Terror in Europe: What starts with the Jews doesn’t end with the Jews

Last Thursday Barcelona became the latest European target of “sudden Jihad syndrome”, when a Muslim terrorist drove a van directly into a crowd of bystanders, killing 14 innocent people. The 14th victim was 7 year-old Julian Cadman, a British-Australian boy.

A group of 12 jihadists has been blamed for a series of attacks in and around the Spanish city of Barcelona, killing 15 people.

The speeding van left more than 100 casualties in its wake along Las Ramblas

A van mowed down tourists and residents on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas boulevard, and a car was driven into pedestrians in the popular seaside resort of Cambrils. For days, suspected Ramblas attacker Younes Abouyaaqoub was on the run before police shot him dead.

What happened?

It was at 16:50 (14:50 GMT) on Thursday 17 August that a white van careered down Las Ramblas at high speed, while the avenue that runs 1.2km (0.75 miles) was packed with tourists.

Witnesses said the driver zigzagged along the pedestrianised area, trying to hit as many people as possible. Many were knocked to the ground while others fled for cover in nearby shops and cafes.

The driver killed 13 people and injured more than 100, and then fled. Catalan police rushed to scene and told the public to stay in cafes and restaurants as they combed the area for at least one attacker.

The horror did not stop there. Shortly after the Barcelona attack, more jihadist terrorists committed similar attack in the Spanish town of Cambrils, followed by several other attacks around Europe that we barely heard about:

European nations were hit by a series of violent and deadly attacks over the weekend. These include, in chronological order: an explosion on Wednesday night in the Spanish town of Alcanar, where one person died and seven were injured, and which is believed to be linked to the following day’s attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils; a vehicular attack on Friday in the city of Barcelona that killed 13 and injured over 100; another vehicular attack on Friday in the Spanish town of Cambrils where one person died and six were injured; a stabbing attack in the Finnish city of Turku that killed two and injured eight; and a stabbing attack in the Siberian city of Surgut, in which seven people were injured.

Butane and propane gas canisters were found at the scene of an explosion in Alcanar

No prizes for guessing who took responsibility for the attacks:

The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) announced Saturday that it is also responsible for the terrorist attack in the Catalan town of Cambrils, which took place on Friday, a few hours after the terrorist attack in the heart of Barcelona. “We murdered and wounded more than 120 Crusaders and Jews,” a statement from the Sunni terror organization read.

The attack in Turku, Finland, stood out for the police’s extraordinarily quick and efficient response:

UN condemnations anyone? Any complaints from the international community about extra-judicial killing? Or do those apply only to Israel?

But what happens when two or more competing causes clash? Who do we condemn first? If at all? This is the essence of what is wrong with the cause du jour of leftist circles –  intersectionality. The Tweet below shows even though women were the victims of the Turku attack, we mustn’t condemn it because that would be Islamophobia!

Returning to the deadliest attack in Barcelona, the terrorist escaped by hijacking a car and killing the driver:

Spanish authorities on Monday raised the death toll of last week’s terror attacks to 15, confirming that Pau Perez, a 34-year-old man found stabbed dead in a Ford Focus outside Barcelona on Friday, was killed by Younes Abouyaaqoub.

It took the police from Thursday to Monday to finally catch up with the terrorist and kill him

Younes Abouyaaqoub was killed during an operation in Subirats, west of Barcelona, police said in a tweet. He was wearing a fake suicide belt.
A robot was sent to remove the belt from before officers were cleared to approach and make a positive identification, in case the belt turned out to be real. The suspect also had knives in his possession when he was shot, said José Lluís Trapero, head of Catalan police.
A woman alerted authorities after seeing police photos of Abouyaaqoub and becoming suspicious that the man was wearing long sleeves when it was about 85 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) outside, he said. Witness accounts suggest Abouyaaqoub was alone when police arrived, Trapero said.

Questions are being asked now whether the Barcelona attack was preventable. Soeren Kern at the Gatestone Institute asserts that it was:

The Barcelona attack could have been prevented had municipal officials complied with an order to install bollards, vertical poles designed to prevent car ramming attacks, on the Rambla, the city’s main tourist thoroughfare.

In June, the CIA reportedly warned Catalan police that Barcelona was being targeted by jihadists: “Two months ago the Central Intelligence Agency warned Catalan police of a threat to Las Ramblas,” according to El Periódico.

It remains unclear why Catalan authorities failed to increase security in light of the warnings and threats.

