World View: Kenya and Israel Strengthen Ties over Mall Attack

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • 'White Widow' of London subway bomber linked to Kenya mall attack
  • Kenya and Israel strengthen ties as mall attack continues
  • Greece tries to purge Golden Dawn from police

'White Widow' of London subway bomber linked to Kenya mall attack

Samantha Lewthwaite and her husband, suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, before his death on 7/7/2005.
Samantha Lewthwaite and her husband, suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, before his death on 7/7/2005.

On July 7, 2005, four suicide bombers detonated bombs in a coordinated attack on the London subway system, killing 52 people and injuring hundreds. The terrorist bombings all went off simultaneously at about 8:50 AM local time -- the same time of day that the Madrid subway bombing occurred on March 11, 2004, and the time of day that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. One of the 7/7 bombers, Jermaine Lindsay, was married to Samantha Lewthwaite, who condemned the bombing and said she had known nothing about it. 

After that, Lewthwaite was responsible for a string of terror acts in Kenya. She was dubbed the "White Widow," and has become the world's most wanted woman. Now, a dead white woman has been found among the terrorists killed by soldiers in the Kenya mall attack, and speculation is growing that the dead woman is the "White Widow." Daily Mail (London)

Kenya and Israel strengthen ties as mall attack continues

Though not saying so publicly, Israel has taken a leading role in aiding Kenya in the fight against al-Shabaab terrorists at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Kenya and Israel have long-standing close relationships, involving everything from commercial interests to sharing intelligence. Israel has developed alliances with a number of majority Christian African countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Togo, and South Sudan. Israel's interest in these alliances has increased substantially since the beginning of the Arab Awakening has stirred up several Muslim countries, and the downfall of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi unleashed a flood of weapons across the region. AP and Debka

Greece tries to purge Golden Dawn from police

Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has been losing popularity in the last few days since a self-identified Golden Dawn member last week killed a left-wing rapper, Pavlos Fyssas. Golden Dawn's popularity had already been low but growing in the last few years, despite (or because of) their program of targeting immigrants economically and sometimes violently. 

However, the murder of ethnic Greek Fyssas, apparently just because he was left-wing, has shocked the Greek public, turning it against Golden Dawn. Even worse, the Greek police have been standing by while Golden Dawn members have attacked immigrants and did so again when Fyssas was killed. In an effort to purge the police of Golden Dawn sympathizers, over a dozen senior offices of the police were fired, suspended, or transferred on Monday. A probe of the police involvement in the Fyssas murder is continuing, though some people fear a backlash among the police if they feel they're being made scapegoats. Kathimerini

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Samantha Lewthwaite, Jermaine Lindsay, London subway bombings, White Widow, Kenya, Madrid, Westgate Mall, al-Shabaab, Israel, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Togo, South Sudan, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Greece, Golden Dawn, Pavlos Fyssas 

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