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Madrassa: Breeding ground of Jihadists

March 31, 2009

Madrassa: Breeding ground of Jihadists

Modern Ghana – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎ By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When I for the first time forecasted that Madrassa was becoming breeding ground of Jihadists, many of my fellow journalists instantly raised their fingers at me saying, I was serving the purpose of ‘foreign interest’. Policymakers in the government were even much aggressive in bringing sedition, treason and blasphemy charges against me. They tried to give justification to such actions saying, my criticizing the Madrassa and forecasting the rise of Islamist militancy within such institutions; I was hurting the sentiment of Muslims and was doing harm to Islam!

Ridiculous indeed!

In this article, I will discuss many of the unknown and untold facts on Madrassas in the world, along with some very exclusive investigative information on such religious schools.

Muslims consider Madrassas as the basic place of generating clergies as well as those who can be the custodians of Islam in the respective countries. But, many are still unaware that in the name of religious education, major segment of such Madrassas are active as breeding ground of Jihadists. Instead of real Islamic education, the students are taught of religious hatred. Their brains are filled with the poison of hate towards everyone who is not a Muslim. Moreover, the very old notion of ‘killing Jews and Christians’ and remaining a good Muslim is very strong planted in the minds of thousands of students of such institutions.

For past several years, I have done extensive investigation into the Madrassa education system and the Qaomi [Koranic] Madrassa in Bangladesh as well as studied extensively on such religious schools around the world and each of my inquisitive investigations finally ended in identifying growth of radical and militant Islam right within the 64,000 Qaomi Madrassas in Bangladesh, as well others within the Islamic and non Islamic world.

Although people are always putting focus on Madrassas involvement in breeding Jihadists, they are yet to investigate the inside stories in Madrassas, where male and female students are sexually abused by the clergies on a regular basis. Sodomy is a growing phenomenon in the Madrassas, and according to various reports, silent spread of HIV and Aids is gradually putting a huge blanket on the large number of students and teachers coming of such institutions.

Terrorism and rise of radical Islam is a global problem. Islamic terrorism [also known as Islamist terrorism or Jihadist terrorism] is religious terrorism by those whose motivations are rooted in their interpretations of Islam. Statistics gathered for 2006 by the National Counterterrorism Center of the United States indicated that “Islamic extremism” was responsible for approximately 25% of all terrorism fatalities worldwide, and a majority of the fatalities for which responsibility could be conclusively determined. Terrorist acts have included airline hijacking, beheading, kidnapping, assassination, roadside bombing, suicide bombing, and occasionally rape.

According to some experts, Perhaps the most resonant incident of Islamic terrorism was the 9/11 attack on the United States. Other prominent attacks have occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Britain, Spain, France, Russia and China. These terrorist groups often describe their actions as Islamic jihad [struggle]. Self-proclaimed sentences of punishment or death, issued publicly as threats, often come in the form of fatwas [Islamic legal judgments]. Both Muslims and non-Muslims have been among the targets and victims, but threats against Muslims are often issued as takfir [a declaration that a person, group or institution that describes itself as Muslim has in fact left Islam and thus is a traitor]. This is an implicit death threat as the punishment for apostasy in Islam is death under Sharia law.

The controversies surrounding the subject include whether the terrorist act is self-defense or aggression, national self-determination or Islamic supremacy; the targeting of noncombatants; whether Islam ever could condone terrorism; whether some attacks described as Islamic terrorism are merely terrorist acts committed by Muslims or nationalists; how much support there is in the Muslim world for Islamic terrorism; whether the Arab-Israeli Conflict is the root of Islamic terrorism, or simply one cause.

Osama bin Laden is the millionaire son of a construction magnate. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, is a medical doctor. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaida in Iraq was an uneducated street thug who converted to a radical form of Islam in prison. Recently we saw a female Belgian convert to Islam become a suicide bomber in Iraq. It is difficult to identify what such people have in common other than a willingness to kill — and sometimes to die — for a cause they are convinced is right. No study has so far been able to explain why some people become terrorists and others don’t. Socio-psychological factors and questions of identity seem to be important and the dynamics of various cults have some striking parallels to terrorist cells. One thing we frequently see in the trajectory of terrorists is a conversion experience that occurs within a small, tight-knit group. The dynamics of such groups tend to reinforce personal conviction, especially among individuals whose other social networks have frayed or can’t match the intensity of bonds forged in what is for them an existential struggle.

Often the group is led by a ‘charismatic figure’ such as a ‘jihad veteran’, or jihad entrepreneur who raises funds and recruits for jihad. Such groups are found in many contexts, from prisons to social clubs. Often they are associated with a mosque, but generally they do not hold meetings in the mosque itself. Also the internet is playing a role in this conversion by exposing people to extremist views and the possibilities presented by jihad.

Many of the members of such cells have little history of extremism — or of piety. The most pious are not necessarily those most likely to become terrorists. Indeed, one could argue that for some people it is their poor understanding of Islam — and for the young suicide bomber, perhaps even their naivety — that has made them susceptible to extreme views.

Some analysts have argued that the root causes of terrorism lie not with the psychology or life experience of the individual but with deeper underlying political and economic currents. These root causes are variously listed as poverty, underdevelopment, un-employment, the demography of youth bulges, Palestinian dispossession and so forth.

These so-called ‘root causes’ are relevant but they do not go to the heart of the issue. First, there is the obvious fact that many terrorists are middle class or even from elites. Social studies of terrorists show that they are generally better educated than the broader population.

Secondly, terrorism is not limited to developing countries: look at the history of terrorism in developed democracies such as the United Kingdom. Finally, behind talk of root causes there is an assumption that they are somehow more real than the terrorists’ self-proclaimed motivations, that economic factors are more solid than ideology or identity. But as the protests over the Danish cartoons showed: issues of belief, identity and culture are just as real as material ones for many Muslims, and may well drive the emotions of many even more strongly.

That said, dysfunctional economies and authoritarian political systems magnify feelings of frustration and anger which, in turn, provide fertile soil for those who manipulate questions of identity and victim hood in the cause of violent jihad.

Since 9/11 the nature of the terrorist threat has changed. It has become more decentralized and amorphous. Al Qaida is still an active threat even if it has not been directly responsible for any major attack for the past two years. Al Qaida is fighting a war that it believes will last for generations. It has not given up its goal of conducting catastrophic attacks in the United States. We should not forget that eight and a half years passed between the first and second World Trade Centre attacks, and that the relative failure of the first attack seems to have acted more as an incentive than a dampener.

One of Al Qaida’s ‘achievements’ has been to draw many groups and Jihadists out of their local struggles and focus them on the ‘far enemy’. Zawahiri, now Al Qaida’s chief ideologist, himself moved from a local, Egyptian preoccupation to a global, anti-US ideology. And the story of Jamaah Islamiyah in Indonesia is about the transformation of a group which grew out of a national Islamist movement — Darul Islam — and has gone on to adopt the global Jihadist view of Al Qaida and others.

The terrorist threat today is best understood as a network of networks.

Sometimes the groups and cells that make up this extended network are held together by formal alliances — the best example is the alliance between core Al Qaida and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Al Qaida franchise in Iraq. But most often the links are informal, based on personal contacts. Surprising to some as it may seem, Al Qaida does not exercise command and control over this extensive network. Continued

Madrassa: Breeding ground of Jihadists

Modern Ghana – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎ By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When I for the first time forecasted that Madrassa was becoming breeding ground of Jihadists, many of my fellow journalists instantly raised their fingers at me saying, I was serving the purpose of ‘foreign interest’. Policymakers in the government were even much aggressive in bringing sedition, treason and blasphemy charges against me. They tried to give justification to such actions saying, my criticizing the Madrassa and forecasting the rise of Islamist militancy within such institutions; I was hurting the sentiment of Muslims and was doing harm to Islam!

Ridiculous indeed!

In this article, I will discuss many of the unknown and untold facts on Madrassas in the world, along with some very exclusive investigative information on such religious schools.

Muslims consider Madrassas as the basic place of generating clergies as well as those who can be the custodians of Islam in the respective countries. But, many are still unaware that in the name of religious education, major segment of such Madrassas are active as breeding ground of Jihadists. Instead of real Islamic education, the students are taught of religious hatred. Their brains are filled with the poison of hate towards everyone who is not a Muslim. Moreover, the very old notion of ‘killing Jews and Christians’ and remaining a good Muslim is very strong planted in the minds of thousands of students of such institutions.

For past several years, I have done extensive investigation into the Madrassa education system and the Qaomi [Koranic] Madrassa in Bangladesh as well as studied extensively on such religious schools around the world and each of my inquisitive investigations finally ended in identifying growth of radical and militant Islam right within the 64,000 Qaomi Madrassas in Bangladesh, as well others within the Islamic and non Islamic world.

Although people are always putting focus on Madrassas involvement in breeding Jihadists, they are yet to investigate the inside stories in Madrassas, where male and female students are sexually abused by the clergies on a regular basis. Sodomy is a growing phenomenon in the Madrassas, and according to various reports, silent spread of HIV and Aids is gradually putting a huge blanket on the large number of students and teachers coming of such institutions.

Terrorism and rise of radical Islam is a global problem. Islamic terrorism [also known as Islamist terrorism or Jihadist terrorism] is religious terrorism by those whose motivations are rooted in their interpretations of Islam. Statistics gathered for 2006 by the National Counterterrorism Center of the United States indicated that “Islamic extremism” was responsible for approximately 25% of all terrorism fatalities worldwide, and a majority of the fatalities for which responsibility could be conclusively determined. Terrorist acts have included airline hijacking, beheading, kidnapping, assassination, roadside bombing, suicide bombing, and occasionally rape.

According to some experts, Perhaps the most resonant incident of Islamic terrorism was the 9/11 attack on the United States. Other prominent attacks have occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Britain, Spain, France, Russia and China. These terrorist groups often describe their actions as Islamic jihad [struggle]. Self-proclaimed sentences of punishment or death, issued publicly as threats, often come in the form of fatwas [Islamic legal judgments]. Both Muslims and non-Muslims have been among the targets and victims, but threats against Muslims are often issued as takfir [a declaration that a person, group or institution that describes itself as Muslim has in fact left Islam and thus is a traitor]. This is an implicit death threat as the punishment for apostasy in Islam is death under Sharia law.

The controversies surrounding the subject include whether the terrorist act is self-defense or aggression, national self-determination or Islamic supremacy; the targeting of noncombatants; whether Islam ever could condone terrorism; whether some attacks described as Islamic terrorism are merely terrorist acts committed by Muslims or nationalists; how much support there is in the Muslim world for Islamic terrorism; whether the Arab-Israeli Conflict is the root of Islamic terrorism, or simply one cause.

Osama bin Laden is the millionaire son of a construction magnate. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, is a medical doctor. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaida in Iraq was an uneducated street thug who converted to a radical form of Islam in prison. Recently we saw a female Belgian convert to Islam become a suicide bomber in Iraq. It is difficult to identify what such people have in common other than a willingness to kill — and sometimes to die — for a cause they are convinced is right. No study has so far been able to explain why some people become terrorists and others don’t. Socio-psychological factors and questions of identity seem to be important and the dynamics of various cults have some striking parallels to terrorist cells. One thing we frequently see in the trajectory of terrorists is a conversion experience that occurs within a small, tight-knit group. The dynamics of such groups tend to reinforce personal conviction, especially among individuals whose other social networks have frayed or can’t match the intensity of bonds forged in what is for them an existential struggle.

Often the group is led by a ‘charismatic figure’ such as a ‘jihad veteran’, or jihad entrepreneur who raises funds and recruits for jihad. Such groups are found in many contexts, from prisons to social clubs. Often they are associated with a mosque, but generally they do not hold meetings in the mosque itself. Also the internet is playing a role in this conversion by exposing people to extremist views and the possibilities presented by jihad.

Many of the members of such cells have little history of extremism — or of piety. The most pious are not necessarily those most likely to become terrorists. Indeed, one could argue that for some people it is their poor understanding of Islam — and for the young suicide bomber, perhaps even their naivety — that has made them susceptible to extreme views.

Some analysts have argued that the root causes of terrorism lie not with the psychology or life experience of the individual but with deeper underlying political and economic currents. These root causes are variously listed as poverty, underdevelopment, un-employment, the demography of youth bulges, Palestinian dispossession and so forth.

These so-called ‘root causes’ are relevant but they do not go to the heart of the issue. First, there is the obvious fact that many terrorists are middle class or even from elites. Social studies of terrorists show that they are generally better educated than the broader population.

Secondly, terrorism is not limited to developing countries: look at the history of terrorism in developed democracies such as the United Kingdom. Finally, behind talk of root causes there is an assumption that they are somehow more real than the terrorists’ self-proclaimed motivations, that economic factors are more solid than ideology or identity. But as the protests over the Danish cartoons showed: issues of belief, identity and culture are just as real as material ones for many Muslims, and may well drive the emotions of many even more strongly.

That said, dysfunctional economies and authoritarian political systems magnify feelings of frustration and anger which, in turn, provide fertile soil for those who manipulate questions of identity and victim hood in the cause of violent jihad.

Since 9/11 the nature of the terrorist threat has changed. It has become more decentralized and amorphous. Al Qaida is still an active threat even if it has not been directly responsible for any major attack for the past two years. Al Qaida is fighting a war that it believes will last for generations. It has not given up its goal of conducting catastrophic attacks in the United States. We should not forget that eight and a half years passed between the first and second World Trade Centre attacks, and that the relative failure of the first attack seems to have acted more as an incentive than a dampener.

One of Al Qaida’s ‘achievements’ has been to draw many groups and Jihadists out of their local struggles and focus them on the ‘far enemy’. Zawahiri, now Al Qaida’s chief ideologist, himself moved from a local, Egyptian preoccupation to a global, anti-US ideology. And the story of Jamaah Islamiyah in Indonesia is about the transformation of a group which grew out of a national Islamist movement — Darul Islam — and has gone on to adopt the global Jihadist view of Al Qaida and others.

The terrorist threat today is best understood as a network of networks.

Sometimes the groups and cells that make up this extended network are held together by formal alliances — the best example is the alliance between core Al Qaida and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Al Qaida franchise in Iraq. But most often the links are informal, based on personal contacts. Surprising to some as it may seem, Al Qaida does not exercise command and control over this extensive network….

http://www.modernghana.com/news/208749/1/madrassa-breeding-ground-of-jihadists.html

Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields – Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields – “We Will Islamize America and Arabize Africa” – Dr Hassan Abdallah Turabi from Darfur, Sudan

March 29, 2009

Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields – Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields – “We Will Islamize America and Arabize Africa” – Dr Hassan Abdallah Turabi from Darfur, Sudan

Arabization of Africa, and Its Killing Fields – by Bankie F. Bankie

March 27, 2009

We Will Islamize America and Arabize Africa – Dr Hassan Abdallah Turabi from Darfur, Sudan

The whittling away of the remains of settler colonialism is proceeding with the increased development of Southern Africa. There is no parallel process of decolonisation in the Afro-Arab Borderlands, rather an internationally co-ordinated aggressive action is underway, to coral the Sudan liberation movements in places such as Darfur and in eastern Sudan, into a peace ‘laager’, with the generous dispensation of petro-dollars.

Given that the area of ‘ambiguous relations’(i.e. the Afro-Arab Borderlands) has been pushed southwards into the Sudan as a result of hundreds of years of interaction, it would be illogical to expect such a process of encroachment to stop from one moment to the other.

The push southwards by the same forces in the West African region, explains the tensions in the Ivory Coast, and the generalised fighting which took place in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Charles Taylor and Foday Sankor were trained in warfare and met in Libya.

It was Turabi, who exercised power in the first half of current Sudan President Bashir’s rule, who pursued a deliberate policy of implanting Islam in north America, whilst Arabization was spearheaded in Africa.

It was Turabi who sent some two thousand post-graduate northern Sudanese students to the US with instructions to form friendships with African Americans. Many of these graduates are now in the public service of Sudan.

As it happens, the Nation of Islam, led by Louis Farrakan in the USA, grouping Black Muslims in north America, has pursued a policy of support for the Khartoum regime, having taken material assistance from Khartoum.

Farrakan has gone so far as to say there is no slavery in Sudan, opposing the Writ issue against Bashir. This has affected African-American understanding and concerns about matters in Sudan. So that those demonstrating in the US against genocide in Darfur have been noticeably white.

In Africa, Arabization proceeds apace and now endangers African overall security. This we see in Somalia, where Sharia Law is being introduced.

Whereas Somalia has long been Islamic, it always was a united entity, before the collapse brought on by its last military ruler Siad Barre. It had one language and an African culture. This is now being changed. It will not stop in Somalia. Arabization will be pushed further south deep into Black Africa.

Arabia has used the so called ‘peace pact’ to its advantage, as a strategy to relentlessly push its influence southwards. It was used effectively by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

Like with the UNITA movement of Jonas Savimbi in Angola, the tactical use of the temporary cessation of hostilities, to lull the opposition into a non-combative posture, creating a breathing space, whilst restocking and preparing for the next offensive, is as old as time itself. Such ceasefires do not last.

The attempts by certain quarters to withhold the Writ to be issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Joseph Kony of the LRA, defeated the ends of justice and permitted him to relocate from south Sudan to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the bloody costs of the Congolese and the people of the Central African Republic.

This relocation needs further investigation. There was a time before 2005 and the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), between the Khartoum government and south Sudan, when Kony lived in Juba, which was then a garrison town controlled by Khartoum, under the protection of the Bashir government in Khartoum. Who is to say that Kony is still not financed by Khartoum?

The relentless push southwards by Arabia has never abated – indeed some westerners would say that the major new pre-occupation in international relations at the turn of the century was the global Jihad, which emerged as a counterpoint to the existence of Israel, spreading outside of the Middle East and African theatres, to terrorise the world.

In Africa, current developments in Somalia are cause for sober reflection. Whereas the Somalis in their majority are Muslims, Somalia was known, before the current difficulties, as an integrated society, with one culture and one language, Somali.

What is unfolding, under the noses of the African Union (AU) Peacekeepers, is the annexation of Somalia into the Arab League, Arabia and the Arabian zone of influence – that is the Arabization of Somalia.

Such annexation is precisely what the south of Sudan fought against for some 39 years.

The question is, will Africa south of the Sahara, on this occasion, yet again, be compliant, watching this process without registering protest?

The current Libyan ‘King of Kings’ of the AU, can hardly be expected to intervene in such an issue, going on his past record of intervention in places such as Tchad and Sudan. The supreme dilemma of Chairman Ping of the AU must be, what to tell the peacekeepers in Somalia, is their mission.

Apart from maintaining the peace, why are the belligerents fighting, why are they (peacekeepers) being attacked? What is the root cause of the conflict in the country? History teaches us that soldiers, at the cost of their lives, always return home to inform what were the stakes in the fighting. Usually this has a radicalising impact on the home population.

The era of denial about the truths of the Borderlands is over. If the lessons were not learnt through the history, the contemporary period is littered with case studies in southern Sudan and Darfur, not to mention northern Tchad (Tibesti), northern Niger, northern Mali, Mauritania and now Somalia. The lid can no longer be kept on. The truth is out.

The inquiries of the ICC into mass murder in the Borderlands creates the precedent, which changes the equation in the area. The attempted elimination of the Fur, the Masalit and the Zaghawa ethnic groups of Darfur is an exercise in ethnic cleansing, in the pursuit of demographic change, in order to Arabize Darfur. A similar project was run in south Sudan for some 39 years and is also now underway, which has received scant attention, in Nubia, northern Sudan, where millions are affected.

In Nubia, the intent of Khartoum is to move the Black Nubians off their lands and to resettle them elsewhere, whilst bringing in millions of Egyptian peasants, for settlement.

The purpose of all these operations is to ultimately make Sudan an Arab country, in terms of its majority population. This initiative has been on, in surges, for a millennium. Having failed to conquer south Sudan, the Arabist/Islamist global force, the same operating in Afghanistan, is moving to annex Somalia.

After Somalia they will move further southwards. Some are saying they will thereafter target central Africa.

In this connection it is worth recounting the words of Joseph Lagu, the south Sudanese Anya-nya leader, on page 339 of his book ‘Sudan odyssey through a state – From ruin to hope’, a 2006 publication. Concerning his interaction with Col Muamar Gaddafi during an official Sudanese visit to Libya in 1975, he recounts:

‘He (Col Gaddafi) told us that other Arab leaders and he would like to develop Southern Sudan, but for that to be possible we should allow the South to be Islamised and Arabised. He said that he did not mean that we leaders should change our religion, for he knew we were already Christians. He said he referred to those without religious affiliation that formed the bulk of the population. He told us that for him to get Arab funds for the development of the South, he needed to tell the Arabs that Southern leaders accepted the Islamisation of the South. He made it clear to us that Arabs consider their aid to other people in that perspective’.

In effect what is being posited here is that there can be no peace in the Borderlands, without a structural change in Afro-Arab relations and that such a realignment must incorporate not only the admission of guilt but also atonement.

There cannot be closure without an opening by the wrong-doer, to enable review and judgement. These are prima facie requirements to begin the Afro-Arab civilisation dialogue. Without atonement space is created for Great Power intervention in the Sahel.

Slavery has existed in all the ancient civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe and pre-Columbian America. It had been recognized and accepted by the Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

With both Arab and European slavery, Africans were not the machines, but the cogs in a process whose outcome was unknown to them. The denial of their languages and cultures in effect denationalised the Africans, turning them into assimilados and Black Arabs.

However, in Arabia Black Muslims are not accorded the same status as pure Arabs. They are referred, even in Mecca during the Haj, as ‘abed’, meaning slave. Whereas in the western world the human rights concept has made possible an Obama, in Arabia such a phenomenon, of a Black president is inconceivable, such is the level of racism.

In Arabia and amongst Arabs, anti-Black racism is a fact of life, be it in Libya or in Egypt. So that Africans, who, by colonial design, are ruled by Arabs, as is the case in south Sudan and Mauritania, for example, are the subjects of an apartheid system which is even more oppressive, due to Arabia’s lack of enlightenment, than the racist system which was in place in southern Africa.

All need to take cognizance of this fact, especially those concerned with human rights issues. It is only today that the moral guardians, in places such as the Hague, have steered themselves to scrutinize what is an historic reality known by all who live in the Borderlands, that over centuries Africans have been the targets of genocide and slavery in the Borderlands, otherwise known as the ‘killing fields’ for Africans, because historically speaking, that is what the Sahel has been.

It was not a melting pot, but an area of agony, sorrow, distress and death as slave convoys walked northwards to their fate. The truths of this area are now exposed in the mass slaughter perpetrated in south Sudan, Darfur and elsewhere.

Northern Sudanese, who pride themselves as being Arabs, more Arab than the Arabs of the Middle East, are considered second class Arabs in Arabia, because of their dark pigmentation. Northern Sudanese such as President Bashir of Sudan would have been classified, in the Southern African context, as ‘coloureds’. They are a mixture of Arab and African.

Indeed, Bashir is a Falata, that is a northern Sudanese of Nigerian Fulani extraction.

It needs to be said that since the time of the establishment of Islam in Mecca in present day Saudi Arabia, pilgrims from west Africa, particularly from Nigeria, have been passing through northern Sudan on their way to Mecca. Many stayed on in the Holy Lands. Many also settled in northern Sudan.

The historical links between northern Sudan and Nigeria are umbilical, such that Nigeria cannot be indifferent to developments in Sudan in general. It goes further than that. There are ties of kinship between the Hausa/Fulani of Nigeria and the people of Darfur traced back over hundreds of years.

Due to Islam/Arabization and Sudan’s strategic location on the Nile, the northern Sudanese have taken on a persona, especially under the leadership of Bashir’s National Islamic Front (NIF)/National Congress Party (NCP), of being the guardians of Arab hegemony in the eastern Sahel and of being more Arab than the Arabs of the Middle East, despite their second class status in Arabia.

Logically, it could be analysed that the northern Sudanese act as the advance guard, to protect and push forward Arab and Islamic interests into east Africa.

In that cause they have and continue to be the guardians of Arab interests in Africa, on which basis they obtain the support of Arab interests and finance worldwide.

One of the principal executioners in the promotion of this policy is Salah Gosh, Head of Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Service, who recently told an audience celebrating his promotion to Field Marshal:
‘ We (the government) were Islamic extremist then became moderate and civilized believing in peace and life for everyone.

“However we will revert back ( if the Writ of the ICC is issued against President Bashir ) to how we were if necessary.”

He continued:

‘Anyone who attempts to put his hand to execute (ICC) plans we will cut his hands, head and parts because it is a non-negotiable issue.’

The Sudanese scholar Yusuf Fadl Hassan ‘On the historical roots of Afro-Arab relations’ stated in ‘The Arabs and Africa’ (1985):

‘Slavery is slavery and cannot be beautified by cosmetics. It left an extreme bitterness in the central parts of the [African] continent against the Arab minority which lived on the coast. Because this issue disturbs Afro-Arab relations it should be studied courageously and objectively’.

Arab-led slavery of Africans in the past and in the present goes to the core of the relationship of Africans with Arabs, it is an issue that both Africans and Arabs frequently treat as a matter to be hushed up because of the embarrassing reaction it generates…

http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=3347

More on Fascism in the Arab world

March 27, 2009
More on Fascism in the Arab world
 
A Backgrounder of the Nazi Activities in North Africa and the Middle East During the Era of the Holocaust
 
Key issues the reader should note: 1. The Islamic leadership (vis-à-vis the Mufti) did in fact have a significant relationship with the German government during the era of the Holocaust. 2. Pro-Nazi sentiment often resulted in grave consequences against the Jews in Arab countries during the Holocaust. 3. The Germans influenced the Arabs resulting in incitement that led to attacks against Jews in Arab cities during the Holocaust. 4. The Mufti promoted the idea to the Nazis of destroying the Jews before they could escape to Palestine. 5. The Axis powers persecuted Jews in North Africa during the Holocaust… 
 
• Bernard Lewis states: “We know that within weeks of Hitler’s coming to power in 1933, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem got in touch with the German consul general in Jerusalem, Doctor Heinrich Wolff, and offered his services.” 1 There, the Mufti spoke approvingly of the Nazi’s Jewish policies, particularly of the anti-Jewish boycott in Germany.
 
A Pan-Arab Committee established at Baghdad in the Spring of 1933 approached Fritz Grobba, the German Ambassador to Iraq, two years later with proposals for closer ties and cooperation.
 
• Hitler’s Mein Kampf was translated into four different Arabic translations and circulated between 1933-1939 in Beirut, Baghdad, Cairo and Berlin.
 
• In the first few months of WWII, shops in the towns of Syria would frequently show posters with Arabic sayings: “In heaven God is your ruler, on earth Hitler.” In the streets of Aleppo… Damascus a popular verse in a local dialect said: “No more ‘Monsieur’, no more ‘Mister’-God in heaven, on earth Hitler!”
http://www.paulbogdanor.com/holocaust/mideast.pdf
 
Nazi Hatred Dwells in the Arab World
By Shelomo Alfassa   February 23, 2007
 
…Although the Allies killed Nazi troops, destroyed their buildings, burned Nazi books, and even the fact that German Fuehrer killed himself, the Nazi spirit lived on. This spirit of Jew hatred was brought into the Arab world by Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.
 
The relationship between Amin Al-Husseini and the Third Reich was strengthened when the Mufti visited the German Consul General at Jerusalem in 1937. After that, he met with Eichmann when he visited Palestine. This was when the Nazis were examining the possibility of deporting German Jews to Palestine. It has been reported that based on war-crimes testimony and the Eichmann trial transcripts, Eichmann and the Mufti enjoyed a close relationship. The Mufti would soon become the spiritual leader of the Islamic legions that were trained by-and-for the Nazis.
 
The rise of Hitler to power in 1933 marked a turning point in the new mufti?s activities. He sent a cable of congratulations to the Nazi leader and expressed support for the Jewish boycott in Germany. Soon after Hitler’s Mein Kampf was translated into four different Arabic translations and circulated between 1933-1939 in Beirut, Baghdad, Cairo and Berlin. In the first few months of WWII, shops in the towns of Syria would frequently show posters with Arabic sayings: “In heaven God is your ruler, on earth Hitler.” In the streets of Aleppo, Homs and Damascus a popular verse in a local dialect said: “No more ‘Monsieur’, no more ‘Mister’-God in heaven, on earth Hitler!”
 
Anti-Jewish feeling continued to mount in the Middle East during the 1930s, as the Fascist and Nazi regimes and doctrines made increasing sense to many Arab nationalists. King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia sought German arms and contacts and was favorably received. Various delegations of Syrians and Iraqis attended the Nrnberg party congresses, and there were several different Arabic translations of Mein Kampf. Both the German and Italian regimes were active in propaganda in the Arab world, and there was much pro-German sentiment in Egypt.
 
Anti-Semitic elements seized upon the Palestine problem and Arab Revolt of
1936-1939 to portray international Jewry, including the Jews of the Maghrib, in a negative way to the Muslims, many of whom expressed solidarity with the Palestinian Arabs against Zionism and the British Authorities in the Mandate. Nazi propaganda broadcasts from Berlin and Stuttgart, as well as broadcasts from fascist Italy, added fuel to the ongoing anti-Jewish campaigns.
 
As part of the new, tough policy against Arab violence, the British dismissed Al-Husseini from his post as head of the Supreme Moslem Council. Fearing arrest, on October 12, 1937, the grand mufti donned disguise and fled to Lebanon, where the French gave him asylum. During 1937, Damascus was center for anti-Jewish activities. During this same year, a Nazi delegation went to Syria where a symbiosis was developed that would lead to intensified anti-Jewish sentiment, especially among both German and Arab youth.
 
Nazi Germany started transmitting in Arabic for the first time in April 1938. Germany thus became an Italian radio surrogate, providing a new programming dimension by the addition of anti-Jewish and anti-British themes broadcast by several prominent Arab exiles, including Rashid Ali El-Ghailani, an ex-prime minister of Iraq, and the Mufti, Al-Husseini.
 
The Mufti developed a world headquarters in Germany. In an office in Berlin, his activities included: 1. radio propaganda; 2. espionage and fifth column activities in the Middle East; 3. organizing Muslims into military units in Axis-occupied countries and in North Africa and Russia; and 4. establishment of the Arab Legions and the Arab Brigade. These groups were trained by the Nazis and used by them. The Mufti’s radio broadcasts were some of the most violent pro-Axis broadcasts ever produced. He had at least six stations, Berlin, Zeissen, Bari, Rome, Tokyo and Athens. He used these radio broadcasts to tell Muslims across the world to commit acts of sabotage and kill the Jews.
 
Hitler had made it clear that the project of killing Jews was by no means confined to Europe. As he explained to the Mufti, “his hopes of military victory in Africa and the Middle East would bring about the destruction of Jews in the Arab World.” In November of 1941 Hitler informed the Mufti at a meeting in Berlin that he intended to kill every Jew living in the Arab world, including those in Palestine as well as “Syria, Iraq, Iran, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt, and French Northwest Africa.” Hitler asserted that, in the event of a German advance into the Middle East, the German objective would be the “destruction” of “Judaism” in Palestine.
 
During 1941, in Mosul, Iraq, pro-Nazi Arab activists continued to propagandize against Jews. In Baghdad, when the war film For Freedom showed in cinemas, audiences cheered Hitler and booed Churchill. Leaflets circulated: “Rashid Ali, the Leader of all the Arabs, is returning with ropes and gallows to hang a number of criminal Jews, Christian traitors and other enemies of Islam.”
 
October 5, 1943, the Mufti arrived in Frankfort, Germany visiting the Research Institute on the Jewish Problem where he declared that Arabs and Germans were, “Partners and allies in the battle against world Jewry.” The Mufti beamed radio sermons to the Balkans, the countries of North Africa, and the Muslims in India. Arabs in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Egypt were called upon for Jihad against the British, these statements included the suggestion Muslims could “save their souls by massacring the Jewish infidels” they came across.
 
In a letter to Himmler, dated September 28, 1944, General Berger of the Waffen S.S. reported: “Today the Mufti came to see me for a long talk. He talked about his work and noted happily that the day is nearing he will head an army to conquer Palestine.” It was during this same year that the Mufti developed an Arab Brigade in 1944 that included Arabs trained in Holland by the Germans.
 
It was said the Mufti even visited Auschwitz and Maldanek. In both of these death camps, he paid close attention to the efficiency of the crematorium, spoke to the leading personnel and was generous in his praise for those who were reported as particularly conscientious in their work. He was on friendly terms with such notorious practitioners of the “Final Solution” as Rudolf Hess, the overlord of Auschwitz; Franz Zeireis of Mauthausen; Dr. Seidl of Theresienstadt; and Kramer, the butcher of Belsen.
 
After VE Day, May 8, 1945, Nazi officials were prepared to allow Jews to be diverted from concentration camps and even let children go to Palestine via “illegal” ships — all in exchange for cash. Yet, Al-Husseini insisted they get dispatched to concentration camps. That same year, liberated Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his activities in Bosnia, but with help from the Nazi SS, the Mufti had already escaped Germany with other members of his clan.”
 
While it is easy to reinvent history, it is not easy to overlook original first hand documents, tens of thousands which show the Mufti of Jerusalem in bed with Hitler. As Dr. Bernard Lewis of Princeton University recently said, “The Nazi propaganda impact was immense. We see it in Arabic memoirs of the period….”
 
The fierce anti-Jewish hatred that was exacerbated by the Mufti in the Islamic world, fueled by the German war machine, continues to resonate today throughout the Arab and Persian world. Incitement, instituted decades earlier, remains a root cause of anti-Semitism as well as the reason for hostility toward the State of Israel after its formation. This is the reason why over 900,000 Jewish people, born in Arab counries, were made refugees after 1948. Simply, because while the Nazis were destroyed and the Holocaust ended, the intense hostility instituted during that era lived on — and continues to live on in the Islamic world.
http://web.israelinsider.com/views/10767.htm
 
Dilemmas of Dhimmitude
Lyn Julius
Jewish Quarterly. No. 197. Spring 2005
 
[…]
Newly independent Iraq gave formal undertakings on minority rights when joining the League of Nations in 1932 – and massacred thousands of Assyrian Christians within the year. Xenophobic nationalism, together with anti-British and anti-French feeling, gave rise to political parties and paramilitary youth movements of the Nazi and fascist type. The German envoy to Iraq, Dr Fritz Grobba, set about disseminating Nazi ideology and anti-Jewish propaganda, reinforcing local prejudice. Dozens of Jews were quietly dismissed (although some were reinstated after the community protested). Laws were gradually brought in to deprive Jews of jobs, then education and, eventually, property, residence and free movement. The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, colluded with the ex-Prime Minister, Rashid Ali, to engineer a pro-Nazi coup, eventually culminating in the farhoud massacre of 1941. For two days and one night of looting, rape and murder, the mob rampaged through Jewish districts of Baghdad. One hundred and seventy Jews were killed.
 
Naturally, the Palestine question was also to have serious repercussions on the Jewish population. Menahem Salih Daniel, a Baghdad Jewish leader, expressed his misgivings as early as 1922 in a letter to the Secretary of the Zionist Organisation in London (quoted by Nessim Rejwan), even though there had as yet been no active resistance to Zionism:
 
It is . . . the feeling of every Arab that it is a violation of his legitimate rights, which it is his duty to denounce and fight to the best of his ability. Iraq always having been an active centre of Arab culture and activity, the public mind is always stirred up as regards Palestine.
 
One Jewess, growing up in the 1930s, recalls how the mob would rampage every anniversary of the Balfour declaration carrying clubs dipped in tar. It fell to a kindly neighbour to shelter her until the mob had passed.
 
In the 1941 farhoud too, when the forces of law and order failed to come to the Jews’ rescue, the last line of defence was again the kindly neighbour. As Nessim Rejwan writes,
 
Throughout the disturbances, with a few exceptions, Jewish homes in mixed neighbourhoods were defended and hundreds of Jews were saved by the willingness of their Muslim neighbours to protect them, in some cases at the cost of their own lives.
 
The broader picture
 
For the Jews, the 1930s and 1940s were a time of turmoil across the Arab world. Seven years before the farhoud, Jews had been killed in the pogrom of Constantine, Algeria. In Libya, 136 Jews, 36 of them children, were slaughtered in 1945. That same year, bloody riots erupted in Egypt and Aden, as in Syria in 1947.
 
All these events, targeting civilian communities, predated the creation of Israel. They demonstrated the vulnerability and insecurity to which Jews were exposed up to 50 years ago. Things might have turned out differently – Crown Prince Faisal, later the British-appointed King of Iraq, had signed a pact in 1919 with Chaim Weizmann viewing with sympathy the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine. Instead, Arab ruling elites made Zionism a crime from 1948 onwards, passed discriminatory legislation and whipped up popular feeling against the Jews to distract attention from their illegitimacy, their internal problems and obligations.
[…]
 
The situation today
 
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the concept of Ottoman pluralism (whatever its limitations) could not be more remote. The Arab world is almost monolithically Muslim and judenrein. Pan-Arab nationalism is a spent force but pan-Islamism is asserting its grip. Those Copts, Assyrians and other groups who have not fled continue to be persecuted and marginalized.
 
The mass media of the Muslim world pump out a new antisemitism, inspired by Saudi Wahabism, fed by Koranic accounts of Jewish treachery and drawing on every antisemitic motif and conspiracy theory in the book. This antisemitism is a product of the Israel-Arab dispute, but a fight between two nationalisms over the same piece of land has changed, with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, into an intractable religious conflict. Israel is an affront to the umma: what was once Muslim territory can never become non-Muslim. Palestine must be reconquered by jihad and the Jews revert to their natural status of dhimmitude. Until this alarming religious dimension is addressed and the forces of Islamic militancy subdued, the conflict will be insoluble.
http://www.isranet.org/Israzine/Israzine_V2N21_Dilemma.htm
 
…One thousand years before the advent of Islam, Jews in substantial numbers resided in what are today Arab countries. For centuries under Islamic rule, following the Moslem conquest of the region, Jews were considered ‘dhimmi’, or second-class citizens. But they were nonetheless permitted limited religious, educational, professional, and business opportunities.
 
It is within the last 55 years that the world witnessed the mass displacement of over 850,000 long-time Jewish residents from the totalitarian regimes, the brutal dictatorships and monarchies of Syria, Trans-Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.
 
The rise of pan-Arabism and independence movements in the 20th century resulted in an orchestrated, multi-state campaign against Zionism. These states vehemently opposed the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people. Hundreds of thousands of Jews resident in Arab countries were ensnared in this struggle.
http://www.justiceforjews.com/narr_2.html
 

More revelations on Arab Muslim ‘Palestinians’ fake “victimhood” – Israel’s Gaza toll far lower than Palestinian tally (Pallywood, Jeninitis)

March 27, 2009

More revelations on Arab Palestinians fake “victimhood” – Israel’s Gaza toll far lower than Palestinian tally (Pallywood, Jeninitis)

Israel’s Gaza toll far lower than Palestinian tally
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:56am EDT

JERUSALEM, March 26 (Reuters) – Israel says far more armed fighters and far fewer Palestinian civilians were killed during its 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in January than reported in widely-used Palestinian figures.

In the first Israeli death tally to appear in an official publication since the Dec 27-Jan 18 war, it said a total of 1,166 Palestinians were killed, not 1,417 as reported by Palestinian human rights activists.

The figures were contained in a briefing paper issued by the public affairs department of the Israeli embassy in London on Wednesday (http://london/mfa/gov/il). They were later confirmed in a press release by the Israeli army.

The tally says 295 civilians lost their lives — about a third of the figure of 926 reported by Gaza’s Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (www.pchrgaza.org), which published a full list of names earlier this month.

The army statement, citing data gathered by its research department, said its count was based on “the names of Palestinians killed”. It said at least 709 of the dead in Gaza were armed militants, not 236 as reported by the Palestinians.

The Palestinian group said “255 police and 236 fighters” died in Israeli bombing and shelling — a total of 491.

Israel has made clear it regards police under the control of the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza as the equivalent of armed fighters.

The Israeli embassy paper said the “degree of involvement” in the armed conflict of a further 162 killed in its offensive was “still under investigation”. The army statement said they are “162 names of men that have not yet been yet attributed to any organisation”.

It did not say how the list of names was obtained.

DIED NATURALLY

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights on Thursday reaffirmed its own figures, saying “extensive investigation and cross-checking .. determined that a total of 1,417 Palestinians died in the offensive” of whom 926 were civilians, including 313 children and 116 women.

The group’s Hamdi Shaqoura told Reuters the centre took a long time and employed great efforts to research the numbers and identities of Palestinians killed.

“We have the numbers and the names of the victims. The process was very well and carefully researched and our numbers reflected the truth,” he said.

“International law regards policemen who are not engaged in fighting as non-combatants or civilians,” he added.

An Israeli security source said the army’s research made clear “about a quarter” of those killed were uninvolved in the fighting “and that’s relatively low on any scale” for conflict in an urban environment.

The source suggested that the Palestinian count may have included death by natural causes during the period, which he said statistically would account for approximately 400 deaths.

Shaqoura said Palestinian researchers made sure not to include deaths caused by “internal events” or natural deaths.

He added: “When speaking about Israeli people, Israel regards all people under 18 years of age as children. But when speaking about the Palestinians Israel lowers the age to 16, in order to provide a cover for its army.”

The central aim of the Israel embassy briefing paper was to reject charges of war crimes by Israeli forces in Gaza from human rights groups.

Human Rights Watch said this week Israel’s use of white phosphorus shells over densely populated Gaza areas was evidence of war crimes, and United Nations investigators said Israel had targeted civilians. Israel rejected both charges.

The embassy paper said there was so far no adequate ethical code of war “to regulate the war on terror” in which “amoral” adversaries flouted the rules of war and used human shields with total indifference to human suffering.

http://www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSLQ977827

Accused Islamic Qaeda Sleeper Agent in Court

March 24, 2009

Accused Qaeda Sleeper Agent in Court
New York Times –
By JOHN SCHWARTZ PEORIA, Ill. – Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, accused by the government of being a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda and held as an enemy combatant for almost six years, made his first appearance Monday afternoon in the courtroom where he will be …

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/us/24marri.html?ref=us

Road leads back to Peoria for al-Marri
Accused terrorist Ali al-Marri is expected in U.S. District Court in Peoria on Monday.
 
Related Links Security tightened for al-Marri proceedings (03/22/09)
Al-Marri timeline (03/23/09)
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On the Web
An archive of Journal Star stories and editorials on al-Marri
By ANDY KRAVETZ
of the Journal Star
Posted Mar 22, 2009 @ 08:59 PM
Last update Mar 23, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

 

PEORIA — After nearly six years, alleged terrorist Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is back in Peoria.

The road back for the former West Peoria resident included courthouses in Chicago, Charleston, S.C., Richmond, Va., and very nearly the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

It involved months upon months in military custody for al-Marri -held without charge – and allegations of mental and physical abuse against him at the hands of military officials. It finally took a new presidential administration before he would be on his way back, still in custody but at least with an idea of what his ultimate fate could be.

His supporters view the small-statured Qatari national as a victim of past national policies that treaded on human rights. His detractors say he’s dangerous and that his release could endanger American lives.

The alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent is expected to appear Monday in the same Peoria courtroom and before the same judge, U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm, as he did in 2003, when an order from then-President George W. Bush dismissed pending federal charges against him, declared him an “enemy combatant” and had him whisked away to a naval brig in South Carolina. That’s where he remained until this past weekend, when he arrived in Illinois late Friday night, sources told the Journal Star.

“It has dragged on for so long. Did he do something wrong or not?” asked Souhail Elhouar, a professor of civil engineering at Bradley University, which al-Marri studied. He recalls helping al-Marri find a doctor for his children and taking him to get his driver’s license a month or so before his mid-December 2001 arrest.

“So many people were just let go after being held for nothing (at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) for so many years. Where does this guy fall with respect to that? It’s a wait-and-see game, as I see it. I am sure everyone is very anxious to find out what will come of this trial,” he said.

On Feb. 26, al-Marri was indicted by a federal grand jury in Peoria on charges he conspired to help al-Qaida from July 2001 until his arrest on Dec. 12, 2001. A second charge accuses him of providing material support and resources to the terrorist group.

Officials have claimed he was to lead a second wave of terrorist attacks against the United States.

The hearing Monday afternoon will be brief and will involve al-Marri likely entering a plea of not guilty to the newly filed charges. Mihm will set a trial date for a few months from now. However, many think the trial won’t actually start for another year. From now and until the trial’s conclusion, al-Marri will remain locked up at the federal prison just outside of Pekin.

‘A victory after all those years’

His indictment was similar to typical conspiracy indictments returned every month in Peoria, in that it lacked details or mentioned specific acts, instead using broad language to describe the alleged conduct. Further information could be months in coming, as the two sides are expected to battle back and forth over the evidence.

Despite that, it’s clear that al-Marri’s attorneys view his mere presence in the criminal justice system a victory after all those years in a military cell.

“We are pleased that he will finally have his day in court, and that there is some finality, which has evaded him over these last seven and a half years,” said one of his attorneys, Lee Smith of Peoria.

Another of his attorneys, Andy Savage of Charleston, said he spoke to al-Marri on Friday, just before he was to leave the brig. His spirits were good, and he was “focused on his case.”

“He now knows there is some date when this will all end,” Savage said. “He knows he will have his chance in the American judicial system. That’s what troubled his family the most. They have great respect for the system here, but they never understood why he wasn’t handled in the American judicial system.”

That finality, the possible end to his indefinite incarceration, is what al-Marri’s legal team has long demanded.

Savage and others have claimed al-Marri’s living conditions were terrible at the brig at first. As time wore on, he was allowed to have some privileges, some religious materials and a chance to meet with his attorneys. He was barred, until last week, Savage said, from watching news or getting newspapers.

“He’s a huge fan of Jon Stewart,” Savage said. “They barred him from news, but not from the comedy channel, so he got his news from Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report. I thought that was ironic, being barred from Tom Brook but not from Jon Stewart.”

Heady allegations

Prosecutors have previously said that al-Marri returned to the United States on Sept. 10, 2001, to begin his mission. Among the previous terrorism-related allegations:

– That Al-Marri planned to hack into the main computers of U.S. banks to wipe out balances and otherwise wreak havoc with banking records in order to damage the U.S. economy.

– That he met Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, at a terrorist training camp and pledged his loyalty to him.

– That he was running a credit card scam to help fund al-Qaida.

He also has been linked to Mohammed Atta, one of the men who hijacked a plane used in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, whom federal officials have dubbed the hijackers’ money man.

Through his attorneys, al-Marri has repeatedly denied those allegations and said he was here in 2001 to pursue a graduate degree at Bradley, where he received an undergraduate business degree in 1991.

Bradley officials have said al-Marri, when he returned in 2001, was enrolled as a part-time undergraduate student taking computer science classes.

“Four of his family members were schooled in the United States, including Naji (an older brother), who went to Bradley in the 1980s,” Savage said.

‘Nothing out of the ordinary’

Al-Marri, his wife and their five children lived in Edgewood Apartments on West Radan Court, less than a half mile from Farmington Road.

But as the FBI ramped up its investigation, his wife and children grew isolated, as many of the area’s roughly 3,000 Muslims opted to stay away for fear of getting caught up in the dragnet.

The family left Peoria soon after his arrest, and in early 2003 returned to his wife’s home in Saudi Arabia.

The few who knew him have said al-Marri was quiet, unassuming man who kept largely to himself.

He was “a nice guy who blended in well. There was nothing out of the ordinary,'” Elhouar said back in 2003.

Looking back on it now, the Bradley professor stands by that assertion. Al-Marri would come by the Peoria Islamic Center with his family, but Elhouar doesn’t remember anything that put him into a different category than anyone else. He was just one of the people praying at the mosque.

Al-Marri’s 2001 arrest was the talk of the community then. Now, at least among Elhouar’s friends, not so much.

“It’s funny you asked that, None of my friends have brought up the subject,” he said. “I really haven’t heard anything about him.

“But so much has happened in the eight years since. With all the changes in the world, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with this trial.”

Andy Kravetz can be reached at 686-3283 or akravetz@pjstar.com.

http://www.pjstar.com/almarri/x1689343391/Road-leads-back-to-Peoria-for-al-Marri

The Honorable Geert Wilders Will Address NER Symposium

March 17, 2009

The Honorable Geert Wilders Will Address NER Symposium

Due to the wonders of modern technology, Dutch MP Geert Wilders, will be able to address our conference live from Amsterdam using satellite technology. He will speak on the Islamization of Europe and will be able to take questions from the audience.

Be there

New English Review’s first annual symposium, “Understanding the Jihad in Israel, Europe and America,” will be held at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel, May 29th and 30th. – http://www.newenglishreview.org/New_English_Review_Symposium/

Arabs’ man, ‘corrupted Arab-oil man’ in Obama’s admin. ‘Pro – Dictatorship, ‘ARABIST – BIGOT’ C. Freeman attempted appointment for the CIA

March 11, 2009

Arabs’ man, ‘corrupted Arab-oil man’  in Obama’s admin. ‘Pro – Dictatorship, ‘ARABIST – BIGOT’ C. Freeman attempted appointment for the CIA

Alarming appointment at the CIA by Steve Rosen Thu, 19 Feb 2009 at 3:55 PM

Readers of this blog know that I have been generally quite positive about the appointments the new Adminsitration is making for Middle East policy positions. Today’s news is quite different. According to Laura Rozen at the Foreign Policy blog, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will become chairman of the National Intelligence Council, and may at times participate in daily intelligence briefings to President Obama. This is a profoundly disturbing appointment, if the report is correct. Freeman is a strident critic of Israel, and a textbook case of the old-line Arabism that afflicted American diplomacy at the time the state of Israel was born. His views of the region are what you would expect in the Saudi foreign ministry, with which he maintains an extremely close relationship, not the top CIA position for analytic products going to the President of the United States.

Here is a sample of his views on Israel, from his Remarks to the National Council on US-Arab Relations on September 12, 2005: “As long as the United States continues unconditionally to provide the subsidies and political protection that make the Israeli occupation and the high-handed and self-defeating policies it engenders possible, there is little, if any, reason to hope that anything resembling the former peace process can be resurrected. Israeli occupation and settlement of Arab lands is inherently violent. …And as long as such Israeli violence against Palestinians continues, it is utterly unrealistic to expect that Palestinians will stand down from violent resistance and retaliation against Israelis. Mr. Sharon is far from a stupid man; he understands this. So, when he sets the complete absence of Palestinian violence as a precondition for implementing the road map or any other negotiating process, he is deliberately setting a precondition he knows can never be met.” Here is another example from 2008: “We have reflexively supported the efforts of a series of right-wing Israeli governments to undo the Oslo accords and to pacify the Palestinians rather than make peace with them. … The so-called “two-state solution” – is widely seen in the region as too late and too little. Too late, because so much land has been colonized by Israel that there is not enough left for a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel; too little, because what is on offer looks to Palestinians more like an Indian reservation than a country.”

According to Foreign policy blog, Freeman has told associates that in the job, he will occasionally accompany Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair to give the president his daily intelligence briefing. His predecessor, Thomas Fingar, wore a second hat as deputy director of national intelligence for analysis.
http://www.meforum.org/blog/obama-mideast-monitor/2009/02/alarming-appointment-at-the-cia.html

I repeat: if there are serious financial conflicts of interest, Freeman should withdraw. I also find some of Freeman’s realist statements, even as contrarian, a little too brutal for my taste. But I also believe that someone whose views push the envelope against recent US policy in the Middle East is an important asset for the United States right now. And I find the hysterical bullying of this man to be repulsive.
http://cgis.jpost.com/Blogs/rosner/entry/freeman_is_about_views_not

Freeman under fire for ties to [Brutal regime of the] Chinese, Saudis
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91357

GAFFNEY: Garbage in, garbage out Washington Times – ‎Mar 2, 2009‎ For example, Mr. Freeman has viewed the Middle East through the prism of one of Foggy Bottom’s most successful Arabists. He justifies Arab enmity towards us …
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/garbage-in-garbage-out/

Freeman: Jewish Dems and Republicans weigh in Jewish Telegraphic Agency – ‎Feb 26, 2009‎ … NJDC executive director Ira Forman said Freeman, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia who has been critical of Israel, appears to be a “strong Arabist” …
http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/02/26/1003311/freeman-jewish-dems-and-republicans-weigh-in

Doc’s Talk: CHAS FREEMAN: ‘HELP THE SHIITES (IRAN) WIN FAST …CNOOC is a State owned enterprise , controlled by the Chinese government. … Chas Freeman proved all too willing to serve another brutal dictatorship. …
http://docstalk.blogspot.com/2009/02/chas-freeman-help-shiites-iran-win-fast.html

Obama Administration’s Pick for Top Intelligence
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/556484.aspx

Tibet and Chas Freeman
Washington Times – ‎Mar 9, 2009
We have always deplored China’s ongoing, brutal occupation of Tibet. The Tibetan people have suffered three-score years of Chinese communist rule, …
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/10/tibet-and-chas-freeman/
Top US intelligence pick under fire for Saudi, China ties – Mar 5, 2009
They noted that Freeman served on the board of the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), which has done business with Iran. “Ambassador Freeman’s …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h9DAC14gGSXodN8JURBDDhM7e9oQ

ANOTHER MAN DOWN… Furthermore, researcher Ashley Rindsberg recently revealed Freeman’s pre- and post-9/11 “business connections” with the bin Laden family, which have donated “tens of thousands of dollars a year” to the MEPC. Rindsberg also discovered donations to Obama’s presidential campaign by Freeman’s Projects International, “a company that develops international business deals.”
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=BE07A5C1-7D97-486A-89DD-52ACDC145319

US intelligence candidate pulls out after objections Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5296QZ20090311

Side note, as we see the “supporting posts” by infamous ‘Anti Israel nazi’ mondoweiss, it is already alarming enough, ’nuff said.

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It’s official: Arab racists & Muslim fascists have taken over Malmo – Sweden

March 9, 2009

It’s official: Arab racists & Muslim fascists have taken over Malmo – Sweden

Swedish police let violent leftist-Arab mob disrupt peaceful protest …Jan 26, 2009 … A pro-Israel rally in Malmo, Sweden was disrupted violently Sunday by an … including those who had received permission to demonstrate.
http://israelinsider.ning.com/profiles/blogs/swedish-police-let-violent
 
Swedish Rioters Try to Storm Israel-Sweden Tennis Match – News … Swedish Rioters Try to Storm Israel-Sweden Tennis Match. Reported: 20:40 PM – Mar/07/09 …
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/161778

Sweden’s unsporting behavior | 09 March 2009. By Ethel C. Fenig. As the Arabs/Muslims infest the sports world with their racist hatred…

http://europenews.dk/en/node/20870

Anti-Israel apartheid in Sweden

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236269377485&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Sweden: Muslim mob attacks peaceful pro-Israel rally, chants …Sweden: Muslim mob attacks peaceful pro-Israel rally, chants “Hitler! Hitler! Hitler!” Jihad Watch 26 January 2009..

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024586.php

 
Caroline Glick by Caroline Glick
While Israel provides the full rights of citizenship to its Arab minority, Jews are denied the rights of citizenship in every Arab League member state, and the Palestinians’ fundamental demand is that no Jew be permitted to live in a future Palestinian state. … In just one notable instance, for the past week Israeli tennis players, Amir Haddad and Andy Ram have been suffering the consequences of the Left’s collusion with these anti-Jewish groups in Sweden. …
http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2009/03/are_you_proud_to_be_a_leftist.asp
 
Thousands demonstrate Israel-Sweden match | JTA – Jewish & Israel NewsThousands of people demonstrated against Israel during a Davis Cup match in Sweden. … gathered Saturday afternoon outside the matches’ venue in Malmo. … United Arab Emirates refused to issue a visa to Israeli tennis standout Shachar …
http://jta.org/news/article/2009/03/08/1003541/thousands-demonstrate-israel-sweden-davis-cup-match

Sweden’s unsporting behavior 09 March 2009. By Ethel C. Fenig. As the Arabs/Muslims infest the sports world with their racist hatred…
http://europenews.dk/en/node/20870

Anti-Israel apartheid in Sweden
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236269377485&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Sweden: Muslim mob attacks peaceful pro-Israel rally, chants …Sweden: Muslim mob attacks peaceful pro-Israel rally, chants “Hitler! Hitler! Hitler!” Jihad Watch 26 January 2009..
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024586.php

 
Clashes in Sweden at Israel match – 7 Mar 2009 by Nizar
It makes me wonder why don’t Arabs and Muslims demonstrate in the same way against the Pakistan matches? aren’t they protesting against the occupation/invasion/settlement/formation of a state over a land that isn’t originally theirs? …
http://nizars.com/2009/03/07/clashes-in-sweden-at-israel-match/
 
Apotheosis of Eurabia: Swedish police hire …Jan 2, 2009 … Apotheosis of Eurabia: “Police hire protection in Malmö suburb,” from The Local, December 31: The police have contracted a security firm to help with the surveillance and protection of the police station in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård. In connection with unrest in Rosengård the station has on repeated occasions been the target of fireworks, vandalism and stone-throwing youths. The security firm will be deployed to help to ensure that the vandalism is not repeated, according to a report by local TV4 news program.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024191.php
 
Jan 3, 2009 … The Chronicles of Eurabia continues. The Muslim dominated Malmö suburb of Rosengård, Sweden has become such a dangerous center of Islamic ..
http://answersforthefaith.com/2009/01/03/chronicles-of-eurabia-swedish-police-hire-protection-from-islamic-youth

 


[Feb 8, 2009] Arab Gang Attacks Peaceful Jews in Sweden with OMG Rockets and Bombs … a face-off with pro-Israel demonstrators in Malmo, Sweden…
http://wejew.com/media/3552/Arab_Gang_Attacks_Peaceful_Jews_in__Sweden_with_OMG_Rockets_and_Bombs/

Arabs throws pipebombs and fires rockets on peacful pro-israeli …Feb 8, 2009 … gaza war moves to Malmo | Vlad Tepes, den februari 9th, … Mob To Attack Demonstrators · MUST SEE: Pro-Arab Mob Fires Rockets, …
http://tedekeroth.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/arabs-throws-pipebombs-and-fires-rockets-on-peacful-pro-israeli-demonstration/

Jewish Political Studies Review – Arab and Muslim Anti-Semitism in …Anti-Jewish ferment among parts of the country’s Arab and Muslim population is largely ….. Similar attacks have taken place in Malmö and Göteborg.27 …
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=3&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=625&PID=861&IID=1028&TTL=Arab_and_Muslim_Anti-Semitism_in_Sweden

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The following are some examples of hate attacks by Racist Arabs and bigoted Muslims on Jews in Malmo Sweden – source:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4HPID_enCR310US204&q=site%3aantisemitism.org.il+arabs++malmo  

On the evening of 7th September 2002, while two Jews were on their way to the synagogue in Malmo, two Arabs shouted at them: “Damn Jews”! …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/events/3148/Sweden_&%238211%3B_Antisemitic_Epithets_Shouted_at_Jews_in_Malmo

Sweden – Arabs Attacked Jews in Malmö. On 30th March 2004, four young thugs broke into a Jewish-owned shop in Malmö, shouting antisemitic epithets…
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=4&search=attacked

The car belonging to a Danish community member visiting Malmo had the front window smashed in. Earlier that night there were several male Arabs screaming in …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?search=kippa

Sweden – Windows Smashed in a Synagogue in Malmo … On 10 October 2001, during the Simhat Torah prayer services, some Arabs tried on two occasions to pick …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=7&search=synagogue

Arabs harassed Jews gathered near synagogues in Malmö and in Stockholm. … were visiting their family in Bury when some Arab males started shouting …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?search=harassed

Sweden- Purification Building at Malmö Jewish Cemetery Torched … a child wearing a skullcap was attacked by at least three men who looked like Arabs.
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=2&country=26&id_category=101

on 27th September, and on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) on 6th October, Arabs harassed Jews gathered near synagogues in Malmö and in Stockholm. …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?search=synagogues

Sweden- Purification Building at Malmö Jewish Cemetery Torched
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=344

A burial chapel in the Jewish cemetery in central Malmö was fire bombed early this … hundreds of Moroccans and Arabs went wild, setting cars in fires and …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/events/page/8

Sweden – Antisemitic remark at school in Malmo … Al-Baz states that all Arabs and Muslims must refrain from making generalizations and racist remarks …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=15&search=hitler

Sweden – object thrown at a synagogue in Malmo …. On 6th September 2002, (the eve of the Jewish New Year) three Arabs aged 25-40 passed by the Great …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=3&search=shouting

The perpetrators were apparently Arabs living in the vicinity. 07-12-2002 / United States … Sweden – Brown Material Smeared on a Malmo Synagogue Window …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=3&search=smeared

On 20th December 2003,a number of youths of Arab appearance threatened personnel of the … Sweden – Threatening Telephone Calls to a Jewish Family in Malmö …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=228®ion=EU On 4th February 2004, there was a confrontation between Jewish youths, boys and girls, and Arab youths at a “MacDonald’s” branch in Malmö…
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=204®ion=EU

We warn the Arabs and the Muslims against this cancer which has already spread in … Sweden – Threatening Telephone Calls to a Jewish Family in Malmö …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/events/page/302

Sweden – Desecration of a Cemetery in Malmo. On 16th September 2002, … all appearing to be Arabs, shouted antisemitic epithets at the “Od Yosef Hai” …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=365&country=%26id_category%3D103%26region%3DCIS

Verbal attacks accord outside the Malmö Synagogue during the Rosh Hashana Service. …Arab hackers!!! Israel Go To Hell” with, …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?search=allah

4-5 young Arabs were harassing a member of the Jewish Community of Malmö when he was walking in the city. The youngsters shouted “Fucking Jew”, …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=4&search=harassed

On 27th July 2006, some 500 people, Arabs and left-wing activists participated in a …. Sweden – Antisemitic Epithets Shouted a Jewish Pupils in Malmö …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=19&search=hitler

Sweden – An anti-Semitic mail send to the Jewish Community of Malmö … The perpetrator was of Arab appearance. He walked past the victim and shouted …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=2&id_category=104®ion=EU

Chabbad Malmö held a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the attack in …. In the subway, two young Arab-origin Muslim, came out of it and shouted in …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=2&id_category=103®ion=EU

It was established to take Palestine from the Arabs and was not as …. street in front of the Synagogue in Malmö , and harass community members while they …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=23

0n 25th April 2002, two men, Arab in appearance, made threatening gestures and shouted … Sweden – Threat to Prominent Jewish Community Member in Malmö …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=23&id_category=104®ion=EU

A group of young thugs of Arab origin cursed and spat on Jewish youths on a tram … Arabs harassed Jews gathered near synagogues in Malmö and in Stockholm. …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=50&id_category=103®ion=EU

Sweden – Threatening Telephone Calls to a Jewish Family in Malmö … of a woman of Arab extraction to the fact that she was blocking the parking lot. …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/events/page/318

On 11th November 2003, a stone was thrown by a man of Arab extration at a rabbi …
http://www.antisemitism.org.il/eng/search/?page=319

March 2009 Update on the racist Arab Muslim [Arab league backed] dictator Al Bashir’s arrest warrant for genocide, crimes against humanity

March 4, 2009

March 2009 Update on the racist Arab Muslim [Arab league backed] dictator Al Bashir’s arrest warrant for genocide, crimes against humanity

Ban urges Sudan to ensure safety of UN bodies
Reuters – [March, 4, 2009]
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Khartoum
to cooperate with all UN entities and ensure their safety after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Sudan’s leader.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE5234A520090304

World court issues arrest warrant for Sudan’s Bashir Christian Science Monitor [Mar. 4, 2009]‎
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0305/p90s01-woaf.html

Court issues war crimes warrant for Sudan’s Bashir
The Associated Press [Mar. 4, 2009]‎
…charges of genocide in a war in which up to 300000 people have died and 2.7 million …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gSgtmeqMzNgIhmv5gjz4UH1lOrJgD96NA2R02

Sudan: ICC Arrest Warrant Major Step Toward Justice AllAfrica.com [Mar. 4, 2009]‎

http://allafrica.com/stories/200903040740.html

“We were also given an order to kill all the women and rape the …
BBC News – ‎March, 2009… a warrant will be issued for the arrest of the Sudanese President. He is currently accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. …
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7922000/7922782.stm

Fanatical students don’t see racism
Toronto Star – ‎Mar 2, 2009‎
Not a peep was heard about contemporary slavery in the Sudan or the thousand-year practice of flesh commerce in Islamic societies. …
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/595050

Egypt cops shoot Sudanese at Israel border
Independent Online – ‎Feb 5, 2009‎
The migrants say they try to leave Egypt because of poverty and racism. Egypt’s policy of shooting migrants has generated harsh criticism from human rights …Students tackle campus racism
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=85&art_id=nw20090205210125554C529385

America and Durban II
FrontPage magazine.com – ‎Feb 19, 2009‎
Meanwhile, Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, and other centers of racism, intolerance and human rights atrocities are given a free pass.
http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=CF43BE3B-9EDD-44FA-956E-4384543228F9

Filming Violence: Like Gaza, Like Jos North
LeadershipNigeria – ‎Feb 9, 2009‎
Their fellow Africans and Muslims in the Dafur region of the Sudan are facing genocide in the hands of President Omar Bashir, an Arab Muslim, …
http://leadershipnigeria.com/news/138/ARTICLE/6664/2009-02-09.html

Refugees flood into Darfur camp after fighting
The Associated Press – ‎Mar 3, 2009‎
Al-Bashir’s regime is accused of unleashing Arab militias known as janjaweed, which have committed atrocities against ethnic African towns and villages. …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j2P43FIlXlQO1kwPOAfCaFaDCn2wD96MNKEG0

Profile: Omar al-Bashir
guardian.co.uk – [Mar. 4, 2009]
Rising swiftly through the ranks, he became a paratrooper and fought in the Egyptian army in the Arab-Israeli war in October 1973. ..
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/04/omar-bashir-sudan-president-profile.

When Justice and Power Converge
Harvard Crimson – ‎Feb 18, 2009‎
For example… the Arab League all oppose the impending indictment of Sudan’s president. …
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=526619

The “twin fascisms” – that dominate the Arab world – Islamism & pan-Arabism

March 4, 2009

The “twin fascisms” – that dominate the Arab world – Islamism & pan-Arabism
frontpagemag ^ | 10, 2007

All minorities living within the Arab world are under siege. Tunisian human rights activist Muhammad Bechri has traced this to the “twin fascisms” – his term – that dominate the Arab world, Islamism and pan-Arabism. The first promotes murderous intolerance of religious minorities. It helps explain why Christians are under siege across the Arab world and why Sudan enjoyed broad Arab support as it killed some two million non-Muslim blacks in the south of the country. Pan-Arabism translates into endorsement of murderous policies toward Muslim but non-Arab groups and accounts for Arab support for Saddam Hussein as he slaughtered 200,000 Kurds in northern Iraq, as well as backing for Sudanese policies toward the Muslim but black population of Darfur.

The Arab world is not about to make an exception for the Jews. This broad intolerance of minorities is further evidence of how unlikely it is the Arab world will accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state in its midst any time soon.

(Excerpt) Read more at frontpagemagazine.com

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