An Israeli was reportedly among the 19 people killed when Islamic terrorists stormed a luxury hotel in the West African nation of Mali.
A secret Israeli report predicts a growing rift between Europe and Israel. J.J. Goldberg explains why Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance after the Paris terror attacks may make things worse.
A week after the dramatic terror alert that shut down 19 U.S. embassies, experts are starting to weigh in on what it means, and specifically what it tells us about the state of Al Qaeda. If I can sum up the answer in two words, it would be: not much.
The Boston bombings might force us to reconsider what we think we know about jihad terrorism and the larger questions of radical ‘Islamism,’ writes J.J. Goldberg.
Timbuktu, the scene of recent fighting, is not often thought of as an outpost of Jewish life. But 1,000 descendants of Jews who converted to Islam live near the Sahara Desert city.
Islamist fighters fleeing Mali’s ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu as French and Malian troops closed in set fire to a South African-funded library there containing thousands of priceless manuscripts, the city’s mayor said on Monday.
France’s military involvement in Mali “significantly increases” the threat facing French Jews, according to the security service of the country’s Jewish communities.
With most of the north of the West Africa state of Mali now in the hands of an Islamist rebel group linked to al-Qaeda, a group of civilians in the country’s capital Bamako say they are in training to take it back. They are part of a three hundred strong volunteer militia group who want to do what the government army seems unable to. Head of BBH volunteer brigade Mamadou Douawa: “We were all shocked and blindsided that our army failed in 72 hours and abandoned two thirds of the nation’s territory. We consider that it’s a problem of manpower so the youth have to come fill this gap in the army so that we can fight. But the volunteer groups appear to be no match for the Islamist militants who have taken control of most of the north and imposed Sharia law. Music has been banned, women risk being beaten if they are uncovered and people are being whipped in public for various misdemeanours. Timbuktu which was a centre of Islamic learning from the 13th to the 17th centuries has been overrun by Islamist militants Ansar Dine and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic Maghreb, which have also destroyed half of the World Heritage tombs and mausoleums in the name of Islam. The loss of these shrines has sparked worldwide outrage but it has also caused great sadness and disapproval among Malians who have traditionally practiced a tolerant form of Islam; often described as an open and intellectual interpretation of the religion. Analysts believe it is not only Mali’s unique culture, including its …
Playing together, Israeli Idan Raichel and Mali’s Vieux Farka Toure show how harmoniously Jewish and Islamic culture can meld when given the chance.
Toulouse gunman dead; group of Mali soldiers claim to have ousted president; Portuguese workers on strike; vote of no confidence in Sanford PD chief.