Muslim Corner: Gaza supporter killed, # UN sanctions on Burma, # Taliban opens office in Turkey, # DOJ fights for everthing Muslim

April 16, 2011
By CMAC

Horrific fate of peace activist kidnapped in Gaza

Israel would not be fighting against them if they were good guys.

By Daily Mail Reporter

  • Body of Italian Vittorio Arrigoni was found dumped in a deserted house
  • Activist taken by Islamic hardliners who wanted Hamas to release leader
  • Mass protests by Palestinians and Mr Arrigoni’s colleagues in wake of killing

A peace activist has been found hanged in an abandoned house in the Gaza Strip just hours after he was paraded on YouTube by his abductors.

Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, was blindfolded and had been badly beaten before the broadcast. A hand was seen pulling his head up by his hair to face the camera.

The video, posted just hours after the pacifist was kidnapped, sparked a frantic race against time to track him down before he was killed.

But though Hamas security forces quickly received a tip-off about his whereabouts in Gaza’s Sheikh Rudawan district, they arrived too late to save him.

Peace activist: Vittorio Arrigoni - bloodied and bound - in a screengrab from the Jihadist's YouTube video
Peace activist: Vittorio Arrigoni – bloodied and bound – in a screengrab from the Jihadist’s YouTube video
Abandoned: Hamas officials guard the house in the Al Karama area of Gaza City where Mr Arrigoni's body was found
Abandoned: Hamas officials guard the house in the Al Karama area of Gaza City where Mr Arrigoni’s body was found

Mr Arrigoni, an Italian, was found lying in a corridor in the deserted house. He was dressed in black, in the same clothes he had been wearing in the video.

‘It was hard to see him unless someone told you he was there because he was laid against the wall on the floor,’ a witness who had been at the scene said.

‘There was no sign he was shot. It is believed he was either hanged then laid down, or strangled on the ground.’

Murdered: Mr Arrigoni's body was found abandoned in a corridor
Murdered: Mr Arrigoni’s body was found abandoned in a corridor

Mr Arrigoni had lived in Gaza since August 2008 after arriving on a boat bringing humanitarian supplies.

He was abducted by an Al Qaeda-linked Jihadist group, who were attempting to put pressure on Hamas, which runs the enclave, to release its leader Hesham al-Sa’eedni.

In the Arabic text that accompanied the YouTube video, his kidnappers described Italy as ‘the infidel state’ and said that Mr Arrigoni had ‘entered our land only to spread corruption.’

Even though they demanded the release of their al-Sa’eedni, the group – who call themselves Monotheism and Holy War – gave Hamas no time to hand him over.

Instead, they executed their hostage, who helped Gaza fishermen deal with Israel’s tight maritime blockade, and left his body for the security forces to find. 

Two men have been arrested and others are being sought.

The scene of the killing in Gaza’s Sheikh Rudawan neighbourhood was very tense. The house where the hostage was killed was still cordoned off as investigations continued. cordoned off the house.

Mt Arrigoni’s abduction and killing has shocked the stricken region, inured as it is to clashes between Hamas fighters and Israeli forces.

‘I was about to cry when I heard the news. That man quit his family for us, for Gaza, and now Gazans killed him. That was so bad,’ said supermarket owner Abu Ahmed.

Samira Ali, a teacher, said: ‘Those who killed him are not Muslims and certainly not Palestinians.’

Silvia Todeschini, a friend and fellow member of the International Solidarity Movement, worked with Arrigoni in Gaza.

‘Victor (Vittorio) worked with the Palestinians, he worked for the Palestinians,’ she said.

‘He worked with fishermen, he accompanied fishermen when they were going to fish, in non-violent interpositions on the maritime limit imposed by the Israeli navy.

 

Kill me too: Palestinians and foreign activists carry banners through Ramallah after they heard of Arrigoni's murder
Kill me too: Palestinians and foreign activists carry banners through Ramallah after they heard of Arrigoni’s murder
Anger: A protester holds a banner condemning the killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza
Anger: A protester holds a banner condemning the killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza

Popular: Palestinians carry a symbolic coffin decorated with the Italian flag during a ceremony to mourn and denounce the kidnapping and killing Mr Arrigoni

Popular: Palestinians carry a symbolic coffin decorated with the Italian flag during a ceremony to mourn and denounce the kidnapping and killing Mr Arrigoni

‘He used to work with farmers when they used to go to cultivate their lands near the buffer zone with Israel, the scene of many shooting incidents over the past four years.’

Todeschini said activist friends did not believe it when they were told police had found the body of Arrigoni.

WELL KNOWN AND WELL LIKED, THE ACTIVIST WITH A PIPE AND A BERET

Arrigoni
A peace activist, blogger and occasional freelance journalist, Arrigoni was a well-known figure in Gaza – and well-liked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was frequently seen clenching a pipe between his teeth and wearing a beret in a likeness to Che Guevara, as well as bracelets in the red, black, green and white colors of the Palestinian flag.

Arrigoni was an outspoken critic of Israel, but in an interview in 2008 he also also criticised Muslim extremists for trying to impose a hardline version of Islam in Gaza.

He noted the increase in the number of Gazan women wearing Islamic face veils and the fact that young women were barred from participating in public life.

Arrigoni had come to Gaza as a pro-Palestinian activist and worked with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which operates in the West Bank and Gaza

In 2003, an American ISM activist, Rachel Corrie, was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer in a combat zone in southern Gaza while trying to block its path.

A British activist with the group was fatally shot by an Israeli soldier in the same area that year. A third ISM activist, a Palestinian, was shot and killed by Palestinian militants in the West Bank town of Jenin in 2007.

‘At the beginning we did not believe it, we thought it was just a joke. But then we saw the video and we believed it.’

‘We really know that most of the Palestinians are not murderers and that they understand that we are here working for them,’ she said.

Arrigoni was the first foreign national to be abducted in Gaza since BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who was held for 114 days by an al Qaeda-inspired group named the Army of Islam. He was released in 2007.

Ehab Al-Ghssain, spokesman for the Hamas Interior Ministry, told a news conference the arrest and questioning of one of the group had led to the discovery of where Arrigoni was being held.

He said: ‘The forces moved quickly and wisely to the place but found that the abducted man was killed hours earlier in an ugly manner, according to the pathologists.’

Ghssain claimed the abductors recently had rented the house where the body was found and had used someone else’s car to try to conceal their identities.

He added: ‘Their intention from the very beginning was to kill their victim, because the crime took place after a short period of his abduction,’ he said.

Ghssain said the killing could jeopardise more solidarity missions such as flotillas that have tried to run the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza.

International activists plan to sail as many as 15 ships there late next month.

Ghassin said those responsible for Arrigoni’s death had served Israel’s intentions by ‘trying to terrorise the people who support the Palestinian people in Gaza.’

In Rome, the Italian Foreign Ministry condemned what it called a ‘barbaric murder’ and a ‘vile and irrational gesture of violence on the part of extremists indifferent to the value of a human life.’

Journalists were not allowed to see the body in the morgue and could not independently confirm the cause of death given by Hamas. An Italian doctor was on his way from Israel to examine the body, officials said.

Hamas vehemently opposes Salafists who espouse a more extreme form of Islam and appear to be attracting recruits – including members of Hamas.

Though it shares al Qaeda’s enmity toward the Jewish state, Hamas has provoked Salafist anger by forging truces with the Israelis and considering political deals with secular Palestinian parties.

The Salafists, who see Hamas as insufficiently zealous in enforcing Islamic law, have also attacked Internet cafes and want Christians expelled from Palestine.

Palestinian and Israeli analysts believe some Gaza-based Salafists are foreigners who slipped in through the neighbouring Egyptian Sinai.

 

HAMAS, ITS RIVALS AND THE INSTABILITY OF GAZA

There are half a dozen radical Islamist groups in Gaza with membership numbering in the hundreds. The differences between them are unclear.

Some analysts believe they work in cells to evade Hamas pressure. All want to end Western influence and establish an Islamic state across the Middle East.

Hamas wants a Palestinian state, albeit an Islamic one. It has largely refrained from imposing Islamic law since taking control of Gaza in 2007 and has also condemned al Qaeda attacks in Western cities.

Shock: Friends of Mr Arrigoni's at the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) office in Gaza City were also deeply distressed by his death
Shock: Friends of Mr Arrigoni’s at the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) office in Gaza City were also deeply distressed by his death
Distraught: Friends of Mr Arrigoni mourn at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city after hearing of his death
Distraught: Friends of Mr Arrigoni mourn at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city after hearing of his death

Hamas, with some 25,000 men under arms, has said its more radical rivals are simply misguided offered them ‘re-education’.

Palestinian analyst Hani Masri said it was premature to say Hamas has lost control of Gaza.

‘Such incidents can happen anywhere,’ he said. But this would have an impact on Hamas.

‘If Hamas is trying to show an image of moderation and could not get something in return from the international community, this will leave a vacuum for more radical groups, even within Hamas itself,’ Masri said.

George Giacaman, political analyst at Birzeit University in the West Bank, saw Arrigoni’s murder as ‘a tremendous challenge for the authority of Hamas … a huge embarrassment for them’.

The movement, armed by Iran and shunned as a terrorist organisation by the West, is trying ‘to make their authority in Gaza acceptable for the Arabs and foreign countries’, he said.

It had succeeded to a certain extent in stopping the firing of rockets and mortars into Israel over the past two years, and it would now be most intent on restoring control with rigour.

But there were risks attached to that course, he said.

Hamas forces in August 2009 killed 28 people, mostly Salafis, in the storming of a mosque where a radical cleric who supported al Qaeda surrounded himself with armed men and declared an Islamic emirate.

‘They cannot do that every day,’ Giacaman said.

By Daily Mail Reporter

 

INDONESIA: Fall Down, Go Boom! Or is it Go Boom, Fall Down? Muslim Suicide Bomber blows himself up in a mosque

Posted: April 16, 2011 | Author: barenakedislam | Filed under: Muslims vs Muslims | Leave a comment »

In that so-called ‘moderate’ Muslim country of Indonesia, a suicide bomber blew himself up as worshippers were praying on Friday, wounding 28 in the first attack on a mosque since Islamic terrorists started targeting the predominantly Muslim country a decade ago.

MSNBC - JAKARTA, Indonesia -The victims, including a local police chief, were rushed to hospitals with nails, nuts and bolts embedded in their bodies, said Yeni Rahmawati, a hospital spokeswoman.

Though houses of worship are commonly targeted by militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Irq, the attack in the West Java town of Cirebon was a first for Indonesia. Experts worry it could signal a “hardening” of local militants and a shift in tactics.

Indonesia, a secular nation of 237 million people, was thrust into the front lines in the battle against terrorism in 2002, when the al-Qaida-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah attacked two crowded nightclubs on Bali island, killing 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.

Several, less deadly suicide bombings have targeted Westerners since then. The most recent was two years ago, which experts attribute in part to a successful police crackdown.

In the last year, however, militants seeking to carve out an Islamic state have said the country’s moderate leaders — including the president — and security forces would be their main targets.

They’ve since attacked several police posts, but never a mosque, and Friday’s move showed just how little they seem to care now about public opinion. Even former Jemaah Islamiyah members were outraged.

“To attack Muslims as their performing Friday prayers?!” said Abu Ghifari, who quit the group because he disagreed with some of its doctrines. “It’s a great sin!” (But not a word when they blow up churches)

West Java police chief, Maj. Gen. Suparni Parto, told El-Shinta radio the mangled body of the suicide bomber was found at the scene. He was apparently wearing a suicide vest beneath his black Islamic robes and sitting among dozens of worshippers when he set off his bomb with a cry of “God is great!” said Agus Riyanto, a police spokesman.

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Why is Kim Kardashian seething with anger at Turkish Cosmopolitan this month?

Posted: April 16, 2011 | Author: barenakedislam | Filed under: Persecution of Christians | 2 Comments »

Kim Kardashian, of Armenian heritage, is shocked that Turkish Cosmo would put her on the cover the same day as Genocide Remembrance Day, which marks the systematic extermination of the Armenian population by Turkey during and following World War I.

But I bet she doesn’t go rampaging in the streets and killing innocent people.

UK DAILY MAIL –Today Kim said she had no idea that the image would be used as the cover shot. ’I just found out today that I am on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in Turkey this month,’ she wrote.

‘Cosmopolitan Magazine has a number of international editions all around the world that run in various territories, and when I did this shoot for the international covers I had no idea that Turkey was planning to run my story on their cover THIS month, considering Genocide Remembrance Day is this month.

‘My Armenian heritage means a lot to me and I’ve been brought up to be incredibly proud of my family’s background and culture so as an Armenian-American woman it is a huge honour for me to be on the first ever Armenian Cosmopolitan cover.’

