Tuesday, November 29, 2005


If you want to take something and claim it as yours and only yours? SIMPLE... just re-write history and destroy everything else there. A Buddhist Statue in Afghanistan, the discovery of America, Spain, but most importantly Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

  1. Recently an Imam on Al Jazeera claimed that when Columbus Reached America
    he encountered Arabic speaking Indians
  2. A year ago a Muslim advocacy group in "Arab World Studies" almost got American textbooks to teach that Muslims preceded Columbus to America.
  3. The State Dept actually floated the lie that Columbus had an had an Arab Muslim navigator to steer his way across the Atlantic.
  4. lgf: Columbus's Crew - Here’s a site that lists Columbus’s Crew on all three ships that made the journey to the New World, and lo ... not an Arab name among them.

However, NOTHING is of utmost importance in the Arab Muslim world as to not only CLAIM THE TEMPLE MOUNT but to ERASE Judaism from it.

To do this they are ripping tons of earth from the Mount and destroying the artifacts in it containing thousands of years of Biblical and WORLD history.

And next they are re-writing history books, speeches and teachings at a pitch that would blow Goerbells away.

Now a new book details the extent of this obssessive pathology and how this recent fevered pitch in re-writing history is taking hold.

In the beginning was Al-Aqsa - Haaretz

  1. Abed Mustafa's book about the "Jewish invention" of Solomon's temple. (Taken from "From Jerusalem to Mecca and Back" by Dr. Yitzhak Reiter)

This lie is almost so stupid it's comical. But in the Arab world apparently any lie can float. This "Imam" is the same one who is famous for his sermons in the Mosques in Jerusalem exhorting Muslim to kill Jews anywhere you find them and that they are the "sons of pigs and monkeys"

  • Another claim, made by the Palestinian Authority mufti for Jerusalem, Ikrama Sabri, is that the Temple has been built three times, and that Herod built the third construction. Following this line of logic, the Third Temple has already been destroyed, and therefore the Jewish traditions regarding its future reconstruction are groundless. According to another Muslim version, which has found favor in the past few years, the Temple of the Jews was in Yemen, of all places.

  • His book draws in great detail a portrait of the great Muslim denial, a denial of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and to the Temple. This argument has strengthened in intensity since the Six-Day War.

Here he reveals something that I've read before that every time the Arab Muslim world controlls Jerusalem interest in it barely minimal, however, any time they have lost control of it interest and "its importance" spikes.

  1. Several chapters in Reiter's study describe the parallel rise in the sanctity of Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds (the Muslim name of Jerusalem). For instance, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which according to modern research was built approximately 1,400 years ago, is now being described as a mosque that was built at the time of the world's creation, during the days of Adam, or of Abraham. For example, Abdus-Salam al-Abbadi, a former Jordanian minister of Muslim trusts, has invoked these traditions. So has Sheik Ikrama Sabri, who cited these traditions in a legal ruling he wrote a few years ago, in which he attributed the construction of the Holy Mosque in Mecca and of the Al-Aqsa compound to Adam, and the renewed construction of the Kaaba to Abraham and the renewed construction of Al-Aqsa to Solomon. The Saudi historian Mohammed Hassen Sharab has also written that Al-Aqsa was built by Adam, and another Saudi historian claims that Al-Aqsa Mosque existed even before Jesus and Moses. Another tradition, which is quoted by some present-day Muslim writers, attributes the construction of Al-Aqsa to Abraham. This tradition contends that Abraham built Al-Aqsa 40 years after he built the Kaaba together with his son Ishmael.

    Reiter reveals hundreds and thousands of legal rulings, publications and sources that demonstrate the extent to which the denial of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and to the holy places has grown in the Muslim world.
    Various Islamic sources are now trying to refute the Jewish conception of Jerusalem's centrality in Judaism, and deny the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem, and contend that the Western Wall is not an authentic remnant of the outer retaining wall of the Temple compound, but rather the western wall of the Al-Aqsa compound, the place that Muslims now identify with Al-Buraq, the Prophet Mohammed's wondrous beast of burden, which according to legend was tethered by the prophet to the wall.

    .....They gradually seep in and are becoming truth in the eyes of a large Muslim public round the world.

The story is that Mohammed flew to heaven on his horse for the "farthest mosque". In antiquity it is believed this was in Medina. The Mosques in Jerusalem did not even exist at the time of his death. After the Syrians got control of Jerusalem, they used this obscure passage and built the Al Asqua (the farthest) Mosque on the Mount. And then claimed that the Koran was talking about that Mosque.

  • The new Islamic writing, which clashes with the Jewish writing on Jerusalem, poses three fundamental claims:

  1. The Jewish presence in Jerusalem was brief (extending only 60-70 years) and does not justify Jewish sovereignty over the holy city;
  2. The Temple never existed and the Temple of Solomon, who is solely an Islamic figure from antiquity, was at most a personal prayer room;
  3. The Western Wall is a holy Muslim site whose Jewish connection was invented in the 19th and 20th centuries for political purposes.

How ironic and disgusting is that lie. As Islam invents myths to try and take away the truth it accuses the Judaism of the very thing they are doing.

  • Until 1967 they spoke differently

    For centuries until 1967, the story of the Jewish Holy Temple - details about its construction, traditions surrounding its existence, and even details of the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar - was a deeply rooted and undenied motif found in Muslim Arabic literature.

    Moreover, Reiter notes that classical Arab sources identify the place where Al-Aqsa stands with where the Temple of Solomon stood. An 11th-century geographer and historian from Jerusalem, Al-Mukadasi, and the 14th-century Iranian legal scholar Al-Mastufi both identify the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the Temple of Solomon. In the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi of the 13th century, the construction of the Mosque of Solomon is equated with the construction of the Mosque of Al-Aqsa. The rock inside the compound is usually the touchstone Arab identification of the Temple of Solomon and the heart of the Al-Aqsa compound. Abu Bachar al-Wasti, who was a preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the early 11th century, presents a variety of other traditions in his book of Jerusalem's praises, which present the Jewish past of the Holy Temple.

    Even in the 20th century the Palestinian historian Araf al-Araf wrote (before 1967) that the site of the Haram al-Sharif is that of Mount Moriah, which is mentioned in the Book of Genesis, on which was the threshing floor of Aravna (Ornan) the Jebusite, which David purchased in order to build the Temple on it, and that his son Solomon built the Temple in the year 1007 BCE. Al-Araf even added that the remains of the structures underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque date to the period of Solomon. Nevertheless, these statements were written at a time when the Old City of Jerusalem was part of the Kingdom of Jordan, and they barely echo in the Arab history books written since 1967 or in contemporary discourse.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


EgyptianSandmonkey observes -
The Harriri assassination conspiracy gets even more complicated: A lebanese witness against Syria was killed in a mysterious road accident -
  • A witness in the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has died in a mysterious road accident that raised suspicions of murder.Nowar Donna, owner of a mobile telephone trading business in Tripoli, was killed when his car plunged into a valley on the road to Bteghrine in Metn. An unidentified pillion also was killed, An Nahar reported Saturday.
  • Internal Security Forces have launched an investigation into Friday's accident "amid suspicions it was a premeditated murder," according to the paper.
  • Donna had been questioned by both Detlev Mehlis' International Independent Investigation Commission and the Lebanese judicial authorities after he was identified as the vendor of five mobile telephone sets out of eight that were used in the car bomb assassination of Hariri on Feb. 14.
Huh. Must be the guess who........ The same way they got this Syrian General to "commit suicide". Is it dam Mossad agents trying to make Syria look so guilty?

Syria, which is all about 'Pan Arabism' rejected Egypt and Saudi's mediation in favor of Russia's. Yeah, Russia....

  • The Russian mediation spared Syria impending sanctions for its refusal to cooperate with the investigation into Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination. Syria preferred the Russian mediation over Egypt's and Saudi Arabia's because Moscow enjoys veto power at the U.N. Security Council which it could use in the event of a new confrontation between Damascus and the international community, An Nahar reported Sunday.
And it has brought good results: neither Assad's little brother or his Brother in law were asked for questioning.

Thank you Russia. Thank you Putin. Without your help those innocent men were going to get questioned and found guilty because the Israelis are behind this whole thing. But here is the silly thing: under the agreement Mehlis can not arrest the officers if they were found guilty. How did the Jews not see this one coming?

  • When asked what would happen if arrest warrants were issued against the officers, Moallem said "This is a hypothetical question and I decline to answer it." He added that Mehlis "has no jurisdiction to arrest" the officers.

    When asked why there were only five officers when Mehlis has asked to question six, Moallem said: "There are only five officers and I am not aware of a sixth name."
  • Moallem also said that Syria "doesn't have any doubt in the Arab solidarity with it."
And of course, our very Arab League Hack, Amr Moussa, jumps to Syria's defense.

  • Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa warned the international community on Friday against isolating or threatening Syria with sanctions without proof that Damascus had a hand in Hariri's assassination.
    "We cannot accept the fact that a member country is isolated without evidence it is involved," Moussa said.
  • "We are sure the Syrian government is cooperating with the investigation," he added.
In more fun news, the syrian-financed and backed Hezballah is challenging the loyalty of its critics.

  • "While encouraging dialogue and discussion," the cleric stressed "the resistance will not tolerate being named a traitor or an agent for foreign countries."
  • "Hizbullah appreciates the different points of views over many Lebanese internal issues and invites all parties for a dialogue," he said. "But before we hold a dialogue with someone, we will ask, 'Who are you and what have you done for Lebanon? What are your relations with embassies and ambassadors? What are your relations with Israel and Western countries?'"
  • Nasrallah emphasized that Hizbullah values its friendships with Damascus and Tehran, calling on the Lebanese people to do the same because the resistance's ties with the two capitals have benefited Lebanon and "freed it from occupation."
  • "Hizbullah's orders do not come from Damascus, or Tehran; they come from Beirut," he said.
Of course. And the fact that they finance you and arm you has no bearing on your decisions what so ever.

This is a circus. Now, why don't the lebanese just secede the south to Hezballah and get it over with? God knows South of Lebanon is more loyal to Hezballah than the rest of Lebanon and are incredibly different than the rest of the lebanese population, so why don't they seperate and create their own little hezballastan? This way Hezballah can continue duking it with Israel without affecting the rest of Lebanon and the lebanese government won't have "friends with Syria and Iran" amongst their own government or affecting their own stability or safety. This way everyone wins, you know? As long as Hezballah stays in Lebanon the Harriri murder will never be resolved, Bashar's regime will never be exposed and Syria will continue to influence lebanon.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Egyptian Regime and the Muslim Brotherhood Eternal Game

UPDATE: Egyptian bloggers comment on ongoing parliamentary elections

Freedom for Eygptians writes -
The Egyptian Regime and the Muslim Brotherhood Eternal Game

.....I was watching and following Egypt’s latest well-performed election fiction movie where incidents of violence between the government’s National Democratic Party and the “banned” Muslim Brother marred the so called parliamentarian elections.

Election is a word the world likes to hear but as a matter of fact the turn out in the Egyptian elections is low that it could pose the question of the legitimacy of the current regime according to our constitution. So this is our election.

When I went to cast my vote in the parliamentarian elections, I had to sign next to my name in a big book of not less than 400 names of eligible voters, I was the only person. The glass ballot box was empty. There was no line, I took my time and others in a very relaxed manner.

The news of electoral violence from Egypt appears to be disturbing. The Banned Muslim Brotherhood is battling with our innocent government over parliamentarian seats to the extent of injuring and shooting. The news and the events meant to be disturbing and alarming. There is no doubt or argument that Egypt lost its political credibility. There is not much left to play with in the political arena. And what is happening in Egypt cannot be subjected to the international political norms or standards which makes those rotten statements as reform is homegrown a big lie. If this is the promised homegrown political and economic reform, then I have preference to the no home grown reform.

On the other hand, an international Coptic conference held in Washington DC dashes hopes for true calls for democracy. Why Coptic Egyptians turned the cause as if it is the Muslim brotherhood versus the Copts. It is a democracy and freedom problem that what we are suffereing from in Egypt. If there is a true democracy, there could had never been a problem for Egyptian Copts, Jews, disbelievers or any Egyptians who believe that their rights have been usurped.

Now the Parliamentarian elections process was reduced to a battle between the government and banned Muslim brotherhood. It is such a naïve political game is meant to make us believe that the presence and the continuation of the current regime is protecting us against the evils of the Muslim Brotherhood in a country that pretends to be secular. It is either the regime or the Islamists.

The Government-Muslim Brotherhood game achieves several goals -

  • The regime can remain forever as the only safe alternative.

    The Muslim Brotherhood remains as a threat to the world. Egypt, one of the major allies of the US in the Middle East, is taken by Islamists….whay an ending.

    The whole world was made to believe that Egypt had fair presidential and parliamentarians elections. Another message is sent here, democracy and freedom are bringing to power Islamists that's why dictatorship has to remain. As a result Egyptians have to remain oppressed the rest of their lives.

    The idea of releasing and detaining the members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and the recent sectarian violence in Alexandria bring the gloomiest image for the future of Egypt.

The reality is -

  • Egyptians did not go to vote in both the presidential and parliamentarians elections to have a clear judgment on what is truly happening. I do not know anyone in my circle that went to vote. When I announced that I voted, I was met with smiles and some comments of sarcasm. And the reason why I went is because I did not want anyone to fill in my name on my behalf and not because I believe in the integrity of the electoral process in Egypt

    Elections were rigged. Monitors were hampered from doing their work.

