The March of Evil – A Brief History of the Islamic State

From ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) to IS (Islamic State) – read how a most notorious terror organization evolved.

The IS Flag. The Muslim Shahada, statement of faith, is inscribe on it. (Photo: Wikipedia).

Islamic State terrorists are infamous for their extreme ruthlessness, such as their broadcast decapitations, crucifixions, mass murder and forced conversions. When and where did this heinous wave of violent zealotry originate?

Duwlat al-Islam (the Islamic State in Arabic), an offshoot of al-Qaeda, was established in 2003 by Abu-Musab a-Zarqawi as a small militia fighting the US army in Iraq. Several small and extreme Islamic Sunni factions banded together against the Americans in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, calling themselves al-Qaeda Iraq.

From its earliest days on, the terror organization became notorious for its recorded beheadings of captives. One of the first to be decapitated was Jewish-American businessman Nick Burg. The US army uncovered tapes of some 80 beheadings which were never published.

The organization branched out in its terror activities and committed barbaric attacks in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen.

A-Zarqawi was killed in 2006 during a US Air Force attack; his successor was killed three weeks later. This, however, was not enough to bury the organization, which continued its acts of terror, including those against Shi’ite Muslim targets.

IS has since developed into an army numbering approximately 30,000 terrorists. IS leader Abu-Baker al-Baghdadi, who is shrouded in secrecy, had the organization change its focus from terror attacks to territorial conquest, and under his command IS began taking control of swaths of territory – first in Iraq and then in Syria. Taking advantage of the instability in both countries, IS succeeded in overrunning the local governments and subjecting the populations to its reign of horror.

World Domination

In 2014, following disagreements with al-Qaeda, IS became a self-standing terror organization. Al-Baghdadi declared all territories under IS control a Sunni caliphate, in which a strict form of Sharia (Islamic religious) law is enforced. The Islamic State functions as a state, with an organized government system and various branches of administration.

IS aspires to return to the seventh century, when Islam was established. Its attitude towards Christianity, women and all aspects of life is based on this world view.

The fact that IS has declared its rule as a caliphate and has become more encompassing in its territorial description testifies to IS’s aspiration to rule the Islamic world and, in time, the entire world.

All populations captured by IS are immediately forced to convert to Islam. If they refuse, as in the case of the Yazidis in Iraq, they are executed en masse or raped and sold into slavery.

IS Terrorists commit mass murder (Photo: Jihadwatch.org)

Fighting Back

Americans and Europeans captured by IS are held captive for years and used as bargaining chips. Recently, the beheading of two American journalists and a British relief worker generated world outrage, forcing US President Obama to declare war on the organization and to state the need to eradicate this global terror threat. American jets began to attack IS in Iraq on August 16 and the US has since broadened the campaign into Syria. Simultaneously, Iraqi and Kurd forces have begun to fight back against IS.

The US is working to establish a coalition of countries, primarily Muslim, to fight IS as well as to train and arm opposing factions fighting within Syria. Israel will contribute to the effort as well.

Author: Aryeh Savir
Staff Writer, United with Israel
(With files from theatlantic.com, globalresearch.ca, telegraph.co.uk)

For the First Time: Over Six Million Jews in Israel

A Rosh Hashana census demonstrates the various ways in which Israel’s population has grown over the past year, passing the six-million mark for the first time.

An annual census published by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority in honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, shows that during 2013 the Jewish population in Israel has passed the six million mark for the first time since the establishment of the State of Israel.

Israel’s total population stands at 8,904,373, a growth of almost 200,000 Israeli citizens since the previous census, which stood at 8,730,562 Israelis.

The census revealed further interesting details:

Israel absorbed 24,801 olim (new immigrants) over the past year, contributing to the population growth.

Over Six Million Jews in Israel

Fox Sports Wipes Israel off the Map, Due to Qatari Pressure

Israeli foreign minister calls the move “an unfortunate surrender to economic interests” in the following Jerusalem Post exclusive report. Voice your complaint!

Fox Sports–Middle East wiped Israel off the map, and then – following complaints – it got rid of the map altogether.

The sports network broadcasts in Israel, and a weekly schedule can be found online, especially important for American football fans interested in knowing what games will be broadcast on any given Sunday.

Up until Thursday morning, the website had a “select your country” button that accessed a drop-down list of 23 countries in the Middle East, from Algeria, through KSA (the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), all the way down to Qatar and Yemen.

Israel did not appear, though “Palestine” did.

Following a Jerusalem Post inquiry to the Fox Broadcasting Network, the website was changed on Thursday. However, instead of adding Israel, the list disappeared altogether, and now the games are listed according to Greenwich Mean Time.

Scott Grogin, the Fox Networks Group’s senior vice president for communications, said from Los Angeles that “Fox is not a political entity, we provide entertainment and sports programming.

“In order to ensure that all our viewers across the region receive accurate information, we will be eliminating the pull-down menu that lists countries and will provide listing in all venues in Greenwich Mean Time,” he said.

