Sunday, February 15, 2015

Terrorists Heat Up Frozen Copenhagen

When terrorists shoot synagogues, only the truly antisemitic can describe the attacks as random. This morning's news is of terror attacks in frosty Copenhagen; two dead at last count.
Two dead in Copenhagen shootings; One victim was guard outside synagogue bat mitzva party (Jerusalem Post)

This is pretty soon after the antisemitic attacks in Paris that left even more innocents dead.
Julien Pebrel—MYOP for TIME
Last week’s chaotic violence in Paris reached a spectacular climax on Friday afternoon, when a lone gunman stormed through the doors of a kosher supermarket, Kalashnikov blazing, and took its customers siege. Four hostages died in the terrifying four-hour ordeal. Amedy Coulibaly’s assault in Paris’s easternmost neighborhood appeared to erupt out of nowhere after days dominated by the Charlie Hebdomassacre; it jangled already frayed French nerves and pushed security forces close to a breaking point. (TIME)
It's now getting impossible to sweep European antisemitism under the carpet, but United States President Barack Hussein Obama is still trying to do so.
This week, apropos of seemingly nothing, in an interview with Mathew Yglesias from the website, Obama was asked about terrorism. In his answer the president said the terrorism threat is overrated. And that was far from the most disturbing statement he made.

Moving from the general to the specific, Obama referred to the jihadists who committed last month’s massacres in Paris as “a bunch of violent vicious zealots,” who “randomly shot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” (Caroline Glick)

It's clear that the Obama White House is competing with FDR's disgraceful attitude towards Jews. Obama's continued support by many Americans is very worrying.


Sammy Finkelman said...

There couldn't be better testimony to the degree of Muslim anti-semitism than President Obama's labeling of the attacks at the deli "random"

Clearly he thinks it is counterproductive to call attention to that.

At first, his people tried to defend that by saying that of the location wasn't random. the people being shot at were, but that's not true, as Amedy Coulibaly was attempting to avoid killing Moslems in the store. The Charlie Hebdo terrorists in Paris did kill a Moslem policeman, but he would have religious protection anyway by being a policeman.

Sammy Finkelman said...

Call attention to the fact it was an attack on Jews I mean.

It is somewhat similar to FDR who was afraid the war could be portrayed as being waged on behalf of the Jews.

Sammy Finkelman said...

This is an almost exact repeat of what happened in Paris, and in the same order, which is very curious.

Only this time they were less successful, killing or wounding almost only security guards or policemen.

The following information is from the Chicago Tribune:

One prominent filmmaker, 55 year old Finn Noergaard, known for the documentary 2004 “Boomerang boy” (about an Australian boy’s dreams to become a world boomerang champion) and the 2008 documentary “Le Le” (about Vietnamese immigrants in Denmark) was killed at the cafe.

The attack at the synagogue happened just before 1 am local time.

If you're wondering what was
going on at the synagogue at that hour, it was a bat mitzvah party, in a building behind the synagogue, or at least that was the building that was being guarded by he Jewish man killed. Two policemen were also there but were only slightly wounded.

Sammy Finkelman said...

They think both attacks were done by the same person, 22-year old Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, who was killed by police.

He was released just two weeks ago from prison, where he had been imprisoned since 2013 for stabbing a train passenger repeatedly with "a big knife". (the victim survived, therefore the sort sentence) He was shot dead by police near a Copenhagen train station after opening fire on officers.

The time of the attack on the free speech seminar happened just before 4pm local time, and the attack on the synagogue is now given as closer to 1:30 am. The two sites were about two miles apart and across a river from each other.


If all this was by one person, there probably still had to be other people involved, because I doubt he would have done all the research to find his targets by himself. He might have been given a list of 6 or 7 possible targets, though.

I suppose he may have been radicalized in prison.

Sammy Finkelman said...

An Internet cafe has been raided as part of the investigation (probably because he had used it, probably to see with whom he communicated with) A police spokesman said there were other searches as well.

If he has a cellphone they'll probably look to see what numbers he called, and what numbers those numbers called, and maybe what cell phones were co-located with the cellphones he called.

The Jerusalem Post says the Guardian says Denmark's TV 2 News was told by Copenhagen Jewish community leader Dan Rosenberg Asmussen that after the shooting at Café Krudttønden they called the police asking for police to be assigned to the Bat Mitzvah, where there were maybe 80 people.

But this didn't prevent everything.

Sammy Finkelman said...

The Telegraph had a running blog which shows that news of the synagigie shooting came in 4 minutes and 8 minutes after midnight = just after 1 am dabosh time.

Board of Deputies of British Jews released a statement in the morning which indicated they thouht it was at servics (although they should have thought that's not possible at 1 am - except before Rosh Hashonah or here they old numerous Maariv prayers, and Copenhagen doesn't have the Jewish population to support that.

The suspect was not killed at a train station. Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt said like this:

He fled the first crime scene in a Volkswagen Polo car, which he abandoned and then took a taxi to his home. (probably known from video) They had the vehicle's plate number (from video I suppose) and found the name of the owner, and went to his house, but he was not there then. They remained there and when he went home, after he synagogue or bat mitzvah attack where he fled from but was not followed, they tried to arrest him and he fired at the police there and was killed.

Batya said...

Sammy, this who situation is awful. Thanks for the comments.

Sammy Finkelman said...

Correction: The car was stolen, and not his. That makes more sense actually.

So the location of his home was detected solely through video, not a driver's license. Rather, the address where the taxi dropped him off must have been used to get his driver's license and name. (which I don't think has even yet been formally released.)

The terrorist only spent twenty minutes at his home - then he went to an Internet cafe.

Possibly to wait out the hours till his second attack was scheduled. Or maybe he went afterwards somewhere else yet.

He may have picked up some weapons and ammunition. There was a weapon left in his apartment.

Four people were arrested, and two were very quickly released.

He previously had been something of a gang leader and was called "captain" by other members. He had been put on a list of people who might want to go to Syria and who should be stopped.

There are some contradictory reports. In one version he received a short sentence for his previous crime, and in other he was released from pre-trial detention.

I think what makes sense is that somebody knew he was coming out, however that happened.

Many of the basic facts, like him being just two weeks out of jail, were only being picked up by major news organizations, like CBS, only a day or two later.

Around December 2014, ISIS may have started encouraging people not to go to Syria but do something where they are. That was the case in eastern Libya, where 21 Egyptian citizens, as President Obama pout it, were murdered.