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Face the facts – Syria is an apartheid state (Arab Islamic Apartheid)

June 23, 2011

Face the facts – Syria is an apartheid state

The west is conniving in Bashar Assad’s brutal suppression of opposition

Nick Cohen The Observer, Sunday 19 June 2011

The UN will never tell you this, but Syria is an apartheid-style state. Members of Assad’s Alawite sect make up only 14% of the population, but they control government, much of business and all the forces of coercion. Even the underworld is segregated on confessional lines. The shabbiha crime gangs that run the prostitution and smuggling rackets, and whose members the Assads are letting loose on the civilian population, are Alawite mafias.

I hope that liberals of my generation who beat their chests as they protested against racial apartheid in southern Africa will soon feel as outraged by religious apartheid in the Middle East. The Syrian opposition has as much right to our support as the African National Congress did because it has not targeted Alawites because of their religion. Indeed, it places its hopes on the Alawite-led army mutinying.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/19/syria-bashar-assad-opposition-suppression

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Update on ‘Turmoil on oppressive Arab-Muslim M.E.’ Feb. 16, 2011

February 16, 2011

Turmoil in the Middle East since January, 2011, starting off with Tunisia.
(a)In Egypt, at the beginning of February, the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ tries to hijack the “revolution,” * calling for war with Israel *.

(b) Some US journalists are severely beaten, accused of being “Israeli spies.”* Some terrorism also reported there.*
(c) At the celebration of the fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a racist Arab Muslim mob of 200 attacked and sexually assaulted CBS’ 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan, while yelling “Jew!, Jew!”*

(d) Protests spread to other oppressive dictatorship in the Arab-Muslim Middle East such as: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, etc.* Iranian Islamic Republic [typically] cracks down with harsh brutality.*

Egyptian protester: We don’t want Muslim Brotherhood to ‘hijack’ our protests

Kerry Picket
Published on February 3, 2011

The protests in Egypt have become more intense as acts of violence by pro-Mubarak have reportedly infiltrated the massive gathering of individuals speaking out against the Hosni Mubarak government. I interviewed a young Egyptian protester by phone on Wednesday. Cynthia Farahat is an Egyptian dissident who described herself as a “conservative in the American sense of the word.” She told me that supporters of Mubarak are stirring up violence by assaulting those who are protesting the government.

“I had joined the protest myself, and I have seen an extraordinary display of peace and civility that I never expected to see in a third world in Arab Islamic country. I was overwhelmed by the display of peaceful protesters and the tolerance. It was actually amazing,” she explained.

“My friends are there. Mubarak’s side attacked them today. I couldn’t get to Tahrir. I tried to go but, they closed all entrances to Tahrir Square, and many of my friends said because I am a girl and I have a political history, I might be targeted there. So they refused to let me go, but they are being attacked right now, and some people called me with Molotov cocktails [who are] Mubarak supporters,” she said.

“Most of these people are policemen. They are secret police. They caught them. They checked their IDs. Some of them of course not all of them,” she said. ” They were handed to the military who kept them in a government building until they can do something about it.”

It seems the Muslim Brotherhood wasted no time in taking advantage of the chaos in Egypt right now. It was difficult at first to see who was fueling the protests, as Brotherhood supporters were apparently small in numbers in the street protests but their long-time organized influenced, despite their opposition to the Mubarak, behind the scenes at higher levels remains a concern on Capitol Hill.

“My worry is that [the Muslim Brotherhood] are a very large organization and they could be exercising a more influence than what you see in front of the CNN cameras. It’s an organization that’s spawned three other terrorist organizations–Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaeda, and Hamas,” Senator Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, told me on Wednesday night. “We don’t know the names of the leaders as well as we should, which is why I gave the speech on the floor–to go through who the top leader of guidance is and then what he said about the West and Sharia law.”

“[The Muslim Brotherhood] was one of my major concerns. When the 25th of January protests started, I was,ironically, one of the people who were very apprehensive about it and not encouraging it in anyway, because the media was everywhere, and the West and in Egypt were trying to portray it as a movement that was coming out of Islamists,” said Cynthia. So I was among the people who refused to go on the first days. I was very apprehensive about the nature of these protests. Later, my perspective completely changed, because I have seen video of my friends and my colleagues protesting. The Muslim Brotherhood had a very insignificant almost no presence in the protest at all.”

Ms. Farahat added that not only was the Brotherhood small in numbers but were also rejected by protesters she saw.

“The Muslim Brotherhood, and I saw it the other day—I was watching, they tried to recite the slogan ‘Islam is the solution, and they were attacked by the rest of the protesters and forced to shut-up. They were just asked to shut-up. It wasn’t about the Muslim Brotherhood. [The protesters] were not going to allow [the Brotherhood] to hijack the diverse event.”

Ms. Farahat believes opposition groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which was organized in 1928 and known to have ties to groups engaging in terrorist activity, are not popular in Egypt.

“When a few of the Islamic crowds try to break the protests to pray theywere rejected by the rest of the protesters. Rejecting a prayer is a very unusual sight in an Islamic country. The protesters sort of look at the Muslim Brotherhood as part of the opposition of Mubarak’s regime,” she explained.

“The significant thing is the opposition is almost totally rejected by most of the protesters, and they are seen as players with the Mubarak regime. That’s why they are refused any conversation or any dialogue with the new vice president Omar Suleiman…because they are trying to gain popularity among the masses .”

However, Senator Kirk cautions that history shows the power that eventually takes over the environment seen in Egypt today is usually absent among the crowds of people making demands in the streets.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/feb/3/egyptian-protester-we-dont-want-muslim-brotherhood/

Jerusalem Issue Briefs-The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Crisis

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Crisis

Dore Gold

[Vol. 10, No. 26 2 February 2011]

  • Will the Obama administration's policy toward Egypt be based on a perception that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood would be extremely dangerous? Or have they taken the position – voiced in parts of the U.S. foreign policy establishment – that the Brotherhood has become moderate and can be talked to? Initial administration reactions indicate that it does not rule out Muslim Brotherhood participation in a future Egyptian coalition government.
  • Since January 28, the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement has become more prominent, with its support of Mohamed ElBaradei to lead the opposition forces against the government. In the streets of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators disdainfully call people like ElBaradei “donkeys of the revolution” (hamir al-thawra) – to be used and thenpushed away – a scenario that sees the Muslim Brotherhoodexploit ElBaradei in order to hijack the Egyptian revolution at a later stage.
  • There has been a great deal of confusion about the Muslim Brotherhood.In the years after it was founded in 1928, it developed a “secret apparatus” that engaged in political terrorism against Egyptian Copts as well as government officials. In December 1948, the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi Pasha. It also sought to kill Egyptian leader Abdul Nasser in October 1954.
  • Former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Akef declared in 2004 his “complete faith that Islam will invade Europe and America.” In 2001, the Muslim Brotherhood's publication in London, Risalat al-Ikhwan, featured at the top of its cover page the slogan: “Our Mission: World Domination.” This header was changed after 9/11.
  • The current Supreme Guide, Muhammad Badi', gave a sermon in September 2010 stating that “the improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death, just as the enemies pursue life.”

Initially, it was widely observed that the Muslim Brotherhood has been very low-key during the current crisis in Egypt. Most analysts admitted that it is the best organized and largest opposition group in Egypt, but they played down its role. Yet since January 28, the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement has become more prominent.  One tangible example is the support the Brotherhood has given to Mohamed ElBaradei to lead the opposition forces against the government.

In the streets of Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators disdainfully call people like ElBaradei “donkeys of the revolution” (hamir al-thawra), to be used and then pushed away.1 Thus, there is a scenario that sees the Muslim Brotherhood exploit a figure like ElBaradei in order to hijack the Egyptian revolution at a later stage.

What is the Muslim Brotherhood? It is known as Ikhwan al-Muslimun in Arabic, or just Ikhwan, established in 1928 by an Egyptian schoolteacher, Hassan al-Banna. Outwardly, it was a social and religious organization, but over the years it developed a “secret apparatus” that engaged in military training of its cadres and political terrorism against Egyptian Copts as well as government officials. This dualism continued years later. In December 1948, the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi Pasha. It also sought to kill Egyptian leader Abdul Nasser in October 1954.

The Muslim Brotherhood also had an expansionist agenda right from the start, and called for the re-establishment of the Islamic Empire. In the late 1930s, its newspaper called for retaking “former Islamic colonies” in Andalus (Spain), southern Italy, and the Balkans.2 This theme was maintained in recent years by its former Supreme Guide, Muhammad Akef, who in 2004 declared his “complete faith that Islam will invade Europe and America,” with the caveat that Westerners will join Islam by conviction.3 Others have also made this point. According to Sheikh Yousef Qaradawi, widely regarded as the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood:

Constantinople was conquered in 1453 by a 23-year-old Ottoman named Muhammad ibn Murad, whom we call Muhammad the Conqueror. Now what remains is to conquer Rome. That is what we wish for, and that is what we believe in. After having been expelled twice, Islam will be victorious and reconquer Europe….I am certain that this time, victory will be won not by the sword but by preaching.4

Over the years, the Muslim Brotherhood opened branches in a number of Arab countries and even has front organizations in the UK, France, and the U.S. But it has not disavowed its original commitment to Islamic militancy and its global ambitions. For example, the Muslim Brotherhood's publication in London, Risalat al-Ikhwan, has maintained a clearly jihadist orientation; in 2001 it featured at the top of its cover page the slogan: “Our Mission: World Domination” (siyadat al-dunya). This header was changed after 9/11, but the publication still carries the Muslim Brotherhood's motto which includes: “Jihad is our path; martyrdom is our aspiration.”5

The current Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Muhammad Badi', gave a sermon in September 2010 stating that Muslims today “need to understand that the improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death, just as the enemies pursue life.”6 In short, the Muslim Brotherhood remains committed to supporting militant activities in order to advance its political aims. From looking at the biographies of its most prominent graduates, one can immediately understand the organization's long-term commitment to jihadism:

1.     Abdullah Azzam (of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood) and Muhammad Qutb (of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood) taught at King Abdul Aziz University in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, where they had a student named Osama bin Laden. Azzam went off to Pakistan with his student, bin Laden, to help the mujahidin fight the Soviets in Afghanistan.

2.     Ayman al-Zawahiri (bin Laden's deputy) grew up in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

3.     Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (the al-Qaeda mastermind of the 9/11 attacks) came out of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.

Given this background, the Muslim Brotherhood has been widely regarded in the Arab world as the incubator of the jihadist ideology.  A former Kuwaiti Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmad Al-Rab'i, argued in Al-Sharq al-Awsat on July 25, 2005, that the founders of most modern terrorist groups in the Middle East emerged from “the mantle” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Many columnists in the Middle East have warned in recent years about the Brotherhood's hostile intentions. Tariq Hasan, a columnist for the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram, alerted his readers on June 23, 2007, that the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing a violent takeover in Egypt, using its “masked militias” in order to replicate the Hamas seizure of power in the Gaza Strip. And columnist Hussein Shobokshi, writing in the Saudi-owned Al-Sharq al-Awsat on October 23, 2007, said that “to this day” the Muslim Brotherhood “has brought nothing but fanaticism, divisions, and extremism, and in some cases bloodshed and killings.” Thus, both Arab regimes and leading opinion-makers in Arab states still have serious reservations about the claim of a new moderation in the Muslim Brotherhood.7

Ironically, in the last five years, prominent voices in the West have considered opening a political dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood. For example, Dr. Robert S. Leiken and Steven Brooke published an article in the March-April 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs called “The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood” in which they advised the Bush administration to enter into a strategic alliance with the organization, which they referred to as “moderate,” calling it a “notable opportunity” to use the Brotherhood to promote American interests. James Traub echoed many of their arguments in the New York Times Magazine on April 29, 2007, in which he claimed that “the Muslim Brotherhood, for all its rhetorical support of Hamas, could well be precisely the kind of moderate Islamic body that the administration says it seeks.” In addition, a committee in the British House of Commons also advocated the UK opening a dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood, as well.

At the same time, some U.S. officials and dignitaries seemed to have softened their approach to the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed President Mubarak to open up participation in the Egyptian parliamentary elections, resulting in a major increase of elected Muslim Brotherhood members from 15 to 88. Subsequently, Mubarak became more reluctant to take U.S. advice.

Visiting U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer met twice in 2007 with the head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's parliamentary bloc, Mohammed Saad el-Katatni, according to Brotherhood spokesman Hamdi Hassan.

The critical question is whether the Obama administration's policy toward Egypt will be based on a perception that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood would be extremely dangerous. Or have they taken the position – voiced in parts of the U.S. foreign policy establishment – that the Muslim Brotherhood has become moderate and can be talked to? The initial reactions of the Obama administration indicate that it does not rule out Muslim Brotherhood participation in a future Egyptian coalition government.8 Unfortunately, there is a dangerous misconception about the Muslim Brotherhood in parts of the foreign policy community in the West that could affect calculations in Washington and London in the weeks ahead.
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=442&PID=0&IID=5953

Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for War With Israel’ Feb 1, 2011 … A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to …

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Muslim-Brotherhood-war-Israel/2011/02/01/id/384603

Muslim Brotherhood Wants War With Israel – Forex Crunch Jan 31, 2011 … Mohamed Ghanem, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, calls Egypt to stop pumping gas to Israel and prepare the Egyptian …

http://www.forexcrunch.com/muslim-brotherhood-wants-war-with-israel/

“Severely Beaten” Fox News Reporters Were Accused Of Being Israeli Spies… Feb 3, 2011 … Now a source close to the network has told The Wrap that the pair was attacked because they were accused of being Israeli spies, and the two …

http://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-reporter-israeli-spies-mubarak-cairo-video-2011-2

Injured Fox News Reporters Accused of Being ‘Israeli Spies’ in …Feb 3, 2011 … Injured Fox News Reporters Accused of Being ‘Israeli Spies’ in Egypt … and ran right into the pro Mubarak crowd and were severely beaten. …

http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=626798&affid=100055

CBS News reporter Lara Logan beaten, sexually assaulted during Cairo celebration



By Paul Farhi

Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 15, 2011; 8:37 PM



CBS News said in a statement Logan was covering the celebrations for CBS’s “60 Minutes” program on February 11 when she and her team were surrounded by “a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.”
“In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers,” CBS said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/15/us-egypt-journalists-idUSTRE71E76I20110215



CBS reporter’s Cairo nightmare – NYPOST.com

Feb 16, 2011 … “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday.
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/cbs_reporter_cairo_nightmare_pXiUVvhwIDdCrbD95ybD5N



Egyptians Yelled ‘Jew! Jew!’ While Sexually Assaulting CBS …Feb 16, 2011 …
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President

http://nation.foxnews.com/lara-logan/2011/02/16/egyptians-yelled-jew-jew-while-sexually-assaulting-cbs-reporter-lara-logan

CBS Reporter Sexually Assaulted In Egypt
February, 16, 2011
Egypt – CBS reporter Lara Logan sustained a “brutal and sustained” sexual assault by an Egyptian mob of men while covering the protests in Cairo. …News One

http://newsone.com/world/newsonestaff2/cbs-lara-logan-raped-Egypt/


Prison break, looting, violence in Cairo as anti-government …‎
Herald Sun – Jan 30, 2011
Three other people were killed on Saturday in Cairo, three in Rafah on the border with Gaza, and five in Ismailia, on the west bank of the Suez Canal.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/looting-engulfs-cairo/story-e6frf7lf-1225997039828


Egypt shuts Gaza border as militants break out of jail‎
Reuters – Nidal al-Mughrabi – Ori Lewis – Jan 30, 2011
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/30/uk-palestinians-egypt-gaza-idUKTRE70T35I20110130


Egyptian anti-government demonstrators face army tanks on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Feb 5.
Egypt ruling party leaders resign
Blast rocks gas terminal in Sinai


[…]
Blast
An explosion rocked a gas terminal in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, setting off a massive fire that was contained by shutting off the flow of gas to neighboring Jordan and Israel, officials and witnesses said.
Egypt’s natural gas company said the fire was caused by a gas leak. However, a local security official said an explosive device was detonated inside the terminal, and the regional governor, Abdel Wahab Mabrouk, said he suspected sabotage.
The blast and fire at the gas terminal in the Sinai town of El-Arish did not cause casualties. The explosion sent a pillar of flames leaping into the sky, but was a safe distance from the nearest homes, said Mabrouk.
The blast came as a popular uprising engulfed Egypt, where anti-government protesters have been demanding the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak for the past two weeks. The Sinai Peninsula, home to Bedouin tribesmen, has been the scene of clashes between residents and security forces. It borders both Israel and the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas.
The terminal is part of a pipeline system that transports gas from Egypt’s Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea to Israel, Syria and Jordan.
The head of Egypt’s natural gas company, Magdy Toufik, said in a statement that the fire broke out in the terminal “as a result of a small amount of gas leaking.”
However, a senior security official said an explosive device was detonated in the terminal. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with reporters.
[…]


Church
A Coptic church in the Egyptian town of Rafah bordering the Gaza Strip was in flames on Saturday, with witnesses reporting a blast although a local official denied an explosion was the cause.
Witnesses said they saw flames coming out of the Mar Girgis church in Rafah after hearing an explosion. Armed men on motorbikes were spotted near the church, one of them said.
North Sinai’s governor Abdel Wahab Mabruk, however, denied on state television there had been any explosion in Mar Girgis.
The church had been left without police guards at the time of the fire, witnesses said, after security forces disappeared en masse amid nationwide rallies calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
Security is usually in place around Christian places of worship after several attacks against Copts and had been boosted after a bombing in Alexandria at the turn of the year.
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/165225/t/Egypt-ruling-party-leaders-resign/Default.aspx




Arab states rocked by the mouse that roared‎
Sydney Morning Herald – Jan 21, 2011


… in communist regimes or ossified dictatorships like Syria and Tunisia”. ….the oppressed locals… Iraq and Afghanistan have proved that invasion is a costly and difficult way to effect change. As they stand today, the MENA countries reveal that cozying up to despots and writing billion-dollar cheques for those that don’t have the people’s oil to steal, creates more problems than it solves for the reformist-minded. Inevitably, change must come from within but the oppressed should not be made to fight with one hand tied behind their backs, with Washington and other foreign capitals turning their backs because of their own vested interest.


The Egyptian-born writer Mona Eltahawy is eloquent on this: “Not once in my 43 years have I thought that I’d see an Arab leader toppled by his people. It is nothing short of poetic justice that it was neither Islamists nor invasion-in-the-name-of-democracy that sent the waters rushing on to Ben Ali’s ship but, rather, the youth of his country.”
http://www.smh.com.au/world/arab-states-rocked-by-the-mouse-that-roared-20110121-19zyo.html?from=smh_sb


As Egypt uprising inspires Middle East, Iran sees biggest protests …
February 14, 2011
By Thomas Erdbrink and Liz Sly TEHRAN – Violent protests erupted in Iran, Yemen and Bahrain on Monday as the revolutionary fervor unleashed by the toppling …
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021405301.html?hpid=topnews


Quest for human dignity drives unrest in Mideast‎
Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Ira Zunin – 12 February 2011


Within days protests began in Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Bahrain and Libya. Syria is on edge…
 totalitarian figures who might be made into reliable, sovereign allies but who are also oppressive to their own people.
http://www.staradvertiser.com/columnists/healthandmoney/20110212_quest_for_human_dignity_drives_unrest_in_mideast.html


Middle East/N. Africa | Human Rights Watch
Feb 15, 2011 … Discrimination and Violence against Sexual Minorities in Iran … Bahraini authorities should order security forces to halt attacks on …
http://www.hrw.org/en/middle-east/n-africa


Live: Mid-East protests
Page last updated at 09:35 GMT, Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Libya, Bahrain and Iran are the latest countries to be hit by popular protests inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Follow our minute-by-minute coverage of all the latest events across the Middle East and North Africa, where several regimes are facing huge challenges from their people.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/9399009.stm


Obama Warns Autocratic Rulers: ‘World Is Changing’‎


U.S. President Barack Obama has told ‘friend and foe alike’ that they need to listen to their citizens’ calls for democracy.
February 15, 2011
By Heather Maher
http://www.rferl.org/content/obama_warns_autocrats_world_is_changing/2310597.html



Protests broken up in Iran | euronews, world news
Feb 14, 2011
http://www.euronews.net/2011/02/14/protests-broken-up-in-iran/


Iran protests see reinvigorated activists take to the streets in …
Feb 14, 2011 … Riot police and basiji militia use teargas on protesters, with reports that one demonstrator was killed in clashes.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/14/iran-protests-reinvigorated-activists


Iran Cracks Down on Spiraling Protests | News | EnglishFeb 15, 2011 … State TV showed some 50 conservative MPs marching through parliament’s main hall on Tuesday, chanting ‘Death to Mousavi, death to Karroubi.’
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Iran-Cracks-Down-on-Spiraling-Protests-116240014.html


Iranian lawmakers: Execute opposition leaders
[February 15, 2011]
 
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hardline Iranian lawmakers called on Tuesday for the country’s opposition leaders to face trial and be put to death, a day after clashes between opposition protesters and security forces left two people dead and dozens injured.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-02-15-iran-reaction-protests_N.htm


Obama lashes out at Iranian protest crackdown | World | RIA Novosti
Feb 15, 2011 … U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday criticized Iranian leaders for a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters and praised Egypt’s …
http://en.rian.ru/world/20110215/162621174.html


Iran’s Brutal Crackdown: Join the Live Chat
CNN (blog)


Posted: February 15th, 2011 09:47 PM ET
 
Tonight a 360° exclusive. You’ll hear from a protester in Iran who’s risking her life to speak out. The Iranian government is cracking down on the demonstrations following Egypt’s uprising. That’s after they praised the people of Egypt. We’re Keeping Them Honest.
http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/15/irans-brutal-crackdown-join-the-live-chat/


Clashes at funeral of Iran protest victim: TV | World | DAWN.COM
Feb 16, 2011 … Dawn.com
http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/16/clashes-at-funeral-of-iran-protest-victim-tv.html


Iran Protests 2011: Dramatic Videos
Feb 14, 2011 … Following revolutionary protests in Egypt, Iranians have now also begun protesting, as thousands have taken to the streets.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/14/iran-protests-2011-videos_n_823162.html

THE TRUE FACE OF ARAB-ISLAMIC “Palestine” ANIMALISM! – 10 Years to ‘Ramallah lynch’ Oct. 2000

July 27, 2010

THE TRUE FACE OF ARAB-ISLAMIC “Palestine” ANIMALISM!

The day the world witnessed animalism on display, shameless inhumane revelations, by “average” Arab-Palestinians & their official police.

* Two Israelis are nabbed –as they lost their way– by the “Palestinian” Police who beat them brutally.

* They then handed over the men to a mob to lynch, while they watch the scene.

* One “proud” Arab-Muslim “hero” had his hands covered in the blood of the Israelis and waved in a bragging manner through the window to the larger crowd anxiously waiting in the public square.

(* They were put on military clothes afterwards.)

* An Israeli is thrown out the window into the bloodthirsty [literally] mob waiting.

* They were beaten, stabbed to death, their faces disfigured…

* Their bodies were mutilated the ‘mainstream’ Arab-Muslim “Palestinians” screamed in ecstasy, moaning in beasty manners while waving the body parts in “joy”… all that savagery in broad day light in public square.

* The shameless pride doesn’t end there, their kids are –later on– taught to “cherish” such ‘blood-cult’ via glorifying the act in portraying a starring girl dipping in blood, all “for the cause.”

* It also marked the worsening conditions for any journalist in their areas, intimidation into telling, reporting ‘their version’ of “truth.”

* Just like the Arab-Palestinian dancing, celebrating the 9/11 Islamic massacre of 3,000 innocent people, the PA [Pallywood] tried to suppress the lynch from the world, first they denied it, but as the photos shot by an Italian crew already [exposed their true character] shocked the world, they quickly switched gears and attempted to lie that the Israelis were nabbed on “suspicion of spying… or something.

The lynching of: Vadim Norzhich and Yosef Avrahami.

________

Background

On October 12, 2000, two non-combatant Israeli.. were lynched and brutally murdered by a Palestinian mob in Ramallah. Both were drivers, one aged 38 and the father of three, the other a 33 year-old newly-wed.

Since this lynching, the official Palestinian broadcasting stations have made every effort to hide the horrible pictures which were shown around the world.

According to reporters’ evidence on the scene, not only did the Palestinian police not protect the two men slaughtered while in their custody in the Ramallah police station, but they also tried to prevent foreign journalists in the area around the building from filming the incident.

Despite the attempts to distance reports, an Italian television crew managed to film several scenes.

The following is an ad published in the Al Hayat Al Jadidah newspaper, considered the main newspaper of the Palestinian Authority. The ad, probably paid for, is evidence of the double standard which has come to characterize much of the reporting of the recent violence in the territories.

Note that the brutal lynching is described merely as “the events”.

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2000/10/Coverage%20of%20Oct%2012%20Lynch%20in%20Ramallah%20by%20Italian%20TV

Eyewitness to Ramallah Lynching

A British photographer working on a pictorial study of Palestinian refugees stumbled on the event after the initial attack in the Ramallah police station. He did not witness that aspect. He subsequently described what he did see in The Sunday Telegraph, a respected British daily newspaper. The following is an extract:

“I had arrived in Ramallah at about 10.30 in the morning and was getting into a taxi on the main road to go to Nablus, where there was to be a funeral that I wanted to film, when all of a sudden there came a big crowd of Palestinians shouting and running down the hill from the police station.

I got out of the car to see what was happening and saw that they were dragging something behind them. Within moments they were in front of me and, to my horror, I saw that it was a body, a man they were dragging by the feet. The lower part of his body was on fire and the upper part had been shot at, and the head beaten so badly that it was a pulp, like a red jelly.

I thought he was a soldier because I could see the remains of the khaki trousers and boots. My God, I thought, they’ve killed this guy. He was dead, he must have been dead, but they were still beating him, madly, kicking his head. They were like animals.

They were just a few feet in front of me and I could see everything. Instinctively, I reached for my camera. I was composing the picture when I was punched in the face by a Palestinian. Another Palestinian pointed right at me shouting ‘no picture, no picture!’, while another guy hit me in the face and said ‘give me your film!’

I tried to get the film out but they were all grabbing me and the one guy just pulled the camera off me and smashed it to the floor. I knew I had lost the chance to take the photograph that would have made me famous and I had lost my favourite lens that I’d used all over the world, but I didn’t care. I was scared for my life.

At the same time, the guy that looked like a soldier was being beaten and the crowd was getting angrier and angrier, shouting ‘Allah akbar’ – God is great. They were dragging the dead man around the street like a cat toying with a mouse. It was the most horrible thing that I have ever seen and I have reported from Congo, Kosovo, many bad places. In Kosovo, I saw Serbs beating an Albanian but it wasn’t like this. There was such hatred, such unbelievable hatred and anger distorting their faces.

The worst thing was that I realised the anger that they were directing at me was the same as that which they’d had toward the soldier before dragging him from the police station and killing him. Somehow I escaped and ran and ran not knowing where I was going. I never saw the other guy they killed, the one they threw out of the window.

I thought that I’d got to know the Palestinians well. I’ve made six trips this year and had been going to Ramallah every day for the past 16 days. I thought they were kind, hospitable people. I know they are not all like this and I’m a very forgiving person but I’ll never forget this. It was murder of the most barbaric kind. When I think about it, I see that man’s head, all smashed. I know that I’ll have nightmares for the rest of my life.”

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/lynchwit.html

BBC News | MIDDLE EAST | Lynch mob’s brutal attack Oct 13, 2000 … “Another horrific escalation on the streets of Ramallah … Lynch mob’s brutal attack. Crowd abused body of Israeli …Photographs show some of the doomed men were dressed in civilian clothes…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/969778.stm

Palestinian Issue: Lynch in Ramallah & Yasir Arafat
http://stop-abuse.net/Peace_3.htm

Arabs Lynch Jews at Ramallah. What Else Is New!Arabs are cruel and heartless butchers of Jews. For example, the Lynching at Ramallah.

http://www.masada2000.org/ramallah.html

Ramallah-Lynch Terrorist Nabbed – Defense/Middle East – Israel … Sep 26, 2007 … TV images of the lynching show a body of one of the two Israelis being … his blood-soaked hands out the window of the PA police station. …

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/123789

How Palestinians intimidate the press into suppressing unfavorable coverage…Journalists describe constant Palestinian intimidation The lynching of two Israeli reservists in Ramallah last October proved to be a watershed in coverage of the new intifada. Up until that point, most Western …
http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~jkatz/intimidation.html

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Man jailed over Ramallah lynching Nov 22, 2004 … A Palestinian man who waved bloody hands at a cheering mob is jailed for the murder of an Israeli soldier.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4033901.stm

Ramallah lynch suspect arrested

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3055674,00.html

Ramallah-Lynch Terrorist Nabbed Defense/Middle East – Israel …Sep 26, 2007 … IDF soldiers have arrested the last of the terrorists responsible for the brutal lynching of two IDF reservists in Ramallah 7 years ago.http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/123789

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/123789

Last member of Ramallah lynch caught Sep 26, 2007 … Paratroopers arrest 36-year-old Tanzim terrorist who participated in murder of two reservists in 2000.

http://www.jpost.com/Home/Article.aspx?id=76502

Institute for Global Jewish Affairs – Global Antisemitism, Anti … … al-Dura,” “The Ramallah Lynch Omissions,” “The Never-Filmed Palestinian … the day two off-duty Israeli reserve… were lynched in Ramallah.

http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=3&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=624&PID=0&IID=2861&TTL=The_Cut-and-Omit_TV_News

The Middle East, abstracts and index
Library Information and Research Service [ Part 2] – 2006 [page 1]

…the lynching the Arabs … carried out in Ramallah was not done by guns, Arabs stabbed to death two Israeli soldiers that were being detained at an Arab police station. They had tossed their bodies out through a window to a mob below. Whereupon that mob inhuamnely further stabbed and stamped upon the dead soldiers and disgracefuly dragged their bodies through the streets of Ramallah. Their acts showed the deapth of the Arab hatred of the Jews and the bitter fruit of Arab education… It appeared indeed to be a calculated act of violence, while the permissive PA police stood by and watched. Unfortunately, such inhumane acts are not atypical of Arab violence…

http://books.google.com/books?&id=vK1tAAAAMAAJ&dq=atypical

Scenes From Israel…
Vadim was lynched in Ramalla One of the … Blood on his hands, a Palestinian savage waves to the crowd after lynching …

http://www.chayas.com/media.htm

A Wrong Turn In Ramallah, Reflections On A Savage People

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/31585

In Ramallah in 2000, two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped, beaten, stabbed countless times, had their eyes gouged out, and were literally disemboweled and dismembered by an Arab lynch mob.

The people – and I use the term loosely – who carried out the initial beatings threw one of the victims down to the waiting mob, where his face was further crushed with stones, feet, fists and even a heavy metal window frame. One Jew was set on fire and dragged along the street as Arab onlookers danced and cheered. Some of the butchers celebrated their crimes with the victims’ internal organs. One of the killers, famously captured on film, proudly displayed his blood-soaked hands to the cheering Ramallah crowd.

And it gets worse. In 2003, nearly two years later, Arab parents in Gaza cheered again when their little children dressed up as members of the Ramallah lynch mob, complete with hands painted blood red, for a kindergarten graduation ceremony…

This is the enemy. Don’t look away.

Perhaps when another rally is held in support of Iraqi “resistance” or “Palestinian liberation” somewhere in the world, counter-protesters can remind the ever-so-sensitive and progressive demonstrators of Nick Berg’s scream of pain, or of two-year-old Meirav Hatuel cowering in her car seat, or of the Ramallah or Fallujah savages dancing with human entrails.

During the lynch of the two IDF soldiers who had taken a wrong turn into Ramallah in 2000, one of the Arab murderers paused in his savage beating to answer a cell phone belonging to one of the dying soldiers.

He told the worried voice on the other end of the line, “We are killing your husband.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/3732

When two Israelis were tortured and lynched to death by a Palestinian Arab mob (including Palestinian Authority policemen) in Ramallah in October 2000, Ashrawi justified the murder by falsely claiming that the Israelis were “undercover Israeli agents” who “were clearly infiltrated and planted into the midst of a protest march in the heart of the city.” (In fact, the Israelis were driving near the city, took a wrong turn, and were stopped by PA policemen, who arrested them, brought them into the city, and handed them over to the lynch mob.) (Jordan Times, October 29, 2000)

http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/69

Gaza kindergarten graduation celebrates lynching of Jews – Likud … Jul 1, 2002… of the scene at the lynching of two Jewish reservists in Ramallah, … its youngsters dressed up as members of a Ramallah lynch mob, …

http://www.likud.nl/extr209.html

FactsOfIsrael.com: Palestinian kid is taught how to dip her hands …
Jun 24, 2002 … A mob of Palestinian savages stormed in the PA police station and … in the manner of one of the perpetrators of the Ramallah lynching, …

http://www.factsofisrael.com/blog/archives/000123.html

This girl raises her ‘bloody’ hands in homage to the grotesque picture of the Ramallah lynch mob that tore three Israeli reserve soldiers to pieces in …

http://www.kerenmalki.org/Doing_Something_Positive.htm

palestines lynch israelis- the ramallah lynch – Filestube Video Search On October 12, 2000, two non-combatant Israeli reservists (serving as drivers), Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, mistakenly passed an Israeli checkpoint …

http://video.filestube.com/watch,1a9dadb29ae7d2c403e9/palestines-lynch-israelis-the-ramallah-lynch.html

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QURAN & TORTURE – QURANIC TORTURE – ISLAMIC TORTURE

March 3, 2009
QURAN & TORTURE – QURANIC TORTURE – ISLAMIC TORTURE

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IDEOLOGY
 
Torture in the Quran and early Islam
By James Arlandson
January 08, 2006
Three main purposes of torture are to punish criminals, to extract information, and to exact revenge. It is at least one of these three purposes that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, had in mind when he tortured two criminals: a treasurer who would not disclose where Jewish wealth lay hidden, and an enemyan old woman taken as a prisoner in a Muslim raid.
 
Violence and brutality are embedded in the origins of Islam, including the Quran. Islamic websites that preach justice and human rights too often do not substantially (or do not at all) confront this legacy. For example, these three articles, among many others, preach ‘peace and love’ and ‘human rights’: 
 
But a presentation of Islam as peaceful is not full disclosure.
 
In apparent reply to the unpleasant facts about original Islam, one of the oddest interpretive gymnastics performed by Muslim polemicists and missionaries asserts that Jesus also endorsed torture and summary executions. So who are Christians and the West (though the two are not identical) to complain about Islam? But …
 
The Quran commands crucifixion and mutilation
 
The Quran in Sura 5:33 says:
 
5:33 Those who wage war against God and His Messenger and strive to spread corruption in the land should be punished by death, crucifixion, the amputation of an alternate hand and foot or banishment from the land: a disgrace for them in this world, and then a terrible punishment in the Hereafter . . . . (MAS Abdel Haleem, The Qur’an, Oxford UP, 2004)
 
It is important to realize that this verse appears in a legal context; Muhammad is laying down the law. The verse is not a parable or an illustration. It is intended to be carried out in real life, and it was then and it is today, as this article demonstrates.
 
In this verse, Allah says that the criminal who strives to spread corruption in the land can be (1) executed, (2) crucified, (3) mutilated, or (4) expelled. The problems lie in the second and third punishments. In crucifixion a criminal dies a needlessly painful death, and in mutilation (cutting off an alternate hand and foot), the criminal has no chance to redeem himself for the vague crime of corruption. These two punishments are torturous, so they are unjust. It is one thing to execute a firstdegree murderer, for example, but to torture him by crucifixion is unacceptable.
 
At first glance, the clause ‘those who wage war’ denotes an offense much larger than a crime like murder. However, as we shall see, the historical context of this verse comes nowhere near a war, so the clause is overblown.
 
The key word, then, is ‘corruption.’ How should it be defined?
 
An article published by the journal alTawhid (Oneness or Unity) in Qum, Iran, the seat of learning for Shi’ites, uses Sura 5:33 and defines the crimes broadly (scroll down to Point Three), as follows: prostitution and the disintegration of family relationships; narcotics and the disintegration of individual’s rational personality; colonialism and the undermining of peoples’ dignity and plundering of their resources; racism and the disintegration of human brotherhood; violation of all recognized rights and the breaking of covenants; bombardment of populated areas, use of chemical weapons; attacks on civil aviation, national railways, commercial and tourist vessels, and similar methods which are universally condemned in war.
 
This broad description of crimes opens the door to all manner of justifications for applying the punishments in Sura 5:33. Oddly, the Iranian scholar places his definition and the punishments in the verse in a discussion of human rights. But should a human have his alternate hand and foot cut off for prostitution, pimping, or racism? Should he be crucified for disintegration of the family? For colonialism? (Islam itself has been a terrible perpetrator of colonialism.) Rather than questioning this verse, the author of the article and many in the Islamic world seem to accept it as coming from God and so matteroffactly interpret it for society today.
 
For more translations of this verse, the readers may go to these three sites: this one has multiple translations; this one has three; and this conservative translation is subsidized by the Saudi royal family. See this article on another related Islamic atrocity: the Quran’s command in Sura 5:38 to chop off the hands of male or female thieves.
 
The next three historical examples take place in AD 628, when Muhammad was strong enough militarily to inflict torture on people without fear of substantial retaliation. He grew in strength since his victory at the Battle of Badr in AD 624, and it was then that he started down the path of misusing his power.
 
Splitting an old woman in two
 
Raiding was part and parcel of seventhcentury Arab culture, and Muhammad incorporated this dubious custom and elevated it to jihad. Sometimes the raids took ugly, nasty turns.
 
In early AD 628, during a raid, Zayd, Muhammad’s freedman and adopted son, was wounded and some of his men were killed by a tribe. Zayd vowed to abstain from sex until he took revenge. After Zayd recovered from his wounds, Muhammad sent him and a raiding band back to the tribe. An old woman named Umm Qirfa was taken prisoner. Would a Muslim leader spare her from death, not to mention from torturing her? No. Her death was cruel, says an Islamic source, matteroffactly.
 
The executioner appointed by Zayd ‘tied each of her legs with a rope and tied the ropes to camels, and they split her in two.’ (Tabari)
 
It is not hard to imagine her screams. From the Islamic sources it is unclear why she, an old woman, had to die in the first place. But assuming only for the sake of argument that the initial raid was justifieda big assumption based on the belief that the old woman’s tribe was collaborating with the Jews of Khaybarassuming this is true, did an old woman have to die in such a gruesome wayby torture? It may be argued that Muhammad himself did not order this torture, but that misses the point. The whole expedition was conducted under his orders. Thus, he was ultimately responsible for the behavior of his men. If this atrocity went against his instructions, if he did not agree with such cruel methods (even though he himself committed cruelties), then why did he not punishlike for likeZayd and his executioner? He did not even reprimand them. But Zayd was his adopted son, so apparently family loyalty won out over justice.
 
The following hadith, though not mentioning the torture, recounts the aftermath of the raid. One of the raiders kept the daughter of Umm Qirfa for himself, and brought her back to Medina, where Muhammad lived. Once Muhammad saw the girl, he shouted to the Muslim raider that he wanted her. What did he do with her? Sell her back to her family? Did he give her family the option to ransom her?
 
I [Salama, a Muslim raider] drove [captives] along until I brought them to Abu Bakr [Companion of Muhammad] who bestowed that girl on me as a prize. So we arrived in Medina. I had not yet disrobed her when the Messenger of Allah . . . met me in the street and said: Give me that girl, O Salamah. I said: Messenger of Allah, she has fascinated me. I had not yet disrobed her. When on the next day, the Messenger of Allah . . . again met me in the street, he said: O Salama, give me that girl, may God bless your father. I said: she is for you, Messenger of Allah . . . By Allah, I have not yet disrobed her. The Messenger of Allah . . . sent her to the people of Mecca, and surrendered her as ransom for a number of Muslims who had been kept as prisoners in Mecca. (Muslim no. 4345)
 
Early Islamthe one that Muhammad foundedtrafficked in slavery and allowed sex with women prisoners of war, in their most helpless condition. This hadith gives a sad snapshot of slavery and abuse in early Islam. It is disappointing that Muhammad did not stop this trade with firm commands: No more slavery and no more sex with prisoners of raids! This prohibition is doubly needed when a religion traffics in this trade, as original Islam did. But why would such a command come down from on high, since the trade generated a lot of money and satiated male sexual lust for women?
 
Muslim activists and missionaries make much of Islamic justice. But how is cruelly killing an old woman anywhere close to appearing like justice?
 
Sources: Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, trans. Guillaume, (Oxford UP, 1955), pp. 664665; Tabari, The History of alTabari: the Victory of Islam, trans. Michael Fishbein, vol. 8, SUNYP, 1997, pp. 9597. Ibn Ishaq (d. 767) is an earlier biographer of Muhammad who is considered an important source by modern scholars except the miraculous elements and some chronology. Tabari (d. 923) is an early historian who is also considered reliable.
 
Mutilating Arab tribesmen
 
The following event supposedly provides the historical context of Sura 5:33. Shortly after Umm Qirfa’s horrible death (perhaps only a few weeks or within the same month), some Arab tribesmen visited the Prophet and at some time converted to Islam. But they fell sick in the uncongenial climate of Medina. So Muhammad told them to follow a shepherd outside of the city, recommending to them an old folk belief: drinking the milk and urine of a camel, rather than his healing them through the power of Allah. Subsequently, they are reported to have felt better. However, for some reason, they killed the shepherd, turned apostate, and drove off the camels for themselves. This news reached Muhammad, and he ordered them to be hunted down and brought before him. He decreed that their hands and feet should be cut off. Then he added these excesses on top of the others:
 
Then he ordered for [sic] nails which were heated and [the tribesmen] were branded with those nails, their eyes, and they were left in the Harra (i.e. rocky land in AlMadina). And when they asked for water, no water was given them till they died . . . . (Bukhari, Book of Jihad, no. 3018; cf. online source )
 
Though this passage is awkwardly translated, it is one of many that should shock everyone of a sound mind. Muhammad actually pierced their eyes with nails (one version says with needles). Then their bodies were thrown on stony ground, dying of dehydration. One version says they died from the battering they suffered from being thrown on rocky ground; another says they died from loss of blood, for Muhammad did not cauterize their amputated limbs. Regardless of the specific cause of their unnatural death, torturing them is excess multiplied by excess, and this is never just.
 
Sources: Bukhari, Book of Punishments (Hudud), vol. 8, no. 680205 (online source and passages below this linked one); Muslim nos. 41304137; Sunan Abu Dawud nos. 43514359 (online source; Ibn Ishaq, pp. 67778. For more information on this gruesome torture inflicted by the Allahinspired prophet, please see this article.
 
Burning the treasurer of the city of Khaybar
 
Muhammad conquered Khaybar in AD 628 (only a few months after the gruesome deaths of Umm Qirfa and the Arab tribesmen), but in AD 625, he had besieged and exiled the Jewish tribe of Nadir in Medina. They immigrated to Khaybar to the north. Now Muhammad wanted their treasure, not to mention the rest of the entire city.
 
Ibn Ishaq the biographer writes about the torture of the treasurer, to extract information:
 
Kinana b. alRabi, who had custody of the treasure of B. alNadir, was brought to the apostle [Muhammad] who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was.
 
Then Muhammad finds some of the treasure:
 
A Jew came to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going around a certain ruin every morning, early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it, I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found.
 
Here is the torture that Muhammad permitted:
 
When he [Muhammad] asked him about the rest, he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders . . . ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so [the torturer] kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead.
 
Michael Fishbein, a translator of the early historian Tabari, disagrees with a phrase in the above translation of Ibn Ishaq. The fire was not kindled on the treasurer’s chest with ‘flint and steel,’ but with a ‘firestick on his chest . . . The firestick (zand) was a stick of wood that could be twirled rapidly in an indentation in a second piece to produce fire’ (note 510). Whether by flint and steel or a firestick, such torture to find material wealth is wrong and misguided.
 
So how does the story of the treasurer and Khaybar end? Kinana was beheaded in revenge for a killing, and Khaybar was conquered. The citizens, mostly Jews, could work the lands that now belonged to Islam by conquest, but they had to turn over half of the resources to Muhammad and his special Muslim recipients.
 
Sources: Ibn Ishaq, p. 515; Tabari, vol. 8, pp. 122123. For the tense relations between Muhammad and the Jews during the ten years that he lived in Medina, please see this article.  For more information on the torture of the treasurer…
 
Muslim defenses of these atrocities
 
The defenses take many forms, but three are the most common.
 
For the first defensive strategy, Muslim polemicists seek to discredit Ibn Ishaq and Tabari as being less reliable than the hadith collectors and editors Bukhari (d. 870), Muslim (d. 875), and Abu Dawud (d. 875). It should be noted that the explicit information about two victims of torture (Umm Qirfa and Kinana the treasurer) comes only from Ibn Ishaq and Tabari.
 
