2 more Muslims nabbed in California on way to join ISIS: “It would be a blessing to fight for the cause of Allah”

ByPamela Geller on May 22, 2015
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What could it be? Disaffection? No. Poverty? No Illiteracy? No. The color of their socks? No. “Elhuzayel’s parents acknowledged he had become a more devout Muslim over the past six months, growing his hair out and worshipping at the nearby Islamic Center of Anaheim.”

Is that mosque being monitored? Their Friday prayer sermons taped? Their phone records impounded? Or is the media blaming Pamela Geller?

“2 ‘homegrown’ jihadists nabbed in California on way to join ISIS, say officials,” FOX News, May 22, 2015

Two California men described as “homegrown violent extremists”were due in federal court Friday after they were arrested late Thursday while in the process of heading overseas to join ISIS, authorities said.

Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24 and of Anaheim, were nabbed by the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force, Elhuzayel at Los Angeles International Airport and Badawi in Orange County. The task force includes officials from the FBI, Anaheim Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A senior law enforcement official told Fox News the arrests were “related” to national security, but that the public were never in danger.

Prosecutors charged the men with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
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Nader Elhuzayel was taken into custody by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Both men were described as “homegrown violent extremists” who were heading overseas, according to two sources who spoke to the Los Angeles Times. The suspects are due in federal court in Santa Ana Friday.

According to the complaint, Badawi and Elhuzayel used social media to discuss terrorist attacks and expressed a desire to die as martyrs.

According to the complaint, Elhuzayel asked Badawi “can you imagine when Al Qaeda joins with Islamic State?” to which Badawi allegedly responded: “we will be huge.”

The pair “discussed how it would be a blessing to fight for the cause of Allah, and to die in the battlefield,” referring to ISIS as “we,” the complaint says.

The Orange County Register, citing Elhuzayel’s parents, said he was nabbed after they dropped him off to catch a flight to Israel to visit aunts and cousins in Palestine

“I think they’re looking for a victim and Nader is an easy (target),” Salem Elhuzayel told the newspaper. “He’s an innocent human being to visit family to stay one or two months then come back.”

But Elhuzayel’s parents acknowledged he had become a more devout Muslim over the past six months, growing his hair out and worshipping at the nearby Islamic Center of Anaheim.

Authorities did not disclose the location of Badawi’s arrest.

If convicted of the charges, the pair could face up to 15 years in prison.

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  • Non Western Infidel

    OT

    Please read and disseminate Carol’s suggested
    Western-Civilization-salvaging strategies in her comment on the below-linked
    BNI story as widely as you can; for they need to be implemented ASAFP
    throughout the entire Western world—for the sake of our very survival:

    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2015/05/17/ex-national-guardsman-and-convert-to-islam-who-tried-to-join-isis-says-i-would-not-classify-myself-as-radical-muslim-im-just-a-practicing-muslim/#comment-445304

    I’d suggest that those of you who take issue with what Carol
    has proposed shut their ‘effing pie holes and neither interact with nor report
    her comment and, for that matter, mine unless they could come up with a sound,
    fact-based counter-argument which, to their discontent, would never come to
    fruition—that’s for damn f*cking sure!

    Did you know that Mad Mo’, the founder of Islam, not only
    gave head to his cousin’s DEAD son but also banged his DEAD aunt?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsjc5CVujrM

    • Rick Smith

      No, thanks

  • Beagle

    “more devout”
    — —
    Yeah, another head-scratcher. Must be alienation, marginalization, unemployment, racism, Islamophobia, Crusades, Inquisition, US foreign policy, Israel, and cartoons. Definitely the cartoons.

    • Pamela´s Jewish Friends

      Amalek

      Amalek

      Nemesis of G‑dliness

      Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

      Courtesy of MeaningfulLife.com

      The people of Israel journeyed . . . and they camped in Rephidim . . .

      [Moses] named the place “Challenge and Strife,” because of the strife of the people of Israel and their challenging of G‑d, saying, “Is G‑d amongst us or not?”