Sources told website TMZ that Cosmopolitan neglected to tell Kim’s representation that the Turkish publication would be using the picture, and that there was no way Kim would have ever allowed it. To make matters worse, the edition coincides with April 24, the date in which Armenians commemorate the genocide.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE:

Armenian protesters in 2000 mark the 85th anniversary of the massacre by carrying a banner showing Turkish troops next to the body of Armenians 

The Ottoman Empire was once a powerful force throughout the world that was governed from Turkey. Turkey was made up mainly of Muslims but the population of Armenia, which also formed part of the Ottoman Empire, were Christians.

The empire’s rulers based in Turkey classed the minority Armenians as second class citizens. A series of massacres of the Armenians at the turn of the century were meant to dampen their spirit but their protests continued.

Further violence came when the Young Turks seized power of Turkey in 1909 and later joined forces with Germany and Austria-Hungary to fight in World War I. They wanted a nationalist Turkish state and began advancing eastward to take control of Armenia whose territory was split between Russia and the Ottomans.

Under the cover of the war, from 1915 the Turkish rulers are said to have ordered Armenians from their homes under the disguise of a resettlement program. Up to one and a half million were driven into the Syrian desert and murdered in the first genocide in history.

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TURKEY legitimizes terrorists with a brand new office for the Taliban.

Posted: April 15, 2011 | Author: barenakedislam | Filed under: EnemyWithin-foreign | 8 Comments »

So, when do we start bombing Turkey? Oh wait, did Barack Obama think this one up? We know he’s been trying desperately to negotiate a deal with Taliban in Afghanistan. But they’ve been laughing at the fool.

REUTERS -(H/T Susan K)-ANKARA – Turkey is working to open a political office for the Taliban in Istanbul, a close aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, the first explicit comments on the plan.

“It’s being negotiated right now,” Ibrahim Kalin told the Hurriyet daily, adding the office would be located in
Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul. Muslim Turkey, which has hosted talks aimed at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said before that it is open to the establishment of a diplomatic presence for the Taliban to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani official, speaking during a visit by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to Ankara on Thursday, told Reuters Pakistan would back such a plan. Analysts say that any solution to the Afghan conflict would probably require the support of Pakistan (Home to a huge Taliban problem of its own).

But Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who came second behind Hamid Karzai in Afghan presidential elections in 2009, told Hurriyet that opening an office for the Taliban would help “legalize a terrorist organization.”

“Turkey has a generally constructive role in Afghanistan. However, we recently learned of plans to open a Taliban office in Turkey, which will not help build trust within a majority in Afghanistan who do not support the Taliban,” Abdullah said.

Turkey in talks on Taliban office in Istanbul

It’s not about borders or nationalities or groups/nomme de jour, it’s about the ideology. Period. It is Islam.

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Their man in the White House

Turkey in talks on Taliban office in Istanbul Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is working to open a political office for the Taliban in Istanbul, a close aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, the first explicit comments on the plan.

“It’s being negotiated right now,” Ibrahim Kalin told the Hurriyet daily, adding the office would be located in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.

Muslim Turkey, which has hosted talks aimed at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said before that it is open to the establishment of a diplomatic presence for the Taliban to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

Or as Atlas reader James B. succinctly put it: Grand Opening of the Othman Suleimanic Centre for Continuing Jihad!

Morte on the increasing islamization of Turkey from Caroline Glick here:

Turkey’s Cautionary Tale

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Assad: ‘I realize there is a gap between the state, people’

Syrian president addresses country in response to massive nationwide protests, urges patience, dialogue with unions and populace, says state of emergency could be lifted as soon as next week.

Eyeing nuclear sites, Iran tests new anti-aircraft missile
Missile has higher “destruction power” and is meant to defend Tehran’s nuclear plants, report says; official blames US, Israel for Stuxnet worm.
Two more Gazans arrested in murder of Italian activist
Vittorio Arrigoni’s body found early Friday by Hamas security officials; Al-Qaida aligned group had threatened to kill him if demands not met.
Libya: Three killed in Misrata clashes, rebels say
Forces loyal to Gaddafi fire over 100 Grads at rebel-held city; Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy acknowledge new mission goes beyond UN mandate.
Ayalon: There’s no other solution than to topple Hamas
Cabel, Bielski: Gov’t must pay any price to secure Schalit’s release; Deputy foreign minister: Only ending Hamas rule can stop rockets.
Israel gears up for Passover and Easter tourists
More than 250,000 visitors expected over holiday season; Ministry of Tourism’s ‘faith tourism’ industry seeks to increase Christian visitors

‘Officer in N. Command warns Hezbollah commanders’
London-based ‘Al-Hayyat’ prints warning to Hezbollah officials in s. Lebanon against firing rockets, reportedly from senior IDF commander.
IAF strikes 2 targets in Gaza following Ashdod Grads
Hamas sent secret message to Israel saying it is doing “everything” to stop rocket fire, according to Channel 10 report.
Barak welcomes US decision to help fund Iron Dome
US to give $205 million towards developing and equipping rocket defense system as part of annual budget.
Obama likens Pessah liberation to changes in Mideast
US president associates Passover story with recent Mideast “social transformation, liberation”; prays for peace between Israel, neighbors.
Arab World: The kingdom’s fearless radicals
Jihadi forces are threatening to carry out attacks in Jordan forcing the state to beef up security. Have Islamists lost their fear of authorities?

OMG! These American Christians put American Jews to shame

Posted: April 15, 2011 | Author: barenakedislam | Filed under: Say WHAT? | 11 Comments »

1,000 American Christians have signed a document about their plan to convert to Judaism, move to Israel, settle in Samaria, and join the Israeli Defense Forces.

I am truly humbled by this extraordinary show of support for Israel.

YNET NEWS The group members are seeking to serve in the IDF and later establish communities based on the Kibbutz movement model. The document was presented to Yisrael Beiteinu Knesset Member Lia Shemtov, who met with the group’s representative last week and promised to offer her help in facilitating the initiative.

The Christian group’s representative, Baruch Abramovich, said he was hopeful that MK Shemtov would be able to elicit the government’s support for the initiative.

Ironically, the venture received a boost through the help of priests at some 70 different churches in the US, who last summer urged their followers to boycott Abramovich and his new community. The broad media coverage attracted many new participants to the initiative.

The Christian group seeks to purchase land in Samaria, and Abramovich says that in Missouri alone a community of some 400 people is already keeping the Shabbat.

“They manage collective kibbutz life and aspire to create such community in Samaria, or in any area that would like to absorb people who truly love Israel and the Jewish religion,” he said.

MK Shemtov expressed her support for the idea, noting that “bringing hundreds of educated, established people to Israel will help in developing Samaria and reinforcing it as an inseparable part of the State of Israel. We are dealing with people who wish to undergo Orthodox conversion, contribute to the economy, and even to serve in the IDF.”

Officials at the Samaria Regional council confirmed that they were approached about the initiative, but noted that according to the Law of Return, only Jews can move to Israel and receive citizenship. (Well, they WILL be Jews by the time they get there. DUH!) “If families from this group undergo proper conversion and move to Israel in line with the Law of Return, we’ll of course be happy to welcome them in Samaria,” one official said.

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Allen West to liberals: “Let me be clear…”

Posted: April 15, 2011 | Author: barenakedislam | Filed under: Allen West | 18 Comments »

“You do NOT want to put Allen West in a bad mood.”

The Hill –Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) used an email to constituents to respond to a threat against his Florida office last week and to warn critics to “be careful of whom you are choosing to employ these tactics against.”

Last week, West’s Florida office received an envelope containing white powder and a letter with derogatory remarks directed at the congressman. A hazmat team later determined the powder wasn’t harmful.

“This incident, is just another in several incidents that have occurred over the last couple of years and, have put me in quite a bad mood,” West wrote in an email sent to constituents Tuesday.

He offered the example of a “liberal blogger publicly stating that he wanted to ‘skin me alive,’ ” and a protest outside his office led by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) “castigating me as a ‘misogynist.’ “ “I find it interesting that in all of these instances, the media simply dismissed the incidents,” West said. “One might wonder — is it open season on a principled black conservative?”

West, a retired Army colonel, has become a national figure among Tea Party activists since defeating Democrat Ron Klein last November. The Florida Republican will be a top target of national Democrats seeking to regain the majority in the House in 2012.

“Let me be very clear to all reading this missive, but mostly to liberals who subscribe to this behavior, be careful of whom you are choosing to employ these tactics against,” wrote West. “I consider myself an easy-going fella who will always engage in intense intellectual exchange. However, if you choose this path of personal attacks, intimidation, and threats you will encounter a very different Congressman (LTC. Ret) Allen B. West.”

DRAFT ALLEN WEST 2012

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Obama’s DOJ Fails in Relentless Prosecution of Anti-Communist CIA Agent

After refusing to prosecute the Muslim Brotherhood proxy groups in the US for funding jihad terror (despite overwhelming evidence and the groups’ being named as unindicted co-conspirators) and dropping the case against the Black Panther thugs who were threatening voters on election day with billy clubs, here is who Obama’s DoJ is persecuting.

Why Did Obama DOJ Prosecute Anti-Communist CIA Agent? Judicial Watch (hat tip June)

With a military officer from a terrorist-sponsoring nation and a washed out journalist as key witnesses, the Obama Justice Department has suffered an embarrassing defeat after dedicating infinite resources to prosecute an elderly CIA operative who fought communism.

The 83-year-old, Luis Posada Carriles, once worked to destabilize communist governments throughout Latin America and the Obama Administration was determined to convict him for something. So the Justice Department mounted quite a performance during a 13-week trial in El Paso Texas, flying in a lieutenant colonel from Cuba, which for years has appeared on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist-sponsoring nations, to testify against him.

The government’s other star witness was a notoriously leftwing author, Ann Louise Bardach, who once worked for the New York Times and has written several favorable books about Cuba’s oppressive communist regime. Bardach testified that more than a decade ago Carriles bragged about his anti-Castro militancy, which supposedly included organizing bombings in Havana to scare tourists and blowing up a jetliner in the 1970s.

Frail and somewhat decrepit, Carriles had been charged by the feds with nearly a dozen counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and immigration fraud. The case was such a stretch that jurors took about three hours to acquit him after hearing testimony from dozens of witnesses over several months. One media report said federal prosecutors sat “dejectedly” upon hearing the verdict after “painstakingly” building their case by calling 23 witnesses.

Another news story said the short deliberations surprised many as did the across-the-board acquittals. Though jurors left without commenting, defense attorneys suggested their quick verdict indicated that they felt the government framed Carriles and exaggerated the evidence. The Cuban government quickly denounced the acquittal as a “farce” and “mafia justice.”

More here.

OT, related: Obama’s Department of Justice Sues School District on Behalf of Hajj-tripping Muslim Teacher

Eric Holder: Black Panther Case Demeans “My People”

Lema Bashir, Stealth Jihadist at Obama’s DoJ, Sabotaged/Disenfranchised the Military Vote?

Sharia Victory: New Jersey County Caves to Obama’s Department of Justice Hijabed Lawsuit

High Treason: Obama and Holder Drop Indictments Against Muslim Brotherhood-Tied Group CAIR et al at DoJ

For years Atlas and Atlas readers wanted to know why there were no indictments and prosecutions of the Muslim Brotherhood co-conspirators (CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MAS) named in the largest terror funding trial in US history (here, for example). Obama and Holder appear to have scuttled them, much the same way as they dropped the voter intimidation charges against the Black Panthers (a case that was, by and large, already won).

I have been waiting on an explosive FOIA — and the DoJ has been unresponsive, pushing back my request to an indeterminate time due to “backlog.”

Remember in 2012 to volunteer, support, and campaign for politicans who promise to follow through on prosecuting Muslim Brotherhood terror-tied groups in the US. DO IT!

Did Obama and Holder Scuttle Terror Finance Prosecutions? PJM

High-level source concedes DOJ let off CAIR co-founders and others for political reasons.

During the House Homeland Security hearing last month on the topic of radicalization in the American Muslim community, one exchange between L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) concerned the relationship between the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and Hamas terrorist front the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Sheriff Baca told the congressman:

We don’t play around with criminals in my world. If CAIR is an organization that is a quote “criminal organization,” prosecute them. Hold them accountable and bring them to trial.

But according to a high-ranking source within the Department of Justice, who spoke exclusively to Pajamas Media on the condition of anonymity, Sheriff Baca, a long-time supporter of CAIR, was probably already in on the joke.

The joke is that a number of leaders of Islamic organizations (all of whom publicly opposed the King hearings on Muslim radicalization) were about to be indicted on terror finance support charges by the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, which had been investigating the case for most of the past decade.

But those indictments were scuttled last year at the direction of top-level political appointees within the Department of Justice (DOJ) — and possibly even the White House.

Included in those indictments was at least one of the co-founders of CAIR, based on “Declination of Prosecution of Omar Ahmad,” a March 31 DOJ legal memo from Assistant Attorney General David Kris to Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler. A second DOJ official familiar with the investigation independently confirmed these details. Omar Ahmad is one of CAIR’s co-founders and its chairman emeritus. He was personally named, along with CAIR itself, as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror finance trial in 2007 and 2008. During the trial FBI Agent Lara Burns testified that both Omar Ahmad and current CAIR executive director Nihad Awad were caught on FBI wiretaps attending a 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders in Philadelphia.

