Posts Tagged ‘Council of American Islamic Relations’

Jihad Is Not Just Murder, Motive Matters

October 2, 2011

Jihad Is Not Just Murder, Motive Matters
By Judith Miller

Published September 30, 2011
| FoxNews.com

The respected Florida-based Poynter Institute, whose mission is to improve journalism in support of democracy, is trying to help journalists cover Islam more effectively by offering a new on-line course free of charge. So I registered.

And I learned, among other fairly uncontroversial facts about what has been among the world’s fastest growing religions, that while approximately 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. are murdered each year.

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I also learned that in most years, “jihad organizations” have accounted for “well under 1 percent” of the half million people who are murdered annually. At its “peak” – of what, Poynter.news University doesn’t tell us– the jihad groups have accounted for under 2 percent of the toll.

Poynter’s professors – Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin, both former foreign correspondents – also tell me that 500,000 individuals die each year from “nutritional deficiencies,” (I suppose in layman’s English, they mean hunger and related causes) “more than 800,000 from malaria, and two million from HIV/AIDS.”

So “jihad is not a leading cause of death in the world,” the course states, “even in the three countries that account for the bulk of the casualties: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.”

The professors offer these helpful comparative death tolls to give the 9/11 death toll “some context,” they say. But the implicit message of the course seems obvious enough: 3,000 dead Americans, (and they might have looked up the actual death toll) have been over-covered. Why don’t journalists spend more time covering malaria, or hunger, or especially HIV/AIDS, which the last time I checked, was hardly being ignored by the nation’s media?

For that matter, why aren’t the media investigating bathtub deaths, since according to “Overblown,” John Mueller’s attack on what he regards as the government’s obsessive focus on terrorism, more Americans die in bathtub accidents each year than in terrorist attacks?

The answer should be fairly obvious to such an august institution as Poynter: just as the press covers murders rather than traffic fatalities, which far outnumber killings in America each year, it covers terrorism intensively because motive matters.

“If it bleeds it leads,” may be a rule-of-thumb in journalism, but how and why the person died still determines the importance of the story.

Terrorism is not just run-of-the-mill murder; It attempts to strike at the heart of who and what we are as a nation. And to compare the numbers who died in the deadliest terror strike in our nation’s history with the annual homicides, which occur in all countries and cultures, is to miss the point of what happened in and to America on that fateful day.

Just what kind of journalism is Poynter promoting?

Terrorism was legitimately “the” story of the past decade. And we need only look at today’s newspapers – though no longer on the front pages of most of them – to appreciate the potential threat it still poses, despite America’s impressive gains against this intractable scourge.

As Poynter was recruiting journalism students for its mediocre course on Islam, real journalists were reporting that a “26-year-old man” from “a town west of Boston,” as The New York Times described him in its first graf, was being charged with plotting not only to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives, but also to supply Al Qaeda with detonation devices and weapons to kill American soldiers overseas. The suspect, Rezwan Ferdaus, the Times continues, is “an American citizen” with “a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston.”

Are those facts about him more important than something that is never reported in the story – the fact that he is a Muslim? The story dances all around religion, of course. It quotes the FBI affidavit as saying that Ferdaus considered Americans “enemies of Allah,” for instance. But nowhere does it say that he is part of a tiny, but growing, worrisome trend among Muslim Americans – those who are being radicalized here at home by real-life and on-line radical Islamist clerics and by myriad other factors that are still poorly understood.

The Poynter course, “Covering Islam in America,” barely mentions the proliferation of such “home-grown” Islamist terrorism in its discussion of important trends and facts about Islam. Its omissions – documented in detail by the conservative Media Research Center – are legion. Among them are the death fatwas issued by militants Muslims against Salman Rushdie (perhaps that is by now too ancient an outrage to include) or the more modern day threats against Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon about the Muslim prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.

Although just this week Saudi women were just promised the right to vote – albeit in a municipal election four years from now – the new course gives short shrift to the Wahabism in the kingdom which makes women unable to make basic decisions about their lives – to travel, work, get educated, or open a business – without the permission of a male guardian. It says nothing, as MRC notes, about the fact that the Saudis executed a Sudanese worker last week for the Islamic crime of “sorcery.”

Its list of individuals and organizations for journalists to consult include such groups as CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which the FBI has shunned for a time, and other dubious, self-appointed “spokespersons” for Islam. While there are excellent individuals in CAIR and at several of the other organizations the course lists, there are also some extremely radical voices. But Poynter’s free, on-line tutorial on Islam offers few such caveats. (You get what you pay for, I suppose.)

The point of the class seems clear, as MRC argues: to downplay “the impact and importance” of “jihad” and the challenge of terrorism and Islamist terrorism, in particular. Those who follow a violent and perverse interpretation of this pillar of Islam may be a tiny minority, but they have changed our nation’s policies, and arguably, its history. But there is no way to know that either from this insipid list of platitudes about one of the world’s largest and most influential monotheisms. This is a course in political correctness for reporters assigned to cover Islam in America who have slept through the past decade. It is unworthy of Poynter.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/29/journalism-class-that-urges-context-in-reporting-on-jihad-misses-point-motive/

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A Petition to the U.N. on Palestinian Muslims Crimes

February 9, 2009

A Petition to the U.N. on Palestinian Muslims Crimes
By Jamie Glazov
January 16, 2009
Gabriel: Something simply had to be done to bring attention to what Hamas is doing. Hamas is a religiously driven radical Islamic organization. Westerners simply do not understand, and I believe have a hard time believing, how far radical Muslims are willing to go to accomplish their objectives. That’s why so many in the West tend to dismiss the evil of Islamofascism and Islamists’ depth of hatred towards the Jews and their commitment to destroy Israel at any cost — including sacrificing their own children to achieve their goal.
http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=A44402AB-88EF-4418-B196-05A9EAA357F3

Disgraceful Jimmy Carter LIES openly on CNN’s Larry King and no one refutes him?

February 8, 2009
Disgraceful ‘Jihad Appeaser’ Jimmy Carter LIES openly on CNN’s Larry King and no one refutes him?
 
 Sat. (Feb. 7, 2009) night, Jimmy Carter said: ’Israel, it could have responded to the rocket attacks without firing on churches (excuse me, what churches in Islamic Gaza is he talking about???) and on Mosques’.
 
 A short while after that Larry confronted the worst-ex-president “You said earlier that Israel fired on mosques and on schools, what was Israel supposed to do as they responded to where the FIRING CAME FROM”?
 
 Jimmy, “I don’t known I wasn’t there, I only know that the UN said that Israel fired on them and there were only civilians there”.
 
Hey, Jimmy, so what if we show you now the updated version by the UN where they retracted their false accusation on Israel will you have the guts and say the truth about humane Israel that Israel was (as always is) humane on targeting only Islamic terrorists but Palestinian (”legitimate voted govt in Gaza – Hamas”.) Muslims commit crimes against humanity – target civilians?
 

UN: IDF did not shell UNRWA school Feb. 4, 2009. A clerical error led the UN to falsely accuse Israel…
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304687916&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter

UN retracts claim strike hit Gaza school …The United Nations has retracted a claim that an Israeli strike which killed more than 40 people in northern Gaza city of Jabaliya last month hit a school … http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/international-politics/17399-un-retracts-claim-strike-hit-gaza-school.html

UN halts aid to Gaza after vicious Palestinian Islamic Hamas robs it again

February 6, 2009

UN halts aid to Gaza after vicious Palestinian Islamic Hamas robs it again
UN halts aid to Gaza, cites Hamas disruption The Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD966570G0

UN: Hamas Seized Aid Meant for Gaza Civilians Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-02-04-voa9.cfm

UN Suspends Aid Imports to Gaza Following Second Hamas Seizure

Bloomberg – (Feb. 6, 2009)

4 seized 3500 blankets and 400 food parcels that the UN intended to distribute to 500 families, the UN said. Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the US …

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=azUWBDK6bIko&refer=home  

UN: Aid import suspended until Hamas returns stolen relief supplies

Monsters and Critics.com – (Feb. 6, 2009)

The UN said Hamas members broke into the warehouse of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for the second time in …

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1458066.php/UN_Aid_import_suspended_until_Hamas_returns_stolen_relief_supplies_  

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The Latest on Islamic Palestinian Crimes against Humanity (Feb 1, 2009)

February 2, 2009

The Latest on Islamic Palestinian Crimes against Humanity (Feb 1, 2009)

Israel: Suicide bombing of Egged bus no. 19 in Jerusalem
A reexamination of body parts brought to the Abu Kabir forensic institute brought the death toll in the Jerusalem suicide bombing to 11. In addition, over 50 people were wounded, 13 of them seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 shortly before 9:00 AM at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem. The bus starts its route at Hadassah Ein Kerem and makes its way through the center of Jerusalem to Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus.
The bomber was in the back of the bus when he detonated the explosives, said Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy. The blast tore apart the bus, turning it into a twisted wreck. The back half of the roof was blown into the air and every window was blown out.
Both the Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, naming the bomber as Ali Yusuf Jaara, a 24-year-old Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem.
http://www.isria.info/en/diplo_29january2009_1.htm
 
Gaza: The Aftermath, CA – Jan 29, 2009
Hamas’s explicitly genocidal agenda and its war-crime use of civilian shields goes unmentioned, while Israel is denounced as “Nazi-like” because there were …
http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=2ADB712B-95EB-4956-82EA-3BD4CD56321E
 
It is Hamas who are genocidal. Not the Israeli government. The Comment Factory
http://www.thecommentfactory.com/it-is-hamas-who-are-genocidal-not-the-israeli-government-1511
 
Hamas accused of turning its weapons on rivals in Gaza
Kansas City Star, MO – Feb. 1, 2009
There, Fatah security forces suppressed anti-Israeli protests and reportedly have jailed dozens of Hamas members. Hamas officials in Gaza dismissed …
http://www.kansascity.com/451/story/1011830.html
 
Thousands of al-Qaeda supporters active in Gaza
Ynetnews, Israel – Jan 30, 2009
Meanwhile, Hamas said most Army of Islam members were in fact Fatah members who chose the cover of Global Jihad in order to destabilize Hamas’ Gaza rule.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3664480,00.html
 
The western front of the jihad against the Jews
Spectator.co.uk, UK – Jan 30, 2009
When Israel kills a man responsible for planning and implementing mass atrocities against both its own citizens and those in the west, this alone is a war …
http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/3306141/the-western-front-of-the-jihad-against-the-jews.thtml
 
If Hamas is the official government of Gaza and if Hamas ordered the firing of more of than 6,000 deadly rockets at Israeli civilians, then it follows that the government of Gaza has engaged in an armed attack against Israel under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. In other words, the government of Gaza has declared war against the government and people of Israel. This should not be surprising, since the Hamas Charter calls for the military destruction of Israel. ..
srael clearly had to right to take whatever military action was necessary to stop the Hamas government from playing Russian roulette with the lives of its children. So far, no problem under international law. But here’s the rub. International law also requires that Israel’s actions must not be disproportional to its military aims and it also prohibits the willful targeting of Palestinian civilians.
To make things even more complicated, international law prohibits the use of human shields to protect combatants from lawful military actions taken by those against whom it has waged an armed attack. And there can be absolutely no doubt that it is the official policy of Hamas to use children, women, schools, mosques, hospitals and other civilian institutions and areas as shields to protect its combatants from legitimate Israeli military actions. In addition to the video evidence showing Hamas fighters deliberately placing their rockets adjacent to UN schools, mosques and to residential areas, there are the express statements of officially-elected Hamas leaders both before and during the fighting. Consider the following public statement delivered by a Hamas legislator, transmitted on Hamas television and widely circulated by video. The legislator’s name is Fathi Hammad and here is what he said:
“[The enemies of Allah] do not know that the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death like you desire life.’”
There are videos available for all to watch in which Al-Aqsa TV news broadcasts a report showing a crowd of civilians gathered on the roof of a home that was a military target. Indeed those who arranged for these human shields to protect that military target do not shy away from actually using the term “human shield.” On another occasion, Hamas leader, appearing on television demands that “the people of Palestine should gather as one to protect the Jihad warriors’ house,” calling for these civilians to “die as warriors.”
http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=27E4F605-20B3-4C2B-BE22-FA2C21C824D6
 
Guest Columnist: Marching for Hamas
Jerusalem Post, Israel – Jan 23, 2009
Watch those films of Hamas gunmen dragging screaming children along with them to act as human shields, watch how they fire from behind the little ones, …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1232292940460&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
Hamas Uses Children, UN, Press As Human Shields In Gaza
Israel News Agency, Israel – Jan 15, 2009
Fire at Israel cities from school yards, and make Israel choose between allowing its own children to be targets or risking harm to others. …
http://www.israelnewsagency.com/ununitednationshamasgazaisraelidfterrorismhumanshieldsislamicjihadschoolschildrenqassamskassamsrockets48011509.htm
 
Israel tactful in response to Hamas’ terrorism
Pete Chagnon – OneNewsNow – 1/22/2009 9:35:00 AM… despite media reports, Israel showed enormous restraint in the recent Gaza conflict… those people marching at the Holocaust Museum and making the horrific comparison between a genocide and an effort to stop terrorism — I hope they would be a minority…
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Security/Default.aspx?id=393158
 
Cyprus to search suspected Hamas arms ship twice
The Associated Press – Jan 31, 2009
… Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot official says authorities will conduct a second search of a ship suspected of carrying Iranian arms to Hamas militants in Gaza.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ibPlGpywR2BY_f-RRmrKY4RtVKpgD9624H280
 
Hamas’ charter calls for destroying Israel DesMoinesRegister.com
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090131/OPINION04/901310308/1038/Opinion
 
Abbas: No inter-Palestinian talks if Hamas rejects PLO
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/02/content_10747932.htm
 
Isreal’s victimization continues
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, MA – Jan 30, 2009
 Israel defended itself against Hamas’ years of…
http://www.dailycollegian.com/editorial_opinion/isreal_s_victimization_continues-1.1318283
 
Israel Gaza Campaign Divides Arab States, Sparks Spat Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=ac2563Sa3W94&refer=home
 
2 lightly injured in mortar attack on Negev
Ynetnews, Israel – Feb 1, 2009
Fatah’s military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. At around 9 am, Palestinian gunmen fired at an IDF force …
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3665150,00.html
 
Gaza terrorists fire 3 Kassams at Sdot Negev, Eshkol regions Jerusalem Post
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304647080&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
IAF Targets Smuggling Tunnels Christian Broadcasting Network
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/529979.aspx

FBI cuts ties with the Islamic lobby CAIR over connections to Palestinian Hamas Jihadi Terror

February 2, 2009

 

FBI cuts ties to CAIR over Hamas questions Jan 30, 2009 … An organization that has documented the links between the Council on American-Islamic Relations and support for Islamic terrorists says it …
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87498
 
FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions :: Articles by IPT :: The …Jan 29, 2009 … FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions :: Articles by IPT :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.
www.investigativeproject.org/article/985
 
Homeland Security News » CAIR’s Hamas Ties Prompt FBI To Cut Off …CAIR’s Hamas Ties Prompt FBI To Cut Off Communication.
http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2009/01/29/cairs-hamas-ties-prompt-fbi-to-cut-off-communication/
 
Counterterrorism Blog: IPT Exclusive: FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas …Jan 29, 2009 … During testimony, FBI agent Lara Burns described CAIR as a front organization. Hamas is a US-designated foreign terrorist organization, …
http://counterterrorismblog.org/2009/01/ipt_exclusive_fbi_cuts_off_cai.php