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Operation ‘ Cast Lead’ and the three Islamic crimes: 1 – Terror on Israeli civilians, 2 – hijacking its own women and children as human shields to cause them to die, 3 – calls for genocide on Israelis or on all Jews

January 8, 2009

Operation ‘ Cast Lead’ and the three Islamic crimes: 1 – Terror on Israeli civilians, 2 – hijacking its own women and children as human shields to cause them to die, 3 – calls for genocide on Israelis or on all Jews

Operation ‘Cast Lead’ & the Three radical Islamic Crimes

December 27, 2008

Operation ‘Cast Lead’ – Israel decided it had (1) – enough of: Years of Islamic ‘Palestinian’ Hamas’ barrage of rocket attacks aimed intentionally on Israeli civilians, preferably children (at the times they go to schools and kindergartens), around a Millions Israelis are under this threatening range.



(2) – The Islamic terror Hamas fights the Israeli humane anti-terror defensive forces via most inhumane tactics – using its own civilians, women and children as human shields in order to cause Arab kids’ deaths and then parade with them on global TV cameras.


(3) – An expolsion of Islamofascism’s hatred and call for genocide on (all) Jews in wordlwide demonstrations under the flag of “free Palestine”.


On Dec. 27, Israel began defensive operations to dismantle Iran-backed Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and stop the terrorist group from its 8-years-long campaign of attacking Israeli civilians with 10,000 rockets, missiles and mortars.

Despite Hamas’s unrelenting rocket attacks, Israel continues to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, warning the civilian population to stay clear of terrorist sites. Said Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, “Israel has made it clear that we are fighting against terrorism, not the Gazan residents, and the extremists are the ones who are taking advantage of the concern of the humanitarian organizations and the international community as a means of pressuring Israel.”
http://www.theisraelproject.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hsJPK0PIJpH&b=689705&ct=6479 919


Harris noted that Israel has always gone to great lengths in an attempt to avoid civilian casualties, but that, tragically, Hamas uses civilians “as human shields,” making Israel’s efforts still more challenging. (Dec 27, 2008)
http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-27-2008/00049 47081&EDATE=


Hamas Prepares 15,000 Soldiers, Civilian Human Shields For Full Confrontation With Israel (Dec 27, 2008)
http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275253.html


Hamas took no heed of the plight of their own brethren, “and just as they have used human shields in their terror operations, they are now taking the whole …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1229868820574&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull


Israel’s Challenge Family Security Matters, NJ – Dec 26, 2008 Why is criticism never leveled at Hamas or Hezbollah who regularly use children as human shields to protect their leaders and their weapons? …
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.2115/pub_detail.asp


Israel retaliation in Gaza, Hamas hit hard Canada Free Press, Canada Any suspected hideouts of Hamas leadership must be taken out. Israel had opportunities in earlier decades to do this and refused because of the human shield

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/7171



Hamas Explains Use of Civilians as Human Shields

By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook


“We desire death as you desire life.”


The UN announcement that 51 civilians have died in the conflict in Gaza must be understood in the context of Hamas’s declared ideology to use civilians as human shields for Hamas fighters. Indeed, Hamas continues to emphasize and promote the religious ideology that death for Allah is an ideal to be actively pursued.


The goal is to convince Palestinians, including women and children, not to fear death but even to face it at the front to protect Hamas fighters. Hamas’s placement of its military installations and fighters among civilians reflects this ideology, and has led to these 51 deaths.


A Hamas representative in the PA legislative council this year expressed pride in the fact that women and children are used as human shields in fighting Israel. He described it as part of a “death industry” at which Palestinians excel, and explained that the Palestinians “desire death” with the same intensity that Israelis “desire life.”


The following is the full text of the comments by Hamas representative Fathi Hamad: “For the Palestinian people death became an industry, at which women excel and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the children excel. Accordingly [Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: We desire death as you desire life.”

http://newsblaze.com/story/20081229092838zzzz.nb/topstory.html


Injured Palestinian girl: Hamas is the cause of all wars
A haunting clip from an outfit that specializes in them: Portrait of a human shield, her four-year-old sister one of 60 civilians killed…
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/12/30/injured-palestinian-girl-hamas-is-the-cause-of-all-wars/


The suffering that Hamas causes (Dec 2008) …
But it isn’t only Israelis whose fundamental human rights Hamas is violating. It is those of the Palestinian population about whose welfare Hamas professes to care.
In direct contravention of international law, Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, utilizing homes, schools and community centers as launching pads, content in the knowledge that if innocent Palestinian civilians are caught in the cross-fire, it will be Israel that is criticized. This amounts to a sort of Daily Double of human rights violations: the use of innocent Palestinians as human shields for the infliction of violence upon innocent Israelis.
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/12/30/the_suffering_that_hama s_causes/


The Father of the Human Shield Dead
DigitalJournal.com – 2 Jan 2009
Nizar al-Rayyan invented the Human Shields method. IsraelPolitik reports that Hamas has released an official statement “declaring that Dr. Nizar al-Rayyan, …
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/264390



