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There is no radical Islam – Islam is itself radical

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The panel, with Rabbi Sherki seated in the middle
The panel, with Rabbi Sherki seated in the middleYisrael Burdugo
At the Jerusalem Conference on Monday, hosted by Arutz Sheva, a special panel was held under the title: “Conciliation or clashing – how to deal with the threat of radical Islam.”

Taking part in the panel moderated by Danny Zaken was Reshet Bet Arab affairs journalist Eran Zinger, Middle East and Islam expert Prof. Rafi Yisraeli, Rabbi Uri Sherki of the Beit Yehuda congregation in Jerusalem, Yesha Council head Avi Roeh, and Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud).

Rabbi Sherki, who also serves as head of the Hebrew department at Machon Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem and who lost his son Shalom Sherki in a terrorist car ramming attack last April, said that the problem is not Muslims but rather Islam.

“There is no radical Islam. Islam is radical,” stated the rabbi. “It’s true that there are Arabs who want to live in peace, but the moment that we give them something, we provide a tail wind for the radicals. Because Islam is a radical cultural movement that is not prepared to accept the fact that we exist.”

“As long as Islam doesn’t recognize the fact that it is a branch religion of Judaism, it will remain radical.”

Rabbi Sherki, who was born in Algeria and grew up in France before moving to Israel in 1972, added, “the Muslims distinguish between the (ancient) sons of Israel and the Jews. The Jews, i.e. the Israelis, are cheaters, liars and all the rest.”

According to the rabbi, “the state of Israel is an open wound for the Arab world, and a wound must be closed. We forget that the liberty of man and democracy are expressions that are heresy in the Muslim world.”

“Our only way to ensure the closing of the wound is by telling the truth and stopping the illusion and the hope, as if the Arabs have a chance. We need to tell the truth, that we are the sons of Israel who returned to the land of Israel,” concluded Rabbi Sherki

By Yoni Kempinski

#UK: British ISIS recruit traveled to Gaza with anti-semite bigot MP .@georgegalloway

Steven Sotloff next to his Islamic State captor, 'Jihadi John,' in a video released September 2, 2014. (screen capture: SITE/Twitter)

Steven Sotloff next to his Islamic State captor, ‘Jihadi John,’ in a video released September 2, 2014. (screen capture: SITE/Twitter)

An associate of the slain executioner ‘Jihadi John,’ Alexanda Kotey likely stayed in the Middle East after 2009 mission

 ///An  Islamic State member involved in beheading Western hostages in Syria was identified has been identified as a British convert to Islam who joined the firebrand anti-Israel British lawmaker George Galloway on his controversial aid convoy to the Gaza Strip in 2009.

A joint investigation by the Washington Post and Buzzfeed News revealed on Sunday that Alexanda Kotey, a 32-year-old half-Ghanaian, half-Greek Cypriot Londoner moved to Syria to join the jihadist group shortly after traveling to Gaza with other British Muslims who later were named by the UK as having links to terrorism.

According to the report, Kotey was also an associate of Mohammed Emwazi, a notorious IS executioner nicknamed “Jihadi John,” who beheaded American, British, and Japanese hostages on film while taunting Western leaders. Emzawi died in a US drone strike in November 2015.

Sometime prior to leaving the UK, Kotey became a member of a network of Islamic extremists, known as the “London Boys,” who advocated violence and were linked to a number of terror attacks and plots in the UK.

In 2009, Kotey left the UK for Gaza on the aid convoy of 110 vehicles organized by then-MP George Galloway. On Galloway’s “Viva Palestine” mission, Kotey traveled alongside at least three known jihadis, the report confirmed.

A volunteer who traveled on the same boat as Kotey and the others told BuzzFeed News the Gaza trip “changed” Kotey, and wasn’t sure if he had ever returned to Britain after the mission was over.

It is unclear what happened to Kotey after 2009, though investigators believe he went to Raqqa, Syria shortly after leaving Gaza.

