As the David Horowitz Freedom Center unveils its Declaration Against Genocide in Washington on February 9, we are inviting campus groups of all types to join us in condemning the genocidal impulse within Islamo-Fascism.
This Symposium discussion of the term “Islamo-Fascism” takes on a new urgency in light of that Declaration and of the upcoming second Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, which will hit campuses nationwide the week of April 7.
The usefulness and accuracy of this term, and the general necessity of naming the enemy properly as a prerequisite for defeating it, became a subject of national debate during the first Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, and that debate is certain to continue this April. This Symposium is dedicated to many of the issues involved.
Our guests are:
Christopher Hitchens, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, the author of the new book god Is Not Great. How Religion Poisons Everything and the editor of the new anthology, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, the vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of My Year Inside Radical Islam , which documents his time working for the extremist Al Haramain Islamic Foundation.
Bruce Tefft, the Director of CRA’s Threat Assessment Center. He retired from the CIA as a case officer in 1995 after 21 years, 17 working in Stations abroad. He was a founding member of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center in 1985 and has been involved with terrorism issues since then. After his retirement, he continued studying Islamic terrorist techniques and training more than 16,000 first responders, law enforcement, military and intelligence officials in terrorism awareness and prevention. For a two year period following 9/11, he was the Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence advisor to the New York Police Department.
Khalim Massoud, president of Muslims Against Sharia, an Islamic reform movement.
Robert Spencer, a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch. He is the author of seven books, eight monographs, and hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism, including the New York Times Bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Religion of Peace?.
Donna Hughes, Professor and Carlson Endowed Chairperson of the University of Rhode Island Women’s Studies Program.
Thomas Haidon, the Chief Legal and Policy Advisor of the Free Muslim Coalition and a member of its Board of Advisors. A commentator on legal issues surrounding counter-terrorism measures and Islamic affairs, he currently serves as an advisor to the New Zealand government and has provided guidance to parliamentary committees on counter-terrorism issues. His works have been published in legal periodicals, newspapers and other media.
FP: Christopher Hitchens, Robert Spencer, Bruce Teft, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Donna Hughes and Thomas Haidon, welcome to Frontpage Symposium.
Christopher Hitchens, let’s begin with you.
Is the term “Islamo-Fascism” legitimate in terms of defining the enemy we face in the terror war?
Hitchens: The attempt by David Horowitz and his allies to launch “Islamofascism Awareness Week” on American campuses has been met with a variety of responses. One of these is a challenge to the validity of the term itself. It’s quite the done thing, in liberal academic circles, to sneer at any comparison between fascist and jihadist ideology.
People like Tony Judt write to me to say in effect that it’s ahistorical and simplistic to do so. And in some media circles another kind of reluctance applies: Alan Colmes thinks that one shouldn’t use the word “Islamic” even to designate jihad, because to do is to risk incriminating an entire religion. He and others don’t want to tag Islam even in its most extreme form with a word as hideous as fascism. Finally, I have seen and heard it argued that the term is unfair or prejudiced, because it isn’t applied to any other religion. This was most recently argued by Patrick J. Buchanan, who asked us how we would have felt if Franklin Roosevelt had described Mussolini, say, as “Christo-fascist”.
Buchanan in his own autobiography describes being raised in a home where the true heroes were Father Coughlin the Jew-baiting priest, General Franco the foe of the Reds and freemasons, and Joseph McCarthy the drink-sodden bigmouth and bigot. That’s why the term “Catholic fascist” or “clerical fascist” used to be so current on the left.
This was to recognize the undeniable fact that, from Spain to Croatia to Slovakia, there was a very direct link between fascism and the Roman Catholic Church. More recently, Yehoshua Leibowitz, editor of the Encyclopaedia Hebraica, coined the term “Judaeo-Nazi” to describe the messianic settlers who moved onto the occupied West Bank after 1967. So there need be no self-pity among Muslims about being “singled out” on this point.
The actual term “Islamofascism” was first used in 1990 in the London Independent by the Anglo-Irish writer Malise Ruthven, who was writing about the way in which traditional Arab dictatorships used religious appeals in order to stay in power. The expression has some respectable antecedents. In his book, The Politics of Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa, published by Princeton in 1965, the German scholar Manfred Halpern (himself a refugee from the Third Reich) employed the term “Islamic totalitarian” to characterize the mingled worship of a heroic past with the mobilization of “passion and violence”. Perhaps you suspect Halpern of undue sympathy with Judaism or Zionism? Very well, then, consider Professor Maxime Rodinson, one of the most intransigent critics of the state of Israel. In an exchange with Michel Foucault in the late 1970s, on the subject of the nascent Shi’a theocracy in Iran, Rodinson writing in Le Monde alluded to “a certain type of archaic fascism” taking the form of “an authoritarian and totalitarian state whose political police would brutally enforce the moral and social order.” I didn’t know about all of these for-runners when I employed the term “fascism with an Islamic face” to describe the assault on civil society on 11 September 2001, and to ridicule those who presented the attack as some kind of liberation theology in action. “Fascism with an Islamic face” is meant to summon a dual echo of both Alexander Dubcek and Susan Sontag (if I do say so myself), and in any case it can’t be used for everyday polemical purposes, so the question remains: does bin-Ladinism or Salafism or whatever we agree to call it have anything in common with fascism?
I think yes. The most obvious points of comparison would be these. Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind (“Death to the intellect! Long live death!” as Franco’s accomplice General Mola so pithily phrased it in a debate with Miguel de Unamuno). Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons) and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined “humiliations”, and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia (interestingly, also, with its milder cousin, anti-Freemason paranoia). Both are inclined to leader-worship and to the exclusive stress on the power of one great book. Both have a strong commitment to sexual repression, especially to the repression of any sexual “deviance”, and to its counterparts: the subordination of the female and contempt for the feminine. Both despise art and literature as symptoms of degeneracy and decadence, and burn books and destroy museums and treasures.
Fascism (and Nazism) also attempted to counterfeit the then-success of the socialist movement by issuing pseudo-socialist and populist appeals. It has been very interesting to observe lately, especially in its most recent statement on the last anniversary of 11 September, the manner in which Al Quaeda has been striving to counterfeit and recycle the propaganda of the anti-globalist and “Green” movements.
There isn’t a perfect congruence. Historically, fascism laid great emphasis on glorifying the nation state and the corporate structure. There isn’t much of a corporate structure in the Muslim world, where the conditions often approximate more nearly to feudalism than capitalism, but bin-Laden’s own business conglomerate is, among other things, a rogue multi-national corporation with some links to finance-capital. As to the nation state, Al Quaida’s demand is that countries like Iraq and Saudi Arabia be dissolved into one great revived Caliphate but doesn’t this have points of resemblance with the mad scheme of a “Greater Germany” or with Mussolini’s fantasy of a revived Roman empire?
Technically, no form of Islam preaches racial superiority or proposes a master-race. But in practice, Islamic fanatics operate a fascistic concept of the “pure” and the “exclusive” over the unclean and the kufar or profane. In the propaganda against Hinduism and India, for example, there can be seen something very like bigotry. In the attitude to Jews, it is clear that an inferior or unclean race is being talked about (which is why many Muslim extremists like the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem gravitated to Hitler’s side). In the attempted destruction of the Hazara people of Afghanistan, who are ethnically Persian as well as religiously Shi’ite, there was also a strong suggestion of “cleansing”. And of course bin-Laden has threatened force against UN peacekeepers who might dare interrupt the race-murder campaign against African Muslims that is being carried out by his pious Sudanese friends.
Essentially, though, the point of convergence occurs at the word “totalitarian”. Study any serious proclamation about shari’a and you will be struck by the way in which Islam proposes itself as a “total” solution, covering every area of life and effectively abolishing the distinction between the public and the private. All “faith” does this, in my opinion, just as all “faiths” do it, but one cannot fail to be struck by the confidence with which Islamism legislates for absolutism in every department of existence.
This makes it permissible, it seems to me, to mention the two phenomena in the same breath and to suggest that they constitute comparable threats to civilization and civilized values. There is one final point of comparison: one that is in some ways encouraging. Both of these totalitarian systems of thought evidently suffer from a death-wish. It is surely not an accident that both of them stress suicidal tactics and sacrificial ends, just as both of them would obviously rather see the destruction of their own societies than any compromise with infidels or any dilution of the joys of absolute doctrinal orthodoxy. Thus, while we have a duty to oppose and destroy these and any similar totalitarian movements, we can also be fairly sure that they will play an unconscious part in arranging for their own destruction, as well. Meanwhile, however our critics may wail about the way in which we generalize or deal in “stereotypes”, there is hardly one of them who has protested when the American flag is paraded bedecked with a swastika (a swastika!) or a cartoon of the President is carried across campus wearing a Hitler moustache. Who exactly is it who is looking for fascism in all the wrong places?
Gartenstein-Ross: Hitchens draws an excellent analogy between Fascist and jihadist ideology, and offers a competent rebuttal to various pundits’ objections to comparing the two. However, the question Jamie posed is not whether “Islamofascism” is an appropriate polemical term, or whether it is fair to compare militant Islam to Fascism. Rather, he queried whether the term is “legitimate in terms of defining the enemy we face in the terror war”; indeed, some commentators now use the term this way. My contention is that as a definitional term applied to the enemy, “Islamofascism” is too imprecise and in some ways counterproductive.
The first problem is that the term is overly broad. Hitchens actually does a good job of illustrating this problem in his opening remarks. In discussing the term’s history, Hitchens writes that Malise Ruthven first used it when “writing about the way in which traditional Arab dictatorships used religious appeals in order to stay in power.” Arab countries are, for the most part, no less fascistic today than they were in 1990, yet they are not “the enemy” in this war. Much of their heavy-handed police state tactics-for example, in Algeria and Egypt-are in fact aimed at the stateless Islamic militants against whom the present war is directed. (This statement is, of course, not meant as an endorsement of these states’ tactics.)
Taking a closer look at the Muslim world, the state of emergency that Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf declared in early November has much in common with Fascist governance-but it did not transform him from a bumbling and self-destructive ally into an enemy in the present global war. No Middle Eastern government had more in common with Fascist rule than Saddam Hussein’s Iraq: as former CIA director James Woolsey has said, the Ba’ath party was “modeled after the fascist regimes of Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.” But regardless of what one thinks of the Iraq war (and I have made my views on the matter clear), we did not go to war-nor would we have-because of the similarities between Saddam’s rule and Fascism. Rather, the justification was rooted in U.S. national interests, such as intelligence estimates of Iraq’s development of weapons of mass destruction and concerns about possible cooperation with al-Qaeda.
Other groups and countries that possess critical differences may be too quickly lumped together under the “Islamofascist” umbrella. There is currently a lively debate among policymakers and analysts about how the U.S. should deal with the Muslim Brotherhood. While I do not endorse the argument advanced by Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke about “the moderate Muslim Brotherhood,” I think the debate is a legitimate one-and that treating al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in the same way because both are “Islamofascist” would run contrary to our strategic interests. In President Bush’s September 20, 2001 address to the joint session of Congress, he said that the U.S. would “starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another.” I think this is the right approach, and that the overbroad “Islamofascism” definition jeopardizes our ability to produce schisms between groups that in many ways are not alike.
Aside from this definitional problem, there are also tactical problems with using “Islamofascism.” The term is polemical in nature, as Hitchens readily admits when he says that he first used the phrase “fascism with an Islamic face” to “ridicule those who presented [9/11] as some kind of liberation theology in action.” His initial use of the phrase was both clever and effective. But clever polemical turns of phrase are best used sparingly. I would wager that even Hitchens cringes at how some lesser writers have used “Islamofascism.”
The use of a polemical turn of phrase to “defin[e] the enemy we face” can also limit the audience that one reaches. If I’m reading a work that employs the phraseology “Bushitler” or “Zionazi,” that’s usually a strong sign that reading further could only possibly lower my IQ. While “Islamofascism” is not as false as either of those polemical terms, people associate it with a certain political viewpoint about the war against radical Islam. If they do not agree with the viewpoint, the term causes many people to stop listening-and to disregard otherwise legitimate arguments.
Finally, use of the term “Islamofascism” makes it more difficult to work alongside moderate Muslims, who almost uniformly bristle at the phrase. It is true that a number of Muslim moderates have a wide variety of objections to terms analysts use to describe the enemy, and many of their terminological objections are in my view illegitimate. But they have some legitimate objections to the term “Islamofascism.” One legitimate objection, as detailed above, is the term’s overbreadth. Another legitimate objection is that the term will almost undoubtedly be applied against Islamic religious practice that is merely conservative and not violent. This can be seen in some of the similarities Hitchens fingers between radical Islam and Fascism, including “exclusive stress on the power of one great book,” “strong commitment to sexual repression, especially to the repression of any sexual `deviance,’” and “subordination of the female.” These descriptions can apply not just to militant practice of the faith, but also conservative manifestations.
Secularists tend to view all religious practice with suspicion, and overgeneralize on that basis. Note that Hitchens argues that there is a totalitarian tendency not just within extremist Islam, but rather that “all `faiths’ do it.” Or note Christiane Amanpour’s clumsy attempt to liken American evangelicals to the Taliban on CNN’s God’s Warriors. Moderate Muslims are rightly concerned that the “Islamofascist” label will be applied to legitimate theological practices.
In short, I have no problem with Hitchens’s initial description of bin Laden’s agenda as “fascism with an Islamic face,” and I think he proffers a strong defense of the analogy. But the term’s overbreadth obscures real distinctions that analysts need to make, and I believe there are also solid tactical reasons that those of us who care about defeating Islamic extremism should select a different label.
FP: So what is that different label going to be? We can’t just reject a term without offering a term that we think is better to describe our enemy.
Surely “Islamo-fascism” is a legitimate term. We can’t take the Islam out of the fascistic Muslims who are waging war on us, and we would be fooling ourselves if we try to sweep the word “Islam” under the rug. Moreover, it is a given that many Muslims are not fascistic — just as many Italians weren’t fascistic all because Italian fascists existed. And we can’t take the fascist out of the Muslim fascists either.
Khalim Massoud, as a reform-minded Muslim, what do you think of this term? Do you “bristle” at the term in the way that Gartenstein-Ross says that moderate Muslims “almost uniformly” do?
Massoud: I define fascism as a totalitarian political ideology with an element of superiority. German fascism’s criterion of superiority was race. Islamic fascism’s criterion of superiority is religion. Otherwise both ideologies are practically identical.
Mr. Gartenstein-Ross says “use of the term ‘Islamofascism’ makes it more difficult to work alongside moderate Muslims, who almost uniformly bristle at the phrase.” I couldn’t disagree more. As long as the user of the term makes a clear distinction between Islam and Islamofascism, moderate Muslims will not be offended by the term. And the ones who are offended are not moderate. In fact, moderate Muslims were the first to widely use this term to describe radicals in Algeria who murdered more than 100,000 of moderate Muslims.
I also disagree with Mr. Gartenstein-Ross’s contention that “treating al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in the same way because both are ‘Islamofascist’ would run contrary to our strategic interests.” The strategic goals of al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood are identical; they both desire Global Caliphate. They may employ different tactics, but their objective is the same. And they both are Islamofascist organizations. Tactically, they need to be treated differently, but strategically they must be treated the same; these groups must be eliminated.
Starving terrorists of funding and turning them against one another hasn’t really worked so far. How can we possibly starve terrorists of funding when we are pumping billions of Petro-Dollars into Persian Gulf regimes? As for turning terrorists against each other, it might be working to some degree in Israel (Fatah vs. Hamas). However, in Iraq, Sunni terrorists are murdering Shia civilians and vice versa, but they don’t seem to be going after each other.
Mr. Gartenstein-Ross says, “I think this is the right approach, and that the overbroad “Islamofascism” definition jeopardizes our ability to produce schisms between groups that in many ways are not alike.” I don’t think we can rely on these schisms, especially when history shows that supporting the lesser evil, i.e., Afghani mujahideen against the Soviets or Iraq against Iran, may backfire. I think the correct approach is not to focus on making different terrorist groups fight each other, but to empower moderate Muslims and have them fight the radicals.
Tefft: My view is a bit more simplistic, and at the same time an amalgam of the rest of the panel. Islam is indeed fascistic in that it is (like National Socialism, Communism and Fascism) both totalitarian and posits an absolute superiority of Muslims over non-Muslims. This is demonstrated in the Islamic system of dhimmitude and the second class citizenship of kuffars who, if not killed or converted, are forced to pay the ‘jizya’ – the infidel poll tax.
The problem with using the term Islamofascist though is that it implies there is a difference in Islam between fascist Muslims and non-fascist Muslims — and this is misleading and therefore a disservice to our war effort. As the later Suras of the Koran indicate, Islam is to dominate the world, jihad is an obligation if not a duty of all Muslims, and all non-Muslims are to be converted, enslaved or killed.
As you know, the later Suras abrogate any contradictory earlier ones of “peace, love, and tolerance”. Given that the first duty of every Muslim, as an article of faith, is to accept the Koran as the literal word of Allah, is it possible for so-called ‘moderate Muslims’ to pick and choose which part of the Koran they will adhere to? To reject parts of the Koran? My understanding is that if a Muslim rejects the Koran he is rejecting Islam and Allah and is an apostate.
I think the evidence is clear that, as the Prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan said about “moderate” Islam, this past August, “These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
In further support of Erdogan, it is interesting that no Islamic religious authority has pronounced takfir on bin Laden or al-Qaeda declaring them apostates for their terrorism in the name of Islam. This is not from fear of retaliation by the terrorists, but recognition of the fact that bin Laden is not violating Islamic principles. He is practicing Islam as the Koran and the Hadiths dictate.
Insofar as Muslims murdering Muslims, this is human nature and fascist or not, Muslims are humans. They are divided into tribes, and groups, with leaders who have ego problems. Bin Laden and the Ayatollah Khomeini agreed to an alliance in 1995 that the Shia-Sunni conflict was inevitable and would continue but that both sides, as Muslims, must devote their efforts against the main enemy, the Great Satan. After the defeat of the United States and the West, then the Shia and Sunnis would sort out their differences. This agreement has largely held, in spite of the word not getting through to some of the lower level elements who insist on blowing up each other’s mosques in Iraq and Pakistan.
FP: With all due respect, Bruce Tefft, to suggest that there is no difference between fascist Muslims and non-fascist Muslims is completely erroneous. I don’t know if I am missing something, but I think there is indeed a difference between someone who is fascist and someone who isn’t fascist.
It is a given that Islam has an intrinsic problem and that it does serve as a foundation to terror. And it is crucial that people such as yourself have the courage to raise this and to drive the point home. But to suggest that all Muslims are the same, indistinguishable from one another, and all our enemies is absurd. There are organizations such as Muslims Against Sharia and the Muslim Canadian Congress that reject Sharia and reject jihad. There are Muslims, such as the two on our panel, Khalim Massoud and Thomas Haidon, who oppose extremism and are trying to bring Islam into the democratic and modern world. They are not replicas of Osama bin Laden, they do not share his agenda, and they are his enemy and our allies.
Does this mean that there is no problem in Islamic theology? No. Does it mean that Islamic moderates and reformers don’t face a huge challenge in their effort to change Islam, especially when it is true, as you point out Mr. Tefft, that Islam itself disallows any change to its own teachings (i.e. the Qur’an)? No. But this does not mean that there are not many Muslims who want to try to create their own new Islam and who want a relaxation of Islamic principles? Whether they can do this, and whether it is possible, is another matter, but to suggest that all Muslims are the same because there are huge obstacles to an Islamic reformation is based on fundamentally flawed assumptions.
And these kinds of arguments do deadly damage to our own cause since the Muslims who embrace Western civilization and seek to change Islam, whether this is possible or not, are our inspirational hope against radical Islam. They have weapons against the enemy that we do not have and we would be foolish to push them away and consider them our enemy, when they are not.
Thomas Haidon, go ahead.
Haidon: Accurate problem definition is a crucial component to addressing any policy question. The failure to accurately frame issues and problems almost ensures a misguided policy response to any issue. Ensuring that the terminology we use to describe a problem is accurate is crucial. There are real risks if we get it wrong or articulate the problem in a manner that is “under inclusive,” inclusive or “over inclusive” (as Mr Garenstein-Ross has observed). We have seen what happens, at a policy level, when an “under-inclusive” approach has been taken to addressing the Islamist problem. The US “war on terror” has consistently failed (other than in soundbites) to identify Islam’s role. This has lead to flawed policies which have forced “democracy” in the Arab world, which has led to the consequences in Egypt and the Occupied Territories and the resurgence of Ikwan and Hamas.
An over-inclusive approach to problem identification has just been demonstrated to us by Mr. Tefft. This approach not only marginalises the Islamists, but also moderate Muslims who are in a bitter fight for survival in the battle of ideas. Mr. Tefft’s approach is not one rooted in strategy. Moderate Muslims should be viewed by non-Muslims as partners in fighting Islamists. That being said, I can understand and sympathise with Mr. Tefft’s frustration. Moderate Muslims are not always easy to identify.
Overall, while I think there is some incongruence between fascism and the nature of the Islamist threat, at a high-level I think that Islamo-fascism is an appropriate descriptor of the problem. It is neither under-inclusive nor over-inclusive. The challenge we are confronted with is a political, confrontational and authoritarian interpretation of Islam. The writings of the 20th century Islamist revivalists (Hasan Al’Banna, Sayid Qut’b, Abi Al’a Al Mawdoudi, Sheikh Haj Amin Al Husseini) demonstrate approaches in common with fascism. When one reads the writings and teachings of these individuals, which are celebrated in the Muslim world, and which form the ideological basis of the full range of Islamist organisations and movements (from Ikwan to Hamas to Al’Qaeda), there is no mistake about the commonalities and shared characteristics with fascism of Giovanni Gentile or Carl Schmitt, particularly a disdain for democracy and fundamental human rights, in favour of the rights of the collective.
Islamo-fascism, as a term, is neither “under-inclusive” nor “over-inclusive”. It defines the enemy narrowly. It has the potential to isolate some moderate and traditional Muslims, not because of the accuracy of the term, but in its delivery. The methods and ways in which the term is delivered will have a bearing on how moderate and traditional Muslims will react. The term “Islamo-fascism” is now inextricably linked to the so called “right-wing” and those who have traditionally been critical and skeptical of Islam. This perception will continue to contribute to the lack of moderate Muslim “buy in”. In my view, the “right”, which is on the forefront of this fight, needs to develop a more strategic approach in engaging moderate and traditional Muslims. How to achieve this is another question, but one that is closely linked and requires examination. It should be a core assumption (not shared by Mr. Tefft), that moderate Muslims and peaceful traditional Muslims are partners in this process. As Mr. Massoud has indicated, they need to be empowered. The term “Islamo-fascism” has the capacity to be an empowering mechanism, if delivered effectively.
Spencer: Perhaps it would be helpful to step back for a moment and recall some of the features of the phenomenon we are trying to capture in a phrase. The 20th century Islamic revivalists to which Mr. Haidon refers wrote of the need for Muslims to make war against and ultimately replace any government not based on Islamic law with a Sharia regime. This is an explicitly and inherently religious imperative, as Maududi articulated when he said that non-Muslims have “absolutely no right to seize the reins of power in any part of God’s earth nor to direct the collective affairs of human beings according to their own misconceived doctrines.” If they do, “the believers would be under an obligation to do their utmost to dislodge them from political power and to make them live in subservience to the Islamic way of life.” The Islamic way of life – Sharia in its classic formulations by the schools of Islamic jurisprudence — is a total concept, encompassing every aspect of life, and subordinating every human endeavor to the Islamic cause.
Is this an Islamic imperative? Undeniably, to any rational observer — although this half of the “Islamo-Fascism” term is controverted even more heatedly than the other half. The Prime Minister of Great Britain has even forbidden his cabinet to use another compound, “Islamic terrorism,” or to suggest in any way that Islam has anything to do with the.the.the large thing that the world faces today. Yet proponents of this view are indeed, as Mr. Haidon said, revivalists: they are attempting to restore what they argue is the purity and fullness of Islam, and appeal to peaceful Muslims on that basis. Part of that fullness and purity is the proposition that there is no distinction between the sacred and the secular, and that Islamic law must be the law of the land.
Mr. Gartenstein-Ross, however, is quite right when he points out that the term “Islamo-Fascism” has been applied to governments that are not strict Sharia or Islamic revivalist regimes, but are rather dictatorships that – as Hitchens notes regarding Malise Ruthven’s original use of the word “Islamo-Fascism” – “used religious appeals in order to stay in power.” Gartenstein-Ross correctly notes that sometimes these regimes, such as in Algeria, Egypt, and now Musharraf’s Pakistan, cracked down violently on “stateless Islamic militants” who hold an ideology identical to that held by those who attacked us on 9/11. This does complicate somewhat the usefulness of the term. If the enemy is Islamo-Fascism, can the U.S. have Islamo-Fascist allies such as General Musharraf?
Ruthven’s usage is perfectly legitimate: after all, Saddam Hussein, to take the most notorious example, headed an Arab nationalist secular regime, but he never hesitated to use religious language – specifically, the language of jihad warfare – to shore up his base and try to compel Islamic hardliners in Iraq to fight to defend his regime. Nevertheless, Saddam did not institute Sharia and had no desire to do so; Musharraf, despite his own occasional use of Islamic rhetoric, is now actively engaged in combating those who want to make over Pakistan into a strict Sharia state.
The term “Islamo-Fascist” may not, therefore, apply to them or to others like them as well as it does to the likes of Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakar Bashir and others who have made it clear that they are fighting for Islam and Islamic law as they see them: Saddam, Musharraf, Mubarak and the secular rulers of Algeria may indeed be authoritarians – fascists – but there is nothing specifically Islamic about their fascism other than the fact that they themselves are Muslim rulers of majority-Muslim states. The state envisioned by Osama and his ilk, in contrast, is just as authoritarian, but it is so in a strictly Islamic context – which is why those in favor of such a state – authoritarian and Sharia-based — merit the “Islamo-Fascist” label.
I disagree with Mr. Gartenstein-Ross, however, and agree with Mr. Massoud, about the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Gartenstein-Ross contends that “treating al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in the same way because both are `Islamofascist’ would run contrary to our strategic interests,” but Mr. Massoud points out correctly that “the strategic goals of al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood are identical; they both desire Global Caliphate.” As the Muslim Brotherhood’s website itself says:
“We want a Muslim individual, a Muslim home, a Muslim people, a Muslim government and state that will lead the Islamic countries and bring into the fold the Muslim Diaspora and the lands robbed from Islam and will then bear the standard of jihad and the call [da'wah] to Allah. [Then the] world will happily accept the precepts of Islam….The problems of conquering the world will only end when the flag of Islam waves and jihad has been proclaimed..The goal is to establish one Islamic state of united Islamic countries, one nation under one leadership whose mission will be to reinforce adherence to the law of Allah…and the strengthening of the Islamic presence in the world arena….The goal…is the establishment of a world Islamic state.”
That statement is quintessentially both Islamic and, in its authoritarianism and orientation of every aspect of society to Islam, Fascist.
As for Mr. Gartenstein-Ross’ contention that “the use of a polemical turn of phrase to `defin[e] the enemy we face’ can also limit the audience that one reaches,” and that “the term causes many people to stop listening-and to disregard otherwise legitimate arguments,” I’m afraid that is inevitable no matter what term one uses. People make decisions about the veracity of an argument based on who is making it, or where it is published, or what set of catch phrases are being used. That is true across the political spectrum. Dispassionate seekers after truth are as thin on the ground now as they were in Diogenes’ day, and we should not let that fact deter us from using a term that may be accurate, useful and in many ways illuminating.
And in light of the fact that the term is in both of its component parts accurate, I do wonder why, as Mr. Gartenstein-Ross says, moderate Muslims “almost uniformly bristle” at the phrase “Islamo-Fascism.” As I found myself saying many times during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, “Islamo-Fascism” doesn’t imply that all Muslims are fascists any more than “white racism” implies that all whites are racist, or “Italian fascism” that all Italians are fascist. So much for the term’s “overbreadth.” And will it “undoubtedly be applied against Islamic religious practice that is merely conservative and not violent”? A further distinction needs to be made here: are those engaging in this conservative but not violent Islamic religious practice believers in the Islamic supremacist notion that underlies the Sharia imperative? In that case, ultimately it matters little that they are “not violent,” for they are pursuing through non-violent means the same goal that Osama and others are pursuing through violence. There are many non-violent Islamic supremacists even in America today, and we need to be aware of the congruence of their agenda with that of the violent jihadists.
When Mr. Tefft says that “the problem with using the term Islamofascist is that it implies there is a difference in Islam between fascist Muslims and non-fascist Muslims,” I think he is failing to draw the necessary distinction between Islam and Muslims. Religious traditions are large things, and while it is certainly true that all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach that Muslims must wage war against and subjugate non-Muslims under Sharia rule, it does not follow from that that all Muslims, or any given Muslim, knows of such teachings, takes them to heart, or acts upon them — or ever will.
In Islam as in all religious traditions there is a spectrum of belief, knowledge, fervor and emphasis. Islamic supremacism has not, unfortunately, been disavowed by any orthodox sect or school of Islam, but for a variety of historical and cultural reasons these teachings have not been emphasized for a considerable period in some areas of the Islamic world. Because of the deep traditional roots of these teachings, jihadist recruiters in person and via cassette tapes, DVD’s and the Internet are making inroads in these peaceful Muslim communities, and have seized the intellectual initiative in the Islamic world. Nonetheless, there is a large difference between fascist and non-fascist Muslims.
Unlike many analysts, I do not believe we can encourage those non-fascist Muslims by pretending that the Islamic texts do not say what they say, or that the jihadists have no case to make on Islamic grounds; rather, I believe that their case can only be combated by being confronted for what it is. There may be considerable numbers of Muslims who would sincerely renounce Islamic supremacism if given a chance to do so. But since the problem is not even being presented in those terms, non-Muslims are too often fooled by false moderates and pseudo-reformers.
And one quibble: Mr. Tefft says that “the later Suras of the Koran indicate” that “all non-Muslims are to be converted, enslaved or killed.” Actually, the choices for non-Muslims delineated by Muhammad and Islamic law are not conversion, slavery, or death, but conversion, subjugation, or death (cf. Qur’an 9:29, as well as the hadith recorded at Sahih Muslim 4294). Subjugation is not, strictly speaking, slavery, although the distinction between the two at various points in Islamic history was exceedingly fine. Non-Muslims had to accept a humiliating second-class status and held their lives and property always at the sufferance of their Muslim overlords, but they were not slaves outright.
Hughes: The comments and responses in this symposium are useful and enlightening. I think this is just what is needed to characterize and define what our moderator (Mr. Glazov) refers to as “our enemy.” Some may think that referring to Islamic militants as the enemy is too polarizing, but from my view, as a feminist concerned about the well being and rights of women and girls, they are indeed one of the most serious, global threats to women and girls.
As for the term “Islamo-Fascism,” it is a compound term comprised of two essential elements. First of all, it connects the growing threat to the religion that the militants choose to explain and justify their beliefs and actions. They have chosen this base for their ideology. They proclaim themselves to be God’s warriors and call their actions jihad. Their opponents did not project it on to them. It may challenge us to precisely name and identify who they are, but the Islamic radicals are not confused. I know liberal, moderate, and progressive Muslims who also are not confused, they have no trouble distinguishing between the Islamic fundamentalists and Muslims who have different interpretations of the religious texts, especially as they translate the texts into how they live their lives and define their politics.
The second part of the term “Islamo-Fascism” is also important. “Fascism” clearly indicates that this is a political movement. We can debate whether “fascism” is the correct name or not. Some say it isn’t because it differs in some ways from previous fascist movements and regimes. Well, nothing is ever exactly like anything else. I’ll let the historians and political scientists debate this one. If they come up with a better term, they can let us know. The point is we need a term that names this phenomenon as a political movement with common ideology, tactics, and way of ruling once control of territory is established.
A political label also helps us distinguish the political movement from conservative, traditional practices. This distinction is most apparent when we look at the lives of women. There are many families, communities and entire nations that are conservative and traditional, which often translates into suppression and strict control of women and girls. Females are oppressed by discriminatory attitudes and practices, often reinforced by violence (i.e. honor killings). Feminists say that sexism is political. A rallying cry of the second wave of the women’s movement (1960s) was “the personal is political.” While I agree that the status of women and girls is always political, influenced by culture, religion, and traditional practices, I want to distinguish between the small “p” politics of traditional practices, and the capital “P” politics of Islamo-Fascism.
The small “p” politics of sexism is systemic discrimination that exists all over the world; sometimes it is so severe that it reaches the level of oppression. Women’s liberation movements have addressed sexism throughout the world, some more successfully than others. In the ideology and practices of Islamo-Fascism, sexism is politicized. The suppression of women is incorporated in the capital “P” political movement.
As the influence of Islamo-Fascism grows and as Islamo-Fascists gain control of territory, women and girls and their rights become political targets. As I like to say “Terrorism begins at home.” The most severe oppression of women and girls we have ever seen took place under the Taliban in Afghanistan, where girls were banned from education and women were banned from working and consigned to house arrest. They could only emerge from their houses if they covered their bodies and identities with a burqa and were accompanied by a male member of their family.
Islamo-Fascism politicizes sexism, making the oppression of women and girls a political goal. Their success in controlling a population can be measured by the extent to which they have suppressed women and girls. It is their visible sign-to the communities they control and to the outside world-that they are in control. Just as anti-Semitism is a global prejudice, with consequences–sometimes severe consequences-to individuals, it is when anti-Semitism is incorporated into a political movement, as it was with Nazism, that it becomes more virulent and deadly. That is what Islamo-Fascism is doing with sexism. Because even the most misogynous Islamo-Fascist recognizes the biological indispensability of women, they don’t advocate genocide. Instead they practice slavery. Women and girls who violate their rules are viciously punished with whippings. In order to terrorize the rest of the population, a few women and girls are killed, often in brutal public executions, such as stoning to death.
To conclude, it is important to have accurate term or terms to describe the global threat we are facing. The “war on terror” as a label has failed us. My students have no idea what it means. It carries no information. It doesn’t identify the enemies the war is against or their ideas and goals. In fact, it’s a rather sad state of affairs that six years after 9-11 and nine years after the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania we are still trying to decide what to call the people and movement that have targeted us.
In the end, we may decide there are better terms to refer to this militant, deadly political movement, but Islamo-Fascism moves us in the right direction of identifying and characterizing it.
Hitchens: I feel very much vindicated by the comments of the learned members of this panel: whether our disagreements are concerned with principle or with emphasis they are nonetheless of the sort that enable one to learn. I think that the most thin-skinned objector to the coupling of the terms “Islamic” and “fascist” would have to agree that this symposium has enlarged and clarified the subject.
I myself am of the opinion that monotheistic religious belief, with its celebration of an absolutist and unchangeable deity, is in any case implicitly and explicitly totalitarian. But this does not mean that every Baptist in every epoch is always and everywhere the equivalent of today’s members of the deluded “Mahdi Army”, say.
Fascism is not something that can be a permanent part of the landscape. It is hysterical and spasmodic and relies on very strenuous forms of mobilisation. Even when victorious it probably cannot constitute, for very long, a regime. Its tendency to self-destruction is very marked, as I tried to point out. However, it is in some ways precisely this futility and degraded romanticism that make it so dangerous.
I tried to introduce a version of the term because, as Marx says at the opening of the Eighteenth Brumaire, a person trying to learn a new language will always have a tendency to translate it back into the tongue that he already knows. I knew that there would be those who compared the struggle against jihadism to the Cold War (and I argued with Jim Woolsey and others that this was no time to resurrect The Committee for the Free World: an opinion of mine that events have not forced me to reconsider.) The battle, it seemed and seems to me, was very much more like the earlier struggle against an essentially irrational movement. Stalin and Mao may have been deeply unstable people but they were somehow constrained by a wooden materialism: religious intoxication can have the effect of making half-way sane people act with wild disregard for their own self-interest, let alone the interests of others. Khalim Massoud has noticed this demented tendency in the case of the Algerian jihadists, who ended up excommunicating an entire North African population as infidel. Similar pathologies are observable among the sadistic maniacs of Al Qaeda in Mesopotomia.
Let us not forget that ultimate victory over fascism was made possible in large part because of that movement’s own tendency to act in mad ways. (Declaring war on three fronts at once, expelling all those who knew anything about nuclear physics, diverting rail-cars and troops and materiel for the purpose of eliminating civilians.) Thus, in pointing out the kinship between one kind of irrational fanaticism and another, I was also hoping to put a bit of heart and stomach into the argument, and suggest a thoughtful confidence in ultimate victory. This confidence is given a slight surge, in my own case at least, by observation of the criminally insane and self-defeating tactics that the fascists of Islam have been pursuing since the fall of 2001.
I should add the anti-fascists of Islam, who have born much of the heat and burden of the day, deserve a much more honorable title that that of “moderate”. Perhaps this condescending terminology could furnish the material for a subsequent FP round-table.
FP: And the round-table on this subject will begin immediately. Thank you for the excellent idea Mr. Hitchens.
Mr. Gartenstein-Ross, your turn my friend.
Gartenstein-Ross: At the outset, I’d like to agree with Hitchens’s remark that even “the most thin-skinned objector to the coupling of the terms `Islamic’ and `fascist’ would have to agree that this symposium has enlarged and clarified the subject.” In fact, I recently spoke with a “moderate” Muslim colleague (I put the term “moderate” in quotations not to suggest that my colleague is a closet extremist, but to signal my agreement with Hitchens’s statement of the term’s inadequacy) about Hitchens’s initial contribution to this symposium. On hearing that past usage of the terms “Catholic fascist,” “clerical fascist,” and “Judaeo-Nazi” mean that Islam is not being uniquely singled out, he commented, “As a Muslim, that makes me feel somewhat better about the term.”
That being said, I do not waver from my initial position in this debate: while the analogies between Islamic extremism and fascism are clear, and while Hitchens (and, perhaps, others?) has competently employed the polemical term to rebut those who would like to paint al-Qaeda as a kind of turbaned liberation theology, “Islamofascism” is not the term we should use to define the enemy. It seems that I am alone on the panel in taking that position: the only other contributor who opposes the use of this term is Tefft, who argues that it falsely “implies there is a difference in Islam between fascist Muslims and non-fascist Muslims.” That is, obviously, not my argument. Now, it’s always pleasant to be the lone dissenter in a debate-particularly in a debate like this, where I’m not forced to distance myself from the kind of hypersensitive “how could you even think of using that term?” arguments to which the other panelists alluded. But because I am a lone voice, you’ll have to indulge the length of this summary of the reasons that I encourage others to avoid “Islamofascism” as a definitional term.
The first argument I advanced against the term is its overbreadth. Arab countries, for example, are generally no less fascistic than they were in 1990 when Malise Ruthven applied the term to Arab dictatorships-yet they are not the enemy that we’re fighting. My argument on this point has not been refuted. Haidon argues that the term is “an appropriate descriptor of the problem” because such twentieth century revivalists as Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, and A.A. Maududi have approaches in common with fascism. (He also mentions Haj Amin al-Husseini, grand mufti of Jerusalem, who had more in common with fascism than just an approach.) I don’t disagree with the parallels that Haidon draws, but they are not responsive to my argument: while “Islamofascism” is a fair description of the jihadist ideologues whose views drive al-Qaeda and other militant Islamic movements, it also describes many other actors in the Middle East. The term has been applied to groups ranging from al-Qaeda and Hizballah to the PFLP, Iraqi Ba’ath party, and Syrian Alawite elite. “Islamofascism” largely appears to have become a stand-in for “Middle Eastern bad guys.”
Spencer agrees that there is a problem with overbreadth, but attempts to mitigate it by pointing out that although Pervez Musharraf, Saddam Hussein, and other leaders in the Muslim world to whom the term “Islamofascist” might apply employ religious rhetoric, they have not implemented sharia law. Therefore, Spencer states, the term might not “apply to them or to others like them as well as it does to the likes of Osama bin Laden, Abu Bakar Bashir and others who have made it clear that they are fighting for Islam and Islamic law as they see them.” His argument is true enough if one emphasizes the “Islamo” half of “Islamofascism.” But if one emphasizes the “fascism” half of the term, it fits Middle Eastern regimes better than it does al-Qaeda. I do not deny the authoritarian nature of today’s militant Islamic movement, nor its conception of religious supremacy-but some Middle Eastern regimes explicitly drew their organizing principles from twentieth century fascist movements. George Michael (no, not the Wham! singer) writes in his book The Enemy of My Enemy:
The German model of centralized government and corporatist nationalism remained attractive to many of the early pan-Arab nationalists in Egypt, some of whom sought the creation of an “Arab Reich” that would unite all Arabs into one nation. The early pan-Arab leaders searched for methods to mobilize their populations and build independent nations. They were influenced in large part by European fascists who viewed the state as an organic outgrowth of the nation. As they saw it, only a strong, authoritarian state could protect the nation. Hence, the German model of bureaucratic centralization and authoritarianism looked attractive to many Arabs who sought an alternative way to modernize their countries.
This approach was most influential in Egypt, where such former Nazis as Otto Skorzeny, Johann von Leers, Wilhelm Farmbacher, Oskar Munzel, and Wilhelm Voss were given positions in Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government. But former Nazi officials were granted sanctuary in other Middle Eastern states as well (notably Syria), and the fascist model was adopted elsewhere: recall that in my first contribution to this symposium, I quoted former CIA director James Woolsey’s statement that Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath party was “modeled after the fascist regimes of Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.” In contrast, if you look at the kind of rule that was set up under the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia, under al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in those parts of Iraq that came under its control, and more contemporaneously in northern Pakistan, these are not typical fascist states. Rather, their murderous political apparatus is somewhat unique. The same can be said of the long-term end-states laid out by both Indonesia’s Jemaah Islamiyah and also the international Hizb-ut-Tahrir movement. So if you give equal weight to both “Islamo” and also “fascist” in the term we are debating, overbreadth remains a problem.
My remarks about the Muslim Brotherhood have been somewhat misapprehended. Massoud decries the tactic of “supporting the lesser evil,” while Spencer quotes from the Brotherhood’s web site to show that the organization is “both Islamic and, in its authoritarianism and orientation of every aspect of society to Islam, Fascist.” I did not claim otherwise: in my first contribution, I said that both al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood should be considered “Islamofascist” if one employs that term. Massoud in fact makes my point for me by stating that, tactically, al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood “need to be treated differently.” One reason a definitional term like “Islamofascism” is not useful is that it may obscure the tactical need to deal differently with such groups. (Incidentally, I’m currently participating in a separate FPM symposium on the Brotherhood that further elucidates my views on the group.)
Massoud claims that turning terrorists against one another “hasn’t really worked so far.” Nothing could be further from the truth. A critical reason that the U.S. has made such gains in Iraq over the past year is our ability to engage locals through the Awakening movement, along with other institutions such as the Concerned Local Citizens. Our ability to “turn” former insurgents has been an important part of this. Turning former insurgents has reduced the pool of potential recruits for AQI, created a mechanism for allowing experienced Sunni fighters to provide security in their areas, established a security force with local knowledge of AQI (since many of these men were formerly aligned with or subordinate to AQI), and provided a reconciliation mechanism for incorporating large numbers of armed Sunnis into the security forces in their areas. It has also been an important part of convincing people to stop participating in the insurgency. I don’t think the U.S. has done a fantastic job of this beyond Iraq, but Iraq clearly shows that turning terrorists against one another can work.
My next argument was that, tactically, using a polemical term to define the enemy can limit the audience that one reaches. Spencer replies that “[d]ispassionate seekers after truth are as thin on the ground now as they were in Diogenes’ day”-and thus we shouldn’t worry about employing potentially alienating terminology. It is true that we live in an age where public commentary can be characterized by its cheapness, demagoguery, and overall cowardice. Yet I don’t think the situation is as bleak as portrayed by Spencer. If it were, why are any of us wasting our time engaging in public commentary about terrorism and religious extremism? None of the panelists has seriously disputed the fact that the term “Islamofascism” causes a portion of the one’s potential audience to simply tune out. Why use such a term when there are other options?
Finally, I argued that the term “Islamofascism” makes it more difficult to work with moderate Muslims. Certainly Massoud and Haidon provide examples of Islamic moderates who aren’t upset by usage of the term, but Massoud’s statement that “the ones who are offended are not moderate” is simply untrue. I personally know a number of moderate Muslims who take exception to that phraseology. It is true that some Muslim extremists masquerading as moderates have objected to the term, but it’s a category error to say that therefore any Muslim who objects to the term “Islamofascism” is not moderate.
I stated in my first contribution that some moderate Muslim objections to the term “Islamofascism”-and to other terminology used to describe militant Islam-are illegitimate. But are there legitimate objections? I think so. One legitimate objection is the term’s overbreadth, which I have already discussed at length. A second legitimate objection that I outlined in my initial response is the concern that the term will be employed against religious practice that is merely conservative and not violent. In response, Spencer asks whether “those engaging in this conservative but not violent Islamic religious practice” are “believers in the Islamic supremacist notion that underlies the Sharia imperative.” If they are, he argues that “it matters little that they are `not violent.’” While I do not want to excuse those who seek to impose brutal forms of sharia through non-violent means, I note that within virtually all religions there is a constant struggle to determine what the faith means, and how it intersects with society. Some Muslims, for example, define themselves as pro-sharia, but in fact mean that they incorporate sharia into their personal lives while favoring secularism in society. This approach appears contradictory at first, and only time will tell if it can gain traction. There are also some Muslims who define themselves as pro-sharia but interpret the sharia in such a way that it has little in common with the religious laws adopted by the Taliban, the Islamic Courts Union, or Saudi Arabia. I agree with Spencer that we do Muslim moderates no favors “by pretending that the Islamic texts do not say what they say,” but a distinction (albeit one that is not always crystal clear) exists between conservative and militant practices of Islam.
How do I define the enemy? Sadly, my own terminology isn’t all that exciting. I agree with Glazov that one cannot remove the word “Islam” from the equation because that is how bin Laden and others expressly frame their motivations. I tend to use the phrase “militant Islam” because we are contending with Islamic movements defined by their willingness to take up arms for their cause. I use the terms “radical Islam” and “extremist Islam” because Islamic terrorist movements are radical or extreme by any sane definition-and both terms signal that this is not.
Archive for the ‘Algeria’ Category
Walid: The Darfur genocide, I believe, must be viewed not solely as a case of an Islamic jihad, but also as a case of Arab racism and should be seen as parallel to Saddam Hussein’s genocide against Kurds and the Algerian government’s repression of the KayblesFebruary 6, 2008
Arab and Islamic Worlds
RAMADJI.com – Chad’s leading English Newsportal. -Arab and Islamic Worlds turn a blind eye to Darfur ordeal Saturday. Feb 02nd
“Darfur is but one example of Arab racism toward non-Arabs within the broader “Arab world.” The Darfur genocide, I believe, must be viewed not solely as a case of an Islamic jihad, but also as a case of Arab racism and should be seen as parallel to Saddam Hussein’s genocide against Kurds and the Algerian government’s repression of the Kaybles…”.
As Muslims prepare for their Hajj – A Special Bloody Islamic Terror Week Children Hurt in Pakistan Bombing Islamists regroup in Somalia; at least 17 killed Toll in Algeria blast rises to 37 Los Angeles Times UN toll in Algiers bombing rises — Dec. 13, 2007 — Islamists Targeting Christians in Lebanon Dec 13, 2007 Lebanon bids farewell to army general slain in car bombing — Five killed in Indian train bombing — — The Threat and siege of missiles attack from “Palestinians” on Israeli civilians Power of repression “Pamlestinian” masses behind genocidal Hamas rally — Fatah official kidnapped in Gaza Hamas detains adviser to Palestinian PM
New York Times, United States – Dec 10, 2007
By DAVID ROHDE ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 10 — A suicide bomb attack on a military truck carrying schoolchildren outside a Pakistani Air Force base in …
MSNBC – Dec 13, 2007
Dec 11, 2007 Islamic Boimbing in Algeria
Los Angeles Times
The discovery brings the total killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks to 37, according to Algeria’s Interior Ministry. A group called Al Qaeda in the Islamic …
BBC News, UK
More than 30 people died in the attack on UN refugee agency office and a court building in Algeria’s capital. Al-Qaeda’s North African wing said it carried …
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A radical Islamic group that was driven from power one year ago by a Western-supported offensive is making a significant comeback in …
Bomb Kills Lebanese General Who Battled Militants
The leader of Fatah Islam escaped the siege.
Radio Netherlands – Dec 12, 2007
New Delhi (13 December) – At least five people have been killed in a bomb attack on a train in the Indian state of Assam. The bomb was placed on the rails …
Dec 13, 2007
Iraqis mourning the victims of triple bombing in Amarah..
The provincial Health Department lowered the death toll from 41 to 28, citing confusion in the immediate aftermath of the first major bombing to hit the southern city during the Iraq war. At the same time, the estimate of the number of injured grew to at least 180, said Dr. Zamil Shiya, who heads the department…
Soon, 250,000 Israelis will be in rocket range, but residents choose to ignore looming threat…
More than 100,000 people live in Ashkelon today. Should the Palestinian Grad missile do to this town what the Qassam rocket did to Sderot, soon there would be only 90,000 people living here. Hamas would grow the more Ashkelon shrinks. But here, for the time being, repression (of Israelis) is the name of the game…
GAZA — About 200,000 Gazans rallied in support of Hamas on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of its founding.
New York Times, United States – Dec. 15, 2007
The Hamas rally was well-organized and not disrupted, and also featured speeches from Hamas founders and the leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Muhammad al-Hindi. Osama al-Mzeini, a Hamas leader, addressed the Qassam brigades, which are the armed wing of Hamas, saying: “The only language the enemy can understand is the language of power, of force. So speak to them in that language.”
Thousands, including women, sang along with a popular Hamas song, which starts: “A Hamas is not afraid of death.”
Guardian Unlimited, UK – Dec 14, 2007
On Thursday there was another attempt to kidnap a Fatah official, which failed. After its violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in June, Hamas militants …
Media earlier reported that the high-ranking Fatah official…
As Muslims prepare for their Hajj – A Special Bloody Islamic Terror Week
Children Hurt in Pakistan Bombing
Islamists regroup in Somalia; at least 17 killed
Toll in Algeria blast rises to 37
Los Angeles Times UN toll in Algiers bombing rises
Dec. 13, 2007
Islamists Targeting Christians in Lebanon
Dec 13, 2007
Lebanon bids farewell to army general slain in car bombing
Five killed in Indian train bombing
The Threat and siege of missiles attack from “Palestinians” on Israeli civilians
Power of repression
“Pamlestinian” masses behind genocidal Hamas rally
Fatah official kidnapped in Gaza
Hamas detains adviser to Palestinian PM
At least five dead in Pakistan suicide bombing: army
Dec. 15 2007
ISLAMABAD (AFP) — At least five people were killed and several wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an army facility in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, the military and police said…
Around 800 people have been killed in attacks this year, more than half of those in suicide attacks carried out since July — when the army killed about 100 people in a raid on a radical, pro-Taliban mosque in Islamabad.
Bombings, unrest kill 14 in Afghanistan
Dec 15 2007
KABUL (AFP) — Two bombs struck the Afghan capital Saturday, one of them killing five civilians, while nine people died in new attacks in a Taliban insurgency that is in its bloodiest year so far, officials said.
Timeline of 11th day militant (ISLAMIC) attacks
Thursday, 13 December 2007
PARIS, Dec 12, 2007 (AFP) – Attacks blamed on Al-Qaeda and other militant Islamic groups which have been staged on the 11th day of the month: September 11, 2001: Al-Qaeda carries out its most devastating attack when militants slam hijacked passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, while a fourth aircraft crashes in Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people are killed. April 11, 2002: 21 people, including a suicide bomber are killed in an Al-Qaeda attack on a synagogue at the Tunisian resort of Djerba. March 11, 2004: Ten bombs explode on four early morning commuter trains in the Madrid suburbs, killing 191 people from 13 countries and injuring 1,841 others. The attacks are claimed by Al-Qaeda. April 11, 2006: At least 57 people are killed when bombs are set off during a Sunni Muslim religious ceremony with 50,000 people in the Pakistani city of Karachi. July 11, 2006: 183 people are killed and nearly 900 injured in bomb attacks on trains and railway stations in the suburbs of Mumbai, India. Authorities blame Islamic militants fighting India troops in Kashmir. The same day seven Indian tourists are killed in grenade attacks in the tourist zone of Srinagar, the main town in Indian Kashmir. April 11, 2007: Car bomb attacks on the Algerian government headquarters and a police station in the Algiers suburbs kill 33 people and injure more than 220. The attack is claimed by Al-Qaeda’s North African offshoot. July 11, 2007: Ten soldiers are killed and 35 people wounded when a suicide bomber rams a truck full of explosives into barracks in Lakhdaria, an Islamist stronghold in eastern Algiers. Again claimed by Al-Qaeda.
December 11, 2007: A twin car bomb strike on a UN building and the Supreme Court in Algiers kills between 26 and 62, according to differing official and hospital tolls.
The 11th has become a day of choice for major Islamist terrorist attacks
Algeria has been battling Islamic insurgents since the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of the country’s first multiparty elections, … Glance of recent attacks in Algeria International Herald Tribune http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/11/africa/AF-GEN-Algeria-Attacks.php
Al-Qaida wing for North Africa says it’s behind Algiers blasts
International Herald Tribune -
AP CAIRO, Egypt: The North African branch of al-Qaida said in an Internet posting it was behind the bombings in the Algerian capital on Tuesday, claiming also that 110 people were killed in the attacks carried out by two suicide bombers.
‘Jihad recruiters’ held in Spain
Monday, 28 May 2007, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Spanish police have arrested 14 suspected Islamist
militants, mostly in the north-eastern region of Catalonia. The suspects were allegedly involved in recruiting jihadi volunteers for training in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Police in Catalonia detained 11 in Barcelona and other
towns. The others were arrested in Madrid and Malaga.
The interior ministry believes the majority of those arrested
are Moroccan nationals. Police have confiscated a
considerable amount of computer data.
Twenty-nine suspected Islamists – most of them
Moroccans – are currently on trial for the deadly Madrid
train bombings in 2004 which killed 191 people and injured
more than 1,700.
NEWS FEATURE: Alarm in Spain over al-Qaeda call for
its “reconquest”By Sinikka Tarvainen, dpaEds: epa photos available
Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 13:11Subject: /Spain-Terrorism/
Madrid (dpa) – The emergence of a new al-Qaeda-linked
organization in Northern Africa is alarming Spain, which is
concerned about Islamists’ calls for the reconquest of the
country they regard as a lost part of the Muslim world. “We will not be in peace until we set our foot again in our beloved al-Andalus,” al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said
on claiming responsibility for an attack which killed at
least 24 people in Algiers on Wednesday.
Al-Andalus is the Moorish name for Spain, parts of which
were ruled by Muslims for about eight centuries until the
last Moorish bastion, Granada, succumbed to the
Christian Reconquest in 1492.
The terrorists will undoubtedly attempt to extend their
offensive from Northern Africa to European soil, anti-
terrorism judge Baltasar Garzon warned, cautioning that
Spain was at a “very high risk” of suffering an Islamist
The reference to al-Andalus was not the first by al-Qaeda,
which has also vowed to put an end to the Spanish
“occupation” of the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the
Such announcements worry the security services in
Spain, where 29 mainly Moroccan suspects are on trial for
the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 and injured
about 1,800 people.
The bombings were mainly a reaction to the war alliance
of Spain’s former conservative government with the United
States in Iraq, but some of the terrorists are also known to
have dreamed of reconquering al-Andalus.
The bloodbath in Algiers could launch a new string of
attacks in Northern Africa and Europe, including Spain,
terrorism expert Fernando Reinares warned.
Al-Qaeda is extending its activities in Northern Africa,
where the Algiers bombings were preceded by the
suicides of three Moroccan Islamists who blew
themselves up to avoid being captured by police on
The Algerian-based al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,
formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and
Combat (GSPC), intends to federate North African Islamist
cells under a common umbrella.
Some of the people who could attack Spain may already
be in the country, where nearly 80 per cent of prison
inmates jailed on charges related to international terrorism
have come from Northern Africa over the past five years.
Islamist radicals proselytize at an estimated 10 per cent
of Spain’s hundreds of unofficial mosques, which operate
in garages, basements and the like.
Spain has become an important base for the recruitment
of suicide bombers who are sent to Iraq, according to
press reports. Some of the fighters are believed to be
trained in new al-Qaeda camps in Sahel countries such as
Mali, Niger or Mauritania.
The Madrid train bombings appear to have been organized
by a home- grown Islamist cell with the backing of the
Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM).
Ceuta and Melilla, which have sizeable Muslim
populations, could well be the next targets, judge Garzon
Jihad Online: Islamists recruiting in Spain, supporters
rising in CataluñaApril 18th, 2007
Muslim – ‘Palestinians’ war on… Spain
HAMAS Targets Spain By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos’ efforts
earlier this year to remove HAMAS from the European
Union’s terrorist list, have done little to change HAMAS’
agenda. It is not only Palestine that children in the West
Bank and Gaza are asked to liberate; now they are asked
to liberate Seville.
The HAMAS children’s magazine, Al-
Fateh, in a recent issue, (No. 66), tells the children about
the city called Asbilia (Seville) and calls on them to free it,
together with the whole country, from the infidels and to
reinstate Muslim rule.
Gaza Not Enough; Hamas Demands Return of
SevilleHamas demands return of Seville in internet
children’s magazine. The children’s website Al Fateh,
property of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, http://tammybruce.com/2006/01/gaza_not_enough_hamas_demands.php
Hamas Demands Return of Seville to Islam In its latest
issue, the Hamas children’s web site Al Fateh demands
the return of the Spanish city of Seville to the “lost
paradise” of Al Andalus. …
Open Source » Blog Archive » Hamas 2.0 Hamas
demands return of Seville in internet children’s magazine.
“The children’s website Al Fateh, …
A Fatwa in Spain
By Aaron Hanscom FrontPageMagazine.com 9/4/2006
Police protection and armored cars have been regular
features in Gustavo de Arístegui’s life for the past decade.
This is because the author and Foreign Affairs
Spokesman for Spain’s conservative Partido Popular has
devoted a large part of his 25 year career denouncing
radical Islam. After the publication of Arístegui’s latest
book The Jihad in Spain: The obsession to reconquer Al-
Ándalus, Yusuf Fernandez, the spokesman for the
Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities, branded
him an “enemy of Islam.” Then last week came the
discovery of death threats against the Spanish politician
on encrypted Jihadist websites based in Saudi Arabia. I
spoke with Mr. Arístegui by phone on Monday about the
threats facing his country and himself.
Q: Why are radical Islamists obsessed with reconquering
Spain and why should this obsession be a concern for all
A: It’s very much about the objectives and goals that they
have and that to a large extent the West has not
understood. They want to: A) Overthrow governments that
they consider anti-Islamic, corrupt, and above all apostate.
Therefore, in considering governments and regimes
apostate they are entitled, even obliged, to overthrow them
and destroy their leaders. B) Reconquer any kind of
country or territory that has at any time in its history been
under the domain of Islam. C) Reestablish the caliphate.
D) Extend their domain and power over the whole world.
So, yes, the symbolism of Spain is extremely important to
them. Spain was under the domain of Islam for 800 years.
It’s not just Andalucía as some people say. It is almost
all of Spain. And if we are to consider the whole of
Europe, then it would be 4/5 of the Iberian Peninsula,
some parts of the South of France, half of Italy, all the
Balkans, and definitely all the islands of the
Mediterranean. We are facing a very serious threat.
To understand the risks that we face, we’ve got to read
what our enemies have to say about us. Ayman al-
Zawahiri said in his book Knights Under the Banner of the
Prophet that Europe had become a spiritual vacuum that
only Islam could fill and that Europe is the new frontier of
Islam, the new land of conquest, and above all the new
battleground of the global jihad. Europe is the weakest
link in the chain because it has 27 million Muslims of
which some have a certain degree of sympathy for radical
ideas. Therefore, they think that when Europe actually
becomes a continent with a very important Muslim
minority, it will be a very easy target and its land very
easy to conquer.
Q: Describe what you call the “síndrome andalusí” or the
obsession for lost glory. Who is guilty of perpetuating the
myth of Al-Ándalus?
A: Many people, not only Muslim scholars. Romantic
scholars were guilty of perpetuating the myth. Just take a
look at the 19th century novelists and intellectuals who
were obsessed with medieval times. (An example is Sir
Walter Scott and his famous novel Ivanhoe.) That had an
exact equivalent among the Muslim scholars and
intellectuals who were Romantic. They had an obsession
with medieval Spain and the importance that Al-Ándalus
had as the highlight of their civilization.
Western intellectuals have also had a grave responsibility
in perpetuating this myth. Some books like The
Ornament of the World, which is very well-known in the
United States and has been awarded and praised, are
completely false. It is not true that medieval Spain was a
perfect and peaceful coexistence between the three most
important monotheistic religions. Muslims only tolerated
Jews and Christians when they were very powerful and not
so much when they were not so powerful. It had a lot to
do with the political and historical moment. They myth of
Al-Ándalus is a very dangerous myth because people tend
to think that everyone else was responsible for the lost
glory of Al-Ándalus. They believe that Spaniards who
were not Muslims or those who had been Muslim in the
past and converted to other religions such as Christianity
are to blame for the loss of that glory and the preeminence
that they had historically until the 15th century. It is
extremely dangerous because self-criticism does not exist
in a large part of the Muslim world. They believe that
everybody else is to blame for the tragedies that they
suffered, and one of those is definitely the loss of Al-
People tend to forget what Osama bin Laden and Ayman
al-Zawahiri say. There are a great deal of communiqués of
Al-Qaeda signed by these two individuals which clearly
state that the loss of Al-Ándalus was a tragedy. Zawahiri
recently said that Islamic land had to be reconquered from
“Al-Ándalus to Iraq.” This is a very serious threat that not
only Spain and Europe, but all serious, advanced, and
modern democracies should take very seriously.
Q: Please tell us about the buying of land and houses and
the controlling of neighborhoods and cities as a way of
regaining Spain. Why is the resilamification of the
mosque of Córdoba so important to ultra-conservative
A: They call it the policy of the “foot in the threshold.”
Once the foot is in the threshold, they think they will be
able to get in there and reconquer Spain. I state in The
Jihad in Spain that there is a part of the University of Al-
Azhar in Egypt that is obsessed with a very clear strategy
to reconquer land that was once under the domain of
Islam. But this is becoming more and more popular in
many parts of the Islamic world. They believe that
conquering a neighborhood, then a town, then a city, then
a province, and then a region will eventually lead to the
reconquest of the whole country.
Recently, there was a research program carried out by the
Spanish television channel Telecinco. One of the
reporters questioned many Muslims off camera. They
said that because they had been able to conquer Albaicín
(a very important and prominent neighborhood in Granada)
they would absolutely be able to conquer the city and then
all of Al-Ándalus. As the expression goes: Andalucía
first, Al-Ándalus thereafter.
I want to quote Joschka Fischer, the German foreign
minister from 1998 to 2005 and member of the Green
Party. He said that if by any chance Israel were to be fall
and be defeated, the next in line would definitely be Spain.
Q: How have multiculturalism and political correctness
allowed the penetration of radical Islam into Spain and
lowered the country’s defenses?
A: Multiculturalism and political correctness are the most
tried systems for coexistence in Europe and they both
have failed miserably. Multiculturalism is in many ways a
return to the Middle Ages. It means in fact that whoever is
a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim is going to be ruled by
laws and courts of justice that are either Christian, Jewish
or Muslim. This is preposterous. It is very much like the
communities in which the Ottoman Empire was divided up
The Western Left has chosen to see radical Islamism as
the only enemy capable of confronting the West, the
United States, and its allies. They truly believe that it is in
many ways their ally. If you are to observe the way that
Venezuela, Bolivia and other countries dominated by
populist regimes have acted, you will see that they vote
consistently with countries like Iran or Syria, which are
Political correctness and the obsession of the Left with
radical Islamism are deactivating the self-defense
capabilities of Western democracies. By not denouncing
radicals and the movements that are clearly linked to
radical associations, institutions, and even terrorist
organizations, the West is getting closer to being
dominated by them.
Q: How has the Left in Spain responded to the recent
death threats made against you?
A: The radical Left has joined forces with radical Islamists
against me. When they saw the popular and
overwhelming reaction of so many people in Spain
supporting me—even from the moderate Left, they thought
things had gotten out of hand. As a result, they decided
to discredit me and the reality of these threats that have
been confirmed by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
The Minister of the Interior called to tell me that the
Spanish Police Intelligence has found these threats which
are on several Jihadist websites that are encrypted and
based in Saudi Arabia. Their message is clear: I need to
be killed. The Spanish Minister of Defense, who was the
Interior Minister for two years, also called me to show his
solidarity and support.
I deplore the very fact that these extremists from the far
Left in Spain have decided to join forces with those that
attack democracy, because no matter how deep our
differences may be we are supposed to be on the same
Q: Do you think there is a chance that radical Islamists
will one day achieve their dream and Spain will once again
be under Islamic rule?
A: I don’t think so, but the fight will become more difficult
and extensive because Spanish society today is not
willing or ready to accept the threat we face. People here
have become prosperous in a very short time. Spain is
the eighth most prosperous nation in the world. We have
a per capita income of around $28,000 a year. People
want to pay their mortgages, go out on Friday night, take
15 to 30 days off a year from work, buy nice cars, and
generally enjoy the good life. They are not listening to
those of us who are in some ways apocalyptic. But it is
I’m not going to compare myself to Churchill; it would be
extremely preposterous if I ever did. But in many ways I
do feel that some of the intellectuals and politicians who
are denouncing this century’s threats against democracy
are facing the same criticisms that Churchill once faced
before the Nazi threat was evident to the whole world.
While some people are quite aware of the huge danger
that Islamism represents for a large part of the world, they
don’t believe it is capable of jeapordizing their way of life or
their liberties and freedoms in the 21st century. In fact,
this is very much the case.
Islam’s Global War against Christianity
Islam’s Global War against Christianity
By Patrick PooleFrom Nigeria to Indonesia, Christians are under siege in virtually every single country in the Muslim world, the victims of countless acts of discrimination, depredation, brutality, and murder that are so widespread and systematic that it can rightfully be called the new Holocaust. This time, however, the perpetrators of this Holocaust aren’t wearing swastikas, but kufi skull caps and hijabs.
Some of the oldest Christian communities in the world are subject to relentless attack and teeter on the brink of extinction at the hands of the “Religion of Peace”: Palestinian Christians in Gaza and the West Bank; Assyrian, Syriac and Chaldean Christians in Iraq; Coptic Christians in Egypt; Evangelical and Orthodox Christians in Eastern Ethiopia and Eritrea; Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey; and Maronite Christians in Lebanon.
Several of these communities date back to the beginning decades of Christianity and all have weathered wave after wave of Islamic persecution for centuries and more, but in the very near future some will simply cease to exist. In our lifetime, the only trace of their past existence will be in footnotes in history books (and probably only Western history books at that).
Meanwhile, we in the West hear much from radical Islam’s apologists how the US is engaged in a war against Islam citing of our military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are lectured on the inviolability of the Muslim ummah and justifications of defensive jihad.
But an extensive search this past weekend of the websites of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Student Association, the Fiqh Council of North America, and the Muslim Public Affairs Committee – the most visible institutional representatives of Islam in America found not a single mention or reference of the religious persecution of Christians by their Islamic co-religionists, thereby making them tacit co-conspirators in the Final Solution to the Christian problem in the Muslim
The global war on Christianity by Islam is so massive in size and scope that it is virtually impossible to describe without trivializing it. Inspired by Muslim Brotherhood ideology and fueled by billions of Wahhabi petrodollars, the religious cleansing of Christians from the Muslim world is continuing at a break-neck pace, as the following recent examples demonstrate.
Iraq: In the current issue of the American Spectator, Doug Bandow observes that centuries of dhimmitude have left Christians in the war-torn country without any means of self-defense. Washington policymakers have refused to lend assistance for fear of showing partiality, despite the murder of hundreds of Iraqi Christians, the kidnapping and torture of Christian clerics, the repeated bombings of Christian churches, the torching of Christian businesses, and the flight of close to half of the entire Iraqi Christian population since April 2003. Those who remain have been subject to the imposition of shari’a by the Shi’ite Mahdi Army and Sunni militias (al-Qaeda doesn’t bother with such niceties, preferring to murder them immediately instead), including the recent published threat in Mosul of killing one member of every Christian family in that city for Christian women not wearing the hijab and continuing to attend school. (Be sure to remember that the next time an Islamist apologist claims
that the hijab is a symbol of women’s liberation.)
Egypt: Journalist Magdi Khalil chronicles in a new report (“Another Black Friday for the Coptic Christians of Egypt”) the campaign of violence directed against Christian Copts almost weekly immediately following Friday afternoon Muslim prayers. Inspired by Islamist imams preaching religious hatred in mosques all over the country and protected by government officials willing to look the other way, rampaging mobs of Muslims set upon Christians churches, businesses and individuals, from Alexandria to cities all the way up the Nile. Coptic holy daysare also favorite times for Muslim violence, which the Egyptian media likes to
describe as “sectarian strife” – as if it were actually a two-sided affair.
Gaza: Ethel Fenig recently noted here at American Thinker (“More Gaza
Multiculturalism”) the systematic destruction of churches and desecration of Christian religious objects by Jihadia Salafiya following the HAMAS takeover of the Gaza Strip from their Fatah rivals and the imposition of Islamic rule. The head of Jihadia Salafiya told reporter Aaron Klein that any suspected Christian missionary activity in the area will be “dealt with harshly”. (Ynet News)
Saudi Arabia: According to the Arab News, a Sri Lankan Christian man barely escaped with his life in late May when he was found working in the city of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, which is officially barred to non-Muslims. In December, an Indian man had been sentenced to death for accidentally entering the city, but was spared after the Indian embassy made an urgent appeal to the
Saudi Supreme Court.
Pakistan: In Islamabad, Younis Masih was sentenced last month to death under the country’s frequently invoked blasphemy laws, which were also used against six Christian women suspended from a nursing school after they were accused of desecrating a Quran. And as protests against Salman Rushdie’s knighthood raged, a Muslim mob armed with guns, axes and sticks attacked Christians worshipping in a Salvation Army church in Bismillahlpur Kanthan. (Associated Press; United
Press International; Mission News Network)
Bangladesh: Almost a dozen Christian converts in the Nilphamari district were beaten last week by Muslim villagers wielding bricks and clubs, and threatened with death if they did not leave town immediately. Local hospitals subsequently refused them treatment. Christians in the area have also been prevented from using the only potable water well in the area after a pronouncement by religious authorities at the mosque in Durbachari. This came after 42 former Muslims were baptized as Christians in the local river on June 12. (Compass News Direct)
Malaysia: Government authorities demolished a church building on June 4th in Orang Asli settlement in Gua Musang in Ulu Kelantan, despite prior government approval of the project. The church was built on donated property after the entire village had converted to Christianity just a few months ago. Also in late May, the Malaysian high court ruled that Muslims who convert to Christianity must appeal to the religious shari’a courts to officially be deregistered as Muslims and reregistered as a Christians. (Journal Chretien; Associated Press)
Indonesia: Agence France Presse reported last month on an attack by the Islamic Anti-Apostate Movement, who stormed a church service in a Protestant church in the West Java town of Soreang. The AFP report notes that more than 30 churches have been forced to close in West Java and dozens more throughout the country in recent years due to Muslim violence, churches which were among the few spared during the outbreak of hostilities during 1997-1998, where hundreds of Christian churches were burned to the ground and never rebuilt.
Turkey: The Christian community is still reeling from the torture and ritual
slaughter of three Protestants at a Christian publishing house in Malatya in
April by an armed Islamist gang, which was preceded by the murder last year of Catholic priest Andrea Santoro in Trabzon and the assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul in January. An additional six men allegedly associated with the same Muslim gang were arrested on May 30th for plotting an attack on a Christian pastor in Diyarbakir. (Lebanon Daily Star; ADKNI)
Cyprus: The Cyprus Mail reports that during a meeting last month in Rome the Archbishop of the Cypriot Greek Orthodox Church pleaded with the Vatican Secretary of State for the Pope’s assistance to pressure Turkish authorities in restoring and repairing Christian sites and churches in areas occupied since the invasion of the island nation by Turkey in July 1974 and the ethnic cleansing of 160,000 Greek Christian Cypriots.
Lebanon: More than 60,000 Christians have left the country since last summer’s war between Hezbollah and Israel, fearing the rise of both Sunni and Shi’ite extremism and terrorist activity. The Sunday Telegraph recently revealed the results of a poll finding that at least half of Lebanon’s Maronite community were considering leaving the country. More than 100,000 have already submitted visa applications at foreign embassies.
Algeria: In what is considered one of the more “moderate” Muslim regimes, Al-Quds Al-Arabi announced that the Algerian government has just issued regulations requiring advance permission for non-Muslim public events, following a 2006 law aimed at limiting Christian evangelism in the Kabylia region and the Sahara. (MEMRI )
Morocco: In the country that The Economist magazine in 2005 anointed “the best
Arab democracy”, all Moroccans are considered Muslims at birth and face three years in prison if they attempt to convert. They are also prohibited from entering any of the few churches permitted to operate for the foreign
inhabitants of the country. Moroccan Christians must operate covertly for fear of imprisonment by the government and attacks by Islamists. They cannot bury their dead in Christian cemeteries, and they must be married by Islamic authorities or face charges of adultery. Late last year, a 64 year-old German tourist, Sadek Noshi Yassa, was sentenced to six months in jail and fined for missionary activity. (Journal Chretien)
Nigeria: Police in Gombe arrested sixteen suspects after a Muslim mob stoned,
stripped, beat, and finally stabbed to death a Christian teacher, Christiana
Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin, after she caught a student cheating on an exam in March.
Her body was then burned beyond recognition by the mob who falsely accused her of desecrating a Quran. The suspects were released last month without any charges being filed, prompting Christian leaders to accuse government authorities of a cover-up and raising concerns about additional attacks.
Eritrea: Just a few weeks ago, the Islamic government installed a new Orthodox Patriarch after they removed the previous Patriarch and placed him under house arrest for no stated reason. Compass News Direct reported in February the death of Magos Solomon Semere, a Christian who had been imprisoned in a military jail for four and a half years for illegal Christian worship, the third Christian to die in government custody since October. Authorities have also cracked down on unapproved churches, jailing at least two thousand Protestants and members of the Medhane Alem Orthodox renewal movement since the beginning of the year and publicly burning confiscated Bibles. (Christian Post; Compass News Direct ; Journal Chretien)
It is not an exaggeration to say that I could extend this brief list ad
infinitum with additional Islamic countries and news items from just the past few weeks’ worth of incidents of violence, discrimination, intimidation and murder targeting Christians in the Muslim world. In many instances, the government and religious authorities in these Muslim countries work hand-in-hand in their campaign of religious persecution.
A scene in the Academy Award-winning movie Schindler’s List gives us some insight into what is happening all across the Muslim world with respect to Christianity. As the SS Commandant Amon Göth and his Nazi Stormtroopers prepare to liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Krakow, Poland, Göth (played in the movie by Ralph Fiennes) gives his men a peptalk:
For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. Think about that. By thisevening, those six centuries are a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.
This scene is being repeated in the Friday sermons in mosques and on Islamic satellite TV all over the world, only this time it is the Christians in addition to the Jews who are targets. Great efforts are being made to make the two-thousand year history of Christianity in North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia a blasphemous rumor. Soon students in Turkey will be taught that the Hagia Sophia, the greatest architectural structure in the Muslim world, wasn’t built by the Christian Emperor Justinian in the Sixth Century, but by the Sultan Mehmed II a thousand years later after the Ottomans seized the Byzantine capital. That Christians lived at all in the Muslim world, let alone that much of the territory occupied by Muslims used to be Christian lands before the Islamic Wars of Conquest, will be nothing but a rumor by the end of this century punishable according to the precepts of shari’a.
President Bush announced last week that he will be sending a special envoy to the Pr57-member Organization of Islamic Countries. Hopefully, the systematic persecution of Christians and other religious minorities will be the first and primary item in the new envoy’s portfolio, with the 2007 annual report ( http://www.uscirf.gov/countries/publications/currentreport/index.html ) of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the State Department’s Annual Report ( http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/ ) on International Religious Freedom, which name virtually every single country in the OIC for its human rights abuses and religious cleansing, as evidence for our country’s concern.
The fact remains that not a single Christian or Jew lives in peace in the Muslim world, and if it is truly our nation’s foreign policy to spread democracy around the world, this issue is the perfect topic for us to press. Back at home, raising Islam’s global war on Christianity should be the immediate response to the seemingly endless media grievance machine of radical Islam’s Western apologists. Until they begin to address the new Holocaust perpetrated in the name of Islam, their complaints and denials are nothing but bald hypocrisy.
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Against victims such as:
Blacks, Africans * Kurds * Berbers * Israelis * Jews * Afghanis * Iranians, Farsi * Pakistanis * English * Asians * Europeans * Marsh Arabs * Nubians * Al Akhdam * Iraqi Arabs vs Ahwazi Arabs * by “palestinians” (on others)
Arabism Equals Racism
FrontPageMagazine.com October 13, 2006There’s an expression, “The pot calling the kettle black.” It refers to someone claiming a sin in others that is at least as prevalent – if not more so – in the accuser than it is in the accused. Hypocrisy is the name of the game.Turn the clock back three decades.Some things change, others never will – such as the acceptance of anyone else’s political rights in a multi-ethnic region that most Arabs see exclusively as “purely Arab patrimony.” That’s the Arab-Israel conflict in a nutshell; but it is also the core of the Arab-Berber, Arab-Kurd, Arab-Black African, Arab-Copt, Arab-Assyrian, Arab-non-Arab Lebanese conflicts, as well, among others. The Arabs’ Anfal Campaign against the Kurds and their actions in Darfur and the rest of the southern Sudan are just a few of many examples of Arab genocidal actions against all who might disagree.To be accepted, and not literally exterminated, one must do what Egypt’s most successful Copt did – consent to this age-old forced subjugation and Arabization. Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali became a top official in President Anwar Sadat’s government and went on to become Secretary General of the United Nations, as well.“Uncle Butros” instead of “Uncle Tom”.He also instructed that for it to be accepted, Israel, as an entire country, must consent to being Arabized; like those Kurdish kids in Syrian Kurdistan who are forced today to sing songs praising their “Arab identity” and so forth.Back in the 1970s, I was a consultant for a major organization while trying to finish my own doctoral work. One of my main jobs involved being brought in by dozens of major colleges and universities across a three-state region in the American Midwest to balance anti-Israel spokesmen on campus. One such visit was to Ohio University in Athens, near my small-mouth bass fishing grounds in the Hocking River.OU was famous for its English language program for foreign students, so there were numerous folks there from all over the Arab and African worlds.Those were the days of the United Nations’ infamous Zionism Equals Racism resolution. Arab and pro-Arab professors were already hijacking the campus scene, constantly putting Israel under the high-power lens of moral scrutiny in ways that they would never dream of doing to the Jewish State’s surrounding Arab neighbors.It was arranged for me to come to deliver a lecture to balance one given previously by the other side.The Arabs and their supporters – often left-wing Jews themselves – were “loaded for game” when they heard of my invitation. But so was I.I was a card-carrying member of the London-based Anti-Slavery Society, and persistent reports were coming through of slavery (and worse) still being practiced in Arab lands, the lands of some of the same folks screaming about alleged “Zionist racists”. I prepared a small booklet called “Look Who’s Calling the Kettle Black”, which consisted of about a dozen short articles dealing with the hypocrisy of the Arab position. I had numerous copies prepared for distribution.I had some of my host students in the audience ready for action. They were in the company of hundreds who packed the lecture hall, including college officials, professors and so forth. Unlike some of the Hillel organizations elsewhere, the director at OU was on the ball when it came to these issues. My cadre consisted largely of Hillel members.
After my presentation, I had my usual question-and-answer session. That’s when the proverbial manure hit the fan. I was anticipating a Zionism-equals-racism question from the audience and, sure enough, I was blessed with one.
I calmly replied, “Since you are so concerned about such issues, I believe you’ll be interested in the packet of information you are about to receive.”
I then had my cadre pass out the “Look Who’s Calling The Kettle Black” booklets.
After the commotion and dust settled, and it was time to leave for my hotel, several carloads of Arab students followed me. Some members of my group decided it was best to keep me company that night. Think of the Danish cartoons and the Pope’s comment incidents today. The Arab idea of free speech is the same now as it was back then, and as it has always been.
The next day, before returning to my office in Columbus, I decided to visit the nearby famous boot factory in Nelsonville.
What I’m going to relate next may sound a bit melodramatic, but it was for real.
I was on one of the top floors of the factory outlet looking at brand-name dress boots. There was hardly anyone else there, so I was sort of isolated.
All of a sudden, I spotted a half dozen tall, Black men down the aisle from me. One of them then called out, “Mr. Hooonigmannn!”
After my experience the night before, I figured that my time on Earth was up. There were definitely folks at OU who wanted to kill me that night. I nervously stood my ground as they ran up to me.
And if you offered me a million dollars, I would not have traded it for the subsequent experience.
As they grabbed my hands, they said, “Thank you so much for last night. We had never heard or seen what you shared with us before.”
Should I be ashamed to tell you of the tears in my eyes at that moment?
These were not just any folks. These were students, sent by their countries, who would later go on to become some of those nations’ future professionals and leaders.
As I did on dozens of other campuses, through scores of other platforms, and in dozens of op-eds for leading newspapers all over the region, I tried my best to help change some minds – one at a time.
The struggle is as hard, if not harder, today, but those of us who care have no other choice but to continue in this ever-growing uphill battle for a bit of justice for the Jew of the nations.
The Wrong Kind of Mass Murderer by Ariel …Non-Arab Muslims such as the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran; the Berbers ¯ also known as the Amazighes ¯ in … Once again, Arab racism marches on. …
Uncle Boutros and Uncle Tom: A lesson in Arab tolerance …Having written somewhat myself on the subject of the forced Arabization of … keep in mind that Arab racist attitudes also extended to those who–to jump …
Arab leaders ‘Reap what they saw’, their failed racist attempts distinguishing between blood all these years – terror comes home to roost.
RADICAL ISLAMISM = RACISM = GENOCIDE. JIHAD-ISLAMISM
CULTURE OF HATE–JIHAD RACISM ACROSS THE WORLD
The Durban World Conference Against Racism — where the culture of hate was … This Arabization and Islamization of the Bible thus robs not only the Jews … http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/cultuHre.htm
There are two causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The first is Arab racism, which rejects any presence that is not Arab in its neighborhood; the second is Islamic intolerance which leads to the same rejection. http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/horowitz041403.asp
The War of Islam against Minorities in the Middle East. The Religious Core of the Civilizational Clash … the program of Islamization and Arabization remains at the core…
There They Go Again, Those Arab Racists By Ariel Natan Pasko … No, as Arabs, they are part of the greater Arab Nation who since the 7th century has…
The Foolishness of imposing Oppressive Arab Nationalism on Non Arabs http://www.christiansofiraq.com/ArabismMar236.html
The Secret Reasons of the Darfur Genocide: fake Arabic imposed on non-Arabs http://newsbusters.org/node/10071
Israel – Radical Islamism = Racism = Genocide. Jihad-Islamism (not …In Saudi Arabia, state law forbids non-Muslims to practice their faith. … Within this system, Arab Radical Islamists advocate an Arab Caliph, http://www.kokhavivpublications.com/2001/israel/sept/01/0108311102.html
Islam vs. Judaism and Christianity: Some …A process of Arabization and Islamicization took place over the next several hundred years. Arabic – the language of the new ruling class – was used in all …
How far does Arab “palestinian” Racism go, you ask? even in a simple sport game! Non-Jewish Goldberg (mistaken for Jew) made headlines in Chile after fans of Palestino, a Chilean team set up by Palestinian – ‘They called me J. garbage’, That’s PURE Arab racism! http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3241471,00.html
An example of Racism in Arab world, Racism in Dubai, Dubai lives the post-oil Arab dream (how they treat immigrants that make up 85% of the population).
Nazi Roots of Islamic Anti-Semitism7 Aaron S. Klieman, “The Arab States and Palestine”, in: Elie Kedourie and Sylvia G. Haim (eds.), “Zionism and Arabism in Palestine and Israel”,…
Arab Racism on Kurds
Why create one new Arab state when you can have a few? http://www.ifcj.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr004=j3ias81ol1.app7b&page=NewsArticle&id=9649
Halabja: The Racism of so-called Arab Intellectuals towards Kurds and Kurdistan
Yawar, Referendum and Arab racism http://home.cogeco.ca/~kurdistan4/15-10-04-opinion-yawer-referendum.html
Amazon.com: Adel Makhoul: Reviews A book intended to deflect attention from Arab racism, May 1, 2005 … attention from Arab and Moslem attrocities committed against Christians, Kurds, Jews, … http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A11AJB6RFCFXQS?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview
arabs imperialism and RACISM towards Persians Kurds :: NNSeekarab RACISM and imperialism against the Berbers, natives of N. Africa … Kurd terrorists warn of “hell” after Turkey blasts – The Kurds are friends of US … http://www.nnseek.com/e/soc.culture.berber/arabs_imperialism_and_racism_towards_persians_kurds_10257 56t.html
U.S., West blamed in the handling …Saddam’s swift execution… a mix of good ol’ fashion Arab racism http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=00149
Of Kurds, Rats and Locusts… Saddam Hussein called the Kurds infidels to enable his Muslim soldiers to gas them. … http://www.kurdistan.org/Current-Updates/stcloud042104.html
The Kurdish people in Syria has been subjected to racist Arabist policies since … The people of South Sudan have been suffering from Arab genocide too. … http://home.cogeco.ca/~dbonni1/18-3-03-opinion-kamal-miraddeli.html
The Guardian discovers Arab racism. Well I never. … compensation (6) Kurds (3) Libya (6) Morocco (9) North African Holocaust (3) Pakistan (1) Refugees (9) … http://jewishrefugees.blogspot.com/2006/09/shock-horror-guardian-discovers-arab.html
The grievances that Syrian Kurds speak of – lack of recognition for … about racism in arab countries – http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/brian_whitaker/2006/09/racism_in_the_middle_east.html
Why say no to appeasement http://www.hernco.com/myside_danrush_3.htm
This culture of hate has multiple heads from Algeria to Afghanistan, to Indonesia, … Arab racism consists of calling the Land of Israel, Arab land, …
Arab Women Singers Complicit in Rape, It seems to be based on Arab tribalism and Arab racism. It seems to be based on the fact … The situation is analogous to that of Afghanistan in the 80′s. …
Tunisian human rights activist: “Fighting infidels …This is Arab on black racism. Islamic scripture contains several derogatory … In Afghanistan, the “Arabs” of Al Qaeda lorded it over the local Afghans …
There are two causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The first is Arab racism, which rejects any presence that is not Arab in its neighborhood; the second is Islamic intolerance which leads to the same rejection.
Between 1922 and 1948, the Arabs were given 90% of the Palestine Mandate — a territory in which no country existed and which had been promised by its British rulers to the Jews. The Jews were forbidden to live in the Arab portions of the mandate — a concession by the British to Arab racism. At the same time, because the Jews were a tolerant and democratic people, nearly a million Arabs were assimilated into the portion the Jews controlled where they were given more rights than Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East. The Arab response to this compromise was a seven-nation military assault on this new state, which was called “Israel,” and was a state largely composed of recent survivors of the worst genocide in human history. From the outset, then, the Middle East conflict was a war of xenophobic backwardness and ethnic barbarism waged against a persecuted people who intended no harm to their neighbors and sought only peace. http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=7268
Hypocrisy with Israel at Center Stage, the king of Saudi Arabia stated that the Arabs should be willing to sacrifice what amounted to 20% of their population to destroy Israel.
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On Iranians (Farsi)
Iran HeritageIt was in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq where Arab racism attained its most vulgar … The “Arabization” of Persian contributions on the world stage was in full …
Saddam’s Racism, Three whom God should not have created: Persians, Jews, and flies. http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-kengor040103.asp
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http://www.ahwaz.org.uk/2006/04/true-face-of-iranian-tyranny-europe.html THE TRUE FACE OF IRANIAN TYRANNY EUROPE REFUSES TO SEE (Caution on scrolling down, some are graphic)
http://www.unpo.org/article.php?id=5632 Ahwazi: Three Ahwazis Face Execution UNPO, Netherlands – Oct 16, 2006 …Such racism against non-Persian minorities is endemic in Iran – Arabs are criminals, Azeris are stupid, Balochis are drug smugglers, etc – and is intended to …
UN Rights Investigators: Iran Set To Execute Seven Arabs UN Rights Investigators: Iran Set To Execute Seven Arabs. GENEVA (AP)–Three U.N. human rights investigators on Wednesday accused Iran of planning the …
Crimes of Saddam Hussein
Marsh Arabs emerge from shadows… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2003%2F03%2F27%2Fwbasra227.xml
Arab racism against Asians
Young Arabs spit at them when they pass by them on the roads, they curse them and beats them and there are companies that don’t even pay them a penny as salary after 1 or 2 years of work. (I know a friend who had to gone through this). Have you ever voiced against that discrimination? Where is our so-called media on this? http://desicritics.org/2007/02/12/011306.php
Sri Lankan maids abused in the middle east
Even muslims who are non-arabs are treated as low class muslims. http://blogs.bbc.co.uk/worldhaveyoursay/2006/04/south_asian_workers_in_saudi.html
Professor Tariq Modood of Bristol University: “Arab racism is such that most Pakistanis would prefer to work in Britain than in Saudi Arabia for a higher income; racist humiliations from shop-keepers, taxi- drivers, catering staff and so on have become a regular feature of the pilgrimage to Mecca for the diverse ethnic groups of Islam.” http://atheism.about.com/b/a/256255.htm
(Top Muslim cleric of Australia, Sheik Hilali) He said, “The Western people are the biggest liars and oppressors and especially the English race.”
Arab racism against Europeans
At least not in the physical sense how Paris is burning. … (just a few days ago Ayaan Hirsi Ali compared all the Arab leaders to fascists on TV).
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Paris Burning, … in the centuries after the Arab Conquest as a religious rationale for Arab imperialism. …
The proud Berbers
Morocco’s Berbers Battle to Keep Their Culture
Berbers attack Moroccan state racism
Press kit: Issues – Racism against Indigenous peoples – World …Racism against Indigenous peoples Multi-ethnic States and the … The Imazighen (Berbers) are the indigenous peoples of northern Africa and the Sahel. …
BBC NEWS Africa Berbers to boycott Algerian pollThe Berbers in Algeria say they will boycott the presidential polls set for 8 April. … Zoro urges Fifa to act on racism, Aussies struggle on day of drama …
Foreign Policy: The Maghreb in Black and White Maghrebi racism is highly controversial because it contradicts national … Had Ghorbal considered it, the Berbers’ experience would have exposed his …
http://www.libyamazigh.org/ Imazighen in Lybia
http://www.libyamazigh.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?topic=390&amp ;forum=1&6 – Arabization
http://atheism.about.com/b/a/256255.htm Arab racism is such that most Pakistanis would prefer to work in Britain than in Saudi Arabia
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Iraqi Arabs racism Against Ahwazi Arabs
http://www.ahwaz.org.uk/2006/04/al-jafari-expells-ahwazi-arabs-from.html Al-Jafaari expells Ahwazi Arabs from Iraq (April-2006)
Arab Racism against Black Africans
SouthSudan.Net As a result, this neo-colonial mentality in the Arab-Muslim north has fueled and ignited … racism and racialism, Islamic apartheid, forced Arabization and …
GENOCIDE IN SUDAN, Arab racism against Africans
Darfur and arab racism
Writing in The Times, Adam LeBor asks the question that should shame every Muslim petulantly whining about U.S. and Israeli “war crimes” in fighting jihad. When do muslim states deem the lives of fellow muslims not worth saving?
Answer: When they are black Africans
Since the start of the conflict in spring 2003, more than 400,000 people have been killed, or died of disease or malnutrition, while more than two million have been made homeless. The Fur, Zaghawa and Massalit ethnic groups of Darfur, Sunni Muslims, are victims of the first genocide of the 21st century — their menfolk massacred, their women raped, their villages razed, their children thrown into burning houses. Their tormentors abuse them as abid, Arabic for slave, or zurka, meaning “dirty black”.
Arabs and Arabised Muslims never formally ended slavery and had a reconciliation or reparations process for their treatment of Afrikans. It continues in Mauritania and Sudan and only ended in Northern Nigeria in 1936 and Sierra Leone in 1928. There was no Middle East civil war to abolish slavery.
Darfur slaughter rooted in Arab-African slavery
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER
The Associated Press
DAKAR, Senegal — The vacationing Senegalese businessman strolling on a summer evening in a North African resort town could have forgotten he was anything but a Muslim among Muslims, an African among Africans. But a shouted insult from an Arab policeman set the black man straight: “Son of a slave.”
Along ancient Saharan trade routes, 1,300 years of shared history that have mingled the faiths, cultures and skin tones of Arabs and Africans have left another, more vicious legacy: Arab-African slavery that has endured as long as the two peoples have been together, leaving black Africans fighting perceptions of themselves as lesser beings and of Arabs as the civilizing, conquering force.
Today, the old roles are playing out at their most extreme in Sudan’s Darfur region, with murderous results: Arab horseman clutching AK-47s raze non-Arab African villages and drive off and kill the villagers, in what rights groups call an ethnic-cleansing campaign backed by Sudan’s Arab-led government.
To Pape Thierno Ndiaye, the Senegalese businessman who spent the mid-1990s in Arab-dominated North Africa, the message was simply that he was a lesser being than Arabs and unwelcome among them.
“It was like that all the time,” Ndiaye, now back home in Senegal, said of his time on the Arab-dominated northern edge of the Sahara and of the policeman’s insult in the Morocco beach town of Agadir.
“It was insults all the time; all of a sudden, the problem of color had become an ordeal,” Ndiaye said.
In Sudan, experts said similar racism is the spark setting fire to Darfur. Up to 80,000 black African villagers are believed to have died, many slain by Arab Janjaweed nomads competing with them for a fertile zone shrinking under desertification and by a minority Arab government accustomed to keeping power by killing opponents.
U.S. officials said more than 1 million people are displaced and expect about 300,000 of Darfur’s non-Arab Africans will die by the end of the year.
“You, the black women, we will exterminate you,” Amnesty International quoted one 20-year-old black African woman as telling them, speaking of the Janjaweed who abducted the women of her village in September 2003 and raped them for days.
With power and land at issue, Sudan’s central government “is stoking racial and ethnic animus more than it ever has been in Darfur history,” said Eric Reeves, a professor at Smith College in Massachusetts and one of the leading academic experts on Sudan. “It’s the animating feature of the war … on African tribal groups,” Reeves said.
In southern Sudan, the common word for non-Arab Africans today among the Arab elite remains “abid,” or slave. In Darfur, in Western Sudan, non-Arab Africans often are referred to as “zurga,” which translates as “black,” but is thought of more as a slur, Reeves said.
Arab Racist murder shocks African community in Beglium
Film Tries to Capture ‘Truth’ of Bedouin Life [Israel’s democracy & Arab on black racism inside the Bedouin Muslim community] http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/13325
Black Muslims and the Sudan — In These Times Too bad it required the tragedy of another African genocide to provoke a conversation about Arab racism that is long past overdue. …
The Aboud military junta stepped up its campaign of Arabization and Islamization, … and exploitation, and Arab-Muslim racialism and racism in South Sudan. …
of an Islamist ideological and racist definition as … Darfur means clearing the land for Arab colonization … control but who represented the Arabization of African …
GENOCIDE EMERGENCY: DARFUR, SUDAN (April, 2206), Sadly, the continuing Darfur genocide is but the latest evil committed by the Sudanese regime, which since 1983 pursued similar policies in South Sudan. The people of the South, like Darfur, are black Africans, including the Dinka, Nuba, and Nuer peoples, but unlike the Darfuri, they follow Animist and Christian beliefs, rather than Islam. This added a religious dimension to the southern conflict. At the base of both genocides is the Bashir regime’s racism. The Arab Gathering, a shadowy Nazi type brotherhood deeply embedded in the Bashir regime, preaches a doctrine of Arab supremacy and a Sudan “cleansed” of non-Arabs.
Genocide is said to be occurring in Sudan, YET, THE GENOCIDE IS BASED ON A RACIST IDEA OF ‘ARABIZATION’ AND FORCING PURE BLACK CUSHITE AFRICANS TO BECOME …
Even the famous Arab philosopher Ibn Khaldun, expressed racist attitudes … Slavery is still practiced in two Islamic nations: The Sudan and Mauritania. …
UN Report on slavery in Sudan, genocide in the Nuba Mountains, and …As the UN report goes on to note, “fundamentalist Islam and Arab fanaticism play a very … “UN study denounces racism, slavery in Sudan, Mauritania” …
http://www.sudanreeves.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;a mp;req=viewarticle&artid=375&page=1
SLAVERY AND FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAM [Gang-rape by Arab Muslim slave raiders are an integral element of Sudanese slavery.]
Black on Black Muslim perpetrated Genocide in Sudan Becomes the …… is but one example of Arab racism toward non-Arabs within the broader “Arab world. … The toll in Sudan has been extraordinary, but not out of line …
Arab Racism And Imperialism In Sudan (Africa)Arab Racism And Imperialism In Sudan (Africa) … Slavery and kidnapping of Blacks in SE Asia, Melanesia, Papua-New Guinea has been going on for centuries …
An African Asks Some Disturbing Questions of Islam
Arab Muslim racism is just as obnoxious as that of the Europeans, so why is it allowed to continue? For it is continuing. In the 1990′s Sudan in north-east …
Racism at root of Sudan’s Darfur crisis csmonitor.com Reluctance to call it genocide perpetuates hypocrisy in Afro-Arab relations… Arab militias is the racist, fundamentalist, and undemocratic Sudanese state …
The Secret Reasons of the Darfur Genocide: fake Arabic imposed on Non-Arabs, In the very beginning Nobatia was the stronger state, especially because after the middle of the 7th century and the Islamic occupation of Egypt, the south of Egypt escaped totally from the Caliphate’s authority and was therefore annexed by and ruled from Faras. The good times lasted about 200 years, since the mounting pressure from the Toulounid state of Egypt could not be faced by Nobatia that first lost its territories in Egypt, and second compromised with Makkouria, and even merged with its Christian southern rival. Makkouria controlled for several centuries the south of Egypt and the north of Sudan from the area of Aswan to Khartoum. After its collapse in the 13th – 14th c., Alodia was expanded over the southern provinces of Makkouria, and finally in the 16th century succumbed to the African Muslim state of Funj. http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=17560
Most of the mentioned jobs are held by dark skinned Nubian Egyptians from the … You might be right about it being worse than Arab racism towards Sudanese … http://www.sudanesethinker.com/2006/12/10/my-thoughts-on-taraji-mustafas-interview/
Save Darfur.org :: Latest NewsAlready, more than 400000 black Sudanese in the Darfur region have been … in Sudan as an “ethnic cleansing” campaign by ethnic Arab militiamen
Arab Racism against blacks in the press
Les criquets noirs envahissent le nord du Maroc”, c’est le grand titre de la première page du journal hebdomadaire marocain Ashamal numéro 283, du 06/12 septembre 2005 (The black locusts invade the north of Morocco”, this is the big title of the first page of the weekly newspaper Moroccan Ashamal number 283, of the 06/12 September 2005)
MAURITANIA: SLAVERY, ETHNIC CLEANSING, DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION … Listen, we are not against Arabs, but we believe the Mauritanian government is using Arabic supremacy to isolate and deport blacks.
The Ethno-Cultural Persecution of ‘Al-Akhdam’ in the Republic of Yemen … and of non-Arab descent (such as ‘Al-Akhdam’), but also the Socialist party
Malek Khoury, Origins and Patterns in the Discourse of New Arab Cinema [1-20] … The Accursed Minority: The Ethno-Cultural Persecution of Al-Akhdam http://www.tau.ac.il/dayancenter/currentcontents10-2005.htm
Castes in Africa
Countries in Africa who have societies with caste systems within their borders include Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Nigeria, Chad, Ethiopia and Somalia.
The Osu caste system in Nigeria and southern Cameroon are derived from indegenous religious beliefs and discriminate against the “Osus” people as “owned by deities” and outcastes.
Caste systems in Somalia mandate non-Arab descended “outcastes” such as Midgan-Madhiban, Yibir, Tumal and other groups deemed to be impure and are ostracized from society. Similarly, the Mande societies in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana have caste systems that divide society by occupation and ethnic ties.The Mande caste system regards the “Jonow” slave castes as inferior. Similarly, the Wolof caste system in Senegal is divided into three main groups, the Geer (freeborn/nobles), jaam (slaves and slave descendents) and the outcasted neeno (people of caste).
Genocide in Africa Revisited.
Stanton is adding his voice to those of observers at the United Nations, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations who are sounding the alarm that an episode of ethnic cleansing is fast spiralling into outright genocide.
Almost a million black Africans have been displaced from Darfur through the violence of government-backed thugs animated by the same combination of Arabic and Islamic zealotry that made Sudan such a congenial host country for Usama bin Laden and his fellow mujahadeen in the years following the overthrow of the Soviet puppet regime in Afghanistan.
The quest to expand the realm of Arabic supremacy into the Aboriginal territory of black Africans is going forward in Sudan through the mass slaughter of civilians, systemic gang rapes, and the looting and burning of whole villages. The majority of the survivors are being held in virtual concentration camps within southern Sudan
Professor Moses Ochone of Vanderbilt University: “Arab racism is also so deep it is inscribed in the semantics of the Arab language. … the generic word for a black person is the preface “abd,” which translates as “slave,” as in “Abd”-allah (slave of God). … The case of the Sudan is perhaps the most vivid, poignant, and irrefutable example of Arab racism against black Africans. … Arabs never quite saw the raiding of black villages for slaves and cattle, especially in Southern Sudan, as a crime.Arab-speaking Northern Sudanese … are a dark-skinned people, although most of them are of mixed Arab and African ancestry. But (they) no longer perceive themselves as blacks… Indeed, they have long become Arabized.” http://www.nigeriavillagesquare1.com/Articles/ebe_ochonu/2005/07/arab-racism-against-black-africans. html
Let us be clear: what is happening in Sudan has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with racism and racial supremacy. Arab Islamists are … http://brettlock.blogspot.com/2006/09/what-to-do-about-darfur.html
African Liberation of Mauritania Speak on Slavery and Genocide (on evil Arabization – Arab racism)
The African Liberation Forces of Mauritania Speak on Slavery and Genocide
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
The African Liberation Forces of Mauritania Speak on Slavery and Genocide in the Sahel, not only to free Mauritanians from racism and slavery but also to build a more democratic country. The Arab-dominated regime does not want to do anything to bring peace in Mauritania.
We cannot really talk about democracy when 120,000 refugees are left behind, and we cannot talk about democracy when people are enslaved. Before organizing elections in Mauritania, we must free those who are still enslaved, and bring the refugees back. That is our position.
The Arab-dominated regime does not want to do … those two governments (Sudan & Mauritania) went to the same school—the school of Arabization. The professor was Saddam Hussein, and the doctrine was developed in Egypt by Nasser. They follow the pattern of Baathism and Nasserism. In the color of their skin they may not be Arabs, they may be Black. But they want to be Arab, and they follow this policy of Arabization in Mauritania and Sudan.
Read more at http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/902
Middle-East-Info.org – Genocide, Slavery, FGM, Piracy at Sea …
20 years of genocide in S-Sudan: 2 million deaths, 4 million displaced …
already cost more than 2000000 lives and has displaced more than 4000000 people. …
Idi Amin: Committed to Islam Idi Amin, whose 1971 to 1979 reign in Uganda was one of the bloodiest in Africa’s … interview with the so-called “Butcher of Africa” in almost 20 years. …
The only masters of slavery today = Arabs, Muslims, especially on black Africans in Sudan (& in Mauritania), torture and genocide that some estimate the tall of the victims of racist Arab militias at 2,000,000 and counting…
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Palestinian racism exposed – Likud of Holland This is racism, pure and simple. And despite efforts by supporters of Palestinian terrorism to justify the murder of innocent civilians as national … Palestinian Racism. Secretary of State Rice has been the subject of some vicious racial attacks from the Middle East, all ignored by the mainstream media: … http://www.likud.nl/extr312.html
palestinian racism hatred promoted by the Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders for years, … I guess racism isn’t really racism when it’s used in the cause against the … http://americaabroad.tpmcafe.com/blog/lel66/2006/jul/31/palestinian_racism
lgf: Palestinian Racism Watch
Palestinian Racism Watch. As US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits … Too many American blacks are caught up in the great lie fed them by Malcolm …http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21865
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ARABIZATION & ARABISM as a SPREADING VIRUS INFECTED HATRED
ARABIZATION, ARABISM the VIRUS OF HATRED
north of africa . com Arabs and too many of their non-Arab, but fellow Muslim wannabes typically … becomes out-Arabing the Arab in hatred of the Jew, subjugation of the dhimmi (Arabization)
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We are calling upon the world to observe our unalienable rights in Nubia land . The government of Egypt has been launching all kinds of intimidation and discrimination upon Nubian people, without world noticing. We (Nubians) however, charge that the International Community turned a blind eye to Nubians suffering in the Nubian Genocide. The government has embarked on a new project (Toshki project ), and the success of which means a total uprooting and a new exodus of Nubians from their ancient home-land. We have been harassing by government since 1964. We are the idigenous African origins of the ancient Nubian Empire. We are totally forbiden to hold the public meetings, concerning about the government’s systematic robbing and confiscating of our land and destroying of our culture . In 1964 the world’s newspapers wri tten about the deportation of the 400 000 Nubians from the Lower Nubia (Egyptian sector) by force.The deportation,and total transference, however, was quite arbitrary and illegal.
Nubia submerged, Black Egypt washed away – EgyptSearch Forums This is mainly where these racist streotypes about Nubians and other Africans come from. Combine racism in the Arab world with modern racism of British … http://www.egyptsearch.com/forums/Forum8/HTML/001443.html
The Nubian novelist, Hajjaj Adoul, argued that there is severe racism within the Egyptian society at all brackets and classes, giving as evidence the nonexistence of a dark-skinned broadcaster in Egyptian media. Adoul accused the Egyptian society who vanished into the White West, showing hubris towards the black in a bid to offset this imbalance.
Adoul affirmed that within Egypt, dark-skinned people are treated as slaves, or predecessors of slaves, despite the fact that slaves belonged to all races not the black race alome. Egypt is suffering from an egotism based on color, he added, that is both inherited and imported, giving as evidence the wide circulation of ‘Antara’ and ‘Abu Zaid el-Hilali’ biographies (legendary black Arab poets and warriors) among Egyptians. Our countries, he added, occupied as they were by the Europeans feel inferior to them in terms of physical beauty: we always believe that typical beauty is measurable to Europeans. Mr. Adoul further argued that Egyptian minds totally reject to classify Egypt among the African nations, and that they keep cursing the West then, ironically enough, immigrate there.
The Egyptian society is really racist; Egyptian urban areas are egotistic over the rural areas; both Upper Egyptians and peasants are always depicted as laughing stock. Racism, thus, is deeply rooted in the Egyptian society, he affirmed. Mr. Adoul explained that some had acted in solidarity with the Sudanese refugees, while most of the Egyptians “spurned” them. … Mr. El-Borai argued, and that Arab societies in general… the incidents reflect racism within the ranks of the Egyptian people. http://www.cihrs.org/IbnRoshd_details_en.aspx?ibn_id=49
ICRC Press release No. 06/34 – Chad: ICRC aids 40,000 Reuters AlertNet, UK – Apr 18, 2006… assisting 2,500 internally displaced persons south of the town of Adre in eastern Chad, the ICRC is now coming to the aid of some 40,000 Chadians who have been … http://www.alertnet.org/redir/righsection_rel_art__thenews_emergency_AF_WEA_htm/thenews/fromthefield /220224/114538170890.htm
BBC NEWS World Africa Q&A: Sudan’s Darfur conflict Darfur refugees in Chad. Many thousands of displaced people are in need of … Sudan’s government and the pro-government Arab militias are accused of war crimes… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3496731.stm
Chad: Darfur Conflict Spills Across Border Chadian Arabs living along the border appear to enjoy immunity from attack by … “The governments of Sudan and Chad, the African Union Mission in Sudan… http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/02/16/chad12684.htm
Darfur: New Attacks in Chad Documented (Human Rights Watch, 5-2-2006) Sudan’s policy of arming militias and letting them loose is spilling over the … Many of the people displaced in Chad lost most of their harvest… http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/02/03/chad12601.htm
SudanTribune article : Displaced populations in Darfur …some reportedly 400 Janjaweed Arab militia on … Chad accuses Sudan of sheltering and backing the Chadian rebels who attacked Adre – http://www.sudantribune.com/article.php3?id_article=13812
Eastern Chad and Darfur have a similar ethnic make-up, with nomadic Arab groups and black African farmers both seeking access to land and scarce water points.
Our reporter [Orla Guerlin] says the violence in Chad follows the same pattern as in Darfur – mostly Arabs on camels and horseback attacking non-Arab villages.
Without an international protection force, there is no-one to stop the Janjaweed, she says.
Bandala is one of dozens of villages that have been attacked in a wave of inter-ethnic violence pitting Arabs and black Africans that has displaced 120,000 civilians in eastern Chad. At least 70 of the villages attacked have also been torched.
Arab anti-Jewish propaganda
JCPA About JCPA-Anti-Semitism among Palestinian Authority AcademicsThe
Palestinian Authority’s academic anti-Semitism has built an extensive case
against Jewish existence
Columbia to investigate charges of anti-Jewish intimidation by Arab
By Israel Insider staff and partners October 29, 2004
Arabs and Muslims and the old, the new anti-semiticism
Islamic anti-semitic, Jew-haters are creative sorts.
No sooner does one insane allegation against the Jews appear, than it has to
give way for a newer and even more twisted anti-Jew message. Not content with
Koranic vitriol and racism; Arabs and Muslims in the modern age have created
entire industries dedicated to Jew hatred and denigration. Instead of building
peaceful economies, it is easier, at least from the Arab-Muslim mindset; to
build a complex of Jew hatred.
May 5, 2008 … PC(USA) Interfaith Office Acknowledges Anti-Jewish Motifs
and Stereotypes in Commentary About Arab-Israeli Conflict …
The Arab delegates talk of racism. What has happened to the 800000 Jews who
… today contemplate an Arab society which teaches the vilest anti-Jewish hate
Arab anti-Jewish racism in the first half of the 20th century
A scene from Egypt’s anti-Jewish TV extravaganza Horse without
Killing Jews In Israel
This is racism, pure and simple. And despite
efforts by supporters of Palestinian terrorism to justify the murder of innocent
civilians as national liberationor by any other euphemism, this case proves that
the Palestinian terrorists targeting of Jews and only Jews – as many as possible
- is little different in intent than otherr forms of lethal or exterminatory
anti-Jewish murders (I dont use the term anti-Semitic only because some Arabs
claim that because they too are Semites, they cant be anti-Semitic). Obviously
the numbers are different, because Israel is capable of defending its Jewish
citizens, but if it were not, the goal of Palestinian terrorist groups would not
be very different from that of previous groups intent on murdering as many Jews
The websites of various Palestinian terrorist groups proclaim -
usually only in English and almost never in Arabic – that they have no quarrel
with the Jews,only with the Zionists. Yet they target every Jew, regardless of
his or her individual political views, and they apologize when they accidentally
kill a non-Jew, regardless of his political views. The racist acts of these
terrorist groups speak louder than their sanitized English-only anti-Zionist
Propaganda in Syrian and Hezbollah Media Blatant anti-Jewish, anti-Zionist
and anti-Semitic Syrian- produced propaganda … by Mohammed Kishk entitled “
Terrorist Orientation and Racism in Zionist …
Confronting Reality: Anti-Semitism in Australia Today – Jeremy Jones Arab
and Muslim Groups. Some of the most overt anti-Jewish rhetoric in recent …. to
refuse to allow racist and anti-Jewish groups to hire their premises, …
engage in hate-filled characterizations of Jews and overt racist stereotypes.
any Arab apologies and reparations, including to Jews, 650 000 of whom fled Arab
racism to find refuge in Israel. …
May 14, 2007
I have seen so many lies and half-truths by
Western mainstream media exposed in the blogosphere, especially related to
Islam, that I no longer trust them for information….showing how photos
distributed by international news service Reuters from Lebanon had been grossly
manipulated to make Israel look bad. Blogger Zombie argued, in a very convincing
way, that the story about Israel deliberately targeting ambulances in Lebanon
was full of holes, quite possibly a complete fabrication. It proves how easily,
willingly, many Western journalists believe every piece of nonsense Muslims feed
them, as long as it’s directed against Israel, the United States or the West in
general… We call it racism.” “There are limits to our patience, … usually so
careful to condemn hate speech – is utterly silent about Arab racism.
Yossi insists that the 400 Jews living in Hebron are followers of … Here then
is real racism — ARAB RACISM — [in Hebron against Jews]
Israel to … Racist terrorism against Jews; and,. Denial to Israel of equality
before the law …
Glick on Rice’s and Bush’s acceptance and enabling of Arab racism against Jews.
Florida Times Daily (www.timesdaily.com)
reports that the Arab Network Al-Jazeera television had to pay four Kuwaiti
lawyers for deeply insulting them in calling them “Jews”:
the grave of Israel and of the Jews in general is a persistent motif in Arab
orientations toward Israel. Here the following claim, …
of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
A third assumption is the
“fellowship fallacy”-that the Palestinians share Jewish values, goals and
positions. Some Israelis have met informally or in public forums with high-level
individuals from the territories who are connected to the PLO. The Israelis hear
more nuanced statements about the conflict in these discussions than are usually
heard from the PLO leadership. These words are then interpreted as reflecting
what the PLO would agree to in negotiations with Israel. Such was the case after
informal discussions with Faisal Husseini. In October1989, Husseini proclaimed,
“The Palestinian Peace Camp has won, and now leads the PLO and the Palestinian
In the speeches quoted above there was no doubt that the Arab’s
ultimate goal was the destruction of Israel. The attitude toward Husseini
demonstrated the willingness of many Israelis to overestimate words of
encouragement and to underestimate the contradictory and inflammatory rhetoric
he said to others. This scenario continued under Yasser Arafat whose guarantees
about his yearning for peace would, incredibly, be accepted with greater
credibility than his speeches and statements to the Arab media and public, and
the racist curricula taught in Palestinian schools about Jews and the need to
Jew goes into an Arab Muslim neighborhood, he says, ”You have to carry an
umbrella to protect yourself from the stones that fly.”
Moreover, racist assaults on Jewish individuals nearly doubled globally in a …
of appeasement and indifference exists in the West toward Arab racism, …
A European Union-sponsored
conference on “Racism, Xenophobia and the Media” being held today in Vienna does
not include anti-Semitism on its agenda, despite flagrant anti-Semitism in the
media of some attending Arab and islamic countries. The decision to ignore
anti-Semitism appears to have been made in an effort by the European Union, to
appease Muslims. Since Muslims attending the conference are sure to
dragout their bigoted Zionism = racism line, israel has decided to not attennd
the lynching. The anti-Semetic racism of the supposedly anti-racist
conference is further reinforced by the failure of congerence organisers to
invite Jewish and Israeli journalists to give presentations at the
conference. A report on Islamophobia will be discussed by Muslim media
superiority and absolute refusal to accept a Jewish right to self-determination.
hook-nosed schemers seeking world domination. … At the Durban Conference on
Racism, the Arabs openly passed out anti-Semitic cartoons and literature,
including the infamous “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” At issue was Israeli
racism. Israel is made up of people from 102 countries. Arab states are, well,
Academic on PA TV: Killing of Jews is Mandatory
The Protocols of the Elders
of Zion & Denying Israel’s Right to Exist – on PA TV
PA Daily: Israel is
Strangling the World
Dehumanizing Israelis in Official PA Daily
Daily: Israel is Strangling the World
“Jews are monkeys and pigs, conceited,
arrogant, disloyal and treacherous, and will be tortured on Judgment Day”
Afflicting Jews is Muslim destiny – PA Religious Sermon
Hatred of Jews -
an integral part of Palestinian ideology
incitement to antisemitism and racist violence for permitting an article titled
“Jewish matzah is made from Arab blood” …
highly organized and funded racism. The targeting of Israel is a continuation of
the racism Jews have experienced in the Arab world for over a thousand years, a
racism that currently manifests in the form of organized terrorist attacks,
misinformation campaigns, manipulation of the UN in demonizing Israel, and the
global promotion of the goal of destroying the Jewish-majority state. Part and
parcel to the organized targeting of Israel is the mistreatment of Palestinians
by most of the Arab world, used as pawns by openly imperialistic Arab regimes in
their racist campaign against Israel.
Israel’s economic success, largely
self-generated, is depicted in the misinformation campaign as the consequence of
Palestinian suffering. But the real dynamic is that oppressive, terrorist
regimes, such as the one that rules Palestinian society, undermine the potential
for eventual prosperity. Prosperity does not always depend on colonial
exploitation, and suffering and poverty do not result only from foreign-based
Had the public been accurately and historically informed, it
might have demanded that pressure be put on Arab regimes to give equal rights to
Palestinians, as well as women and minority ethnic groups, in their countries,
and to stop supporting or funding or organizing terrorism against Israel. The
public might have demanded safety for Jews who live in Arab-majority lands,
including the Palestinian territories. Activists might not have limited their
concern to those Palestinians who lost their lands upon fleeing invading Arab
armies in 1948; they might equally have demanded fair compensation for Middle
Eastern Jews and their descendants whose land and property were confiscated by
Arab countries fifty years ago. Concerned activists might have organized against
Palestinian terrorist groups, and their networks of support (granted, a more
difficult and dangerous activity than organizing against Israel). If such
international pressure worked, Israel’s existence would no longer be threatened,
Jews would perhaps be able to live in safety in Arab majority lands, and Israel
would have no reason to maintain the occupation.
(Some of) Anti Semitism Global Incidents 2006 (Arab racism &
ColombiaAugust 6, 2006 ” Bogot᠖ Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti was found
in the area around the Israeli Embassy. The spray-painted vandalism included a Star of David intertwined with a swastika and the slogans, “F***ing Jews,” “Jews
Nazis,” “Put an end to the Nazi/Imperialist occupation ” Free Palestine,” and
“No more Israel.”
November 8, 2006 ” Gagny ” Unknown arsonists set fire to the ground floor
of the Merkaz Hatorah Jewish school in a northern suburb of Paris. The fire was quickly extinguished. The school was similarly attacked in 2003. No injuries were reported, and police have initiated an investigation.
September 13, 2006 – Paris ” After identifying him as Jewish, four students
attacked a 13-year-old boy in his suburban middle school, sending him to the hospital. Legal action was being taken against the assailants.
August 2, 2006 ” Saint-Quentin ” A synagogue was vandalized. Panes of glass were broken, chairs were overturned, a silver item of worship was stolen, and a Star of David was covered in black ink.
May 28, 2006 ” Paris ” Members of a black extremist group marched through a Jewish quarter in central Paris shouting anti-Semitic slogans. Police broke up the march. Security was increased in the area.
March 12, 2006 ” Paris ” Vandals broke into a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles and threw religious objects to the ground. Police were
March 6, 2006 ” Lyon ” A Jewish pupil was attacked and kicked in the face
by four youths. Police placed the youths in custody for violence and injury
“with anti-Semitic character.”
March 4, 2006 ” Sarcelles ” A 28-year-old Jewish man was beaten by youths who made anti-Semitic remarks during the assault. The man suffered a dislocated shoulder. The police have arrested four suspects.
March 3, 2006 ” Sarcelles ” A 17-year-old Jewish man, the son of a local
rabbi, was attacked by two men. The victim suffered a broken nose. The incident occurred near the synagogue of Sarcelles in a district known as “Little Jerusalem,” where there is a sizable Jewish community.
March 3, 2006 ” Sarcelles ” An 18-year-old Jewish man was attacked by a
group of five men, who threw him to the ground while shouting insults and
anti-Semitic threats. They escaped with the victim”s cellular phone.
February 13, 2006 ‘Bagneux’ Police believe the kidnapping and murder of a young Jewish man in Paris was motivated by anti-Semitism. Ilan Halimi, 23, was found naked, tortured and burned south of Paris after being held for three weeks by a gang demanding a large ransom. He died of his injuries shortly afterwards.
On February 23, French police arrested 12 of the members of the gang. Another suspect was arrested in Belgium. During the investigation police reportedly found literature linking some suspects to Muslim causes and there are indications that the torture and killing was an anti-Semitic crime. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy on February 21 described the crime as anti-Semitic in nature.
January 9, 2006 ” Cr鴥il ” Two Jewish boys wearing yarmulkes were attacked
in front of a train station in Cr鴥il, a Paris suburb. The 11- and 12-year-olds
were approached by four men of African and Arab origin, who hurled anti-Semitic epithets at them before striking one of the boys to the ground and holding the other forcefully. One of the victims suffered a broken nose. Police arrested four suspects in the assault.
January 7, 2006 ” Sarcelles ” A synagogue was vandalized, with the words
“Juden raus” (“Jews get out”) and “Death to Sharon” etched into the roof. A man later confessed to using an ice-pick to vandalize the building.
There is no secret who attacks Jews in (Arab populated) Paris & who calls for “free palestine”, it’s NOT white KKK types…
BTW, Colombia has a large Lebanese Arab population.
There is no secret who attacks Jews in (Arab populated) Paris & who calls for “free palestine”, it’s NOT white KKK types…
BTW, Colombia has a large Lebanese Arab population.
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