The New York Jewish Week has an article, “An American Intifada” on the rising concern among American Jews about homegrown terrorist threats. It was occasioned by testimony before a hearing of the New York State Office of Homeland Security. This is a welcoming although distressing revelation from a mainstream group obviously concerned about being in the bomb sites of Muslim extremist jihadis. Witness observations from Yehudit Barsky, head of the American Jewish Committee’s terrorism division, and David Pollock, assistant executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, about what is troubling the awakening Jewish community.
Barsky told The Jewish Week, “The threat of homegrown terrorism has clearly become more severe.”
“In almost every case of homegrown terrorism you’ll find at least some traces of anti-Semitism,” said Pollock. “I think we’re vulnerable. It’s important for Jewish institutions to harden their targets, so that any potential terrorist doing surveillance should conclude that another target is easier.”
Attacks have not just targeted Jews, added Barsky, “but it has happened to Jews so often, so regularly, that as a defense mechanism some of us would rather not think about it.”
Despite all the terrorist cases, most Jews remain complacent, but Barsky said, “I think a lot of people are just unaware. Complacent means you know about it and then ignore it. Too many people don’t even know.”
Sometimes even those who do know prefer to attribute the root cause to more conventionally liberal explanations for crime. For example, the rabbis of the two targeted Riverdale synagogues said that attacks, such as the one on their synagogues, could best be fought by alleviating “poverty” and “socioeconomic” hardships allegedly faced by the four Islamic men arrested for the bomb plot.
“Poverty?” Barsky laughed out loud. “You blow up synagogues because you’re poor? Forgive me, but in my time I’ve heard a lot of excuses for terrorism. You may recall the Brooklyn Bridge attack in 1994: that excuse was ‘road rage.’ It turned out to be a premeditated attack.”
In the attack on the El Al counter at the Los Angeles airport in 2002, “people were making psychological excuses for that, too, ‘his wife left him,’ etcetera, and so that’s why he shot up El Al,” said Barsky. “There have been psychological excuses made” for almost every homegrown terrorist attack since 9/11.
“These are sorry excuses,” said Barsky.
The New York Police Department “put out a report, over a year ago,” said Pollock, on the growing threat of homegrown terrorism. They were “criticized,” said Pollock, for how politically incorrect the report was.
There are “between 600,000 and 750,000” Muslims in New York City said the report, “about 40 percent of whom are foreign-born. Unfortunately, the city’s Muslim population has been permeated by extremists who have and continue to sow the seeds of radicalization.” The radicalization “is indiscriminate, and those attracted to it include New York City citizens from all walks of life, ranging from university students, engineers, business owners, teachers, lawyers, cab drivers to construction workers.”
“What all these incidents” since that NYPD report are showing us, said Pollock, is that the Jewish community is looking at “a very key threat. The Department of Homeland Security is finally going to be responding to this. Finally, reality bit them.”
It is ironic that Barsky’s and Pollock’s remarks were conveyed before a New York State OHS hearing. Christian Action Network (CAN) has graphically portrayed that international terrorist group; Jamaat ul-Fuqra (JF) has para-military training camps in more than 35 locations across America, including upstate New York. JF operates in the US as Muslims of America (MoA). JF’s founder is the infamous Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani who was involved in the entrapment of American journalist Danny Pearl of the Wall Street Journal in Pakistan in 2002. Pearl was kidnapped and tortured allegedly by Khaled Sheik Mohammed and slaughtered in accordance with jihad doctrine, after first acknowledging that he was a Jew. Khaled Mohammed and four other 9/11 plotters will ironically be put on trial in a New York federal criminal proceeding. The MoA front for the JF is considered,” The best positioned group to help al-Qaeda launch an attack in the US.” Here is what we wrote about the MoA and its nefarious America activities in an NER article:
The group here in the US has committed attacks and robberies, acquired contraband arms, engaging in counterfeiting activities, and proselytized effectively among Afro-American prison inmates. JF members participated in the 1993 terror bombing of the World Trade Center.
JF seeks to “purify Islam” through violence.
What is of great concern is that federal and state law enforcement authorities have investigated and monitored JF and its front group Muslims of the Americas (MoA) and delisted the group as a terrorist organization. Nor has the IRS taken away MoA’s charitable tax exempt status.
We posted a review of CAN’s initial documentary, “Home Grown Jihad” in January, 2009. Now CAN has another video from an MoA source that graphically portrays home grown Muslim extremists going through military training exercises at the JF’s Hancock, New York compound near Binghamton.
Ryan Mauro of CAN had these comments:
In the video, you see the converts shooting into a lake, scaling fabricated walls, marching in military fatigue, practicing stealth maneuvers, and learning combat involving swords and knives, including how to slit someone’s throat. You also see excerpts of a separate propaganda tape from the same organization where two of its leaders declare the U.S. is a Muslim country and that they will “not sit idly by and let our country be destroyed by this hidden hand,” referring to evil forces attacking the Muslims.
If Ms. Barsky and Mr. Pollock have concerns about their fellow New Yorkers they might first suggest that the NYS-OHS investigator get a copy of both CAN documentaries. They should request the State Police conduct a raid of the Hancock facility with a court warrant and secure arms caches and training videos, as well as extremist Muslim tracts. There may be tracts that espouse the Jihad doctrine of conducting war against Jews, Christians and all non believers.
That would be a productive outcome of the NYS-OHS hearings and a start at stifling home grown terrorists in our midst.