These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 25, 2012.
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Prayer leader accuses Christian girl of â€˜conspiracyâ€™
From The Pakistan Daily Times and Asia News
ISLAMABAD: A cleric who handed over a young Christian girl to police on blasphemy charges after she burned papers containing Quranic verses said on Friday what she did was a “conspiracy” to insult Muslims.
Hafiz Muhammed Khalid Chishti, the prayer leader of the mosque in the Islamabad suburb of Mehrabad, insisted he had saved the girl, Rimsha, from mob violence by handing her to police but said the incident arose because Muslims had not stopped local Christians’ “anti-Islam activities” earlier.
Chishti insisted she was fully aware of what she was doing. “The girl who burnt the Quran has no mental illness and is a normal girl,” Chishti said. “She did it knowingly, this is a conspiracy and not a mistake. She confessed what she did.”
Chishti claimed the local Christian community had previously caused antagonism by playing music in services at their makeshift church during Muslim prayer time and said burning the pages was deliberate. “They committed this crime to insult us further. This happened because we did not stop their anti-Islam activities before,” he said.
“Last Christmas, they played musical instruments and there was vulgarity in the streets during our prayers time. I warned them but they did not stop.”
During his sermon at Friday prayers Chishti told worshippers it was “time for Muslims to wake up” and protect the holy Quran.
Bishop Rufin Anthony of Islamabad-Rawalpindi has launched a call: "it is time for the entire Christian community to unite and string around the child. Sunday - adds the prelate - our voices will be heard in support thereof." Meanwhile, the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) has appointed parliamentarian Tahir Naveed Chaudhry lawyer to Rimsha. He assures us that "we will defend the rights of the oppressed" However, sources say that the APMA lawyer was not allowed meet the child in prison. Now the goal is to get her out of jail and put it in a safe place, since the vast majority of blasphemy deaths are the result of extra-judicial killings, even in prison under the gaze of guards
Meanwhile, hundreds of Christian families forced to flee in fear of extremist attacks, accuse the government of neglect and disinterest, despite government proclamations in recent days that ensured comfort and help. Islamabad has announced the distribution of food aid, but so far "has not done anything," says a witness. There is a climate of "insecurity" among the people and they do not "trust to return to their homes."
Posted on 08/25/2012 2:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Sydney, Australia: For Al-Quds Day Hate-Fest, Hard-Core Jew-Haters, Muslim and Non-Muslim, Could Only Muster 150-160
There are some 476 000 Muslims in Australia, according to the 2011 census results, most of them concentrated in just two cities, Sydney and Melbourne. However, it appears that the Sydney Muslims, though causing quite a lot of trouble in the suburbs where they dominate, do not yet - if the minuscule turnout at the Al Quds hate-fest in Sydney is any indication - feel quite strong enough to completely drop the mask in public.
One hopes, however, that ASIO and the Australian Federal Police were taking photos of each and every participant, and preparing to identify them and run background checks, since these are the ones who felt bold enough to parade down the street letting their genocidal hate for Jews be seen by anyone who cared to look and listen.
As reported by the Australian Jewish News and by jwire.
First, the AJN.
'An appalling display of hate'
'An ugly rally in Sydney's CBD last Friday marked the first time Al-Quds Day, a yearly event proclaimed in 1989 by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, has been commemorated in Australia.
Let's hope it is also the last time...- CM
'Billed by organisers as a day promoting "a just peace for Palestine and opposing Israel's control of Jerusalem" and held on the last Friday of Ramadan each year, Al-Quds Day overseas has become a forum for anti-Semitic hatred and calls for Israel's destruction.
That is because for Muslims 'justice' means 'sharia' and/ or 'Muslims dominating and domineering over non-Muslims everywhere' and 'peace' means 'Muslims dominating and domineering over non-Muslims everywhere'. It therefore sticks in many Mohammedan craws that the Jews - whom Quran, Sira and Hadith and generations of Muslim 'theologians' and 'jurists' have taught them to hate like poison - have managed to liberate part of traditional ancestral Jewish land from out of the clutches of the Empire of Islam, and for sixty-plus years have defended that land and their (the Jews') right to live as free human beings rather than as cowering, terrorised, ruthlessly exploited dhimmis under a Muslim boot. - CM
'In Sydney, around 150 protesters with Iranian, Palestinian (sic; this word should have been in quotes, viz. "Palestinian" - CM) and Hezbollah flags (yep, the one that features a Russian-infidel-made Kalashnikov in pride of place - CM) gathered in Hyde Park and called for the end of Israel before marching to the United States consulate in Martin Place chanting slogans such as "Down, down Israel, up, up Khalifah [caliphate]".
Ah, but who will sit on the top of the dreamed-of Caliphate heap? Shiite Iran or the Sunnis who comprise the majority of Muslims worldwide...? I wonder what might have happened, had any attending Infidel newshound been brave enough to ask a few of the participants whether they were Sunni or Shiite Muslim, and then, whether they thought that their anticipated Caliphate would be ruled by Sunnis or by Shiites... - CM
'Speeches accused the Jewish State of being "the most tyrannical regime in the world today" and being "the only terrorist organisation", with Hamas and Hezbollah merely being resistance.
'Resistance'. Jihad gangs. - CM
"We want the removal of the entire Zionist regime from the land of Palestine", one speaker said. "We don't want the little dots on the map. We want the entire land. We want the removal of every single Zionist".
"We want the entire land". Islam, of course, lays claim not just to Jewish traditional land and the ancient Jewish spiritual centre of Jerusalem, but also to every last inch of planet earth, all of which is viewed as the rightful property of Muslims, Muslims, Muslims. -- CM
'Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim said even many of the usual "motley crew of Israel haters" stayed "well away from this appalling event".
Perhaps the genocidal hate was just a little too much for all but the most dhimmified and/ or virulently antisemitic non-Muslim jihad enablers; and perhaps other Muslims preferred, for the moment, not to blow the gaff. - CM
"As one would expect from people who wave the Hezbollah flag and support an event promoted by the theocratic dictatorship in Tehran (that is, the Shiite Muslim sharia theocracy in Teheran - CM), the protesters called for the destruction of the only real democracy in the Middle East, the extermination of its Jewish population, and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate"
The megalomaniacal Caliphate dream - Islam, Islam, Ueber Alles, as John Roy Carlson refers to it in his book 'Cairo to Damascus' - is not confined to Shiite Muslims; see Hizb ut Tahrir, for one expression of the Sunni version. - CM
'he [Wertheim] said. "This sick nightmare is their vision for the future, nourished by hatred, religious supremacism, and violence. Such messages are thoroughly repulsive to most Australians and to all people who value life, freedom and dignity".
Yes. But, Mr Wertheim, I would hazard the guess that, behind closed doors, and inside the walls of many a mosque and Islamic School in Australian suburbia when they think the Infidels are not listening, a lot more than 160 Muslim residents of Australia share that nightmare vision. - CM
'NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff commented: "As Australians, it is of great concern when people take to the streets of our cities and whip up the crowd with racially motivated hatred. (It's not racially motivated; it's ideologically motivated. The Muslims hate Jews because the Muslim 'scriptures' are suffused with Jew-hatred; a hatred based on religious affiliation and practice, not on race. A Jew who converts to Islam is absorbed into the ummah; whereas it was not possible for a Jew in Nazi Germany to become an 'honorary Aryan - CM) Whatever language the activists use when demonstrating, such hateful incitement has no place in a civilised society".
Mohammedan Jew-haters don't belong in a civilised society. If Australia hadn't imported thousands of Mohammedans we wouldn't have be-hijabbed women and bearded men screaming genocidal Jew-hate on a city street in downtown Sydney. And if we keep on importing Mohammedans, next year's Al Quds hate-fest will be bigger and louder and uglier.
And so to the jwire account.
'Al Quds rally in Sydney- we want the lot'.
'Iranian, Bahraini, Hezbollah and Palestinian flags dominated the Al-Quds rally held recently in Sydney's Hyde Park.
Hmm. Bahraini, eh? Ruled by Sunnis, but majority-Shiite. Query: was this rally so small because the Shiite presence in Australia is a lot smaller than the Sunni presence, and/ or because in light of the current stoush in Syria, Sunnis mostly weren't interested in being seen in public alongside Shiites, even in order to scream 'death to Israel'? - CM
'160 predominantly Muslim protestors assembled to listen to speeches before marching to the US Consulate in Martin Place.
'One of the speakers clearly outlined their domestic goal. "We are asking for the Australian government to impose sanctions against Israel. (In your dreams, Mohammedthug. I and many, many other Australians have every intention of making sure that that our politicians know that any such action would cost them dearly at the ballot box. - CM) Israel is the most tyrannical regime in the world today", he stated.
Really? I would put North Korea and Islamic Saudi Arabia at the top of the list of 'most tyrannical', side by side, with barely a whisker between them. And Islamic Iran wouldn't come in much below them. - CM
'The speaker (who was he? didn't jwire hear his name or make a note of it? - CM) then clarified their overseas goal. He stated: "When we say Free Palestine, we don't mean the (the little that is left). We want every square centimetre that has been occupied since the beginning. We want the removal of the entire Zionist regime from the land of Palestine. We don't want the little dots on the map. We want the entire land. We want the removal of every single Zionist."
'Zionist' at this sort of event being code for 'Jew'. The Mohammedans, therefore, want all of eretz Israel, and Jerusalem; and they want it Judenrein. - CM
'Other speakers at the rally included Jamal Daoud, Michael Coleman, Toni Borso, Sheikh Zaid Alsalami, and Hussein Al-Dirani.'
Michael Coleman is an Australian dhimmi (so far as I know, he has not actually converted to Islam...yet) and Jew-hater who was on the Mavi Marmara, acting as a human shield for Turkish Muslim Jew-hating jihadists. Toni Borso - a woman - is another of the same ilk. I hope ASIO is keeping tabs on both of them, but especially on Mr Coleman.
Jamal Daoud is a 'refugee advocate' and runs a 'Social Justice Network'. A quick trawl of the internet suggests that he is the same Jamal Daoud, described as 'a Saudi-born Palestinian' [sic] who complained of being a victim of 'religious and racial bigotry' after an Australian airport - on discovering he had been born and raised in Saudi Arabia - refused to interview him for a job. (Read down through the story you will find at this link
to read Mr Daoud's sob story. Frankly, I think the airport people are to be commended for exercising the precautionary principle. And again, I hope that ASIO have gotten in touch with Mossad and are keeping tabs on Mr Daoud.
And a quick google trawl revealed - courtesy of one 'Father Dave's Monday Missive' blog entry for July 30 2012, that a Zaid Alsalami of the Nabi Akram Islamic Centre, Granville, has been busy smilingly doling out the interfaith snake-oil to a bunch of terminally-naive proto-dhimmis:
If this is the very same Zaid Alsalami who addressed the ''Death to Israel' lynch mob at the Al Quds Day hate-fest in Sydney, then Rabbi Zalman Kastel and Father Dave have been, alas, sadly deceived.
I haven't been able to find out too much about Al-Dirani, yet, but I will keep my eyes open.
It is good that the attendance was so small, but I wouldn't assume therefore that these people are not dangerous. They should be watched; and, indeed, I would be very happy to see every Jew-hating genocide-inciting Muslim in that crowd packed onto a plane and given the boot, never to return.
I will add that the morning of the day of the rally (August 17th) The Australian newspaper published a quite good piece by one Peter Kurti on the subject of both the Al Quds hatefest and the despicable BDS campaigners, which I will put up in a separate posting, since it deserves it. - CM
Posted on 08/25/2012 1:32 AM by Christina McIntosh
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Australia: Peter Kurti, in 'The Australian', Calls It Like It Is, on the BDS and Al Quds Day Hate-Fests
As published in 'The Australian' on the morning of 17 August, the day on which a small contingent of hard-core Jew-haters, mostly Muslims, held an 'Al Quds Day' rally in downtown Sydney.
'Anti-Israel Campaign Is More Than Just A Boycott'
'This afternoon, pro-Palestinian activists (that is, Muslim and non-Muslim supporters of the Jihad Against the Jews - CM) will gather in Sydney's Hyde Park to call for the destruction of the Jewish state.
'On their Facebook page, the Al-Quds Day Sydney Rally's organisers are explicit about the Iran-backed movement's objectives: "Those who do not participate in the Day of Quds (Jerusalem) are in agreement with Israel and oppose Islam".
Gee, judging by the poor attendance they actually got - 160, tops - there must be a whole lotta apostates in Australia...or else, perhaps, most of the Ummah Down Under prefers Slow Jihad for the moment and doesn't feel like blowing their cover. Or maybe they were all at home glued to Satellite TV or the internet, watching the latest on the Sunni-Shiite-Alawite fracas in Syria...- CM
'One of the speakers, Hussein al-Dirani, has said that the rally will be a peaceful expression of support for all oppressed people (suuure...Islamspeak translation: "for all Muslims who consider themselves oppressed anywhere that they do not rule the roost"; but, which variety of 'oppressed' Muslim? Sunnis? Shiites? - CM).
'But the rally is likely to be another component of a sustained attack on Israel that is becoming increasingly familiar in Australian cities.
'Last year, there were violent protests outside Max Brenner chocolate shops as part of the internationally co-ordinated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.
I saw one of those. The one in my hometown was met by a numerically superior We Love Israel crowd, both Jewish and Gentile; the Jew-hating rag, tag and bobtail stood and yelled slogans for awhile and then departed with tails between their legs. Other BDS rallies, elsewhere, were also met by large, determined counter-demonstrations of support for Israel and for the targeted businesses. A number of Australian State and Federal parliamentarians, both Jew and Gentile, made sure that they were seen taking hot chocolate together in Max Brenner's outlets in three major Australian cities, just to make it quite, quite plain that we do not approve of the BDS nonsense. - CM
'This year, the campaign appears set to be renewed with high-profile support from elements of the Australian labour movement.
'Militant unionists and political groups in Victoria are using official union facilities and resources to support what the Maritime Union of Australia's Kevin Bracken describes as "a non-violent way of ending the oppression of the Palestinian people, the persecution by Israel".
Sounds like Kevin Bracken can speak fluent 'Palestinese' (TM: Philippe Assouline). - CM
'Ironically, the staging of the Al-Quds Rally in Sydney, and the renewal of the campaign, coincides with the Palestinians (really, Mr Kurti: why use this terminology supplied by the Muslim propagandists? - why not say "'Palestinian' Arab Muslims" deciding to go quiet in the lead-up to November's US presidential election.
'Until his preferred candidate Barack Obama is safely back in the White House, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not going to put pressure on Obama to support a renewed bid for Palestinian statehood (that is, for an Arab Islamic State of 'Palestine' - CM) at the UN.
'Abbas is already chewing hard on his lip as he watches Obama's election year charm offensive directed at Israel. Any high-profile agitation for Palestinian statehood (sic: for 'Palestinian' statehood - CM) in the lead-up to the US election could just make things that much harder for the Obama campaign.
'The price of discomfort and delay will be well worth paying, however, if Abbas can see his man voted in for a second term.
'But while Palestinian (sic: better to have said, 'while local Arab Muslim' - CM) pressure on Israel ebbs and flows for tactical reasons, there is no let-up in the promotion of anti-Israel sentiment (sic: that is, 'outright Jew-hatred' - CM) by the friends of Palestine (translation: by the agents and enablers of Jihad - CM) in the West.
'Activists who mouth cliches about Israeli persecution and Palestinian oppression remind us of the high-octane prejudice that often drives the push to build international pressure on Israel.
'The suffering of Israeli citizens who endure attacks from missiles and bombs fired into Israel from Gaza and the occupied territories (Mr Kurti! - what do you mean here? - Gaza is not 'occupied' in any meaningful sense of the word; and so far the Arab Muslims who form the bulk of the population in Judea and Samaria have not begun firing rockets from that high ground down into Israel, though at every opportunity they get they throw rocks at Jewish drivers on the roads and are constantly probing the defences at the border into Israel proper, trying to get through with firearms, or knives, or explosives, intended for the killing of Jews. - CM) is routinely overlooked.
'In fact, the invocation of non-violence, human rights and international law by so-called peace activists is a conceit masking a passionate hostility to the very existence of Israel.
'The boycott campaign has three clearly stated objectives.
'The frist is to end what it calls Israel's "occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling of the wall".
'"All Arab lands" is a vague and undefined formula. Does it have in mind the 1967 lines or the 1949 ceasefire lines? This is a critical point: it means the difference between Israel being required to retreat (to lines that would render it practically indefensible - CM) or to cease to exist altogether.
'Palestinian (that is: "'Palestinian' Arab Muslim - CM) negotiator Nabil Shaath, interviewed on ABC1's Lateline on September 26 last year, dated the occupation (that is, the 'occupation' - CM) to 1949 when he declared Israel "has been in full occupation of our country for years - 62 years".
'The second objective is to obtain Israeli recognition of the "fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality".
'Palestinian (why, oh why, Mr Kurti, can you not put this propaganda term in the quotes that should always surround it? Like this - 'Palestinian' - CM) supporters such as president Jimmy Carter (that is, former president Jimmy Carter - CM) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu persistently condemn Israel as an apartheid state. Yet Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel (that should be simply 'Arabs who are citizens of Israel' - CM) by law have the same civil rights as Jewish Israelis. Indeed, they are the only Arabs in the Middle East who enjoy human and civil rights that conform to the standards of democratic life with which we are familiar.
'The third objective is to secure Israeli respect, protection and promotion of "the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in the UN Resolution 194".
'The UN General Assembly's Resolution 194, passed in December 1948, merely says that refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War "wishing to live in peace with their neighbours" should (not "must") be allowed to return home.
'The conditional resolution attempted a practical solution to a pressing problem, without overblown declarations about inalienable human rights.
'But in the hands of BDS proponents, emotionally charged talk of a so-called "right of return" appears to be an attempt to use demography to overwhelm the state of Israel.
'The BDS campaign is cast in rights-based, non-violent and tolerant terms that are smooth and soothing to Western ears; this is why secular bodies such as trade unions have embraced the campaign. So too, as might be expected of religious bodies that thrive on victimology (or that traditionally side with the persecuted, and have been conned into thinking that the 'poor Palestinians' are persecuted..when in fact they are not, what they are is...thus-far frustrated would-be persecutors, not victims but wannabe victimizers - CM), has the National Council of Churches in Australia.
'Yet behind the rhetoric, the BDS objectives disclose a darker purpose: to damage and delegitimise the Jewish state by questioning the basis of its creation and its continued existence as a liberal democracy.
'It's fine to criticise governments. Many Jewish commentators call for Israel to address the real social and economic disparities within its population. (Though it might be time to start asking some hard questions about whether some or perhaps most of the perceived disadvantages of the Arab Muslims inside Israel and also in Gaza, Judea and Samaria may not be due to Islam, Islam, Islam and its paralysing and chaotic effect upon the minds of its adherents and upon social groups that embrace it. - CM)
'They also question the legitimacy of the settlements in the West Bank (Mr Kurti: you would better have said, 'the right of Jews to reside in Judea and Samaria - CM), a matter that needs to be resolved in good faith.
Has Mr Kurti not heard of , or read, the Levy Report? - CM
'But when campaigns such as the BDS, and now Al-Quds, demonise Israel and implicitly deny the right of Israel to exist, it morphs from legitimate protest into a different kind of project.'
There is no 'morphing' involved at all. The destruction of Israel - of a Jewish state on Jewish ancestral traditional lands reclaimed by Jews from the grasp of the Empire of Islam - is what the Muslim-instigated BDS and Al Quds campaigns have been all about, all along. They never were about 'legitimate protest'; the rhetoric of human rights, the hand-wringing over the supposedly poor, persecuted 'Palestinians', was merely a mask for the current version of the age-old Muslim Jihad against the Jews. Which Jihad non-Muslim Jew-haters are wont to join with alacrity, seeing what it is from the outset; while others, well-meaning useful Idiots, having been initially taken in by the rhetoric of victimhood, and having then heard one too many a taqiyya-laden Arab Muslim sob story about the putative wickedness of the Eeevil Jooz, finish up absorbing and reproducing the Jew-hatred of their Muslim manipulators. - CM
Posted on 08/25/2012 3:29 AM by Christina McIntosh
Saturday, 25 August 2012
A Tragedy of Errors
“Every why hath a wherefore.” - WS, Comedy of Errors
Let’s stop kidding ourselves. The American presidential election is not a race between a liberal and a conservative; it’s a contest between a liberal and a centrist. The guy in the middle never stands for much; ironically, that demographic also represents the margin of victory in any close American election.
The latest Republican fiasco in Missouri highlights two things; the wrong kind of “conservative” on the stump and the inability of Mitt Romney to keep his crew from looking like a confederacy of dunces. Don’t tell me that Romney has nothing to do with Missouri and Todd Akin! If you’re the captain, if you’re on the bridge when the ship runs afoul the anchor; you are responsible.
A few days ago the Romney campaign was getting some traction. The trip to Israel and the Paul Ryan nomination were positive signs. Now, in a week when Romney might have harvested some momentum at the Republican convention in Florida; a Party sanctioned Luddite in Missouri sucks all the air out of the Republican balloon.
And the Missouri mess is not a “one off.” Team Romney has been on the defensive from the start with inept responses to Bain Capital, tax returns, and even charges of manslaughter. The Obama gunners seem to spray and pray, while the Romney runts can’t even manage to return fire.
How did Todd Akin ever get on the ticket in Missouri? He is an ideologue who knows little of national politics, biology, women, rape, or hot button issues like abortion. How does he get to run in a race where beating the incumbent should have been a slam dunk? How did he get to a place where he jeopardizes a Senate majority? Why was Akin not summarily excommunicated from the Republican ranks by Bishop Romney himself five minutes after he finished that ignorant soliloquy? Now Democrats get to tar Republican national chances with an idiot’s brush. Akin has breathed new life into the “war on women” cadaver.
And the response of conservative talk radio and the right-of-center blogosphere has done nothing but compound the problem. One gasbag even compared Akin’s remarks to Whoopie Goldberg’s defense of Roman Polanski. Here’s a flash for apologists in the chattering class: Goldberg and Polanski aren’t running for office. Neither is Bill Clinton. Nobody cares how they define rape.
Erstwhile Republican supporters, and this includes American Thinker, contribute to the Romney inertia in two respects. First, they serve as an echo chamber for every ludicrous charge from the Democrats. Preposterous is often best ignored. And then apologists magnify the distractions by loudly defending the indefensible when a Republican gets a case of foot-in-mouth.
What is the Akin defense? Oops? Slip of the lip? Rape is a matter of opinion? Everybody does it? Liberals are worse? If “macaca” could undo George Allen in Virginia, does someone really believe Akin will get a pass on trivializing rape in Missouri?
There’s nothing to defend here, including a wing nut who spouts junk science on the campaign trail. Like Republican professionals, the blogosphere amateurs are playing defense too. You cannot win a fight if you cannot get out of the bunker.
There may be a bizarre kind of blowback at work here. Romney was the clear choice of the Republican establishment. Conservatives and pragmatists had a host of concerns. The Romney campaign is now perilously close to validating those reservations. Turnout is always depressed in a year when an incumbent runs. The danger now is that the tepid will stay home in November; never good news for a challenger.
Republicans are not just in danger of losing the best opportunity for the White House since Teddy Roosevelt, but Senate control may already be off the table too. Withal, the Republican national team has put that perennial question about all presidential candidates up in lights: “If he can’t stay on message or manage a campaign, why should voters believe he can run the country?”
You might think that almost any challenger would be ahead of Obama now when you look at the foreign policy (pandering) and the economic (squandering) track records. The Obama lead persists because of smug presumption. “Anybody but B’OB” was never a good strategy; yet, that lame mantra may give Democrats four more years. By any metric, Obama should be unemployed next January; alas, not if the current Romney team has anything to say about it. Competence matters.
