These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 19, 2009.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Black Death 'kills al-Qaeda operatives in Algeria'
The Sun started this story which The Telegraph has taken up. While I have little sympathy with al-Qaeda and take an unpleasant shadenfreud delight in hearing of terrorists blown up by their own bombs I do hope this outbreak is from poor hygene and primitive ideas and not from attempts at biological warfare. The Black Death has reportedly killed at least 40 al-Qaeda operatives in North Africa.
The disease, which struck Europe in the Middle Ages killing more than 25 million people, has swept through a training camp for insurgents in Algeria.
The arrival of the plague was discovered when security forces found the body of a dead terrorist by a roadside, the Sun reports.
The victim belonged to the large al-Qaeda network AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb).
A security source told the paper: "This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror. Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease.
"It spreads It spreads quickly and kills within hours. This will be really worrying al-Qaeda."
The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East. It trains Muslim fighters to kill British and US troops.
Now al-Qaeda chiefs fear the plague has been passed to other terror cells — or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. It can be in the body for more than a week — highly contagious but not revealing tell-tale symptoms.
The al-Qaeda epidemic began in the cave hideouts of AQLIM in Tizi Ouzou province, 150km east of the capital Algiers. The group, led by wanted terror boss Abdelmalek Droudkal, was forced to turn its shelters in the Yakouren forest into mass graves and flee.
A source said: “The emirs (leaders) fear surviving terrorists will surrender to escape a horrible death.” The plague is still a problem in places including southern Asia, sourthern Africa and central America. It can be treated now with antibiotics and is virtually unheard of in the western world. I hope no infected terrorist arrives in Europe; it is bad enough having TB and polio back. And rickets, although that is not infectious.
The Christian Action Network (CAN) has produced an important new film about the 35 para-military training camps in 22 states in the U.S. and Canada. These camps are sponsored by the terrorist group Jamaat ul-Fuqra (JF) or “community of the impoverished” and its notorious Pakistani founder, Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani. The film is entitled: “Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.” This is an important documentary on a subject I've written about in the New English Review,” Jamaat ul-Fuqra: The best positioned group to help al-Qaeda launch an attack in the US.” I noted the following in the NER article on JF:
The group here in the US has committed attacks and robberies, acquired contraband arms, engaging in counterfeiting activities, and proselytized effectively among Afro-American prison inmates. JF members participated in the 1993 terror bombing of the World Trade Center.
JF seeks to “purify Islam” through violence.
What is of great concern is that federal and state law enforcement authorities have investigated and monitored JF and its front group Muslims of the Americas(MoA) and delisted the group as a terrorist organization. Nor has the IRS taken away MoA’s charitable tax exempt status.
Last summer an investigator with homeland security training contacted me after reading my JF piece about experiences at the JF/MoA compound in Dover, Tennessee. The Dover compound is problematic as it lies near the US Army's Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne, "Screaming Eagles", Fort Donelson and a number of TVA power dams. The investigator noted in an email to me the threats to facilities in the region:
9 miles to Ft. Donelson
60 miles to Kentucky Lake Dam and a smaller dam
68 miles to Milan Army Ammunition Plant
20 miles to power plant
18 miles to the back entrance to Ft. Campbell
It was apparent from even the Goggle Earth satellite pictures that JF/MoA was expanding the facility. Armed guards were posted at the entrance to the Dover JF compound and the investigator was warned away from entering.
I was sent a preliminary version of this documentary by CAN to review. The premiere of the full length one hour and five minute version of “Homegrown Jihad" is scheduled for February 11th in Washington D.C. The documentary chronicles JF and Sheik Mubarek Ali Gilani's MoA terrorist training camps in the US. It exposes their vast criminal activities involving murder, assassinations, weapons smuggling, counterfeiting, drug trafficking and terrorist exploits over nearly three decades.
Especially informative was a segment in the film based on interviews with Sue Fenger, former chief investigator for the State of Colorado. She discussed JF terrorist exploits, firebombing of Hindu religious centers, secreting of bomb making materials and weapons in storage facilities near several US Air Force, Army and National Guard facilities in Colorado. Fenger, who doesn't appear on camera for security reasons, describes the decision of former Colorado Governor Romer to set up a state counter terrorism team, and the studied indifference of the FBI. This is an eerie prelude to what happened to the FBI in the run up to 9/11.
JF was acknowledged to be a foreign designated terrorist organization and Gilani its mastermind. The obvious question is, why didn't the State Department renew JF's terrorist designation in 2002 just after the tragic kidnapping and 'slaughter' of valiant Wall Street Journal investigator Daniel Pearl? Pearl was on his way to interview Gilani in Pakistan when he was abducted. The film notes that Gilani alleges that Pearl was setting him up for an assassination hit! The CAN film is dedicated to the memory of Pearl.
The CAN team used light aircraft to overfly several of the JF/MoA compound locations in the US coupled with effective ground reconnaissance of several JF/MoA compounds. The CAN film producers use the the Gilani video ("Soldiers of Allah") to demonstrate terrorist training, from his camps in Pakistan. He dedicates the video to his MoA followers here in America. Gilani is caught on video exhorting his recruits to be “like lions and tigers” and attack the Kafirs-the infidels. He warns them not to make copies of the video to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. The CAN team uses the video to confront JF/MoA para-military camp leaders in Jessup and Commerce Georgia, York South Carolina, Red House, Virginia and Islamberg near Hancock, New York. The film depicts varying reactions to the CAN offer to show the Gilani video. They range from denial to outright violence by the JF/MoA compound leaders.
In Red house, Virginia the film depicts a protest by local citizens requesting the county council remove a street sign near the JF/MoA compound, "Sheik Marburak Gilani Lane” to no avail. The county council in Virginia was alleged by the film's producers to be fearful of Muslim reprisals.
There is a tussle at one compound including an attempt by a JF/MoA compound "Mayor" to seize the CAN team camera. Then there is the 80 MPH chase of the CAN film crew by an outraged JF/MoA compound leader in South Carolina who wants them 'off their lands'. County law officials counsel the inflamed JF/MoA leader that the CAN film team were not on the compound property and were within their Constitutional rights to conduct filming.
There are interviews with neighbors of several JF/MoA compounds who discuss reports of rifle firing and explosions, as well as intimidation of the local populace.
Through a tip, the CAN film team discover a previously undocumented JF/MoA compound in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.
Among some of the talking heads expressing concern about these JF/MoA paramilitary compounds in the US are Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Frank Gaffney of Center for Security Policy , Dr. Peter Leitner of the Higgins Counter-terrorism Institute and the aforementioned Susan Fenger. The CAN producers note that several JF/MoA members were involved in the 1993 Twin Towers bombing and were planning for several simultaneous mid-air bombings of US commercial aircraft. There is a report about one JF/MoA member tried for a triple murder in the State of Washington. The film cites "Jamaat ul-Fuqra: Gilani Followers ConductingParamilitary Training" published by the in U.S. Regional Organized Crime Information Center in reference to JF's terrorist actions and the dangers posed by the more than 35 JF/MoA paramilitary training camps in 22 States and Canada.
Why did the FBI refuse to get involved? We believe it is infiltration by Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the US at both the regional and national levels, ignorance about Islamic Sharia Law war doctrine and fear of being sued for discrimination. The CAN team has produced a heart pounding, riveting and engrossing production.
We understand from the CAN film producers they have made an abbreviated version for possible viewing by national cable TV news outlets like FoxNews. Given what we saw in this preliminary version, we hope that the CAN documentary on “Homegrown Jihad” is viewed by Members of Congress concerned about homeland security and given a wide public viewing. Closing down the JF/MoA compounds and taking away the MoA IRS tax exemption should be priorities for counter terrorism actions by federal agencies. That is, if they are not intimidated by threats from Muslim Brotherhood front groups and free speech advocacy groups.
The U.S. Department of State has sponsored three Muslim professionals from Germany in a visit to the headquarters of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. According to an IIIT announcement :
A delegation of three Muslim professionals from Germany, who are visiting the US under the US Department of State International Visitor Program, visited IIIT on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. The topic of the three hour discussion was on the integration of Muslim immigrants into Western society, with a focus on the American Muslim community and Muslim immigrants to Germany. The visitors included Ms. Emel Cyelan Rochdi, Teacher trainee and Graduate Assistant at the Interdisciplinary Center for Islamic Religious Education at the Freidrich-Alexander University; Ms. Honey Deihimi, Commissioner for Integration in Lower Saxony; and Ms. Emel Akbulut, Recruitment Officer for the Frankfurt Police. Dr. Jamal Barzinji, Vice President of IIIT, briefed the group on the mission of IIIT, its vision and objectives, its current activities and future plans. He also presented the major features of the historical experiences of American Muslims, their unique characteristics as compared to Muslims in Europe and the institutional responses it developed within the American context particularly in the areas of education, civil and economic activities. Dr. Iqbal Unus, Director of Administration of IIIT, elaborated on Islamic education in the US, and the implications of the separation of Church and State on Islamic schools, and how the Muslim community is responding to it. Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad briefed the group on the mission of the Association of Muslim Social Scientist (AMSS) and his organization, the Minaret of Freedom Institute. Dr. Abubaker Al-Shingieti, IIIT’s Regional Director in charge of research spoke about current research work and publications on the subject of Fiqh al Aqaliyyat, Maqasid al Shari’ah, and Islamic Studies in American Universities. The group showed particular interest in IIIT’s scholarly work. They were also briefed by Jay Willoughby, Copy-Editor of AJISS – American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, on the Journal, its evolutions and its current emphasis.
Numerous prior posts have discussed the role of the State Department in supporting exchange programs involving U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Most of these have involved the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) which was founded in the U.S. in 1980 by important members of the Global Muslim Brotherhood who wished to promote the “Islamization of Knowledge.” IIIT was associated with the now defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in 2003 in connection with the financing of terrorism. The organization appeared to withdraw from public view following the 2003 raids, but seems to be enjoying a renaissance of late. IIIT has a network of affiliates located in Europe, Africa, the MIddle East, and Asia. Although little is known about the activities of these IIIT affiliates, recent posts have discussed plans by IIIT to construct colleges in Bosnia and Lebanon. A report in the Washington Post from June 2007 indicated that IIIT and the SAAR Foundation were still under investigation by the Justice Department.
The AMSS was founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Muslim Student Association by important members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including Jamal Barzinji, currently a leader of IIIT, and the late Ismail Faruqi, a pivotal figure in the “Islamization of Knowledge” project. AMSS has sponsored annual conferences and publishes a journal entitled American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) in conjunction with IIIT which plays host to the AMSS.
The Minaret of Freedom Institute a lesser known group tied to the U.S Brotherhood and whose leadership includes Omar Altalib, likely a relative of Hisham Altalib, one of the original leaders of IIIT and the SAAR Foundation.
Prominent British Muslims have denounced anti-Semitic attacks amid fears of a backlash against Jewish communities in Britain over Gaza.
The leaders said that British Jews "should not be held responsible" for Israel's actions in Gaza.
Jewish groups say there has been a record rise in anti-Semitic incidents since the crisis began.
A letter to mosques comes as muslim leaders urge ministers to do more to stop extremists recruiting young men.
In that letter, a broad range of scholars and progressive thinkers appeal to British Muslims to stand by British Jews, rather than allowing extremists to attack them.
The letter's signatories say they condemn "attacks on innocent British citizens and the desecration of places of worship".
Ed Husain, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, explained what the letter said: "The gist of it is to say that over the last 1300 years we've seen relative peace and harmony between Jews in the Middle East, when there was disharmony here in Europe.
"No matter what British Muslims feel, and they rightly feel anger towards the Israeli government, nothing justifies attacking our fellow citizens of a Jewish background here in Britain."
Dave Rich of the CST said: "The incidents [since Gaza began] are far and away the highest number of incidents that we have recorded.
"The same 18-day period last year saw 24 incidents. During the war in Lebanon, we recorded 134 incidents in 34 days.
"The previous high was 105 incidents in October 2000 at the start of the second intifada." ...
From a story by a Western journalist eager to describe the "destruction" iin Gaza:
"Mourning tents dotted the Gaza Strip on Monday as Palestinians gathered to remember loved ones among the 1,300 people killed by Israeli forces.
Saber Jnaid said his son, a Hamas fighter, had been killed 12 days ago during Israel's 22-day onslaught on the Islamist militant group. He could not formally receive condolences until fighting stopped on Sunday and Israeli forces pulled back.
'May God make the Islamic resistance stronger,"'the grey-bearded father told Reuters as he sat with relatives. 'I have 10 more sons and I hope all of them die as martyrs.'"
And with those "ten more sons," how many daughters? The usual Gazan Arab family, of 10-20 children? Is that what, in perpetuity, the Western world -- through the continued exactions of UNRWA, which is almost entirely Arab-staffed and of course Arab-directed (with the odd easily-manipulated-and-influenced nasty Ging at the top, to serve as foreign facade)--must support, those families of 10 children, or 15 children, that the Arabs, for deliberate political reasons, insist on having, and take delight in sending the boys to their deaths as "martyrs" and the girls to serve as mere breeding machines? Oriana Fallaci wrote of the Muslims in Italy, "breeding like rats," and she was taken to task for this too-expressive phrase. But the reality is there: raised up in hate, and for hate, these families, completely dependent on Western aid, whether it is the aid given through the U.N. to UNRWA (which should be regarded. and treated, as an Arab affiliate), or the aid they obtain from generous Western welfare states, that is from Infidel taxpayers, in the countries of Western Europe, and continue to breed and breed and breed, often bringing in as well new brides, or new husbands, from abroad, and every conceivable relative (or non-relative) who can be smuggled into the Western world, bringing with them Islam, the very thing that makes their own countries so unbearable. And unlike real refugees, those from the Nazis or the Communists, they do not come to warn about, and to denounce, what it is that caused the conditions from which they flee, but rather adhere to, and do everything to spread, Islam, and to tear down all the obstacles to that future hoped-for dominance of Islam. Meanwhile, the Infidels sit, largely passive, some embracing their new conquerors by finding ways to excuse each new outrage, and time passes, and the numbers grow, and those who remember their countries before the Muslim invasion begin to forget, or to fade away, and slowly, slowly, everyone adjusts, and adjusts, and adjusts.
Words That Must Not Be Given Too Much Of A Workout Tomorrow Or Tuesday
On the other hand, the words "task" and "duty" should be escorted back in, and waltzed around a few times at the oath-taking, by Barack Obama himself, at the first, music-less, most important, of the many inaugural balls.
Saudi Arabia Offers One Day's Oil Revenues To Gazan Arabs
Saudi Arabia offers $1 billion to rebuild Gaza as fragile cease-fires hold
The Saudi king has strong words for Israel, saying a 2002 peace offer is at risk. The move also is meant to help repair Saudi Arabia's standing in the Arab world.
By Borzou Daragahi and Raed Rafei
8:24 AM PST, January 19, 2009
Reporting from Beirut -- The Saudi Arabian monarchy vowed to spend $1 billion to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after a devastating three-week war between Hamas and Israel but warned the Jewish state that an Arab 2002 peace offer was imperiled and that conflict could be renewed."
The rest of the report is predictable and unimportant.
One billion dollars is what the Saudis take in in a day. Other Arabs and Muslims should be expected to contribute. Infidels, whose leaders speak officiusly about "reconstruction aid for Gaza," should contribute exactly nothing. This should be for several reasons First, the Arabs have to learn that there are consequences, financial consequences, to their continued acts of terrorism and other aggression. They should not be rescued, again and again, from the consequences of their own behavior and attitudes -- as they always have been. Instead, either the Gazan Arabs should be forced to live with the consequences of their own hideous self-primitivization (just look at the photographs of those maddened all-male mobs, as they swarm over a bombed car or truck), or they should be forced to live on what other Muslim Arabs give them. The Western world, the larger Infidel world, should not be in the business of continuing to transfer huge sums -- the hundreds of billions that flow out for the oil is already quite enough -- to those Arabs and Muslims who do not have any oil, but who suffer from the general political misrule and economic paralysis, the result of inshallah-fatalism, that Islam itself causes.
No money from the West. Billions from fellow members of the Umma. The more Saudi Arabia or the fabulously rich Arab sheikdoms, with their tiny populations, shell out for fellow members of the Umma, the greater will be their desire to discourage the kind of thing that the Gazan Arabs did that forced Israel to do what it had to do, and what's more, whatever money they give the Gazan Arabs will be received not with gratitude but with resentment, and that resentment, in turn, will fuel resentment among the Arab donors, as it never seems to do among the Western donors, who give and give and give, get hatred in return, and keep giving, because they are so quick to internalize the classic psychological cringe of non-Muslims forced to pay the Jizyah.
Let the Saudis give their stingy billion. Let the U.A.E., Kuwait, Qatar, and others chip in. They've got trillions in reserves, and don't believe a word of the sudden campaign, by the Gulf states, to pretend that they've "lost everyhting" -- which is merely their way of heading off the growing fury in the West at having to pay for Pakistan, Egypt, iraq, Afghanistan, all of the goddam "failed states" of Islam, and the "failed-states-to-be-of-Islam," with pride of place for whatever hideous concoction the Gazan Arabs and the "West Bank" Arabs might come up with, if the former, under Hamas, comes round to the Slow Jihadist strategy of Fatah.
The Western countries need whatever money they have to save their own economies, not to mention the gigantic sums spent on enhanced security because of the Muslim threats within.
That's it. Stop the Jizyah, let the Umma take care of its own.
Bush's decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.
Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.
Ramos and Compean became a rallying point among conservatives and on talk shows where their supporters called them heroes. Nearly the entire bipartisan congressional delegation from Texas and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle pleaded with Bush to grant them clemency.
Bush didn't pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to commute their prison sentences because he believed they were excessive and that they had already suffered the loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations, a senior administration official said. ...
'Bollywood babe' to play burqa-wearing Muslim sparks lawsuit
From The Telegraph
Bipasha Basu is feted as Asia's sexiest woman. Asiya Andrabi is India's most militant female Muslim leader. Now the two are set to meet in court in a row over whether a Bollywood babe can portray a burqa-wearing Muslim on the silver screen.
Andrabi decided to sue the makers of Lamhaa, a Bollywood blockbuster about the plight of Kashmir and the lives of militants fighting Indian rule, when she discovered Basu had been cast to play her character.
Andrabi became a militant women's leader in the early 1980s and formed her own group, Dukhtaran e Millat (Daughters of the Nation) . . . a group of activists who defaced Bollywood billboards showing revealing pictures of actresses like Basu.
She believes Kashmir should be allowed to leave the Indian union and join Pakistan, though she says there are only two countries in the world – "Muslims and non-muslims" – and advocates jihad to advance the power of Islam.
In her private life, she is married to a notorious Kashmiri militant, with whom she has two children, she observes purdah and wears a burqa in public. She has said that a woman's place is in the kitchen, cooking for her family.
Andrabi was furious because Basu is known for revealing her voluptuous curves, playing vamps who scheme to steal other women's husbands, and her long-term affair with heart-throb actor and male model John Abraham. Playing Andrabi will be her most challenging role yet.
"I don't want to see my character played by a woman like Bipasha Basu who prefers to be seminude most of the times. She might be glamorous but she is an undignified woman and is part of the immorality spreading industry – Bollywood. I am a religious woman who believes in Islamic values, observes purdah and refrains from evil deeds. More importantly I am the only Asiya Andrabi on this earth, so let it be just one," she said.
Basu is reported to have walked out on the director last week, claiming she was in danger but had not been given sufficient security to feel safe. The producers have denied that any character in the film is based on Andrabi. I remarked here last year on Andrabi's resemblance to Birkenhead Diva Lily Savage. I think Lily should be screen tested and she would be more than a match for a bint in a burqa.
A lot of the events in London wherein coffee shops and kiddies resturants have been trashed by those in support of the Gazan arabs have been advertised by the website indymedia. They have also been urging attendance and support for the 24 Hours vigil in Parliament. Apparently there is also a hunger strike taking place. I don't know where the vigilantes and hunger strikers were today when I went past. As it was nearly lunchtime maybe they were in the cafe having a full English.
A Sri Lankan group protesting on behalf of Tamils had set up shop further along by late afternoon as I made my way back but the Gazan pitch was still deserted.
From The BBC Islamic authorities in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have told organisers of a planned protest by divorced women to cancel the event.
The head of the Sharia police, or Hisbah, said the planned protest was an "embarrassment", and is "un-Islamic".
The Director General of the Hisbah, Saidu Dukawa, said there were also security concerns over the protest.
"We fear what could happen in the streets if there is a large gathering of people, it could get out of control," he told the BBC's Hausa Service.
He also said the idea of street protests were "un-Islamic", (I wish he would tell rent-a-mob on the streets of London that) and "morally wrong"."Never in the history of Islam have women taken to the street to press for their demands," he said.
The Hisbah were reported by local media to have said they feared the demonstration would "ridicule Kano in the eyes of the world".
The Hisbah are in charge of policing the morals of Muslims to make sure they are "Sharia-compliant". They do not have the authority to ban the protest from going ahead, but told organisers they would report the demonstration to the police if they continued with it.
(ANSA) - Rome, January 19 - A group of Muslims who prayed in front of the Colosseum during a protest march against the Israeli offensive in Gaza this weekend was accused of threatening behaviour by centre-right politicians on Monday.
Around 50 Muslims knelt with their backs to the Roman amphitheatre and prayed towards Mecca during the march on Saturday, refueling a row over a similar incident that took place in front of Milan's Duomo earlier this month, also during a Gaza protest.
'The pseudo-prayers in Milan and in front of the Colosseum are nothing to do with religion - they are threatening and intimidatory acts towards the Italian people,' said Maurizio Gasparri, Senate whip for Premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party.
'Those who take part should be identified by the police and possibly expelled from our country. People mustn't use prayer as a political weapon'.
A former interior minister and chairman of parliament's Anti-Mafia Commission, Beppe Pisanu, described the incidents in Milan and Rome as 'a fundamentalist operation, the preliminaries of terrorism'.
Hundreds of Muslims took part in prayers in front of Milan's Duomo at the beginning of the month, angering right-wing politicians. Attilio Fontana, mayor of nearby Varese, said at the time he 'would like to see what would happen if I went to recite the rosary in Mecca', while Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa staged a Catholic mass in Piazza Duomo the following Sunday in order to 'reclaim' the area.
The head of the Association of Moroccan Women in Italy, PDL MP Souad Sbai, described the Muslims' act as 'a provocative demonstration against the West, Christians and moderate Muslims organised by extremist groups'.
Marc Garlasco And Israel's Use Of "White Phosphorus" Weapons
A Jerusalem Post article bout Marc Garlasco and the charge that Israel used "white phosphorus weapons" in Gaza:
Human Rights Watch is one of the most powerful organizations claiming to promote international morality and law, but along with Amnesty International and the United Nations, shares responsibility for the transformation of these principles into weapons aimed at Israel.
In the most recent example, HRW, headed by Kenneth Roth, initiated a campaign alleging that the IDF was using white phosphorus weapons unlawfully in the conflict in Gaza with Hamas. The organization issued a news release, followed by a more detailed publication, while officials gave press interviews to promote the allegations. Marc Garlasco, who claims the title "senior military analyst" (based on a short stint in the Pentagon), declared, "White phosphorous can burn down houses and cause horrific burns when it touches the skin... Israel should not use it in Gaza's densely populated areas."
In a few hours, the "white phosphorous" story was featured in dozens of newspapers, Internet blogs and television news programs. IDF officials, including Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Ashkenazi, denied that Israel was using phosphorous in anti-personnel weapons, but this did not slow the viral spread of this story.
HRW's "evidence" was based entirely on innuendo and unverifiable "eyewitness" reports. One report states that "[o]n January 9, Human Rights Watch researchers on a ridge overlooking Gaza from the northwest observed multiple air-bursts of artillery-fired WP that appeared to be over the Gaza City/Jabalya area. In addition, Human Rights Watch has analyzed photographs taken by the media on the Israel-Gaza border." HRW does not name its researchers; it does not provide a detailed location of its observation, nor does it identify the photos it "analyzed" making independent verification of this "evidence" impossible.
INDEED, TWO days later, the International Committee of the Red Cross, which certainly cannot be accused of a pro-Israeli bias, issued a statement that backed the IDF statements. "Using phosphorus to illuminate a target or create smoke is legitimate under international law," it said, adding that there was no evidence that Israel was "using phosphorus in a questionable way, such as burning down buildings or consciously putting civilians at risk." (Flares assist search and rescue forces in saving the lives of wounded soldiers and preventing Hamas from snatching the bodies of dead soldiers. To claim that such operations are illegitimate is, in and of itself, immoral.)
But these points were secondary to the NGO ideologues - the important point was that the images fit the dominant narrative of Israel as always guilty of war crimes, and of the Palestinians (or, in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hizbullah) as innocent victims. In this campaign, HRW was joined by Amnesty International, B'Tselem and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The latter two are funded by the European Union, ostensibly to promote democracy and human rights. When Hamas launched a phosphorus shell into Israel, these organizations, including HRW, were silent, as has been the case regarding the use of human shields in Gaza and other real war crimes.
By the time the ICRC confirmed the IDF statements, the damage was done - the image of Israel as a serial violator of international law and human rights was reinforced - a major success for Hamas. CNN, the Times (London) and Christian Science Monitor ran major stories, embellished with quotes from doctors in Gaza, including propagandist Mads Gilbert, who claimed to have seen phosphorous burns. Gilbert also justified the 9/11 terror attacks, but this did not prevent the government-funded Norwegian Aid Committee from financing his incitement. (CNN quoted but then ignored Dr. Peter Grossman, a burns expert in California and unconnected with the conflict, who stated that "it is not possible to tell, based on pictures of burns, whether white phosphorus was responsible.")
Based on these reports, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan repeated the false claim in an anti-Israel diatribe, thereby deepening the rift between Ankara and Jerusalem and increasing the sense of isolation in Israel.
THE FALSE white-phosphorous allegation is part of a pattern led by HRW that reflects the modern version of the blood libel. For the past year, HRW has been a leader in the use of international legal rhetoric such as "collective punishment," to attack Israel. And in the July 30, 2006 Kana incident in the Second Lebanon War, Lucy Mair (HRW's former researcher with a prior history of anti-Israel campaigning) disregarded the Red Cross on-scene estimate of 28 casualties (which proved to be the actual figure) in favor of a higher estimate of 54 provided by an alleged "survivor." HRW's false estimate was widely picked up by the media and further disseminated by HRW in an August 1, 2006 press release, sparking an international outcry and leading to a 48-hour halt in IAF operations, which extended the war.
Similarly, Marc Garlasco led HRW's high-profile "investigation" into the Gaza Beach incident in 2006, repeating claims that "the evidence overwhelmingly supports the allegations that the civilians were killed by artillery shells fired by the IDF," and ignoring details that did not fit his ideological "conclusion." Garlasco was also among the authors of HRW's "Razing Rafah" report of 2004, which contained many unverifiable and disputed claims, erased the context of terror and was used to justify HRW involvement in anti-Israel boycott campaigns.
In this way, HRW and other self-proclaimed human rights organizations have contributed a great deal to undermining the moral basis of morality and international law. Instead of repeatedly calling for "independent investigations" of Israel, the donors to HRW need to undertake an investigation of how this once-serious organization has been destroyed from within.
The writer is the chairman of the Political Science Department at Bar-Ilan University and executive director of NGO Monitor.
Hamas Again Free To Torture And Kill Fatah Members
'Hamas torturing Fatah members in Gaza'
Jan. 19, 2009
Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST
Hamas militiamen have rounded up hundreds of Fatah activists on suspicion of "collaboration" with Israel during Operation Cast Lead, Fatah members in the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
They said the Hamas crackdown on Fatah intensified after the cease-fire went into effect early Sunday morning.
The Fatah members and eyewitnesses said the detainees were being held in school buildings and hospitals that Hamas had turned into make-shift interrogation centers.
Hamas has also renewed house arrest orders that were issued against thousands of Fatah officials and activists in the Gaza Strip shortly after the military operation started.
A Fatah official in Ramallah told the Post that at least 100 of his men had been killed or wounded as a result of the massive Hamas crackdown. Some had been brutally tortured, he added.
The official said that the perpetrators belonged to Hamas's armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, and to the movement's Internal Security Force.
According to the official, at least three of the detainees had their eyes put out by their interrogators, who accused them of providing Israel with wartime information about the location of Hamas militiamen and officials.
A number of Hamas leaders and spokesmen have claimed in the past few days that Fatah members in the Gaza Strip had been spying on their movement and passing the information to Israel.
Two Hamas officials, Salah Bardaweel and Fawzi Barhoum, accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his "spies" in the Gaza Strip of tipping off the Israelis about the movements of slain Hamas interior minister Said Siam, who was killed in an IAF strike on his brother's home in Gaza City last week.
The Fatah official in Ramallah said that, apart from being baseless, the allegations were aimed at paving the way for a ruthless Hamas attack on Fatah activists in the Gaza Strip.
"They were afraid to confront the Israeli army and many Hamas militiamen even ran away during the fighting," he said. "Hamas is now venting its anger and frustration against our Fatah members there."
Eyewitnesses said that Hamas militiamen had turned a number of hospitals and schools into temporary detention centers where dozens of Fatah members and supporters were being held on suspicion of helping Israel during the war.
The eyewitnesses said that a children's hospital and a mental health center in Gaza City, as well as a number of school buildings in Khan Yunis and Rafah, were among the places that Hamas had turned into "torture centers."
A Fatah activist in Gaza City claimed that as many as 80 members of his faction were either shot in the legs or had their hands broken for allegedly defying Hamas's house-arrest orders.
"What's happening in the Gaza Strip is a new massacre that is being carried out by Hamas against Fatah," he said. "Where were these [Hamas] cowards when the Israeli army was here?"
The activist said that Hamas's security forces had also confiscated cellular phones and computers belonging to thousands of local Fatah members and supporters.
Relatives of Abed al-Gharabli, a former Fatah security officer who spent 12 years in Israeli prisons, said he was kidnapped by a group of Hamas militiamen who shot him in both legs after severely torturing him.
Ziad Abu Hayeh, one of the commanders of Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, is reported to have lost his sight after Hamas gunmen put out his eyes. According to Fatah activists, Abu Hayeh was kidnapped from his home in Khan Yunis by Hamas militiamen.
The Fatah men said that in a number of incidents, Hamas militiamen had kidnapped Fatah activists while they were attending the funerals of people killed during the war. In other cases, activists were detained and shot in the legs after they were spotted smiling in public - an act interpreted by Hamas as an expression of joy over Israel's military offensive.
On Saturday night, three brothers from the Subuh family were abducted by Hamas militiamen and taken to the Abdel Aziz Rantisi Mosque in Khan Yunis, where they were shot in the legs, a local journalist told the Post.
In a more recent incident, Hamas gunmen shot and killed 80-year-old Hisham Tawfik Najjar after storming his home and beating his four sons - all Fatah activists.
Fahmi Za'areer, a Fatah spokesman in the West Bank, revealed that at least 16 Fatah activists had been executed by Hamas in the past few days. He strongly condemned the Hamas clampdown on Fatah and warned against a bloodbath in the Gaza Strip.
A leaflet distributed by the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in various parts of the Gaza Strip called on Hamas to "respect the blood of the Palestinian martyrs" and stop pursuing Fatah members. The leaflet said that Hamas had placed hundreds of Fatah men under house arrest in the past 48 hours and was warning that anyone who failed to comply with these orders would be shot.
Philip Chaston of Samizdata could not resist the above limp pun on reading the following story:
EIGHTEEN illegal immigrants attempted to smuggle themselves into the UK hidden in a lorry-load of lettuce heading for Merseyside.
UK Border Agency officers stopped the Spanish-registered lorry in the French port of Calais at 5.50am last Sunday.
A search revealed the eighteen men – fifteen Iraqis, two Afghanis and one Iranian – hidden in the load of lettuces.
And what do they have in common? Admirers of Saladin?
Just before Christmas, two men from Turkey tried unsuccessfully to smuggle themselves into England in a Fortnum and Mason's van full of Tewksbury Mustard, Gentlemen's Relish, Cooper's Oxford Marmalade, Earl Grey Tea, Shropshire Black Ham and Duchy Originals Ginger Thins.
"She [Islamic militant Asiya Andrabi] believes Kashmir should be allowed to leave the Indian union and join Pakistan, though she says there are only two countries in the world – "Muslims and non-muslims" – and advocates jihad to advance the power of Islam."
---from the article linked below
Two matters have been raised. The answers are as follows:
1. "Kashmir should be allowed to leave the Indian union" -
Because Muslim demands on India would only increase.
Hindus in Kashmir would be persecuted, murdered, driven out as were the 400,000 Kashmiri pandits.
Muslims in India would feel triumphant, feel that time was on their side, and make more and more demands on Hindus.
In Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Hindus and Christians would be subject to even greater daily mistreatment then they have been ever since Partition, and as is reflected in the numbers: Hindus were 15% of the population of West Pakistan (now Pakistan) in 1947 and are now a tenth that; Hindus in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1947 were 35% of the population and are now 8%. Meanwhile, Muslims are a greater share of the population in India. Why?
2 (a). "She says there are only two countries in the world – 'Muslims and non-muslims'"
Yes, if Muslims insist that the only division of humanity that matters is that between Muslims and non-Muslims, it will of course be necessary for those non-Muslims to begin to see the world in the same, mirror-image terms: if the world is divided between the Muslims and the non-Muslims, it is only because Muslims insist.
2 (b). "and advocates jihad to advance the power of Islam"