area, according to law enforcement officials.

The shooting comes after months of activism in the US over guns and gun violence, led by the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people in February.

 

 

”I was thinking it was going to happen eventually, it’s been happening everywhere,” Paige Curry, a Santa Fe high school student told a local Houston station. “I was ready to run out but my teacher told me to hide instead, so that’s what I did.”

Here’s what we know and what we don’t so far about the shooting.

What we know

Javier Zarracina/Vox

 

  • Ten people have been killed, and another 10 people have been wounded, Abbott said Friday at a press conference.
  • The fatalities “include students and some adult staff as well,” said Ed Gonzalez, Harris County sheriff, said at a press conference just before noon Eastern time Friday.
  • At least six people have been transported to hospitals, including one ISD police officer, said Santa Fe ISD police chief Walter Braun.
  • At least three people are being treated at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, according to David Marshall, chief nursing and patient services officer: one adult male with a gunshot wound to the arm; an adult female with a gunshot wound to the leg; and a male under the age of 18, also with a gunshot wound to leg.
  • The suspect, who is in custody, suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, and CBS News reported. He is being questioned by police.
  • Students told CNN and NBC News that Pagourtzis attended Santa Fe high school, where he carried out the massacre.

 

  • Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder charges and aggravated assault of a police officer, KHOU reports.
  • Two other people are being questioned by police, according to Abbott. One person was at the scene, and law enforcement are trying to figure out if he may have had some involvement in the crime. Abbott said police are questioning another person who may have information about the crime.
  • At least two weapons were confirmed used in the attack: a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Law enforcement believe that both of those weapons were obtained by the shooter from his father, who legally owned these firearms, according to Abbott.
  • Explosive devices have reportedly been found on campus and the surrounding area, according to Santa Fe ISD police. Officials warned community members to be on alert.

 

 

 

  • Police have uncovered different kinds of explosive devices, including a CO2 device and a Molotov cocktail, Abbott said.
  • Law enforcement have warrants out to search two residences, but are working cautiously because of the potential for explosive devices, Abbott said.
  • Witnesses said that the shooting began between 7:30 and 7:45 am CST, in an art class, according to KTRK.
  • According to law enforcement officials, at least two armed officers were on campus, as outlined in the school’s safety plan. School district ISD officers were able to confront the shooter, Abbott said. The school is also equipped with cameras, which will allow law enforcement to piece together how the crime unfolded.
  • On Facebook, the school district said Friday morning, “the situation is active but has been contained.”

 

SFISD District Response to SFHS Active Shooter
May 18, 2018
9:05 a.m.

This morning an incident occurred at the high…

Posted by Santa Fe ISD – Official Site on Friday, May 18, 2018

 

  • Multiple law enforcement agencies are on site and assisting with the investigation, including the FBI, ATF, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The high school remains an active crime scene.

What we don’t know

  • The confirmed identity of the shooter or shooters
  • Any information about their motive
  • The identities of the people detained and their relationship to the shooting
  • The identities of those killed and injured
  • The final death toll

 

 

 

The Santa Fe school shooting was intended to start in one classroom, then pull the fire alarm for more casualties by…

Posted by Bill Looman on Friday, May 18, 2018

 

 

Here’s the start of how they destroy America

 

 

Muslims Running in Upcoming Elections

 

Recently a friend of mine came across info on an anti police, anti Trump, Muslim who is running for Mayor of Denver, Co. Another friend posted to Facebook about a Muslim woman running for U.S. Senate in AZ. After hearing about this, I started wondering, just how many Muslims are running in upcoming elections? I decided to look into it…Here’s what’s been found so far…

Muslims running in upcoming elections:

Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed is a Muslim man whose parents are immigrants from Egypt. Some people call him the “next Obama” or “Obama 2.0.” Some say he has been groomed by George Soros. On his social media accounts he has photos of himself with Bill Clinton, Maxine Waters, and Linda Sarsour. Elizabeth Warren is campaigning for him. He is running for Governor of Michigan. The primary election is August 7, 2018 and general election is on November 6, 2018.

Asif Mahmood is a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan. He is a long time Clinton contributor. He and his wife have held fundraisers at their home for Clinton, which Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin attended. Mahmood is anti Trump and calls himself a “triple threat” to President Trump. He openly says he will go against President Trump. His name is found on Wikileaks. He and Podesta have emailed each other. He is running for lieutenant governor of California. UPDATE: Asif Mahmood has dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor and is now running to be California’s next Insurance Commissioner.

Deedra Hill Abboud is a Muslim convert. She is married to Ali Abboud, an immigrant from Iraq. She has worked with terror linked groups CAIR & MAS. Deedra’s campaign slogan is “United, We Rise.” She is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona. The primary election is on Aug. 28th 2018 and general election is on Nov. 6th 2018.

 

Kayvan Khalatbari is an Iranian-American. He is pro drugs, pro sanctuary cities, anti police and anti Trump. He has photos of himself on social media, licking the American Flag. He is running for Mayor of Denver Colorado in 2019.

Deeqo Jibril is a refugee from Somalia. She is anti Trump and anti Travel ban. She is founder of the Somali Community & Cultural Association. She was also a community outreach organizer for the campaign of Elizabeth Warren in 2012. She is running for District 7 representative on the Boston City Council in Massachusetts. UPDATE: Jibril was defeated in the primary election on September 26, 2017.

Asima Azam is a Muslim woman and daughter of immigrants from Pakistan. She is married to Dr. Moeed Azam.  She is running for District 3 Commissioner in the City of Orlando, Florida. UPDATE: Azam was defeated in the general election on November 7, 2017.

Bushra Amiwala is a 19 year old Muslim woman whose parents immigrated from Pakistan. She is running for County Board Commissioner, Cook County, Illinois, District 13. UPDATE: Amiwala was defeated in the primary election.

Regina Mustafa is the founder of Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam of Rochester, MN. She is a Muslim immigrant running for the 1st Congressional District, Minnesota. UPDATE: Mustafa dropped out of the race in October 2017 and is now running for Mayor in Rochester Minnesota.

Zahra Suratwala is a Muslim woman who is running for DuPage County Board in District 1. The primary is March 20, 2018.

Fayrouz Saad is seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 11th Congressional District of Michigan. According to Saad’s website, Fayrouz is an economic development advocate, a community organizer, and a public servant who worked for the Obama administration and most recently served Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The primary election takes place on August 7, 2018.

Amir Malik is running for Minnesota State Representative for 37B.

Kayse Jama is running for Oregon State Senator for District 24. The election is May 15, 2018.

Dilara Sayeed is a candidate for District 5 of the Illinois House of Representatives. The primary election is being held on March 20, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018. UPDATE: Sayeed was defeated in the primary election.

Kaisar Ahmed is a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 31st Congressional District of California.  The primary election takes place on June 5, 2018.

Nadia Hashimi is a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Maryland. The primary election takes place on June 26, 2018.

Ismail Mohamed is running for District 25 of the Ohio House of Representatives. The primary election is being held on May 8, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Sameena Mustafa is running for US Representative for Illinois District 5. The primary election takes place on March 20, 2018. UPDATE: Mustafa was defeated in the primary election.

Johnny Martin is a Muslim convert running for office for Arizona house of representatives for district 25. Martin is a 24 yr old activist. Martin has volunteered and advocated for DACA and Black Lives Matters. The primary election takes place on August 28, 2018 and the general election will be held on November 6, 2018.

 

Now, I know some of you are going to say “Big deal. They wont win.” So let me list Muslims who have ALREADY won in previous elections in the United States:

Keith Ellison is a Muslim convert  and Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Ellison was first elected to the House in 2006. He won re-election in 2012. Ellison won re-election in 2016

Ilhan Omar is a somali refugee and Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 60B. She was first elected to the chamber in 2016.

Nadeem Mazen was the first Muslim ever elected to a Massachusetts governing body and the City Council’s youngest member.

Amir Omar is a Muslim man and the City Councilman for Place 7 in Richardson, Texas.

André Carson is the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 7th congressional district.

Larry Shaw is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state’s twenty-first Senate district.

And lets not forget, we had a Muslim in the White House for 8 years!

#Thanks Obama

If you’re wondering my point with this article, here it is – Getting into positions of power is all part of the Muslims goal to enforce sharia law. Muslims do not want to assimilate, they want to take over. They do not want to be your friend, they want to kill you. There is no such thing as a moderate Muslim and there never will be. If we do not speak out, educate people and vote against these people, this will no longer be America.

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NO WAY. Here’s the start of how they destroy America…NO ONE LISTENS…keep voting for these people…you will see what happens…just look at Europe!

