‘Credible’ Iranian death threats against individuals in Canada being investigated: Canadian intelligence

RIYADH: The Canadian intelligence service said on Friday that it is investigating death threats from Iran against individuals inside Canada, according to the agency.

“CSIS is actively investigating several threats to life emanating from the Islamic Republic of Iran based on credible intelligence,” said Eric Balsam, spokesman for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

“Ultimately, these hostile activities and foreign interference undermine the security of Canada and Canadians, as well as our democratic values and sovereignty.”

It is the first time the service has confirmed that multiple investigations described as “lethal threats to Canadians and people located in Canada” were coming from Iran, CBC News reported.

On Wednesday, Canada sanctioned Iran for the fifth time this year, targeting individuals responsible for human rights abuses and entities supporting the supply of drones to Russia for its war in Ukraine. The sanctioned company, Shahed Aviation, produces drones that have been used against civilians and infrastructure in Ukraine, said Canada’s foreign ministry. The US also imposed sanctions on the company on Tuesday.

UK intelligence said this week that there had been at least ten threats by Iran to harm or kidnap British or UK-based individuals since the start of the year.

Ken McCallum, director general of MI5, the UK’s domestic security agency, said that Iran’s “aggressive intelligence services” were projecting a threat to the UK.

“The current wave of protests in Iran is asking fundamental questions of the totalitarian regime,” McCallum said. “This could signal profound change, but the trajectory is uncertain.”

The British foreign secretary, James Cleverly, summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires last week after journalists working in the UK “were subject to immediate threats to life from Iran.”

The regime in Iran has been cracking down violently against citizens after protests erupted in the country following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of religious police in September. At least 360 people have died, including more than 50 children, as a result of demonstrations against the country’s rulers.

During a Mid East trip this weekend, Cleverly is expected to highlight Iran’s danger to the region and beyond.

“Iranian-supplied weapons threaten the entire region. Today Iran’s nuclear program is more advanced than ever before, and the regime has resorted to selling Russia the armed drones that are killing civilians in Ukraine,” he is expected to say at a security conference in Bahrain on Saturday.

Iran has plotted high-profile assassinations, but without success. The US revealed in August that John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, both senior officials under the Donald Trump administration, had been targets of the regime.

Saudi State Minister Adel Al-Jubeir was also in the crosshairs of Iranian spies, who planned to kill him at a Washington DC restaurant while he was serving as the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US. Iran’s $1.5 million contract to kill him was traced by US authorities, and Iranian US dual national Mansour Arbabsiar was arrested.

US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley told CBC, in an interview to be aired on Sunday: “We know there’s been active plotting against Americans, former and current officials. And that’s something that we have been absolutely resolute in saying, that regardless of any differences that we may have among Americans, one thing where we stand together is in defending any American — official, non-official, in uniform, out of uniform.”

(With input from AFP)


The Terrorist Authority: Marrying 72 Virgins in Paradise Is Better Than Marrying & Having a Family

There is “nothing more precious” than when your son dies as “a Martyr for the homeland.”

That is what the Palestinian Authority (PA) expects parents to feel when their children are killed during their terror attacks, and that is the message the PA expects parents to publicly declare and pass on to others.

The mother of Martyr Salameh, like all the mothers of the Palestinian Martyrs, looks at her son for the last time. She holds on and considers her son a Martyr for the homeland, which there is nothing more precious than it. [emphasis added]

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2022]

The PA presents Palestinian parents, and especially mothers, as possessing a unique power based on an Islamic religious belief that enables them to smile when their terrorist children die, and rejoice over their “wedding” to the 72 virgins in Paradise, rather than marrying their betrothed in real life.

The official PA daily said this is “an ability that is inherited by the Martyrs’ mothers,” who are different than other mothers:

The Martyr’s mother pushed her way between his friends in the hospital halls, and with a smile that did not leave her face called out: “Our groom is handsome, do not say he’s dark-skinned, where is the groom?” This is an ability that is inherited by the Martyrs’ mothers. They deviate from the rules of farewell and demonstrate such endurance while bidding farewell to their sons.” [emphasis added]

This particular character trait in Palestinian women has been highlighted by Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki as Palestinian Media Watch has exposed. Zaki praised Palestinian women for not grieving when losing their loved ones as do other women.

Palestinian women are not like any other women in the world. All [the other] women worry about their loved ones, their children, and their husbands much more, and when they die even a natural death, [the women] tear at their cheeks and go crazy, [and call] “Allahu Akbar.” The Palestinian women, due to all the suffering and massacres that they have seen, view their children as insignificant compared to the homeland. [They] have seen great people die for the cause, and all they do is make sounds of joy for the Martyrs, be proud of Martyrdom, and sing for the grooms.

[Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, April 29, 2021]

The above text claiming “nothing is more precious” than when one’s son dies a “Martyr,” was part of a report in the official PA paper entitled “the supreme wedding,” which told the story of Farouq Salameh — a 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist and senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization who was involved in the murder of Israeli Police officer Noam Raz in Jenin on May 13, 2022. When Israeli security forces attempted to arrest Salameh, he shot at them and was killed by return fire.

Salameh was engaged and just two days away from his wedding, but instead, guests attended his Martyr funeral, which in Palestinian Islam is considered his “wedding” to the 72 virgins in Paradise. The article in the official PA daily referred to it as: “The most supreme, most festive, and loftiest wedding of a groom who was not present at his wedding celebration.”

The PA has also taught Palestinians that the mothers of Martyrs are “the most beautiful” and “the most exalted” because “they taught their children that victory is not achieved through words and slogans but through strong red blood,” and ”that the land will not be liberated until it is saturated with the blood of its sons”:

Official PA TV host: “Good evening. The most sacred mothers are the Martyrs’ mothers. They are the most beautiful mothers because they taught their children that victory is not achieved through words and slogans, but through strong red blood. They are the most exalted mothers because they taught their children that the land will not be liberated until it is saturated with the blood of its sons. If mothers are a school for preparing the generations, then the Martyrs’ mothers are a special school that brings up heroes who honor their nation and their homeland. … Mother’s Day greetings to all the mothers and to the Martyrs’ mothers. Wishing you all the best.” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV, March 21, 2022]

PA TV broadcast this message on Palestinian Mother’s Day, March 21, 2022

The author is a senior analyst at Palestinian Media Watch, where a version of this article first appeared.