    Constituencies were divided among candidates in a way to guarantee specific results.

Well-done play as usual and suits the political deteriorations Egypt is witnessing. Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Friday, November 25, 2005

Lebanese Journalist May Chidiac On TV After 20 Operations

Hat tip Mustapha
May was saying: You can take my arm, you can take my foot, but you can never take away my smile.

May Makes her First Appearance to the Nation from her Hospital Room

LBCI anchorwoman May Chidiac who was maimed by a booby-trap car explosion Sept. 25 has made her first televised appearance, looking tired but upbeat and promising a quick return to the screen.

Wearing a trademark pink-colored top and with her voice breaking at times, May spoke to LBCI viewers of her suffering during and after the attempt on her life that severed her left arm and left leg.

  • "I cannot tell you about my journey of suffering. Perhaps the country was in need of a leg with which to kick all those evil people who do not love this country and who are working against it, and a hand with which to lift the weights off the back of this country,"
  • she said in the brief appearance from her room at Hotel Dieu hospital.

    "Perhaps it was my fate to be a part of this big sacrifice," she added.

May recalled the blast that exploded under her car seat north of Beirut -- the last in a string of mysterious attacks targeting politicians, journalists and commercial and residential areas in Lebanon since the Feb. 14 assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri.

  • "I flew ... and found myself on the backseat, dragging myself to get out (of the car). I saw my severed arm in front of me, praying they would be able to sew it back. What I didn't realize was that I had also lost my leg," she said. The camera did not show May's injuries or her amputated arm and leg.

The station said she undergone around 20 operations since the bombing.

May, a longtime anchorwoman
at the leading anti-Syrian LBC, promised to be back on screen soon. "I am going to get ... an arm, a leg, whatever ... and I can tell you that I will be back," she said.

"I miss you, and it won't be long before I return to you," she added.

Tens of thousands of viewers were mesmerized to their TV screens as she spoke and many were in tears.

Beirut, Updated 25 Nov 05, 13:49


Watch this "touching" CAIR video from it's 2005 annual banquet.
CAIR which promotes itself as an American 'Civil Rights organization' - protecting the civil rights of Muslims and all Americans. Besides many its leaders and founders being indicted for terrorism and ties to Al Queda they also love and promote a Neo Nazi at many of their events.

Neo Nazi William Baker Tells Muslim Crowd at Boca Marriott that 9-11 Hijackers Weren't Muslims

Keeping up with William W. Baker and the Islamists

Speakers at CAIR's annual banquet December 3rd
  • Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) :: Chip Pitts, former Chairman-Amnesty International :: Imam Siraj Wahhaj :: Program will also feature the "2005 Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Award Recipient" and the "2005 Muslim Community Service Awards"
    CAIR Promotes and Hosts William W. Baker, Neo-Nazi March 9, 2004

    CAIR Promotes and Hosts William W. Baker, Neo-Nazi. The Council on American-Islamic Relations most days of the week provides an e-mail service titled "American Muslim News Briefs." Today's edition includes this item:

    Kate Blout, Western Herald, 3/9/04
    Members of the Muslim Student Association and the community will have the chance to sample Middle Eastern cuisine and learn how to better bridge the gap between Islam and Christianity during upcoming events at Western Michigan University.

    MSA will be sponsoring an event titled "Islam and Christianity: Coalition or Collision?" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.

    "The purpose of this event is to promote peace, tolerance and understanding between the two largest religions in the world," said Sarah Husain, sophomore majoring in business and president of the public relations committee of MSA.

    William Baker, an internationally known speaker from California and founder of Christians and Muslims for Peace, will be at the event, Husain said.

    There will also be a free dinner featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. The event is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating and the deadline for reservations is today. To make reservations, visit

    "This event is part of a series of events planned by MSA, which we hope will help build bridges between the many religions of the world," Husain said...

    Of course, this "internationally known speaker" named William W. Baker is also internationally known as a neo-Nazi, as I pointed out in an article two months ago, "
    Canadian Islamists host a neo-Nazi." How interesting that CAIR should circulate a news item that portrays his talk as promoting "peace, tolerance and understanding between the two largest religions in the world." (March 9, 2004)

    • Note the similarity between the title of this book by William W. Baker, published in 1998:

      And the headline of this
      CAIR ad, published today in five California community newspapers
    • CAIR likes Baker's phrase "more in common than you think" so much that it uses it in other contexts too, for example, in the series it is co-hosting with Elderhostel that I have previously commented on.

      A little research finds Baker has spoken at many CAIR events. CAIR's New York office announced "the renowned Christian scholar," Mr. Bill Baker, would be giving a keynote speech at an
      event it apparently co-sponsored on Sept. 7, 2002. Baker appeared at a CAIR event in Florida on Aug. 12, 2003, according to Ray Hanania. A CAIR poster indicates he spoke at a New Jersey event on Oct. 18, 2003.

      That CAIR promotes and hosts a neo-Nazi comes as little surprise to me; but what about all those politicians, journalists, academics, clergy, and others who accept it as a mainstream organization? What do they have to say about its affiliation with such a person?

      June 19, 2004 update: American Muslims for Jerusalem, about whose phony moderation
      I have previously written, has also sponsored William W. Baker, for example at its May 18, 2002, conference, "Justice in the Holy Land," in Santa Clara, California. Live coverage of the conference can be viewed at Islamicity.com. This leads me to wonder how deeply this neo-Nazi has penetrated the Islamist establishment

    The Other Refugees

    Hat tip Dhimmi Watch
    Erik Arnold is a freelance columnist who writes on a variety of cultural and political topics. Here is his take on the refugee problem in the Middle East -

    • Arab aggression has created not one but two groups of refugees in the Middle East. The world has not been allowed to forget the first but has remained largely unaware of the second. The first group comprises those Arabs who abandoned their homes in Palestine during the 1947-1949 fighting. They numbered 587,000... The second group encompasses the Jews who, between 1947 and 1963, were uprooted from African and Middle Eastern countries where their ancestors had lived for generations and where they were full fledged citizens until they suddenly became anathema. They numbered about 650,000 [Note: The numbers are actually much higher than this, being closer to 800,000. E.A.]... The overwhelming majority were poor people, but they collectively left behind property valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars... The world has not overly concerned itself about the Jews who were constrained by forces beyond their control --discriminatory laws, persecutions, physical violence, and purposeful exclusion from Arab societies -- to flee "to a place of safety," thus meeting Webster's definition of refugees.
    • Attention has been concentrated instead on the plight of the Arabs who left Palestine voluntarily -- persuaded by their own military commanders and politicians that the war against the Jews would be short and their victorious return would be sweet with booty -- hence might be categorized more properly as "fugitives" rather than as "refugees." (Frank Gervasi, The Case for Israel, Viking Press, New York, 1967, pgs. 108-109).

    The above paragraph makes succinctly clear a problem long ignored by the world's governments: the history of the persecution and expulsion of the large Jewish population of the Middle East and North Africa. The story of the Arab refugees has occasioned much gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts among the collective court of international opinion, while the same sentiment has not been granted to their more numerous Jewish counterparts.

    Albert Memmi, born in Tunisia, champion of anti-colonialism and self described "left-wing Zionist," once wrote the following -

    • ... "the supposed "idyllic life" led by Jews in the Arab countries is all a myth! The truth... is that we were, first of all, a minority in hostile surroundings and, as such, we had all the fears of the overly weak, their constant feeling of precariousness... Never, I repeat, never... have the Jews lived in the Arab countries otherwise than as diminished people in an exposed position, periodically overcome and massacred so that they would be acutely conscious of their position." (Albert Memmi, Jews and Arabs, trans. Eleanor Levieux, J. Philip O'Hara Inc., Chicago, 1975, pgs. 20-22).

    He further states -

    • But if we leave out the crematoria and the murders committed in Russia, from Kichinev to Stalin, the sum total of the Jewish victims of the Christian world is probably no greater than the total number of victims of the successive pogroms, both big and small, perpetrated in the Moslem countries." (ibid pg. 27).

    In fact, during Islam's golden age Jews were restricted as to their choice of occupation, mode of dress, forms of worship, and even access to specific parts of some cities. These discriminatory attitudes were enshrined in the Pact of Omar, the name for the collective body of legislation directed at both Jew and Christian in the Islamic world. On certain occasions the followers of Mohammed even introduced prejudicial measures later adopted by the Christian West, such as the "Jewish badge," as a mark of identification for "unbelievers."

    You can read the rest here


    Hezbollah Satellite Station Al Manar -
    "Arabs discovered America and the Indians here spoke Arabic" ... no really.
    Hat tip VOX

    • Excerpts from an interview with Lebanese cleric Abd Al-Karim Fadhlallah, aired on Al-Manar TV on November 20, 2005.

    • Fadhlallah: The Arabic language, 200 years ago, was a universal language. It's interesting to note that when Christopher Columbus went to America, in what language did he speak with the Indians? It is said that the language they spoke with the Indians – and I have indisputable documentation of this at home... The intellectuals among the Indians spoke Arabic. He took two Arabs with him, to serve as interpreters between the Spaniards and the Indians. He took two of them as translators. So you can imagine the historic and cultural value of Arabic. It's undoubtedly very important.

    UN SECURITY COUNCIL Condemns Hezbollah by name for attacks on Northern Israel -

    • Following intense US pressure, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday issued an unprecedented condemnation of Monday's Hizbullah attacks on northern Israel.

      This condemnation - slamming Hizbullah by name for "acts of hatred" - marked the first time the Security Council has ever reprimanded Hizbullah for cross-border attacks on Israel. The condemnation followed by two days a failed attempt to get a condemnation issued on Monday, the day of the attack, when Algeria came out against any mention of Hizbullah in the statement.

      When asked what changed from Monday to Wednesday, one diplomatic official replied: "John Bolton," a reference to the US ambassador to the UN. Bolton lobbied vigorously for the passage of the statement.

      The condemnation expressed "deep concern" over the attack, and called on Lebanon to exercise its sovereignty and authority in the south according to relevant Security Council resolutions.

      Security Council Resolution 1559, which led to the withdrawal earlier this year of Syrian troops from Lebanon, also calls for the dismantling of the militias in the country, as well as a call to the Lebanese government to extend its control over the entire country, including the Hizbullah dominated south.

      Israeli officials expressed satisfaction that the statement did not include any attempt to "balance it," referring to Israel's response to the Hizbullah attack, and that for the first time ever it placed full responsibility for the violence on Hizbullah's shoulders.

      Roni Leshno Ya'ar, the Foreign Ministry's deputy director- general who heads its UN and international organizations division, termed the condemnation a "Security Council warning to Hizbullah to stop its provocations on the northern border."

      Leshno Ya'ar said this type of condemnation was significant because Hizbullah was "very sensitive" to public opinion, both in Lebanon and abroad. He said the condemnation sent a strong signal that the Security Council was demonstrating "no tolerance toward terrorism."

      The statement against Hizbullah came just a few weeks after the Security Council condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his call to wipe Israel off the map. That was also a precedent-setting condemnation, marking the first time the UN body ever condemned an Islamic state for statements against Israel.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005

    "Be Cursed You Iraqi Optimist!" (American Agent!!)

    Michael Young opines -

    "Be Cursed You Iraqi Optimist!"

    On Sunday evening, I was invited to be part of the audience during the taping of a CNN talk show titled "Voices of a New Generation" that will first appear on CNN International Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm GMT. The show is part of the
    Eye on The Middle East series that the station is filming this week throughout the region.

    The idea was that a panel of young people, two from Lebanon, an Iraqi, a Saudi, a Jordanian, and an Egyptian, would discuss various issues of the day, and interact with the audience. Interesting moments ensued, but perhaps the most remarkable thing was how the Iraqi was angrily taken to task by both the Egyptian and Jordanian panelists, and by some people in the audience. The Iraqi, Ahmad Shames, heads an organization to promote democracy called the Iraqi Prospect Organization. On his first attempt to make it to Baghdad Airport to fly to Beirut for the show, he couldn't take his flight and had to return to the city. His car was shot at and not long afterwards he found himself some 100 meters away from a car-bomb explosion. Despite this, Shames was upbeat about Iraq's future, but also underlined that Iraqis had very little patience for the surrounding Arab countries, which, they felt, were fueling the war in Iraq.

    The optimism infuriated the young Egyptian woman on the panel, a member of the Kifaya movement opposed to Hosni Mubarak's rule, who joined after being beaten by police. She accused Shames of arguing the American line in Iraq, and affirmed that Iraqis were opposed to the occupation, and that "we all read the [anti-war] blogs." The Jordanian participant suggested that Iraqis could be descending into a form of paranoia when it comes to the behavior of surrounding Arab countries, and wondered what Shames suggested the Arab states do.

    While just one aspect of the show, these exchanges were interesting because they showed the extent to which many Arabs adhere to ideologically-charged certainties when it comes to Iraq, which no amount of actual experience by Iraqis will undermine. When CNN ran a series of interviews with Iraqis denouncing "terrorism" in their country, the Egyptian accused CNN of filtering out the interviews that didn't match its agenda. The terrorists, she said, were also resistance fighters.

    In reality, it was the Egyptian who could not stomach an Iraqi narrative that failed to quite match her own agenda and preconceptions. A liberal at home, she was all hardened Arab nationalist when it came to distant Iraq, where she probably never set foot. The problem for her was America, and while one can perhaps make that argument, far more disturbing was the Egyptian's virtual labeling of Shames as a renegade, though he argued in favor of using the U.S. occupation to advance Iraqi national interests.