      Then came Amalek and attacked Israel in Rephidim . . . (Exodus 17:1–8)

      Remember what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt. That he encountered you on the way, and cut off those lagging to your rear, when you were tired and exhausted; he did not fear G‑d. Therefore . . . you must obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Do not forget. (Deuteronomy 25:17–19)

      The Jewish people had just experienced one of the greatest manifestations of divine power in history. Ten supernatural plagues had compelled the mightiest nation on earth to free them from their servitude. The sea had split before them, and manna had rained from the heavens to nourish them. How could they possibly question, “Is G‑d amongst us or not?”

      Yet such is the nature of doubt. There is doubt that is based on a rational query. There is doubt that rises from the doubter’s subjective motives and desires. But then there is doubt pure and simple: irrational doubt, doubt more powerful than reason. Doubt that neutralizes the most convincing arguments and the most inspiring experiences with nothing more than a cynical shrug.

      Such was the doubt that left the Jewish people susceptible to attack from Amalek. Amalek, in the spiritual sphere, is the essence of baseless, irrational indifference. In the words of the Midrash:

      To what is the incident (of Amalek) comparable? To a boiling tub of water which no creature was able to enter. Along came one evildoer and jumped into it. Although he was burned, he cooled it for the others.

      So, too, when Israel came out of Egypt, and G‑d split the sea before them and drowned the Egyptians within it, the fear of them fell upon all the nations. But when Amalek came and challenged them, although he received his due from them, he cooled1 the awe of the nations of the world for them.2

      This is why Amalek, and what he represents, constitutes the archenemy of the Jewish people and their mission in life. As Moses proclaimed following the war with Amalek, “G‑d has sworn by His throne; G‑d is at war with Amalek for all generations.”3 Truth can refute the logical arguments offered against it. Truth can prevail even over man’s selfish drives and desires, for intrinsic to the nature of man is the axiom that “the mind rules over the heart”—that it is within a person’s capacity to so thoroughly appreciate a truth that it is ingrained in his character and implemented in his behavior. But man’s rational faculties are powerless against the challenge of an Amalek who leaps into the boiling tub, who brazenly mocks the truth and cools man’s most inspired moments with nothing more than a dismissive “So what?”

      The Bottleneck

      Amalek attacked Israel “on the road, on [the] way out of Egypt,” as they were headed toward Mount Sinai to receive G‑d’s Torah and their mandate as His people. Here, too, history mirrors the inner workings of the soul: the timing of the historical Amalek’s attack describes the internal circumstances under which the pestilence of baseless doubt rears its head.

      In the Passover Haggadah we say: “In every generation one must see himself as if he personally came out of Mitzrayim.” Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for Egypt, means “narrow straits”; on the personal level, this refers to what chassidic teaching calls the “narrowness of the neck” which interposes between the mind and the heart.

      Just as physically the head and the heart are joined by a narrow passageway, the neck, so it is in the spiritual-psychological sense. For while the mind possesses an innate superiority over the heart, it is a most difficult and challenging task for a person to exercise this superiority—to direct and mold his feelings and desires to conform with what he knows to be right. This is the “Exodus from Mitzrayim” that is incumbent on each and every generation: the individual challenge to negotiate the narrow straits of one’s internal “neck,” to overcome the material enticements, the emotional subjectivity, the ego and self-interest which undermine the mind’s authority over the heart and impede its influence on the person’s character and behavior.

      As long as a person is still imprisoned in his personal mitzrayim, he faces many challenges to his integrity. As long as he has not succeeded in establishing his mind as the axis on which all else revolves, his base instincts and traits—such as greed, anger, the quest for power and instant gratification—may get the better of him. But once he achieves his personal “Exodus” from the narrow straits of his psyche, once he establishes his knowledge and understanding of the truth as the determining force in his life, the battle is all but won. He may be confronted with negative ideas and rationalizations, but free of the distortions of self-interest, the truth will triumph. He may be tempted by negative drives and desires, but if in his life the mind rules the heart, it will curb and ultimately transform them.

      But there remains one enemy which threatens also the post-Exodus individual: Amalek. Amalek “knows his Master and consciously rebels against Him.” Amalek does not challenge the truth with arguments, or even with selfish motivations; he just disregards it. To the axiom, “Do truth because it is true,” Amalek says, “So what?” Armed with nothing but his chutzpah, Amalek jumps into the boiling tub, contests the incontestable. And in doing so, he cools its impact.

      Beyond Reason

      How is one to respond to Amalek? How is one to deal with the apathy, the cynicism, the senseless doubt within? The formula that the Torah proposes is encapsulated in a single word: Zachor—“Remember.”

      In his Tanya,4 Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi discusses the faith in G‑d that is integral to the Jewish soul. Faith is not something that must be attained; it need only be revealed, for it is woven into the very fabric of the soul’s essence. Faith, continues Rabbi Schneur Zalman, transcends reason. Through faith one relates to the infinite truth of G‑d in its totality, unlike the perception achieved by reason, which is defined and limited by the finite nature of the human mind.

      Thus Rabbi Schneur Zalman explains the amazing fact that, throughout Jewish history, many thousands of Jews have sacrificed their lives rather than renounce their faith and their bond with the Almighty—including many who had little conscious knowledge and appreciation of their Jewishness, and did not practice it in their daily lives. At their moment of truth, when they perceived that their very identity as Jews was at stake, their intrinsic faith—a faith that knows no bounds or equivocations—came to light, and overpowered all else.

      Amalek is irrational and totally unresponsive to reason; the answer to Amalek is likewise supra-rational. The Jew’s response to Amalek is to remember: to call forth his soul’s reserves of supra-rational faith, a faith which may lie buried and forgotten under a mass of mundane involvements and entanglements. A faith which, when remembered, can meet his every moral challenge, rational or not.

      FOOTNOTES

      1. The Hebrew word karcha, “he encountered you,” employed by the verse to describe Amalek’s attack on Israel, also translates as “he cooled you.”

      2. Midrash Tanchuma, Ki Teitzei 9.

      3. Exodus 17:16.

      4. Chapters 18–19.

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  • J Mason

    15 years? What’s wrong with granting his wish of becoming a martyr? There is a law enforcement officer in Garland, Tx. that would be able to help him along his way.

    • notislam

      lET THEM go there and never let the traitors return. If they do KILL THEM!

  • bobbyhead1

    I’m glad the Texas traffic cop killed the Muslim terrorist at the cartoon contest. I still think that Pamela Geller went too far with her “In your Muslim face” cartoon Mohamed contest. It was not needed. You can’t teach Muslims, with any love, of the bad things about their false religion by that approach. I warned her there could be violence and there was and it could have been Pamela and a lot of the artist. It’s a good thing that these Muslims were too stupid to pull it off. They had no professional planing, thank God. Our founding fathers, I’m sure would not allow pornography as free speech back then. They would jail them. Free speech was for political free speech; too voice your opinion.

    • Joe1938

      Re “You can’t teach Muslims”; The objective was to “teach” Americans. Some learned, some continue to sleep.

      • bobbyhead1

        Stupid lesson. I knew there already too many Muslims here in America, that this would happen in deaths. I told that to Pamela before her contest. I told her that even she might be shot. There could have easily been more deaths. Thank God for the Texan traffic cop that took care of business and the only death was to the Muslim terrorist assassins. However one American was shot. He lived to tell the story.

        You may not teach the Muslims, but through God some may be converted to Jesus. That’s a hope. The more Muslims turning to Christ eliminates that many Muslims; they at that time would be Christians.

        • Pray Hard

          Thank God you’re telling Pamela what might happen to her. She probably wouldn’t have a clue otherwise.

          • bobbyhead1

            She’s getting old.

          • AND WISER BY THE DAY!!!

          • Joy Beum

            Definitely wiser by the day!

          • Joy Beum

            Bob: She is younger than I am. One thing age gives you is experience, which leads to wisdom. If we are lucky, God gives us discernment.

        • Joy Beum

          Bob: They want to kill YOU. You don’t have to draw a pic of their pedophile so-called ‘prophet’. They want to kill you because you are not muslim. We DO NOT have to walk on eggshells to prevent making them mad. They are born mad, they live mad, they die mad. They HATE YOU personally.

          • bobbyhead1

            Yes I read the news. Hello!! We all know that ISIS wants to kill all Jews and Christians.

          • Joy Beum

            Bob: Not only Jews and Christians, but anyone who is not exactly like them.

        • That is the only bright side to this scenario. It helps to motivate Christians to minister to the unsaved whom otherwise would continue to sleep.

    • Pray Hard

      Pamela didn’t do anything but free speech. This is America and we have such. The Muslims were 100% in the wrong, period. You warned her? Wow, may I quote you and frame it? Which public school are you a product of?

      • bobbyhead1

        Who are you God? To say that Pamela was 100% correct in putting on this “in your Muslim face” event. The Muslims were 100 in the wrong trying to kill, however Pam did provoke it. I saw the cartoon and they were despicable and some bordered on porn.

        • Pray Hard

          Oh my, maybe you should go to your imam about your childish liberal butthurt about provocation and bordering on porn. Come back when you catch on. You’re a long way from catching on so I won’t be holding my breath.

          • bobbyhead1

            You can breath now. I’m a Christian that knows that the Islamic religion is a false cult from hell. So why would I go to a false teaching Muslim iman?

        • Joy Beum

          …”however Pam did provoke it.” If I offend you, are you going to try and kill me? Do you actually think that is ‘okay’ in any way? If your wife pisses you off and you hit her, you are one of those guys who would say: ‘See what YOU MADE me do’! I really wish you could live under sharia law for awhile. Try moving to Dearborne, Michigan and let us know how you like it.

          • bobbyhead1

            Joy why are you falsely telling me that I beat my wife. If I offend you, you can spread lies like that? You have the freedom to do it. If I disagree with you on this cartoon contest, that now I am for the demonic sharia law. You can move to Dearborne Michigan yourself and open up your own Mohammed art show. I know, you don’t have the guts. But that’s OK, it’s a stupid idea wasting your time like that.

            But if you were a Christian, you can go there to hand out Christian literature. I can respect that.

          • Joy Beum

            Bob: No, I am not accusing you of beating your wife. I don’t know you or anything about you except what you reveal on this site. That was an illustration to state that muslims do NOT accept responsibility for their own actions. It’s always someone else’s fault, and they use their so-called ‘religion’ as an excuse. They do NOT realize they are not in their own country anymore. Thanks to Pam Geller, they are getting that message…and they do not like it. This will have to be done over and over and over until they learn that we have free speech in OUR country and when they try to stop our use of that right, they die.

        • Bobby
          I hate to say it but Pamela exposed the true wicked nature of that religion!! ISLAM!! She exposed the hate that permeates in their mosques throughout this land. She exposed the teachings of superiority of the Muslim ideology that according to Muslims cannot be question. She exposed how their teachings go beyond their circle of believers into albeit forcibly into the lives of others who reject their belief system which was demonstrated as a perfect example in Garland. Look Islam is sneaky, cunning and very wicked and it cleverly fools those that are unaware of its true wickedness!! IT IS OUT TO DESTROY GODS WORD AND JESUS SON OF GOD WHO DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS!!
          By studying scripture you become better prepared to fight off any false teachings that Satan devises such as Islam. You sir have not done so and you do not realize the full gravity of this situation in Garland!! It will slowly but surely engulf you and before you know you have subjected yourself to their rule!!! WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN!!!
          Read revelation 13. It talks about the feet of a bear. The symbolic meaniing of this is referring on how fast it spreads, slowly but surely. His mouth was that of a lion notice how they have calls to prayers five times a day, all other beliefs must pray in secret or else they get attack by crazy Muslim mobs. And the leopard represents the many races of people that belong to the Islamic ideology!!!

    • tom

      bobblehead1, is there somewhere you can go to surrender? When we get blasphemy laws, we’ll have spineless poltroons like you to thank. Now go put your head back in the sand.

      • bobbyhead1

        Do you worship Pam? She is not God. She is not a Christian. Tom you are a wimp for women leading you.

        • tom

          And you are a sexist pig. I can see why you want to be buggered by Muslims. Look on the bright side…maybe they’ll give you a reach around.

          • bobbyhead1

            the feminist movement is from hell yes the demonic feminist movement that broke up the American family man head of household woman homemaker Thank You demonic feminist movement and all the sissy men that love it it. makes me sick. don’t call yourself a man

          • tom

            Not too popular with the ladies, eh bobblehead? Learn how to write, you semi literate moron.

          • bobbyhead1

            What are you talking about?

          • tom

            Thick as a stump to boot

      • bobbyhead1

        Surrender to who? You ding dong. To the demonic Islamist with their false God?

        • tom

          Yeah, them. The one’s you recommend appeasing.You may be ready to give up free speech and submit to the sharia, but the rest of us aren’t. I was at the Garland event. You find the cartoons offensive? I find someone trying to kill me for looking at a few drawings and listening to some speeches highly offensive. Get a clue, dufus.

    • Joy Beum

      Bob: Pamela has said it herself: You do not need to protect polite speech. What do you mean “Free speech was for political free speech; to voice your opinion”? We have a right to say what we want, regardless how outlandish or objectionable it may be. The art contest, I think, was a test of that freedom of speech and brought out those who would stop it…of course, muslims. obama has been taking away our rights since he came into office and it is time we take our country back AS IT WAS! Remember, people have died for our rights.

  • SweetMarmot

    So they think it would be a blessing to fight for Allah, do they? Are they sure they don’t mean a blessing to fight to be a baby killer? Cause if they join ISIS, that’s what they’ll become; lowly baby killers. No blessing in that.

    • Joy Beum

      Who knows what they have been up to prior to their arrests. They may already be murdering in this country. I say throw away the key!

  • e1313ruth

    These men think God is a killing, lying, polygamous, rapist monster and they want to be in his image…Did not God prophesy in Genesis 1-26..LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE..It is satan’s turn today….Satan is gathering his children for their journey to hell… God is love, not the monster maker of islam…

    • Joy Beum

      e13 These men do not follow God. Their god is allah, which is just another name for satan. I think that they are born evil of evil parents (the ones who are born to islamic parents). Then they are trained to hate and to corrupt others. We all know who wins in the end, but these are troubling times.

  • Joe1938

    Let the little jehadis go and don’t let them back into the US!

  • Pray Hard

    Let. Them. Go.
    Get photos, fingerprints, DNA, retina scan prior to and never let them back in. Mandatory, immediate execution if they manage to get back in and get caught or even try to get back in. And, when they go, deport their families also under same guidelines and penalties.

  • Metatrona

    Parents: If your children want to be serial killers, kidnappers, rapists, pedophiles, slave owners, etc., send them to join the Muslims in ISIS. Your children will NEVER be arrested and punished. They will live their lives encouraged to be what they are: murderers, kidnappers, rapists, pedophiles, slave owners, etc. Whew! That’s solved!

  • bobbyhead1

    I’m glad that Pam took that naked golden body logo away that, I guess was supposed to be her. I got sick of looking at it. I mean she’s getting old.

  • donemyhomework

    Sorry, I’d have to go with the extreme in this case and consider any and all ex patriots, (and I leave that definition open for Islam), that the death penalty be instituted in all of those cases and those people find the peace of a coward’s death. You know I really wish that it wasn’t that way, but the global concerns outweigh the standard jurisprudence of America. And that If it is proven that an individual disavows his Constitutional right to protection under American Law, then that same American Law should be dedicated to trying that same individual for sedition against America and her Allies and the Death Penalty is the only penalty appropriate for such a grand crime.