Monday, January 26, 2015

Islam’s Self-Destructive Seed - Nonie Darwish



by Nonie Darwish


[T]he Messenger of Allah (Mohammed) observed: Verily Islam started as something strange and it would again revert (to its old position) of being strange just as it started, and it would recede between the two mosques just as the serpent crawls back into its hole.

Within the DNA of Islam is a self-destructive element: a prophecy by Mohammed in which he said that Islam will eventually be rejected by the world and would return back to where it came from. Ask your local imam, and he’ll tell you: Mohammed doesn’t lie.
 
Incredibly, Mohammed himself was not optimistic about his own message and the future of Islam and Muslims:
[T]he Messenger of Allah (Mohammed) observed: Verily Islam started as something strange and it would again revert (to its old position) of being strange just as it started, and it would recede between the two mosques just as the serpent crawls back into its hole.” [Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0270.]
In this hadith, Mohammed foretold that the end of Islam would be strange just like its beginning and that it would shrink back to the limited area where it came from – – between the two mosques of Mecca and Medina.

Could that prediction by Mohammed himself be a signal of the inevitable demise of Islam?
Mohammed’s predictions of Islam crawling back like a snake to where it came from were repeated extensively in several other hadiths:

“Belief returns and goes back to Medina like a snake.”                                   (Sahih Bukhari, 3.30.100.)

“Muslims will be the scum and the rubbish even though their numbers may increase; the enemy will not fear Muslims anymore. This will be because the Muslims will love the world and dislike death…
(Sunaan Abu Dawud, 37.4284.)


“Muhammad’s contemporaries were the best Muslims; after three generations, the Muslims will be mainly treacherous and untrustworthy.”  (Sahih Bukhari, 5.57.2, 3.)

“There will be much killing during the last days of the Muslim.”
 (Sahih Bukhari, 9.88.183.)


“Verily, Belief returns and goes back to Medina as a snake returns and goes back to its hole (when in danger).” 
(Volume 3, Book 30, Number 100: Narrated Abu Huraira.)

Mohammed also predicted a large movement of apostasy out of Islam:

“Muslims will diminish in number and they will go back to where they started [before Islam]”                                                                                             (Sunaan Abu Dawud, 2.19.3029.)

“There will be no trace of Islam in some believers…”                                        (Sahih Bukhari, 9.84.65.)

Could these believers, with no trace of Islam in them, be the reformers of Islam, like the well-intentioned Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, who are believing in an Islam that does not and never existed? Mohammed’s fears of large apostasy movements and envy of other religions continue:
There will appear in this nation….. a group of people so pious apparently that you will consider your prayers inferior to their prayers, but they will recite the Quran, the teachings of which will not go beyond their throats and will go out of their religion as an arrow darts through the game, whereupon the archer may look at his arrow, its Nasl at its Risaf and its Fuqa to see whether it is blood-stained or not (i.e. they will have not even a trace of Islam in them). [Volume 9, Book 84, Number 65:]
Since its inception, Islam has been at war with civilization. “Civilization” is considered a threat to Arabia’s identity and culture and with Islam it was the outside world that had to change and adapt to Arabia’s language, culture, religion.

Will jihadists, yearning for achieving their imaginary perfect caliphate, finally realize that such a utopia never existed and will never exist? Will they eventually grasp that their enemies are not the Mubaraks, Assads, Qaddafis, America, Israel, or past injustice, but in fact, their enemy is within, a terminal virus written in a 7th century incoherent political and legal system that still rules them today? Will Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia reject Sharia, and send it back to where it came from as their prophet predicted, to the two mosques in Mecca and Medina?

Will the world finally come to its senses, learn from the violent history of Islam, and reject it by declaring it the most evil totalitarian ideology created by man? Will the world learn that Islam is but a snake, a viper, behind the title of religion? Will the leaders of the free world find the courage to unite in a march to save the world and say loud and clear, “Islam go back to Mecca, like your prophet predicted”? And then will they declare, “There is no place for you in our part of the world, and the world we want our children to live in”?

What are Muslim leaders waiting for to declare the truth? Will they finally admit they cannot rule any longer under the barbarian laws of Sharia that are enshrined in all Islamic constitutions? Will we ever see the day when old great nations such as Egypt and Persia (Iran), who were conquered by Arabs and never saw their glory days again, stand side by side with Western nations to send Islam back to Mecca?

Will the world finally unite against Islamic terror for the sake of our children and the millions of men and women who lost their lives to bring freedom to our world to end Islam’s desperate need for expansion?

Like a Ponzi scheme, Islam must expand to survive. In that sense, Islam works only when more and more people join its pyramid. As long as the supply of new Muslim believers can empower the pyramid and convince the other suckers, the naïve Muslim followers, that they are right, it can survive.

The Ponzi scheme is currently still effective as it expands in the West without restriction or conditions. This expansion has given Islam a one-sided golden opportunity to grow in Europe, America, and Australia. Tragically, and to its ultimate demise, the West has extended a life-line to a dying, evil ideology, one that has already predicted its own death. Now it will live a little longer, and because of that, it will continue to destroy others.

When will the West respect Mohammed’s prophecy, and send Islam back down the snake hole, the one in Mecca?


Nonie Darwish

Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/nonie-darwish/islams-self-destructive-seed/

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The Significance of President El-Sisi's Greetings - Raymond Ibrahim



by Raymond Ibrahim


"Yes, a humanistic and civilizing message should once more emanate from Egypt. That is why we must not call ourselves anything other than 'Egyptians.' This is what we must be -- Egyptians, just Egyptians, Egyptians indeed! I just want to tell you that -- Allah willing -- we shall build our nation together, accommodate make room for each other, and we shall like each other, love each other, love each other in earnest so that people may see." — Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt, addressing Egypt's Christian Copts.
Egyptian President el-Sisi did the unprecedented and congratulated Egypt's Christian minority in their cathedral – a small but courageous step on the long road of what el-Sisi calls Egypt's "religious revolution."