    The Jordanian, in turn, never explained why the burden was on the Iraqis to be less than paranoid vis-a-vis their Arab neighbors, given that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria all have in different ways allowed the Iraqi insurgency to continue, even while insisting, on their scout's honor, that they oppose terrorism. The Washington Post has a good
    piece in today's newspaper qualifying that as far as Jordan goes, less than two weeks after the bombings in Amman. Some people, it seems, were not as disturbed by the hotel bombings as you might think.

    "Freedom" for Arab Reformists and Intellectuals

    Arab Intellectuals

    It's not difficult to see parallels between the persecution of intellectuals under Communism with the plight of reformist, secular, and moderate intellectuals in the Arab world today. At MEMRI there's a round-up of some recent cases:

    • Egyptian judge and author Muhammad Sa'id Al-'Ashmawi has been subject to Islamist threats since 1979. The reason for this was his interpretation of Koranic verses according to their historical context, which was perceived by Islamists as undermining their religious validity for all places and times. In January 1980, the Egyptian authorities assigned him a police escort.

      In March, 2004, following a speech he delivered in the U.S. on moderation and reform in Islam and in Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior cancelled his police protection.....

      In March 2005, Dr. Ahmad Al-Baghdadi, a reformist author who teaches political science at Kuwait University, published a public request for political asylum in a Western country, after a Kuwaiti court condemned him to a one-year prison sentence, commuted to three years on probation and bail of 2,000 dinars ($6,800). In response to the court's decision, he also announced that he would stop writing in the Kuwaiti press.

      Al-Baghdadi was sued by three Islamists who accused him of contempt for Islam after he wrote, in a June 2004 article in a Kuwaiti paper, that he would prefer his son to study music rather than the Koran.....


    Egyptian Sandmonkey - Israel Hits Right Nerve in Lebanon

    After striking inside of Lebanon in retalliation to a Hezballah attack-which the latter used- mortars and rockets toward the Israeli-Lebanese border andwounding 11 Israeli soldiers- Israel planes went all the way to Beirut and dropped leaflets denouncing Hezballah.

    The Beirut Spring: Another Letter From Israel originally posted the translation.

    Bliss Street Journal weighs in a well. I don't know if I buy the idea that Israel needed to respond to this particular Hezbollah attack so that their enemies don't assume they're going to be weak just because the government is heading to new elections. Regardless, the Hezbollah pile on is getting louder and louder.

    Lebanese Blogger Vox Populi - Hezbollah and Argentina

    I don't why there was a breakthrough in the inquiry, but here's what I read in the Nahar a couple of days ago.

    • Argentina Identifies Hizbullah's Hussein Berro as 1994 Bomber of Jewish Center
      Jewish civic leaders have welcomed what they called a breakthrough by Argentine prosecutors in identifying the suicide bomber who destroyed the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 as a 21-year-old Lebanese Hizbullah member.Late Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed that the suicide bomber had been identified as Ibrahim Hussein Berro, a Lebanese citizen, whom they suspect of having driven the explosives-packed van that destroyed the Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200. Investigators made the identification after talking to relatives of Hussein Berro in Detroit, Michigan.

      Luis Grynwald, the current president of the AMIA Jewish center, which was flattened 11 years ago and later rebuilt, hailed the development as a major advance in the case.

      Sergio Burstein, a member of a group of relatives of victims of the bombing, told the newspaper La Nacion in its online edition that the breakthrough is "critically important" in providing authorities with new leads in the case.

      Prosecutor Alberto Nisman said Hussein Berro "belonged to Hizbullah" and drove the van rigged with explosives that leveled the seven-storey Argentine-Israel Mutual Aid Association on July 18, 1994. The building was a symbol of Argentina's more than 200,000-strong Jewish community.

      Argentine investigators had faced domestic and international pressure to make headway in the case. But some critics said that Nisman was breaking little new ground in identifying Hussein Berro, who was named as the suspected bomber, in a resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2004, urging a solution to the case. The House resolution said that Hussein Berro reportedly had been in contact with the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires.

      Local news reports said questions about Hussein Berro had been raised as early as 2003, prompted by Israeli intelligence reports.

      The Jewish center bombing was the second of two major attacks targeting Jews in Argentina during the 1990s. A March 1992 blast destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people in a case that had also been blamed on Hizbullah. Hizbullah has denied responsibility for both bombings.

      Leaders of Argentina's Jewish community have accused Iran of organizing the AMIA attack. Tehran repeatedly has denied that.

      Nisman said Wednesday that suspicions of Iranian involvement in the attack were among several lines of investigation, telling a news conference that he would follow all leads in the ongoing probe.

      Investigators believe the attacker entered Argentina in the tri-border region at the joint borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, a center of drug smuggling and alleged terrorist fund-raising, Nisman said.

      An official statement said prosecutors and Argentine intelligence officers had worked with the FBI and anti-terrorism authorities in Detroit, where two brothers of Hussein Berro now live.

      Nisman said Argentine investigators went to the U.S. city in mid-September and were able to obtain valuable testimony from the brothers with the help of U.S. law enforcement agents.

      Additionally, Nisman said Hizbullah announced on its radio in Lebanon on Sept. 8, 1994, that Hussein Berro had died in combat with the Israeli army in Southern Lebanon. He alleged the announcement was an attempt to cover up the suspect's death in the suicide bombing.

      The prosecutor also said the young man had left his home for Hizbullah camps in Southern Lebanon for training prior to the attack.

      There was no immediate comment from Hizbullah in Beirut on the Argentine verdict. (AP)

      Beirut, Updated 11 Nov 05, 14:40

    The funny thing is that the current Argentinian president is an anti-Bush leftist, so the Hezbollah cannot say that it's an American conspiracy. But they can always go for the jewish conspiracy theory: a large jewish community lives in Argentina.]

    And now the one million dollars question
    Since Hezbollah is anti-zionist and not antisemitic, why did they blow a jewish cultural center ?
    Answer is in this al-Manar

    I have posted an analysis on Hezbollah's political strategy here (in French)

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005


    Tony Bardran a Lebanese blogger opines on Hizbullah's latest attempt to provoke violence on the Israeli border. Remember this is the same party that Norman Finkelstein and recnetly George Galloway have praised as legitimate and rational freedom (reistance) fighters.

    Hizbullah Snubs the Lebanese

    I can't say I'm surprised by Hizbullah's latest stunt. HA launched a series of attacks in the Shebaa Farms area and northern Israel (Metula). Apparently, Israel wasn't surprised either, as its intelligence had been warning that such an attack was imminent, and that such an operation has been in preparation for a while. The Israelis struck back at the source of fire, and bombarded HA bases in the south.