Fox Sports Administered by Qatari Sports Investments

Fox Sports – Middle East, it emerges, is administered by a third party – beIN Sports, which is a global network of sports channels that is owned and operated by Qatari Sports Investments.

QSI, according to its own website, was founded in 2005 as a 100-percent Qatari private shareholding company specializing in sports and leisure industries, with the goal of investing in profit-bearing projects within Qatar and internationally.

BAYT, a leading Middle East jobs site, lists QSI as a joint venture between the State of Qatar and the Qatar National Olympic Committee.

What is obvious from the elimination of the drop-down list of countries on Fox Sports – Middle East is that the Qataris will go to great lengths to avoid listing Israel as a country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that the incident seems an “unfortunate surrender to economic interests with an anti-Israel ideological edge.”

Issue Not Trivial; Each Small Step Against Israel Adds Up

This issue is not as trivial as it might seem at first, Nahshon said. “We are engaged in a long fight against people, organizations and interests who want to delegitimize Israel,” he said.

“Each small step adds up to a very large picture, and we have to be vigilant,” he said. “No fight is too small, because small steps against Israel have an incremental effect and leave the impression that there is something wrong and illegitimate with us.”

The elimination of the list because of an unwillingness to include Israel illustrated a cut-your-own-nose-to-spite-your- face obsession with Israel, because it would be much easier for the consumers in each country to pull up their own schedule, rather than having to translate the times from GMT, Nahshon said.

This incident reflected a very problematic state of mind, he said.

Qatar’s Ability to Host 2022 World Cup Questioned

Another diplomatic official said the incident raised questions about Qatar’s ability to host the 2022 World Cup, as is currently planned. If the Qataris were unable to even list Israel as a country, how will they be able to host an Israeli team if it “miraculously” qualifies for the premier soccer tournament, the official asked.

Fox News, which like Fox Sports is part of the Fox Broadcasting Company, is considered the most pro-Israel English-language news network outside of Israel.

Written requests for comment on the matter submitted to the New England Patriots and New York Giants went unanswered.

The Patriots are owned by Robert Kraft, who has given generously to Israeli programs over the years, including to the Israel Football League and to build the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem.

And the Giants are owned in part by Steven Tisch, who served this year as president of the Tel Aviv International Student Film festival, and whose family sponsored the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem.

The Post has learned, however, that the Giants immediately contacted the National Football League about the matter, which in turn turned to Fox.

Act Now for Israel!

United with Israel urges supporters of the Jewish State to act in defense of the Jewish State and against caving in to demands by Qatar, an Islamic country which, according to numerous sources, bankrolls terror.

To voice your objection, contact Scott Grogin, Senor VP for Communications, in the US at 310-369-4733 or email scott.grogin@fox.com

OR

Shannon Ryan, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, in the US at 310-369-4409 or email

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In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.

Each of the last 15 months has seen above-average temperatures, something that has never happened before in the 117 years of the U.S. record, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the data center.

Winter, spring and summer 2012 have all been among the top-five hottest for their respective seasons, Crouch said by telephone, and that too is unique in the U.S. record. There has never been a warmer September-through-August period than in 2011-2012, he said.

“We’re now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.,” Crouch said.

He did not specify that human-spurred climate change was the cause of the record heat. However, this kind of warmth is typical of what other climate scientists, including those at the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have suggested would be more likely in a world that is heating up due in part to human activities.

Alyson Kenward of the non-profit research and journalism organization Climate Central said in a statement, “Extreme heat is closely tied to climate change, and this summer’s heat wave left a global warming signature in the data, particularly in the ratio of record high to record low temperatures.”

Normally, the number of record highs and record lows would balance out, with an average ratio of one to one. This year, 25 states have had high to low temperature ratios of 10 to one or greater; 14 have had a ratio greater than 20 to one; and three have had greater than 40 to one ratios, Climate Central said.

Ohio topped this list with 49 record high temperatures for every record low.

DROUGHT PERVADES U.S. MIDSECTION

Last month was only the 16th warmest August on record, though still hotter than average, according to the climate data center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

June was also warmer than average, while July broke the all-time heat record, the data center scientists said in a statement.

It was a dry summer: as of August 28, nearly 63 percent of the Lower 48 U.S. states were experiencing drought. Still, precipitation overall was near the long-term average, with the Southwest and Southeast wetter than average and the Northwest and Northern plains drier.

The Midwest has suffered the most extreme heat, according to Climate Central, which crunches the U.S. government’s weather and climate numbers.

Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri ranked first, second and third, respectively, in terms of extreme heat in 2012, Climate Central said, followed by Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois and Ohio. Two states outside the Midwest – Colorado and Arkansas – rounded out the top 10.

Outside the Lower 48, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center has already reported that Arctic sea ice has shrunk to a record small size, and the melting season is not over yet. The Arctic is sometimes characterized as the world’s air conditioner.

As of September 5, the ice on the Arctic Ocean was less than 1.54 million square miles (4 million square km), a 45 percent reduction compared to September conditions in the 1980s and 1990s.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)