Counterterrorism officers hit the streets of New York as city ramps up security in the wake of the Syria strikes

  • The New York Police Department sent counterterrorism officers into the city?
  • The extra officers were announced on Friday?'out of an abundance of caution'
  • Officials say that there are no credible threats against the city?
  • On Friday Trump launched a series of military attacks in Syria

The New York Police Department is heightening security by sending out counterterrorism officers throughout the city.

The ramped up security announced Friday follows Trump's military strike in Syria.

However the city insists that there are no credible threats in the Big Apple.?

Department spokesman Phillip Walzak announced that the counterterrorism officers have been deployed 'out of an abundance of caution.'

The New York Police Department released this photo of deployed?counterterrorism officers

The New York Police Department released this photo of deployed?counterterrorism officers

The NYPD officers, pictured Friday evening, were deployed in response to Trump's military strike in Syria?

The NYPD officers, pictured Friday evening, were deployed in response to Trump's military strike in Syria?

The move was made?'out of an abundance of caution' as officials insist there is no credible threat in the city

The move was made?'out of an abundance of caution' as officials insist there is no credible threat in the city

'The NYPD is working with our intelligence bureau liaisons stationed abroad as well as our federal partners, and closely monitoring the U.S. military action in Syria,' Walzak said in a statement.

The counterterrorism officers were announced just an hour after President Donald Trump announced the military strike in Syria on in response to a suspected chemical attack on Friday.

Trump hailed the military action in Syria as a 'perfectly executed strike'.?

'Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!' he wrote on Twitter.

Despite chemical weapons attacks, Syria to chair UN conference on disarmament

...The Geneva-based NGO UN Watch said?on Monday that it was calling on ambassadors from the US, the EU and other democracies to walk out of the UN’s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva during the four weeks when the Syrian regime’s envoy, Hussam Edin Aala, serves as president of the conference.

“Having the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” Hillel Neuer — executive director of UN Watch — declared in a statement.

Neuer said his organization was urging?the UN “to understand that at a time when Syria is gassing its own men, women, and children to death, to see Syria heading the world body that is supposed to protect these victims will simply shock the conscience of humanity.”

Established in 1979, the Conference on Disarmament meets annually in Geneva for three separate sessions that each last several weeks. While the conference is not formally?a part of the UN’s institutional architecture, the post of secretary-general?is held by a senior UN official– currently?Michael M?ller, a veteran Danish diplomat.

Key treaties regarding the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) — including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the prohibitions on the use of chemical and biological weapons — have been negotiated through the conference and its predecessor organizations. Currently, 65 states are full members?of the conference, including the US and Israel.

Syria is scheduled to preside over the conference during its second session, from May 28 until June 24.

Turkey to preside over final session

Syria’s regional rival, Turkey, will meanwhile preside over the final session of the conference beginning in August — despite accusations from human rights groups and others of war crimes, including the?use of chemical weapons, committed by Turkish forces during their recent assault on the Kurdish-held Afrin district in northern Syria.

While the Syrian presidency of the conference is due to the automatic rotation of member states, Neuer argued that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was nonetheless?obliged?to speak out “when a UN committee makes obscene decisions which only cast a shadow on the reputation of the UN as a whole.”

Neuer said that?Syria’s presidency of the conference would likely be “exploited by Syrian propaganda, as they have done after?other UN elections, to legitimize [President Bashar] al-Assad’s cruel regime.”

The controversy over Syria’s role comes amid expressions of strong concern from senior UN officials at the conference’s general?lack of achievement since a landmark treaty in 1996.

“The Conference on Disarmament has been deadlocked since the agreement on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, more than two decades ago,”?Miroslav Lajč?k, the President of the UN General Assembly, remarked?in February.?“We have to address this reality.”

Away from the UN’s deliberations, a prominent Israeli military analyst said on Monday that Israel’s reported strike on an Assad regime air base in central Syria early Monday had sent “a moral message that using chemical weapons is not acceptable.”

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin — a former IDF intelligence chief who now serves as executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) — added that it was important “that Israel make its voice heard” in opposing the use of chemical weapons.

Mali: “Particularly sophisticated and underhanded” jihad attack as jihadis pose as UN peacekeepers

“The statement said some of the jihadists wore peacekeepers’ uniforms and explosive belts and used vehicles covered up with U.N. and Malian army codes.”

Muhammad said, “War is deceit.” (Bukhari 4.52.268).

“French army describes ‘underhanded’ extremist attack in Mali,” Associated Press, April 15, 2018:

PARIS (AP) — The French army says a deadly extremist attack on a U.N. military camp in northern Mali was “particularly sophisticated and underhanded.”

Officials have said the attack on a camp for the U.N. mission known as MINUSMA in Timbuktu on Saturday left one peacekeeper dead and a number of wounded.

The French army said in a statement Sunday that seven soldiers from the French military operation known as Barkhane were among the injured and that 15 attackers were killed in a counterattack.

The statement said some of the jihadists wore peacekeepers’ uniforms and explosive belts and used vehicles covered up with U.N. and Malian army codes. Three car bombs were exploded, it said….

Assad is More Dangerous than ISIS

  • The American attack on Syria is an important message that symbolizes the international community’s opposition to the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

  • American policy toward Bashar Assad’s regime needs to look beyond the chemical weapons and fight against ISIS. Assad interprets this limited focus as weakness, and he allows himself to do whatever he wants with Russian-Iranian backing.

  • The dangers to Israel from Syria and Iran have not subsided, and Israel may have to deal with the threats alone.

Buildings before and after the attack

(Source: ImageSat International (ISI))

As time goes by, the failure of President Obama to deal with Syrian President Bashar Assad is becoming more and more apparent.

In August 2013, Obama had the option for a military strike against the Syrian regime following its use of gas against civilians in Ghouta, but he preferred to broker an agreement for removing chemical weapons from Syria. Later, it emerged that Bashar Assad misled the United States and managed to conceal large quantities of chemical weapons, which he is currently using against civilians.

If President Obama had acted to topple Bashar Assad’s regime, he would have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and prevented millions of Syrian civilians from becoming refugees.

President Trump is much different from Obama. In the last year, he attacked Syria twice after Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against civilians.

At a speech that he gave in Ohio on March 29, 2018, President Trump surprised many when he announced that the United States would soon withdraw from Syria. He ordered the commanders of the U.S. armed forces to end the military campaign in Syria and to facilitate their exit from Syria in a few months.

According to American sources, President Trump has ratcheted down the plan to remain in Syria for the long term, provide aid to restore stability to Syria, and destroy ISIS.

President Trump agreed to leave U.S. military forces in Syria for another few months to prevent any ISIS resurgence.

However, recent developments show that Syrian President Assad is a thousand times more dangerous than ISIS....

UCI EXCLUSIVE: Israel and the US – A Dynamic Partnership – Part 1 of an Interview with Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger

In this two part series, founder and CEO of the Unity Coalition for Israel, Esther Levens, interviews Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, a leading Israeli consultant to members of Israel’s Cabinet and Knesset. He regularly briefs US legislators and their staff on Israel’s contribution to vital US interests, on the root causes of international terrorism and on other issues of bilateral concern. PLEASE CLICK THROUGH TO READ THIS FASCINATING INTERVIEW.

France: Soon with No Jews?

  • Today, France is the only country in the Western world where Jews are murdered simply for being Jews.

  • Jews may be the main victims, but they are not the only ones. In just five years, 250 people in France have been murdered by Islamic terrorists.

  • The main problem is the spread of hatred against Jews, France and the Western world. Many Muslim extremists incite murder; and more and more often, murders occur.

A year ago, in Paris, on April 4, 2017, Sarah Halimi, an elderly Jewish retired physician, was horribly tortured and murdered in her home in Paris, then thrown from her window by a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("Allah is the greatest") . She had reported to the police several times that she was the victim of anti-Semitic threats -- in vain.

Less than a year later in Paris, another elderly -- and disabled -- Jew, Mireille Knoll, was raped, tortured and murdered in her apartment by another Muslim extremist. Mrs. Knoll, a Holocaust survivor, had also contacted the police to say that she had been threatened. Again, the police did nothing.

For months, the French justice system tried to cover-up the anti-Semitic nature of Sarah Halimi's murder; the judge in charge of Mireille Knoll's case at least recognized the anti-Semitic nature of her murder at once.

Mireille Knoll, an elderly and disabled Jewish Holocaust survivor, was recently raped, tortured and murdered in her apartment by a Muslim extremist. (Image source: Knoll family)

Both women were victims of an anti-Semitic hatred that is rising quickly in France.

French Jews live in constant insecurity. The men who murder them evidently do not hesitate to break into homes and attack elderly women; they seem to know they can threaten their future victims without fear of arrest. More often than not, the police do not even record the complaints of Jews who go to the police station, but simply note in the daybook that a Jew claiming threats came and went.

The French authorities say they are fighting anti-Semitism, but they never speak of the only anti-Semitism that today in France kills Jews: Islamic anti-Semitism. If the murderer is a Muslim, he is usually described as suddenly "radicalized".

The word "radicalized" is now used to describe Muslim killers. It allows those who use it to avoid the words "Muslim" or "Islam".

The French mainstream media also use the same language as the French authorities. When a killer's neighbors are interviewed, they usually say he was "a nice guy".

There was almost no news coverage of the murder of Sarah Halimi when it took place. There was more on the murder of Mireille Knoll, but almost none referred to the cause of her murder.

The fear that neutralizes French politicians and journalists is: Being accused of "Islamophobia"....

Finland: Muslim who killed two and injured eight in stabbing frenzy smiles from the dock as his trial begins

The “smiling terrorist” may be smiling because he believes that he will be greatly rewarded in Paradise.

It has been reported on the authority of Jabir that a man said: “Messenger of Allah, where shall I be if I am killed?” He replied: “In Paradise.” The man threw away the dates he had in his hand and fought until he was killed. (Sahih Muslim 20:4678)

Prosecutor Hannu Koistinen said “His intention was to kill and perhaps to die by a police bullet” and that during the investigation, Bouanane admitted that “he wanted to be shot by police, in other words, to die a martyr.”