The jihadists prepared for the Barcelona attack at a chalet in the beachfront town of Alcanar, situated 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of Barcelona. A year ago, the terror cell “occupied” the property, which was foreclosed and had been vacant. Squatters are protected by Spanish law, so it is common for youth in Catalonia to take over vacant properties. This may explain why neighbors did not contact the police.

Far more difficult to explain is why no one reported suspicious activity at the chalet. During the course of several months, the jihadists collected more than 100 large gas canisters, which investigators believe were to be used as car bombs. An explosion on August 16, the night before the Barcelona attack, leveled the property. Investigators later found traces of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), also known as the “Mother of Satan,” a substance widely used by members of the Islamic State in Europe.

Failure to Follow-Up on Leads

Police found the remains of at least two people in the rubble of the Alcanar chalet. The head of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Josep Lluís Trapero, confirmed that one of the bodies was that of Abdelbaki Es-Satti, a Muslim cleric who is suspected of organizing the terror cell and radicalizing its members.

Ali Yassine, the director of the mosque in Ripoll, said that he had reported Es-Satti to local police more than a year ago as part of a security protocol to monitor Muslim preachers. Authorities did not place him on a watch list, however, even though he had been convicted of trafficking drugs and violating Spanish immigration laws.

Catalan Migration Policy Fuels Radicalization

Catalonia not only has the highest Muslim population in Spain, it is also one of the most Islamized regions of the country. Catalonia has 7.5 million inhabitants, including an estimated 510,000 Muslims, who account for around 7% of the total Catalan population. In some Catalan towns, however, the Muslim population is above 40% of the overall population.

All the above should give huge concern to the Spanish authorities.

One of the worst aspects of this wave of terrorism on European soil is that if only the West had paid due attention to the latest intifada in Israel, with “lone-wolf” knife attacks and car-rammings, and not excused these attacks as “resistance to occupation”, they might have saved themselves dozens of lives and millions of dollars in damage. Col. Richard Kemp and Arsen Ostrovsky write in the International Business Times about what Europe can learn from Israel in its war against vehicular attacks: (emphases are mine):

Jihadists have been waging terror in Europe for years now and ‘enough’ was enough after the first attack. But European leaders have largely been in denial, only now beginning to concede there is a problem, and even still, many refusing to identify and confront the radical Islam at the root of this war.

These might be so-called ‘lone wolf’ terrorists, but they are united by the same homicidal ideology, with pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (Isis).

But the sober reality is that this wave of vehicular terror we are seeing across Europe now was pioneered by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, when the world mostly looked the other way, trying to downplay, excuse or just plain ignore the attacks, seeking to differentiate terror in Israel from terror in Europe. Today, Islamic jihadists are copying and exporting this murderous methodology across Europe.

So, what can be done about this, and specifically, how can Europe stop this wave of car rammings by ‘lone wolves’ and what can it learn from Israel?

First and foremost, European leaders must diagnose the problem and identify their enemy. You cannot win a war unless you know who you are trying to defeat. It is not just plain ‘extremism’, some generic form of ‘terrorism’ or a mass outbreak of undiagnosed patients suffering ‘mental health’. The enemy has a name and that name is radical Islam.

One area in particular in which Europe can learn from Israel is in cyber security and counter-terrorism surveillance, in which the Jewish state is an unparalleled leader.

As unpalatable as it may be to European sensitivities, they must begin to apply profiling risk assessment as a measure of precaution and prevention. The stark reality is that a Caucasian mother does not fit your profile of a typical terrorist in this scenario, with all terrorists in the car rammings so far being male Islamic jihadists between roughly the ages of 20 to 40.

However, for profiling to be successful, Europe would do well to again follow the lead of Israel in this case, which does not apply a blanket profiling of entire ethnic groups, but are trained to observe body language, physical signs and other clues as to erratic behavior. The curtailing of some personal freedoms will be a small price to pay for the lives of many.

Europe also cannot be serious about fighting terror on the one hand and embracing Iran on the other. Iran continues to be the foremost global state sponsor of terror. Their support of Assad regime is a primary cause of Syrian refugee crisis and spread of Isis, as well as Hezbollah operatives roaming freely across Europe. Tehran is not a partner in the war on terror, it is one of the primary instigators of global terror.

This is sterling advice from very experienced experts in the field. But will the Europeans take this advice to heart? With the dismal record of media outlets such as CNN and the BBC who outrageously routinely minimise or ignore completely terror attacks in Israel when they list similar attacks around the world, I have serious doubts.

