These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 9, 2009.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
May murder of cabbie in south proves to be terror attack
From Ynet News
Gregory Rabinowitz, 56, a taxi driver whose body was found in May near the community of Gan Yavne, east of Ashdod, was killed in a terror attack.
A joint investigation of the Shin Bet and Lachish Subdistrict Police revealed that Rabinowitz, a resident of Ashdod, was mugged and strangled to death by two Palestinians.
Mahmad Maraneh and Muhammad Khaledi, two residents of Arranah, a Palestinian village near the West Bank city of Jenin, were arrested and later confessed to the act.
Rabinowitz's body was found bound on the city's outskirts, with evidence suggesting he was subjected to severe violence. The state of his remains suggested a nationalistically-motivated act.
Maraneh and Khaledi confessed to the act during their interrogation, telling security forces that they entered Israel as illegal aliens, "picked" Rabinowitz as a random target, had him drive to a secluded location and murdered him.
Their motive, they said, was the fact that he was Jewish and that they wanted to avenge the death of a relative – an Islamic Jihad operative who was killed by IDF forces in February 2007
Posted on 07/09/2009 5:10 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Rape a 'huge problem' in Afghanistan says UN
From the Gulf Times:
Afghan law does not protect rape victims and for too long communities have turned to traditional forms of justice [sharia] which tend to criminalise victims of a profound problem, the United Nations said yesterday.
“This is an issue that is under-reported and to a significant extent concealed, but it is a huge problem in Afghanistan,” Norah Niland, the United Nations’ human rights representative in Afghanistan, told a panel of Afghan women.
A UN report, the full version of which is yet to be published, described rape as an everyday occurrence.
A summary of the report said that in northern Afghanistan, for example, more than a third of cases analysed showed rapists were directly linked to local leaders who are immune from arrest.
Those likely to commit rape are close family members, men who work in prisons or orphanages and men in powerful positions either in state-run institutions or in armed groups and criminal gangs, it said.
In many communities, shame is attached to a victim of rape rather than the criminal, the report said.
Families will often resort to the traditional and religious practices of “baad” and “zina” to save face, either by insisting the victim marry the rapist or prosecuting her for sexual relations outside of marriage.
Afghanistan’s penal code does not explicitly address the crime of rape or define it, something which the government must address urgently, the report said.
Sima Samar, head of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, said the government had been reluctant to face the problem of rape, a taboo in conservative Muslim Afghanistan, but it should implement a new rape law soon.
A "taboo" is not the same thing as "not worthy of criminal prosecution." Islam, with its "women that the right hand possesses," and its troglodytic view of womens' rights (or lack thereof), doesn't see the violation of a woman as something worthy of criminal prosecution. Women, in their view, are eternal temptresses, who can cause a devout Muslim man to go mad with sexual desire merely by showing her wrists, or ankles, or face. Women are the property of men, first the father, then the husband. If she is "damaged," it is only in the sense that the father will now find it more difficult to find a husband for her.
The report recommended that traditional community meetings and councils, such as “jirgas” or “shuras”, should not be used to address rape cases because they do not respect women’s rights and often lead to baad or zina.
This is so egregious that it doesn't even come under the rubric of "feminism." While feminists in the West are concerned with breaking through the glass ceiling and trying to get equal pay for equal work, women in Dar al-Islam are treated as chattel, bought and sold to settle gambling debts, etc. Even those in the West who are against "feminism" as a movement must agree that the treatment of women in Islam is outrageous.
The UN report comes surprisingly close to being an honest assessment of the status of women in Dar al-Islam. It even mentions the role that "religion" plays in the oppression of women.
Too little, too late.
Posted on 07/09/2009 12:31 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 9 July 2009
The right way to deal with mutaween
From Arab News:
MADINAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice on Wednesday clarified the reasons behind the arrests of two young Saudi men in Madinah and said the reports carried by some local newspapers on the arrests contained false information.
Bandar Al-Robaish, spokesman of the commission’s branch in Madinah, said police detained the two men after they were found taking a woman from Haram Plaza in suspicious circumstances and going around with her.
"Haram Plaza"? How could they be up to anything other than mischief, coming out of the Haram Plaza?
“The commission’s patrol stopped them to check whether the woman in their car was their relative or not. But they did not cooperate. Instead they started abusing our officers and publicly accused them of (soliciting for) prostitution,” he said.
The commission officials then tried to cool down the young men and reach an understanding with them, the spokesman said. “But the two men escalated the situation by gathering people and attacking commission members,” he added.
Outbully the bullies. If they accuse you of going about with an unrelated woman, accuse them of prostitution. Threaten, attack, escalate, escalate, escalate. Not exactly a society built on calm, rational discourse.
Posted on 07/09/2009 1:10 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Huge truck bomb kills 12 schoolchildren as 'spectacular' attack by Taleban goes awry
For Schoolchildren read schoolboys - this is Afghanistan remember. From The Times
Taleban militants detonated a huge truck bomb south of the capital Kabul this morning killing 25 people, including 12 primary school children, according to local officials.
However, officials said they suspected the device was detonated prematurely after the truck crashed and had been intended for a "spectacular" attack on a target in Kabul ahead of presidential elections in August.
The blast in Mohammad Agha district of Logar Province, on the main route into Kabul from the south of the country, was powerful enough to throw pieces of the vehicle more than a mile, one local police official said.
Abdul Hamid, the district governor of Mohammad Agha, said that 12 of the dead were children attending a boy’s primary school close to the scene. Which is very young.
The police chief of Logar, Mustafa Khan, said that he believed that the truck was intended for a target in Kabul.
Officials said that the truck, which also contained a cargo of timber, appeared to have suffered a mishap and rolled into a stream at some point during the hours of darkness. When police arrived to clear the obstacle at 7am the insurgents detonated it remotely.
Posted on 07/09/2009 5:42 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Alastair Crooke: Another Glowing Tribute To Islam, Hamas & Hezbollah
From the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:
Former British intelligence (MI6) agent Alastair Crooke has published another glowing tribute to Hamas and Hezbollah as well as to Islamism in general. According to the article published in the Gulf Times, Islamism is “an attempt to shape a new consciousness “:
Disorientated and demoralised, the Islamic community in the early 20th century was under siege from enforced secularism in Turkey, Iran and elsewhere. With Marxism filtering away its younger members, it began a journey of discovery. It sought a solution to its problems by finding a new ’self’. Islamists returned to the Quran for insights. The Quran is not a blueprint for politics or a state: It is, as it states frequently, nothing new. The Quran is a ‘reminder’ of old truths, already known to us all. One of which is that for humans to live together successfully society must practice compassion, justice and equity. This insight lies at the root of political Islam. It is a principle that represents a complete inversion of the ‘Great Transformation’. Instead of the pre-eminence of the market to which other social and community objectives are subordinated, the making of a society based on compassion, equity and justice becomes the overriding objective - to which other objectives, including markets, are subordinated. It is revolutionary in another aspect: Instead of the individual being the organisational principle around which politics, economics and society are shaped, the Western paradigm again is inverted. It is the collective welfare of the community in terms of such principles - rather than the individual - that becomes the litmus of political achievement. In short, Islamists are re-opening an old debate - one that is at the root of both Western and Islamic philosophy. Posed by Plato, that debate questions the purpose of politics. Some Westerners are troubled that after 200 years of settled opinion, the Western paradigm is being questioned anew. One American conservative commented to me recently that with Descartes, the West had discovered ‘objective truth’ through science and technology. It had made ‘us’ rich and powerful and Muslims could not bear that. They knew that ultimately they would be forced to acquiesce to Western ‘truth’. But the Islamist revolution is more than politics. It is an attempt to shape a new consciousness - to escape from the most far-reaching pre-suppositions of our time. It draws on the intellectual tradition of Islam to offer a radically different understanding of the human being, and to escape from the hegemony and rigidity of the Cartesian mindset. It is a voyage of discovery to a new ’self’ that is far from complete. It has many shortcomings, but its intellectual insights offer Muslims (and Westerners) the potential to step beyond the shortcomings of Western materialism. This is what excites and energises.
Crooke goes on to claim that Hamas and Hezbollah are part of an “intellectual tradition grounded in philosophy and reasoning and in transforming knowledge”:
As a Hezbollah leader replied to me when asked what the Iranian Revolution had signified for him, he said unhesitatingly that Muslims were free to think Islamically once again. It is not possible therefore to make sense of the Iranian or wider Islamic resistance without understanding it as a philosophic and metaphysical event, too. It is the omission of this latter understanding that helps explain repeated Western misreadings of Iran, its Revolution and events in the region. Of course, there is another side to Islamism: Islam, like Christianity, has witnessed, from the outset, a struggle between a narrow, literalist and intolerant interpretation in opposition to the intellectual tradition grounded in philosophy and reasoning and in transforming knowledge. Though not at all perceived by most Western analysts, who see them only through the prism of opposition to Israeli occupation, movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas are part of the latter, intellectual tradition.
Mr. Crooke concludes by claiming that the West continues to back Saudi Salafism in contrast to the “open intellect of religious evolution” which he says is personified by Hamas, Hezbollah, and presumably the Muslim Brotherhood:
Perversely, for the past 50 years, it is to the literalists, often called Salafi, that the West has looked to circumscribe ‘threats to its interests’ in the Middle East - emulating Cold War containment thinking. The Saudi orientation of Salafism has been used by the West to counter Nasserism, Marxism, the Soviet Union, Iran and Hezbollah; but in so using the literalist puritan orientation, the West has misunderstood the mechanism by which some Salafist movements have migrated through schism and dissidence to become the dogmatic, hate-filled and often violent movements that really do threaten Westerners, as well as other Muslims, too. Ironically, the West of the Enlightenment is situated on the wrong side of the divide - backing dogma versus the open intellect of religious evolution. It is perhaps not surprising that a literalist and dogmatic West has contributed to literalism in Islam also. But the West, by holding on to this flawed perception that it is supporting docility and ‘moderation’ against ‘extremism’, paradoxically has left the Middle East a less stable, more dangerous and violent place.
An earlier post discussed a new book by Mr. Crooke titled “Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution”that, like the above piece, treated Hamas and Hezbollah so favorably and the West so critically, it raises legitimate questions about Mr. Crooke’s religious and political loyalties. The central thesis of the work, that Hamas and Hezbollah are at the forefront of “resistance” to Western “hegemony”, places the two Islamist organizations squarely at the center of a “clash of civilizations” as opposed to the nationalist struggle so often identified by supporters as being at the core of the groups’ identity.
Alastair Crooke heads the Conflicts Forum in Beirut whose Advisory Board includes Azzam Tamimi, a leader figure in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman. The Conflicts Forum board also includes 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. Another member of the Conflicts Forum Board is Lord John Thomas Alderdice who was one of the two organizers of a proposed April 22 video link-up in the British Parliament with Khaled Meshaal, the Damascus-based head of Hamas’ Political Bureau. A technical fault prevented the event from taking place. Another media report 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.
A New York Time report provides some background on Mr. Crooke that may, in part, explain some of his beliefs:
Mr. Crooke has spent much of his career talking to Islamists. In the 1980s, as a young undercover agent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he helped funnel weapons to jihadists fighting the Soviets. Later, he spent years working with Hamas and Fatah as a negotiator for the European Union, and helped broker a number of cease-fires with Israel between 2001 and 2003… He is a little evasive about his own life and career, perhaps by training. Born in Ireland, he grew up mostly in Rhodesia, today Zimbabwe, and was educated at a Swiss boarding school and at St. Andrew’s in Scotland, obtaining a degree in economics. Before joining MI6, he worked in finance in London. “It’s a dangerous area to work in,” he said of his years as a banker, without apparent irony, “because it’s so easy to get caught up in enrichment.” He is barred by law from discussing his service with MI6, which included years of diplomatic work on the Israel-Palestine issue. As a negotiator in the Palestinian territories, he is said to have traveled alone, by taxi, eschewing the armed security convoys of many Western diplomats. Colleagues who worked with him say Yasir Arafat and the leaders of Hamas trusted Mr. Crooke completely, as did some high-level Israeli officials. Some Israelis, however, apparently complained that he was too close to Hamas. In late 2003, he was recalled to London — he had reached retirement age — and quietly ushered out of government service, with a commendation. He says he has no regrets, but some of his colleagues in Conflicts Forum say he retains some bitterness about the way he was treated. In 2005, he moved to Beirut, where he lives with his partner, Aisling Byrne, and their 1-year-old child, Amistis, in an elegant, old French mandate-era apartment, working out of a home office.
Posted on 07/09/2009 11:02 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 July 2009
'Persecuted' Muslim who outraged nation
From The Burton Mail
A MUSLIM who claimed he was being victimised for his religion after anti-terror raids on his home took part in a fundamentalist protest against British soldiers which caused nationwide outrage, the Mail can reveal.
Zakeel Abbas’ Sydney Street home was raided by police in April, 2008, during an investigation into an extremist poster campaign in Burton, urging Muslims to attack non-believers, the White House and Rome.
However, no charges were subsequently brought against he and three other men whose homes were also raided.
The 32-year-old demanded an apology and even set up a support group for others ’persecuted for being Muslim’.
But, on May 5, during a parade in Luton for soldiers returning from Iraq, Mr Abbas was pictured protesting with Islamist extremist group Al Muhajiroun.
The group greeted the soldiers with a barrage of abuse, holding signs declaring them ’murderers’ and ’baby killers’.
