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Rising Fears of Global Jihad Amid Continued Pro-Palestine Demonstrations

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Shirley

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More than three months after Hamas’s October 7 attack, widespread anti-Israel protests – many of which have turned violent – are continuing throughout the West. Combined with the ongoing illegal immigration crisis facing the United States and much of Western Europe, the increasingly hostile rhetoric toward Israel and Jews is renewing fears of radical Islamic extremism.

On January 15 in London, England, police arrested four individuals on suspicion of terrorism offenses, later searching their homes – and then releasing the suspects on bail. The city, which is home to some 1.3 million Muslim migrants, has seen some of the most widespread demonstrations in support of Palestine and Hamas anywhere in the world. Demonstrators waving Palestinian flags disrupted a major Labour Party event in London on January 20, while another march a week prior led to six arrests.

In an even more alarming development in December, German and Dutch authorities arrested four suspected members of Hamas who were in Europe illegally and allegedly planning an attack on Jewish institutions. That same month, Danish authorities also arrested another group of suspected Hamas terrorists plotting attacks on Jews, although the Danish government insisted the incidents were not linked.

In the United States, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has catalogued more than 3,200 anti-Semitic incidents since the start of the Israeli-Hamas war – a 361 percent increase from the same period a year prior. The incidents vary from verbal harassment of Jewish Americans to apparent acts of terror.

In November, for instance, 34-year-old Ruba Almaghtheh, an immigrant from Jordan, intentionally crashed her car into a building she thought was a Jewish school while shouting “free Palestine.” According to her arrest affidavit, Almaghtheh “decided to plan an attack by crashing into the building on purpose because she observed a symbol located on the residence that she took high offense to and related it to being an Israeli school.”

“Yes. I did it on purpose,” the woman allegedly said in the wake of her arrest, although her lawyers have since claimed that she was in a drug-induced psychosis during the attack and therefore can’t be held accountable.

In December, an elderly Jewish man was punched and kicked in another apparently anti-Semitic attack in Brooklyn. Just a few weeks prior to that, a pro-Palestine protest outside DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. grew violent, leading to the injury of several Capitol Police officers. Police in several other major cities have also clashed with protestors, although these altercations have received little attention from the corporate media.

Many other anti-Semitic incidents have been less violent but equally alarming. Last November a man was arrested for screaming “gas the Jews” outside of a D.C. synagogue. Overall, the ADL has counted 337 reports of vandalism, 749 reports of verbal or written harassment, and 905 rallies that involved “antisemitic rhetoric, expressions of support for terrorism against the state of Israel and/or anti-Zionism” since October 7.

And of course, college campuses throughout the United States have seen dozens of examples of anti-Semitism, including from professors and faculty. Students at George Washington University projected “glory to our martyrs” across the Gelman library, named after the prominent Jewish philanthropists, in the weeks after Hamas’s attack. In New York City, Jewish students were forced to barricade themselves in Cooper Union Library as protestors banged on the doors and threatened violence against them.

The increasing threats against Jews have become so serious that many Jewish institutions are beefing up security. A report from the Teach Coalition’s Office of Jewish Education Policy and Research released this January found that Jewish schools are on average now spending $315,943 annually on security, up from $215,560 before October 7.

The ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has only exacerbated these fears. During the last fiscal year, a record 151 migrants on the FBI’s terrorism watch list were apprehended trying to enter the country illegally. As of last May, the Department of Homeland Security estimated that at least 1.5 million “gotaways” had crossed the border and escaped into the United States undetected by law enforcement – among them likely more individuals on the FBI’s watch list.

Moreover, there are undoubtedly many people with ill intent toward the United States entering the country whom federal authorities are unfamiliar with. In one particularly ominous exchange posted to X by 1st Responders Media, an illegal border crosser who appears to be of Middle Eastern descent tells a reporter, “you will find out who I am very soon” when asked where he is from.

Thankfully, there have not been any major terrorist attacks in the United States or the West since Hamas’s attack. But as the left continues to excuse violent anti-Israel and anti-Western sentiment while allowing millions of people to pour across open borders, Americans have good reason to be concerned.

Andrew Shirley is a veteran speechwriter and AMAC Newsline columnist. His commentary can be found on X at @AA_Shirley.

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PaulE
PaulE
1 month ago

This growing violence is being tolerated, much in the same way the riots in cities across the United States were tolerated in 2020 for one very simple reason. Just change the players from the carefully staged and choreographed BLM and ANIFA protestors during the so-called “Summer of Love” to these equally well staged and carefully choreographed pro-Palestinian protestors to achieve the same net effect. The Democrats are just getting a head start, due to Biden’s dismal polling numbers, ahead of what should be a repeat of many, if not all, the same strategy and tactics that they used in 2020 to try and nudge the election in their favor through violence, intimidation and a variety of other means.