On January 6, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became the first Egyptian president ever to visit the St. Mark Cathedral during Coptic Christmas Eve Mass and offer his good wishes to the nation's Christian minority.

Because Islamic law bans wishing non-Muslims well on their religious celebrations, all previous presidents -- Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak, and of course Morsi -- had never attended Coptic Christmas mass.

As expected, the greetings el-Sisi received from the hundreds of Christians present were jubilant. His address was often interrupted by applause, clapping, and cheers of "We love you!" and "Hand in hand" -- phrases he reciprocated. He said, among other things:
Egypt has brought a humanistic and civilizing message to the world for millennia and we are here today to confirm that we are capable of doing so again. Yes, a humanistic and civilizing message should once more emanate from Egypt. This is why we must not call ourselves anything other than "Egyptians." This is what we must be -- Egyptians, just Egyptians, Egyptians indeed! I just want to tell you that -- Allah willing, Allah willing -- we shall build our nation together, accommodate each other, make room for each other, and we shall like each other—love each other, love each other in earnest, so that people may see… So let me tell you once again, Happy New Year, Happy New Year to you all, Happy New Year to all Egyptians!
Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi became visits the St. Mark Cathedral during Coptic Christmas Eve Mass. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)

While this speech may seem commonplace to the average Western observer, in the context of Egypt, it is very controversial. Consider what other Muslim Egyptians said in the days before Coptic Christmas.

On loudspeakers, an imam at the Abu Hamda mosque in Kafr al-Dawwar near Alexandria condemned the very notion of congratulating Christians, not just on their own holidays, but even general holidays. He said Christians are "miscreants" and "polytheists," that they are "unclean," and that, accordingly, they should never be wished a Happy New Year, or a good year ahead, because "goodness" can only exist in a monotheistic perspective, whereas Christians hold that God had a son, making them infidels and polytheists.

He further quoted Koran 9:28, which says "O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean." Most Muslims listening to him were likely familiar with the follow up verse, 9:29, which calls on believers to war against the People of the Book—Christians and Jews—until they are utterly subjugated.

Being disgusted by "unclean" Christians is not an uncommon theme among Egyptian Islamists. In this video, for example, of Dr. Abdullah Badr -- an Egyptian Muslim scholar, graduate of Al Azhar and professor of Islamic exegesis, who spent ten years in prison under Mubarak and was released under Morsi -- explains how "disgusted" he is by Christians, to the point that, if a Copt were to touch his cup, he would not drink from it:
I get grossed out. Get that? Disgust, I get grossed out man, I cannot stand their smell or ... I don't like them, it's my choice. And they gross me out; their smell, their look, everything. I feel disgusted, disgusted.
Of course, many will dismiss these imams and clerics as on the "fringe extremist" movement. What, then, of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi -- one of the most influential Islamic clerics in the world, author of over 100 books on Muslim doctrine, and head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, members of which have had meetings in the White House? This man also condemns the act of congratulating Christians during Christmas (but supports the death penalty for apostasy and maintains that the prophet's injunctions must be obeyed at all times -- even if they require one to murder).

Days before Christmas, the elderly Qaradawi appeared in a video condemning any Muslim who somehow participates in Christmas, which he called a "sin, shameful, and indecent," as well as a product of "stupidity" and "ignorance of Islam's commandments":
Did you see all the celebrations that are taking place in Doha's streets [Qatar] and commercial centers for the birth of Christ, or "Christmas," as they call it?... How can we celebrate Christmas when we don't even celebrate our Prophet's birthday? It is a sin, shameful and indecent. It also shows stupidity in the way we deal with others, and ignorance of Islam's commandments."
Meanwhile, Georgetown University professor John Esposito has hailed Qaradawi for engaging in a "reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism, and human rights."

If condemning Muslim participation in Christmas festivities is not limited to extremists and Islamists, it is also not limited to Egypt. It appears every year throughout the entire Islamic world, including in non-Arab nations.

Thus, in Turkey, as Burak Bekdil reports, "The final week of the year featured the usual scenes in Turkey: A man dressed as a janissary [Ottoman warrior] chasing another dressed as Santa Claus in order to give him a good beating... Provincial education directors warning pupils against "Christmas and New Year celebrations..."

In Indonesia, the Islamic Defenders Front, according to Temo, "asked President Joko Widodo not to wish the country's Christians a merry Christmas," as "the president would be deemed an apostate should he opt to do so," meaning he would deserve the death penalty.

The reason for all this resistance to greetings "infidels" is clear: Based on Koranic verses and hadiths [the sayings and acts of Muhammad), there is consensus among Islam's ulema [religious scholars] that Muslims are not to greet or congratulate non-Muslims on their holy days and celebrations, as doing so implies non-Muslim beliefs -- which contradict Islam's -- are valid (see The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs. 89-91, for textual citations).

However the Indonesian president may have responded to Islamist threats, we know Egyptian President el-Sisi did the unprecedented on Coptic Christmas Eve and congratulated Egypt's Christian minority in their cathedral -- a small but courageous step on the long road of what el-Sisi calls Egypt's "religious revolution."


