New York Muslim arrested for joining Islamic State said its murders were justified because “the victims were not Muslims”

ByPamela Geller on July 30, 2015
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President Obama says, “it’s not Islamic.” The enemedia says, “it’s not Islamic.” The public schools and the universities disarming our children say, “it’s not Islamic.” These institutions have been corrupted by billions of dollars by the Saudis for this very purpose — and the Saudis have just pledged another $32 billion for this very same thing, to “foster cultural understanding” of Islam in America and the West.

It is up to YOU to get educated and educate those around you. Teach your children. Read this website daily. Study Ibn Warraq, Robert Spencer, Bat Ye’or. Arm yourself with knowledge. You are going to need it. We are under attack on every level — only you can save your freedom.

It’s why we run ads and hold conferences and art exhibits, etc. — to increase awareness of the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, and put an end to the denial and willful ignorance about that threat, so that we adopt effective counter-terror measures based on a realistic appraisal of the threat.

 

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A law enforcement truck is parked outside the Lackawanna, N.Y., home, far left, of Arafat Nagi on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, following his arrest .

If the Islamic State is not Islamic, what is it? And how did this alleged “misunderstanding” of Islam become so widespread? Why are so many American Muslims  joining the Islamic State?

And while Muslims in the US condemn the Islamic State, where are they teaching against the ideology that gave rise to it?

New York Muslim who tried to join Islamic State said its murders were justified because “the victims were not Muslims” (thanks to Jihad Watch)

“In February of this year, Nagi said he supported ISIS for burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death, because the pilot was part of a military force that burns and kills Muslims by dropping bombs on them. The witness quoted Nagi as stating, ‘do to them what they do to you.’” That’s from the Qur’an: “So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you” (Qur’an 2:194).

“With arrest of a Western New York native, the fight with ISIS hits home,” by Dan Herbeck, Buffalo News, July 29, 2015:

Arafat M. Nagi used the Internet to voice his elation when the Islamic State terrorist group beheaded its victims. He bought a machete, night-vision goggles and other combat gear. And he made two trips to the Middle East, allegedly attempting to link up with ISIS leaders.

But he was also a disabled, unemployed 44-year-old man who depended on family for financial support.

Was he a legitimate terrorist threat, intent on joining one of the world’s most feared terrorist organizations? Or merely a loudmouthed crackpot, spouting off but causing no actual harm?

Those are some of the questions that arose Wednesday after the Lackawanna man was arrested by members of an anti-terrorism task force on felony charges that he attempted “to provide material support and resources … that is, personnel and property” to ISIS, also known as ISIL, “a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

His attorney, Jeremy D. Schwartz, said Nagi “absolutely denies trying to join” ISIS “or trying to recruit other people to join.”

But U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Nagi caused other people in Lackawanna to fear him when he spouted off his support for ISIS and made attempts to join the group. Hochul said Nagi is accused of using a Twitter account to send out tweets celebrating beheadings, torture and other acts of terror used by ISIS against its perceived enemies.

On May 18, 2014, according to court papers, Nagi tweeted a photograph of three severed heads, with the words, “God is the Greatest. The three heads, those who dug their graves by their own hands.”

Nine weeks later, Nagi tweeted another photo of six severed heads, with the words “slaughtered by the hands of God’s Soldiers.”

And back in 2002, authorities said, Nagi had cheered and supported the actions of the Lackawanna Six, the six Yemeni-American men who traveled to Afghanistan to train with al-Qaida and meet with Osama bin Laden, the then-leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed thousands of Americans.

“Members of the Lackawanna community” were fearful of Nagi, telling investigators that he “espoused violent jihad and posed a threat to those of us in the United States,” Hochul said.

A source close to the investigation told The Buffalo News: “The FBI had been watching him for some time and arrested him because he was planning to take action today, preparing to leave and go fight.”

A relative of Nagi’s told The News that he believes Nagi was trying to recruit him to a radical Islam point of view during a discussion about six months ago.

During one “rant,” Nagi told him that he supported the violent actions of ISIS and urged him to also support the group, said the relative, who spoke on the condition that he would not be identified by The News.

“I think he is influenced by things he sees on the Internet and on TV about ISIS,” the relative said of Nagi. “He doesn’t know why the U.S. is dropping bombs on ISIS. ISIS is killing more Muslims than any other religion. … He would constantly put down the U.S.”

The relative said he refused to agree with Nagi’s views. “I told him, if you criticized the Yemen government like that, you’d get your head blown off. I told him the U.S. is the only place where you could have a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu and people from other religions all living next to each other and getting along.”

He said Nagi responded to that by saying three words: “Don’t trust them.”

Hochul noted that last year, his office charged a Rochester man with trying to recruit people for terrorist organizations.

“Unfortunately, this is another occasion where the worldwide fight against terrorism has returned to Western New York,” he said.

In federal court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi asked a judge not to release Nagi on bail, calling him “a danger to the community” and predicting that he will flee from the area if he gets the opportunity. Nagi is jailed for now, and a detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Prosecutors have not charged Nagi with planning any specific act of terrorism in America. FBI Special Agent Steven L. Lanser said authorities monitored Nagi’s activities “for about a year” before arresting him Wednesday. He was not arrested earlier because investigators were not aware of anything he did that would put anyone in imminent danger, Lanser said.

Federal agents believed that Nagi was preparing this week to leave Lackawanna and travel to the Middle East to offer himself to ISIS as a fighter, sources close to the case told The News.

Among the allegations made against Nagi in a 28-page criminal complaint:

• A cooperating witness who was “previously convicted of terrorism offenses” told the FBI last August that Nagi “talks about jihad to various people in the Lackawanna community and that it is common for Nagi to get in verbal altercations over his jihadi beliefs. Jihad, in this context, refers to violent jihad, including fighting of the type occurring in Syria.”

• Nagi traveled to the Middle East for about two months last year, returning last Sept. 19. Government records show that he visited Turkey and Yemen. He also traveled to Turkey for one day in 2012, cutting short a planned three-month trip because of a gallbladder ailment. Federal agents believe the purpose of the trips was to offer himself as a supporter of ISIS.

• Nagi pledged to support and obey ISIS in at least two tweets last year.

• Nagi’s Twitter account had 412 followers, and he was a follower of 278 Twitter accounts, including many that featured “profile pictures” of ISIS flags, photos of bin Laden and other terrorist leaders, photos of recent beheadings and violent terrorism images.

• He repeatedly posted tweets celebrating violent attacks by ISIS, including one in May 2014 showing a person being beheaded. The tweet included the words “Today, this filth has been killed in the state of Hums. He waged a tougher war against Muslims. It is your paradise, rather, slaughter.”

• Last December, a cooperating witness told the FBI that Nagi had visited him the previous month and espoused radical political and religious views. “Nagi expressed agreement with” ISIS tactics that included “killing of innocent men, women and children, believing that they were justified because the victims were not Muslims.” The witness told the FBI that Nagi had taken an “oath” to support ISIS and that he may be “compelled” to act in support of the terrorist group, including taking action in the United States.

• In February of this year, Nagi said he supported ISIS for burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death, because the pilot was part of a military force that burns and kills Muslims by dropping bombs on them. The witness quoted Nagi as stating, “do to them what they do to you.”

• Last year, Nagi used the eBay online shopping site to purchase numerous items of battle gear, including “tactical vests” with armor, combat boots, camouflage combat pants, hard-knuckled tactical gloves, a “military-style” knife and machete, and flags and headbands supporting terror groups….

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  • RCCA

    OT but related: Do we have a problem differentiating between Christians, those who want to follow the letter of the law and those with a more liberal interpretation? As far as I know people don’t get into arguments about whether fundamentalists are Christians and vice versa. So why is it apparently so difficult to distinguish between “modern” Muslims and fundamentalist Muslims? Easy. The fundamentalist Muslims are extreme and they are violent. Arguing if they are or aren’t Muslims doesn’t solve the problem.

    I’m hoping al-Sisi will follow through on his push for reformation (http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/010515-733240-egypt-president-abdel-fattah-al-sisi-speech-calls-for-major-reforms.htm) and the Egyptians will work out what parts of the Koran they should follow and what parts they can ignore.

    also: http://www.raymondibrahim.com/from-the-arab-world/egypts-sisi-islamic-thinking-is-antagonizing-the-entire-world/

    • Betty4440

      there is no moderates islam is islam.

  • Brkovic Nenad

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dWwkX3oUtI Obama will not finish his second term… Banned independent documentary reveals the truth. This will scare millions!

  • So should Americans be able to kill Muslims because they ARE Muslims?

    • honeybee

      Just what I was thinking

  • James

    Do I take threats from muslims seriously?

    The truth about muslim terrorism.

    Copy and paste this on ALL muslim
    stories! Flood them with the truth!

    The Chattanooga shooter was a muslim

    The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim

    The Beltway Snipers were Muslims

    The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim

    The underwear Bomber was a Muslim

    The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims

    The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims

    The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims

    The London Subway Bombers were Muslims

    The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims

    The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims

    The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims

    The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims

    The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims

    The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims

    The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Musiims

    The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims

    The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims

    The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims

    The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims

    The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims

    The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims

    The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims

    The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims

    The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims

    The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were
    Muslims’

    Think of it:

    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem

    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem

    Hindus living with Jews = No Problem

    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem

    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem

    Confusians living with Baha’is = No Problem

    Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem

    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem

    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem

    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem

    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem

    Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem

    Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem

    Christians living with Jews = No Problem

    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem

    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem

    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem

    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem

    Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem

    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem

    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem

    Muslims living with Christians = Problem

    Muslims living with Jews = Problem

    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem

    Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem

    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem

    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem

    MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG PROBLEM

    **********SO THIS LEAD TO *****************

    They’re not happy in Gaza

    They’re not happy in Egypt

    They’re not happy in Libya

    They’re not happy in Morocco

    They’re not happy in Iran

    They’re not happy in Iraq

    They’re not happy in Yemen

    They’re not happy in Afghanistan

    They’re not happy in Pakistan

    They’re not happy in Syria

    They’re not happy in Lebanon

    They’re not happy in Nigeria

    They’re not happy in Kenya

    They’re not happy in Sudan

    ******** So, where are they happy? **********

    They’re happy in Australia

    They’re happy in England

    They’re happy in Belgium

    They’re happy in France

    They’re happy in Italy

    They’re happy in Germany

    They’re happy in Sweden

    They’re happy in the USA & Canada

    They’re happy in Norway & India

    They’re happy in almost every country that is not
    Islamic! And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not
    themselves… THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!! And they want to
    change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from
    where they were unhappy and finally they will be get hammered !!!!

    Islamic Jihad: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    ISIS: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Al-Qaeda: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Taliban: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Hamas: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Hezbollah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Boko Haram: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Al-Nusra: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Abu Sayyaf: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Al-Badr: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Muslim Brotherhood: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Lashkar-e-Taiba: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Palestine Liberation Front: AN ISLAMIC TERROR
    ORGANIZATION

    Ansaru: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Jemaah Islamiyah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION

    Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR
    ORGANIZATION

    AND A LOT MORE!!!!!!!

    Think about it…….. 20 signs that psychopath Muslims do:

    1] Kill anyone who insults Islam or Moham-mad.
    (Koran.33;57-61).

    2) Kill all Muslims who leave Islam.
    (Koran.2;217/4;89/Bukhari.9;84-57).

    3) Koran cannot be doubted. (Koran.2;1).

    4) Islam is the only acceptable religion.
    (Koran.3;85).

    5) Muslims must fight (jihad) to non-Muslims, even
    if they don’t want to. (Koran.2;216).

    6) We the non-Muslims are pigs and apes. (Koran.
    2;62-65/Koran.5;59-60/Koran.7;166).

    7) We the non-Muslims cannot be friends with
    Muslims. (Koran.5;51).

    8) We the
    non-Muslims sworn enemies of Muslims and Islam. (Koran.4;101).

    9) We the non-Muslims can be raped as sex slave.
    (Koran.4;3 & 24/5;89/23;5/33;50/58;3/70;30).

    10) We the non-Muslims the vilest of creatures
    deserving no mercy. (Koran.98;6).

    11) Muslim must terrorize us (non-Muslims).
    (Koran.8;12 &59-60/ Bukhari.4;52;220).

    12) Muslims must strike terror into non-Muslims
    hearts. (Koran.8;60).

    13) Muslims must lie to us (non-Muslims) to
    strengthen and spread Islam. (Koran.3;28?16;106).

    14) Muslims are allowed to behead us (non-Muslims)
    (Koran.47;4).

    15) Muslims are guaranteed to go to heaven if they
    kill us (non-Muslims). (Koran.9;111).

    16) Marrying and divorcing pre-pubescent children is
    OK. (Koran.65;4).

    17) Wife beating is OK. (Koran.4;34).

    18) Raping wives is OK. (Koran.2;223).

    19) Proving rape requires 4 (four) male Muslim
    witnesses. (Koran.24;13).

    20) Muslims are allowed to crucify and amputate us
    (non-Muslims). Koran.8;12/47;4).

  • James

    You want to believe Obama and his cronies?

    Taqiyya=Liar and is
    totally acceptable and supported by sharia law.

    There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. Either you are
    a radical muslim killing and destroying for allah (Jihadists) or are supporting
    radical muslims who are killing and destroying. Shari law demands it.

    Obama and his cronies are muslims
    doing what muslims do. (Proselytizing, perverting the truth, killing,
    stealing and destroying everything that is not related to Islam).

    The longer Obama is left in the Presidential office the more
    he and his cronies will destroy and disgrace Israel and the USA. First is the
    radicalization of government, 2nd.
    Continue building mosques with radical
    preachers. 3rd. Increase muslim and alien immigration to strengthen the demographic base of supporters for and illegal
    government. 4th. Radicalize
    the racial populations, and increase strife and divisions. (Divide and
    conquer).

    If the people continue to allow Obama and his cronies to
    remain then they also become complicit (a
    part of it). You are supporting sharia with your taxes and failure to condemn
    it. You are paying the Jizya dhimmi

    Muslims will attempt to disassociate themselves from the
    terrorist acts and atrocities. Taqiyya=Liar. Do not be deceived. There is no
    such thing as a moderate muslim. Either you are a radical muslim killing and
    destroying for allah (Jihadists) or are supporting radical muslims who are
    killing and destroying. (Sharai law demands it) there are no exemptions. (DO
    NOT BE DECIEVED).

    60% of the Quran contains verses about killing the kuffar,
    (unbelievers or non-muslim) forcing the non-believer to pay Jizya dhimmi, (a
    servitude tax). The only alternative is to lose your head.

    Sharia law requires (ALL) muslims to pay a charity tithe
    called Zakat which a portion is used to fund jihadists (Which equals terrorism
    be it passive or aggressive).

    Since 911 muslims have committed over 23.000 acts of terror
    or 90% of all terrorist acts are committed by muslims and presently there are
    about 6 million of them in this country with more coming.

    Jesus Christ is Lord

    There are 3 primary rules and one
    supporting rule in islam.

    Primary Rules of islam

    1. Infidels must be converted to islam. Qur’an:8:39
    “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.”

    2. Infidels who will not convert must pay a tax to
    islam. Qur’an:9:29 “Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender,
    paying the protective tax in submission.”

    3. Infidels who do not convert or pay the tax must
    be KILLED. Qur’an:9:5 – “Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find
    them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every
    stratagem of war.”

    Supporting Rule

    • All members of islam are allowed to LIE to
    Infidels if the LIE supports the growth of islam. Taqiyya

    Ask a muslim or anyone who follows islam if they are
    allowed to pick and choose which parts of the qur’an to follow? To follow islam
    is to adhere to every word in the qur’an.

    This means there is no such thing as a Moderate
    muslim. For someone to follow the qur’an they must submit which means you must
    submit one way or the other.

    They really are trying to convert you, tax you, or
    KILL you.

    • mickey5020

      yea that has been his mission from the beginning but congress knew his not even an true born american from the beginning and allowed this illegal run for presidency and lied to us also never attempted to stop it . the world is laughing at us because their governments are not lying to them about obama they know.

  • So, he was yet another anchor baby with parents from Libya. A perfect example of what Ann Coulters book talks about – those who immigrate here legally (or anchor babies) from 3rd world sh*tholes (including Muslim terrorist countries). Why the HELL was he here? Living off gov’t disability checks?

    • Betty4440

      and if he was so disabled how in the world was he going to fight? another fake disabled person so he can travel to the East at his pleasure to do what all muslims want to do. or at his pleasure do it here on the home front. if he wants to leave give him a going away party just not let him back in.one less to worry about.

  • Waldland

    This is classic Sharia. Non Muslims just don’t count. “Terrorism” by Muslim Law is a crime ONLY if Muslims are killed.

  • Gufo

    Oh come on you bigots-islamophobes-racists-right-wing-extremists-hate-mongers-white-supremacists, we all know that islam has nothing to do with islam!!!

  • NY is infested with em…….Most Liberal States are havens for these people. You will never see them to the extent such as Texas, Wyoming, MOntana, etc..they know they would be harrassed and kicked out like the dogs that they are

  • mickey5020

    they are all sick bastards even the women I do feel a little sad women ad children are brain washed and treated as slaves and sex objects but if they could get out they should not the men they can stay there, but then again they should leave their religion behind too that enslaved them or they can just stay where they are because they are still spreading that sickness if they don’t.