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Monday, 23 February 2009
U.S. To Offer $900 million for Gaza
Yes, we know. You're worried about how you're going to make that tax payment in April, but isn't it something to know that the government is using your hard-earned cash for such a cause?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to offer more than $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after Israel's invasion and to strengthen the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, U.S. officials said on Monday.
The money, which needs U.S. congressional approval, will be distributed through U.N. and other bodies and not via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said one official.
"This money is for Gaza and to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority. It is not going to go to Hamas," said the official, who asked not to be named as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to announce the funding at a donors' conference in Egypt next week.
Of course it will be somewhat difficult to smuggle the Fatah members into Gaza as we all know what happens to them there.
Neither the United States nor Israel have direct contact with the Islamist Hamas movement which runs Gaza and remains formally committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.
The official said the pledge was a mix of money already earmarked for the Palestinians and some new funding.
"The package is still shaping up," he said, when asked for specifics over how the money would be spent and a breakdown of old and new funding...
Posted on 02/23/2009 8:42 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
Amnesty International urges Barack Obama to suspend military aid to Israel
FromThe Telegraph. Amnesty obviously has great expectations of the chosen one.
It (Amnesty International) accused Israel of using white phosphorous and other weapons from the US and said Barack Obama had a "particular obligation" to suspend military aid over their use.
Amnesty called for the UN Security Council to enact an arms embargo until mechanisms were put in place to ensure that equipment was not used to commit violations of international law.
"Israeli forces used white phosphorus and other weapons supplied by the USA to carry out serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes," said Donatella Rovera, who headed an Amnesty fact-finding mission to southern Israel and Gaza.
"Their attacks resulted in the death of hundreds of children and other civilians, and massive destruction of homes and infrastructure."
The report also said Hamas and other Palestinian groups should be subject to the embargo because they had committed war crimes by attacking Israeli towns with rockets.
"Though far less lethal than the weaponry used by Israel, such rocket firing also constitutes a war crime and caused several civilian deaths," Ms Rovera said.
In southern Israel it found remains of rockets fired indiscriminately at civilian areas by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups.
"We urge the UN Security Council to impose an immediate and comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups until effective mechanisms are found to ensure that munitions and other military equipment are not used to commit serious violations of international law," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty's Middle East director.
As a backbench MP said on Holocaust Day the reason there are so few Israeli civilian casualties is because the Israelis have built bomb shelters for their people. The reason there are so many Gazan Arab casualties is because Hamas uses women and children as human shields.
Posted on 02/23/2009 4:21 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 23 February 2009
The Third Jihad
Here is the abridged version of the film The Third Jihad. Important viewing if you haven't seen it yet. Thanks to Raphael Israeli.
Posted on 02/23/2009 6:46 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
Alastair Crooke Continues To Carry Water For The Brotherhood
From the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:
Former British intelligence agent Alastair Crooke has published a new book which one reviewer says is aimed at reassuring the West that Hamas and Hezbollah are not enemies of the West. According to a review of the book by journalist Seymour Hersh posted on the website of Crooke’s organization:
Crooke’s mission in this erudite and most readable book is to reassure America and the rest of the world that Hamas, Hezbollah and the seemingly menacing Islamic governments in Iran and elsewhere are not the enemies of the West… a scholarly and closely argued critique of what passes for Western diplomacy today.
Crooke is a a former agent of the British MI6 foreign intelligence agency and is described in a media report as secretly one of Britain’s leading intermediaries with militant groups. Former CIA agent Milt Bearden, who played a leading role in the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and Graham Fuller, a former Vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, are members of the Advisory Board of the Conflicts Forum headed by Crooke. Also a member of the Advisory Board is Azzam Tamimi, a leader figure in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman.
The media reported cited above describes a March 2005 meeting in Beirut attended by Crooke that included the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Musa Abu Marzuq, deputy leader of Hamas, and two of his senior colleagues, leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and representatives of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami party. The report states that Crooke is part of an effort to establish a dialogue with radical Islamists through the Conflicts Forum, described by Crooke as an “action tank, not a think-tank”.
Posted on 02/23/2009 12:13 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't For Stoning?
Islam In Europe:
Abdul Wahid Pedersen, a Danish-born imam convert and Karen Jespersen, the Danish Welfare Minister, debated Islam and extremism on the Danish morning show Go' Morgen Danmark.
Jespersen, who wrote a book about Muslim extremism, recently criticized the Copenhagen city council for working together with Muslims in Dialogue, which she says is an extremist group. Pedersen, one of the heads of the organization, had refused in the past to condemn stoning and stated he will conduct polygamous marriage ceremonies. He had said that condemning stoning would place him outside the pale of Islam.
On the show, Pedersen was asked whether he supports stoning.
Abdul Wahid Pedersen, Imam: Let be say this very clearly, absolutely, unequivocally. I do not support stoning. I do not support stoning.
Cecilie Frøkjær, TV2: But do you disassociate yourself from stoning?
Abdul Wahid Pedersen: I do not support stoning, and what I've been accused many, many times in the media - I don't do that .. here and now I want to say, as I did a minute ago - I don't support stoning.
Posted on 02/23/2009 12:28 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
Hate Speech Verdict In Canada
I disagree with this man, obviously, but think hate speech laws inevitably lead to totalitarian control of thought. Every man has the inalienable right to speak his mind, even if those thoughts are abhorrent to others. You will also notice there are no Jews taking to the streets and rioting over this decision, unlike some other minority we might name.The Star Phoenix:
SASKATOON — Former First Nations leader David Ahenakew has been found not guilty of inciting hatred for anti-Semitic remarks he made in public more than six years ago.
Provincial court Judge Wilfrid Tucker announced his verdict Monday morning, after a trial last November that examined a speech and interview in which Ahenakew, now 75, claimed Jews started the Second World War and compared them to a disease.
Ahenakew was visibly relieved as he spoke outside court following the verdict.
“Thank God it’s over, and I mean that,” he said. “It was awful. Thank God it’s over.”
Tucker had Ahenakew stand and looked directly at him as he revealed his decision.
“Mr. Ahenakew, the statements you made about Jewish people were revolting, disgusting and untrue,” Tucker said.
However, Tucker found Ahenakew did not have the necessary intent to make him guilty of the offence.
It was Ahenakew's second trial on the charges; he was convicted in 2005 but that conviction was set aside on appeal and a new trial was ordered.
Ahenakew told delegates to a December 2002 health conference, sponsored by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), that when he was a young man stationed in Germany, people told him Jews created the Second World War.
Later that morning, Ahenakew told former StarPhoenix reporter James Parker in a recorded interview that Hitler "cleaned up a lot of things," and did the right thing when "he fried six million of those guys."
At his trial, Ahenakew said he didn't like the reporter challenging him and continued the argumentative interview because he didn't want Parker to have the last word.
"I would say I understand Hitler had his reasons, but I still don't support them," Ahenakew said at the trial...
Posted on 02/23/2009 12:37 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
Al-Zawahiri: From Kabul to Mogadishu
(CNN) -- Islamist fighters in Somalia have made significant gains in the country, according to the latest statement purportedly from al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The 25-minute audio recording, titled "From Kabul to Mogadishu," focuses primarily on the "important developments" in Somalia, which al-Zawahiri called "a step on the path of victory of Islam."
CNN cannot authenticate the message, which was released on Sunday and was interspersed with television news reports and statements from various al Qaeda-linked commanders. CNN analysts who listened to the recording say the voice is consistent with his intonation and accent.
This is the third message from al-Zawahiri espousing the views of the al Qaeda terror network in 2009; the other two focused on Israel's recent military operation against Hamas leaders in Gaza.
In addition to Somalia, al-Zawahiri also addresses the situations in Yemen, Gaza, and Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Al-Zawahiri praised Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia who recently seized control of Baidoa, where the U.N.-backed transitional government had been based. He warned the newly installed government, under President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, not to squander those gains by submitting "to American demands" and not abiding by sharia, or Islamic law.
"I call on my Muslim brothers in beloved Somalia ... to not be deceived by those who agree to the secularist constitutions which vie with the sharia in its right to rule," he said.
Al-Zawahiri also addressed the "awakening" in Yemen, where many suspected al Qaeda militants wanted in neighboring Saudi Arabia are believed to have fled. That group includes several former detainees of the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The al Qaeda leader accused Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salih and his government of being "servants and slaves" to the United States by allowing Yemen to be used as "a supply center ... against Muslim countries."
"How can you agree to let the ruling authority in Yemen be the CIA?" al-Zawahiri asked the people of Yemen.
Al-Zawahiri spent the last eight minutes addressing the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza.
His focus on Somalia and Yemen -- which accounted for more than 17 minutes of the 25-minute address -- is a departure from the topics of his previous messages. CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen suggested that is a reflection of al Qaeda's recent losses as a result of U.S. missile strikes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
"There were three in 2007 and 34 in 2008 by my count," Bergen said. "These strikes are causing al Qaeda leaders to consider their options."
Al Qaeda has considered relocating its base to Somalia or Yemen, according to a former U.S. official who is familiar with the intelligence.
Other analysts have suggested that it would be difficult for al Qaeda to gain a stronghold in Somalia because its radical agenda is unpopular in the moderate Islamic country.
John Prendergast, who studies the Horn of Africa for the Center for American Progress think tank, said he expects Al-Shabaab's overseas ties to dry up after the recent withdrawal of Ethiopian forces, which was its only basis of support in Somalia. J. Anthony Holmes, director of the Africa program for the Council on Foreign Relations, said it is unlikely Somalia will emerge as "a breeding ground for terrorism" because of its clan-based society...
But not because of the theology of Islam, no, not that.
Posted on 02/23/2009 1:03 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
Wilders' DC Press Conference: Call For International First Amendment
From Gates of Vienna:
The International Free Press Society and the Center for Security Policy are co-sponsoring a press conference for Geert Wilders at the National Press Club on Friday, as a part of the Washington DC leg of Mr. Wilders’ whirlwind tour of the USA. I’ll be present at this event and will report on it after I get home.
For more information about this and other events, consult the daily updates at the International Free Press Society. Today’s press release from IFPS/CSP is below:
International Free Press Society and Geert Wilders Call for An International First Amendment And Ban On All Hate Speech Laws
Washington DC — On Friday, February 27, 2009, Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, founder and floor leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), and the International Free Press Society (IFPS), in conjunction with the Center for Security Policy, will discuss recent attacks on free speech worldwide, especially the recent legal actions against Wilders and other political leaders and journalists.
The International Free Press Society will announce a global initiative to protect free speech from laws that criminalize any criticisms of Islam or the doctrines of Shariah.
The event will include a screening of Fitna, the controversial film which includes quotations from the Koran, documentary footage of Islamic leaders inciting violence (jihad) based on those quotations, and documentary footage of jihadist violence. The film can be viewed on the Internet here.
Mr. Wilders will discuss his efforts to show Fitna and to rally support for free speech and the right to criticize Islam.
Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, will discuss the dangers to America’s national security and civil liberties imposed by global oppression of free speech. CSP recently hosted a conference in London entitled “Free Speech, Jihad and the Future of Western Civilization.” Selected speeches from that conference can be found here.
Concerning recent attacks on free speech, Gaffney said: “The insinuation of Shariah legal codes and practices into Free World societies includes the effort to impose Shariah blasphemy, slander and libel laws in the West. According to Shariah, it is impermissible to engage in speech or writings that ‘defame’ Islam or otherwise offend its followers. We must oppose all these efforts.”
Lars Hedegaard, President of the International Free Press Society, will introduce Mr. Wilders and outline the IFPS 2009 campaign to ban hate speech laws and to work for an “International First Amendment.” Hedegaard said:
The hate speech and blasphemy laws that are now common in many European countries lack clarity as to precisely what they aim to criminalize. Recent experience with their implementation further shows that they are unequally applied. This state of affairs is intolerable and the IFPS must therefore demand that all such laws be repealed. The way to deal with controversial, offensive or even hateful statements — unless they are directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action — is to expose them to public debate and criticism.
M.P. Geert Wilders lives under 24 hour police protection. Following Fitna’s release online in March 2008, al-Qaeda issued a fatwa calling for Wilders’ murder. Wilders also currently faces prosecution in Holland for alleged “incitement to hatred and discrimination.” Wilders called the Dutch Court of Appeals’ decision to prosecute him an attack on freedom of expression. “Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted,” he said...
Posted on 02/23/2009 1:15 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
U.S. Holocaust Museum Whitewashes Role of Al-Husayni
This is a Press Release from Holocaust Museum Watch (thanks to "The Law"):
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is becoming part of the problem the Jewish people face in combating genocidal threats. The Museum ignores current Islamic antisemitism and now re-writes history to remove it from the historical record.
After being forced last summer by publicity from Holocaust Museum Watch to remove from its website a falsified biography of the Holocaust-era Mufti of Jerusalem, the Museum has again posted a biography which whitewashes the Mufti’s actions.
The new shortened three paragraph biography fails to connect any of the Mufti’s actions with the actual murder of Jews, either during the Holocaust or in the pre-war Palestinian violence. And the related links on the Museum’s website actually either do not mention the Mufti at all or continue the Museum’s defense brief for him.
The father of Palestinian nationalism, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husayni, was a terrorist and a Nazi, indicted at the Eichmann Trial (a fact not mentioned anywhere on the Museum’s website). The Museum’s biography takes known documented facts about the Mufti and undercuts them:
- With regard to the murderous pogrom of 1929 in Palestine- According to the Museum, whether he “explicitly encouraged or incited the violence is not documented.”
- With regard to the 1936-39 Arab revolt- According to the Museum,“The British never unequivocally linked al-Husayni”.
- With regard to Husayni’s intervention to prevent the emigration of Jewish children from Europe- According to the Museum,“his impact was nil.”
- With regard to the thousands of Balkan Muslims he recruited into the Handschar divisions of the Waffen SS-According to the Museum, they were “generally ineffective”
Despite a major current exhibit on Nazi propaganda at the Museum, the website has none of the content of the lethally inciting speeches, broadcasts and articles that al-Husayni spewed from the 1920’s onward.
The Museum’s entire mission depends on accurately disseminating the facts of the Holocaust. It has now joined the deniers in attempting to whitewash parts of the historical record that it finds politically difficult. Changing history throws the Museum’s credibility into question. (Fact sheet attached.)
The Mufti’s Lasting Legacy Ignored by the Museum
The Nazi-type antisemitic libels and stereotypes so widespread today in the Arab/Muslim world are directly traceable to the Mufti's dissemination of these same anti-Jewish libels and stereotypes in the 1930s and 1940s. The Mufti injected the most lethal Nazi propaganda against Jews into the Arab/Muslim world. And his work is very much in evidence today.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s biography of Amin al-Husayni falsifies the historical record. The Museum never states that any of the Mufti’s actions led to the death of Jews and in fact, denies that there is any proof that they did.
From the Museum’s Biography and Related Links:
1.August 1929 “Arab crowds enter the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem and initiate a wave of violence…. That al-Husayni explicitly encouraged or incited the violence is not documented…”
Husayni was the one who incited the crowds of worshipers to violence. In 1929, the most influential newspaper in Egypt, La Bourse Egyptienn, declared ; “ the murder of the Palestine Jews is an echo of the Mufti’s inflammatory exhortations in the mosque.” (Van Paassen, Days of Our Years,p.367) The Mufti accused the Jews of endangering mosques, including Al-Aqsa. He issued the call: “Kill the Jews!” and “ We will drink the blood of the Jews” (Dershowitz, The Case for Israel, p.41) and disseminated pictures of the Jewish victims, falsely claiming that they were Arabs murdered by the Jews. Faked photographs were circulated “showing the Jewish flag, with the Star of David at its centre, flying from the top of the Dome of the Rock- something which had never happened.” (Gilbert, Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century p. 120) The Supreme Muslim Council, which Husayni headed, issued a proclamation : “O Arab! Remember that the Jew is your strongest enemy and the enemy of your ancestor since olden times…for it is he …who poisoned Mohammed… It is he who now endeavors to slaughter you as he did yesterday.” (ibid. p126) “The Hebron massacre was the culmination of a series of religiously inspired massacres deliberately incited by the grand mufti…In August 1929 leaflets prepared by the mufti instructed Muslims to attack the Jews. One such leaflet said that the Jews had “violated the honor of Islam” and “raped the women and murdered widows and babies” It was a blood libel demanding a holy war against the Jews.” .” (Dershowitz, op. cit. p. 42-43)
“In the White Paper…the Secretary of State declared that “no one has been more active than the Mufti of Jerusalem” (Gilbert. p.125)
2.September 1937 “The British never unequivocally linked al-Husayni with the insurgency in 1936-37” …“until the end of 1938, the Germans… refused… to provide material assistance to the insurgents.”
The Mufti organized the 1936-1939 riots, using funds and munitions supplied by the Nazis. (Files of the German High Command in Flensburg, Germany stated: “Only through funds made available by Germany to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was it possible to carry out the revolt in Palestine”. Quoted in Peters, From Time Immemorial). Eichmann personally came to Palestine to deliver funds to the Mufti for the riots in 1937 and by 1938 the Mufti was on the payroll of Abwehr II, the German counterintelligence and sabotage division. (Kuntzel, Jihad and Jew Hatred, p.21, 31) “The British were monitoring the activities of the Mufti …On 16 July 1937 he made contact with Herr Dohle, the German Consul-General in Jerusalem, a convinced Nazi….On the following day British police entered the Supreme Muslim Council office outside the Old City to arrest the man whose incitement to violence was clear from all the documents at their disposal. But the Mufti managed to evade arrest, and to seek sanctuary on the Haram. Police guarding the gates of the city were given orders to arrest him should he try to leave.”(Gilbert, Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century, p.149) The Peel Commission publicly condemned the Mufti : “ The Mufti must in our view, bear his full share of responsibility for those disorders.” (Gilbert, p. 147) “The British Government made it clear that the Mufti was an enemy with whom there could be no compromise. On 17 May 1938 it was announced from London by the Colonial Secretary, Malcolm MacDonald, that the Mufti would be excluded from Palestine “indefinitely”. This was because he was not only “the head of the organisation held responsible for the campaign of terrorism and the assassination of British and Jews,” MacDonald explained, “but also the head of a faction which for many months past had pursued a similar campaign against large numbers of Arabs.” (Gilbert p. 152)
3. November 28,1941 “Adolph Hitler receives al-Husayni in Berlin…but declines to issue any public declaration or conclude an agreement with al-Husayn
There is no mention that Husayni asked for and obtained Hitler’s pledge to extend the Final Solution to the Jews of the Middle East. “ The Furhrer then made the following statement to the Mufti, … 1. He (the Fuhrer) would carry on the battle to the total destruction of the Judeo-Communist empire in Europe 2. At some moment which was impossible to set exactly today but which in any event was not distant, the German armies would in the course of this struggle reach the southern exit of Caucasia 3. As soon as this had happened, the Fuhrer would on his own give the Arab world the assurance that the hour of liberation had arrived. Germany’s objective would then be solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere under the protection of the British power….The moment that Germany’s tank divisions and air squadrons had made their appearance south of the Caucasus, the public appeal requested by the Grand Mufti could go out to the Arab world…The Grand Mufti replied…whether it would not be possible, secretly, at least, to enter into an agreement with Germany of the kind he had just outlined for the Fuhrer. The Fuhrer replied that he had just now given the Grand Mufti precisely that confidential declaration.”
(Reference notes of the meeting are in Documents on German Foreign Policy, 1918-1945, Series D, Vol. XIII, p. 881 available at the USHMM library.)
In his memoirs, Husayni wrote :”Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world.” I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of the Jews. The answer I got was, “ The Jews are yours.” .” (Dershowitz, The Case for Israel p.55)
4..“In at least one speech attributed to him, he advocated killing Jews wherever Arabs found them.”
Which one speech is the Museum saying was attributed to him. The one he gave at the Islamic Central Institute on Nov. 2, 1943 calling on Muslims to follow the example of National Socialist Germany, since the latter “ knew how to save itself from the evil (Unheil) done by the Jews…It had precisely identified the Jews and decided to find a definitive solution to the Jewish menace. In order to eliminate their evildoing (Unheil) from the world. ( quoted by Gensicke, op cit.) Or is it the speech in which the Mufti said;” Arise, O sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion.” (Dershowitz, op. cit. p.55) According to the Mufti’s biographer, the Mufti’s “hatred of Jews…was fathomless, and he gave full vent to it during his period of activity alongside the Nazis (October 1941-May 1945). His speeches on Berlin radio were anti-Semitic to the core: “Kill the Jews wherever you find them- this pleases God, history and religion.” (Elpeleg, The Grand Mufti, p. 100)
5 .May-June 1943 Al Husayni wrote to the Bulgarian, German, Italian, Hungarian and Romanian governments, demanding they not participate in efforts to transfer Jewish children from Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Palestine. He suggested the children be sent to Poland. “…the impact of the letters was nil. None of the three governments that received the letters transported the children to Poland.”
This is dishonest. The transports to Palestine were stopped. The children were sent to death camps and died in Europe. (The Arab Higher Committee. Its Origins, Personnel and Purposes, Documentary Record Submitted to the United Nations, May 1947); At the Eichmann trial, Eichmann’s deputy Wisliceny’s notes were put in evidence. The transcript, Sessions 016-03 reads: “It was planned to exchange these children for German civilian prisoners, through the services of the International Red Cross. I had already discussed with representatives of the Joint in Bratislava the possibility of adults as escorts for this purpose…Then I was summoned to Berlin by Eichmann and he disclosed to me that the idea of the planned operation had become known to the Grand Mufti…As a result he protested vigorously to Himmler, using the argument that these Jewish children would, within a few years become adults and would strengthen the Jewish elements in Palestine. Following this, Himmler (as he told me) forbade the whole operation and even issued a prohibition in respect of cases in the future, that no Jew should be permitted to emigrate to Palestine from territories under German control.
I informed the Joint group of this prohibition which had been secured by the Grand Mufti from Himmler … .This attitude of Himmler had a crucial influence on all these matters, especially in 1944 in Budapest. In this way any chance of reaching a compromise on the question of the Jews of Hungary came to nought, since Palestine was the only country which could be considered for the absorption of a greater number of Jewish women and children.”)
Medoff, in The Mufti’s Nazi Years Re-Examined, cites Eichmann himself, in his testimony at his trial in 1961, as also confirming that the Nazis had “an agreement with the Grand Mufti” to prevent immigration to Palestine. (Eichmann trial Proceedings, session no. 58, 1053.)
That the children were sent to the gas chambers as a result for the Mufti’s intervention is is also cited in Gensicke, Der Mufti von Jerusalem und die Nationalsozialisten, p.156 and in Hopp (ed.) Mufti-Papiere. Briefe, Memoranden,Reden und Aufrufe Amin al-Husainis aus dem Exil 1940-1945,(2001) pp. 145ff and in Simon Wiesenthal, Grofsmufti-Grofsagent der Achse,(1947) pp42ff.
After reviewing the official German correspondence about the negotiations, the Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg concluded that there was a definite connection, proof positive, between the Mufti’s protests and the end of the negotiations. (Hilberg, The Destruction of European Jews, p.504-505 )
6. “The 13th Waffen-SS Mountain Division did not participate in the deportation of Jews, either in Bosnia or Hungary. During its deployment in Bosnia from February until October 1944, the possibility that “Handschar’ personnel participated in the capture and murder of individual Jews found in hiding or captured as partisans cannot be excluded. Such involvement cannot be documented, however.”
The Mufti recruited 20,000 Muslims for the Handschar. The Handschar were responsible for the murder of 90% of Bosnia’s Jews ( 12,600 of Bosnia’s 14,000 Jews) and also served as the auxiliary police in rounding up Hungarian Jewry. (Timmerman, Preachers of Hate, p. 76-78; Jennie Lebel, The Mufti of Jerusalem: Haj Amin el Husseini and National Socialism,; George Lepre, Himmler’s Bosnian Division, the Waffen-SSHandschar Division 1943-1945)
Posted on 02/23/2009 4:09 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 23 February 2009
The Sunni-Shia Rift Continues To Widen
A dispatch from MEMRI to warm Hugh "let the fissures of Islam grow" Fitzgerald's heart:
Recent statements by Iranian officials claiming sovereignty over certain areas of the Gulf(1) have further exacerbated the ongoing conflict between the Iranian axis and the Saudi-Egyptian axis.(2) As part of this conflict, the Saudi daily Al-Watan published a harsh article by the head of its Riyadh branch, Suleiman Al-'Uqeili, about Iran's Sunni past. The article, titled "The Rights of the Sunnis in Iran," states that Iran was once a Sunni country, but that its Sunni population had been forced to convert to the Shi'a during the 16th century.
Following are excerpts from the article:(3)
Iran Was Sunni Until the 16th Century
"Until the 10th century after the Hijra (i.e. the 16th century CE), Iran was a Sunni country. When the Safavid Shah Ismail [I] rose to power in the [Muslim] year of 907 [1502 AD], he forced the Sunnis to convert to the Shi'a [by] offering them a choice between conversion and death. He was very zealous [in pursuing this mission], and did not hesitate to order the murder of anyone who disobeyed his directive or failed to comply with it. It is said that over a million Sunnis were killed [during his reign]. The policy of persecution against the Sunnis continued throughout the [subsequent] eras in Persia, and [it still continues today,] after the Islamic Revolution.
"Although a million and a half of Tehran's native residents are Sunni, they do not have a single mosque in which to pray, or [a single] center in which to congregate. At the same time, [Tehran does have] Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and Zoroastrian temples. A Sunni Muslim citizen cannot hold a senior position in the [Iranian] state, even if he is very knowledgeable and enjoys broad public support..."
"Intense [Efforts] Are Underway to 'Persianize' the Arab Region of Khuzestan (Arabistan) and the Oil-Rich City of Al-Ahwaz"
"Intense [efforts] are underway to 'Persianize' the Arab region of Khuzestan (Arabistan), and the oil-rich city of Al-Ahwaz, [although] it is situated in the southwest of Iran where the majority of population is Sunni Arab. This is being done by evicting Arab residents, particularly Sunnis, from their homes, and settling families of Persian origin in their place. Sunni regions, in both western and eastern Iran (i.e. in Baluchistan), are being subjected to a policy of intentional marginalization, [implemented by non-] development and by excluding their residents from [government] positions.
"This racist attitude applies not only to Sunnis but to all Arabs [in Iran]. There are jokes ridiculing Arabs, and janitors (most of whom are Arabs), are forced to wear a ghutra [a local Arab headdress], in order to humiliate them and also to distinguish them from the rest of the Iranians. When I visited Iran in 2002, I had an Iraqi driver and interpreter. He complained that the Iranians treated Arabs badly and despised them, and said he wished he did not live in Teheran…"
"In Iran, Arab and Sunni Clerics and Leaders Are Killed, [Arab] Social Activists are Arrested, and There Are Attempts to Restrict the Arab Culture – Yet International Human Rights Organizations Remain Silent"
"In Iran, Arab and Sunni clerics and leaders are killed, [Arab] social activists are arrested, and there are attempts to restrict the Arab culture, yet international human rights organizations remain silent – as though they are in league with the regime of the mullahs. We have heard nothing on this subject except for some feeble protests over what [happened to] the Iranian lawyer [and human rights activist] Shirin Ebadi. The last time [the treatment] of Sunni Arabs in Iran was condemned was four years ago, when the Human Rights Watch organization, in its 2005 international report… [stated] that 'ethnic and religious minorities in Iran are still subjected to discrimination and even oppression.'"
"The Iranian Regime Will Not Stop Interfering in the Affairs of the Neighboring [Countries]"
"Even though the Iranian [establishment] is as fragile [as] a glass [castle], the Iranian regime will not stop interfering in the affairs of the neighboring [countries]. It infiltrates [their] cultural and media institutions, incites minorities, spreads sectarian [ideology], forms religious parties, sinks its claws into the internal politics [of Arab countries], and persists in supporting Sunni extremism in order to undermine [their] internal and social stability."
(1) In a February 10, 2009 speech in Mashhad marking 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said: "In the era of the incompetent [Shah] Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, one of our provinces was taken from us: what is known today as the country called 'Bahrain'... Back then, Bahrain was the 14th province [of Iran], and even had its own representative in the Majlis..." (Khorasan, Iran, February 11, 2009).
Iran and the Gulf states are also disputing over sovereignty over the three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Moussa.
(2) See MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 492, "An Escalating Regional Cold War – Part I: The 2009 Gaza War," February 2,2009,http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA49209.
(3) Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), February 23, 2009.
Posted on 02/23/2009 8:56 PM by Rebecca Bynum