Raymond Ibrahim

Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5125/el-sisi-coptic-christmas

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Norway: The People's Revolution vs. The "Religion of Peace" - Bjorn Jansen



by Bjorn Jansen


In Norway's educational system, history is not a valued subject. It is included under either "Social Studies" or "Norwegian." Many Norwegians are therefore unaware how their society and democracy were formed, or of the enormous prices paid to attain them. Recent generations seem to take them for granted.
Norway's education system is also permeated with an idealistic vision of equality and a belief in cultural relativism: that everyone, every culture and every religion are of the same value. Schools and even preschools are obliged to work to wipe out class differences. The majority of teachers are idealists who believe in the idealism they are obliged to preach. Islam is presented in schoolbooks as "just another religion" -- attractive, and portrayed as if has already been reformed, a situation just not the case.
There are no debate clubs in Norway. The result is a pressure for consensus of views and thoughts. To express an opinion that runs against the stream can be associated with "being difficult," "argumentative" and that what you think is "wrong," with unpleasant overtones of "you are wrongly programmed."
The media refuses even to look at Islam's doctrines. Rather than investigate Islam for themselves, politicians in Norway put their blind faith in what the imams and the Islamic Council of Norway say is Islam. If the media and the politicians admit there is a problem, they will be forced to retract their belief in multiculturalism and apologize.
How, then, does one express dissent in a country whose politicians and media are rooted in socialist thinking; where discussing religion is a no-go; where politics has replaced religion and where there is a small population ensuring conformity of thought, with the risk of being sanctioned for expressing other thoughts?
It seems that most people in Europe -- in the wake of the Paris massacres at the magazine Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket -- have either forgotten, or never been taught, that Muslims have invaded Europe several times before. In the Eighth Century, the Moors (Muslims from North Africa) succeeded in conquering Spain and the early medieval French King, Charles Martel, fought and put a stop to the Moors' invasion of France. It took 800 years to expel Islam from Spain; the final expulsion of the Moors from Andalusia occurred 1494. Later, the Ottomans made it to the gates of Vienna in 1683. How has Islam's nature and history in Europe been forgotten?

Norway, like many other countries in Europe after World War II, has built up an expansive welfare state. It is based on the principle of shared values, shared goals and shared faith in the state. Historically, Norway has prided itself in being a largely classless society with a large middle class, and only a small upper class or nobility.

In Norway's educational system, history is not a valued subject. It is included either under the umbrella of "social studies" or "Norwegian." This downgrading, combined with the erosion and virtual removal of Christianity from the education system, means that many are unaware of how their society and democracy were formed, or of the enormous prices paid to attain them. Recent generations seem to take them for granted.

The development of the West, which began with Socrates in Athens; then proceeded to rule of law based on verifiable evidence and equal justice from Rome; then the theological debate that preceded the Reformation and the Renaissance; the Enlightenment and the growth of science -- all of these, over hundreds of years, have shaped constitutions and created today's democratic societies. Today's constitutions, legal systems, codes of ethics, and even desired values for children, are based on the values and qualities expressed in both the Old and New Testament, but most young people are not aware of this.

Islam is an ideology. All nations have their own, although this may not be obvious to those who are born and brought up in them. What, then, is Norway's post-war ideology (or idealism), and how does it permeate Norway's society today?

Before large amounts of oil began to be extracted in the 1970s, Norway was largely a monocultural society. However, the last 40 years have been a high-speed transition to a multicultural society, whose previous solidarity and joint values are now being broken down and questioned by parallel and, in the case of Islam, some widely opposing values and goals.

With immigration comes a larger gap between the poorest and richest than before, but Norway retains its strong social values of equality and its dream of solidarity -- perhaps a key reason why socialism still has such a strong hold on the country.

Norway's education system is permeated in an idealistic vision of equality and a belief in cultural relativism: that everyone, every culture and every religion are of the same value. Schools and even preschools are obliged to work toward wiping out class differences. As the state opposes the idea of private schools, there is virtually no alternative to the state school. The majority of teachers are idealists who believe in the idealism they are obliged to preach.

Cultural and religious relativism prevail. Islam is presented in schoolbooks as "just another religion." Key practices, such as washing before praying, and praying five times a day, are presented; but Mohammed's biography, Islam's ideology and agenda, the concept of the kafir [infidel] and all its aggressive contents are brushed under the carpet. Islam is presented as an attractive religion, not an ideology, and is portrayed as if has already been reformed, a situation that is just not the case.

There is no tradition of debate clubs in Norway; the result is pressure for consensus of views and thoughts. To debate, in England, is considered an art. Many schools have debate clubs, and there is no harm seen in disagreeing strongly, then still going after to the pub. In Norway, in the workplace, to disagree is not always a safe option. To express an opinion that runs against the stream can be associated with "being difficult," "argumentative," and that what you think is "wrong," with unpleasant overtones of "you are wrongly programmed."

Norway's politicians are both younger and less experienced than their European counterparts, who mostly enter politics later in life after a career in business. Few of Norway's politicians have an international perspective from higher education or a career apart from politics. Many have gone straight into politics from student days. They are raised in a society with a small population entrenched in a socialist consensus, and that presses for conformity. How then does one express dissent in a country whose politicians and media are rooted in socialist thinking; where discussing religion is a no-go; where politics has replaced religion, and where there is a small population ensuring conformity of thought, with the risk of being sanctioned for expressing other thoughts?

Most of the media has the same socialist outlook as Norway's politicians. There is either complete ignorance or a blind refusal to go to the root of Islamic terrorism, or how Islam's doctrine effects the socialisation, mindset and actions of Muslims. Despite the existence of informative, independent websites such as document.no and rights.no, the media refuses even to look at Islam's doctrines.

Rather than investigate Islam for themselves, politicians in Norway have put their blind faith in what the imams in Norway say is Islam. Likewise Islamsk Råd, The Islamic Council of Norway, has been given media space to determine what Islam is or is not.

The last three years have seen an explosion in the knowledge of Islam by the man-in-the street, largely thanks to the internet, and inspired by key figures such as Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji, Brother Rachid and Norway's own Hege Storhaug. While no voice critical of Islam gets coverage in the media, recent coverage in the media of Germany's populist PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) has already started changing this lapse.

PEGIDA was started in Dresden last October by Lutz Bachman, who stepped down on January 21, 2015, after a photo of him posing as Hitler surfaced. Its wildfire popularity throughout Europe in just three months or existence seems due to the politicians' and media's neglect of their populace -- especially the media's refusal or inability to undertake independent investigative journalism.

Left, the World Islamic Mission mosque in Oslo. Right: Sitting in front of the black flag of jihad is Ubaydullah Hussain, a well known Islamist in Norway who was convicted of hate speech against Jews and threatening journalists.

People are now discussing what exactly is preventing the European media from going to the root of Islam -- discussing which elements of Islam's key scriptures (the Koran, the sira and the hadith) are at conflict with the non-Muslim world.

If the media and politicians admit there is a problem, they will be forced to retract their belief in multiculturalism and apologize for voluntarily allowing a change in Norway's demographics, with potentially many violent outcomes. They might have to admit that the media and politicians know of the dangers of Islam's doctrines but do not dare to publish them; that maybe they have been collectively threatened and are afraid of the consequences. Other countries' media might be afraid to talk about Islam's doctrines because of their dependence on oil from the Middle East, but this is not the case for Norway.

PEGIDA's followers can trigger a sorely needed debate on the unopened Pandora box of Islam's doctrines. They can also ask questions that need to be asked, but that neither politicians nor the media have so far had the guts to ask. Caricatures and cartoons are only the symptom; we need to get to the root.

Bjorn Jansen is a journalist based in Norway.
Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5140/norway-islam-multiculturalism

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Report: Arafat Colluded with Hamas Against Israel at the Height of the Oslo Years - Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi



by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi



Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Zahar claims that after the Camp David summit in 2000, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat gave the go-ahead to the head of the Hamas military wing to carry out terror attacks.

    Hamas received arms from Fatah and the Palestinian Authority for the attacks – further proof of the Authority’s responsibility for the outbreak of the Second Intifada.

    Arafat reached the decision that the negotiations at the Camp David summit in July 2000 were going nowhere. He sent a security representative to Sheikh Salah Shehade, head of the Hamas military wing at the time, with the message: “I have no objection to Hamas taking action.”

Institute for Contemporary Affairs
Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation


Vol. 15, No. 2       January 15, 2015


On December 15, 2014, the Palestinian News Agency published an interview with Mahmoud Al Zahar, a member of the Hamas Political Bureau and one of the organization’s most prominent leaders. Al Zahar referred in the interview to the events preceding the outbreak of the Second Intifada on September 28, 2000. The excerpt below is taken from this interview.

“Abu Amar [Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat] reached the decision that the negotiations at the Camp David summit [in July 2000] were going nowhere. He sent a security representative to Sheikh Salah Shehade [head of the Hamas military wing at the time] with the message: ‘I have no objection to Hamas taking action’ and we knew [what this meant] when we met to go over details.”

“Some of us said: ‘Those people [the PA] want to know who is [behind] Unit No. 103 or the groups [terror factions] that would carry out [terror attacks] under the name of Omar al-Mukhtar, so that they can report on us, because they [the PA] coordinate with Israel on security matters.’”

“Others said: ‘No, let’s take this opportunity to carry out acts [terror attacks] jointly with them [the PA] or take arms from them. Their method is well known and if they had wanted to use us they would have reported on us [to Israel] and they would be partners [with Israel in anti-terror activities].

“We received arms from them [the PA] and carried out the acts [terror attacks]. [In response to the interviewer’s question, not clearly audible, about the source of the weapons]: ‘[We got the weapons] from Fatah here [in the Gaza Strip], from the [then Palestinian] Authority here [in the Gaza Strip]…. We took those weapons from them and carried out the acts [terror attacks]. They told Abu Amar [Yasser Arafat]: Wait a minute, it was not us who brought you to this situation. There was a siege [by the IDF on the Mukataa Compound in Ramallah, which served as the main headquarters for the Palestinian government, including Arafat’s office], and the [West] Bank was re-occupied [in Operation Defensive Shield in April 2002], and wiping him out [blaming Israel for the alleged “assassination” of Arafat].”

[In response to the interviewer’s question about Arafat’s motives in allowing Hamas to carry out terror attacks after the Camp David summit]: “Only Allah, blessed be He, can know those intentions. Was it done to improve the terms of the negotiations or were they meant to show a shift [in Arafat’s policy]? These are things that Allah, blessed be He, will account for [with Arafat].”


Consistent in Relating Arafat’s Involvement

Mahmoud Al Zahar has made similar claims in previous interviews about Arafat’s go-ahead to Hamas for terror attacks after the Camp David summit. Below is an excerpt from a report in Al-Quds newspaper on April 9, 2005:

“Al Zahar said that the Palestinian Authority reached what Hamas had warned against, namely the Israeli Occupation’s denial of agreements signed with the PLO, clarifying that: ‘After the failure of the Camp David negotiations, the PLO began to tell Hamas that this was the opportunity to begin actions [that is, terror attacks against Israel]. Hamas was mistrustful of this approach, but nevertheless carried out attacks under the name of the Omar al-Mukhtar Force.”

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on September 29, 2010 that, at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Al Aqsa Intifada, Mahmoud Al Zahar said: “The late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat told Hamas to undertake a number of military acts in the heart of Israel, after he felt that negotiations with the occupying regime at the time had failed.”

In an interview on the official Hamas website (Palestine-info.info) on October 8, 2010, Mahmoud Al Zahar was asked about his statement that Hamas had been permitted to launch terror attacks prior to the outbreak of the Al Aqsa Intifada. Below is an excerpt from that interview:

[Question] “You have previously said that President Abu Amar [Yasser Arafat] instructed Hamas to carry out terror attacks while he was under siege in Ramallah. Can we expect that Abu Mazen [the current Chairman of the Palestinian Authority] will reach a similar stage in his relationship with the [Hamas] movement?”

[Al Zahar] “Abu Amar did not tell Fatah to hold talks with Hamas in order to carry out attacks because of support for the opposition, but because of his desire to use terror attacks for tactical purposes. I remember attending the People’s Conference with [senior Fatah representatives] Hani al-Hassan, Abu Ali Shahin and Abdullah Elhourani in the el-Sheikh Awad Hall at el-Al Zahar University [in Gaza]. At that time those present raised the necessity for Hamas to launch terror attacks against the Israeli occupation, and it was no secret. Abu Amar wanted it to be a tactical measure designed to exert pressure on Israel through Hamas. Abu Mazen does not have that courage or that attitude and is not capable of gambling with his life to that end. By this I meant to suggest to the public that at certain points in time use was made of the opposition for tactical goals, and it does not arise from an attitude that sought to improve the negotiation terms. For that reason, I have no interest in changing the endeavors whereby reconciliation and opposition were attempted in order to improve the terms of the negotiations. But it is vital that they [reconciliation and opposition] should be based on a strategic overview.”

Institute for Contemporary Affairs
Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation
Vol. 15, No. 2       January 15, 2015
  • Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Zahar claims that after the Camp David summit in 2000, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat gave the go-ahead to the head of the Hamas military wing to carry out terror attacks.
  • Hamas received arms from Fatah and the Palestinian Authority for the attacks – further proof of the Authority’s responsibility for the outbreak of the Second Intifada.
  • Arafat reached the decision that the negotiations at the Camp David summit in July 2000 were going nowhere. He sent a security representative to Sheikh Salah Shehade, head of the Hamas military wing at the time, with the message: “I have no objection to Hamas taking action.”
Arafat and al-Zahar
Arafat and al-Zahar
On December 15, 2014, the Palestinian News Agency published an interview with Mahmoud Al Zahar, a member of the Hamas Political Bureau and one of the organization’s most prominent leaders. Al Zahar referred in the interview to the events preceding the outbreak of the Second Intifada on September 28, 2000. The excerpt below is taken from this interview.
“Abu Amar [Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat] reached the decision that the negotiations at the Camp David summit [in July 2000] were going nowhere. He sent a security representative to Sheikh Salah Shehade [head of the Hamas military wing at the time] with the message: ‘I have no objection to Hamas taking action’ and we knew [what this meant] when we met to go over details.”
“Some of us said: ‘Those people [the PA] want to know who is [behind] Unit No. 103 or the groups [terror factions] that would carry out [terror attacks] under the name of Omar al-Mukhtar, so that they can report on us, because they [the PA] coordinate with Israel on security matters.’”
“Others said: ‘No, let’s take this opportunity to carry out acts [terror attacks] jointly with them [the PA] or take arms from them. Their method is well known and if they had wanted to use us they would have reported on us [to Israel] and they would be partners [with Israel in anti-terror activities].
“We received arms from them [the PA] and carried out the acts [terror attacks]. [In response to the interviewer’s question, not clearly audible, about the source of the weapons]: ‘[We got the weapons] from Fatah here [in the Gaza Strip], from the [then Palestinian] Authority here [in the Gaza Strip]…. We took those weapons from them and carried out the acts [terror attacks]. They told Abu Amar [Yasser Arafat]: Wait a minute, it was not us who brought you to this situation. There was a siege [by the IDF on the Mukataa Compound in Ramallah, which served as the main headquarters for the Palestinian government, including Arafat’s office], and the [West] Bank was re-occupied [in Operation Defensive Shield in April 2002], and wiping him out [blaming Israel for the alleged “assassination” of Arafat].”
[In response to the interviewer’s question about Arafat’s motives in allowing Hamas to carry out terror attacks after the Camp David summit]: “Only Allah, blessed be He, can know those intentions. Was it done to improve the terms of the negotiations or were they meant to show a shift [in Arafat’s policy]? These are things that Allah, blessed be He, will account for [with Arafat].”

Consistent in Relating Arafat’s Involvement

Mahmoud Al Zahar has made similar claims in previous interviews about Arafat’s go-ahead to Hamas for terror attacks after the Camp David summit. Below is an excerpt from a report in Al-Quds newspaper on April 9, 2005:
“Al Zahar said that the Palestinian Authority reached what Hamas had warned against, namely the Israeli Occupation’s denial of agreements signed with the PLO, clarifying that: ‘After the failure of the Camp David negotiations, the PLO began to tell Hamas that this was the opportunity to begin actions [that is, terror attacks against Israel]. Hamas was mistrustful of this approach, but nevertheless carried out attacks under the name of the Omar al-Mukhtar Force.”
Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on September 29, 2010 that, at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Al Aqsa Intifada, Mahmoud Al Zahar said: “The late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat told Hamas to undertake a number of military acts in the heart of Israel, after he felt that negotiations with the occupying regime at the time had failed.”
Al Zahar in the center
Al Zahar in the center
In an interview on the official Hamas website (Palestine-info.info) on October 8, 2010, Mahmoud Al Zahar was asked about his statement that Hamas had been permitted to launch terror attacks prior to the outbreak of the Al Aqsa Intifada. Below is an excerpt from that interview:
[Question] “You have previously said that President Abu Amar [Yasser Arafat] instructed Hamas to carry out terror attacks while he was under siege in Ramallah. Can we expect that Abu Mazen [the current Chairman of the Palestinian Authority] will reach a similar stage in his relationship with the [Hamas] movement?”
[Al Zahar] “Abu Amar did not tell Fatah to hold talks with Hamas in order to carry out attacks because of support for the opposition, but because of his desire to use terror attacks for tactical purposes. I remember attending the People’s Conference with [senior Fatah representatives] Hani al-Hassan, Abu Ali Shahin and Abdullah Elhourani in the el-Sheikh Awad Hall at el-Al Zahar University [in Gaza]. At that time those present raised the necessity for Hamas to launch terror attacks against the Israeli occupation, and it was no secret. Abu Amar wanted it to be a tactical measure designed to exert pressure on Israel through Hamas. Abu Mazen does not have that courage or that attitude and is not capable of gambling with his life to that end. By this I meant to suggest to the public that at certain points in time use was made of the opposition for tactical goals, and it does not arise from an attitude that sought to improve the negotiation terms. For that reason, I have no interest in changing the endeavors whereby reconciliation and opposition were attempted in order to improve the terms of the negotiations. But it is vital that they [reconciliation and opposition] should be based on a strategic overview.”
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Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

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The Other Side of Autocracy: State Collapse in Yemen - Jonathan Spyer



by Jonathan Spyer


Fascinatingly, it is the Arab state, not the Middle Eastern state, which is in a process of eclipse. Israel, Turkey, and Iran, in their different ways, are functioning sovereign entities. Kurdish Northern Iraq is also increasingly coming to resemble a successful semi-sovereign concern.

Originally published under the title, "Yemen Joins List of Collapsed Mideast States."

Houthi rebels stationed at an entrance to Yemen's presidential palace on January 22
This week in Yemen, an Iran-backed Shia militia captured the presidential palace. The president has since resigned. It was the latest stage in the slow advance of the Houthis, who entered the capital Sana'a in September of last year.

The latest Houthi victories do not bring the Shia rebels undisputed control of the country. They do, however, ensure the undisputed presence of the Iranian clients in the central government.

The situation in Yemen exemplifies in acute form most of the phenomena which are currently tearing much of the Middle East apart: the fragmentation and weakness of central governments; growing sectarian divisions; the presence and power of a strong, Iranian backed political-military force; the importance of local and tribal power structures; Saudi support for the Sunnis; and the existence of a powerful Sunni Jihadi organization, committed both to local struggle and to terrorism against the West.

The latest Houthi victories ensure the undisputed presence of Iranian clients in the central government of Yemen.
The uprising of the Houthis was launched in 2004. The movement derived its popular support from the 30% or so of Yemenis who belong to the Zaidi Shia community, concentrated in the north of the country.
While protesting undoubted discrimination against the Shia, the evidence of Iranian backing for the Houthi militia — officially known as "Ansarullah" (fighters of God) — was apparent from the outset. The stance of the Houthis is reflected in the group's unambiguous slogan: "God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, a Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam."

The physical proof of Iranian aid is also apparent. On January 23, 2013, the Yemeni coast guard apprehended an Iranian ship — the Jihan 1 — which was carrying weapons, explosives, and other military equipment from the Revolutionary Guards Corps intended for delivery to the Houthis.

As of this week, the Houthis have an accepted role in the government of Yemen. After fighters of the militia surrounded the presidential palace, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi confirmed the terms of an agreement signed after the Houthis entered the capital last September.

The disputed terms relate to a new constitution, to which the Houthis are demanding amendments. This is less important, however, than the now demonstrated fact that the Shia, Iran-backed militia is the real force in the capital, able to bend the president to its will after killing a number of his guards and threatening his palace.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains the most formidable local franchise of the global al-Qaeda network.
The Houthis are not, of course, the only militia force active in Yemen. Further south, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains the most formidable local franchise of the global al-Qaeda network. It claimed responsibility for the recent terror attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

Strong in southern and central Yemen, al-Qaeda has launched a campaign of violence against the Houthis. It also strikes at government and military officials. Operating under the name of Ansar al-Sharia, AQAP now effectively controls a number of provinces in the south and east of the country.

The presence of the Houthis in the capital and the Sunni jihadis in the lawless territories to its south is compounded by the weakness and corruption of the central government, which barely exists outside of Sana'a, and now only exists within it by the grace of a pro-Iranian Shia militia.

The central government barely exists outside of Sana'a, and now only exists within it by the grace of a pro-Iranian Shia militia.
There are no easy solutions in Yemen. As of now, the U.S. is continuing with pinpointed strikes against AQAP, while largely preferring to ignore the no-less-potent threat of the Houthis. This relates, presumably, to the Obama administration's larger policy of outreach to Iran. But in practice, there is probably little the U.S. or any other outside force can do.

The issues at stake in Yemen are the product of the profound failure of the Arab state which underlies all that is taking place in the Middle East today. The U.S. experience in the 2003-11 period in Iraq shows that nation-building from the outside is not going to succeed.

Fascinatingly, it is the Arab state, not the Middle Eastern state, which is in a process of eclipse. Israel, Turkey, and Iran, in their different ways, are functioning sovereign entities. Kurdish Northern Iraq is also increasingly coming to resemble a successful semi-sovereign concern. The Kurdish enclaves in the northeast are the most peaceful and best administered parts of the former Syria.

But from the Mediterranean coast, via Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and now down to Yemen, there is a single line of non-functioning (or in the Lebanese case, barely functioning) territories, in which the state has given way to wars between rival successor entities, usually organized on a sectarian basis. The Houthis and AQAP are the local Yemeni variant of this.

The Arab states which have not collapsed are ones which are homogenous in sectarian terms and/or possessed of a powerful, dictatorial central government. There are two states — Egypt and Jordan — where a real chance existed of jihadis gaining a foothold in the way that they have in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, but where this has not yet taken place. In both cases, an authoritarian central government at the head of a strong state apparatus has prevented the jihadis from establishing their mini-emirates (though in Sinai, the battle is surely still on).

Can these authoritarian regimes be a model for the future of the region, or are they simply a guarantee of its further stagnation? Perhaps the latter. But for the moment and for the foreseeable future, the choice is between leaders like Sisi, or situations like that of Yemen. Authoritarian clients, or the Houthis and al-Qaeda. No third way has yet made itself apparent.


Jonathan Spyer is a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author of The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (Continuum, 2011).


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UK Islamic Primary School Fails to Promote British Values - Clarion Project



by Clarion Project


The school inspection comes amid the revelation of a bid by Islamists in Birmingham to take over British state schools to promote extremism.


The Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation primary school in Tottenham
The Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation primary school in Tottenham
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A private Islamic school in Britain, associated with the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, has been rated as “inadequate” in promoting British values.

A three-day inspection by the government watchdog agency Ofsted found that in the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation, a primary school in London’s Tottenham area,  classes are “too heavily based around Islam,”  too “narrow” and do not “deliver balanced viewpoints.”

In addition, the inspectors say that “fundamental British values and citizenship are not sufficiently well promoted.”

Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education) rated the school inadequate in all five categories for which it checks: leadership and management, behavior and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.

In their report, the inspectors also said that “There are too few opportunities for pupils to learn about the differences between other cultures, religions and communities, and their own.”

Moreover, the report states that, “School leaders and trustees have not ensured that the independent school standards for safeguarding, welfare and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are met.”

In 2009, while sitting in the opposition, now Prime Minister David Cameron said that the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation was a “front organization” for Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist group that promotes sharia law and the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate. Also, in 2009, while sitting in the opposition, Michael Grove, now education secretary, said that two of the Foundation’s four trustees were activists for Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The next year, the Charity Commission (the government regulatory agency for charities in the UK) declared that the school no longer had ties to Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The report comes amid the revelation of a bid by Islamists in Birmingham to take over British state schools and use them to teach extremist interpretations of Islam. Revealed in a letter leaked to the media in early 2014, the bid was dubbed "Operation Trojan Horse."

It set out a strategy on how to remove uncooperative teachers and head masters and replace them with Islamists to be able to run the school according to Islamic law. Adderley Primary, Saltley School, Park View School and Regents Park Community School were named as schools where this strategy had proven successful.

A subsequent government investigation found overwhelming evidence that a group of Islamists had, in fact, been systematically taking over state-run schools in Birmingham, forcing out non-compliant Muslim and non-Muslim staff and forcing extremist Islamist values into the education system.


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The Case For Reform Of Islam In India - Tufail Ahmad



by Tufail Ahmad


The Threats Of Lone Wolf Attacks Are Being Increasingly Neutralized... But The Growing Radicalization Among Indian Muslim Youths Can Also Be Ascertained From Symptoms Across The Country.


"Speaking about the risk of a likely lone wolf attack in India, Maharashtra state police chief Sanjeev Dayal told a newspaper in January: 'we had this case where this man wanted to go to a school in Bandra [an area of Mumbai] and do something there, which he was prevented from doing. So, yes, it is a challenge finding out who is getting radicalized.' The threats of lone wolf attacks are being increasingly neutralized by Indian security agencies, but the growing radicalization among Indian Muslim youths can also be ascertained from symptoms across the country.

"From information available in public domain, it appears that the police chief was speaking about Anis Ansari, who wanted to launch an attack on the American School in Bandra. A transcript of Facebook chat between Anis Ansari and a Muslim youth based in the U.S. reveals worrying symptoms of radicalization. Ansari, using the Facebook identity Logan, advised the American that just for hundred dollars he could carry out an attack in the U.S. that would 'sink the earth' under Barack Obama's feet. Ansari also justified his own plan to attack the school: '[I want to target] the American School because in addition to France and Italy, children from ten allies of America study there. We should hit that part of the enemy which causes the most pain. I mean: the citizen.'

"Symptoms of radicalization were noticed over the past year in all regions of India: from Manipur to Maharashtra, from Kerala to Kashmir, from Bangalore and Hyderabad to Jharkhand. However, it appears that the Maharashtra region may be particularly volatile, in addition to the areas surrounding Hyderabad. In January, someone acting on behalf of the jihadist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) twice wrote comments inside the bathrooms of Mumbai airport terminals. The first comment warned of an attack on January 10, which passed off peacefully. The second comment warned of an attack on January 26, when U.S. President Barack Obama will grace the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Earlier, on December 26, Mumbai-based newspaper Urdu Times published an essay in which it – citing the teachings of the Koran and Prophet Muhammad – advocated the killing of Muslims who convert to Hinduism or other religions." 

"Muslim Societies Are Undergoing Industrial-Scale Islamization... The Ideas Inculcated By Islamic Clerics Offer A Fertile Ground For ISIS-Like Groups."

"In an essay in the weekly news magazine Open of January 21-27, this writer examined in detail how the ideas that drove the jihadist-attackers of French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo are very much shared by Muslim youths in almost every town across India. Commenting on the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Muslim youths based in the Indian towns of Tinsukia, Kolkata, Patna, Chhapra, Nawada, Tanda, Lucknow, Dehradun, Budaun, Aligarh, New Delhi, Srinagar, Jalandhar, Bhilwara, Indore, Jabalpur, Kheda, Ratnagiri, Jawahar, Nagina, Amravati, Pune and Bangalore justified the attackers. The argument is not that all Indian Muslims are terrorists or will become terrorists, but the necessary point of contention is this: Muslim societies are undergoing industrial-scale Islamization engendered by Islamic clerics speaking in mosques, madrassas and jalsas, the religious congregations which are held every week in every region of the country. The ideas inculcated by Islamic clerics offer a fertile ground for ISIS-like groups.

"Since the radical ideas are rooted in basic Islamic teachings, a vital question needs to be asked: Is it possible that an entire generation of youth can shed inimical ideas inherited from their parents and Islamic clerics? Fortunately, history does bear witness to examples when entire generations of people have shunned nefarious and harmful ideas held by their parents. For example, in Germany, today's generation has been courageous in accepting the historical fact of the anti-Jew beliefs and support for Nazism and fascism held by their parents. Once the Germans accepted this reality of their parents, they were able to eradicate Nazism and fascism from their lives. Similarly, a generation of the Japanese youths today has rejected the anti-Chinese beliefs of their parents. The Italian youths have comprehensively rejected the fascism popularly accepted by their parents.

"In India itself, a generation of Hindus – starting from Raja Ram Mohan Roy to Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. B R Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi – has accepted that caste system practiced by our parents was indeed a scourge that needed to be eliminated from Indian society; and once they accepted the problem in our midst they were able to initiate great social, political and legal reforms. Millions of Dalits who lived on the margins of Indian society for centuries were catapulted into corridors of power in the post-independence India. In initiating such far-reaching reforms, entire generations of Indians have bravely tried to banish the beliefs on caste taught by their parents for ages." 

"The Contemporary Generation Of Muslims... Needs To Face The Fact That... We Are Taught That Jews Are Evil; It Is Essential That Various Countries Adopt A Long-Term Strategy To Counter Radicalization Among Muslims"

"These lessons should indeed convince Muslim youths across the world today that at least some of the beliefs they have inherited from their parents and clerics are not compatible with the tenets of modern civilization, especially those that conflict with gender equality and undermine peace with other religious groups. Especially, the contemporary generation of Muslims, not just in India but across the world, needs to face the fact that consciously and unconsciously we are taught that Jews are evil. The time is now that Muslim leaders across the world admit this reality of Antisemitism and thereby nurture the next generation of Muslim children on the path of a bright future.

"Fortunately, in its own limited ways India has an established tradition of intellectual and practical work in favor of Islamic reform and need for modern education among Muslims. In the aftermath of the 1857 War in which the Mughal rule was decimated by the British, two responses arose from within the Muslim community: one was led by Islamic cleric Muhammad Qasim Nanautwi (1832-1880) who thought that the welfare of Muslims would emanate essentially from the revival of Islam and went on to establish the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary. The Darul Uloom Deoband today continues to lead Muslims on the path of orthodoxy, seeds the ideology of Islamism and proactively undermines the welfare of Muslim women. It must be rejected.

"A second response emerged under the leadership of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-98) who thought that Muslims in India must learn material sciences, adopt the ideas of the European Enlightenment and inculcate a scientific temperament in order for success in this world; he went on to establish the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, now known as the Aligarh Muslim University. Sir Syed's educational mission, especially with regard to the cause of Islamic reform as espoused by his Urdu journal Tahzibul Akhlaq has been abandoned by the leaders and students of the Aligarh Muslim University, whose only preoccupation in modern times is to organize mushairas, Urdu poetry recitations for entertainment purposes. The growth of burqa culture on the university campus in recent years is also a worrying sign.

"In the post-independence era, a Maharashtra-based Muslim social reformer Hamid Dalwai was perhaps the most astute thinker to ponder over the future of Muslims in the democratic age. He grasped the workings of democracy and argued for securing the rights of citizens in democratic institutions and processes. Dalwai, who has recently been rediscovered and popularized by Ramachandra Guha, argued that secularism of Hindus who treat Muslims as a minority encourages the anti-secularism of Muslims; and minorities in a democracy like India have equal rights, not special privileges. Unfortunately, Dalwai died at the young age of 44 in 1977 and a great hope for Islamic reform in India was lost prematurely. The paths shown by Sir Syed and Dalwai are worth emulating.

"Amid the growing radicalization of Muslim youths in India under the influence of ISIS, it is being realized that the cause of Islamic reform is urgent. Given the nature of the problem India and other countries are facing from the jihadist onslaught, it is essential that various countries adopt a long-term strategy to counter radicalization among Muslims. On its part, India needs to ensure that mosques and madrassas are regulated and their sources of funding audited by government officials. While the role of the Koran and Hadiths in influencing Muslims cannot be eliminated from Muslim societies, it is very much possible to push ordinary Muslims onto a path in which they begin to question at least those of their beliefs which are openly inimical to other communities. Therefore, any reform must also aim at preparing a primer that teaches Muslim children from elementary level about the great thinkers of India and the world, thereby promoting liberal arts and free speech.

"However, the Western governments, which are facing the threat of radicalization in their societies, need to also realize that German fascism was military defeated before it was abandoned by the next generation of German youths. Similar is the case with communism, which had to be militarily defeated before policymakers in India and elsewhere could shed their long-held beliefs on models of development for our people. Thanks to the exemplary global leadership under Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, the fall of Berlin Wall became a reality, thereby unshackling the Indian mind from its six decades of Nehruvian framework. Unfortunately, there is no global leader today that appears rising to meet the challenge of radical Islamism across the world. Before the next generations of Muslim youths across the world shed inherited exclusionary beliefs, the task is this: the international community first must defeat the global jihadism militarily."


Tufail Ahmad

Source: http://www.memri.org

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Malmö's Muslim Leaders Reach Out to Jewish Community - Tova Dvorin



by Tova Dvorin


Sheikh: 'the Jews should not feel that they need to move from the city - they are part of Malmö's history and culture.'
 
Interfaith (illustrative)
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Malmö's Muslim community supports the city's Jews, local representatives told the Swedish Kvållsposten on Thursday - despite rampant anti-Semitism in the city often perpetrated by Muslims themselves.

On Thursday, Malmö's Jewish synagogue erected a wall around its main complex, after threats, insults, and vandalism were perpetrated against the building and the congregation. 

"This is absolutely about anti-Semitism," local Muslim representative Sheikh Salahuddin Barakat stated to Kvållsposten, "and there are probably young people of Muslim background who are behind it. But just because there is a conflict about Palestine does not make it right [for the perpetrators to] act as they did." 

Barakat added that he himself is "exposed" by his own religious garb to insults and threats. 
"I know how it feels and do not want anyone else to have to deal with this," he said. "The Jews should not feel that they need to move from the city. They are part of Malmö's history and culture."

Barakat made headlines for taking this expression of solidarity one step further last week; he and another member of his mosque presented Malmö Jewish leader Rabbi Shneur Kesselman with flowers, and a note reading, ""To Rabbi Shneur Kesselman, the Jewish congregation in Malmö and all the Jews of Malmö - Malmö would not be complete without you!" 

The flowers were accepted enthusiastically, Jewish community leaders said. 

"It's great that they want to help and show their support," Jewish community leader Jehoshua Kaufman stated to the daily. "It is positive, a commitment that means a lot to us." 

Several journalists have documented the virulent anti-Semitism openly expressed by Malmö residents. Barakat's gesture of support was made just days before Petter Ljunggren, a Swedish journalist looking to test attitudes toward Jews, was cursed and assaulted when walking through the city wearing a yarmulke and a necklace with the Star of David.


Tova Dvorin

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