    Apparently, the operation, which may not be the last, was aimed at abducting Israeli soldiers in the Shebaa Farms area. Abducting Israeli soldiers to gain the upper hand in the bargaining for Lebanese prisoners in Israel (see below), and revive their dying image, has long been declared by Hizbullah. The file of the prisoners is
    important to HA and their image and prestige. One prisoner, Samir al-Quntar, is of particular interest to the Party.

    Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz remarked on the attacks:

    • Mofaz said the latest escalation is a result of the pressure exerted on Syria over the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, as well as international pressure on the Hizbullah.

      "The Hizbullah action is an attempt to draw Israel into an escalation and divert attention to our region," he said.

      Meanwhile, IDF sources said Hizbullah has been facing heavy pressure recently aimed at ending its existence as an armed group. Accordingly, the Lebanese group is attempting to stir trouble in order to create legitimacy for its action through false claims, the sources said.

      A senior IDF officer told Ynet Monday’s events show the Hizbullah is again spitting in the face of Lebanon’s government by "carrying out such operation on the eve of the Lebanese Independence Day."

    It is indeed hard not to make that connection, as it's so consistent with the Party's rhetoric and positions since the March independence movement. Nasrallah and HA have been singing (solo) the tune that the "real" enemy and occupier is Israel, not Syria. Meanwhile, the focus of the rest of the Lebanese scene has been, naturally, on Syria. It was also obvious that the speeches in the celebrations of Independence Day were going to be focused on Lebanon's independence from Syrian occupation, and the recently restored sovereignty and freedom. Indeed, PM Seniora delcared that "Syria has to get used to the fact that Lebanon is an independent sovereign country." Furthermore, as I noted in my post yesterday, Walid Jumblat again emphasized the need for border demarcation with Syria, and its official recognition of the Lebanese ownership of the Shebaa Farms (which it still has not done, and the Farms remain officially Syrian territory. More on that below.)

    So it was expected that HA would refocus attention on itself and its agenda, in order to try and dictate domestic discourse: independence is from Israel, not Syria. The Farms are Lebanese. The "Resistance" will continue. The UN and Seniora (with emphasis on Seniora), should never forget who has the final say and who has the weapons. It also falls in line with HA's campaign against Seniora, and its pressuring him to reject UNR 1559. HA's attacks have
    prompted UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, to urge the Lebanese government to extend its control over all its territory (which is stipulated in UNR 1614, and also in 1559). They seek to embarrass Seniora, and to push him on 1559. If they don't like it, they could always leave government, as they keep threatening. That would also mean Amal's withdrawal, which would mean, thanks to the horrible 2000 election law, the absence of Shiite representation in the cabinet.

    In the face of growing domestic isolation, increased tension with Seniora, and lately a strong rebuke by Jumblat (who had given them most cover up to that point. A good analysis in Arabic can be found

    HA fell back (it never really changed) on its trademark: violence. This came after playing its other characteristic card: demagoguery. That's what HA is, afterall..

    All those praising the supposedly "democratic" behavior of HA should take note at how HA operates in government: it blackmails it and undermines it through demagoguery and extra-state violence (see Dalal al-Bizri's devastating piece. English synopsis here). That's why its weapons destroy the domestic political balance and are a direct affront to the state, as Christopher DeVito recently pointed out: "Democracy can’t work while Hezbollah remains an armed faction holding everyone hostage."

    This came after HA made it clear that it would work in coordination with Syrian interests in seeking to undermine the Seniora government, and thereby Lebanese stability and sovereignty. It started especially on HA's "Jerusalem Day" parade, which Jumblat and all his party's MPs did not attend. Nasrallah's
    speech that day was particularly offensive, and clearly outside Lebanese consensus. It was hammered by commentators in Lebanon, and negatively received by Jumblat himself............

    He also included this caveat for HA: before returning to the armistice, the Shebaa Farms (once officially acknowledged to be Lebanese by the Syrians, and after demarcating the borders) should be restored, the Lebanese prisoners held in Israel should be set free, and Israel should hand Lebanon a map of all the landmines left over in southern Lebanon. Essentially, Jumblat had previously floated this proposal in late October, and he presented the armistice as a stipulation of the Taef Accord.

    Today, the Daily Star
    quoted Seniora's spokesman Aref Abed as saying:

    • "Hizbullah has implied in its declarations it would be ready to discuss wars to protect Lebanon from Israel and 'maybe' disarm if a series of conditions were met." According to Abed, those conditions were: "Israel withdrawing from the Shebaa Farms, releasing the Lebanese prisoners from Israeli jails and providing the maps of the mines placed by Israel in the South of Lebanon during the occupation."

      Abed said Siniora has mentioned these conditions to Javier Solana, the EU high representative for common foreign and security policy, during his visit to Lebanon, adding Siniora also asked Solana to convey this to Washington.

      According to Abed, Siniora is waiting for Hizbullah to "propose a framework for national dialogue over the issue of the resistance's arms."

    There's not much to go on there, and it's been like this from the beginning. This so-called "dialogue" was never even explicitly defined. Seniora is now pushing to define and finally start it. HA is still pushing the PM to reject UNR 1559, and pressuring him on other UN-related matters, such as the mission of Gere Pedersen. It's also currently opposed to the calls for border demarcation with Syria.

    Speaking of which, this report in al-Hayat says that Damascus has agreed to Lebanon's request to demarcate the border. But, as you might have expected, it will be done "in stages," and will start from northern Lebanon southward. Oh, and Shebaa is off the table "until the Israelis withdraw from it and from the Golan in full" (emphasis added)! And the cherry on top: the Farms' identity will not be clarified until Israel withdraws! So it's all a bunch of hot air and typical Syrian maneuvering.

    HA's attacks also come after the UN prosecutor, Mehlis, had reportedly rejected Syria's choice of venue for the interrogation of six Syrian officers, including Bashar's in-law, Asef Shawkat. This will add to the general perception in Lebanon that HA is indeed working in tandem with the Asad regime.

    Walid Choucair wrote recently in al-Hayat that while there is certainly a convergence with Syria, the ultimate reference for the Party, as is well known, is Iran.........[....]

    Whatever the reasoning behind the move, everything the Party does now is outside Lebanese consensus, and is viewed as serving Syrian attempts at destabilizing Lebanon and its government, and functioning as Iran's proxy in its regional battle with Sunni powers, as well as its international battle with the West. It will increase its isolation domestically, increase calls on the full implementation of 1559, and heighten tensions.

    This is what HA thrives on. Moderated by participation in government? I think not. HA was advised that national consensus is the only option. Today's move shows exactly what they think of that and of the rest of the Lebanese.. It was a response to Jumblat and Seniora. Now HA's alone. This attack was not against Israel. It was against Lebanon (Seniora in particular). Al-Bizri put it well:

    • "...anxiety [is] not about the Party's danger to Israel, but its danger to life in Lebanon. ... [HA chants] 'Death to Israel!' In other words, death to us."

    Critical times lay ahead.

    Muslim fanatics terrorise a nation Netherlands

    Muslim fanatics terrorise a nation
    Islamist murders and threats have transformed the once-tolerant Netherlands into a place of armed bodyguards and fear, writes Anthony Browne

    A FILM about gay rights should hardly raise an eyebrow in The Netherlands, which for centuries has prided itself as a beacon of freedom of expression and was the first country to legalise gay marriage.

    But when Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee turned Dutch MP, started making a new film about the oppression of homosexuals under Islam, the threat to everyone taking part was deemed so great that she decided there would be no faces shown on screen and no end credits and that the entire production team would remain anonymous.

    Ali, a "lapsed Muslim" who revealed this week that she had finished the script, lives in a safe house under 24-hour protection.

    The precaution is as wise as the courage is extraordinary: Theo van Gogh, the director of Ali's previous film, about domestic violence under Islam, was killed -- repeatedly shot and almost decapitated in broad daylight in the streets of Amsterdam by an Islamic extremist.

    Impaled on a knife in van Gogh's chest was a five-page note declaring holy war on The Netherlands and threatening death to other public figures deemed "enemies of Islam".

    A year after his murder, The Netherlands is a country transformed. Previously, only the Queen and Prime Minister had police protection, and ministers cycled to their ministries.

    Now, many politicians, writers and artists are considered to be in such danger that they have permanent armed guards and are driven around in bomb-proof armoured cars. The Interior Ministry has set up a special unit assessing death threats from Islamic extremists and providing protection squads.

    "In a democracy, strong opinion-leaders must be able to say what they want to say. Therefore, the Government will take the responsibility to protect them," a spokesman from the ministry said, refusing to divulge the number of people receiving protection.

    Across town, police are investigating the shot fired at the window of Rita Verdonk, the Immigration Minister, who has become a hate figure among Muslim communities for introducing some of the strictest immigration laws in Europe, and insisting that Muslims should integrate.

    Amsterdam councillor Ahmed Aboutaleb, a Dutch-Moroccan who has said that Moroccans who do not like The Netherlands should leave, is also under permanent protection. "He never gives interviews on that issue," a spokeswoman said.

    Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen has tried to build bridges with the Muslim community but, as the country's highest-profile Jew, he also needs 24-hour protection.

    At Leiden University law school, professor Afshin Ellian, an Iranian refugee who has called for reform of Islam and even suggested that comedians should make jokes about it, is hustled through the electronically locked doors to his office by two bodyguards.

    "In The Netherlands, terrorists want to threaten not only the public ... they also want to kill public figures, such as artists, academics and politicians," he said. "It is not special in terms of Islam -- in Iran, it is normal to kill people who criticise Islam, as in Egypt and Iraq. It is legitimised by Islamic political theology, which says it is all right to kill someone if they are an enemy of Allah. But this is happening in Europe."

    Academics and authorities in The Netherlands are trying to understand why, in their country, Islamic extremism has gone down the path of assassination, while in Britain and Spain it has produced bombings.

    The rise in the death threats started in 2002 when Pim Fortuyn, a flamboyant, gay, right-wing maverick, called for a halt to Islamic immigration. He complained that police did not take the death threats against him seriously. He was killed not by a Muslim, but by a left-wing activist who said he did it "for the Muslims".

    It was the first political killing in The Netherlands for three centuries and was seen as a one-off. But the murder of van Gogh two years later convinced people that the threat of political killing had become permanent.

    A study by Frank Bovenkerk of the University of Utrecht confirmed the rise in death threats across the country, and their seriousness.

    "They are under real threat -- they would be killed without protection," he said.

    "We have a type of provocateur which is unprecedented in The Netherlands. They claim it is about freedom of speech, but it is about freedom of cursing."

    Even if the would-be assassins are foiled by the intelligence services and the protection squads, the death threats are already having some success in silencing criticism.
    "People are very afraid of saying things now," Professor Ellian said.

    "There is self-censorship."

    The Times

    Monday, November 21, 2005


    This is interesting, very interesting if only because there are even in Saudi Arabia behind the Iron Curtain of a Stalin like government of oppression people who dare say that the Joooos are ok. And it was reported in al-Reuters.

    Reuters Report Reveals Anti-Jewish Attitudes in Saudi Arabia
    A brief Sunday Reuters
    article noted -
    • A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a teacher to 40 months in jail and 750 lashes for "mocking religion" after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.
    • The article also pointed out the teacher was charged, among other things, with "saying the Jews were right."

    Saturday, November 19, 2005


    Big Pharaoh from Egypt posts this

    Hello! Terrorists Desecrated the Quran
    • "Suicide bombers struck in eastern Iraq and the capital on Friday, killing at least 74 Shiite worshippers near the Iranian border and eight Iraqis at a hotel — the second attack against a compound housing Western media and contractors in less than a month. At sunset, hours after the nearly simultaneous bombings of two mosques in the border town of Khanaqin, dozens of people were still searching for relatives and friends. Others collected shredded copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran."
    Will we see demonstrations against this desecration of the Quran by terrorists? Most probably not. Why? Because of the almighty H factor: hypocrisy.


    Someone please hand Richard Silverstein and Mark Elf a CLUE PHONE.
    Richard believes what he wants to believe is true and Elf boy believes firmly in his own sense of contrariness importance.

    Lynn post this -

    I was a little reluctant to venture out in that mess myself, wondering if I was just going to hear the same things I heard a year and a half ago. But I figured I should show up anyway. Smart move.

    ..[..].. he most certainly had some new things to say. Significantly, he seems to be much less impressed by President Bush these days. Back in April, 2004, he said, only half joking, that Bush was "the savior of the Arab masses" -- that Bush's hard-line wake up call was exactly the right approach to plant the seeds of democracy in the Middle East. Last night, he had a different message.

    "I don't trust any of these Abus," he said. "And if Condoleeza Rice does, that's her problem."

    U.S. support for Abu Mazen (he referred to Abbas throughout the evening by that name alone) drives palestinians into the arms of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The PA is still run by Arafat cronies. Arafat is gone, but "Arafatism" remains, the old Tunis crowd is still in charge and nothing has really changed. The money the U.S. sends to the PA will disappear under Abu Mazen the same way it disappeared under Arafat. Why do we never learn?

    It sends the wrong message, he says, when Condoleeza Rice stands up and praises Abbas for consolidating the security forces, when on the street just outside you can see armed representatives of the several different branches, each still bearing their own insignia. It doesn't help for Rice to applaud the PA's cessation of anti-Israel incitement when the same day their own government controlled newspapers are full of virulent examples of such incitement. There have been no reforms of the security services, no reforms of corruption, no decrease in incitement. And yet the White House pretends otherwise. To what end?