CNN’s analysis, (via Elder of Ziyon) for example, doesn’t count vehicular attacks in Israel as occurring in the West and therefore omits them entirely:

8 out of 23 recorded vehicular terror attacks – 34% – were in Israel, with 13 murdered (plus one stabbed to death after a failed car ramming.)

The deliberate attempt to minimize the ramming attacks in Israel continued at CNN, with a list of notable attacks since 2006 including only one attack in Israel even as it highlights non-fatal attacks in the US.

The New York Times has an analysis on why car-ramming attacks are such effective terror weapons – but the implication in that article is that it makes people fearful only if it happens in the West. There is a clear implication that most of these stories have: Those Israelis who suffered from such attacks since 2008 are not considered one of us, and their fears don’t count. But European attacks are the ones that make us fearful. Europeans are more like Americans than a Israelis are.

And one reason for that is because the New York Times and other media treat Israelis as a separate category of terror victims to begin with. To an extent, those Israelis deserve it more than innocent Europeans. To an extent, Palestinian terrorists are more justified in their murder of Israeli civilians than ISIS is in their murder of Europeans.

Palestinians are the first to use this tactic more than once as a means of terror (there were some isolated vehicle attacks beforehand.) There can be no doubt that ISIS learned this method from the Palestinian terrorists. To write an analysis about vehicle attacks without mentioning this history of Palestinian vehicle attacks is simply dishonest.

But the Western media is loath to put Palestinian Islamic terrorists on the same level as ISIS.

So we see whitewashing instead of actual analysis.

Similarly with the BBC: BBC Watch reports on their bias:

As was the case when vehicular terror attacks took place in Stockholm, Nice, Berlin and London, despite its supposed policy of avoiding the word ‘terrorist’ without attribution in order to avoid “value judgements”, the BBC made appropriate use of that and related terminology when reporting on the terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on August 17th and 18th.

As readers are no doubt aware, attacks on Israelis using the same or other methods are never described by the BBC as terror in its own words. The reason for that glaring double standard lies in the BBC’s failure to distinguish between method and aims, with the result being that when somebody deliberately drives a vehicle into a group of people, the corporation’s description of the attack as terror – or not – depends on the perceived aims and affiliations of the perpetrator.

As has been pointed out countless times in the past, Europe and the West need to learn that what starts with the Jews (or Israel) never ends with the Jews. The terrorists watch the West’s reactions to terror attacks in Israel, and since they see that they can get away with it, and that Israel often gets the blame for those attacks (!), they come to the conclusion that they can try their luck in Europe too.

If the West want to prevent a similar intifada from developing within their borders, they should condemn terrorism in Israel a lot louder.

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14 Responses to Terror in Europe: What starts with the Jews doesn’t end with the Jews

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  2. Charlie in NY says:

    The time has come for Western elites to come off the fence and decide once and for all: are the Jews really white Europeans and therefore “settler-colonialists” in Israel subject to attack from their Palestinian Arab victims or are Jews of Middle Eastern origin and the indigenous people of the land of Israel – and therefore returning home and not colonizing anything. They can’t be both.

    • Jeff Polaski says:

      You are wrong. They certain can be both, and even more. Israeli citizens are Jews, Christians, Muslims, Arab, European, white, black, brown, interracial, interreligious and all welcome by the only tolerant democracy in a very troubled region. In the same paragraph you perniciously attempt to justify attacks against Jews using the same old disproven term of settler-colonialists.
      You cannot deny the existence of history by simple-minded denial. That leads to a spiral downward into oblivion.

      • anneinpt says:

        I think Charlie was being ironic here in order to point out the hypocrisy of the European stance towards Israel. Of course you are right about the diversity of the Israeli population.

        • Jeff Polaski says:

          Whoops. Apologies, Charlie. My sense of irony seems to be absent without leave (AWOL), lately. Thank you, Anne. I viewed the first of two video links in your guest post (next) from Jerusalem U, and am sitting here stunned.

  3. ost-Aug. 23rd 2017
    1. If I was asking you who is responsible for the attack in Barcelona, would your answer say: the Terrorists? Yes, most probably. But I think that the respondents were the Barcelonans. The reason is very simple: Barcelona, actually its mayor, Ms. Kulau, that was elected by the people is the one that must take full responsibility and resign. She is a big supporter of the terrorist movements that fight Israel and give them full backing. She was one of the organizers of the flotilla that sailed from Turkey to Israel in order to break the Israeli siege. This siege was implemented in order to eliminate Hamas of receiving attack means. She is responsible as she supports the BDS that fight Israel as he hates Jews. The story/excuse that they are against the state of Israel is just a lie. This state is occupied by Jews and Muslims. BDS does not fight to stop buying Muslim’s products. They fight to boycott Jewish production. It is obvious that once they succeed, the Jews will not have money and without money, the Jews, like everybody worldwide, does not have future. So, this lady the Mayor of Barcelona was doing everything to help the terrorists to fight Israel. But, as they don’t respect a body. even their assistants, they knew that the lady will do nothing to stop them, so they had a very stable ground to execute their monstrous planes.