Note also that he entered Finland on false pretenses as a “child refugee”: “Bouanane had claimed to be a 17-year-old boy called Abderrahman Mechkah when he arrived in Finland in 2016, and applied for asylum as an unaccompanied minor.”

“The smiling terrorist: Moroccan man who killed two women in stabbing frenzy in Finland last year goes on trial as his wheelchair-bound British victim watches on,” by Sara Malm, Mailonline, April 9, 2018:...

In Yom Hashoah speech, Netanyahu says Israel is ‘steadfast’ in preventing Iranian aggression

“Our policy can be summed up in three words: ‘Steadfastness against aggression.’ Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us,” declared the Israeli prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the official state ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Jewish state remains “steadfast” in preventing Iranian aggression amid ongoing threats.

“We are preventing Iranian activity in Syria. These are not just words,” Netanyahu said in his speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Our policy can be summed up in three words: ‘Steadfastness against aggression.’ Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us,” added Netanyahu.

The statement by Netanyahu comes just days after Israel purportedly carried out an airstrike against a Syrian military base where Iran is also operating. Israel has not confirmed it was behind the airstrike, which left 14 dead, including several Iranian military personnel.

The Israeli leader, who has often said that Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to Israel, said that recent events “teach us that standing up to evil and aggression is the mission imposed on every generation.”

“In the Holocaust we were helpless, defenseless and voiceless,” he said. “In truth, our voice was not heard at all. Today, we have a strong country, a strong army, and our voice is heard among the nations.”

Meanwhile, Netanyahu also held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, where the Israeli leader apparently reiterated Israel’s stance that it will not allow Iran the establish a foothold in Syria.

“The Prime Minister reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Hebrew songs in the concentration camp: 6 Holocaust survivors tell their stories

A Holocaust survivor lights a torch during the Yom Hashoah ceremony. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

These are six stories of tribulation, survival and ultimate triumph over Adolph Hitler, the Nazis and their aspirations to annihilate the Jewish people.

Israeli will begin marking Yom HaShoah, its national Holocaust Remembrance Day, with an official opening ceremony that will take place on Wednesday evening, in Warsaw Ghetto Square, at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

During the ceremony, six Holocaust survivors will light six memorial torches in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

These are their stories of tribulation, survival and ultimate triumph over Adolph Hitler, the Nazis and their aspirations to annihilate the Jewish people, as recorded by Yad Vashem.

Mirjam Lapid
Shmuel Bogler
Thea Friedman
Raul Teitelbaum
Yisaschar Dov Goldstein
Abba Naor

CLICK HERE to read more about these heroic survivors.

Israel Remembers 6 Million on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Each year, Israelis pause from their routines to ponder the fate of the six millions Jews who perished in the Holocaust, vowing to never again allow such an atrocity to occur.

Israel’s Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed each year in the spring following the Passover holiday. Yom HaShoah occurs on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan and is marked by memorial ceremonies and the sounding of a siren throughout the entire country for two minutes at 10 a.m.

During these moments, wherever Israelis find themselves they stop–pulling over cars, halting buses, pausing from work–and the nation comes to a complete standstill.

In the past, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, has emphasized the significance of personal remembrance and survivor testimony, to restore the identities of individual victims, instead of viewing victims of genocide as a monolithic group.

On Wednesday evening, the State of Israel marked the official start of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, with an opening ceremony at Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem, Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem.

Among those present were Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yad Vashem Council Chairman Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, who kindled the Memorial Torch, and Zipora Nahir, who spoke on behalf of Holocaust survivors. Singers Amir Dadon and Meshi Kleinstein participated in the ceremony, along with the IDF Paratroopers’ Honor Guard and master of ceremony Sara Beck.

This year, Yom HaShoah is observed against a backdrop of heightened anti-Semitism in the West and Islamic world, in addition to rampant Holocaust denial and distortion in Eastern Europe.

Just last week, the Hamas terrorist organization waved a Nazi flag during violent riots organzied to breach sovereign Israeli territory and run roughshod over the Jewish state. Blood libels and Holocaust denial are another common trope in various corners of the Muslim world, with Palestinian Authority TV recently displaying an image of Holocaust victims and claiming outrageously that the prostrate figures in the photo were “Arabs killed by Jews.”

In Poland and Lithuania, there has been a steady push to deny the role of Nazi collaborators and portray citizens as passive victims of the Nazi occupation. Poland has gone so far as to pass a law criminalizing references to Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes. Lithuania for its part seeks to equate crimes by communists with Nazi genocide, to minimize the role of Lithuanians in the crimes of World War II.

In Israel, aging Holocaust survivors will gather to bear testimony to their own experience this year on Yom HaShoah, exposing younger generations to the ultimate horror hate can cause. Young and old join together to remember the brave souls, mothers, fathers, and children who perished at the hands of the Nazi monsters, and to utter that time-worn yet powerful refrain: “Never again.”