Dean Boyd, public affairs representative for the DOJ National Security Division, declined to provide me a copy of the March 31, 2010, memo dropping the Omar Ahmad prosecution. Directing me to submit a FOIA request, Boyd did say that “as a general rule, internal DOJ deliberation memos spelling out arguments for or against potential prosecution of any particular suspect are not public.”

Pajamas Media will be filing a FOIA request for all the related documents in this case.

According to my source, the chief reason outlined in the DOJ memo declining to prosecute CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad was the issue of potential jury nullification. The first Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007 ended in a hung jury. When the case was retried in 2008, all five defendants, former executives of the Holy Land Foundation, were convicted on all 108 counts.

But, according to our DOJ source, possible jury nullification was hardly the primary issue in the DOJ’s scuttling of the terror finance prosecutions. “This was a political decision from the get-go,” the source said.

It was always the plan to initially go after the [Holy Land Foundation] leaders first and then go after the rest of the accomplices in a second round of prosecutions. From a purely legal point of view, the case was solid. Jim Jacks [the U.S. attorney in Dallas who prosecuted the Holy Land Foundation executives] and his team were ready to go. There’s a mountain of evidence against all of these groups that was never introduced during the Holy Land trial and it is damning. We’ve got them on wiretaps. That’s exactly why many of these leaders and groups were named unindicted co-conspirators in the first round of prosecutions.

But from a political perspective there was absolutely no way that they could move forward. That’s why this decision came from the top down. These individuals who were going to be prosecuted are still the administration’s interfaith allies. Not only would these Muslim groups and their friends in the media be screaming “Islamophobia” at the top of their lungs and that this is a war against Islam, but the administration would look like absolute fools. It’s kind of hard to prosecute someone on material support for terrorism when you have pictures of them getting handed awards from DOJ and FBI leaders for their supposed counter-terror efforts. How would Holder explain that when we’re carting off these prominent Islamic leaders in handcuffs for their role in a terror finance conspiracy we’ve been investigating for years? This is how bad the problem is. Why are we continuing to have anything to do with these groups knowing what we know?

Does Islam Breed Violence?

Amil Imani

So many people are claiming that Islam is peaceful and that terrorists are misguided, but is this really true? A former Muslim gives his view.

War is deceit,” Muhammad said, and “the attack came during a meeting between Afghan soldiers and ISAF mentors.”

“Uniformed suicide bomber kills 9 at Afghan military base,” from CNN, April 16:

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform killed five foreign soldiers at a military base in eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said Saturday.

Four Afghan soldiers were also killed in the attack, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The attack happened at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman Province and was the worst in some time, the ISAF spokesman said.

He added the attack came during a meeting between Afghan soldiers and ISAF mentors.

The suicide bomber was wearing an Afghan National Army uniform when he detonated the explosives. The blast wounded eight more Afghan soldiers and four interpreters.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed claimed 12 foreign soldiers and four Afghan military service members died in the attack. He said the bomber, Abdul Ghani, “joined the Afghan National Army a month ago in order to kill the invaders.”

The ISAF spokesman said he was unable to provide further details about the attack and referred requests for more detailed information to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. The Laghman Province base is controlled by the Afghan National Security Forces, the spokesman said.

Gen. Zaher Azimi, a Ministry of Defense spokesman, said he wouldn’t comment on the Taliban spokesman’s claim.

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Instead of handwringing about “Islamophobia,” the UN and the governments of the West should be working toward a ban on Islamic blasphemy laws, on human rights grounds. But that, of course, will never happen as long as the Organization of the Islamic Conference remains in the driver’s seat at the UN and no one has the guts to challenge it.

“Punjab, Muslims attack a Christian village,” by Jibran Khan for Asia News, April 16 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Gurjarnwala (AsiaNews) – Hundreds of Muslims attacked the Christian village of Khokarki this morning a few miles from the city of Gujranwala (Punjab), forcing its inhabitants to flee. According to AsiaNews sources, anonymous for security reasons, the attack took place following a dispute between Christian Mushtag gill and some local Muslims, who had accused the man and his son of blasphemy.Mushtaq, 60, and his son, are accused of having desecrated the Koran. The police arrested them yesterday, after complaints of some Muslims who claim to have found torn pages of the Qu’ran in a bag hidden near the home of two Christians….

On 5 April in Chak Jhumra (Faisalab, Punjab), another Christian, Arif Masih, was arrested by police for allegedly ripping pages of the Qur’an. The Muslim community in the village took the defences of man, who is the victim of a personal vendetta for a matter related to land.

According to data from the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church (NCJP), between 1986 to August 2009 at least 964 people were charged with desecrating the Qur’an or defaming the Prophet Muhammad. Among these, 479 were Muslims, 119 Christians, 340 Ahmadis, 14 Hindus and 10 from other religions. It also provides a pretext for attacks, personal vendettas or extra-judicial killings: 33 in all, carried out by individuals or angry crowds.

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War is deceit, Muhammad said. But the Canada Revenue Agency caught up with this shell game. “Former charity funded terror group: federal audit,” by Chloé Fedio for The Star, April 15 (thanks to RV):

Nearly $15 million of Canadian charitable donations were sent overseas to groups the taxman has labelled terrorist organizations, according to a federal audit obtained by the Toronto Star.

The audit states that International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada (IRFAN-Canada) used “deceptive fundraising” to support Hamas.

The Canada Revenue Agency announced its decision to revoke the status of the Mississauga-based charity last week. A lawyer for IRFAN-Canada said the charity has appealed the decision.

“Canada Revenue Agency’s position is really built on a pillar of sand,” said Naseer Syed.

However, a CRA report states that “IRFAN-Canada is an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas.” Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Canada, the U.S., the European Union and Israel.

Jihadists Without Borders:

IRFAN-Canada created promotional videos that the CRA said “demonize Israel, characterize the Arab-Israeli conflict as a religious war, appeal for all Arab and Muslim nations to join in the struggle against Israel and glorify martyrdom.”

But Syed said the CRA overstated the political content.

“As the promotional videos feature the potential recipients of humanitarian aid – the needy families affected by poverty, disease and war – discussing the poverty in Gaza in the immediate postwar period, it is difficult to imagine that the videos would not contain some political content.”

The decision to revoke the group’s status comes after years of tax audits and litigation over its alleged ties to Hamas. An audit of the charity’s 2002 fiscal year found that IRFAN-Canada “maintained partnerships” with organizations that have direct ties to Hamas.

The most recent audit, from Jan. 1, 2005 until Dec. 31, 2009, reveals that IRFAN-Canada gave $14.6 million to 15 organizations that have ties to Hamas.

They include the Gaza Ministry of Health, which the CRA said has been under Hamas control and direction since March 2006. Though Hamas does deliver social and humanitarian services, the CRA said those actions cannot be distinguished from the group’s terrorist activities.

It is refreshing to see a Western entity not trying to project an imaginary compartmentalization of operations on a jihad terrorist outfit where there is none. Qur’an 9:60 details the acceptable uses of zakat, or charity, and contrary to Western expectations that charitable groups like the Red Cross are strictly non-combatant, zakat is also earmarked for those “fighting in the cause of Allah.”

Syed said the charity helps people in need through local organizations and never knowingly dealt with Hamas.

Wink.

“The charity was trying to send a dialysis machine to Gaza,” Syed said. “The issue is, how to you get aid to Palestinians, especially in Gaza? All the parties that we’re dealing with are legal in their jurisdictions.”

No kidding: Hamas is legal in Gaza.

A United Nations agency credited the charity for donating US$1.2 million for the construction of a new girls’ school in the West Bank in 2009.

The CRA said IRFAN-Canada has damaged the integrity of the Canadian charity system. [...]

The audit also found that the charity failed to maintain proper records. The records the charity did provide for the audit period were often an “after-the-fact paper exercise” that showed it distributed $19 million in Canadian funds and $17 million in gifts-in-kind for projects outside Canada during that period.

The audit established that $13 million of the gifts-in-kind were transferred to organization with ties to Hamas.

Stockwell Day raised the charity’s alleged link to Hamas in Parliament when he was an opposition MP in 2004. He asked the Liberal government to investigate.

Day referenced a Privy Council report sent to Prime Minister Jean Chretien in 2000 that listed Povrel Jerusalem Fund for Human Services (JFHS) as a Canadian group with links to terrorist organizations.

The audit suggests that JFHS and IRFAN-Canada were consolidated in 2001. under the leadership of Rasem Abdel-Majid. The report states the consolidation was concealed, “leading us to consider the strong possibility that this exercise was intended to circumvent the CRA’s refusal to grant JFHS registration as a charity.”

Syed said IRFAN-Canada was formed independently and later acquired some assets from JFHS.

Though the IRFAN-Canada is no longer a charity, it still operates as a not-for profit organization.

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For the Muslim Brotherhood and kindred spirits, implementing discrimination against women and non-Muslims is not a “hijacking” of the revolution; it’s a charter flight. And we’re back to Square One: A democracy is only as good as the values that inform its participants.

The most dismal aspect of this story is that anyone is surprised that intolerance and discrimination rooted in Islamic texts and teachings are actually playing a role here. But those are the fruits of fantasy-based policy. “Clinton warns intolerance threatens Arab revolts,” by Matthew Lee for the Associated Press, April 15:

BERLIN — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning that rising intolerance toward women and religious minorities threatens to hijack democratic transitions around the Arab world and spread violent extremism.

Clinton told an award ceremony in the German capital on Friday that she was disturbed by recent developments in post-revolt Egypt in which women and Coptic Christians were singled out for attacks and abuse. She said such incidents test the unity of pro-democracy demonstrators whose peaceful protests ousted Egypt’s authoritarian president and could fracture the reform movement.

Clinton said she feared similar backsliding elsewhere in the Mideast and stressed it was critical for Egyptians and other Arabs whose nations are in the throes of change to resist intolerance and demand that their new leaders embrace open and inclusive governments.

Posted by Marisol on April 16, 2011 8:23 AM | 21 Comments
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I tried to tell you. Doesn’t Mark Giuliano know that only greasy Islamophobes think that these were not wholly secular, pluralistic, democratic revolutions? “FBI Counter-Terror Official: Al Qaeda ‘Thrives’ After Dictators Fall,” by Lee Ferran for ABC News, April 15 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):

On the same day reports emerged of a new al Qaeda video that praised the revolutions sweeping the Arab world, one the U.S.’s top counter-terror officials warned the terror organization “thrives” in the political unrest that follows.”The governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen have drastically changed in the last six months,” FBI Assistant Director of Counter-Terrorism Mark Giuliano said Thursday. “They are now led by transitional or interim governments, military regimes, or democratic alliances with no established track record on counterterrorism efforts. Al Qaeda thrives in such conditions and countries of weak governance and political instability — countries in which governments may be sympathetic to their campaign of violence.”

Giuliano made the comments at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy just hours before the first reports emerged of the new al Qaeda video, which features separate appearances by al Qaeda’s number two commander, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and American-born key commander in al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula (AQAP), Anwar al-Awlaki, each praising the recent uprisings. In the hour-plus long video, al-Zawahiri orders Muslims in Egypt to create an Islamic state there and calls for the Arab armies of the Middle East to intervene in Libya to oust dictator Moammar Gadhafi before “Western aid… turns into invasions.”

If Guiliano is wary of Islamic militant influence in the uprisings, especially in Libya, he’s is not alone. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her fears the revolt in Libya would be exploited by terror groups at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting in early March….

So why are we aiding them?

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An ominous sign of the continued turning of Turkey away from the West and toward the Islamic world. “Syria, Turkey sign security agreement focused,” from IKJNews, April 14 (thanks to Joshua):

Syria and Turkey have approved a counter-insurgency accord. Officials said the CI agreement would enhance security cooperation between Ankara and Damascus. They said the accord would focus on the Kurdish Workers Party, which operates in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. “This will formalize procedures that have already been taking place between our two countries,” a Turkish official said.Officials said the CI agreement would pave the way for the extradition of PKK members to either Syria and Turkey. They said several of the Kurdish insurgents captured by Turkey over the last year were identified as Syrian citizens or residents.

Another element of the accord was the establishment of a so-called hotline between the security establishments of Damascus and Ankara. They said one hotline has already been operating between the offices of the military chiefs of both countries….

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He showed no remorse. An update on this story. “Almaleki Receives 34-Year Sentence for Murder, Aggravated Assault,” from MyFoxPhoenix.com, April 15 (thanks to Block Ness):

PHOENIX – An Iraqi immigrant has been sentenced to 34 1/2 years in an Arizona prison for running over his daughter because she became too Westernized.Faleh Hassan Almaleki was convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2009 death of his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Almaleki.

A jury also found the 50-year-old guilty of aggravated assault for running over the mother of Noor’s boyfriend and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge told Almaleki that forgiveness is the core of all religion and was struck by his lack of remorse for the killing.