Ground push / Mission: Break Hamas Ha’aretz – Jan 3, 2009
Hamas may also use children as “human shields” for weapons caches inside mosques.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052336.html



IDF launches Gaza ground operation
Ha’aretz – Jan 3, 2009
Those who use civilians, the elderly, women and children as “human shields” are responsible for any and all injuries to the civilian population.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052341.html



They Asked For It! Hamas goads Israeli military to invade Gaza Strip
Gather.com – Jan 3, 2009
They’re showing no regard for the high, civilian casualties due to the upcoming, street fighting. They’re using their countrymen as human shields.
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/35544


NETANYAHU: This humanitarian crisis is the direct result of the Hamas tactic of firing at our civilians and hiding behind their civilians, and it’s something that we cannot tolerate. No nation would tolerate 6,000 rockets fired on its cities, and Israel finally decided to take action.

We have to make sure that we don’t just have a cease-fire, but that this criminal rocketing of our cities is not resumed a few months from now. Because that’s exactly what happened a few months ago. They were firing rockets at us, the Hamas. We had a cease-fire. They used the cease-fire to get further range — longer-range rockets, which they have now fired at Beersheba and Ashdod and into the southern suburbs of Tel Aviv. So obviously, we have to remove the threat, not just stop the firing. And that’s what Israel is engaged in right now.


http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000003002618



Crush Hamas and brave the backlash | The Australian – But as was pointed out – Israel attempts to target military and political sites. hamas attacks civilians. there is no such thing as disproportionate attacks …


http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24853482-7583,00.html



Rocket alert sends New York’s Bloomberg running for cover in Sderot…
the onus of the civilian deaths was on Hamas for using them as human shields.
“They have been the main victimizers of the innocent Palestinian people by inviting these kinds of attacks,” he said.

http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052557.html



IDF coordination chief: There is no humanitarian crisis

Hamas terrorists are using civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip – including hospitals, mosques and areas next to offices of international aid groups – to conduct terrorist activity and fire rockets at Israel, Col. Moshe Levi, commander of the IDF’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA), said Thursday.


http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1230733138893



Hamas Exploitation of Civilians as Human Shields
Right Side News
This study examines how Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip make extensive use of Palestinian civilians as human shields. …
http://rightsidenews.com/200901063218/global-terrorism/hamas-exploitation-of-civilians-as-human-shie lds.html

‘Hamas is guilty of war crime’
BBC News
… artillery attack near a UN school in the Gaza Strip. On Radio 4’s The World Tonight he claimed that Hamas were guilty of using civilians as “human shields”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7814762.stm


Yes, free Gaza — from terrorist tyranny
By REDA MANSOUR
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Some of the Arab and Muslim demonstrators who recently came to our offices were holding signs that said “Free Gaza.” Many Israelis would raise that same sign, me included, but for different reasons. People tend to forget that as of August 2005, Israel has not been in Gaza, and that the Gazans have been under Hamas control since June 2007. Indeed, Gaza needs to be freed from many different extremist forces.
Gaza should be freed from Hamas, a terrorist organization that seized the strip by force. Since the takeover, Hamas has run Gaza’s economy into the ground and now nearly half of the work force is unemployed. Hamas has built a Taliban-style state in Gaza and introduced many of the Islamic Shari’a laws, institutionalizing the persecution of women and minorities.
Hamas has transformed Gaza from a free territory to a large bunker, a place where rockets are stored under families, schools and places of prayer. Unfortunately, Gazans not only live among this militarization, but are now a tool in Hamas’ aggression. The terrorist organization has developed a strategy of using innocent civilians as human shields. When Israel warns that the houses of Hamas operatives and commanders will be targeted, the terrorists bring in innocent citizens, often by force, in an effort to increase the likelihood of civilian casualties. Hamas’ leaders rely on the strict Israeli moral code, hoping to avoid being attacked or that a strike will allow them to score points in the media by sacrificing their own people, creating what looks like acts of Israeli military aggression.
Gaza should be freed from the intervention of Iran, a state that openly admits to financing Hamas. Iran is also helping Palestinian terror organizations with training, intelligence and equipment. Some of this “aid” is channeled through Hezbollah in Lebanon — yet another Iranian proxy organization. Hezbollah and Iran use the Gazans to maintain regional political relevance in their empty agenda against Israel.
Gaza should be freed from some of the Arab satellite channels like Al-Jazeera. These television stations engage in the direct incitement of the Arab and Muslim world. Everything is acceptable in their eyes to raise their ratings: including long shots of bodies and injuries. Some of these channels do not dismiss any editing trick and consider propaganda as a normal part of their news reporting.
As far as Israel is concerned, Gaza is free and it is the decision of its inhabitants what the area’s destiny will be. They can continue to buy into the self-defeating promises of terrorist organizations and extremist ideologies. Even worse, they can continue to let these organizations use them as human shields and demolish their hopes and futures.
Gazans can only truly be free by declaring Gaza a terror-free zone. The people of Gaza have many resources in their hands to achieve success. Gaza could use its beautiful Mediterranean coast to attract Israeli and Egyptian tourists. It can renew the flower and fruit exports to Europe that Israel left behind. The airport that was built there can be reopened. The seaport that is planned and even the natural gas fields in its waters could be built.
The people of this region need to make the decision that Gaza will become a model of peace and stability and hopefully, the beginning of the two-state solution: Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace.
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2009/01/07/mansoured_0107.html


Hamas uses people as shields
Updated: 01/06/2009 06:53:52 AM EST
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has heated up again. A cease-fire agreement has collapsed and Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization, immediately renewed its rocket attacks from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.
Hamas does not attack military targets. They openly declare their intent to kill civilians, including women and children.
These rocket attacks have gone on for years and have steadily increased in intensity. The range of these weapons has increased as well, bringing more civilian areas in Israel under attack, with an increase in danger to civilians.
There is no warning for these attacks, no air-raid sirens, just the sudden explosion of a rocket missile in your neighborhood with the possibility of death and destruction.
During the several years that these rocket attacks have continued, never has anyone raised a voice condemning these attacks, which are knowingly directed against civilians.
Hamas deliberately sets its rocket launchers and mortars in densely populated areas using their own people as human shields against retaliation.
Now that Israel is striking back, the Israelis are being condemned for causing civilian casualties. Where were these voices during the years that Hamas was deliberately and admittedly killing Israeli civilians? Where were these voices when Hamas implemented its policy of using its own people as human shields against retaliation?
Two facts become obvious:
Israel values the lives of its citizens and is now doing and will continue doing what is necessary to protect its citizens.
Hamas views its own people as expendable pawns and willingly and knowingly places them in danger in order to gain a propaganda victory against Israel.
http://www.newstimes.com/ci_11376001

Hamas at fault, not Israelis
Sir:It amazes me that every time Israel makes a move to protect its citizens and sovereignty, bleeding hearts at the CBC continue to pester Israel over its alleged unbalanced response.
Even when the ceasefire was signed, Hamas militants fire rockets haphazardly into Israel.
Hit a military compound, that’s nice. Hit a school or hospital, equally nice.
This is terrorism on a daily basis.
To feel sorry for the Palestinian people is a stretch considering they voted for Hamas, knowing the blow-back they would receive not only from their immediate neighbours but from most western powers as well.
As a matter of fact, Palestinians should be thankful that Israel still considers its targets as carefully as it does and not use the laissez faire targeting of Hamas.
The reason why there are civilian casualties at all is again due to the cowardice of the militants using civilians as human shields.
I would certainly hope that those at the liberal CBC that think Israel should open its borders to incoming Palestinian workers when such a threat exists for suicide bombers never end up with the job of minister for public safety in this country.
Hard hats and bomb shelters for all!

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1374059


The Volokh Conspiracy – Human Shields in Gaza:
But it takes a special kind of depravity to use your own civilians as human … If the Hamas civilians *know* they are acting as human shields for the …
http://volokh.com/posts/1230756039.shtml


Children of Hamas
Hamas has been firing these rockets from within densely populated areas using the Palestinian people as human shields. Mosques, hospitals, kindergartens
http://anadafreepress.com/index.php/article/7366


Peres: Europe must ‘open eyes’ on Gaza
United Press International
Peres blamed Hamas for the deaths of innocent civilians in the siege, saying the militants use them as human shields…
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/06/Peres_Europe_must_open_eyes_on_Gaza/UPI-94771231247258/


Hamas exploits public opinion
Newstimes Updated: 01/06/2009 07:23:35 PM EST
It is time to support Israel in her time of need. After living in a war zone with relentless rockets firing on innocent citizens even in a “cease-fire” agreement with Hamas, Israel has no choice but to destroy the terrorists who have one goal and that is to destroy Israel.
If the press would comment on Hamas’ tactics of using women and children as human shields, of firing rockets from residential neighborhoods, of dressing Hamas officials in medical uniforms in hospitals, the tragic deaths of innocent Palestinians may be understood.
Israel has no choice but to destroy the point of rocket fire. If it comes from a mosque, a hospital, a home, a school, it is designed that way by the terrorists to hurt Israel.
They have no regard for their citizens and use them as propaganda tools to affect world opinion.
It would be helpful if the press would mention the tactics at the same time as they mention the tragic deaths of innocent bystanders. It is all calculated by Hamas and unfortunately not everyone is aware of their depth of cruelty.
Our tradition teaches us, “He who saves a single life, it is as if he saved an entire world.” Israel reveres life and the terrorists revere death. It is unfortunate and tragic.
When the terrorists will show the same passion for peace as they do for death and hatred, there will be peace.
http://www.newstimes.com/ci_11387960


We have counseled our ally Israel to be very cautious about protecting innocents, and I do think that the Israelis take great care to do so. I saw the reports about the school. I don’t have any information about that. I think that we should not jump to conclusions, and we should wait to find out what the evidence says. What we do know is that Hamas often hides amongst innocents, and uses innocent people, including children, as human shields.
http://www.enewspf.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5435:press-briefing-by-p ress-secretary-dana-perino-&catid=88888933&Itemid=88889535


Evidence of Hamas Use of Human Shields



http://yaakov.newsvine.com/_news/2009/01/06/2278116-evidence-of-hamas-use-of-human-shields



Global Islamo fascism’s Genocidal Anti – Jewish demonstrations using the Gaza anti terror operation ‘ cast lead’ as a cover (Dec 2008 – Jan 2009)

(Jan 2009) Jihad Watch reports that in the Netherlands, anti-Israel demonstrators have once again been chanting
Hamas Hamas, Jews to the gas
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024231.php


Atlas has pictures of the Muslims that have taken over Europe chanting “Jews to the gas.”
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/01/video-anne-fran.html


Demonstrators cry ‘nuke Israel,’ carry Hezbollah flags at U.S. … 6 Jan 2009 … … Florida last week featured demonstrators carrying signs reading …
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052901.html


Florida demonstrator: Jews – you need a big oven’ – 6 Jan 2009 … Florida demonstrator: Jews – you need a big oven’ … Nuke, nuke Israel,” followed by “Go to hell; go to hell; go to hell!” …Another woman, wearing a (Muslim) headscarf, shouted: “Go steal other lands. Go! Murderers! Go back to the oven! You need a big oven.”
Other signs accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing.” “Israel is the terrorist,” read a second, while a third wondered whether Israel had taken “notes during the Holocaust?”
An imam led the crowd in prayer. “Allahu Akhbar,” they chanted before prostrating themselves on their prayer mats.
“We want to educate the people about what Islam really is so that they can appreciate the beauty of it,” the imam told a reporter. “Once people understand the real beauty of Islam they will have no choice but to accept it because they will realize that it’s part of their nature.”
Following their (Islamic) prayers, the crowd crossed the road and confronted the pro-Israel group
http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2606

Genocidal hatred from pro-Hamas demonstrators — “Nuke, nuke Israel.” Chilling video from Tom Trento of WatchObsession.org. …. Florida A Tampa highway was lined with anti-Gaza War demonstrators on …The stone, which is thrown at the Jews, hates these Jews, these Zionists, because Allah …. Muslims in American mosques praying for destruction of Israel …
http://www.israelmilitary.net/showthread.php?p=36183


Protesting Against Israel or Hating Jews? – 6 Jan 2009 … ‘Muslim American Society’… The anti-Israel demonstration of some 200 to 300 people outside the … for instance, carried signs saying “Nuke Israel,”…Now the notion of using of a nuclear device to eliminate Israel and thereby attempting to kill its roughly 5 million Jews is not a unique one, since words to that effect are regularly uttered, among others, by Iran’s raving president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who dreams of such apocalyptic final solutions. What is unique is the morally-defective logic that would enable someone to justify a second Holocaust, the mass murder of Jews, on the basis of Israel having defended itself from years of rocket attacks and having killed several hundred murderous terrorists in the process. Making the Middle East free of Jews, Judenfrein, is exactly what Hamas, the group of murderous thugs being cheered on by the demonstrators here, ardently longs for; Hamas’ charter, in fact, expresses as one of its core tenets that Israel should be eliminated, that “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/01/protesting_against_israel_or_h.html


December 31, 2008
“Death to all juice”: Calling for genocide with plausible deniability?
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024163.php


January 4, 2009 chill and evil wind is blowing over the world. Genocidal Eurabia Alert

Denmark (Islamic banner reads): “Kill Jewish people evry where in ther world”
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024235.php

The banner reads, “Jews go to hell.” Attached Images …
http://www.goldtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?p=226463

Indonesian Muslim protesters hold a banner during a rally against . … The banner reads, ‘Jews go to hell.’ REUTERS/Beawiharta. (INDONESIA) …
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Israel–Indonesian-Muslim-protesters-hold-banner-during-rally-again st-Israeli-attacks-Gaza-Strip-Jakarta-January-2-2009-banner-reads-Jews-go/ss/events/wl/20070128_isra el/im:/02012009/6/photo/photos-n-news-indonesian-muslim-protesters-hold-banner-during-rally-against- israeli.html/


That Old Lovable “Jews Are Apes And Pigs” Canard
http://outoftheblu.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/that-old-lovable-jews-are-apes-and-pigs-canard/



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Palestinian rocket misfires, kills 2 girls in Gaza

December 26, 2008

Palestinian rocket misfires, kills 2 girls in Gaza

Masked Palestinian militants are seen during an Islamic Jihad rally in Bureij, AP – Masked Palestinian militants are seen during an Islamic Jihad rally in Bureij, central Gaza Strip, Friday, …

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A crude rocket fired by Palestinian militants fell short of its target in Israel on Friday, striking a house in the northern Gaza Strip and killing two schoolgirls.

