IMPHAL: A Manipuri Muslim student body has banned a children's general knowledge book as it contained a picture of Prophet Mohammad. Stating that there is not a single record of the Prophet's picture in the entire world, the Pangal Students' Organization (PSO) said the writer should apologize within three days, failing which stern action would be taken.
The student body later announced its decision to ban all books written by S Babyla Jassal immediately and further warned of stern action against the writer in case the writer fail to clarify on the said issue before the end of three days from today.
The picture of the prophet is carried inside the chapter Indian Deities on Page 51 of the said book. Speaking to media persons this evening at their office at Hatta Golapati, spokesperson and chief advisor of the organization Y Hayattur Rahman said there is no known picture of the Prophet anywhere in the world.
He further asked the writer and the publication house to clarify on how and from where they found the picture. He also announced the ban and action against the writer and the said book.
He said the student organization will collect the books and consigned the books to fire.
The Pangal Political forum, Manipur (PPF) further said the ‘Prime General Knowledge Book-O’ published by Prime Publication has insulted the Muslim community.
PPF said in a statement that illustration of a false photo of Prophet Muhammad on the page number 51 of the book written by S Babyla Jaysal is nothing other than an insult to the young students, Muslim and their Islamic Law.
It also stressed that nobody in the world has ever able to make the photo of Prophet Muhammad, saying any one in this world has not possessed His photo nor there is any fact available in the holy Kuran regarding leftover of it. The Islamic Law at the same time says no Muslim man and woman should take their photo if the need is not arisen, PPF noted. (Clever that as the camera wasn't invented until 1300 years later)
IMPHAL, June 24: The Popular Front of India, Manipur State Committee continue to set ablaze textbooks decrying the projected image of Prophet Mohamed in print.
Around 3000 textbooks carrying the image were set ablaze today at the Hatta office of the PFI.
President Burhanmuddin said since it is the time of summer breaks in most schools, the committee is unable to collect the books on a larger scale at the present moment, however the committee will continue with their drive against the textbook.
The Tentacles Of Little Qatar, Much Too Big For Its Britches
Qatar is a peninsula sticking out into the Persian Gulf. For its entire history, until the last few decades, it was a backwater. But it happens to sit on, or around, vast deposits of natural gas, and that gives it its claim on the world's attention. It sill is a cultural backwater, and always will be, whatever succursales of Western museums and universities the Al-Thani famiy manages to buy or rent. There are two milion people living in Qatar: 200,000 Qataris and 1.8 million non-Qataris, foreign wage slaves whose task is it to wait on the natives, to satisfy their every need, and to keep the little place running. Without those foreign workers, the place would collapse, and talk about "the end of the expatriates" makes Arabs in Qatar as nevervous as it does those in the Emirates or Kuwait or Saudi Arabia.
The Qataris have been buying up lots and lots of property in France.
They have recently bought the building in which Le Figaro is housed.
They have bought the Carlton, in Cannes, the center of the Cannes Film Festival.
They have bought the Martinez, a hotel right next door to the Carlton.
They are buying up companies, and buying shares in other companies, especialy French luxury goods.
They have managed to go around the strict rules regulating changes to historic buildings, and have been allowed to do all kinds of things to some of the most venerable and elegant structures in Paris.
A little slide-show about Qatar and its unmerited wealth, and what it does with it, can be seen at Le Figaro here.
This is not good. This is disheartening to French people, and to others in the West.
Qatar should be prevented -- by French fiat -- from buying so much of France.
It is not merely an economic transaction. Economic transactions so rarely are merely t that.
Qatar has been active politically. It was the main Arab power attempting -- successfully -- to inveigle the West into deposing Qaddafy, not becdause Qatar was morally outraged by Qaddafy, but because he was so openly contemptuous of the Gulf Arabs. Qatar is now sending aid to the Sunni Muslims in Syria who want to take over from the Alawites.
Can Qatar continue to be allowed to buy up so much of French real estate, and shares in French companies, and make France a little vacation spot for the Al-Thani family and their courtiers, and indeed for almost all of the 200,000 Qataris? What would be the result, in France, with the creation of another million or so people dancing attendance on these fabulously-rich primitives who do what they want, wherever they want, like the Saudis and seldom, if ever are subject to Western laws?
Those who profit from a Qatari connection -- real estate agents, lawyers,poules de luxe, the purveyors of the most expensive goods in the Faubourg Saint-Honore ---and those who want to get in on the action, are not likely to be in the forefront of those warning about the dangers of Muslim demographic conquest. They may, like their analogues in London, find it prudent to appear to be delighted with their Gulf Arab clients. Some of them may convince themselves it is all for the best.
(Reuters) - The death toll from Sunday's explosion in a Mombasa night club rose to three and Kenyan police said on Monday they had arrested a suspect, a man in his twenties who was injured in the blast and taken to hospital. A day before the blast the U.S. embassy warned of an imminent attack on Mombasa and urged all its staff to leave. It also said it had suspended travel to the city by embassy staff until July 1.
The suspect now under arrest was taken to hospital after suffering abdominal and leg injuries in the blast, but early on Monday police handcuffed him to his hospital bed and said they needed to question him further.
One man was killed immediately in Sunday's blast, and two of the eight people injured died later in hospital - a nine-year-old boy with shrapnel in his chest and thigh, and a man. A crowd had gathered at the night club, situated in a residential area, to watch the Euro 2012 football quarter-final between England and Italy.
On Wednesday Kenyan police arrested two Iranians after seizing chemicals they suspected were going to be used to make explosives in Mombasa.
Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi were charged at the Nairobi High Court on Monday with being in possession of 15 kgs of explosives and preparing to commit a felony. They denied the charges and were detained until Wednesday, when the judge will rule on their bail application.
In The American Military, Muslims Sensibly Under Investigation
FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military
The FBI is investigating more than 100 suspected Muslim extremists who are part of the U.S. military community, officials tell NPR. U.S. authorities have increased scrutiny since the 2009 shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead. Maj. Nidal Hasan, charged with the killings, is shown here in an April 2010 court hearing.
Published: June 25, 2012
by Dina Temple-Raston
The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious.
Officials define that as a case requiring a formal investigation to gather information against suspects who appear to have demonstrated a strong intent to attack military targets. This is the first time the figures have been publicly disclosed.
The FBI and Department of Defense call these cases "insider threats." They include not just active and reserve military personnel but also individuals who have access to military facilities such as contractors and close family members with dependent ID cards.
Officials would not provide details about the cases and the FBI would not confirm the numbers, but they did say that cases seen as serious could include, among others things, suspects who seem to be planning an attack or were in touch with "dangerous individuals" who were goading them to attack.
Details Revealed At Closed Congressional Hearing
The FBI and the Department of Defense declined to discuss the figures on the record, but three sources with direct knowledge confirmed that the numbers were revealed in a closed session of a House-Senate committee hearing in December. The FBI also declined to say whether it has compiled more up-to-date figures since that time.
"I was surprised and struck by the numbers; they were larger than I expected," Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut and chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, told NPR. He stopped short of confirming the numbers.
"I know one can say that as a percentage of the millions of people in active military service or working with contractors, the numbers you talk about are a small percentage of the total, but the reality is it only took one man, Nidal Hasan, to kill 13 people at Fort Hood and injure a lot more," Lieberman said.
Hasan was an Army major at Fort Hood in Texas who is charged with opening fire on soldiers in the base's processing center in November 2009. The rampage is considered the most serious terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Prosecutors say Hasan had been in touch with an American-born radical imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, to ask for spiritual guidance ahead of the shooting; and Awlaki is said to have blessed it. Awlaki was killed in a drone attack in Yemen last year.
Investigators also say Hasan had been displaying signs of increasing radicalization before the shooting took place, but the behavior had not been properly reported. Hasan's court-martial is set to begin on Aug. 20, and he faces the death penalty.
The FBI compiled its tally of Islamic extremist cases in the military late last year for a joint hearing that Lieberman co-chaired. The hearing was looking at possible threats to military communities inside the United States, and the number of cases was revealed at that time.
The FBI typically divides investigations into three categories: assessment, preliminary investigations, and then full investigations in which agents have enough evidence to justify using all the investigative tools at their disposal. As of last December, there were a dozen cases in that last category.
"This number speaks not only to the reality that there is a problem of violent Islamic extremists in the military, but also that the Department of Defense and the FBI since the Nidal Hassan case are working much more closely together," said Lieberman.
Officials stressed that the FBI and the Department of Defense track all kinds of extremism within the military community from white supremacists to neo-Nazis, not just Islamic extremists.
But the Fort Hood shooting inspired new reporting procedures aimed at catching plots before they unfold. Since 2001, law enforcement officials have foiled and prosecuted more than 30 plots or attacks against military targets within the United States.
Just last month, an AWOL Muslim soldier named Naser Abdo was convicted of plotting to attack Fort Hood. Officers found components for an explosive device in Abdo's hotel room not far from the base.
Abdo told the judge that the plot was supposed to exact some "justice" for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. In an audio recording played during the trial, Abdo said his Islamic faith was part of the reason he planned the attack.
Lieberman says that Abdo actually called out Major Hasan's name shortly after he was found guilty of conspiring to attack a restaurant just outside Fort Hood where active service members often went with their families. Abdo is expected to be sentenced in July. It is not clear whether his case was one of the cases on the FBI's list.
Military Bases Considered Likely Targets
Officials say for many aspiring violent jihadis a military base is seen as fair game for an attack. Al-Qaida's narrative revolves around the idea that America is at war with Islam the world over, and the perception is that the U.S. military is at the forefront of that battle.
Counterterrorism officials say that for many freshly minted jihadists, a military target is an easier choice and easier to justify than targeting a shopping mall or other soft civilian targets — precisely because it is seen as part and parcel of the battle.
"After the Fort Hood shooting, having just one serious case, much less having a dozen, is cause for concern," says Bruce Hoffman, a professor and counterterrorism expert at Georgetown University and a distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center.
"You have to think about how people in the military community aren't just your run-of-the-mill jihadis," Hoffman says. "These are people who have access to guns and to bases and are supposed to have security clearances. This is not the community you want to be radicalizing."
[note Hoffman's misleading turn of phrase, as it is we, the non-Muslims, are to blame for "radicaliziing" these Muslims who, in the military or with access to weapons and bases, are particularly dangerous. Does Hoffman mean to imply that it is non-Muslims who "radicalize" Muslims through some mysterious process, and not Muslims themselves who, as they take Islam ever more to heart, are perfectly capable of doing what others inaccurately describe as "radiczalizing" themselves?]
L.A. Jewish Federation Cancel Pam Geller ZoA Event due to Muslim Brotherhood Intimidation
Pamela Geller at L.A. Jewish Federation Protest
Source: The Jewish Journal
If you want to know the impact of the Egyptian Presidential victory of Muslim Brotherhood Party candidate Mohammed Morsi on America, look no further than what occurred Sunday in Los Angeles. At the eleventh hour on Sunday, June 24th, within hours of the announcement of Morsi’s victory in Egypt, the L.A. Jewish Federation pulled the plug on a Zionist of America (ZoA) event at their building with Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs and Stop Islamization of America. Her talk was about something that should concern Americans, whether Jewish or not, Islamic Antisemitism. The venue for the Geller ZoA sponsored event was the Federation building where the ZoA region has offices. The event had been booked into a conference room for nearly two months. The L.A. Jewish Federation press release simply noted that they were fearful of Muslim protests at the building. No Muslim protesters actually appeared. It was only following protests by the ZoA and others that the L.A. Federation apologized for its error. But the error was due in large measure to intimidation by left progressive and interfaith groups in league with Muslim Brotherhood fronts, Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) who issued press releases over the weekend decrying Geller as being anti-Muslim and condemning the ZoA event. The reality is that Geller is concerned about the civilizational Jihad directed at Jews and all unbelievers which is at the core of Islamic doctrine.
The L.A. Jewish Journal account of the L.A. Federation cancellation noted the contretemps:
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles barred anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller from delivering a previously scheduled speech at its Wilshire Boulevard headquarters on Sunday, June 24.
Geller, who is Jewish, had been set to address the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) with a speech titled “Islamic Jew Hatred: The Root Cause of the Failure to Achieve Peace.” The Sunday morning event, announced in early June, was abruptly canceled just hours before it was to take place.
The event was later moved to another location, the Mark in Pico-Robertson, but not before the 30 would-be attendees stood in protest on the sidewalk in front of Federation headquarters holding signs reading, “Jews! Don’t Silence Other Jews! Shame on the Jewish Federation.”
“I’m a proud, fierce Zionist,” Geller told the crowd, decrying the decision to cancel her event. “And the takeaway from this is that Zionists are not welcome at the L.A. Jewish Federation.”
According to ZOA National Vice Chairman Steven Goldberg, who said he spoke with Los Angeles’ Federation President Jay Sanderson early Sunday morning, the reason for the cancelation was fear that local Muslim groups might protest outside the building.
“They need spinal implants,” Goldberg said of Federation leaders, noting the absence of protesters.
Geller and Robert Spencer organized a gathering Saturday evening in Manhattan Beach with a crowd estimated at over 250 by eyewitnesses who had attended. The event was sponsored by the Federal Defense Initiative, Stop Islamization of America and Former Muslims United. It featured a panel of prominent apostates Dr. Wafa Sultan, Nonie Darwish, Ibn Warriq and Walid Shoebat. A young apostate, nearly killed upon his return to his native Morocco from the US,attested to his asylum triggered by a bus ad he saw back in New York that Geller had sponsored emblazoned with a 1-800 number if you wanted to leave Islam. The call he made based on that bus ad led him to Darwish and help.
This Saturday evening gathering was a conscious rebuttal of a CAIR – sponsored civil rights family event at Redondo Beach. The Jewish Journal lavished attention on the CAIR event, the ADL spokesperson castigating Geller for her alleged extremism which motivated CAIR and MPAC, both Muslim Brotherhood front groups, to turn up the heat on the L.A. Federation:
Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Center on Extremism, said in an interview on Friday that while his group and others have concerns about radical Muslim individuals and groups, Geller goes further, to the point of xenophobia.
“The difference between [Geller and] legitimate criticism about the very serious threat of radical Islam,” Segal said, “is that she vilifies the entire Islamic faith by making assertions that there are conspiracies against American values inherent in Islam.”
Geller hinted at the threats she perceives in her remarks at another local event she organized on Saturday, June 23, the day before the Federation barred her from entering through its doors.
“You are at war and you are the soldiers,” Geller told a crowd of about 200 people who had come to a hotel in Manhattan Beach to hear from a panel of former Muslims. The event was designed as a protest to the Summer Night for Civil Rights event being held simultaneously less than three miles away by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA).
“The people behind Islamophobia are being exposed,” CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush told the crowd, noting that groups like his are pushing back against those who target Muslims. “Muslims are becoming, I guess, assertive, proud, courageous and standing up for their rights and standing up for their identity.”
In an interview on Monday, Ayloush said that he hadn’t known Geller was Jewish until last week, and that his group had initially intended to say nothing about her June 23 counter-protest.
“When we found out that she was actually speaking at the Jewish Federation, which is a mainstream organization, we couldn’t ignore that anymore,” Ayloush said.
[. . .]
Salam Al-Maryati is president in Los Angeles of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which took part in the interfaith coalition that sent protest emails to the L.A. Federation. He said on Monday that while he is happy to engage with Jewish groups, even groups like the ZOA, he appreciated Federation’s cancellation of the event, which he saw as taking a stand against Geller.
“Let’s start to make distinctions between those who are passionate and maybe even emotional at times, from extremists who are promoting ideological violence between our communities,” Al-Maryati said.
Asked whether the ZOA endorses Geller’s views on Islam, Goldberg, the national vice chair, demurred, and said Geller should have been free to speak at Los Angeles’ Jewish Federation headquarters.
“Even if you disagree, let her speak here,” Goldberg said. “What’s the harm? What’s the harm of freedom of speech?”
Geller indicated she welcomed the L.A. Federation’s apologies and looked forward to a possible event at their facility.
None of this surprises us given what we have written on the failure of American Jewish leadership to combat intimidation by Muslim advocacy groups. (See our April NER article: American Jews Who Support Shariah Imperil us all). Jewish Federations are obsessed about engaging in relentless inter-faith dialogues with Muslim advocacy groups. The ADL has been an unwitting supporter of Muslim civil rights groups, as witnessed by what we saw during the debates surrounding adoption of the American law for American Courts legislation in Florida this past legislative session. Foxman and his successor Deborah Lauter at the ADL apparently view protection of the Muslim Brotherhood campaign in America as more important than protection of their coreligionists. They are intimidated by the rising Muslim Brotherhood threat to American and Western value.