G. Murphy Donovan writes frequently about politics and national security.
Posted on 08/25/2012 11:47 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Muslim exhibition for your eyes only - if you're a woman
From Stuff NZ
A Lower Hutt art gallery is fielding complaints following the announcement that men will be banned from viewing an upcoming exhibition that shows Muslim women without veils.
The Dowse Art Museum is preparing to host the world premiere of a video display entitled Cinderazahd: For Your Eyes Only, that shows female friends and relatives preparing for a cousin's wedding without wearing their hijabs, or veils.
In accordance with the wishes of the artist, Qatari writer and film-maker Sophia Al-Maria, men will not be allowed to view the work, prompting outrage from locals.
Lower Hutt resident Paul Young is calling for support for his campaign against the work, which he says is "inflammatory and provocative", and discriminates against half the population.
"As a ratepayer, I find it a shocking situation. I see this sort of thing as being the thin end of the wedge," Young said. "Steps have to be taken to make sure that this doesn't go ahead in its current format."
Young intends to lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over the exhibit this week.
Dowse director Cam McCracken said the museum had received "one or two" complaints about the exhibit since the news broke yesterday, which was "to be expected". He said he would respond to these using the museum's standard protocol. "I think the Dowse is doing its job if it is asking questions of the community. That's what I see our role as being. We present a very diverse range of programmes - not everything is provocative, but sometimes it is, and this is one of those times."
Posted on 08/25/2012 2:49 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Franco-Tunisian Reports On Islamic Terror In Tunisia Today
From The Telegraph:
Tourists should beware of Islamist mobs in Tunisia, warns French politician
Tunisia is falling prey to violent Islamist mobs, a Franco-Tunisian politician from the Loire valley has warned, after he narrowly escaped a "lynching" when he returned to his native town for a family holiday.
Jamel Gharbi, 62, a Socialist regional councillor, said was set upon in Bizerte, northern Tunisia, on August 16 by a gang of 50 sword-wielding Salafists furious that his wife and 12-year old daughter were wearing shorts and T-shirts.
"I saw that they were looking at my wife and daughter in a hateful way due to their summer clothes, which were in no way provocative," he told Le Figaro.
"They told us that we were in an Islamist country and I quickly understood that it was going to degenerate. I shouted to my wife and daughter to flee and the assailants laid into me to punch me and hit me with sticks.
"It was a lynching, it was horrible. My daughter shouted: 'They're going to kill daddy' as I was covered in blood, but the worst thing was that nobody budged, nobody came to my aid, I was left to fend for myself."
He added: "If I had fallen on the floor, I think they would have finished me off." But he managed to break free and reach his residence, where he barricaded himself and his family in.
Suffering from cuts and severe bruising, he cut short the holiday to return to France, vowing not to return to Tunisia anytime soon.
"As soon as you leave the gilded prison of hotels and beaches you are at the mercy of gang of Salafists who rein with terror," he said.
"People who see eye-catching adverts for white beaches for 299 euros should see what goes on behind the scenes. They mustn't fall into these people's claws."
"Today the region of Bizerte is disfigured, everything's changed, there is total insecurity, people are scared and after a certain hour one wonders what might happen. Women pay the heaviest price," he said.
Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë, who was born in Bizerte, said: "This appalling and cowardly act perpetrated by an extremist minority violates the values of Tunisia."
The French interior ministry said the incident occurred after some 200 hardline Islamists armed with swords and sticks attacked the closing concert of a cultural festival in Bizerte, wounding five.
It was the latest in a string of attacks by Islamists on venues they see as offensive, from art galleries to bars.
Tunisia is now run by moderate Islamist leaders, elected after last year's ousting of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali following a popular uprising dubbed the "jasmine revolution", the first such upheaval of the so-called Arab spring.
The government declined to adopt sharia law in the new constitution and threatened to punish radical Islamists who seek to impose their views.
In June, al-Qaeda's chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Tunisians to rise up to demand the rule of Islamic law.
Posted on 08/25/2012 3:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald