Muslim terrorism perhaps? Needles found on Canadian beaches and in Australian fruit. David Archibald investigates.
Has the “Islamic Revolutionary Force” been planting glass and needles on Canada’s beaches? By Robert Spencer, May 2018.
Brad Hammond lives on the waterfront at Kirby’s Beach in Ontario, and he had never seen anything like it: glass shards and sewing needles had been deliberately planted at intervals along the beach, leading to the beach being closed for the first time in his memory. …
Several weeks ago, Toronto-area media outlets received a letter purporting to be from a group called the Islamic Revolutionary Force, vowing to “destroy your beaches from Toronto to North Bay.”
The letter explained: “We do this because you reject Islam and follow the Great Satan. Infidels you allow your women to disgracefully, shamelessly parade around your beaches all but naked!” …
The letter added: “Yes we cannot pull off anything like 9-11. But we can destroy your tourist industry, hurt your people, de-rail your trains, poison your water supply, start devastating forest fires….”
One thing is certain, however: this kind of thing never happened before jihad terror became a commonplace feature of life in the West. The beaches have been strewn with glass either by jihadis or by pranksters who admire the jihadis and want to “strike terror” into people’s hearts (cf. Qur’an 8:60), as jihadis do.
The start of Muslim food terrorism? By Larry Pickering, September 2018.
My pancake strawberries at $2 a punnet were a financial attraction, but now needles have spread to apples and bananas the attraction is waning fast as it becomes clear that this is no longer just a stupid prank. It is a well-organised system intended to destroy an economy.
Naturally the mainstream media will not consider a Muslim connection. It fails to consider anything despicable that might smell of Islam. …
The bastardry is now in all States and that implies an organisation.
It cannot be people working in the growers’ packing sheds or manufacturers’ factories, it would be impossible to hide needle insertions from all employees. And at least one terrorist would be needed in every industry.
No the “best terrorist” system is to conduct this sabotage in the supermarket where the food available can easily be handled without raising attention. Not like in a corner store.
And so far only supermarkets have been targeted.
Needles can easily be inserted through plastic containers or styrofoam without attracting attention as shoppers are commonly seen inspecting the produce.
National security must extend to protecting food and agriculture, by Anthony Bergen, September 2018.
The ongoing reports of strawberry contamination highlight how the safety, security and operation of our food system can be deliberately challenged. Nine confirmed cases have been identified, with six brands of strawberries affected. Coles and Aldi have pulled all Queensland-grown strawberries from shelves across Australia. There are fears of copycat behaviour.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. There are other unconfirmed reports of contamination. Across the Tasman one of New Zealand’s two major food distributors is taking the fruit off its shelves as a precaution.
We don’t know the motive for these criminal acts. But given the size and critical role our food systems play, it shows how Australia’s food and agriculture systems could be attractive terrorist targets. Terrorists may target a food product because of the potential impact on the economy, generating fear and undermining trust in the government.
Strawberry growers deep in the red as crisis bites, by Sue Neales, September 2018.
Strawberry growers are dumping thousands of tonnes of fruit, laying off workers and killing crops they cannot sell as the contamination scare widens.
Farmer associations called for calm and “common sense” as sales plummeted and prices hit 50c a punnet.
Food for thought. Let’s see what develops.