Mr Abbas — who initially denied being present at the Luton incident until photographic evidence was produced, even showing him wearing the same top he was pictured in when he was interviewed in The Mail — subsequently conceded he took part but defended his involvement, claiming there is a ’campaign against Islam’ by police, the media and the Government.
He said: "I was invited to a meeting about the atrocities committed against innocent Iraqis, including the children who have been killed during the war.
"If a Muslim is attacked in any way, shape or form, we have the right to defend ourselves. We are all part of the nation of Islam.
"It was a completely peaceful demonstration and I went along to show my support for all the Muslims butchered in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I do not believe I have any extremist views, I follow a ’middle path’ in terms of my Muslim beliefs."
Posted on 07/09/2009 12:27 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Can Europe be the same with different people in it?
Ed West reviews Christopher Caldwell's new book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, for the Telegraph:
Something explosive is about to hit the British political arena, a book with ideas so shocking it will change the debate on the most important issue in European politics.
For years, the European political class have told their peoples that mass immigration was beneficial, inevitable and historically precedented. It enriched our lives, it boosted our economy, it made us better people morally and it was a continuation of our countries’ histories of immigration, and anyone who disagrees is a racist bigot. The ruling class kitted the emperor out in his fancy new clothes and if people could not see them then there was something wrong with their eyes.
Well, the emperor is butt-naked and Financial Times journalist Christopher Caldwell is the little boy. The publication of his book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe is a pivotal moment in the debate on immigration, and it heralds the start of a new era - an acceptance by the political mainstream that our system isn’t working, and that while a multi-racial society can work, the more multi-racial it is the less well it functions.
Caldwell is a reasonable, moderate man who has studied Europe and Islam for a decade, which makes his conclusions all the more astonishing. He argues that mass immigration and the formation of large ethnic bodies makes us unhappier as people, it damages rather than helps the economy, and threatens the basic principles of freedom. Most alarming of all, he shows just how deluded are those liberal thinkers who believe large Muslim immigrant communities can be assimilated into Europe, especially a hedonistic atheist Europe which has recently adopted values at odds with the rest of humanity.
Immigration of the sort we’ve had since the war is simply unprecedented. Part of the propaganda pumped out by the establishment is that Britain is a nation of immigrants. But, as Calwell writes: “Aside from the invasions of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes that started in the fourth century AD - and which brought, at the very most, 250,000 new settlers over a period of several centuries - British ’stock’ has changed little. Only about 10,000 people arrived with the Norman Conquest. Tens of thousands more Huguenots came after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. But, all told, three-quarters of the ancestors of contemporary Britons and Irish were already present in the British Isles 7,500 years ago. DNA from people who arrived after that makes up only 12 per cent of the Irish gene pool.”
In fact before 1945 there had only been one example of such immigration in Europe’s history and that was, ironically, produced by Nazi Germany.
“Europe’s path to mass immigration owes something to the intellectual habits of the statesmen and magnates who ran Europe’s economy in World War II - on both the Allied and Axis sides. In scale, today’s massive in-migration of ‘temporary’ labour has only one precedent, and it is a recent one.”
Nazi Germany is the key to all of this, the reason why we are unable to balance our Christian disdain for racism and our willingness to allow minority communities to live here with common sense. No society in history would ever have dreamed of doing what Europe did after 1945, inviting vastly different people over in such numbers, for the simple reason that no other society was so wracked with guilt and self-loathing for its “two historic misdeeds, colonialism and Nazism”.
This, combined with pressure from big business, which wanted cheap labour to run heavy industry (most of which was on its last legs anyway), and a welfare state that discouraged natives from taking menial jobs, caused Europe’s leaders to invite people in such large numbers as to make future ethnic conflict inevitable.
Caldwell continues: “If one abandons the idea that Western Europeans are rapacious and exploitative by nature, and that Africans, Asians, and other would-be immigrants are inevitably their victims, then the fundamental differences between colonisation and labour migration cease to be obvious.” And what we have in the suburbs of France and the inner cities of Holland and England is, whatever that word’s pejorative meaning, colonisation.
The reason Enoch Powell was wrong in predicting rivers of blood was that Powell, who loved the British Empire, did not understand the widespread feelings of liberal guilt among the middle class, nor that this would be transmitted to the nation as a whole (even though the poor had no reason to feel guilty about anything, and indeed would feel the worst effects of immigration).
And yet Powell’s population forecasts were spot on. He shocked his Rotary Club audience in 1968 by suggesting Britain’s non-white population would be 4.5 million in 2002 (in 2001 it was 4,635,296). Then in 1970 he told voters in Wolverhampton that between a fifth and a quarter of their city, as well as that of Birmingham and Inner London, would be non-white one day. According to the 2001 census the figures were 22.2 per cent, 29.6 per cent and 34.4 per cent respectively, and rising.
