Posts Tagged ‘Suicide bombing’

Major Islamic massacre by twin suicide bombing in Iraq – Diyala province with the capture of Leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

April 23, 2009

Major Islamic massacre by twin suicide bombing in Iraq – Diyala province with the capture of Leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

Iraq Suicide Bomb Attacks Kill or Injure Almost 200 (Update1)

By Caroline Alexander and Ali Sheikholeslami

April 23 (Bloomberg) — Two suicide bombings in Iraq left almost 200 people dead or injured, including Iranian Shiite Muslim pilgrims, as Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of al-Qaeda’s leader in the country.

There were at least 105 casualties among six busloads of Iranians targeted at a roadside restaurant in Diyala province as they traveled to a shrine in Karbala, Iran’s state-run Fars news agency said without providing details. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said 70 were killed or wounded, while Agence France-Presse put the death toll at 45.

While violence has ebbed in the country as a whole after a surge in U.S. troops and as Sunni Muslim insurgents turned against al-Qaeda, the bombings highlight the fragility of the country’s security. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for today’s attacks.

In Baghdad, 31 people died, including 10 police officers, and 51 were hurt in a bombing in a square in the center of the capital, Fars said, citing the city’s police commander. A female suicide bomber carried out the attack, detonating her explosives belt in a crowd of civilians and Iraqi security forces in the Karradah neighborhood, the PUK said.

The al-Qaeda leader was captured by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad’s al-Risafa district, the PUK said on its Arabic- language Web site, citing security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta, who declined to provide further information.

Sunni Insurgents

Shiite pilgrims have frequently been targeted by Sunni insurgent groups, in incidents that Iraqi government officials say are aimed at stoking sectarian violence. Today’s attack on pilgrims is one of the deadliest assaults on Shiite worshippers in Iraq since 149 people were killed in March 2007 while heading to Karbala in buses and on foot. That was among the worst attacks since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Iraqi security officials identified the al-Qaeda leader captured today as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the PUK said. The Interior Ministry said in March 2007 that its forces had arrested al-Baghdadi, a claim it later retracted. In July 2007, the U.S. military said al-Baghdadi never existed.

Analysts have said Abu Omar al-Baghdadi may be a title invented by al-Qaeda to give any non-Iraqi leader of the group in Iraq an identity that would promote acceptance in the country. Last year al-Arabiya television identified al-Baghdadi as Hamid Dawoud al-Zawi. Fars today identified him as Abdullah Rashid Saleh, saying he was born in Baghdad in 1947 and went to Afghanistan in 1987 to meet with Osama bin Laden.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aIiojGZgFYEU&refer=home

75 Killed in Iraq Blasts
Voice of America – April 23, 2009‎
By VOA News Two major suicide bombings in Iraq have claimed the lives of at least 75 people, one of the most violent days in the country in more than a year.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-23-voa35.cfm

Suicide Bombers Kill More Than 70 in Baghdad, Diyala Province
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/04/23/ST2009042302380.html Washington Post

Omar al-Baghdadi, head of an al Qaeda umbrella group called the Islamic State of Iraq, was seized in Baghdad during a major military operation, according to Gen. Qassim Atta, spokesman of the Baghdad Operations Command. advertisement. ISI encompasses most Iraqi insurgency groups, including al Qaeda in Iraq. …
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/04/23/iraq.violence

At Least 75 People Are Killed in Two Attacks in Iraq… Mr. Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of Sunni militant forces believed to include Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. … New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/world/middleeast/24iraq.html?hp

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The ‘Qassam Kindergarten’ Jihad

February 12, 2009
The ‘Qassam Kindergarten’ Jihad
 
‘Palestinians’ Islamic Hamas, “loves” children, well, in their special ‘death cult’ type of way anyway.
 
You already know how they love their own children… to die for propaganda, and make every effort in succeeding in it – unfortunately.
 
But there are also other children under the “wings of Jihadi love” of Hamas, the Israeli children in schools, in kindergartens, they are “favorites”, favorites in Hamas’ targets that is, planning the time/place when/where they go to school, thank God for so many miracles where children weren’t harmed.
 
Call it ‘Qassam kindergarten’, ‘Kindergarten Jihad’, or plain ‘Jihad on kids’ the broader reality.
 
 

 

Welcome to Beyond Images – Perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict… In June 2004, 4 year old Afik Zahavi was killed by a Qassam rocket which exploded outside a kindergarten as he arrived there with his mother …
http://www.beyondimages.info/b130.html
 
Israel Line 2-Nov-2005 Her two sons go to the nursery school and kindergarten in the kibbutz, which has been aimed many times by Qassams fired from Beit Hanun. …
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Archive/Israel+Line/2005/Israel%20Line%202-Nov-2005
 
Kindergarten children targeted by Kassam
…A Kassam rocket fired by Gaza-based ‘Palestinian’ terrorists landed meters from a kindergarten in Kibbutz Sa’ad Monday afternoon, bringing to an abrupt end a Hannukah party attended by local children and their parents.
Arab rocket and mortar crews operating out of the Palestinian Authority-controlled Gaza Strip regularly target Israeli schools and other public buildings in the adjacent Negev region. Miraculously, few have been killed or wounded.
The seemingly divine shielding of these exposed civilians continued Monday.
‘This was a big miracle, because the Kassam rocket landed at a very small distance from the kindergarten during the Hannukah party.’
[December 27, 2005]
http://www.jnewswire.com/article/801 
 
 
May 15, 2007 …Major Injuries In Sderot Rocket Barrage. Children Wounded As Rockets Score Direct Hits On School and Home.
http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11273760.html
 
Christians, Jews abroad step in over Qassam protection in Sderot …151 public kindergartens have been reinforced [May 23, 2007]
http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/860856.html
 
The reality of Sderot, the city where I live
By Noam Bedein    January 22, 2008
Barrage of rockets hits Sderot as kids go to school … …
http://web.israelinsider.com/views/12586.htm
 
Due to massive Qassam rocket fire from Gaza at Sderot and Israeli communities, the IDF Home Front Command began yesterday to reinforce soldiers in Sderot: Approximately 100 officers and soldiers are accompanying children to schools and kindergartens this morning and throughout the afternoon [17 January 2008]
http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/updates/08/01/1701.htm
 
Sderot Qassam Attacks – FACTS… Rockets from Iran-backed terrorists in Gaza are hitting Israeli living rooms, kindergartens and playgrounds. Children in towns near Gaza, many having spent now two years sleeping in bomb shelters, are growing up traumatized. Indeed, 74% of children in Sderot aged 7-12 suffer from post-traumatic anxiety.  [Jan. 24, 2008]
http://honestlyconcerned.info/bin/articles.cgi?ID=KO25508&Category=ko&Subcategory=15
 
Kassam alert- kindergarten http://sderotmedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFss6p5sTPE
 
SderotMedia – ‘Kindergarten’
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4HPID_enCR310US204&q=site%3Asderotmedia.com+kindergarten
 
Qassam hits kindergarten; 2 children lightly wounded – [Jul 28, 2006] … News: Rocket lands next to kindergarten in town south of Ashkelon; 2 children hurt, 8 suffer shock. Earlier a number of rockets hit central …
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3282603,00.html
 
Qassam lands near Sderot kindergarten
Rocket hits neighborhood in southern town, causes damage to private house located near kindergarten; several people suffer from shock, one woman loses consciousness. Military sources say IDF policy in Gaza may change
[Published:  05.07.07]
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3396608,00.html
 
12 Sderot Children Hospitalized for Shock After Kassam Attacks …Sep 3, 2007
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/123570
 
Two IDF soldiers, civilian lightly hurt as Gaza mortars hit Negev 
Three rockets struck the Eshkol region, two of them landing in open fields and the third between two kindergartens. [01/02/2009]
http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/spages/1060562.html
 
Rocket hits Ashdod kindergarten – “Thankfully, no children were in the kindergarten, and no one was badly hurt… [Jan 11, 2009 8:08 | Updated Jan 12, 2009 2:37]
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1231424913241
 
Pat Dollard | Hamas Violates Humanitarian Cease Fire, Shells Kindergarten … hit a house next to a school in the Israeli southern city of Sderot, … Children would also drill evacuating their class rooms…
http://patdollard.com/2009/01/hamas-violates-humanitarian-cease-fire-shells-kindergarten/
 
[January 6, 2009] a Hamas leader warned that the Islamists would kill Jewish children anywhere in the world
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5454204.ece?Submitted=true
 
STRATEGIC QASSAM vs. DIPLOMATIC BLITZ Harari, now an analyst at the Herzliya Center, warned that if a Qassam rocket hits a crowded synagogue or kindergarten it will trigger a massive IDF …
http://www.isracast.com/article.aspx?ID=769

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Palestinian crimes on their own people – Hamas’ use of Arab schools

Kindergartens and Killing: A Guide to Hamas The al-Qassam squads … since Hamas leaders use mosques, kindergartens …
http://www.adl.org/PresRele/IslEx_61/2694_61.asp

Gazans tell investigators of Hamas abuses | Middle East …Feb 1, 2009 … Nuaf Atar spoke about the use of Gazan schools to shoot rockets at Israel. Zabhi Atar revealed that Hamas used food coupons to entice …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304655613&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

YouTube – Hamas Uses Schools and Ceasefire to Shoot Rockets at Israel… Aerial footage taken by the Israel Air Force on 18 January 2009 provides yet another example of how Hamas exploits its civilian population and civilian …
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LGubwghyEw

The “brave” masked “freedom fighters” Islamic butchers
The Israeli innocent Victims

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

Islamic Diabolic Palestinian “university” great target

December 29, 2008

Islamic Diabolic Palestinian “university” great target

IAF hits Islamic University targets
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230111723191&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Well, to get an idea what an ISLAMIC Palestinian teachinfg is all about, here is a tip of the evil iceberg.

Fitzgerald: Arab racism & black Muslims

October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008

Fitzgerald: Arab racism and black Muslims

You can find online complaints about Arab racism from black Muslims (or Black Muslims, that is members of the Nation of Islam, who are not considered real Muslims by the Arabs) in this country. Despite the universalist claims made for Islam, it is, and has always been, a vehicle for Arab supremacism. The reasons are not hard to find. As Anwar Shaikh (an ex-Muslim who was born in Pakistan and died in Wales in 2006) noted in his book Islam, The Arab National Religion, the Arabs consider themselves to be superior to other Muslims because they “received” the message from Allah. It was given to them and was in their language. Non-Arab Muslims are supposed to read the Qur’an, or listen to its recital, only in Arabic. Any other version, in any other language, is not the same thing.

Compare this to the missionaries for Christianity, who in some cases became extraordinary linguists in order to study native languages and dialects and translate the Bible into them. And they did this for languages that in many cases had never had a written form — thereby helping to preserve the language for use, and for study.

And when a Muslim prays, wherever in the world he may be, he is directed to pray — it is a matter of fantastic importance — toward Mecca, toward the Hejaz, toward Arabia, the center of his being.

And the Sunnah, one should not forget, is at least as important as the Qur’an. Some Arabs even say that it is possible to imagine a guide to life with the Sunnah alone, but not with the Qur’an alone. Both matter. And what is the Sunnah? It consists of “practice” — the customs and manners of the early Arabs, that is, of Muhammad and His Companions, that serve to gloss the Qur’an. And the Sunnah is derived from two texts — the Hadith, the written record of the sayings and acts of Muhammad, and the Sira, the biography of Muhammad, the first version of which appeared a century-and-a-half after the historical (if he was historical) Muhammad’s death. What matters is not what parts of the Sira were imagined or which Hadith were made up, and by what means, but which parts Muslims take to be the genuine details of the life of Muhammad, and what Hadith they believe to be the most “authentic” in the compilations of the most “authoritative” — by their lights — muhaddithin.

As Anwar Shaikh notes, the Arabs of Arabia needed their own “religion” to compete with, but not to be completely unlike, the earlier-in-time monotheisms of the lands they first conquered. These lands were inhabited by Christians and Jews. The Jews were not confined to the Land of Israel, but were to be found living, and for a long time, in many parts of the Middle East. They were living in Iran and present-day Iraq, and of course in Arabia itself — for how else could they keep being encountered by Muhammad, in Mecca, Medina (Yathrib), the Khaybar Oasis? The Arab “religion” that they created is clearly the result of taking bits and pieces of pagan Arab pre-Islamic lore (the djinn, for example), mixed with misunderstood and misremembered bits of Judaism and Christianity.

This amalgam was presented to the conquered peoples, the Christians and Jews, as not the New and Improved Version of their faiths (as modern Western marketers might have done with a detergent), but rather as something else — the True Version of Their Faith, which they had misunderstood and distorted or perverted. This made it less strange a faith, and those elements of pre-existing beliefs to be found within it, however jumbled, made it easier for Islam to insinuate itself into the minds of non-Muslims who often converted purely as a practical matter. They did so in order to join the side of the conquerors, to be free of the many disabilities that as non-Muslims they would have to endure (the three choices were: to be killed, to convert, or to endure forever the status of dhimmi, with all that that meant). How many Christians in America today, if they had, in perpetuity, to pay $50,000 per head to remain Christians, would do so? For how many would there be a falling off, and how many each year?

Islam has been a destroyer of other cultures and other languages. In a world that worships “diversity,” the thrust of Islam has been to efface diversity. Languages other than Arabic have received no sympathetic study or attention by Arabs or Muslim missionaries — the effort has been to efface the many languages and cultures that could once be found in the lands conquered. There are, here and there, pockets of Aramaic-speakers in some Syrian villages, a handful of Mandaeans and Yazidis (450 of whom were killed by Muslim bombs in the worst act of Muslim terror in Iraq). There are the Copts in Egypt, or what is left of them, they who once were virtually the entire population of Egypt. There are Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq, or what is left of them, they who were once…ditto. And so on.

The history of Arab oppression of blacks, whether those blacks became nominal Muslims or not, is too long. The history of Arab enslavement of blacks started far earlier, was much more devastating in its effects, and continued much later, than the Atlantic slave trade. A scholar has estimated that because Arabs specialized in seizing young black males for use in harems (contrary to the Western imagination, harems were not just for the rulers), and would castrate their hunted prey in situ in the jungle, the mortality rate among those then taken by slave coffle to the waiting boats that would take them to the slave markets of Islam reached 90%. See “The Hideous Trade” or google that title and “Jihad Watch” for more.

Slavery is legitimate in Islam. Muhammad had slaves. Muhammad is the Perfect Man. Seventh-century Arabia allowed slavery. Seventh-century Arabia provides the Sunnah, the customs and manners that are to be followed. The Arab slave trade went up and down East Africa, with the chief entrepot for the local trade in African blacks being the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, held by the Arab rulers of Oman. The Arabs also went deep into Central Africa, and into West Africa too, while the European slave-traders never managed to penetrate the interior, preferring to remain on the coast of West Africa and having slaves delivered to them by local tribes.

Slavery was not abolished willingly by the Arabs. It was stamped out, rather, by Western powers. There is no Arab William Wilberforce. There never has been a declaration, by any Arab leader, or government, or theological institute, that slavery is always and everywhere morally wrong. And there cannot be such a declaration, because Muslims are hemmed in by the Example of Muhammad, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil, and the practice of the Sunnah. If the French ended Arab enslavement of blacks in much of North Africa, it was the British — the Royal Navy — that helped stamp out the slave trade that continued between Africa and Arabia. This tale is told most fully in J. B. Kelly’s “Britain and the Persian Gulf, 1795-1880.” But the Arabs still managed, as the British presence on the seas diminished, to resurrect that slave trade, which continued into the 1960s.

In 1962, just before slavery was formally abolished — because Saudi Arabia was not yet rich from oil revenues, it had to succumb to Western pressure — 20% at least of the population consisted of black slaves. For more google “Arab slave trade in Africa,” or start here.

It is not surprising that in Dayton, a Muslim girl might have made up a story blaming black men. Nor is it surprising that the Arabs in this congregation want to move from a black neighborhood to a white one. Look at how unwelcome Arabs and Pakistanis have made black Muslims who wish to attend, in any numbers, the same mosques with them. Blacks are seen as fit fodder for conversion to Islam — without really letting potential converts know much about Islam. The proselytizers hold back so much, until their targets are deeply committed and can’t easily get out. They do this so as to swell Muslim ranks and perceived (and real) power, but are not so happy for the new converts to actually associate with Arabs and Pakistanis, who find such an association distasteful. Compare that with the welcoming practice of Christian churches, not least among those evangelicals who have become the butt of so much self-assured mockery.

Not only are most forms of art — sculpture and most painting — forbidden in Islam (look at any major museum at the “Islamic art” — Arabic calligraphy on ceramic plates, and Qur’anic calligraphy on paper), but it is difficult to conduct science within a society suffused with Islam, that discourages every sign of free and skeptical inquiry about the most important thing — Islam — and hence about everything else as well).

And then there is music. There is no Muslim equivalent to the church music of Christianity. Music is forbidden (Black Muslims in America may at times ignore this ban — one more sign of un-orthodoxy). Wherever strict Muslims are in power, they attempt to ban all kinds of music, the folk-music that naturally wells up, as it does in Afghanistan, because it responds to a universal need that the Shari’a laws do not allow to be met. The wedding-singers killed in Afghanistan, the gamelan players in Indonesia disparaged by local Muslims, the RAI singers (often Berbers) threatened or killed in Algeria — all of these are signs and symbols of the Islamic hostility to music. This does not mean that there are not singers. No one denies that there is Arabic music — that oud, those other exotic instruments, or even singers such as Umm Kalthum. But the role of music is much smaller, and it is despite Islam and its discouragement that music appears. The texts and the spirit of Islam, truly adhered to, would deny a role for music altogether. It distracts, you see: distracts from worship.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe begs to differ.

And in the earlier, pre-old-time-religion phase of her career, Rosetta Tharpe’s performance begs to differ with, and demands to ignore, just as much as does her later work, the hostility to music that is inculcated by Islam. And her many admirers — whose numbers may swell with the two examples of her art posted today — will agree.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/023209.php

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