    1. Their final aim was to blow out one of the most famous churches worldwide. They wanted to destroy it on the head of the prayers. In order to do it, they collected 105 containers of cooking gas that were planned to be loaded on a truck or two and explode near the church on the busiest day. This is the criminal planes of the religious Muslims that say that only Muslims must occupy this world and all Jews, Christians and more religions must be killed. If you don’t believe here are some quotations:

    Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them (47:4)
    The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them (8:65)
    Muslims must not take the infidels as friends (3:28)
    Terrorise and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an (8:12)
    Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorise the infidels (8:60)

    The flotilla, to remind you, was sent by Hamas Gaza. So, the supporter of the flotilla must be a supporter of Hamas. Here we meet the Terror movements and we can say very clearly that the lady from Barcelona is, no doubt, supporting the terrorists that were attacking Barcelona, last week, killing 15 people and 150 injured.

    The same lady is supporting these groups with donations and welcome the terrorists in Barcelona. The terrorists that aim to kill Christians. She is Christian. I hope that her voters will think of and \take the necessary action to put her in the place that she deserves.

    Last Thursday the BDS released a message saying the following: “We condemned the response of the European Governments due to their foreign policy and their crimes to the Human rights”. What was the crime? Their crimes were that they disturb Hamas, BDS, Isis, Hezbollah Etc in their attacks on innocent people. These terror organizations that don’t respect the Human rights are called by the Spanish Human rights keepers. To remind you, they mean the stabbers, the beheaders, the rapers and the people that kill their own people, they kill Muslims. This is the face of the terror supporters. Shame on you.

    You Spain and any other state, if you support human rights, you must support Israel as the Arabs Muslims don’t have, in their own countries, the freedom that all Arabs have in Israel.

    Ayub is Arab Muslim. He is a builder. He builds my home. He is a preacher too. He traveled to Mecca 13 times. He is very honored and respected in his community. He speaks fluent English. He drives brand new Toyota SUV and his home is standing on a high hill. His home is 4000 Sq. F. We are friends and I visit him in his Arab village with no fear. I had a long chat with him. He told me that when he goes to Mecca, meets Arabs he tells them the truth about Israel. He tells them that his daughters can walk during night everywhere without fear to be raped. His children get the same education and rights of all children in Israel. They get high education. He prefers to live in Israel and to visit Arab states just for a short while. So, please listen to to truth about Israel. Don’t pay attention to the people that cheat you. This is the Job of BDS and similar organizations and people like MS. Kulau from Barcelona.

    Al Qaida issued a command, in its magazine “Inspire”: “Attack trains”. “The train/railway stations are always full and every attack can disturb, very much, the public transportation system”. In this message, they instruct more details and instructions how to do it. They instruct how to build a tool that will drop the train away from its track. “It’s time that we force the Westerns to take same measures on the ground like they do in the air”, say the message. If this is not a declaration of war, I don’t know what a war declaration is.

    Another monstrous plane of ISIS was to wrap a bomb in Barbie doll and explode it in a passenger plane in the air. Can you imagine what this would have caused if the monsters were succeeding? Thank God they failed.

    But the problem is that there are still people, in the west, that support them, like Ms, Kolau of Barcelona. They will stop supporting the terror only after they suffer from it. This is just a matter of time as the Terror will not stop by words. They will be stopped only (yes only) after they get hurt very seriously/severely.

    So, Please make your mind which side you take. If I were you and Amir (me) would ask me this question I would never doubt that I take the Israeli side. You must say to yourself who you support after reading the kind of contribution of Israel to the world compared to the Arabs contribution, in general, and especially you must decide if you take the Israeli side or the terrorist side.

    Please keep assisting Israel in any way you can, by praying for peace and buying Israeli products, by explaining the Israeli side and by sharing the posts with as many friends as you can.

    Thank you.
    In friendship

    • anneinpt says:

      Amir thank you for your very informative comment. I had no idea that the mayor of Barcelona is a BDS supporter. If not for the fact that so many innocent people were killed by the Jihadi terrorists, I would be very happy that her prejudice came back to bite her in her backside.

  4. Jeff Polaski says:

    Of course Jihad has raised its head in Spain. In the last really serious encounter with Islam, Spain was conquered by Jihadists and lived under the yoke of Islam for about 800 years. Since the Jihad blueprint, written once and valid forever, makes no provisions for giving up territory, Jihad is perfectly self-justified in taking the lives of innocent Spaniards. Obviously Jewish and Christian Spaniards adhere to the other two Books, so the Jihadists of this current year hardly had to think at all about who to target first.
    Amir explains the current situation very well, and even quotes the plans, methods and their justifications. Thank you, sir, for your honesty and your personal integrity.
    Jeff (Yosef Labe) Polaski

    • Jeff Polaski says:

      Amir, so that we don’t give “credit” for the idea of “Attack the trains,” to these fools, please note it has been done before:
      “The Bologna massacre (Italian: strage di Bologna) was a terrorist bombing of the Central Station at Bologna, Italy, on the morning of 2 August 1980, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 200. The attack was carried out by the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari (Armed Revolutionary Groups), which always denied any involvement;” Credit Wikipedia and others.
      Ten years before another group, probably the Brigate Rosse (English: Red Brigades), kidnapped and murdered the former Christian Democrat Prime Minister Aldo Moro. They also probably tried to blow up the train, “Orient Express” in Northern Italy. I was there at that time, and we thankfully noted that the fools blew up the wrong track.
      Fools repeat history also; sometimes they get it wrong. Murderers, all.

  5. larryzb says:

    Who pushes these immigration policies?

    The Jews of today are descendants of the Khazars and are not from Palestine.

    • anneinpt says:

      a) It is the European governments who are pushing these immigration policies.

      b) I see absolutely no connection between your first comment and your second.

      c) Your contention is a lie. The Jews of today can trace their ancestry via their DNA back to the Levant.

      However, let’s just say your comment is true. The answer is then a huge So What? See this page. And this comment in particular (though you could educate yourself by reading through the entire thread. But I’m sure you won’t because you’re an antisemite.)

      Let’s hypothesize that the Ashkenazi Jews ARE descended from the Khazars, then, they would still be Jewish, because the Khazars converted to Judaism. Any convert (Gair) is considered as fully Jewish. The point that anti-semites are trying to make, is that if the Ashkenazi Jews are Khazars, then they did not come from the Holy land, and hence have no subsequent claim to Israel.

      Well, anti-semites will do as anti-semites do, and evidence or logical arguments will not sway them.

      According to these words you have branded yourself an antisemite.

      Israel is a fact, and its not going away. Nor will Israelis accommodate those who want to destroy them, be it outwardly, or by stealth.

      And all of this takes no account of the Jews from Middle Eastern countries who make up at least half if not more of Israel’s population, probably of the world’s Jewish population.

      So what point were you trying to make?

      • larryzb says:

        “Israel is a fact, and its not going away.” Yes, and that is a sad fact as there will be no peace while they continue to oppress and abuse the Palestinians.

        • anneinpt says:

          Why are you discussing Israel and Palestinians on a thread about terrorism in Europe?

          For that matter who pioneered terrorism? It was the Palestinians! Thank you Palestinians for the only real invention they have ever come up with: hijacking and suicide bombing. Well done!

          Now, as for the fact that “there will be no peace while they continue to oppress and abuse the Palestinians” I rather think you have that backwards.There will be no peace while the Palestinians refuse to accept Israel’s very existence as the Jewish state, and as long as they continue employing terrorism to gain their ends.

          The Palestinians have refused countless offers of a state, including an offer giving them 97% of what they demanded

          As to your smear that Israel “oppresses” the Palestinians I suggest you visit and take a look around. See the fancy houses they built (such oppression! Gasp!) or their swimming pool

          Then take a look at their schoolbooks, see how they incite against Israel and against Jews – this is no “mere anti-Zionism”. This is blatant out and out vicious antisemitism.

          If you want to talk about apartheid, how about the fact that there are not any “Israel only” roads in Israel. However there are plenty of “no-Jew” roads.

          90% of the Palestinians are self-ruling in their territory. See this map for example from here:

          This division of territory was agreed upon by the Palestinians themselves in the Oslo Accords. They cannot complain now if they don’t like it. As for Gaza, address your complaints to that friendly social welfare organization Hamas, who seized control by a coup from Fatah and has controlled it ever since.

          So if you think they are oppressed I suggest you take it up with the Palestinian Authority and those enlightened terrorists in the PLO, Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

        • anneinpt says:

          Now go away and take your stupid comments elsewhere.

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