Posted by Judge Jeanine Pirro has Fans on Monday, May 14, 2018

 

 

California: Public High School Yearbook Has Lavish Two-Page Islam Presentation Entitled “ALLAH AKBAR”

 

 

These pages on Islam are in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook as a testament to how successful Islamic advocacy groups and their Leftist allies have been in deflecting attention away from the reality of jihad terror and portraying Muslims in the U.S., however spuriously, as a victim group needing special consideration and accommodation.

 

Robert Spencer

 

 

“Allahu akbar” means Allah is greater, i.e., greater than your god. It’s a declaration of superiority. Jihad mass murderers the world over scream “Allahu akbar” as they murder people.” 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta reminded himself to “shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”

And here it is in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook, because they are tolerant, multicultural, diverse, and against “racism.”

The Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook contains no pages on Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.

Why does it contain these pages on Islam?

Because it is the prevailing view among Leftists today that Muslims are persecuted, harassed and discriminated against on a large scale in America today, and that this happens because of Americans’ ignorance of Islam.

 

Both claims are nonsense.

The FBI’s latest hate crime statistics show that Jews are twice more likely to be the victims of hate crimes than Muslims. Yet there is no presentation on Judaism in Rancho Cucamonga High School’s yearbook.

And if anyone does have a negative opinion of Islam, it is because of jihad terror, not ignorance of Islam.

These pages on Islam are in the Rancho Cucamonga High School yearbook as a testament to how successful Islamic advocacy groups and their Leftist allies have been in deflecting attention away from the reality of jihad terror and portraying Muslims in the U.S., however spuriously, as a victim group needing special consideration and accommodation.

 

 

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

 

About the Author Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamas admits 50 of its members were killed during the attack on the Israeli border

 

 

“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 60 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” said Hamas official Salah Bardawil in a television interview.
Hamas sent 50,000 Gazans to the border with Israel – offering $100 to families who joined. With human shields for cover, Hamas terrorists used bombs, guns and Molotov cocktails to attack Israel’s border.
A closer look at casualties betrays the violent nature of the allegedly peaceful protests. Terrorists were shot while trying to plant explosive devices at the border fence, while others were killed attempting to open fire on Israeli soldiers.
Israel warned Hamas and its supporters in Gaza: “Anyone who tries to invade Israel will be shot.”
4000 Israeli families live within 2 miles of the border. Israel was forced to protect these families — and now 60 Palestinians are dead, 50 have been confirmed as active members of terrorist organizations.
Please help us shame those who demonize Israel, share this video to spread the truth.
New Zealand, Britain, France, Belgium, Hollywood and US Senator Bernie Sanders owe Israel an apology.

 

 

 

 Israel is the only free and democratic state in the entire Middle East.
The only place in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and women are free.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people all over the world take to the streets for huge marches, demonstrations and protests against Israel’s right to exist.
They took to the streets to spread hate against Israel.
This video shows what happened on the streets of New Zealand during Israel’s self-defense war against Hamas in Gaza in 2014.
Hamas is a muslim terror organization ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007, whose declared goal is the destruction of the State of Israel. Hamas is responsible for Gaza, but instead of providing welfare for its citizens, Hamas brainwashes the Gazans, uses them as pawns against Israel and exploits them as HUMAN SHIELDS, including children.

No country would tolerate this at their borders. The Gaza withdrawal gave the Palestinians a chance to show their true intentions. They have chosen nothing but war, terror and destruction. Their worst enemies are within, the Hamas leadership.
Israel, like any other country, has a right to defend itself.
Israel will not allow terrorists to invade its territory. Hamas, which rules Gaza, is an Islamic terrorist organization that threatens to kill Jews.
Hamas terrorists use civilians as human shields and send children to the front line during the riots along the Gaza border.
IDF soldiers don’t just protect a border, but what lies behind it — our families, our homes, and our children.
Israel Will Not apologize for defending itself against Hamas.

Headlines around the world demonized Israel. Today the truth is coming out. Will the world ignore it and still blame Israel? Or will the world stand up to Hamas?

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Iran lawmakers shout ‘death to America,’ burn U.S. flag after Trump nixes nuclear deal

 

 

Iranian lawmakers shouted “death to America” and set fire to a paper U.S. flag during angry scenes at the country’s parliament in Tehran, a day after President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal.

The protest came as Iranian officials, including parliament speaker Ali Larijani and President Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday they hoped European leaders will work with them to preserve the deal between Tehran and world powers — without the U.S. — but stressed that the nation could now decide to resume its nuclear program.

“If necessary, we can begin our industrial enrichment without any limitations,” the Iranian leader said. “Until implementation of this decision, we will wait for some weeks and will talk with our friends and allies and other signatories of the nuclear deal, who signed it and who will remain loyal to it. Everything depends on our national interests.”

Iran’s supreme leader, who has the final say on all state matters, struck a more defiant tone. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directly challenged Trump, saying “you cannot do a damn thing” after Trump announced he was renewing sanctions on Iran.

During the demonstration in parliament, lawmakers held up the flaming U.S. flag as their fellow parliamentarians joined in anti-American chants. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal and stomped on the papers’ ashes. Larijani, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, said Trump lacked “mental capacity.”

Later Wednesday, Trump warned Iran against resuming its nuclear weapons program.

“I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program,” Trump told reporters when asked about the potential consequences. “I would advise them very strongly. If they do there will be very severe consequence.”

European diplomats meanwhile insisted that the 2015 accord would not suddenly collapse despite the U.S.’s withdrawal. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, the European Union’s representative to China said Wednesday during a press briefing in Beijing that the EU strongly believes “that this is an agreement which belongs to the international community. This is not an agreement that will fall apart if you just walk away.”

France’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French radio that the deal “wasn’t dead yet” and that European countries would hold talks over how to keep it alive.

Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were all signatories to the 2015 accord under which Iran pledged to limit its stockpile of enriched uranium for 15 years and its number of centrifuges for 10 years. Both are needed to make nuclear weapons. The EU, U.S. and United Nations lifted economic sanctions as part of the deal.

Israel bombs dozens of Iranian terror targets in Syria in response to Iranian Missile attack earlier today towards northern Israel

 

 

Iran launched 20 Missiles from Syria at Israel, and received hundreds in return.
Israel under attack: Golan Heights residents in bomb shelters after Iranian Quds forces fired 20 rockets towards northern Israel.
Israel fighter jets are bombing Iranian targets in Syria In response to the Iranian missile attack.
More than 50 Iranian terror targets have been destroyed in Syria so far.
At least 2 military airports bombed in Damascus. 2 Patriot defense missile launched from northern Israel. Power outages reported in Damascus.
Israel Israel will teach Iran a lesson it won’t forget.
Do not mess with Israel.

 

 

Every Western country must stand with Israel against radical Islamic terrorism.
The Israeli people face the frighteningening escalation of Islamic terror acts through Israel.
The Palestinian Authority refuses to take the most basic steps towards ensuring peace with Israel, and instead incites terrorism.
Textbooks in Gaza and the West Bank teach children that Israel has no right to exist.
They teach their children to hate Jews.
The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

No one should have to live in fear as they drive home from work or walk home from school. This radical Islamic terrorism must stop.
Israeli mothers shouldn’t have to fear sending their kids off to school. Israeli workers shouldn’t have to fear standing at a bus stop. Israeli children and visitors should be free to feel safe while walking through Jerusalem’s Old City.
The people of Israel have a right to live in peace and security.

Israel built security fences and walls on all its borders after a wave of suicide bombings during the second intifada.
The entire world was quick to condemn Israel for defending itself
The world is silent when Palestinians influct pain and death upon Israel but screams when Israel protects itself.

When Israel left the Gaza Strip, Gaza was free and all Jews were expelled.
Hamas took control on the Gaza Strip, imposed sharia law and declared war on Israel with the declared goal of destroying the Jewish state.
They fired tens of thousands of rockets at Israel, but the world turned a blind eye.
Hamas, ISIS, and Al Qaeda share the same ideology of radical Islam.
The Western world must stand with Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism.

Iran founded the Shiite terror organization Hezbollah in Lebanon with the declared aim of destroying Israel.

During the first and second Lebanon wars, Hezbollah fired tens of thousands of rockets at civilian communities in northern Israel.
Hezbollah’s name means “an army of Allah.” This Shiite terrorist organization is waging a war against Israel and threatens to kill 800,000 Israelis by bombing a chemical factory in Haifa (a historic Christian city in northern Israel).
Every year thousands of Muslims take to the streets of London, Paris, Rome and other major cities in Europe, to declare loyalty to Hezbollah (Allah’s army).
They call it “Al Quds Day March” This holiday was founded by the leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.
The Muslim mayor of London allows this to take place in the capital of England.
Shame on London, shame on Britain!
Al Quds Day march must be banned in the West.
The West must stop embracing Islam-based hatred of Israel.

 

 

Israel has the right to defend itself.
The rulers of Iran have vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
The Western world is silent when Islamists attack Israel, but screams when Israel defends itself.

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 

 

Trump Wants People To Work For Their Welfare Check

 

 

A new executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday (April 10) will attach work requirements to welfare programs and calls on federal agencies to either set up or strengthen existing programs.

Trump has long suggested that some recipients of welfare are abusing the system, stating back in October that “people are taking advantage of the system and other people aren’t receiving what they need to live.” He also suggested during his election campaign that some people on welfare were well-off.

“I know people that work three jobs and they live next to somebody who doesn’t work at all. And the person who is not working at all and has no intention of working at all is making more money and doing better than the person that’s working his and her ass off,” he said on the campaign trail.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2018. Trump has long suggested that some recipients of welfare are abusing the system. ICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

The president also pledged during his campaign that “families trapped on welfare” would be “provided with jobs and opportunity,” the Associated Press reported.

According to the executive order signed by the president: “The Federal Government should do everything within its authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in Federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty.”

As part of the order, the heads of departments including Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have been told to assess their own welfare programs as part of a review process to bring them in line with Trump’s plans, The Hill reported.

Despite concerns over possible downfalls of the executive order that include tackling barriers to work for people who have dependents or mental health issues—as well as whether there will be penalties for failing to meet work requirements for an already vulnerable section of the population—Policy Adviser Andrew Bremberg insisted the executive order would result in less reliance on welfare.

“Part of President Trump’s effort to create a booming American economy includes moving Americans from welfare to work and supporting and encouraging others to support common-sense reforms that restore American prosperity and help them reclaim their independence,” he told AP.

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Attacked for criticizing Islam.

Liberals and leftists in the West use the made up term “Islamophobia” to portray anyone who criticizes Islam as a “racist”.
Radical Muslim terrorists all over the world carry out terror attacks “in the name of Allah”.
They justify their violence by quoting verses from the Quran.
Islamophobia is a made up word created by the Muslim Brotherhood specifically to silence debate.
Liberals and leftists ignore the fact that Islam is an ideology that has nothing to do with race.
It’s a buzzword used in an attempt to silence anyone, whenever had legit questions or criticisms about the religion.
Islam is not a race. It’s a religion.
There is an attempt in the West to impose a sharia-blasphemy law to criminalize criticism of Islam.

 

 

Multiculturalism has failed in Europe.
Most people are unaware of the consequences of the illegal mass immigration into Europe that lead to the changing face of Europe.
The British have become a minority in their Own capital city.
In Sweden the situation is even worse, Swedish majority will live long enough to see themselves becoming a minority in their own country.
More and more countries are taking steps against the immigrants’ culture.
France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria have banned the burqa.
Switzerland passed an anti-mosque law which bans preaching in Arabic and mosque’s minarets.
Austrian passed a law which restricts foreign funding for Austrian mosques and Islamic communities
All these measures were taken by these countries to force immigrants to integrate into Western society.
But there are Western countries that do not even acknowledge that there is a lack of integration within the immigrant communities.
The Western world must close the borders before it is too late.

Islamophobia is a made up word created by the Muslim Brotherhood specifically to silence debate.
Anti Muslim bigotry Should be challenged, but any idea, including Islam and all religions is open for criticism and debate.
To conflate the two is disingenuous.
A phobia is an irrational fear, if you fear the fact that Islam is producing more terrorists than any other religion at the moment then your fear is not phobic it’s justified.
Islamophobia is a neologism created to silence any possible debate about the problems Islamic extremism has got with modernity, with the intention of using the collective post-colonial “guilt” to exempt a particular set of beliefs from scrutiny, analysis and criticism.
It’s a buzzword used in an attempt to silence anyone, whenever had legit questions or criticisms about the religion.
Islam is not a race. It’s Not a religion.

 

He was attacked for criticizing Islam.
Do you support his right to criticize Islam? Yes or No

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 

 

 

Posted by ‎Support Israel – תמיכה בישראל‎ on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 

US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support

 

 

 

Not that there was much doubt who was behind it, but two days after “enemy” warplanes attacked a Syrian military base near Hama on Sunday, killing at least 11 Iranians and dozens of others, and nobody had yet “claimed responsibility” the attack, US officials told NBC that it was indeed Israeli F-15 fighter jets that struck the base, NBC News reported.

 

Ominously, the officials said Israel appears to be preparing for open warfare with Iran and is seeking U.S. help and support.

“On the list of the potentials for most likely live hostility around the world, the battle between Israel and Iran in Syria is at the top of the list right now,” said one senior U.S. official.

Fire and explosions are seen in the countryside south of Hama city, Syria, April 29, 2018

The US officials told NBC that Israeli F-15s hit Hama after Iran delivered weapons to a base that houses Iran’s 47th Brigade, including surface-to-air missiles. In addition to killing two dozen troops, including officers, the strike wounded three dozen others. The report adds that the U.S. officials believe the shipments were intended for Iranian ground forces that would attack Israel.

 

Meanwhile, as we reported yesterday, the Syrian army said early on Monday that “enemy” rockets struck military bases belonging to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. According to several outlets, the strikes targeted the 47th Brigade base in the southern Hama district, a military facility in northwestern Hama and a facility north of the Aleppo International Airport.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel on Tuesday morning had four problems, one more than the day before: “Iran, Iran, Iran and hypocrisy.” The comment came one day after Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu “revealed” a cache of documents the Mossad stole from Iran detailing the country’s nuclear program, which however critics said were i) old and ii) not indicative of Iran’s current plans.

“This is the same Iran that cracks down on freedom of expression and on minorities. The same Iran that tried to develop nuclear weapons and entered the [nuclear] deal for economic benefits,” Lieberman said.

“The same Iran is trying to hide its weapons while everyone ignores it. The state of Israel cannot ignore Iran’s threats, Iran, whose senior officials promise to wipe out Israel,” he said. “They are trying to harm us, and we’ll have a response.

Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Khatami threatened Israel on Tuesday, saying it should stop its “dangerous behavior” and vowing that the “Iranian response will be surprising and you will regret it.” Khatami’s remarks came Following Netanyahu’s speech which Khatami described as Israeli “provocative actions,” and two days after the strikes in Syria.

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Meanwhile, in a potential hint at the upcoming conflict, Haaretz writes that two and a half weeks after the bombing in which seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were killed at the T4 base in Syria, Israel is bracing for an Iranian retaliation for the Syrian strikes (and if one isn’t forthcoming, well that’s what false flags are for).

As Haaretz writes, the Iranians’ response, despite their frequent threats of revenge, is being postponed, screwing up Iran’s war planning. It’s also possible that as time passes, Tehran is becoming more aware of the possible complex consequences of any action. Still, the working assumption of Israeli defense officials remains that such a response is highly probable.

The Iranians appear to have many options. Revenge could come on the Syrian border, from the Lebanese border via Hezbollah, directly from Iran by the launch of long-range missiles, or against an Israeli target abroad. In past decades Iran and Hezbollah took part, separately and together, in two attacks in Argentina, a suicide attack in Bulgaria and attempts to strike at Israeli diplomats and tourists in countries including India, Thailand and Azerbaijan.

In any case, Lebanon seems all but out of bounds until the country’s May 6 parliamentary elections, and amid Hezbollah’s fear of being portrayed as an Iranian puppet. The firing of missiles from Iran would exacerbate the claims about Tehran’s missile project a moment before a possible U.S. decision on May 12 to abandon the nuclear agreement. Also, a strike at a target far from the Middle East would require long preparation.

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For now, an Israeli war with Iran in Syria is far from inevitable: the clash of intentions is clear: Iran is establishing itself militarily in Syria and Israel has declared that it will prevent that by force. The question, of course, is whether this unstable equilibrium will devolve into a lethal escalation, or if it will somehow be resolved through peaceful negotiation. Unfortunately, in the context of recent events, and the upcoming breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal, the former is looking like the most likely outcome.

 

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Halal is Paramount for Toronto butcher shop

Rita DeMontis More  from Rita DeMontis

 

 

Paramount Butcher Shop officially opened its second location in the GTA in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbhourhood, marking its expansion to bring premium-quality Halal meat and Lebanese tradition to midtown Toronto.

Paramount offers guests a wide selection of poultry, deli meats, lamb, veal, goat and beef with a specialization in marinated meats infused with traditional Lebanese flavours. Part of the butcher shop’s unique selection is its dry-aged cuts, which are matured in a Himalayan salt wall. In addition to the array of meat products, the butcher shop is stocked with traditional Middle Eastern accompaniments including labneh, dips and specialty condiments, and features a cold bar with ready-to-purchase garnishes.

“We’re excited to bring true Halal tradition to Toronto,” says Paramount’s founder and CEO, Mohamad Fakih.

 

Paramount Butcher Shop, 2313 Yonge St. paramountbutchershop.com

 

 

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