Once in Syria, he joined a group of British jihadis working as guards who quickly gained a reputation of cruelty toward their Western hostages.

According to former prisoners, the British jihadis tortured and violently beat the hostages, staged mock executions, and made them fight each other for their amusement.

Although Emwazi was the group’s executioner, the other members of the cell stood guard while he staged brutal executions in front of a camera. Emwazi beheaded American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, American aid worker Peter Kassig, and 18 members of the Syrian armed forces between August 2014 until his death.

A spokesman for Galloway denied any knowledge of the jihadist-linked volunteers who participated in the convoy, telling the Post “the names you have given are unknown to us.”

“There was, of course, a vetting procedure on those who applied to join the convoy,” the spokesman said, but was unable to confirm if any of the suspects named in the report were participants in the Viva Palestine initiative.

A day before the convoy was set to depart, nine volunteers were arrested by British police for suspected links to jihadist groups.

Galloway at the time slammed the arrests as a smear campaign and an effort to intimidate Britain’s Muslim community. All nine of the volunteers were later released without charge.

George Galloway (YouTube screen capture/Gallowayist)

George Galloway (YouTube screen capture/Gallowayist)

Among those who traveled with Kotey was Reza Afsharzadegan, a British-Iranian terror suspect who was trained by a top al-Qaeda operative in Somalia in 2006. Intelligence agencies believe he was sent back to the UK with instructions to recruit members for jihadist groups after his training.

Another member of Kotey’s group was Amin Addala, a London native who has also been named in British court documents as a member of a local jihadist cell in 2015.

A third volunteer, Manchester native Munir Farooqi, was convicted of terror offenses in 2011 after he tried to recruit two undercover police officers to join the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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(Obama funded) Palestinian official threatens to start hijacking planes again

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Former Palestinian peace negotiator Nabil Shaath said in an interview earlier this month that he often asks Westerners whether Arabs have to “hijack your planes and destroy your airports again” to make the world take notice of the Palestinian cause.

In a February 1 interview with the Palestinian Authority’s Awdha TV, translated by MEMRI, Shaath slammed American efforts at Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Asked about a French proposal for an international peace conference, Shaath replied, “Well, anything is better than American control of the negotiations. Anything. The US has never been a reliable honest broker. Never. It is the strategic ally of Israel. Period. Therefore any discussion of a different formula is a positive thing.”

But, he added, “an international conference is not what is needed. What is needed is a smaller framework. Today, at the African Union summit, President [Mahmoud] Abbas reiterated that we want something similar to the 5+1 framework” of six world powers who negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran.

“Like it or not, the US will be part of it. But we want France, Germany, Britain, the EU, Russia, China, Brazil, India. From the Arab countries we want Egypt at least. We want a small international framework.”

Shaath then turned to what he described as Western apathy toward suffering in the Middle East.

“If the Syrian problem had not been exported to Europe through the refugees on the one hand and terrorism on the other, the Europeans would not have cared even if the entire Syrian people had died,” he charged.

“But when all of a sudden there were four million Syrian refugees in Europe, 1.2 million of them in Germany alone, and when this was accompanied by Islamic State operations in France and elsewhere, all these countries began to fear that IS might have infiltrated through the refugees. And this started a debate about racial transformation in Europe with the entrance of non-white, non-European, non-Anglo-Saxon races, like the Syrian refugees, the Africans and others. This is what made the Syrian problem the most pressing from their perspective.”

He added: “I always say to these people, after I tell them about Syria and IS: ‘Do we have to hijack your planes and destroy your airports again to make you care about our cause? Are you waiting for us to cut off your oil supply? You always wait for things to reach boiling point and explode, causing you harm, before you intervene to end the crimes and violations.’”

Shaath served as the PA’s first foreign minister, and has served as a top peace negotiator and an influential member of the Fatah Central Committee.

BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF