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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 11, 2009.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Oxford’s tribute to student Neda Soltan denounced by Iran

From The Times
Iran’s regime denounced the University of Oxford yesterday because one of its colleges has established a scholarship honouring Neda Soltan, the Iranian student killed during street protests in Tehran over the alleged rigging of the presidential election.
In a letter sent from the Iranian Embassy, the regime claimed that Miss Soltan’s death in June was staged by its enemies. It accused the university of joining a “politically motivated” campaign that would “undermine your scientific credibility” and “make Oxford at odd [sic] with the rest of the world’s academic institutions”.
In response, the university emphasised that the decision to award the scholarship was entirely a matter for the college, Queen’s. Professor Paul Madden, Provost of Queen’s, said that the scholarship would help impoverished Iranians to study at Oxford.
Miss Soltan became an emblem of the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom, and her death a symbol of the regime’s brutality.
The regime refused Miss Soltan a proper funeral and did its best to deny responsibility for her death. Senior officials variously claimed that she had been killed by MI6, by the CIA, by the opposition to discredit the Government and by the BBC to obtain compelling pictures.
But Arash Hejazi, a doctor who tried to save her life, fled to Britain and confirmed in an interview with The Times that she had been killed by the security forces.
Queen’s posted a statement on its website recently saying it was delighted to establish the scholarship, worth about £4,000 over two years, and named the first beneficiary as Arianne Shahvisi, who is studying philosophy of physics.
“We didn’t dwell too much on the possibility of it giving offence in some quarters,” said one participant. “Most of us thought it the right thing to do.”
(Miss Shahvisi) offered condolences to Miss Soltan’s family, adding: “I hope that in succeeding in my studies at Oxford I can do justice to the name of their brave and gifted daughter.”
The Iranian letter, sent in the name of the deputy ambassador Safarali Eslamian, continued to assert that Miss Soltan’s death had been orchestrated to undermine the regime and was part of a pattern of British interference.
Dr Hejazi, who is studying at Oxford Brookes University, applauded Queen’s for establishing the scholarship, saying that Miss Soltan epitomised the “hopes and dreams for freedom” of the Iranian people. He worried only that the regime might punish her family.
An Iranian academic said the letter from the embassy showed how seriously Miss Soltan’s death had damaged the regime. “The pictures have destroyed its legitimacy inside Iran, and showed what everyone suspected — that this is a brutal regime prepared to kill its own youth to maintain power.”

Posted on 11/11/2009 1:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
A New Mosque in Nicaragua Fires Up the Rumor Mill

FromThe Wall Street Journal. I meant to post this on Monday; I have been reminded of it now that the Islamic press have taken it up.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- With just 300 or so Muslims in all of Nicaragua, it became an instant mystery here when a big new mosque suddenly seemed to spring up recently in a residential neighborhood.
Like, who paid for it?
The ever-present Managua rumor mill quickly turned to the government of Iran. Its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Muslim, and Nicaragua's leftist leader, Daniel Ortega, a Catholic, say they share a revolutionary kinship. As part of a grandiose effort to show that Iran is a global superpower, Mr. Ahmadinejad and his government promised in 2007 and 2008 to invest up to $1 billion in this impoverished country of 5.7 million, including a new city and deep-water port in a remote jungle on the Atlantic Coast.
Never mind that local Nicaraguan officials say they haven't heard a word on the port project ever since an Iranian-led delegation was confronted 18 months ago by angry villagers. Or that virtually none of the other announced investments have materialized.
The geopolitical chatter surrounding the gold-domed mosque, which opened in September after more than a year of construction, continues. "Did Iran put up the money? That's the question everyone asks," says Ismat Khatib, a native Nicaraguan lawyer and businessman who is of Palestinian descent. One Managua-based diplomat says it is believed Iran subsidized it.
But Mr. Khatib, who is treasurer of the Nicaraguan Islamic Cultural Association, which oversees the mosque, insists that the Iranian government contributed not a single córdoba.
Speculation also surrounds who has been praying at the mosque, or la mezquita, which offers services five times a day, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
Muslims, particularly Palestinians, have been emigrating to Nicaragua for decades and have established a number of businesses here, especially in the fabric trade. But because their numbers are so small, their faith remains foreign to most Nicaraguans, who are largely Catholic or evangelical Christian. Many here refer to all Muslims or Middle Easterners as Turks,
In an interview, Fahmi M. Hassan, a Palestinian fabric merchant and president of the Islamic cultural association, sought to dispel some of the myths surrounding the new mosque, which he says cost about $600,000.
Mr. Hassan -- who says Nicaragua's Muslims mostly are transplanted Palestinians, Jordanians and Pakistanis -- scoffs at rumors that Iran paid for the mosque. He says the Iranian Embassy in Managua angered the Muslim community here when it tried about a year ago to compete with his Islamic association by creating a similar entity with a nearly identical name -- the Nicaraguan Islamic Cultural Center.
"No one went," he says, noting that Nicaragua's Muslims are of the Sunni branch of the Islamic faith while most Iranians are of the smaller Shiite branch
Mr. Hassan says the Iranian center closed after a few months. But he still counts Iran's ambassador to Nicaragua, Akbar Esmaeil Pour, as a friend. In fact, he says, the diplomat occasionally came to Managua's old mosque -- located in a small house a few blocks away from a busy strip of fabric stores -- to pray. Mr. Pour declined to be interviewed.
So who did pay for the mosque?
Mr. Hassan says the primary funder was a Pakistani-born businessman who lives in Honduras. After seeing how tiny the old mosque was, the man offered to help finance a new prayer center on a piece of land purchased several years ago by local Muslims, Mr. Hassan says. "He paid around $350,000 and the rest was paid by the [Muslim] community in Nicaragua."
He identified the donor as Yusuf Amdani.
Reached by telephone in Honduras, Mr. Amdani, who is chief executive of Grupo Karim's, a textile-and-construction company based in Honduras and Mexico, said, "There's no mystery about the mosque."
He confirmed Mr. Hassan's account, saying his company, which also financed the only mosque in Honduras, agreed to pay for the new Managua prayer center, although he scaled back the original plans. He also says he didn't pay for an adjoining annex that includes a school and an apartment for the imam, and suggested the Iranian government may have helped fund that.
"I wouldn't doubt if they gave some money to help them out," he says. "I would say they must have."
On a recent visit to the mosque, a Wall Street Journal reporter was stopped by security guards at the front gate and, without explanation, was denied access to an afternoon ceremony. Just then, two local Nicaraguan businessmen drove up in a car and attempted to enter.
They publish a Managua tourist map and were hoping to discuss with Mr. Hassan including the new mosque in next year's edition. "He's very busy," said a man inside the front gate. "He'll have to call you back."
it turns out that this one shares something in common with many construction projects the world over -- a dispute with the contractor.
José Ocon, who built the mosque for Mr. Amdani, says he's owed $15,000 because of some last-minute changes to the dome he made at the local Muslim community's request -- increasing its height and adding a row of windows.
He says he called Mr. Hassan and said, "I need to get together to discuss the extras that you all requested."
The builder says Mr. Hassan replied, "What extras?"
Mr. Hassan says he doesn't know anything about the contractor's claim. Mr. Khatib says it's Mr. Amdani's problem since he agreed to pay for the mosque. Mr. Amdani says he'll look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ocon recalled that at one point during construction, a local newspaper called him and asked if he was building a new Iranian Embassy. "I said, 'No, I was making a mosque.'"
There might not be many Muslims in Nicaragua at the moment but rest assured, more will want to come, and more will be born.

Smart no? Picture from Wall Street Journal

Posted on 11/11/2009 1:59 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
British soldiers attacked during Afghanistan mosque visit

From The Telegraph
The men, from B Company, 1 Scots, part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group, were on patrol in the Wishtan area of Sangin, Afghanistan two weeks ago when they came under attack.
A number of people were in the grounds of a mosque and passing by on the road outside.
But as the soldiers greeted a young Mullah and his son, one insurgent opened fire while another lobbed two grenades at the wall in front of some of the men.
Private Andrew Curran, 20, from Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, said: 'I was up on top of a small roof, around prayer time, when the Mullah came out.
'He was more than happy for us to be there, he wanted us to come in. Of course he did.
'He was talking for a while, then I saw someone out of my peripheral vision.
'I didn't realise he was a threat until he cranked off the first shot, then I shouted 'Get down!' and we took cover.
'The first thing running through my head was that he was only a boy.
'Rounds were embedding in the low wall in front of our heads, then the second shooter's ammo was piercing the clay wall in front of us.'
He said a small boy on crutches nearby had been paid by the insurgents to count the soldiers.
As the insurgents sped off on motorbikes the platoon, made up of about 25 men, decided not to return fire because there were so many civilians in the area, the Army spokesman said.
Pte Curran said: 'I didn't throw my grenade. I had it out and was about to pull the pin, but I didn't because it was prayer time and I didn't want to end up lobbing it and killing the Mullah.'
Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: 'The bravery of these soldiers in exercising such restraint is remarkable.
'This was a moment when all the training came together, not just the skill at arms training but the conceptual training, that ability to know in a split second that it is more important, despite the risks to yourself and your mates, to hold your fire and not risk harming civilians.
'Winning the people, protecting them and winning their support, is what it's is all about in counter-insurgency.'
Except it won't.
But they did right from the point of view of their own conciences and honour and what the British Army is all about. As Andy MacNab said when one of his missions was compromised by a small shepherd boy, he couldn't kill him because "We are the SAS not the SS".
The Taliban know this, of course.

Posted on 11/11/2009 4:05 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
A Musical Interlude: Bread And Gravy (Ethel Waters)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/11/2009 10:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Muslim lawyer ordered not to wear headscarf at Spanish court

From Earth Times
 A Spanish female lawyer has filed a complaint against a judge who ordered her to leave the courtroom because she was wearing the Muslim headscarf, press reports said Wednesday. Moroccan-born Zoubida Barik Edidi, 39, was assisting a colleague at a trial related to Islamist terrorism at the National Court on October 29, when judge Javier Gomez Bermudez told her she could not stay in the room because of the headscarf she was wearing with her gown.
Barik replied she had been to other trials with her scarf on. "I am the one who gives orders here," Gomez Bermudez answered.
One of Spain's most prominent judges, Gomez Bermudez conducted the trial of Islamist extremists whose train bombings killed 191 people in March 2004.
In September, Gomez Bermudez ordered a witness to take off her burka in order to testify. The burka, however, covered the witness entirely, while Barik's scarf only hid her hair.
In Spanish from El Pais here.

Posted on 11/11/2009 12:01 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Somali Ringleader in Minneapolis Al Shabaab Recruitment caught in Holland

Our Colleague Ann Corcoran at Refugee Resettlement Watch has posted on the news out of Holland about the arrest of an alleged ringleader and financier of  American Somali youths who traveled to Somalia to become Jihadis. The Minneapolis StarTribune reported the arrest of a 43 year old Somali man from Minneapolis who the FBI alleges may be the ringleader in financing the travel of 20 émigré Somali youths who went to Somali to fight for al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab. He arrived in Holland in late 2008. He was caught at a Dutch asylum center north of Amsterdam. More than five Minneapolis Somali youths who joined al Shabaab as Jihadis have been killed, some under mysterious circumstances. A sixth person, a Muslim convert from Minnesota, according to the Tribune may also be killed in Somalia. We have posted on home grown Somali jihadis.

Here is what the Tribune reported:

A 43-year-old Somali man from Minneapolis was arrested this week in the Netherlands for allegedly financing the recruitment of up to 20 young Somali men from Minnesota to train and fight with terrorists in their homeland.

The arrest appears to be the most significant development yet in one of the most far-reaching counterterrorism investigations since 9/11.

The identity of the man, who was arrested Sunday at an asylum-seeker's center 45 miles northeast of Amsterdam, was not released. But Special Agent E.K. Wilson of the Minneapolis FBI office confirmed Tuesday that the man was arrested in connection with the ongoing counterterrorism investigation that began here when young men began disappearing in 2007.

"We are aware of this individual and of this arrest. And it is tied to our ongoing Minneapolis investigation," Wilson said. "We are and have been working closely with Dutch authorities through our legal attaché office in Brussels and coordinating with the Department of Justice Office of International Affairs."

Dutch prosecutors said in a statement that the man lived in Minneapolis before leaving the United States in November 2008 and arrived in the Netherlands about one month later.

The statement said American authorities asked for the man's arrest and are seeking to have him extradited. Wilson said he could not confirm or deny that.

According to the Dutch statement, U.S. prosecutors suspect the man of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists and helping other Somalis travel to Somalia in 2007 and 2008.

Jeanne Cooney, director of community relations for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis, which has been handling the case here, said she could not comment.

In the New English Review,” Foot Soldiers of Islam,” we  noted the threat of home grown terrorists like the émigré Somali Jihadis who could re-enter the US. We noted the daunting prospect of Mumbai type swarming attacks in the American heartland. After the Fort Hood by Muslim Major Hasan, that threat becomes even more palpable. Here’s what concerned us:

We saw in the tragedy in Mumbai, India, last year, the devastation, death and destruction wrought by a ‘swarming attack’ of a limited number of Kashmiri and Pakistani extremists. Counter terrorism experts and the FBI consider such swarming attacks as a high risk in America. Note these comments from a New York Times Opinion piece by James Arquilla, “The Coming Swarm”

Americans should brace for a coming swarm. Right now, most of our cities would be as hard-pressed as Mumbai was to deal with several simultaneous attacks. Our elite federal and military counterterrorist units would most likely find their responses slowed, to varying degrees, by distance and the need to clarify jurisdiction.

While the specifics of the federal counterterrorism strategy are classified, what is in the public record indicates that the plan contemplates having to deal with as many as three sites being simultaneously hit and using “overwhelming force” against the terrorists, which probably means mustering as many as 3,000 ground troops to the site. If that’s an accurate picture, it doesn’t bode well. We would most likely have far too few such elite units for dealing with a large number of small terrorist teams carrying out simultaneous attacks across a region or even a single city.

Nightmare possibilities include synchronized assaults on several shopping malls, high-rise office buildings or other places that have lots of people and relatively few exits.

Such attacks could be perpetrated by homegrown Jihadis like those naturalized American Somali youths, alleged to have ‘disappeared’ to join Al Shabaab militia groups in Somalia. Those returnees could constitute cadres to train fellow American Somali youths. They could orchestrate swarming attacks against public facilities in this country using so-called low tech means: cheap weapons and pickup trucks. These possible swarming attacks could be devastating ‘mini- 9/11events.’ Deadly scenarios might include simultaneous attacks against exposed queues of customers at so-called ‘big box stores’ especially on high sales days like Black Friday, the start of the Christmas holiday retailing season. The casualties from such orchestrated swarming attacks could be devastating and the economic impacts, significant. Currently, we don’t have local counter terrorism forces trained in weapons and tactics to combat Mumbai-type swarming attacks in high risk communities in this country.  We need to make that an important counter terrorism priority, including penetration of such local Jihadi networks. This penetration effort would be unlike that of the Fort Dix Six case and the recent NYC Temple bombing plot as it would not entail so-called ‘sting operations’ verging on entrapment.  
 

 

Posted on 11/11/2009 3:10 PM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Georgian Police

If you're going to be done for speeding, it would be nice to be done by the Georgian police. Especially as their tactics comprise rocking to and fro in a static car singing beautiful harmony, and later driving on what is to them the wrong side of the road.

I have a special affection for the Georgians, who have the same patron saint as we do. They are a bit like the British in their public grumpiness and private bibulous conviviality:

Posted on 11/11/2009 4:12 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Chief Rabbi Sacks on Islam

The Times:

The Chief Rabbi [in the UK] has called on Muslims to get used to living as a minority in Britain and to learn to separate religion from power.

Lord Sacks said that neither Muslims nor Christians had yet learnt the lessons inflicted on the Jewish people by the Babylonian exile.

“One of the great advantages of being Jewish is you know how to sing in the minor key,” he said. “We have had 26 centuries of experience ever since the Babylonian exile of living as a minority in the midst of a culture that does not share our views. Christianity and Islam have not had that experience.”

He said that Christianity had learnt toleration but only after 100 years of “knocking the hell out of each other all over Europe”.

He said: “So Christianity went through its experience, Judaism has been through it a long, long time ago and Islam has not yet had that experience.

“I have no doubt that Islam will work its way through to the essential situation that Judaism arrived at and Christianity, namely the substantive separation of religion from power. But there’s no quick way of getting there. It is quite a difficult and painful process within religion...

Dream on Chief - we are the ones who will have to learn to live as dhimmis. This will be due to the unrealistic dreams and denial of leaders such as the Chief Rabbi and their failure to face stark reality  - Islam with its jihad and immutable Islamic Shar'ah - unless everybody wakes up. He goes on to say:

“Let me be blunt. Either we win or the fundamentalists win and that is the challenge. If the fundamentalists win, I wouldn’t hang around too long.” 
 

[As regards Islam living as a minority see http://www.answering-islam.org/Terrorism/agenda.html The Islamic Agenda And Its Blueprints - it is a mystery to me as to why otherwise intelligent people don't read the writing on the wall and then base their leadership decisions on what is so plainly written and spoken and acted upon by Muslims and has been for close on 14 centuries.

Thanks for the summary to Esther http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/

---"The Law"

Posted on 11/11/2009 4:21 PM by The Law
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Is Allah God? Malaysia doesn't think so

I meant to post this last week, but it got lost in the kefuffle over Major Hasan.  From NPR (National Public Radio):

The Malaysian government has refused to release 10,000 Bibles confiscated for using the word "Allah" to refer to God, a banned translation in Christian texts in this Muslim-majority country, an official said Wednesday.

An official from the Home Ministry's publications unit said the government rejected pleas by church officials to allow the Bibles, imported from Indonesia, into the country. Christians say the Muslim Malay-dominated government is violating their right to practice their religion freely.

Such religious disputes are undermining Malaysia's reputation as a harmonious multiethnic, moderate Muslim nation. About 30 percent of the country's 28 million people practice Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or other faiths.

A Home Ministry official said the government told the importer last month to return the Indonesian-language Bibles, which are still with customs.

"Actually the publications, the Bibles are already banned," said the official, refusing to elaborate. He declined to be named because he is not authorized to make public statements.

The Bibles contain the word "Allah," which is banned by the government for use by non-Muslims in an apparent bid to appease Muslims.

Church officials say the word "Allah" has been used for centuries to refer generally to God in both Indonesian and Malaysian languages, which are similar. The Roman Catholic Church is challenging the ban in court.

The government maintains that the Arabic-origin word "Allah" is an Islamic word and its use by Christians and others will upset Muslims.

Another 5,100 Bibles, also imported from Indonesia, were confiscated in March and have not been released. But the ministry official did not immediately have any information on those.

Posted on 11/11/2009 4:30 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Durie: The Jihad Seminar of Major Nidal M. Hasan

Editor’s  Note:

Yesterday’s Washington Post article, “Fort Hood suspect warned of threats”  by Dana Priest posted on-line the power point slides of a Walter Reed  Hospital  2007 presentation:  “The Koranic World view as it Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military.”  Australian Dr. Mark Durie has a highly revelatory blog post analyzing the presentation, “The Jihad Seminar of Major Nidal M. Hasan.”  Durie is the author of the forthcoming, “The Third Choice: Islam , Dhimmitude and Freedom” with a forward by Bat Ye’or.

Dr. Mark Durie is a theologian, human rights activist and pastor of an Anglican church. He has published many articles and books on the language and culture of the Acehnese, Christian-Muslim relations and religious freedom. A graduate of the Australian National University and the Australian College of Theology, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1992.  Watch this recent  presentation by Dr. Durie at a Washington, DC Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom.  He writes the following:

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The contents of a two-year old seminar presented by Major Nidal M. Hasan, the medico believed responsible for the Fort Hood massacre, were apparently recorded in the form of powerpoint slides.

These slides are in one sense nothing new.  They review the basics of Islam: the pillars and core beliefs,  the Koran, abrogation ('later verses abrogate former ie: peaceful verses no longer apply' – slide 35), the rewards for believers in paradise and punishments of hell for those who do not submit to Allah's will, defensive and agressive jihad.  However, in addition, Major Hasan  explains the implications of this theological material for the lived situation of Muslims in the US armed forces.  He is saying  that Muslims can experience problems in  the  military for two reasons.

One reason is the prohibition against Muslims killing other Muslims ('whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell' – slide 12).

The other is the requirement that Muslims wage war against non-believers in both defensive jihad (slides 37-41) and aggressive jihad (slides 42-48).  This command, he is saying, can be expected to be followed by devout, God-fearing Muslims ('Allah expects full loyalty' – slide 49), especially if they are persuaded that in so-doing they would be 'fighting against the injustices of the "infidels,"' (slide 48). His point is that if US Muslim soldiers can be persuaded that fighting against fellow-Muslims is an injustice, this could trigger a deadly attack against fellow US soldiers instead, e.g. by means of 'suicide bombing, etc' ('We love death more than you love life!' – slide 48).

The Major was explaining that when Muslims in the military are ordered to fight against other Muslims (such as in Iraq or Afghanistan) this can trigger their religious convictions to such effect that they will seek to be discharged from their combat duties.  Otherwise they could feel compelled to attempt to kill fellow US soldiers in a personal jihad.  Major Hasan refers to this possibility as 'adverse events'. He cites the case of convert to Islam and US soldier
Hasan Akbar
(slide 13), who killed two US officers in a grenade attack during the Gulf War, and had written prior to the attack: 'I may not have killed any Muslims, but being in the Army is the same thing. I may have to make a choice very soon on who to kill.'

Major Hasan was right to present this material in the context of psychiatric care of soldiers.  It is tragic that his superiors apparently did not take his message seriously. Those responsible for the psychological well-being of US soldiers in the armed forces should indeed be made aware that asking Muslims to fight against and kill other Muslims can lead to intense theological pressure upon them which drives them toward two outcomes, either that they could seek to avoid active combat duties, or else they could be incited to attack fellow soliders in the US military.  This will happen, Hasan argues, in accordance with deeply held religious beliefs about the Koran, abrogation, jihad, paradise, hell and the will of Allah.

I admire the honesty of Major Hasan's attempt to accurately delineate a serious issue for the US military.  In the light of subsequent events, his presentation could also be regarded as a cry for help.  In the face of such candour and seeming foresight it would seem to be sterile and callously irresponsible  to hide behind the mantra that no genuine religion endorses violence. 

In the face of the evidence of Major Hasan's powerpoint slides, denial is bankrupt.  It cannot offer security to US military personnel, and it will put US Muslim soldiers under continued unreasonable intense pressure.

What the US military has to accept is that some Muslims in the armed forces could be poor soldiers in wars against Muslims.  In a sense what Major Hasan was arguing was that Muslim soldiers can only be relied upon to kill non-Muslims.

Underlying this world view, fed by the streams of centuries of Islamic theology, is the distinction that a Muslim's blood is sacrosanct, but an infidel's blood is not. 

The US military is between a rock and a hard place.  It could  a) choose to discriminate and refuse to recruit  Muslims, b) not use Muslims against Muslim enemies, or  c) obtain a rock-solid fatwa declaring that the Muslim enemies of the US are not true Muslims at all, so they can lawfully be killed.

Will clear-thinking prevail? Not likely.  It is a tragic irony that Major Hasan may well have acted in accordance with his own training material.  Sadly the US armed services did not heed his message two years ago. 

Posted on 11/11/2009 4:30 PM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Strolling In The Park (Stanley Holloway)

Watch, and listen, here.

Posted on 11/11/2009 9:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Palestinian American US Army Vet equates Senator Joe Lieberman with Jewish Extremists

One of the values of the Internet is getting alerts on news items.  In the midst of Veterans Day, I received a Yahoo News alert with the headline, Major Hasan and Senator/Rabbi Lieberman.  It was posted on Middle East On-line.  It is a disturbing post that drips of hate directed at Senator Lieberman, for accusing Maj. Hasan, of being an Islamic terrorist. The article portrays Senator Lieberman as a closet extremist Jewish nationalist like the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. The author of this diatribe, Sami Jamil Jadallah, asserts that he is "a Palestinian-American born in El-Bireh, Palestine, an international business and legal consultant, and a veteran of the US Army.”  You can see his comments at his website, here.

Jadallah’s bottom line is:

I do not make any excuses and never could justify such a cold-blooded murder committed by anyone. However, what I object to are hate-filled statements by the likes of Senator/Rabbi Joseph Lieberman whose statements are fighting words directed toward Arabs and Muslims in the US.

The opening stanzas of Jadallah’s piece imply a connection between alleged West Bank Jewish settler extremists and the Senator. 

If we kill a gentile who had sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments… there is nothing wrong with the murder

Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira head of the Od Yosef Yeshiva in the illegal Jewish settlement of Yitzhar was quoted in the Israeli newspaper Maariv. Rabbi Shapira (no doubt an American Jew) recently published a new book “King’s Torah”, a manifesto of 230 pages on ways and means to kill gentiles according to Jewish laws.

Nothing will make Senator/Rabbi Joseph Lieberman and many of the leadership of the American Jewish community, leading Christian Zionists and NeoCons more happy than to hang on any flimsy uncorroborated evidence that Major Nidal Malik Hasan is an “Islamist terrorist” with active connections to Al Qaeda. Joining Senator/Rabbi Lieberman with this wish is a large number of Congressmen who already asked CIA director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence chief Dennis Blair to “preserve” all documents and intelligence files related to Hasan. This tragic event will be a bonanza for American Jewish organizations, Evangelical Zionist Christians, certainly to the many so-called experts on terrorism, most of whom are anti-Muslims to begin with. Of course Rabbi/Senator Lieberman chose to ignore the new “fatwa/edict” issued by a fellow Rabbi, chose to ignore the fact that traitors and spies for Israel are fellow Jews, and is looking for ways to prove that Muslims are born killers and murderers.

A report in Media-Line notes:

Rabbi Shapira's book argues that Jewish law allows the killing of "non-Jews who demand the land for themselves", those from a nation which "helps a murderer of Jews," those spreading "hostile blasphemy" and "those who, by speech, weaken our sovereignty."

Rabbi Hank Skirball, the chairperson of Hiddush, an Israeli organization dedicated to religious freedom and equality, said Rabbi Shapira's book represented only the far right fringe of religious Jews.

"It's a perversion of Jewish law and I don't think it's taken seriously by most," he told The Media Line. "It's giving people tremendous latitude to kill people they disagree with and opens itself up to violation of much more important prohibitions in Jewish law."

"In Israel we did not kill the murderer of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and we didn't kill any of the people who created sedition at the time," he said. "We have freedom of speech and it’s very difficult to know what is dangerous and what is not. Jewish law does not provide for us to go out and kill someone for what he's saying. You are only allowed to kill someone if it is very obvious that he's about to kill you and you have no other way to save your life other than by killing him."

Rabbi Shapira is from the tradition of the late Orthodox Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League in America who moved to Israel and became the leader of the radical religious nationalist party Kach (the way) in the Israeli Knesset.  Kahane was murdered outside of a Manhattan hotel in 1990 by El Sayyid Nosair, an Egyptian-born American citizen and a Muslim Brotherhood extremist.

Jadallah goes on to cite his and his relatives US military service.

As a former soldier and a veteran of US Army (66-68) with four other brothers (Nabil- US Army-Lifer, Lutfi-US Marines, Suleiman-US Army and Taiseer-US Marines) with two nephews Aaron and Jamil currently serving in the US Army, we can only sympathize with the families and friends of victims and we also extend our sympathy and support for the family of the killer since they are under so much pressure and scrutiny in the US. I happen to come from the same hometown (El-Bireh) in Palestine where the parents of Major Nidal Hasan came from. I also remember one of his family members Jad Hasan who served in the US Army and was stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The US Army today is not the same army in which we served back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. In those days. America was not the America of today, driven by hate and anger with the events of September 11. Hate and anger toward Arabs and Muslims driven by Zionist Jews, Christian Zionists and NeoCons who are the engine behind this hostility that Arabs and Muslims face and feel in present day USA.

Now we see US soldiers, prior to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, highly charged pumped with “Christian faith and Muslim hate” by Evangelical chaplains promoting their own form of Evangelical Christianity with its hidden roots in Zionism. Today’s army is not the army we knew then, where religion and especially Evangelical Christianity and Zionism is actively promoted among soldiers in base camps in the US, overseas and in service academies specially the US Air Force Academy.

Now everyone in Washington is working overtime and in high gear to prove that Major Nidal Hasan is an Islamic terrorist driven by hate of the US and its democratic institutions and culture. Nothing more will please the Zionist Jewish leadership than to prove Major Hasan is an Islamic extremist like all Muslims and Arab Americans in the United States simply "must be" in their eyes.

Jadallah then recites a skein of mass shooting histories in the US-what he calls ‘going ‘postal’ and notes;

The faith of all these killers and murderers was never an issue, the racial origin of all of these was never an issue, and the political motives of all of these were never an issue. Only Major Hasan's faith and ethnic background is made into a central issue. None of the families of these killers and murderers had to say, “We love America” to fend off anger and outrage, not even the Korean community where the killer at Virginian Tech was of Korean origin. Only Major Hasan is subject to microscopic scrutiny because of his faith.

By equating Senator Lieberman with the bizarre West Bank settlement Rabbi and his crazed document about killing ‘gentiles’, Jadallah is painting Senator Lieberman as an American Kahanist.

Jadallah’s comments as a US Amy Vietnam era vet should give us pause as we consider the toxic atmosphere that roils Arab Muslims both here in America and in the Middle East. They want to argue that Maj. Hasan’s actions are not indicative of a Jihadist but instead portray Hasan as deranged victim harassed for his Muslim beliefs as promoted by Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and MPAC. The accusations rose against Senator Lieberman and colleagues on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) for opening the hearing next Thursday on the Fort Hood mass shooting as a ‘terrorist’ act is purposefully designed to have a chilling effect of the proceedings. We trust the HSGAC will uncover why Hasan raised so many red flags. For example his seminar on Islam during his Walter Reed posting, complaints raised by colleagues with his superior officers and his poor performance evaluations. In addition, the FBI, DIA, CIA counterterrorism investigations into his internet contacts with al Qaeda recruiter US-born Yemeni radical Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, all point towards a classic mass shooter bent on wreaking havoc propelled by the winds of his beliefs. 

 

 

Posted on 11/11/2009 9:38 PM by Jerry Gordon

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