The attack came as Israel sent mixed signals over its plans to respond to continuing Palestinian rocket fire. Israeli defense officials say politicians have approved a large-scale incursion into the territory once rainy conditions clear. But at the same time, Israel appeared receptive to international pressure against an invasion, opening the Gaza border Friday to allow in deliveries of humanitarian aid.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081226/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians

If it was ‘Palestinians’ plan again, to murder own civilians of their own population and pin it on the Zionists, this time, Pallywood failed!

the War of Ideas – need to counter today’s totalitarian ideology, Islamofascism

March 28, 2008

the War of Ideas – need to counter today’s totalitarian ideology, Islamofascism
http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,164553,00.html?wh=wh
the War of Ideas Military.com – Mar 24, 2008 … arguably, one of the most critical battlefields of all: the need to counter today’s totalitarian ideology, Islamofascism, emanating from Iran,
(Excerpt) Read more at military.com …

Some highlights of the monstrous radical ISLAMIC THREATS around the world in this month (January 2008) alone

January 28, 2008

Some highlights of the monstrous radical ISLAMIC THREATS around the world in this month (January 2008) alone

Aid worker’s abductors ‘did their homework’
Globe and Mail, Canada – January 28, 2008
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — The American aid worker kidnapped in Kandahar city this weekend was likely the victim of a well co-ordinated Taliban snatch …
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080128.wafghan28/BNStory/Afghanistan/home
Terror Threats Weigh on UN Staff Abroad
Asian Tribune, Thailand – January 28, 2008
… Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Osama bin Laden, described as the mastermind behind the terror attacks on the United States in September 2001,
http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/9338
 
Hezbollah’s bags of cash
Town Hall, DC – January 28, 2008
Sources in Lebanon and the US tell me that up until a year or so ago, much of the Iranian money was transferred to terrorist organizations
http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/WThomasSmithJr/2008/01/28/hezbollah%E2%80%99s_bags_of_cash
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb’s dilemma
Middle East Times, Egypt  [January 28, 2008]
… motivated by joining the global jihad. In light of the recent defections, it is possible that a split-off of the Algerian terror group might occur
http://www.metimes.com/International/2008/01/28/al-qaida_in_the_islamic_maghrebs_dilemma/1237/
 
Seven killed in Beirut riots
AFP – January 27, 2008
Violence swept the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah which is spearheading a campaign…
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jMu3bTw9o-kufNx6afyHmSq8yYcw
 
Extremists plotted attacks across Europe, Spanish paper says
SI.com – Jan. 27, 2008
The cell planned three attacks in Spain, one in Germany and others in France, Britain and Portugal, according to the informant, El Pais reported. …
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/europe/01/27/spain.europe.terror.plot/
EU’s flawed combat against terrorism
OpEdNews, PA – Jan. 27, 2008
by Goesta Groenroos Page 1 of 1 page(s) “Injustice is the best ally for terrorism,” reiterated Dick Marty, the Swiss senator in a press conference last week …
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_goesta_g_080127_eu_s_flawed_combat_a.htm
 
Defence minister says terror threat still real in Singapore
Channel News Asia, Singapore – January 27, 2008
… propaganda in publications, videos and the Internet, while Maksham Mohd Shah developed similar views and tried to make bombs for use in armed jihad. …
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/325334/1/.html
 
Lebanon vows to fight ’empire of terror’ after killings
AFP – Jan 26, 2008
BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon’s senior security chief on Saturday vowed to fight what he called “the empire of terror” as angry mourners vowed revenge at the …
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g_-TnywtfmwqvcsRtk6Qm4UN4Jvw
We planned terror bomb targets in UK
Sunday People, UK – Jan 26, 2008
By Tom Carlin The Pakistani terror cell smashed in Barcelona last week was planning suicide bomb attacks in Britain…
http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headline=we-planned-terror-bomb-targets-in-uk&method=full&objectid=20299508&siteid=93463-name_page.html
Two armed Islamist militants killed, Algerian Interior Ministry says
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – Jan 26, 2008
Authorities in Algeria have been battling the remnants of an Islamic insurgency that broke out in the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round…
http://www.pr-inside.com/two-armed-islamist-militants-killed-algerian-r406414.htm
 
Urgent Manhunt Across Europe for Terror Plotters
ABC News – Jan 25, 2008
… News has learned that the manhunt that began in Spain for suspected terror cell members has now extended to France and other European Union countries
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4191953&page=1
German Court Cases Highlight International Face of Terrorism
Deutsche Welle, Germany – Jan 25, 2008
Also on Thursday, a court in Schleswig-Holstein sentenced a German of Moroccan origin to jail for setting up an Al-Qaeda cell in Sudan, Africa, …
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3088558,00.html
Top Islamic militant killed in Kashmir
NEWS.com.au, Australia – Jan 25, 2008
… Islamic militants facing charges of orchestrating terror attacks. Violence in Kashmir has been declining since India and Pakistan began a slow-moving
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23112019-23109,00.html
 
INDIA-PAKISTAN: Winter War
Strategy Page – Jan 25, 2008
Many of the Islamic terror attacks inside India are carried out by terrorists originally from camps inside Pakistan, and who sneak across the Line …
http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/india/articles/20080125.aspx
Blacklisting Terrorism Supporters in Kuwait
Washington Institute for Near East Policy, DC – Jan 25, 2008
Given the Kuwaiti government’s mixed record in cracking down on terrorism financing, there is reason to be skeptical that it will take strong action.
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2709
The Terrorist Cancer and the Cure for the Middle East
Canada Free Press, Canada – Jan 25, 2008
Until the West understands that the front line of the Jihad is everywhere that a Muslim population exists, there will be no peace only more death and …
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/1565
 
Terrorist 007 and Islamist Internet adventures (3)
Spero News – Jan 24, 2008
Here they dressed up in camouflage, used guns in target practice and made a video to recruit others for jihad.
http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=13923
 
German Court Convicts Terror Suspect
The Associated Press – Jan 24, 2008
Prosecutors also charged that he helped form a terrorist group in Sudan that aimed to set up a training camp…
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gGyNUWQ9iy6gjj8nAiffDAFNDyWwD8UCLCD80
UK mosques too radical for Iraq, says minister
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom – Jan 23, 2008
Mr Ellwood revealed the comments during a debate on terrorism in Whitehall on the 16th January. Dr Salih’s comments come at a time of heightened tension…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/23/nmosque123.xml
 
Al-Qaida’s ‘black widow’ warns France of punishment
Times of India, India – Jan 22, 2008
PARIS: Widow of a slain al-Qaida terror mastermind, Fatiha Mejjati, known as the “black widow” of al-Qaida, has warned that France would be the target
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Al-Qaidas_black_widow_warns_France_of_punishment/articleshow/2722480.cms
 
A Pakistan Link in Europe Arrests – TIME
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008
The arrest of 14 jihadists in Barcelona points to concern that the threat there stems … received his training in a terror camp run by Pakistani jihadists. …
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1705561,00.html
Spanish Minister: 14 Terror Suspects Arrested May Have Planned Barcelona Attack
Saturday, January 19, 2008
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,324010,00.html
 
US Embassy in Algiers receives terror alert
Jan 19, 2008
The December bombings in Algiers were the deadliest in a string of recent attacks blamed on al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, the successor to an Algerian …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1200572489476&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
UK Security Chief Cracks Down on Extremist Muslim Web Sites
E-Commerce Times – Jan 18, 2008
By Julia Horton Web sites aimed at recruiting people into extremist Muslim terrorist networks may be removed in a UK crackdown…
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/UK-Security-Chief-Cracks-Down-on-Extremist-Muslim-Web-Sites-61265.html
Barrage of rockets hits Sderot as kids go to school
Israel Insider, Israel – Jan 17, 2008
The Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassam brigades claimed responsibility for the ongoing barrage. Since the Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in mid-June 2007
http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Security/12578.htm
 
Terror plot against Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train thwarted
Ynetnews, Israel – Jan 17, 2008
An Islamic Jihad terror cell planning to wire the tracks of one of Israel’s busiest train lines was arrested in a joint IDF and Shin Bet operation
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3495629,00.html
 
Thai official claims Al Qaeda funding Muslim separatists
AFP – Jan 17, 2008
BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand’s government spokesman Friday for the first time claimed Al Qaeda is funding Islamic separatists in the southern provinces, …
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hcWuw5wCgeWQhAsroV3JC5zkLrWA
 
Europe ‘is new base for terror’
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain – Jan 16, 2008
The US Marines will train Mauritanian Camel Corps soldiers who patrol the northeast desert quadrant bordering Algeria, the Western Sahara and Mali. …
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=206011&Sn=WORL&IssueID=30303
 
Xinhua, China – Jan 11, 2008
The trial was subject to strict security measures, which were tightened even further following a terrorism alert in Brussels. Belgium has been on high alert…
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/11/content_7407348.htm
 
Report: French Investigate Terror Threat – Jan 11, 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h1-TbSrQvff5rdUtLlH9MwyyaDfQD8U3UJ2G0
Terror Blogger Claims Paris Attack Plan
CBS News, NY – Jan 9, 2008
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/09/terror/main3690700.shtml
 
Terror Threats Cancel Dakar Rally
The Associated Press – Jan 9, 2008
Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa is the rebranded name of an Algeria-based insurgent group known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat…
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jOBBfadrDWE4XZWyvWTXWWwQcR2gD8TVBNFG1
 
Dakar Rally Canceled Due to al-Qaeda Threat
ThreatsWatch.Org – Jan 6, 2008
That report provided information on two recent terrorist strikes perpetrated by AQIM in Mauritania in late December, the first a shooting attack against a family of French tourists…
http://threatswatch.org/rapidrecon/2008/01/dakar-rally-canceled-due-to-aq/
Belgium under terrorist threat
Courrier International, France – Jan 3, 2008
Belgian authorities decreed a state of maximum emergency on December 21st because of terrorist threats.
http://europe.courrierinternational.com/eurotopics/article.asp?langue=uk&publication=03/01/2008&cat=POLITICS&pi=0
 
The War on Terror in Africa: Assessment and Prospects for 2008
Family Security Matters, NJ – Jan 3, 2008
With the gathering strength of AQIM to its north and its own internal difficulties, Nigeria – and with it the rest of West Africa
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/global.php?id=1386032
 
Algeria Car Bomb Kills 4 Police Officers
The Associated Press – Jan 2, 2008
Algeria’s Islamic insurgency broke out in the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of the country’s first multiparty elections…
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gbxjDeIT78rvtj-Xanbua4A9AMPQD8TTSSO80
 
BEHIND THE LINES:
Our Take on the Other Media’s Homeland Security Coverage

Over there: Disparaging any manhunt for al Qaeda leaders as pointless, Pakistan’s president said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden is less of a threat to his regime than the Taliban running roughshod over part of his country, The News notes — while AP has an administration official venting dissatisfaction with the quality of info it’s getting about jihadis operating in Pakistan’s volatile tribal area. Extensive intel has allowed coalition forces to push al Qaeda out of numerous Iraqi provinces, but a top commander stays cautious, “saying the terrorist group’s ability to re-emerge is constant,” The Washington Times tells. Afghanistan’s president warned the World Economic Forum in Switzerland yesterday that the whole world could suffer from the “wildfire” of terrorism engulfing his region, The Voice of America mentions.

Over here: “Sleeper cells are walking around the infidels’ land using different cover methods
and white names that don’t attract American internal security’s attention, but . . .
it’s al Qaeda’s lone wolves that disrupt [the FBI’s],” The Jamestown Foundation quotes a jihadi Web posting.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has backed off on its defense of two Muslim college students caught driving with explosives and a how-to video on bomb-making, WorldNetDaily relates. Concerns about the safety of serving Muslim military personnel arose after it emerged that their personal details were among those of 600,000 people held on a filched Royal Navy laptop, The Sunday Times tells. Releasing updated guidelines, British university leaders agree to inform the police of any extremist behavior by students or visiting speakers they suspect may lead to terrorism, The Guardian reports — while AP has U.K. police offering to train the academics.

Holy Wars: “How does a single individual go from standing on a
street corner to flicking a switch and blowing himself up? The question is superficially simple. The
answers are not,” The Observer explores in a two-partseries.
Jihad doctrine;
Shariah (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Shariah (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the free world’s experience with Islam,” a Washington Times columnist waxes wroth. “Nowadays, quite a few Islamic religious leaders issue fatwas against Westerners—or moderate Muslims—thus energizing the people against other nations, in a battle resembling the one between light and darkness in Manichaeism,” a Worldpress.org essay asserts. A Palestinian resistance group gaining strength on the West Bank “sounds like Hamas — or even al Qaeda — but doesn’t support suicide bombings or secret militias,” The Christian Science Monitor profiles.

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=1&docID=hsnews-000002659597

[A liberal says?] I oppose Islamofascism because…

January 27, 2008

[A liberal says?] I oppose Islamofascism because…

First Things Next

Filed under: Feature, Independent Liberal — Deafening Silence on January 23, 2008 @ 12:55 am CET

This post first appeared in January, 2007. As Martin Luther King Day approached once more, I decided to re-post it. Mr. van der Galien was kind enough to let me post here, as well.I should apologize. I have not made myself clear.This blog was a gift from a dear friend and in my eagerness to master basic blogging skills such as editing posts and linking- all very new things to me- I neglected to stop and properly introduce myself.

Out of respect for those readers who have been kind enough to stop by and browse, I will take a moment to clarify my position on some matters.

You have a right to know what you’re in for.

I am a lifelong liberal. I am a registered Independent. I believe in individual rights and personal freedom. I also believe in personal responsibility and the obligation to speak one’s mind when those rights and freedoms are at stake.

I believe those individual rights and personal freedoms are now at stake and I am using this space to speak my mind and to try to persuade fellow liberals to open their eyes and raise their voices as well.

You are sorely needed.

I have never in my life voted for a member of the Bush family. I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I support equal rights for homosexuals. I disagreed with the invasion of Iraq.

And I am unalterably opposed to Islamofascism.

Here is how I define it:

Islamofascism is an aggressive movement determined to impose fundamentalist Islamic theocracy on all the peoples of the world by means of violence and propaganda. Its aims are Imperial and its appetite for conquest obsessive; it will continue to gleefully bomb and murder no matter how unlikely its ultimate success may seem to the rest of us.

I oppose Islamofascism but I do not oppose Islam. I believe there can be a difference between the two, but that difference will remain obscure and indistinct so long as Islamofascism goes unchallenged.

It is up to those of us who believe in personal liberty and freedom to pose that challenge. With the approach of Martin Luther King Day we should all take a moment to remember those who struggled and suffered and died for those freedoms before us- the brave ones who marched in the face of firehoses and attacking dogs; the women who endured beatings and forced feedings in prison to win the right to vote; the miners and factory workers who risked what little they had to stand up to the bosses and demand decent working conditions and fair treatment; the brave investigators of government crime who have helped to push the corrupt out of powerful positions.

We rest comfortably on the rights and expectations they purchased for us with their struggles. Now it is our turn.

I want to be clear, so let me lay this out as plainly as I can:

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in the separation of church and state.

Coerced belief is unbelief; religious ritual without freedom of conscience is as pointless as a beating heart without pair of working lungs.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech- including to freedom to criticize and even give offense- is the very crucible that hones and tempers personal conviction. Those who criticize and those who are criticized often teach one another without realizing it. That which stings most can also galvanize. This is precious to society.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in freedom of religion.

This includes freedom from religion. The agnostic, the atheist, the undecided- all have a spiritual contribution to make; they are both a check on and a provocation to the devout. And for the believer, the freedom to question and doubt is a building block of true devotion. You may believe God is infallible, but we humans certainly are not.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I oppose slavery

From child labor to female servants treated as virtual prisoners, Islamofascism is rife with de facto slavery. Slavery is by no means unique to Islamofascism- it is a centuries-old scourge- but in Islamofascism it is excused and practised with particular boldness- including in the United States.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I support Gay Rights.

Islamofascist rhetoric against homosexuals is offensive in this country, but that is nothing compared to actual laws currently applied by theocratic regimes in the Islamic world. Iran regularly hangs teenagers suspected of homosexuality. It is an ‘offense’ punishable by death. I could not look my gay friends in the eye knowing I did nothing to protest this.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I support freedom of the press.

Many people are not aware of the degree of cencorship forced on the press in much of the Islamic world. Government control of newspapers and tv gives otherwise fair-minded people a very distorted and hateful picture of the West. We have only to look at the threats and violence engendered by the Danish Cartoon Controversy to see an example of this.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in a woman’s right to vote and to hold public office.

This is a breathtaking rarity in many parts of the Islamic world. And it is still new enough in our own country that we must fiercely protect and defend it. Recent years have seen the first women cast into powerful government roles. We must not let them be the last.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in a woman’s right to own property.

The legal right to an independent income and property is a woman’s best defense against abuse. It is a tool to help free her from an abusive mate; it is a stepping stone to education; it is a piece of security in an often insecure world. It allows a woman to stand upright in her own name. There is no substitute for this.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe rape must remain a crime- no exceptions and no excuses.

When I was young we were taught that rape was always an act of aggression and that victims were not to blame. This core belief is now in danger. Radical Imams in Australia and elsewhere are openly preaching that some women are ‘asking for it,’ and, most horrifying of all, some female government officials are hurrying to agree with them. On this subject, we must hold firm and give no quarter. Rape is always wrong; it is always a crime; this basic reality will not be changed to appease any militant belief system.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe domestic abuse must remain a crime- no exceptions and no excuses.

Abuse does not ‘teach her a lesson’ or show a child ‘the error of his ways.’ Abuse simply hurts. Sometimes it kills. If the Islamofascists are correct and the Koran really does prescribe beating one’s wife or child, then Islam will simply have to learn to live with a certain a certain amount of frustration and self-restraint. Domestic abuse must never be tolerated for any reason. It is a crime. And we are required to protect and defend the victims.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I believe in a woman’s right to acquire as much education as her intellectual talents will permit.

From Elizabeth the First to Madame Curie, educated women have been indispensable to civilization. A society that prizes docile illiteracy over informed contribution smothers itself, not just its women. Men and women suffer equally from its failures.

  • I oppose Islamofascism because I wish for all Muslims- Shia, Sunni, Sufi, Druze, and every other sect- to enjoy freedom of conscience and peaceful worship.

Muslims suffer under Islamofascism just as non-Muslims do. Their beliefs are picked apart and they are persecuted for doctrinal differences. They are subjected to threats and intimidation. I recognize that some self-identified Muslims support the aims of Islamofascism- perhaps more, regrettably, than most people are willing to admit. But for those who do not, I wish an end to the feelings of dread and hopelessness- and a new beginning in freedom.

  • In short, I oppose Islamofascism because I am a liberal.

And there you have it- for now. This is the first time I have spoken specifically about my beliefs, but it will not be the last. In the meantime I will try to present examples of threats to these core beliefs and freedoms- threats that have been going unheeded. And I will also present Muslim voices arguing for coexistence and peaceful change.

We are all needed- each of us- in this fight. It’s our turn, now.

http://poligazette.com/2008/01/23/first-things-next-for-the-2nd-time/