Reader’s Links for October 4th, 2020

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  1. Oct 4 2020 South Africa: Two farm attacks in two days, farm manager tortured and killed
    It is clear that a slow war is being fought against South Africa’s white farmers and this slow racial war is increasingly also being taken to towns and cities. The murder of a white farm manager, Brendin Horner (21), serves as proof that the South African government’s rural safety plan is failing.
    Horner was tortured and murdered on the farm De Rots near Paul Roux on the evening of Thursday 1 October 2020, in the Free State. Bheki Cele, the South African Minister of the Police, recently said that “farmers must not complain if they get hurt”, suggesting that the victims of farm attacks were the ones who were to blame if they become the targets of violent crime.
    Horner’s lifeless body was found tied to a steel pole about 100 metres from the farm gate on the farm De Rots early on Friday morning 2 October. He was in a standing position with a rope tied around his neck.
    He had been stabbed several times and it was clear that he had been in a violent struggle to defend himself. Sources told FWM that his knuckles were bloodied from trying to fight back.
    Herkie Viljoen of Free State Agriculture told Netwerk24 that Brendin went to visit another farm in the area on Thursday evening where his father Robbie lives, but left before 1900. He never arrived home.
    His girlfriend Lenize Taljaard waited for him on De Rots and when Brendin did not come home, the Taljaard and Horner families started a search for Brendin. In the morning they called in the help of the police.
    Brendin’s cap with a knife on top of it was found near the farm gate and then his body which was bound to a pole. His vehicle was found abandoned in the area a distance from there and there were blood stains on the seats.
    Brendin worked for Gilly Scheepers, a well known farmer and owner of Bloukruin Farm. A shocked Scheepers told Netwerk24 that attackers came to kill the youngest of his employees for an unknown reason because he did not have enemies.
    Meanwhile, the ANC clearly plans to implement collective farming, or a kolkhoz system similar to the disastrous project from the former Soviet Union. Ernst Roets of Afriforum has pointed out that the 900 state farms that the ANC says it will give to new black owners will remain in State hands. New occupants will just rent from the State denying them private ownership.
    The fact that the ANC is now looking for new black occupants for their state farms also indicates that whatever was done on the land previously, has failed.
    Another farm was attacked the very next day. On Friday 2 October 2020 a vehicle with 5 black occupants arrived on the farm of Paul Da Cruz in the Losberg area in Fochville, just after Paul and a worker left.
    The occupants of the vehicle asked to speak to Paul’s wife Karen. The mistake that she made was to ask them what they wanted when an owner should be enforcing access control instead.
    The strangers took out a firearm and detained Karen. The initial 5 attackers were joined by 4 others. Paul was then overpowered when he arrived home.
    Paul da Cruz later told Netwerk24 that the attackers took 2 laptops and a number of firearms that were in the safe after threatening that they would hurt them if they did not hand over the firearms.
    Da Cruz also said it was clear that the attackers knew exactly what was happening on the farm yard and knew the layout. Which means the attackers had either surveilled the place beforehand or had informants on the property.
    Fortunately in this instance the family was not injured but they were obviously traumatized.
    Farm attacks and murders are out of control and cannot be considered ordinary crimes, particularly when the cruelty associated with these incidences is taken into account, South African opposition party, the Freedom Front Plus said in a statement.

  2. ‘EU must stop Turkey’s support of Islamic aggression against Armenia’
    The foreign policy spokesman for the Vienna FPÖ, Leo Kohlbauer, expects the European Union to intervene in Azerbaijan’s armed attack on Armenia. The Turkish despot Erdogan in particular must be disciplined and sanctioned by the EU if he does not immediately stop his support for Azerbaijan, he said.
    “Turkey obviously sees a new opportunity here to destroy the Armenians they hate,” said Kohlbauer, recalling the discussion about recognizing the massacre of the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians in 1915-16 as ‘genocide’.
    Kohlbauer sees the aggression of Islamic Azerbaijan as a new attempt to Islamize the region – Christian Armenia is a logical victim here and Erdogan’s support is not surprising. “The same claims to power that Erdogan makes here in the west also apply in the east. Turkey and political Islam – that is a highly dangerous combination,” said Kohlbauer and called on the EU to take immediate action to save lives and avoid suffering.
    The EU must now step in and mediate between the conflicting parties on the one hand, but on the other hand immediately force the Turkish dictator to give up his interference under threat of severe sanctions.
    “If Erdogan wants to show Europe how determined and powerful he is, Europe must now show Erdogan that it is more determined and powerful. Too often we have given in to the sensitivities of Turkey,” added Kohlbauer. “Turkey tries to create Turkish conditions wherever there are Turks. It is up to us to make it clear to them that there are no Turkish rules outside Turkey,” concluded Kohlbauer.

  3. US Has No Right to Trigger ‘Snapback’ Mechanism, German FM Says

    “German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said since the US government is no more a party to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, it has no right to trigger a snapback mechanism to invoke the UN sanctions against Tehran.

    “Germany, France and the United Kingdom remain committed to preserving and fully implementing the JCPOA. This agreement is currently the only instrument we have to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions verifiably contained under robust international oversight. We urge Iran to refrain from any further JCPOA violations. On the contrary, Iran should take concrete practical steps towards full compliance with its nuclear commitments,” Maas told Al-Araby al-Jadeed in an interview published on Sunday.

    He added, “Our position on snapback is very clear: Only JCPOA participants may notify the UN Security Council of significant non-performance of commitments under the JCPOA by Iran. The US left the agreement in 2018 and therefore no longer has a right to initiate the process called ‘snapback’. We have taken note of the sanctions the US administration has re-imposed on Iran and we have expressed our regret in this regard. We also decided not to join its ‘maximum pressure’ campaign. EU sanctions against Iran remain lifted to the extent required under the JCPOA. This, in turn, also means that the EU arms embargo remains in force until 2023”.

    The United Kingdom, France, and Germany, all signatories to the JCPOA, say the US does not have the legal right to trigger “snapback” sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

    Russia and China, the other two JCPOA parties, have also strongly expressed their opposition to the US request.”

  4. Germany: Hamburg police give public update after synagogue attack

    After a 26-year-old Jewish student was attacked near a Hamburg synagogue late Sunday afternoon, a local Rabbi who witnessed the attack and a Hamburg police spokesperson updated the public on Sunday evening regarding what happened in this anti-Semitic attack.

    “The offender came from behind and hit his face with a shovel. He hit him on the side, from this height, and injured him very badly, very heavily,” said Rabbi and witness Shlomo Bistritzky.

    Police have opened an investigation into the background and motive of the alleged attacker who was arrested on the spot.

    “We know at the moment that the suspect is a 29-year-old man who is a German citizen. His place of residence is not Hamburg. How does he feel about this festival? We don’t yet know how he came to Hamburg and why he came here. We can’t answer that for now. What we can say is that the interrogation is difficult because the man is very run-down, his [behaviour] is psychologically noticeable. Because of that we might have to bring a medical officer,” explained Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgrun.

    Today’s incident took place almost exactly a year after an attack on a synagogue in Halle. On October 9, 2019, Stephan Balliet opened fire close to a synagogue in Halle, after failing to gain entry to the building he killed two people. He was arrested in the town of Zeitz and charged with two counts of murder, and several of attempted murder, with ‘anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic’ intention by a regional court.


    SOT, Shlomo Bistritzky, Rabbi (German): “I came here to the synagogue with my family for less than 10 minutes. It’s hard to say but a year after Halle [synagogue attack], here in front of the synagogue, I experienced something like that with similar motives. First of all, it’s a big shock. We had students here who were all in shock. The question is: What have we learned since Halle?”

    SOT, Shlomo Bistritzky, Rabbi (German): “The offender came from behind and hit his face with a shovel. He hit him on the side, from this height, and injured him very badly, very heavily.”

    SOT, Sandra Levgrun, Hamburg police spokesperson (German): “What we know at the moment is that at around 4.00 p.m. today there was a physical assault in front of the Jewish facility. There is a Jewish festival taking place here at the moment. A service was planned as part of this festival. A 26 year old injured young man wanted to take part. When he attempted to go to the synagogue, he was approached by a 29-year-old suspect who immediately hit him on the head and face with a spade. The suspect was then provisionally arrested by our property security officers, who were here anyway because they were also standing by for this event. What we now know is that the victim’s life is not in danger.”

    SOT, Sandra Levgrun, Hamburg police spokesperson (German): “We know at the moment that the suspect is a 29 year old man who is a German citizen. His place of residence is not Hamburg. How does he feel about this festival? We don’t yet know how he came to Hamburg and why he came here. We can’t answer that for now. What we can say is that the interrogation is difficult because the man is very run-down, his [behaviour] is psychologically noticeable. Because of that we might have to bring a medical officer.”

    • Germany: Jewish student attacked near synagogue in Hamburg

      A 26-year-old Jewish student was attacked near a Hamburg synagogue late Sunday afternoon.

      The perpetrator, said to be a 29 year old German of Kazakh roots, was reportedly dressed in military clothing during the attack and carried a note with a swastika on it when he allegedly hit the student with a shovel, seriously injuring him.

      Police have opened an investigation into the background and motive of the alleged attacker who was arrested on the spot.

      “I want to express solidarity with the Jewish community. I’m German and for me we all bear responsibility that this does not happen any more,” said a local resident.

      The incident comes almost a year after the attempted Halle synagogue attack.


      SOT, Hamburg resident (German): “I just heard on the radio that a young man was attacked (earlier) this afternoon, a Jewish student, by a man wearing military clothing who used a shovel. The young man is at the hospital. I live in the area here, I know that the synagogue is here and I immediately thought: ‘There it goes now’. I want to express solidarity with the Jewish community. I’m German and for me we all bear responsibility that this does not happen any more. And so I came straight away.”

      SOT, Hamburg resident (German): “We’ve just heard now (about it) on the news, we are hurt, shocked and saddened. We spontaneously wrote out this message. We needed to, we live here in the neighbourhood and have Jewish friends and neighbours. We came to the synagogue to show our solidarity, let’s try dialogue first.”

      SOT, Hamburg resident (German): “We heard this afternoon around 4 p.m. or so that a man wearing military clothing, whatever that meant, went after a student, who wanted to go into the synagogue, with a shovel. The security personnel of the synagogue were able to subdue him and handed him over to the police. If I remember correctly the state protection now has him in custody, I do not know exactly.”

  5. Erdogan Hints at New Military Operation in Northern Syria

    “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted that his country could launch a new military operation in northern Syria to cleanse the region of “terrorists” if pledges are not fulfilled, amid renewed tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

    Erdogan was referring to two agreements reached between Turkey, the United States and Russia on removing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Turkish border, under which Ankara halted a military operation it had launched in Syria in October 2019.

    Turkey “will be taking resolute steps until absolute stability is achieved along its southern borders,” stressed Erdogan, adding that Ankara thwarted attempts to establish a “terror corridor” along its borders and showed “our Syrian brothers and sisters that they are not alone.”

    Speaking during a video conference at the inauguration of Reyhanli Dam in Hatay, he vowed that Ankara will never accept any action that may lead to another humanitarian tragedy in Syria’s Idlib province.

    In recent weeks, the Syrian regime and Russia have escalated attacks against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other extremists groups in southern, northern and western parts of Idlib, which led to a new wave of displacement towards the Turkish border.

    Erdogan had previously announced that Turkey remains committed to the memorandum of understanding it reached with Russia on Idlib in March. He warned, however, that Ankara will not tolerate the Syrian regime’s aggression.

    He cautioned the regime that Damascus would suffer “heavy losses” if it persisted in violating the ceasefire, stressing that Turkey would not allow any “dark groups” in the region to breach it either.

    Tensions have been rising between Turkey and Russia after a consultative military meeting held in Ankara in September failed to discuss Idlib.

    Sources from both sides said that the officials did not agree on the points discussed during the meeting, which was described by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as “unfruitful.”

    Russia had asked Turkey to reduce the number of military points in northwestern Syria or the number of forces deployed there, and withdraw heavy weapons at points under the control of the Syrian regime.

    Ankara rejected the request, and Russia declined Turkey’s demand to hand over the cities of Manbij and Tal Rifaat.

    Since the meeting, Russia has stopped carrying out joint patrols with Turkey on the Aleppo-Latakia International Road (M4), in implementation of the March 5 agreement.”

  6. Schools, mosques closed in Tehran as coronavirus infections rise

    “Schools, libraries, mosques and other public institutions in Tehran were closed for a week on Saturday as part of measures to stem a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, Reuters reported citing authorities in the Iranian capital as saying.

    The closure plan, which will also affect universities, seminaries, libraries, museums, theatres, gyms, cafes and hair salons in the Iranian capital, came after Alireza Zali, head of the Tehran Coronavirus Taskforce, called for the shutdown to help control the epidemic.

    Zali warned in an interview on state television that if the spread of the epidemic continues at the current rate in Tehran, there would be a three- to five-fold increase in cases and a rise in the fatality rate to between 1.5% and 3%.

    The lockdown which also applies to all social and cultural ceremonies and conferences will run to Friday October 9.

    Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 179 on Saturday to 26,746, and identified cases by 3,523 to 468,119, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV…”

  7. Chemical weapons watchdog: Aleppo, Idlib investigations inconclusive

    “The global chemical weapons watchdog on Friday said it had been unable to determine whether banned toxic agents had been used in attacks on two Syrian towns in 2016 and 2018 that injured dozens of people, reports Reuters.

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that sample analysis, data examination and witness interviews had not enabled it to establish whether poisonous munitions had been used on November 24, 2018, in northwest Aleppo, or in Saraqib, in Idlib governorate, on August 1, 2016.

    The Syrian conflict has caused deep political division at the once-technical OPCW in The Hague. Damascus, backed by its military ally Russia, rejects Western accusations of chemical weapon use, which have led to military intervention by the United States, Britain and France…”

  8. Egypt executes 2 members of Muslim Brotherhood

    “Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood arrested in anti-coup demonstrations in 2013 have been executed, reported Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the ‘We Record’ human rights organisation on Saturday.

    The Egyptian Interior Ministry carried out the death sentences of Yasser Al-Abasiri, 49, and Yasser Shukur, 45, who had been detained during protests against the 2013 military coup that deposed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammad Morsi.

    The two were held in Tora prison in southern Cairo, which is known as the country’s most fortified jail, after their trial in the case publicly known as the “Library of Alexandria” case.

    Judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper that the Egyptian Prisons Authority carried out the death sentence for those accused of ‘terrorism, premeditated murder and rioting’. In 2017, the Court of Cassation had rejected the cassation appeal of the defendants against the death sentence, initially issued by the Alexandria Criminal Court…”

  9. Iraq arrests 2 Daesh militants in Baghdad

    “Iraqi security forces arrested two Daesh militants in the capital Baghdad on Sunday, reported Anadolu Agency citing the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

    A ministry statement said one of the militants was responsible for the group’s intelligence unit in the western city of Fallujah.

    According to the ministry, the two militants had confessed to taking part in carrying out attacks against security forces and civilians.

    In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh by reclaiming all of its territories – about a third of the country’s area – invaded by the terrorist group in 2014. However, the terrorist group still maintains sleeper cells in large areas of Iraq and periodically launches attacks.

    The Iraqi army continues to carry out frequent operations against the group.”

  10. IS suicide attack in Syria kills 17 regime troops

    “The Islamic State group launched a string of attacks against regime forces and their allied militias in eastern Syria, killing 17 soldiers and injuring at least 30.

    On Saturday, IS fighters targeted the Taim oil field in Deir az-Zour governorate with suicide bombings, as well as mortar shells and anti-tank missiles, local activist Jasim Alyan told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service.

    The jihadist fighters then opened fire on the site with machine guns, killing 17 people and wounding scores more.

    Regime forces fought back with artillery fire and Russian warplanes intervened in an attempt to stop the attack.

    It was not clear how many casualties there were among IS forces.

    Meanwhile the same morning, another IS cell attacked Syrian pro-regime militia the National Defence Forces in southern Raqqa governorate.

    No casualties were reported…”

  11. Saudi court sentences man to 15 days in prison for insulting preacher

    “The Riyadh Criminal Court has sentenced a Saudi man to 15 days in prison and ordered the closure of his Twitter account for insulting preacher Ahmed Mohammed Al Hawashi, Okaz Arabic daily reported on Sunday.

    In its final and binding verdict, the court also ordered the closure of the suspect’s account for two years for violating the anti- cybercrime law in the Kingdom.

    The convict described Al Hawashi as ignorant via his Twitter account, warning people not to follow his advice and fatwas (religious edicts).

    The convict accused Al Hawashi of heresy and misleading people, warning people against being captivated by his “misleading” preaching.

    Prior to the final ruling, the Appeals Court rejected the defendant’s appeal and justifications in which he claimed that he did not mean to insult the preacher but to promote virtue and prevent vice and evil.

    The ruling has been issued in line with the provisions of the Saudi anti-cybercrime law, which aims to secure the safe exchange of data, protect the rights of users of the internet, and to protect the public interest and morals as well as people’s privacy.”

  12. ‘You Are in Crisis’: Top Muslim Scholar Slams Macron’s Speech on Islam

    “The Secretary-General of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, Ali al-Qaradaghi, has criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for his recent speech against Islam.

    Macron delivered controversial remarks on Friday, stirring backlash among Muslims across the globe after he claimed Islam is in “crisis” worldwide.

    Al Qaradaghi expressed surprise and “fear of societies of authorities addicted to making and creating enemies for itself.”

    On Facebook, the top scholar told Macron to not “worry about Islam.”

    He said that Islam has “never relied on the support of an authority or raised a sword in the face of those who opposed it.”

    In response to Macron’s plans to unveil a law seeking to end “Islamic separatism in France,” the scholar said: “We pity a ruler who is still living in crisis and the specter of religious wars of the middle ages.”

    If there is really a crisis across the world, al-Qaradaghi continued, it is because of the “double standards of some Western politicians.”

    The scholar addressed Macron, saying the French president himself suffers his own “moral, humanitarian, and political crisis.”

    Macron’s speech appeared to point the finger at Islam after recent violent incidents in France, including the stabbing attack near the former Charlie Hebdo office last week.

    The stabbing came after Charlie Hebdo decided to share offensive caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.

    New York Times reported that the suspect admitted to police that he wanted to set the building on fire in response to the caricatures.

    Following criticism against the satirical magazine, Macron backed Charlie Hebdo, denouncing “Islamic separatism.”

    In Friday’s speech, Macron renewed his vows to enact a law to “strengthen secularism in France.” The law also seeks to stop a program that allows the entry of imams and Arabic teacher to France from several Muslim countries, including Morocco.

    The president said Islam must be “freed from foreign interference in France.”

    In response to Macron’s speech, al-Qaradaghi said Islam “cannot bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders who created a crisis with your sponsorship.”

    The top Muslim scholar shared several posts to condemn Macron’s remarks, which came amid heated controversy in France and a rise in Islamophobia.

    In another post, al-Qaradaghi said he is proud of Muslim men and women who took a stand in defense of Islam after Macron’s speech.

    “How proud I am of the support, interaction, and zeal that the common people of Islam showed after the statements of President Macron,” he said.

    Al-Qaradaghi was not the first to denounce Macron’s statement.

    Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy (AIRA) also weighed in on the controversy, saying Macron’s “accusations” are far from the “true nature of Islam.”

    The AIRA also recalled that Islamic law or Sharia calls for “tolerance and peace among all human beings.”

    The statement, quoted by Daily News Egypt, stressed that Macron’s remarks undermine the “joint efforts among religious figures to eliminate racism and bullying against religions.””

    • “IF there is a crisis across the world, al-Qaradaghi continues, it is because of the DOUBLE STANDARDS of some Western politicians”.

      The Muslim Brotherhood hoods “Islam is NOT compatible with Western secular democracy “.

  13. Turkey: Nearly 150 irregular migrants held

    “At least 148 irregular migrants were held in eastern and southeastern Turkey, local sources said on Sunday.

    As part of probe into migrant smuggling and human trafficking, local gendarmerie forces conducted an operation in Van province where they found the migrants in a minivan, said the Governor’s Office.

    While two of the migrants were found dead inside the overcrowded vehicle, remaining 70 migrants were held by the security teams.

    The asylum seekers included 37 Pakistani, 33 Afghan and two Iraqi nationals.

    At least three human smuggling suspects, identified by the initials C.O., S.H. and H.O., were arrested.

    Separately, security teams in southeastern Batman province identified 78 irregular migrants of Afghan and Pakistani origin.

    Security sources said the migrants were on board two buses.

    While four drivers were arrested for human smuggling, migrants were sent to local migration office.

    Turkey has been a key transit point for irregular migrants aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.”

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