Police say Almaleki slammed his Jeep into his daughter and Amal Khalaf, who lived and was at Friday’s sentencing.

Noor was in a coma for two weeks before she died from her injuries.

In court Friday, Almaleki, through a translator, apologized for the pain he caused. “I’m sorry Noor, I apologize for Amal.”

Asking for forgiveness, Almaleki told the judge he was sorry for killing his daughter and severely injuring the mother of Noor’s boyfriend.

But the judge said he didn’t see true remorse and compared the Iraqi immigrant to Saddam Hussein.

Prosecutors say Almaleki ran down his daughter to restore honor to his family, guided by his religious beliefs, but the judge said the purpose of religion is compassion and forgiveness.

He didn’t give Almaleki the maximum sentence because he said if Noor was still alive, she would ask for mercy for her father….

Maybe she would, but this still demonstrates a certain hesitation to send a clear signal that honor killing is not going to be tolerated in the West.

Almaleki will not be eligible for parole, meaning he won’t be a free man until he’s almost 85-years-old.

Posted by Robert on April 16, 2011 7:36 AM | 13 Comments
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They accused the shoppers of being “atheists,” which was enough to declare them fair game to be physically attacked. “Islamists attack Jordan police with swords, daggers,” by Musa Hattar for AFP, April 15:

AMMAN — Islamist protesters armed with swords, daggers and clubs attacked police in the city of Zarqa on Friday, wounding 51 of them, as 32 more suffered from tear gas inhalation, Jordan’s police chief said.Lieutenant General Hussein Majali told a news conference that “51 policemen, including senior officers, were stabbed with knives, beaten with bats or hit with sharp tools, while 32 other policemen were treated for tear gas inhalation.”

He said “eight civilians were also hurt when police fired tear gas and tried to stop Islamist Salafist demonstrators from attacking shoppers in Zarqa,” adding that 17 protesters were arrested and that police are searching for more.

“It was clear that the demonstrators had plans to clash with police. They carried swords and daggers and were provocative, seeking to drag police into a bloody confrontation.”

Earlier, police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Khatib told AFP six officers stabbed in the clashes were “in serious condition.”

He said police “had to fire tear gas after a group of Islamist Salafists attacked some citizens… accusing them of being atheists.”

The Salafists have been demonstrating for several weeks to demand the release of 90 Islamist prisoners, including Abu Mohammed al-Maqdessi, the one-time mentor of slain Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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The dismantling of Iraq’s Saddam-era secular society, and the implementation of Islamic law, continues. Sharia Alert from Iraq: “Iraqi MP calls on Parliament to set law on fighting alcohols,” from Aswat Al Iraq, April 16 (thanks to Nicholas):

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Legislature for the Iraqi Parliament’s Health Committee, Ammar Tu’ma, has called on the Parliament on Saturday to set a law for fighting alcohols, to be presented with the law on fighting smoking.“I demand the setting out of a draft-law for fighting alcohols, to be presented with the draft-law for fighting smoking,” Tu’ma said in a statement, copy of which was received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Tu’ma justified his proposal saying that “it coincides with the constitutional article that calls for the protection of the Islamic identity of the Iraqi people.”…

Posted by Robert on April 16, 2011 7:11 AM | 4 Comments
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“They claimed that the Christian is a missionary and has violated the law.” Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate Uzbekistan: “Tashkent, punishes those who lend or gift Bibles to children,” from Asia News, April 16 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Tashkent (AsiaNews/F18) – Beatings and a strong penalty for the Christian Baptist Galina Shemetova from Tashkent who gave a Bible “for children” to a colleague. Meanwhile, the fear of the Jasmine Revolution sees authorities to harass three Muslim clerics.In the summer of 2010 Shemetova gave the book to a colleague while they were at the Tashkent subway. For this she was denounced for “proselytism”, which is considered a serious offense.

Later April 1, the woman on, went to hospital for treatment, saying she had an accident at work. A witness told Forum 18 agency that “the underground police hit the woman on the head and dragged her by the hair to their car”. The local police, contacted by F18, denies any aggression, but recognizes that they stopped Shemetova who began to “call for help for no reason”. They claimed that the Christian is a missionary and has violated the law. ”

F18 found that there will be no investigations and recalls that the UN Committee against Torture denounces that violence and torture are “normal” in the country.

Also on 1 April, the Court of Tashkent ordered the Shemenova to pay a fine of 2,486,750 som, amounting to 1015 euro, 50 times the average monthly wage, saying she had made a clear attempt to proselytize.

The incident is not isolated. In the central region of Navoi , theBaptist Church Zarafshan, registered on August 15 decided to allocate 400 thousand som (160 euro) to the local children’s home, called “Happiness.” After that the Church sent its quarterly financial statement to authorities, on March 12 2011 the police raided its premises and the pastor received a written “warning” from the local prosecutor Khudayberdy Norkobilov for breach of an administrative rule, without any further explanation….

Posted by Robert on April 16, 2011 6:43 AM | 4 Comments
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A powerful speech by Jamie Glazov of FrontPage magazine on the double victimization of Muslim women in the West.

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April 15, 2011

Most of the time in these pages when I have the melancholy duty of rebuking my fellow Christians for suicidal, irresponsible idiocy, conducted in the name of self-serving sentimentality or idiotic post-Christian ideology, I have at least the comfort that I am talking about liberal Protestants. This time I face the necessity of taking a large, live fish and slapping it in the face of the Vatican. Ah well, at least I read the story on a Friday in Lent, so it doesn’t violate the abstinence regulations. Those of you who have particularly strong stomachs, please read the following:

Europe Is Disappointing Holy See on Immigration
Cardinal Bertone Laments Closing Borders to North AfricansVATICAN CITY, APRIL 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The closing of Europe’s borders, given the wave of immigrants and refugees resulting from the conflicts and social crisis in several countries of North Africa, has disappointed the Holy See.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict XVI’s secretary of state, expressed this disappointment on Tuesday, reports the semi-official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

“There is no doubt that Europe has disappointed profoundly” in this emergency, said the Italian cardinal. “Europe has lost its profound spirit, a spirit of great solidarity first of all among the peoples of Europe and then among other peoples. Let us think of Africa, which it has abused so much: it seems that Europe has turned its back on it.”

The air attacks against Libya’s regime, led by European nations, have caused the flight by land from that country of 500,000 people, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Tens of thousands of people have taken to the sea to arrive in Italy or Malta.

According to UNHCR, it is feared that in the crossing from Africa to Europe over the past two weeks, 800 emigrants have lost their lives. In addition to the 250 who died in the shipwreck April 6 in the Sicilian Channel, nothing is known of the 560 people who took to the sea in three barges that never arrived at their destination.

Despite this emergency, France and other European countries have prevented the passage of these refugees and immigrants from Italy, leaving to the latter the management of the crisis.

“We wish to raise our voice so that this Europe will find its soul again,” said Cardinal Bertone, “a soul of great solidarity and generosity with these peoples who face an emergency and great needs.”

Is this the same Holy See that recently received the request of the Pakistani bishops to canonize Shabaz Bhatti? That is helping to organize a day of prayer for Asia Bibi? That is engaged in ecumenical talks with the beleaguered Patriarch of Constantinople? That hears the cries of Christians in the Balkans, victimized by the aggressive intolerance of an Islam imposed through demographic competition and Western intervention? Are there no Maronites walking around in Rome, to tell nincompoops like Abp. Tauran what happens when large numbers of Muslim refugees (like the Palestinians who swarmed into Lebanon in the 70s) flood into a previously Christian society? Are there no representatives of the hunted Assyrian Christians of Iraq, the Ethiopian Christians who are suffering persecution by Muslim gangs who represent a faith that is still (thank God) a minority in that country? Has anybody inside Vatican City ever heard of a place called the Sudan?
The Catholic Church is not an instrument of Kantian humanitarianism, but the guardian of the orthodox Christian faith, and the civilization which sustains it. How can the Vatican on the one hand complain when secularized Europeans reject the hanging of crucifixes in schools in Italy, and on the other demand that European nations admit hundreds of thousands of refugees who will soon be organizing radical mosques, outbreeding the natives, forming “no-go” zones in historically Christian cities, and demanding (as Italian Muslims already have in Bologna) that artworks in Christian cathedrals be bowdlerized to suit their sensibilities? How will a Holy See that insists that the European welfare state be harnessed to fund the reproductive habits of orthodox Muslims respond to the haughty demand of Islamic believers that they be given use of “underutilized” churches in places like Paris?

There are no legitimate arguments or precedents grounded in Christian history for demanding that one country promiscuously admit every refugee from another, regardless of the effects such an influx would have on the native citizens. The entire Germanic invasion of the Christian Roman empire in the fifth century consisted of tribes fleeing economic and political disadvantage, in search of a land of opportunity. Did St. Augustine insist that the Vandal tribes be admitted wholesale into Hippo? Did St. John Chrysostom demand that the Byzantine emperor open the gates to the Persians? Of course they didn’t. They knew that the duty of secular rulers was to defend public order, preserve the liberties and property rights of their citizens, and protect their peoples from foreign colonization. Indeed, the central claim in Augustine’s The City of God was that Christians would prove better citizens of the empire for their faith—not that their “higher” principles would render them civilizational traitors. If the Holy See wishes to make good the principle claimed by Abp. Tauran, it could avoid the charge of hypocrisy by a simple step: It could open the gates of the Vatican city-state to every Muslim living in Rome, and grant each of them full citizenship, along with democratic voting rights that allowed them to change its system of government. The Holy See would have to accept the inescapable outcome: a vote to remove the pope as head of state and replace him with an elected demagogue, whose first act would be to auction off all the artworks of the Church, followed by the transformation of St. Peter’s Basilica into a mosque. Until and unless the Holy See is willing to put its money where its mouth is, its representatives ought to shut their mouths about the (fleeting, failing) attempts of Christian nations to defend their identities against invasion.

I think it’s time for the laity to prescribe some lectio divina to the clergy: In the waning days of Lent, every prelate at the Vatican ought to spend his time meditating on the novel The Camp of the Saints.

Posted by Roland Shirk on April 15, 2011 10:35 PM | 43 Comments
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The previous governor of Qina was also a Christian, but they’re not about to allow any more of those Mubarak-era antics in the brand-spankin’-new, post-revolutionary Egypt. The Salafists leading this protest may yet find friends in high places, as well: The Muslim Brotherhood has already stated its own opposition to women and Copts as candidates for president.

“Conservative Muslims protest against Christian governor in Egypt,” from Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 15 (via MonstersandCritics):

Cairo – Thousands of conservative Muslims protested in the southern Egyptian province of Qina Friday against the appointment of a new Christian governor.

One may be understandably perturbed by the possibly careless use of the word “conservative,” as we often see in such reports, as if “conservatism” itself, anywhere and everywhere, must be the root of the problem.

Witnesses said the protesters, mostly observers of the conservative Islamic Salafist movement, threatened to bar Emad Mikhail, the new governor, from entering the province.

The previous governor, whom Mikhail will replace, was also Christian.

Qina has seen sectarian strife in the past. Late last year, dozens of Christians and Muslims were arrested in the province after nearly a dozen homes were burnt in clashes between members of the two religions.

Residents said fighting erupted last year when it was discovered that a Coptic Christian man was dating a Muslim woman from the same southern town.

According to the government, Copts are the largest minority in Egypt, comprising about 10 per cent of the 80.5 million citizens, though Christian groups estimate they have a higher percentage of the population.

Posted by Marisol on April 15, 2011 6:11 PM | 10 Comments
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The video doesn’t lie. The effort to derail Oren’s speech is clearly pre-coordinated, and the participants are not only the carefully placed and timed individuals causing disruptions, but the very loud cheering section that responds to each incident. This was a large group effort that required extensive planning in advance. Or conspiring, if you will. 

Grasping at straws to keep the case from moving forward, the defendants now object to their case being referred to as the “UCI Muslim Case,” which they say indicates “religious bias.” One problem: Which student group was found to be behind the disruption, and suspended for a time for their behavior? The Muslim Student Union of the University of California at Irvine. Now, apparently, a simple paraphrase is an indicator of Islamophobia.

An update on this story. “‘Irvine 11′ plead not guilty to disrupting UCI speech,” by Vik Jolly for the OC Register, April 15:

SANTA ANA – Eleven current and former university students pleaded not guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges for disrupting the speech of an Israeli diplomat at UC Irvine last year.

Seven of the so-called “Irvine 11″ defendants were present for the arraignment, and each answered “Not guilty, your honor,” to the charges. The other four entered their pleas through their defense attorneys.

Last month, the defendants filed a motion asking Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson to remove the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from the case, saying prosecutors illegally issued subpoenas and referred to the case internally as the “UCI Muslim Case,” a term they say is evidence of “religious bias” against them.

Prosecutors say the defendants have failed, among other things, to support their motion with affidavits from witnesses competent to testify to its facts, and must demonstrate that the “conflict is so severe that it is unlikely” they will receive fair treatment. They add that the defendants’ claims of prosecutorial misconduct are unsubstantiated and untrue.

Use of the term “UCI Muslim Case” in the heading in an internal district attorney e-mail does not show bias against Muslims as defendants, prosecutors wrote in their opposition papers.

“The term UCI Muslim is not a disparaging or derogatory term,” the opposition papers say.

Wilson set June 17 as the date to hear arguments on the motion to recuse the district attorney from the case. Before that happens, the judge on May 13 will hear arguments and could rule on whether grand jury transcripts from the investigation that led to charges against the students should remain sealed.

As in the past, supporters of the students waited outside the court and stood by defense attorneys, who held a news conference following the afternoon court hearing.

The students were charged in February with conspiring to disrupt a speech, capping the grand jury investigation. The 11 were arrested, cited and released in the Feb. 8, 2010, incident during the UCI talk by Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.

One of the defendants has since graduated, while the others are still in school, either at UCI or UC Riverside.

Each is charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one misdemeanor count of the disturbance of a meeting. If convicted, each faces a sentence that could include probation with community service or fines or up to six months in jail.

Posted by Marisol on April 15, 2011 5:52 PM | 13 Comments
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One of the resolution’s sponsors notes that “continued use of the report by the U.N. shows a bias against Israel.” It would be an uphill battle to get the U.N. to admit 2 + 2 ≠ 5 when the OIC, which initiated the report, insists it is so. An update on this story. “US Senate wants UN to retract report accusing Israel of war crimes after author backtracks,” from the Associated Press, April 15:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to revoke a report that accused Israel of war crimes after the study’s author retracted his conclusions.

In a unanimous vote late Thursday, the Senate backed a nonbinding resolution sponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, and Republican James Risch. pressing for the council to rescind the report. Richard Goldstone, who wrote the study, has backtracked on his claims.

The Senate resolution also urges Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to deal with the damage to Israel’s reputation caused by the report.

Gillibrand said Goldstone’s admission of error was not enough to undo the damage and libel against Israel and pressed for the Council to act. Risch said continued use of the report by the U.N. shows a bias against Israel.

Posted by Marisol on April 15, 2011 1:44 PM | 15 Comments
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Hamid Karzai came out in favor of such a proposal this past December, and Pakistan has expressed its approval in the report below. This sets the stage for the Taliban to follow the model of Hamas and Hizballah, and to seek legitimacy under the guise of allegedly compartmentalized operations.

It also increases the likelihood of fools’ errands of “engagement” (so often a euphemism for doing business with thugs) by willing dupes in the West who hope that by dealing with the side of the group they like — “just” the political wing, they suppose — they can bolster it enough to split it off from the one they don’t, rather than disastrously lending support and credibility to the whole enterprise.

And in this case, the Taliban would have a forward operating base on Europe’s doorstep, so much the worse if Turkey is admitted to the EU. “‘Turkey in talks to open Taliban office in Istanbul’,” from Reuters, April 15:

ANKARA – Turkey is working to open a political office for the Taliban in Istanbul, a close aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, the first explicit comments on the plan.

“It’s being negotiated right now,” Ibrahim Kalin told the Hurriyet daily, adding the office would be located in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.

Turkey, which has hosted talks aimed at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said before that it is open to the establishment of a diplomatic presence for the Taliban to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani official, speaking during a visit by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to Ankara on Thursday, told Reuters Pakistan would back such a plan.

Analysts say that any solution to the Afghan conflict would probably require the support of Pakistan.

The proposal first surfaced during a trilateral summit in December between Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan in Istanbul, in which Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Kabul would welcome any offer by Turkey meant to facilitate talks with the Taliban.

Afghanistan’s former president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, who leads a council charged with starting peace talks with Taliban-led insurgents, held talks with Turkish government officials in Turkey in February.

But Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who came second behind Hamid Karzai in Afghan presidential elections in 2009, told Hurriyet that opening an office for the Taliban would help “legalize a terrorist organization”.

Posted by Marisol on April 15, 2011 10:45 AM | 26 Comments
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Selective as it is about who is “innocent” (school buses full of Israeli children are right out), Hamas’ moral objection to the killing of Vittorio Arrigoni boils down to “darn it, this was one of our guys.” After their initial statement, Hamas has evidently decided upon further deliberation that it is more profitable, however far-fetched, to blame Israel than fellow Muslims. Hence the U-turn in assigning blame.

An update on this story. “Hamas claims Israel killed Italian to stop Gaza flotilla,” from the Jerusalem Post, April 15:

Radical Islamic terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip distanced themselves from the kidnapping and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni, who was found dead early Friday morning in the Strip.

Among the groups who disclaimed the attack was Tawhid wal-Jihad, the al-Qaida-linked group that had initially said it was holding the Italian national and said they would only release him if their own leader, recently arrested by Hamas, was released, Gaza-based newspaper Palestine Today reported.

Hamas also condemned the killing, saying that it was a shameful act, contrary to the tradition of the Palestinian people. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that the “goal of this depraved band of outlaws was to spread chaos and anarchy in the Gaza Strip, a desperate attempt to strike at the stable security situation.”

He added that the kidnapping and murder of Arrigoni was intended to prevent the next flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip, expected to depart next month. Barhoum explained that he believed the murder was meant to dissuade other foreign activists from arriving in the Strip.

Accordingly, Hamas accused Israel of being behind the attack, noting that Arrigoni had often spoken out against Israeli policies in Gaza, going so far as to compare what he called “Israeli crimes against Palestinians” to Nazi crimes. Additionally, he was twice arrested by Israeli authorities.

Security personnel in the Gaza Strip found Arrigoni’s body in an abandoned house in the Gaza Strip following his abduction by terrorists, a Hamas official said on Friday.

Two men were arrested and others were being sought in the killing of Vittorio Arrigoni, the Hamas official added.

A Jihadist Salafi group in Gaza aligned with al-Qaida had threatened on Thursday to execute Arrigoni by 5 p.m. local time (2 p.m. GMT) unless their leader, arrested by Hamas last month, was freed.

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No riots. No U.N. compounds stormed and staff members hunted down and murdered. No girls’ schools vandalized. No mosques burned. No calls for war or death to the country where it happened (and Israel). No collective punishment of Muslims for the actions of one Muslim on the streets of Lahore.

That’s how it’s done, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Now, you give it a try. “Muslim Desecrates Bible in Pakistan to ‘Avenge’ Quran Burning,” by Asher John for the Christan Post, April 9:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A 24-year-old Muslim man desecrated the Bible at the gates of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Lahore on Friday in order to “avenge” extremist American preacher Terry Jones’ desecration of the Quran in Florida last month.

Police arrested the man, identified as Akhtar Hussain, a resident of the neighboring district of Kasur, and registered a case against him under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Section 295-A states: “Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the ‘religious feelings of any class of the citizens of Pakistan, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations insults the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, or with fine, or with both.”

According to police sources, Hussain had first tried to force entry into the church where a large number of Christians were attending a special mass, whereupon security guards at the gates stopped him and asked for identification.

The sources told The Christian Post that the guards denied Hussain entry into the church when he told them his name, and the church administration asked him why he wanted to go into the church. Hussain told them that he wanted to burn the Bible in the church just as Terry Jones and his fellow preacher Wayne Sapp had conducted a trial of the Quran in their church. The Muslim man then suddenly took out the Christian holy book he had hidden inside his clothes and proceeded to tear it apart.

The guards captured Hussain and called the police, who arrested him along with the evidence. Senior police official Umer Saeed said the man was in stable mental condition and had told police investigators he was “taking revenge” from the Christians for setting the Koran on fire. He said he had been “very tense” since he heard the news of the sacrilege and wanted to do something to get even.

Talking to The Christian Post about the incident, Christian leaders and civil society activists condemned the incident, urging tolerance, respect and acceptance for people belonging to all faiths.

Asif Aqeel, director of Lahore-based Christian non-government organization Community Development Initiative, said, “Christians are told to turn the other cheek. They are also told not to take revenge rather pray for their enemies. The act of burning the Quran by Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp has no biblical basis and does not represent the teachings of the Christian faith. The Christians of Pakistan are facing the repercussions of their heinous act.”

He said that Muslims should realize that the act of two individuals should not be considered a collective act of all Christians. “At the same time we would say that no civilized person can imagine to repay these so-called preachers by burning the Bible… we condemn this act as uncivilized and similarly devoid of respect of others,” he said.

Napolean Qayyum, leader of the minorities’ wing of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, voiced similar sentiments.

“We strongly condemn this incident but we are not going to hold all Muslims responsible for the desecration of our holy book…Christianity preaches forgiveness and love. We are hurt but we will not respond in kind,” he said, adding that he hoped that the effects of the violence in Afghanistan over the Quran burning incident would not spill over into Pakistan.

Dr. Tahira Saleem, chairperson of Shekinah Ministries Pakistan, said Pakistan was increasingly becoming an intolerant society. “We don’t know why our countrymen hold Christians responsible for every action taken in the West,” she said, adding that the entire Christian community had voiced their protest against the incident in Florida “but Friday’s incident shows the resentment in the Muslims.”…

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Useful idiot falls prey to warring jihadist factions. “Italian peace activist murdered by Islamist militants in Gaza: Pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni’s death follows shooting of Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis in West Bank,” by Conal Urquhart in the Guardian, April 15:

An Italian peace activist has become the second non-Palestinian to be murdered in just over a week in the occupied territories.Vittorio Arrigoni was murdered by the Tawheed and Jihad group, one of several extremist Islamic groups that operate in the Gaza Strip in opposition to the Hamas government. The group abducted Arrigoni in an attempt to force Hamas to release its leader, who was arrested last month.

Arrigoni’s death comes just over a week after a gunman shot dead Juliano Mer-Khamis, an Israeli actor who ran a theatre in the West Bank city of Jenin. It is not clear why Mer-Khamis was shot but his views about freedom of expression had generated some opposition in Jenin.

Arrigoni, known as Vik, lived in an apartment that he rented separately from his fellow volunteers for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The first anyone knew of his abduction was when video was posted on YouTube in which Arrigoni appeared blindfolded with a bruised face.

The accompanying Arabic text said: “The Italian hostage entered our land only to spread corruption.” It described Italy as “the infidel state”….

To “spread corruption” is a capital offense in Islamic law (cf. Qur’an 5:33).

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PC Self-Censorship at the American Foreign Policy Council
by Srdja Trifkovic

The decision by Comedy Central, the television channel owned by MTV Networks, to censor an episode of “South Park” that alluded unflatteringly to Muhammad, and the terrifying case of Molly Norris, a cartoonist forced into hiding here in the United States for “insulting the Prophet,” are but two recent examples of how successfully the Muslims have instilled terror into the hearts of American unbelievers (as commanded by the Koran, 8:12). In Europe the situation is even worse, of course, and ranges from the ritual slaughter of Theo van Gogh in Holland and the terrorizing of the Muhammad cartoonist in Denmark to the sorry spectacle of kowtowing to Muslim demands everywhere.

The bacillus of deferring to the sensibilities of Islamist “activists” and their Western abettors has started infecting even those who purport to inform the world about “the nature of the contemporary Islamist threat around the world and on the current activities of radical Islamist movements worldwide.” It is in sorrow rather than anger that I am compelled to present the facts of a recent example.

In early February I was approached by the American Foreign Policy Council to write a 4-5,000 word entry on Bosnia for their World Almanac of Islamismself-described as “a comprehensive resource designed to track the rise or decline of radical Islam on a national, regional and global level.” The article was to be divided into four sections covering some key aspects of the problem. The honorarium offered was a symbolic $500 for a task of this magnitude. I nevertheless accepted because I believed the endeavor eminently worthy of support and the institution behind it reliable to see it through professionally and objectively. I saw the project as a long overdue antidote to John Esposito’s mendacious Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. I wrote the article (attached at the end) and sent it to the AFPC on April 11.

On the morning of April 12 they called me to say that the editorial board had several concerns about certain turns of phrase and my treatment of some specific points, and indicating that they would be sending me a list of suggested edits shortly. I told them that I would deal with the matter as soon as I get the file. A few hours later, however, they called me to inform me that the Board had just decided not to publish the article at all. No satisfactory explanation was offered.

The cat was soon out of the bag, however; Washington is a small place. On April 14 I learned from two different yet equally reliable sources close to the institution in question that the problem was not with the article but with me. One person on their team had done some background research on me and presented the board with two supposedly incriminating quotes which were deemed so outlandish that they disqualified me as an acceptable author of the Chapter:

1. “Islam is inherently aggressive, racist, violent, and intolerant.”
2. “Islam has been for the past thousand years a gigantic grinder that turns its adherents into intellectual and moral cripples.”

Some rhetorical flourish of the second quote apart, the substance of both statements is elementary to anyone seeking to educate the public about the nature of the threat. If they make their author unpublishable, by the same token many names infinitely more prominent than mine are presumably verboten at the AFPC. De Tocqueville is beyond the pale for writing, “I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.” Or Winston Churchill for exclaiming, “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy… No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.” Or Bernard Lewis for stating that “unbelievers, slaves, and women are considered fundamentally inferior to other groups of people under Islamic law.”

In subsequent contacts initiated by the AFPC and ostensibly aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the issue my various suggestions were rejected. On a peripheral note, particularly galling was their offer to pay me the $500 even though the article was not published. It merely added insult to injury.

This whole affair is a paradigmatic case of dhimmitudinal self-censorship at its worst. Its implications are dire and eminently predictable.

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An update on this story. Juha Molari condemned Doku Umarov, one of the world’s most wanted jihadists, who is believed to be behind numerous attacks on innocent civilians and the bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Umarov has also claimed responsibility for the Beslan massacre.

Perhaps Finland has had no Benjamin Franklin to warn its establishment against trading liberty for security, and indeed, they will soon have neither. It is Molari who is being treated as dangerous, as a terrorist. First, he was hauled in for “inciting racial hatred.” In this latest development, he has been removed from the priesthood and dismissed from his parish. Now, that’s sure to advance the cause of world peace, especially in Chechnya. Yeah. That’ll show ‘em.

“Finnish pastor defrocked for speaking out against terrorists,” from RT, April 14 (thanks to Pokermutt):

A Finnish Priest has been defrocked for openly speaking out against a terrorist website hosted in the country.

­”The Espo chapter of the Lutheran Church of Finland has dismissed Juha Molari as the pastor of the Raseborg Lutheran parish. He has been defrocked and deprived of all means of subsistence,” Johan Backman, Finnish human rights activist and the Chairman of the Finnish-Caucasus Friendship Society, told Interfax on Thursday.

Juha Molari had earlier been charged in Helsinki for inciting racial hatred, after he described one of the world’s most-wanted criminals as a terrorist. Police questioned pastor Molari after he gave an interview to RT in which he discussed Doku Umarov, the man behind the Moscow Metro and airport bombings.

Later on Thursday, Johan Backman, a Finnish human rights activist and the chairman of the Finnish-Caucasus Friendship Society, told RT that Finland is sheltering terrorists in the country because of very strong lobbying from the political elite and a manipulated public opinion.

“The Finnish ruling elite is protecting the terrorists and terrorist activities on Finnish soil, and they are also trying to change public opinion and to protect the activity of Doku Umarov in Finland,” said Backman. “Our security police tried to close down the web resources of Doku Umarov in 2004, but that was unsuccessful because of lobbying by leading Finnish politicians.”

Russia’s number one Chechen terrorist, Umarov, is also high-up on the international most-wanted list.

The Kavkaz-Centre site was the first to publish the terrorist’s words on the attacks he has claimed responsibility for – the Beslan school siege; the Nevsky express and Moscow Metro bombings; and most recently, the Domodedovo Airport blast.

The website is banned in Russia, but in Finland the Kavkaz-Centre enjoys quite a comfortable standing not only on the internet, but also in downtown Helsinki.

The priest was the first to openly say this was an outrage, and the reaction was quick to follow.

He got an email, apparently from Dagestan, saying that if he doesn’t “stop the fight against the Kavkaz-Centre, they will cut his head off and his family’s.”

Juha Molari went to the police, but instead ended up being persecuted himself for criticizing a legally operating organization. The police refused to close the website and to open a criminal case following threats against the pastor. They answered that Doku Umarov is the president of a separatist government and a respectable person.

Was Beslan a respectable massacre? Was Domodedovo a respectable bombing?

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The message to Christians: You’ll condemn what we tell you, and you’ll shut up when we tell you, dhimmis. “Multan: threats against Christian nurse for condemning Qur‘an burning and church attacks,” by Jibran Khan for Asia News, April 15:

Lahore (AsiaNews) – Pakistan’s Christian community continues to be the object of intimidation and threats as well as abuse and harassment on the workplace. The latest victim is Waris Masih, a male nurse in Multan, a city in Punjab who was assaulted at work for slamming both the burning of a copy of the Qur‘an in Florida (United States) and attacks against churches in Pakistan. Since 20 March, at least seven acts of violence have been perpetrated against Christians and their places of worship, in a country where extremists are riding a wave of interfaith hatred.

“Interfaith” implies a reciprocity that is thoroughly unsubstantiated.

In the past few weeks, health care workers at the Multan Development Authority have been involved in heated arguments. Waris Masih, a Christian male nurse, condemned the burning of the Qur‘an in Florida, but he also condemned attacks against churches in Pakistan. His views led to a furious debate with his colleagues who hailed attacks against Christian places of worship and the desecration of a Bible on 8 April by one Akhtar Hussain, 24, in front of the Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church.

On Tuesday, following another fight with Masih, his boss attacked the Christian health care worker and then threatened him. The next day, a group of fanatics stopped Masih, beat him up and told him to leave town or he would receive exemplary punishment.

After going home, he found out that his family had also been threatened. That night, Masih and his family left and their whereabouts have been unknown for the past two days.

The case of the Christian nurse is the seventh example of recent anti-Christian violence. The escalation started when Rev Wayne Sapp burnt a copy of the Qur‘an under the supervision of Evangelical preacher Terry Jones on 20 March in Florida. Christian leaders in Pakistan and India strongly condemned the action several times because it was carried out by an American who had nothing to do with Pakistani Christians. Nevertheless, the reaction among Muslim fundamentalists was swift; in a few days, they attacked three churches and killed two people.

Similarly, workplace discrimination is commonplace in Pakistan. Last month sanitation workers in Lahore asked for some time off to mark Lent, the way Muslims do during the month of Ramadan. The deputy director of sanitation responded by attacking them and increasing their workload from eight to ten hours. On 9 April, a Lutheran church in Mardan, in Khyber province, was attacked with damages to the building. On one was injured….

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Good thing they’re spending all that time and money to keep Indonesia “safe” from Christians and Ahmadis, eh? “West Java, for the first time a suicide bomber blows himself up inside a mosque. 28 [wounded],” from AsiaNews, April 15:

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A suicide bomber blew himself up today at Taka mosque located in the police headquarters in Ciberon (West Java) a town about 300 km from Jakarta. The toll is about 28 wounded, including several policemen. The suicide bombing is the first in the country’s history and took place shortly before the usual Friday prayers, while the faithful were gathering inside the building. According to authorities the attack was organized by a group of Islamic terrorists in revenge for the recent anti-terrorism operations carried out by the police.

General Suparna Parto, Chief Inspector of West Java, said the suicide bomber’s explosive belt contained nails and other metallic material, and several fragments were found in the bodies of the wounded. According to the general, this system is typical of Islamic extremists in Indonesia.

According to Wawan Purwanto, an expert on intelligence, the attack marks a change of course in Indonesian Islamic terrorism and has shocked the population. “The explosion – he says – has taken place just inside a mosque during prayer.” The expert stressed that so far no extremist group had ever attacked a mosque during Friday prayers. Purwanto said that the turnaround has already begun and now the terrorists are targeting other Muslims. “In the past – he says – the targets were symbols of Western power. Now all those who are against them, such as police, may be annihilated.”

All they need to do to feel justified in killing fellow Muslims is to declare them apostates, because Muhammad prescribed death as the penalty for apostasy from Islam. And Qur’an 5:51 says that one who turns to unbelievers (specifically Christians and Jews) for friendship “is of them.”

In these hours law-enforcement officials are considering increasing the alert status in the most sensitive areas of the country, to prevent new attacks.

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“We ask all Muslim leaders to unite against extremist Christians that challenge and insult Islam.” How did they challenge and insult Islam? By printing Malay-language Bibles. More on this story. “Muslim group declares jihad against ‘extremist’ Christians,” by Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani for The Malaysian Insider, April 15 (thanks to solorunner):

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — An umbrella coalition of Muslim groups held a protest today and declared bloodshed against ‘extremist’ Christians that insult and ridicule the position of Islam in the country.The Muslim Organisations in Defence of Islam (Pembela), comprising 20 groups, protested after Friday prayers at the National Mosque against Putrajaya’s release of Malay-language bibles and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to never impound the Alkitab again.

A group of 30 men dressed in white shirts and skullcaps gathered at the main entrance of the mosque after prayers with placards saying “Allah is great! We Ansarullah (helpers of Allah) are watching you!”

Group spokesman Dr Yusri Mohamad said that the Christians are beginning to challenge and dismantle the status and sovereignty of Islam as the state religion.

“Pembela found that statements and actions (by Christian groups) are made to further challenge the sovereignty of Islam. This is not acceptable to Pembela because it implies that there is a larger agenda to be achieved by this group apart from the bible issues alone.

“Pembela believe that despite the bible issue there is a hidden mission to open the Muslim community in Malaysia to apostasy, or at least inject religious pluralism, secularism and extreme-liberalism which can erode the integrity and identity of Muslims in Malaysia,” he said while addressing a crowd of over 50 over a loudhailer.

Yusri also asked Christian groups to stop their confrontational approach and to apologise to Muslims for wounding the community….

“We are also not comfortable with the approach of allowing non-Muslim leaders to become spokesmen for the government and the opposition in this issue because this involves Islam and Muslim leaders must step forward to address this issue.

“We ask all Muslim leaders to unite against extremist Christians that challenge and insult Islam,” he said.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (ISMA) secretary-general, Aminuddin Yahaya, added that that country has been soiled by foreign elements.

“Malaysia was tanah melayu, tanah Islam. But when British colonialists came to our land, they also brought Christianity with them.

“We are being taken over by colonialists through their demands once again. We must unite and not compromise with those that insult our religion. We are willing to die for Islam and our country!” he said….

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I tried to tell you. “Egyptians Alarmed Over Rise in Influence of Salafis in Post-Mubarak Era,” by Abeer Tayel for Al-Arabiya, April 14 (thanks to AINA):

Acts of hard-line vigilantism committed recently in Egypt are fuelling debate and concerns over the role Islamists could play after the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, who suppressed Islamist groups which he saw as a threat to his rule, analysts said.Salafis were tolerated as a religious group under the former president as a counterweight his top foe, the Muslim Brotherhood group. But they appear to be playing a more political role in the country after the January 25 revolution.

That has alarmed many of the secular and liberal forces in Egypt because of the group’s extremist discourse and imposition of sharia (Islamic law.)

Reports of some acts of hard-line vigilantism, which lately dominated the news in Egypt, include an arson attack on the home of a woman deemed of “ill-repute,” and a punishment attack which involved a man’s ear being cut off.

According to police, one villager was killed and eight others were injured in Fayoum province after fighting broke out when Salafi followers ordered the owner of a liquor store to close. The Salafis have been trying to forcibly impose their strict interpretation of Islam by banning consumption of alcohol.

In the Upper Egypt town of Qalyoub, residents were angered when arsonists set fire to a shrine, widening the scope of a campaign that has echoes of Pakistan. Sunni hardliners have blown up shrines there.

Some people see acts of Islamist vigilantism as a warning sign about the hidden intentions of Salafis of ruling Egypt. [...]

The head of al-Azhar, Egypt’s most prestigious seat of Islamic learning, has called for efforts to confront hard-line doctrine. “We’ll be up to our knees in blood,” Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb warned, as quoted by al-Shorouk newspaper.

The campaign against the shrines has drawn severe criticism from Egypt’s Mufti as well. In a Friday sermon, Sheikh Ali Jomaa accused the perpetrators of having a “misinterpretation” of Islam and “causing strife in society.”

Some accuse the media of exploiting a handful of cases to scare-mongering: playing on fears of Islamists suppressed by Mr. Mubarak to strengthen the case of conservatives seeking a return to the authoritarian ways of his regime.

“I don’t think Salafis have anything to do with the accidents that happened recently in southern Egypt, including the cutting off of a man’s ear. You know southerners are all conservative by nature and the story involved an ill-reputed woman, so that’s why it happened,” Alaa al-Nabarawi, an Islamist writer, told Al Arabiya….

Memo to al-Arabiya and Alaa al-Nabarawi: “conservatives” don’t generally cut off the ears of those they dislike.

Posted by Robert on April 15, 2011 4:37 AM | 7 Comments
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It sure looks that way. “(PJM Exclusive) Did Obama and Holder Scuttle Terror Finance Prosecutions?,” by Patrick Poole at Pajamas Media, April 14 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

During the House Homeland Security hearing last month on the topic of radicalization in the American Muslim community, one exchange between L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) concerned the relationship between the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and Hamas terrorist front the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Sheriff Baca told the congressman:

We don’t play around with criminals in my world. If CAIR is an organization that is a quote “criminal organization,” prosecute them. Hold them accountable and bring them to trial.

But according to a high-ranking source within the Department of Justice, who spoke exclusively to Pajamas Media on the condition of anonymity, Sheriff Baca, a long-time supporter of CAIR, was probably already in on the joke.

The joke is that a number of leaders of Islamic organizations (all of whom publicly opposed the King hearings on Muslim radicalization) were about to be indicted on terror finance support charges by the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, which had been investigating the case for most of the past decade.

But those indictments were scuttled last year at the direction of top-level political appointees within the Department of Justice (DOJ) — and possibly even the White House.

Included in those indictments was at least one of the co-founders of CAIR, based on “Declination of Prosecution of Omar Ahmad,” a March 31 DOJ legal memo from Assistant Attorney General David Kris to Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler. A second DOJ official familiar with the investigation independently confirmed these details. Omar Ahmad is one of CAIR’s co-founders and its chairman emeritus. He was personally named, along with CAIR itself, as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror finance trial in 2007 and 2008. During the trial FBI Agent Lara Burns testified that both Omar Ahmad and current CAIR executive director Nihad Awad were caught on FBI wiretaps attending a 1993 meeting of Hamas leaders in Philadelphia.

Dean Boyd, public affairs representative for the DOJ National Security Division, declined to provide me a copy of the March 31, 2010, memo dropping the Omar Ahmad prosecution. Directing me to submit a FOIA request, Boyd did say that “as a general rule, internal DOJ deliberation memos spelling out arguments for or against potential prosecution of any particular suspect are not public.”

Pajamas Media will be filing a FOIA request for all the related documents in this case.

According to my source, the chief reason outlined in the DOJ memo declining to prosecute CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad was the issue of potential jury nullification. The first Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007 ended in a hung jury. When the case was retried in 2008, all five defendants, former executives of the Holy Land Foundation, were convicted on all 108 counts.

But, according to our DOJ source, possible jury nullification was hardly the primary issue in the DOJ’s scuttling of the terror finance prosecutions. “This was a political decision from the get-go,” the source said….

Read it all.

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The last death threat I published from this clown brought out a good bit of interesting information from Jihad Watch readers (see the comments field — and our friend has noticed, as you can see below). I did hear from the FBI also, but they remain largely indifferent; the real work is clearly being done here.

So as I publish this one I ask the tech wizards who uncovered the info last time, and anyone else, to let me know if the individual they found can be positively identified as the sender of these emails; if so, I will publish his name and picture here at Jihad Watch — not to encourage vigilante action, of course, but so as to show the people who send such threats that they cannot hide behind Internet anonymity. Law enforcement appears largely concerned only with threats made against Islamic supremacists, not against counter-jihadists (compare this story, in which the FBI is right on the case, with this one, in which the Muslim woman who threatened Rep. Peter King and New York State Senator Greg Ball says she has not heard from law enforcement). Therefore we have to fight back on our own, using the tools available.

This guy’s IP traces to Djibouti, and he is probably there or in Somalia; with the large numbers of Somalis being imported into the U.S. today, however, he could have friends stateside, and so any information anyone can provide would be much appreciated.

Subject: Todays LOVE MailMessage: Hey Spencer. I see you are fed up with My right of Freedom of Expression.
I must Express my Views according to the US constitution.

So why are you suffering and crying.

I must express my VIEWs towards you that you are a GAY and you are always and every night Fucked up by someone. I f I am wrong or Right I expressed my VIEWs.

On the OTher hand I have the right to put you Where I want. LIVE or Death.
Wether you trace me Fakely or NOT I am Still on my way.

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Westergaard is no hero of free speech: he has successfully sued Anders Gravers of our sister organization, Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), for unauthorized use of his Muhammad cartoon in a demonstration. Clearly he hasn’t the first foggiest idea of why his cartoon is important, or of what the reaction to it — including this story — tells the world about Islam and Islamic supremacism. Nonetheless, Western authorities should be protecting him from this Jordanian action, and from jihadist vigilantes who want to execute sentence on Westergaard themselves.

“Jordan to try Danish artist over Mohammed cartoon,” from AFP, April 14 (thanks to Paul):

AMMAN — A Jordanian court will begin this month the trial of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard over a controversial caricature of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, but it was unclear if he will attend.Zakarya Sheikh, spokesman for a group of local media outlets that sued Westergaard in 2008 for depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, said on Thursday the artist and others have been summoned by a magistrates’ court in Amman to stand trial on April 25.”

A copy of the subpoena obtained by AFP says Westergaard “is accused of the crime of blasphemy.”

“These legal measures seek to prevent attempts to insult Islam and incite racial hatred against Muslims worldwide, particularly in Europe,” Sheikh told AFP….

What race is Islam again? In any case, Sheikh is at least refreshingly honest: these legal measures are designed to stifle free speech about Islam in the West, and to force the West to adopt Sharia blasphemy provisions.

Westergaard, meanwhile, remains clueless:

He has been quoted in local news reports as saying that he “would like to go to Amman to stand trial. However, what I fear is that I am convicted in advance.”"I wanted to depict the terrorists as if they were taking the Prophet Mohammed as a hostage. I have no problem with Islam but with the terrorists,” he said, insisting that he respects Islam but “will not apologise.”

MPs have demanded that the government sever ties with Denmark, and Amman has condemned the caricature, warning that it could spark further extremism and harm relations between Denmark and Muslim countries.

If it sparks further “extremism,” no one is to blame but the “extremists,” and Western authorities should be telling Amman that.

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And you may tell yourself: That’s really not saying much.

All Pope Benedict XVI did was to call for the protection of Christians in Muslim lands, which is something we’re routinely assured Muslims are doing anyway. No one is ever supposed to question that. In this case, however, “protection” would also come without the protection racket of dhimmitude. In other words, “protection” sans the nudge, minus the wink.

The fact that this was too much for al-Azhar, and that they’re still in a pious huff about it, speaks volumes. And yet the imam is right about this much: the demand for an apology in response to non-Muslim criticism is all too “normal.” An update on this story. “Egypt, Al-Azhar reaffirms opposition to dialogue with Vatican,” from Asia News, April 14:

Cairo (AsiaNews) – Al-Azhar will only resume talks with the Holy See after an apology from the Pope, who was accused of criticizing Islam following an attack against the Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria last January 3. As much was revealed in an informal meeting between Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and Michael Fitzgerald, Vatican ambassador to Cairo. In the meeting, which took place yesterday in Cairo, the Muslim leader said that relations between the two religions are normal, but demands an official apology from the Pope, as a condition to restarting any dialogue between Al-Azhar and the Vatican.

This is the same cleric who complained in January of a “Zionist plot” to defame Islam and divide the Arab world.

“It’s not fair to ask the Pope for an apology – says a source, anonymous for safety reasons – because he never insulted Islam, he just asked for the protection of Christians wherever they are, as is his duty.” The source points out the dual position held by the authorities of Al-Azhar, which on one hand demand an apology from the Pope, but still want to be seen as the moderate face of Islam. “The Vatican – continues the source – must be firm on its positions and ask the imam of Al-Azhar the reasons for an apology and where the error of the Holy Father lies. Al-Azhar should instead explain why there continues to be violence against Christians in Egypt before it demands excuses”.

According to the source, the relationship, viewed as courteous in the past, were in fact ambiguous. “Islamic leaders – he says- have always imposed a dialogue of superficial courtesy with the Church, in this way avoiding discussing or addressing contentious issues and problems encountered between Christianity and Islam. Now the Vatican is aware of the situation and is not afraid to adopt a more firm and rigid stance.

The Jasmine Revolution and the fall of Mubarak has highlighted the confusion and instability within Egyptian Muslim society, teetering between secular and democratic movements, radical Islam and the risk of a new military regime. According to the source this would in part explain the contradictory attitude of Al-Azhar.

Surely, there are varying schools of thought within al-Azhar, but the situation described above is nothing new, though political upheaval may help bring matters to the surface.

“The Egyptian Muslim world – he says – is currently very divided. At Al-Azhar, there are contrasts between the positions of Ahmed El-Tayeb and other imams with scholars of the university. In turn, Al-Azhar is at odds with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, internally divided between the hard line of the older members and the young reformers. The contrast also exists between the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist movement, who clash on many topics. ” The source says that these divisions could clarify the positions and currents within Islam, the result of contradictions within the Koran and the absence of final authority in the Muslim world….

Posted by Marisol on April 15, 2011 3:30 AM | 5 Comments
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There is no mention of ideology or motivation at all in this report, not even carefully bubble-wrapped in euphemistic language, as we often find it. Just another mysteriously random couple of guys who really like breaking stuff. Nothing to see here. “Pakistan arrests two Frenchmen suspected of terrorism,” from Agence France-Presse, April 14:

AFP – Two French nationals suspected of belonging to an international terror group have been arrested by Pakistan’s security services, French and Pakistani sources said Thursday.

The two, who were detained several weeks ago, are suspected of being part of the group responsible for the bloody attacks in Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, the worst terror attack in Indonesia, according to Pakistani security officials, who requested anonymity.

The terror group is allegedly headed by Indonesian Umar Patek, who was himself arrested recently in Pakistan.

France has asked the Pakistani authorities for permission to visit the two detainees, a representative at the French embassy in Islamabad told AFP.

Posted by Marisol on April 15, 2011 3:01 AM | 9 Comments
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April 14, 2011

I’ve had a lot of fun here in recent weeks, what with my personal high holy day (April Fools) and the opportunity to transpose real Islamic theocracy into an absurd American Protestant context granted me by the Indonesian Parliament Porn scandal. One of the great contrasts between the culture of the West and that of Islam is the vastly greater flexibility we have in relating to our native religious traditions. It’s not just that we are free to leave the religions of our birth, none of which specify the death penalty for “apostasy” (when it comes to Islam, I prefer the term “escape”). It’s also that within the very framework of those faiths, there is ample room for humor, for self-criticism, for a complex and sometimes ambivalent relationship between believer and creed. The West could give rise to a Chaucer, a Rabelais, a Cervantes and an Erasmus—all of them fervently faithful, but deeply playful. Islamic culture is at its heart as serious as a heart attack, and you’ll find the playfulness among those like Omar Khayyam who’ve abandoned faith altogether.

This Western spaciousness doesn’t need much emphasis in the case of Judaism, where the bookish nature of Jewish culture gave shape to a tongue like Yiddish, which is almost inherently playful. The Jewish response to oppression over the centuries has been far more wry and ironic than that of similarly downtrodden nations, such as (for instance) the oft-occupied Poland. Indeed, the conflict between Jews and Poles, and the predominance of Jews in stand-up comedy, gave rise to that unhappy cliché, the Polish joke. (Imagine if things had gone the other way, and American comedy was marked by Polish comedians telling Jewish jokes.) I’ve been re-reading some Holocaust memoirs recently as a way of marking Lent, and the sobering stories stood in bitter contrast to the culture that the Nazis were trying to destroy. I’m reminded of a wry joke that was probably written before the worst of the persecutions began:

German: The Jews are responsible for the world’s suffering.
Jew: And also the bicyclists.
German: Why the bicyclists?
Jew: Why the Jews?

That wryness must have turned to vinegar in the mouths of those who’d told it as the petty cruelties of Nazi anti-Semitism gave way to outright savagery. Nevertheless, as the cartoonists (many of them Jewish) who worked on Looney Tunes knew, there was still room for bitter laughter as a weapon against the fundamental absurdity of Nazi ideology—with all its trashy art, silly walks, bombastic rhetoric and neopagan superstition. Likewise, I think, we need and deserve to employ that wonderful Western weapon—irony—in our cultural war of self-defense.
But events will always return to sober us. The daily barrage of Islamic atrocities, which this site does its best both to track and analyze, cannot help but remind us of the deadly stakes we’re playing for. And it seems to me fitting as we move inexorably toward the Christian Holy Week that we look a little deeper, and work to place ourselves in solidarity with the suffering. In that spirit, I’d like to offer the following report from Zenit News with a little commentary after.

Day of Prayer Planned for Blasphemy Law Victims
Contemplative Nuns Become “Guardian Angels” for Asia BibiLAHORE, Pakistan, APRIL 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- On April 20, people worldwide are invited to join in a day of prayer for Asia Bibi and all victims of the blasphemy law.

Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman who was condemned to death for alleged blasphemy.

The “Special Day of Prayer for Asia Bibi and for the Victims of the Blasphemy Law,” is an initiative that is being launched globally, the woman’s lawyers, the Masihi Foundation, told Fides.

Haroon Masih, the foundation’s director, explained that “the initiative intends to bring into communion all believers and all people of good in prayer and to light a candle, imploring God’s salvation and freedom of this woman and all who suffer the consequences of being falsely accused of blasphemy.”

Bishop Andrew Francis of Multan, president of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, expressed support for the initiative, affirming to Fides, “Prayer is an important tool for the faithful of Pakistan, who trust in God’s work.”

The Pontifical Mission Societies in that country also promised that they “will help raise awareness among local communities.”

Fides also reported that several orders of cloistered nuns, called “Asia Bibi’s guardian angels,” are promising their prayers. These include a Franciscan Monastery in Escalona, Spain, a Benedictine Monastery of Rosano, Italy, and Poor Clare Convents in Roasio and Sarzana, Italy.

One community stated to Fides: “In Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, we remember Asia Bibi, our sister in Christ, and we pray for the victims of any abuse of power throughout the world.

“We pray that the Crucified and Risen Lord may open the hearts of all to contribute to the construction of his Kingdom of peace and justice.”

The Italian parliament will participate in the initiative through a special Mass celebrated on that day in the parliament chapel by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The Mass, which is being organized by the Association of Parliamentary Friends of Pakistan and the Association of Pakistani Christians in Italy, will also recall the figure of Shahbaz Bhatti, the assassinated Pakistani Minister for Minorities who had defended Bibi.

The Masihi Foundation appealed to the faithful worldwide to join in this day of prayer.

If you do pray, I ask you to join in this initiative. If you don’t, perhaps you could join your efforts to these defenders of a persecuted minority in some more concrete way: Perhaps by sending a letter to your local newspaper highlighting the human rights crisis in Pakistan, or donating to a worthy group like the Masihi Foundation. Every opportunity we have to stand together in self-defense is a chance for a small victory. The callous, triumphalist unity of global Islam cannot be allowed to overwhelm our resistance piecemeal. In the words of that great skeptic, Benjamin Franklin: “We must hang together, or assuredly we will hang separately.”

Posted by Roland Shirk on April 14, 2011 9:55 PM | 16 Comments
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Will they burn themselves in effigy and demand that they be prosecuted? “Afghan mullahs push peaceful protest in wake of Quran-burning violence,” by Tom A. Peter for the Christian Science Monitor, April 14 (thanks to Urban Infidel):

As the dust settles in Afghanistan after sustained protest over a Florida pastor’s Quran burning, many residents in Kandahar are facing an unpleasant truth: More Qurans were burned in the course of their protests than by Terry Jones.The demonstrations, which started peacefully, quickly turned violent, killing at least nine people and injuring scores in Kandahar City alone. And as protesters vandalized a girls’ school and set fire to shops, Qurans also inadvertently went up in flames.

If they burn a shop, there is a Quran in every shop, so this is a big problem,” says Azizullah Aziz, a perfume and soap salesman in Kandahar City. “People don’t know how to protest.”

On Wednesday, the province’s top spiritual leaders moved to address the irony – and promote restraint at a time when passions are running high over the US war effort. They called a shura, or meeting, and told the crowd of several hundred people that gathered in a tent at Kandahar University how to protest in an Islamic manner….

“One person burned the holy Quran in America. This was not good, so we came to speak out and protest, but unfortunately the police fired on us because they did not know what the protest was about,” said Maulavi Mohammed Omar, a prominent mullah in Kandahar. “Why did people burn the shops and markets, and the holy Quran? That is not good.”

Seek elders’ advice

Islam does not discourage protests, said the mullahs. But, they said, when something happens that causes concern, citizens must seek the advice of their religious leaders before taking action. They added that any protest should also have clear goals.

“You have to respect what the mullahs say. If they say protest, you have to protest. If they say don’t protest, you can’t protest. They know the Islamic law for when to protest,” said Haji Rahmudeen, head of the Kandahar Business Association, in his address to the crowd….

In addition to imploring citizens to maintain order during protests, the mullahs called on the government to better prepare the police to deal with protesters, ensure that government and international forces respect Islamic and Afghan culture, and stop international forces from conducting night raids, among other demands.

There was much speculation that Wednesday’s event could end in yet another protest. Indeed, all the ingredients were there to stoke the ever-present well of anger over the ongoing foreign presence. During Mr. Omar’s speech, he reminded the crowd that America was still the enemy and its soldiers are “killing our 2-year-old children in our homes.”

At an Afghan demonstration, such remarks would normally be met with shouts from the crowd and calls for “Death to America.” But on Wednesday, the crowd just quietly listened. When the event ended, few people stayed even to socialize as the crowd shuffled out of the tent, returning to their cars or bicycles….

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 4:50 PM | 24 Comments
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With Eric Bolling subbing for Beck. Zuhdi Jasser was on hand as well.

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 4:17 PM | 34 Comments
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When the pig’s foot was sent to King, Honest Ibe Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR said it must have been sent by an “anti-Muslim bigot.” What do you say now, Ibe?

Longtime Jihad Watch readers will recognize this “Jacquelyn Barnette” as “Jameela,” who sent me the threat I posted here, and who has more than once (the last time quite recently) spammed the comments fields here with reams of abusive Islamic triumphalism and hatred toward Jews and Christians — see, for example, the many comments by “Jacci” on this thread. She wrote here the same sort of thing she wrote to New York State Senator Ball — here’s a sample: “To those blood-thirsty, racist Christian cannibals who will murder Jesus after his Resurrection for the sole purpose of bleeding him out to bath in his blood; I advise you to reconsider your blasphemous and diabolical worship of a murdered Jew and read the Qur’an and discover your ‘real’ purpose in life is NOT to worship and serve the Jew’s as you do.”

More on this story and this story. “Georgia Woman Reportedly Admits to Sending Pig’s Foot to Rep. Peter King,” from FoxNews.com, April 14 (thanks to Jack):

A Georgia woman reportedly has claimed responsibility for the severed pig’s foot that was sent to Rep. Peter King, apparently in protest over the hearing he held on radical Islam.Jacquelyn Barnette, who described herself as Muslim, told the New York Post she sent King the package, which also contained an anti-Semitic note, this month.

The U.S. Postal Service intercepted the package before it ever reached King’s office.

“I thought the letters explain themselves,” Barnette told the Post.

Do they ever!

Asked about her comments, King told Fox News she “seems to be a disturbed person.”…

You can say that again.

Though the note contained anti-Semitic messages, King is not Jewish. The note also reportedly told King to “kiss my black, Muslim-American a–.”

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 3:54 PM | 30 Comments
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How is it that a sheikh who is issuing fatawa misunderstands the Religion of Peace and Tolerance so thoroughly? “Salafi-Jihadist Sheikh: It Is Permissible to Spill the Blood of the Iraqi Christians – And A Duty to Wage Jihad Against Them,” from MEMRI, April 14 (thanks to Nicholas):

On April 11, 2011, a fatwa by Sheikh Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi regarding Iraq’s Christians appeared on the Salafi-jihadi website Minbar Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad. The fatwa came in response to a question submitted by an inquirer calling himself “‘Izz Al-Din,” who asked whether the Christians in Iraq today were to be considered a legitimate target of jihad, even though they had not been in the past. He pointed out that these Christians were not associated with the Coptic Orthodox denomination or with its criminal imprisonment of Muslim women in Egypt, and that they were even at odds with the Copts.

But Sheikh Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi replied that Iraqi Christians were indeed legitimate targets of jihad. Full text available to MEMRI subscribers.

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 11:23 AM | 21 Comments
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Hoping that al-Qaeda has dispatched operatives. But…but…aren’t Muslims in Western countries supposed to abide by the law of the land, and only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise?

“Jihadists ‘declare war’ on France over veil ban,” from AFP, April 14 (thanks to Block Ness):

NICOSIA: Members of Arabic language jihadist forums have called for war on France over its ban on niqabs, a US-based web service said on Wednesday. The draconian new law, the first to be enforced in Europe, went into effect on Monday. Wearing the niqab or burka, a head-to-toe body covering, is now banned in the street, public gardens, shops and government buildings. In messages on a number of threads, “contributors posted calls to punish France for what was perceived as an anti-Islamic law,” including calls for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to “carry out operations to ‘deter’ France.” One exchange on Monday called for “members to declare war against France,” while another expressed hope that “al Qaeda has dispatched operatives to France to attack the country.”

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 10:06 AM | 45 Comments
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Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands his new, peaceful religion. More on this story. “Man Confesses To ‘Jihad Operation’ Murder In Nashville,” by Jeff Tang for NewsChannel5.com, April 13:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A former TSU student on trial for murder in Arkansas said he killed a man in East Nashville in 2006.Abdulhakim Muhammad is accused of killing one Army soldier and wounding another outside a military recruiting station in 2009. He’s now confessed to shooting a Nashville man as part of a “Jihad Operation.”

The father of Carlos Bledsoe believes his son became an extremist Muslim during his time in Nashville.

Carlos, who changed his name to Abdulhakim Muhammad, is accused of murdering an army private and wounding another in Arkansas two years ago.

But, in a letter to an Arkansas Judge, Muhammad confesses to another murder, an East Nashville man in 2006.

“The letter was sent to us immediately after it was discovered and our cold case detectives will be going to interview him to see how much he knows about the case to see if he was involved,” said Metro Police Spokesperson Kristin Mumford.

Muhammad claims he shot the two soldiers to protest the US War in Iraq. In the letter, Muhammad saID [sic] he killed the Nashville man as his first “jihad operation” because he said the victim terrorized elderly Muslims and Muslim women at gunpoint. However, Muhammad leaves out the victim’s name and the time of the crime.

“We do have a case that matches some of the particulars but we don’t want to go into detail, we don’t know his motives. We want him to tell us about the case,” Mumford said….

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 4:38 AM | 11 Comments
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The second accidental jihad in two days. Keep up the good work, fellows!

Premature Detonation Alert: “Gaza fighter died in ‘jihad mission,’” from the Ma’an News Agency, April 14:

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said one of the group’s fighters was killed Thursday morning, when an explosive device detonated while the young man was on a “jihad mission,” a statement said.It is the second accidental death of a Gaza resistance fighter reported in as many days, following the death of an Al-Qassam brigadesman in Khan Younis on Wednesday.

A DFLP statement said National Resistance Brigades fighter Khader Abu Elbeh, 22, was seriously wounded during an operation west of the Jabaliya area in the northern Gaza Strip and later died of his injuries.

Medical sources in Gaza confirmed that a man was pronounced dead after being seriously wounded by a bomb which exploded, apparently prematurely.

In their statement, the NRB mourned the death of the fighter, saying he was killed while “on a jihad mission,” and vowed to continue resistance activities as a “goal and a promise to our nation.”

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 4:23 AM | 49 Comments
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Taking Sharia into their own hands. “Pakistan’s blasphemy vigilantes kill exonerated man,” by Nick Paton Walsh for CNN, April 14 (thanks to Clark):

Talahore, Pakistan (CNN) — Mohamed Imran had been accused, jailed, tried and cleared: if anything, society owed him a debt as a man wrongfully accused.But his crime was blasphemy. He was meant to have said something derogatory about the prophet Mohammed, so in Pakistan justice worked a little differently.

Whose prophet?

Two weeks after he returned to his small patch of farmland on the rustic outskirts of Islamabad, his alleged crime caught up with him.Two gunmen burst into the shoe shop where he was sat talking to a friend. Imran tried to duck, to seek cover behind the man next to him — terrified so greatly for his own life that he perhaps forgot about those around him.

But the gunmen found their target and Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws claimed another victim….

Posted by Robert on April 14, 2011 4:15 AM | 19 Comments
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I tried to tell you. “Christians begin to flee Egypt,” from Christian News Today, April 14 (thanks to Alexandre):

A growing number of Egypt’s 8-10 million Coptic Christians are looking for a way to get out as Islamists increasingly take advantage of the nationalist revolution that toppled long-standing dictator Hosni Mubarak in February.Egypt Daily News reported on Tuesday that “lawyers who specialize in working with Coptic Egyptians…say that in the past few weeks they have received hundreds of calls from Copts wanting to leave Egypt.”

“They are insisting on leaving Egypt because the risks of staying here are too great,” Naguib Gabriel, a Coptic human rights lawyer, told Egypt Daily News. “Many Christians are afraid of the future because of the fanatics in the mosques.”

At least 20 Christians have been killed in sectarian violence with Muslims since Mubarak’s ouster. And groups like the Muslim Brotherhood have been taking an increasingly visible role in forming Egypt’s next government.

Coptic leaders have complained that they are being left out of the decision-making process, raising fears that the Egypt of tomorrow will be far less free and democratic than even the Egypt of Mubarak.

The ‘Historic’ Budget Deal of 2011? Hardly

Frank Hill

There is a lot of smoke-and-mirrors to this ‘historic deal’ and by the end of this September the amount that it will have saved from the budget will be minimal.

Libyan Clown and Criminal is More Defiant Than Ever

Amir Taheri

The time for diplomacy is over — it must be made clear that the objective in Libya is regime change, argues Amir Taheri.

Salafists Execute Italian Activist in Gaza

Jim Kouri, CPP

Vittorio Arrigoni hated Israel. He went to Gaza as activist, but found out that the axiom “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” does not apply to Palestinian Islamists.

Al-Jazeera’s Sponsor is a Guest at the Oval Office

Obama calls him “Your Highness.”

Cliff Kincaid

The Emir of Qatar is also in ultimate of control of Al-Jazeera, which promotes the anti-Semitic rants of Yusuf al-Qaradawi. On Thursday he sat in the Oval Office with the President.

On April Fools’ Day Imam Rauf Addressed the Nation

Edward Cline

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the “Ground Zero Mosque Imam” used the pages of the Washington Post to present a whitewashed version of Islam when the public needs only the truth.

A Letter From the American Front to General Petraeus

Karen Lugo

When General Petraeus suggested that Pastor Jones’ burning of a Koran undermined Americans, did he undermine a basic principle of America, enshrined in the First Amendment?

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Caroline Glick

Turkey’s AKP used democracy to gain power. Now that they have power, they are systematically destroying freedom in their country.

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