Pete from St Pete
Pete from St Pete
1 month ago

There should be no surprise that widespread antisemitic riots have been triggered, led by Muslim infiltrators to our society. It started several years ago when western countries in Europe allowed Muslims into their countries in the name of mercy for those who had been harshly discriminated against by their home countries. In the midst of a flood of genuine refugees there was bound to be a substantial number of extremists who had been brought up to hate infidels, especially jews.
The way the Muslim religion is taught in the Middle East all nonbelievers must either convert to Islamism or be removed in order to create the ultimate caliphate in which the whole world believes in Islam and therefore lives in eternal peace. For us to allow these people into our society was a big mistake because their religion does not allow tolerance for nonbelievers. Thus we have members of “the squad” ingratiated into our highest levels of government and academia who are not believers in individual rights, free speech and the right to dissent.

Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
1 month ago

For 1,400 years, Islam has been at war with the entire rest of the world. Their goal has always been, and remains, conquering and subjugating the world and killing anyone who gets in their way. People need to wake up to reality. This is not going to stop just because we wish it to stop.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
1 month ago

well sure democrats are encouraging them.

Larry Hall
Larry Hall
1 month ago

Hamas and other terrorist groups say Saturday people(Jewish) first. Sunday(Christians) next. It’s coming

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

I suppose the DOJ us too busy flagging “MAGA” bank accounts and conducting illegal wire taps to investigate Muslim extremusts. Any bets Trump has another tap on his phones? They did it in 2016…

Musaiga
Musaiga
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these “protesters” are useful idiots doing the bidding of the New World Order. And the only way to stop the nonsense are shoot to kill orders.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

A friend from the school days lives in Sweden That country is overrun by “immigrants ” and lives in fear Media ignore it or are afraid to report on it

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

They are born and raised to rape your wives and daughters and then kill you the family. Simple solution…kill them first…it’s not like they are contributing anything to society.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

WW3

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

This is their plan–to infiltrate countries, gather their “strengths”, and then inflict their sickening horrors on innocent citizens. If hundreds of recognized terrorists were stopped at our borders over the past 3 years, you have to wonder how many more hundreds or thousands of the more determined terrorists got through undetected.

With all these protests claiming support for Hamas and Palestinians, and death to Jews–without being shut down–we are essentially inviting disaster. Police departments are unresponsive and understaffed–no surprise due to the danger of those jobs and lack of support from local governments–so we will see more attacks. They might be isolated incidents for now, more likely gathering steam as the terrorists organize into another 9/11-caliber attack. Or ten of them. It’s only a matter of time. We are, after all, “the big Satan”, and the ultimate goal of terrorists is to inflict harm, death, and destruction for the sheer joy of it.

papaYEC
papaYEC
1 month ago

The Rat Party and their Deep State will support the jihad all the way. They already illegally aided and abetted armies of foreign enemies and terrorists to spread throughout our country.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 month ago

Great opportunity to fix the problems. Take over the oil fields and establish a non-arab, non middle east team to administer all oil sales from the middle east. Then we have control. These people cannot handle responsibility. They must be subjugated as Japan was after WWII. Also, please a military presence made up of soldiers from all civilized nations in each of the middle east nations. Finally , insure valid elections.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 month ago

You cannot negotiate with these people.

Steven
Steven
1 month ago

Remember our second amendment rights.

abe z
abe z
1 month ago

I would be perfectly fine with the US sending troops to Gaza to help Israel destroy Hamas.

Art Warmack
Art Warmack
1 month ago

Mr. Shirley craps on his own content by using “information” obtained from the ADL The ADL owns the vast majority of our politicians and has one singular goal and that is the promotion of Zionism.
All these protests. Hmmm. Though I’m not a big fan of Islam I must admit that watching a country that refused ally status with the US but which the US provided billions annually in essentially armament welfare, slaughter now north of 23000 civilians over 10000 of which are under the age of 12………well, that seems a bit……….off to me and I don’t care if the country causing this self proclaimed ethnic cleansing has a religious belief system that is Jewish or Christian or Islamic or Zoroastrian…..don’t care but man, it is EVIL.
Perhaps the US should just send to Israels strongest man a donkey jawbone and let him recreate the past successes of “Gods Chosen People”. Cheaper than missiles.

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