    Khaled drops a little bomb, as I've heard him do before, as if his rapt audience needs to be shocked into paying even closer attention. Isn't it important to prop up Abu Mazen if the alternative is Hamas? No, he says. In fact, he would vote for Hamas himself. Hamas is building the hospitals and the playgrounds and the schools. The PA isn't doing that. It's using the funds it solicits from the international community to pay for the shopping sprees of a certain lady in Paris. And it's the current regime that's stifling dissent and threatening anyone who dares to challenge it. It's the PA security forces, subsidized by that same international community, that are the real problem.

    Yes, Hamas also recruits and supports suicide bombers. But there is no difference, he says, between Hamas and the PA when it comes to the desire for the destruction of Israel.

    But aren't Abu Mazen's hands tied? Isn't he doing a dangerous balancing act between reining in terror and triggering a civil war? Khaled Abu Toameh dismisses this suggestion out of hand. Abu Mazen was elected with a mandate to bring reform and disarm the terrorists. The people want accountability and calm and order, they want the normal life that Arafat was bent on denying them. Fear of civil war is a transparent excuse for failure to act.

    It Must Have Been the Jooos Muslims Don't Commit 'Terrorism' at least against Muslims

    Worrying signs from Amman

    Most Arabs say Israelis carried out last week's terror attack

    Approximately half the victims of last week's terror attack in Jordan were Palestinians, some Jordanian citizens and some residents of the West Bank.

    17 of them had come from a small village in the northern West Bank to celebrate a family wedding.

    I think most Israelis identified with the latest victims of the radical Islamic hurricane, and joined in the pain of the Hashemite Kingdom and worried about the future of that country.

    In my heart I hoped this tragedy would spring forth at least a few drops of sweetness. I hoped the fact that blind murder had finally struck them would lead the Palestinians to question the justice of suicide bombers, but this hope proved false.

    • 57dead in Jordan blasts / Ynet reporters
      Explosions rock three hotels in Jordanian capital Wednesday night; at least 57 people killed, more than hurt. Grand Hyatt, Radisson SAS, Days Inn hotels targeted; security official: Attacks bare hallmarks of al-Qaeda; Israeli ambassador says, 'unfortunately, we in Israel are very familiar with this situation'
      Full story
    Terror okay, just not against Muslims

    I watched the reactions in the Arab world and heard their denunciations of the bombing, but not even one person thought to compare the wanton slaughter of Jews and the wanton slaughter of Muslims.

    Most protested the fact that Muslims had the audacity to murder other Muslims, not over the fact that innocents were killed. The message was frighteningly clear: there is nothing wrong with terrorism in-and-of-itself. The mistake in the current instance was the religious makeup of the targets.

    For example, a debate was held on Jordanian television in which participants refused to recognize the fact that several Muslim groups have embedded themselves in a culture of murder.

    They claimed there is only one Islam, and whoever deviates from its religious message is not Muslim.

    Terrorists not Muslims

    By excluding the murderers from the boundaries of Islam, there is no possibility to study the weakness of a society that produces murderers wholesale. Self-criticism is possible only when a society dares recognize the fact that the dregs of that society are, in fact, part of that society.

    To our incredible sorrow, there are few signs to suggest that this process has gripped Muslim society.

    Denial is the heritage of the masses and the heritage of the intellectuals.

    The claim that it is impossible for Muslims to carry out such a loathsome act, and therefore the culprits cannot possibly be Muslim, is simply understood by many Jordanians: If the attack wasn't carried out by Muslims, then it must have been carried out by someone else.

    And if it was carried out by someone else, it must have been someone or group trying to weaken the Arabs – in other words, the Jews.

    Blaming Israel

    This warped logic has led Arab journalists and statesmen to blame Israel for terror attacks in Taba and Sharm el-Sheikh, for the pogrom Muslims carried out on the Copts in Egypt, for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, and of course – the September 11 attacks in the United States.

    One British reporter traveled to the village in the West Bank. On a small path near the mourning tent, he spoke to family members of the victims and asked them who they thought was responsible for the massacre.
    Every single one blamed Israel.

    Why would Israel have killed them? The answers were angry and babbled, but they showed clearly that they, too, had internalized the message that
    Muslims wouldn't have murdered fellow Muslims, and so it must have been Israelis, born with a murderous nature.

    In order to reject the possibility that Muslims would murder other Muslims, one would have to erase entire chapters of history. But the memory is an illusive tool. It is the nature of man to preserve those memories that reinforce his worldview, and to erase the ones that call that outlook into question.

    These villagers can't stomach the thought that the same emotions that drive the shaheeds (martyrs) they produce also drove Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi to murder their loved ones.

    One needn't be an expert in psychology to understand that such an admission would drag them to the edge of the abyss of the naked, terrible truth: those responsible for the murder in Amman are not "others" – Israelis, Zionists, Americans or the CIA, but rather by the victims themselves; that is to say, those wrapped up in self denial.

    Yaron London is a columnist for Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth

    Friday, November 18, 2005


    Egyptian Person posts -

    Why do they hate us? لماذا يكرهوننا؟

    Why do they hate us?

    For good reasons.

    This is actually a comment I made to a post in Karim Elsahy's blog. That post was about why the Muslims' image is not so good in the West, and why people in the West generalize when talking about Muslims, especially in the media, as if all Muslims are terrorists.

    In response to what Hussam said, yes there are terrorists from all religions. And yes most Muslims are not terrorists. But many Muslims sympathise with terrorists, and that is the real problem, because they give ligitimacy to acts of terrorism, at least from the point of view of populations in countries where Muslims are the majority. It is not strange then for them to have a bad image in the West and in the western media.

    Here are examples of some of the things I am talking about, which needs to stop before any complaints are made about Muslims' image in the eyes of others:

    • - Thinking that Muslims or Islam should be in a constant conflict with others.
    • - Trying to find excuses for terrorist actions and/or blaming the West/USA/Israel or the American-Zionist conspiracy for it.
    • - Defending and sympathizing with terrorism against foreign countries and Israel.
    • - The hate speaches against infidels and Jews by imams in every Muslim country.
    • - Using Quranic verses to justify "jihad" against the west.- Calling terrorist attacks in Israel and Iraq "legitimate resistance".- Failing to accept the "other" in Islamic societies.
    • - Conditions that cause non-Muslim minorities to immigrate in higher numbers than Muslims from Islamic countries.
    • - Getting enraged because someone insulted the Quran or because of Abo Ghareb scandal, but not when a foreigner gets butchered by terrorists infront of a camera.
    • - The "Redda Punishment" (sentencing someone to death because they left Islam to another religion or no religion).
    • - Failing to understand that religion is a personal choice that affects no one but the individual who chooses it or leaves it.
    • - Beleiving that gays should be killed as a punishment for their "evil actions".
    Yeah you are right... most Muslims are not terrorists, but when the majority look at terrorists as heros and martyrs, then really no more reasons are needed for the bad image. And nothing will change unless the individuals and Islamic societies change themselves.