The subtitle asks: “Can Europe be the same with different people in it?” The answer, quite clearly, is no.
Posted on 07/09/2009 3:49 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Palestinian Refugees coming to a town near you?
Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch had a post on a Christian Science Monitor news story about our State Department allowing 1, 350 Palestinian Iraqi refugees, languishing in UNHCR camps on the Syrian Iraqi border, to resettle in Californian communities. These were Palestinians who lived and worked in Saddam’s despotic regime. How many are supporters of Palestinian terrorist groups aimed at Israel’s destruction we don’t know. When the overthrow of Saddam’s Iraqi regime occurred with the US invasion in 2003, these Palestinians were confronted and fled to refugee camps administered by the UNHCR. In 2007 and 2008, less than 15 such Palestinian Iraqi refugees were admitted to the US for resettlement.
Note this from the Christian Science Monitor report:
Atlanta – The State Department confirmed today that as many as 1,350 Iraqi Palestinians – once the well-treated guests of Saddam Hussein and now at outs with much of Iraqi society – will be resettled in the US, mostly in southern California, starting this fall.
It will be the largest-ever resettlement of Palestinian refugees into the US – and welcome news to the Palestinians who fled to Iraq after 1948 but who have had a tough time since Mr. Hussein was deposed in 2003. Targeted by Iraqi Shiites, the mostly-Sunni Palestinians have spent recent years in one of the region’s roughest refugee camps, Al Waleed, near Iraq’s border with Syria.
“Really for the first time, the United States is recognizing a Palestinian refugee population that could be admitted to the US as part of a resettlement program,” says Bill Frelick, refugee policy director at Human Rights Watch in Washington.
Given the US’s past reluctance to resettle Palestinians – it accepted just seven Palestinians in 2007 and nine in 2008 – the effort could ruffle some diplomatic feathers.
We posted last year on the dilemma faced by the more than 34,000 Palestinian Iraqi refugees in Northern Iraq on the Syrian border. Here’s what we said about their plight and who was promoting their resettlement in the US.
You may recall that the late Saddam Hussein invited in tens of thousands of Palestinians to serve as laborers, technicians and terrorists in training. Now an NGO in Washington, DC, Refugees International (RI) is suggesting that the US bring these Palestinians here. If any group of legal humanitarian refugees deserve priority it is the more than half millions Assyrian Chaldean Christians who fled Iraq because of death threats by Iraqi Muslims. So, why would a group like RI even suggest something so patently ridiculous as to bring Palestinian refugees from Iraq to America? Probably, because a prominent and influential member of the RI board is none other than, Farooq Kathwari the Kashmiri Muslim CEO of furniture manufacturer and retailer, Ethan Allen, Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut. Kathwari, you may recall lost a son in Afghanistan in the early 1990’s when the latter went there to become a Mujahideen. Kathwari was also a Trustee of Freedom House, where he objected strenuously to Nina Shea’s pioneering study of Saudi text books. Shea and colleague Paul Marshall decamped and formed the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. Kathwari was a key speaker at the 2004 annual meeting of the Muslim Brotherhood front group, The Islamic Society of North America. So, it is only natural that Kathwari prevailed on his fellow bleeding heart RI board members to push for entry by these Palestinian refugees in Iraq to come to, where else, here.
Actually there’s an easier solution. For starters pack the Iraqi Palestinian Refugees into lorries and drive them across the desert to neighboring Jordan, already a de facto Palestinian state. Jordan clearly doesn't want them given significant Palestinian refugee camps there.
That was July, 2008. Now it would appear with Obama’s outreach to the Muslim ummah, that Farooq Kathwari has succeeded in convincing the State Department to accept this first significant contingent of Palestinian Refugees. How many more of the estimated 34,000 refugees languishing in those Northern Iraqi camps will come to the US is anybody’s guess. One question is whether Israel’s supporters in the Congress will object or give this US refugee resettlement initative for Palestinian a pass. Clearly, these Palestinian Iraqi refugees are flotsam in the Muslim ummah. None of their Muslim brothers want them. Coming here they may become a welfare burden, as well as possible Hamas and Fatah supporters. Are these Palestinian refugees more jihadists within our gates?
Posted on 07/09/2009 5:16 PM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Protest Of Hizb ut-Tahrir America’s Conference Planned
Posted on 07/09/2009 7:28 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 9 July 2009
A Musical Interlude: There's A Cabin In The Pines (Al Bowlly)
Posted on 07/09/2009 9:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald