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World View: Airport Security to Increase as Yemen Bomb Makers Join with Syrian Jihadists

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Jerusalem violence triggered by ‘price tag’ killing of Palestinian teen
  • China bans Ramadan fasting for Uighurs in Xinjiang province
  • Muslim players at World Cup Football (Soccer) face Ramadan problems
  • Airport security to increase as Yemen bomb makers join with Syrian jihadists

Jerusalem violence triggered by ‘price tag’ killing of Palestinian teen

A 16-year old Palestinian teenager was abducted from outside his homein east Jerusalem and forced into a car that sped off. His burned bodywas found hours later in a vacant lot, triggering massive violence. 

The crime is believed to be a “price tag” attack by Israeli settlersseeking revenge for the abduction of three Israeli on June 10. Theirdead bodies were found on Monday, triggering large protests byIsraelis. Anger was growing among Israelis, and on Tuesday andWednesday there were hours of protests by far-right Israelis shoutingto rock throwing by Palestinian protesters, met by teargas and rubberbullets from Israeli security forces. 

The phrase “price tag” is frequently used by far-right Israelisettlers to denote revenge attacks against Palestinians or IDFsoldiers in response to moves by the Israeli government to evacuateillegal West Bank outposts, or as retribution for attacks byPalestinians. The attacks have usually been against mosques or otherproperty, and sometimes even Christian property, but they’veoccasionally crossed the line into violence against Palestinians. Theabduction and murder of a Palestinian teen would be a major escalationin the price tag attacks. 

Violence has been growing in the West Bank, and there have been aflurry of rockets from Gaza targeting residences in Israel. Itremains to be seen whether this violence continues to spiral upward or subsides. International Middle East Media Center (Gaza) and Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel

China bans Ramadan fasting for Uighurs in Xinjiang province

In the face of increasing numbers of terrorist acts by Muslim Uighursfrom China’s northwest Xinjiang province, Chinese authorities issued orders that Uighurs are not permitted to take part intraditional fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which runs thisyear from Saturday, June 28th through the evening of Monday, July 28.Uighurs will be prevented from fasting in schools and publicoffices, and inspections will be made on Uighur residences. 

It’s hard for me, at least, to figure out how preventing Uighurs fromfasting is going to help quell terrorist activities. Chineseauthorities have been trying for years to restrict Muslim practices inXinjiang and have flooded the province with Han Chinese to forceassimilation, but with little success. 

The Uighur separatists have never been closely linked to theinternational jihadist movement. The ten million Uighurs in Chinaspeak a Turkic language and practice Sufi Islam, while al-Qaeda, forexample, are mostly Arabic-speaking Sunnis. But increasingrestrictions on Muslim practices in Xinjiang province appear to getcatching the attention of Muslim militants outside of China. If theUighurs become part of the worldwide Muslim militant movement, Chinawill have only itself to blame. AP and Economist

Muslim players at World Cup Football (Soccer) face Ramadan fasting problems

Muslims playing at World Cup Football (soccer) matches in Brazil,including players from Algeria, Belgium, France, and Germany, are facedwith the requirement of fasting all day during the June 28 to July 28Ramadan period. 

Researchers have found that for Muslim athletes during Ramadan, bothaerobic and anaerobic activity diminish during fasting, and footspeed, agility, dribbling speed, and endurance all declinesignificantly. The annual observance of Ramadan is one of the FivePillars of Islam, and the act of fasting is said to cleanse the soulby freeing it from harmful impurities. Deadspin.com

Airport security to increase as Yemen bomb makers join with Syrian jihadists

US officials will increase security at American airports and atoverseas airports with direct flights to the United States. The exactmeasures have not been revealed but could include increased randomscreening of passengers and tighter controls on footware, mobilephones, and computers. 

The increased security follows reports that legendary bomb-makerIbrahim al-Asiri, who developed the shoe bomb for Al-Qaeda on theArabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen, is working on new bombconfigurations that will escape existing airport detectioncapabilities, and is working with the jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra(Islamic Front) in Syria. Syria is of interest to al-Asiri becausethousands of young men from Europe and America have been traveling toSyria to train to be terrorists and fight the Syrian regime. 

So the nightmare scenario is that al-Asiri develops an undetectablebomb and gives it to a European or American al-Nusra jihadist with aclean passport, who detonates it during a flight. AP and Irish Times

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Israel, Jerusalem, price tag,West Bank, Gaza, Ibrahim al-Asiri,Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, Yemen,Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic Front 

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