In reply, however, this effort to discredit is a oneway street. These same polemicists value Ibn Ishaq and Tabari when they portray Muhammad as heroic and noble. Also, modern western scholars, using modern standards of western scholarship, take these acts of torture seriously, and these scholars almost always defend Muhammad and Islam.
 
Plus, simple coherence supports the two acts of torture recorded only by Ibn Ishaq and Tabari (Umm Qirfa and the treasurer). That is, the hadith records the torture of the Arab tribesmen, and the hadith records other violent, stealthy actions done by Muhammad, such as assassinations.  (Also go here). Many acts of violence cohere together in describing early Islam, and thus the accounts about the two torture victims are pieces that fit into the big picture puzzle.
 
Finally, the most unpleasant events in early Islam have the strongest probability of really having occurred because it is inconceivable that a Muslim would make them up on his own or receive them from nonMuslims. These harsh anecdotes and accounts, therefore, cannot be explained away in terms of the (alleged) unreliability of the source documents. In fact, those accounts in the hadith and Ibn Ishaq and Tabari that praise the prophet to high heaven, such as his working miracles, are the most suspect, especially since the Quran says that he could not perform miracles, except for producing the Quran itself (though this ‘miracle’ has been easily duplicated by native speakers of Arabic).
 
The second line of defense shows that Muslim polemicists deflect our attention away from torture in Islam, making a false comparison. For instance, Abul Hamid Siddiqi translated the hadith collection Sahih Muslim and provided some commentary. He describes the renegade Arab tribesmen (see the second historical example, above) in the worst way possible so that the Quranic punishments seem to fit the crime. He also reviews the opinions of classical legal scholars. Then he writes this about western law:
 
Lest some of these penalties may appear barbarous to some hypersensitive Western reader, let him cast a glance on drawing and quartering: a penalty of the English criminal code maintained as late as the eighteenth century, inflicted on those found guilty of high treason against the King or government. The person committed was usually drawn on a sledge to the place of execution; there he was hung by the neck from a scaffold, being cut down and disemboweled, while still alive; his head was cut from the body and his corpse divided into four quarters . . . . (vol. 3, p. 894, note 2121)
 
Like many Muslims, Siddiqi deflects the brutality in the origins of his own religion by criticizing later western civilization. He seems to say, ‘Who are you ‘hypersensitive western’ readers to complain? You have your own excessive punishments.’ But this is a tacit admission that Sura 5:33 is in fact cruel and brutal. However, since it came down from Allah, Siddiqi and many others are not allowed to deny its validity. In fact, they have to deny or explain away its barbarity. This is like a husband deflecting his wife’s accurate observations of his cruel flaws with the retort that she is not perfect, either. With that attitude, the husband will never reform. Can or will Islam reform? How can it when the sacred book, brought down by Gabriel from Allah, endorses atrocities?
 
Next, Siddiqi makes a false comparison and fails to make the right one. He compares the founding documents of Islam with much later, but now outdated western laws. However, this comparison is asymmetrical. It is always better to compare the founder and the source documents of a religion (Islam) with the founder and the source documents of another religion (Christianity). This comparison will developed in the next section, but suffice it to say here that never did Jesus endorse such brutality in a penal code or as an example for society in order to impose external righteousness. He sought to change people, even criminals, from the inside out, so that they can lead moral lives. He did not come to physically maim and torture people.
 
Finally, though this is not a defense, Siddiqi informs us that classical jurists decreed that if a criminal is being killed in retaliation or for committing a grave crime, he should be supplied with water, if he asks for it. ‘Callousness should not be shown even to a person who is undergoing capital punishment. The criminal must receive punishment according to the law of the Shariah, but he should not in any way be treated brutally’ (vol. 3, p. 894, note 2123). This is a remarkable observation and admission, even though Siddiqi does not mention his Prophet by name, the one who committed these atrocities in the first place.
 
In effect, Siddiqi and these classical jurists correct and improve on Muhammad’s ‘callousness’ and ‘brutality.’ Siddiqi and these jurists should be applauded. Using clear reason and (apparently) not depending on bygone revelations, they have moved past the origins of Islam. They follow justice more closely than their Prophet did.
 
Readers can see more replies to Muslim polemicists in this article (scroll down to ‘Modern explanations of Sura 5:33’). For the source of the two options concerning the reliability of Islamic documents (an early Muslim author would neither fabricate on his own the questionable behavior of Muhammad nor receive this from a nonMuslim), go to this article, and scroll down to the subsection ‘Satanic verses,’ searching for W. M. Watt’s assessment)…
 
This is far different from Sura 5:33 and the life of Muhammad. This verse is not a parable; it is law. It legitimizes and commands crucifixion and mutilation. Also, Muhammad and his close followers actually inflicted torture in real life, so he was consistent with the Quranic law dreamed up by the god of the Arabian Peninsula. Moreover, Muhammad believed Muslim angels helped him kill his enemies at the Battle of Badr (Sura 8:12)…
 
Conclusion
 
Muslim missionaries boast that Islam is the best and most complete religion in the world, because it specifies duties and requirements for every aspect of life. But what happens if this control is oppressive? What if it is rooted in a harsh and outdated holy book and traditions? This is seen in the specific area of punishing criminals and enemies and extracting information and exacting revenge, all by torture.
It is a sad fact that too many Islamic websites and literature seem unwilling to confront the violent origins of Islam, and they whitewash the hard truths. This is deceptive at best and dangerous at worst. What happens when or if Islam gets a foothold in a new region on the basis of peace and love, but later on, conservative and strict Muslims (not to mention nonviolent and violent fanatics) cite the numerous violent verses and passages in the Quran and in the hadith in order to defend the infliction of a harsh law, like mutilation or crucifixion in Sura 5:33?
Besides the present article, this one challenges the Islamic version of human rights and justice: top ten reasons why sharia (Islamic law) is bad for all societies…
http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/01/torture_in_the_quran_and_early.html
 
The religion of Islam fulfills each and every criteria of the above-mentioned definition of terrorism. The following irrefutable facts and deductive logic will amply demonstrate this statement. Ever since Islam was founded it has left behind a legacy of violent atrocities and horrible crimes. The holy book of the Muslims, the Koran, contains specific instructions on how to loot, pillage, plunder, rape, torture and murder in order to further the interests of Islam . It can clearly be called a specific instruction manual of terrorism.
The “Holy” Koran is full of very unholy and terrorist ambitions…
http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate/terrorist1.html
 
…Koran: the Sunnah is a crucial, indispensible part of what defines Islam. In the Sunnah, we do find torture …
http://www.frontpagemag.com/GoPostal/CommentsOverview.aspx?GUID=b042f8ea-32be-45b5-84e1-1e158773531a
 
Islam: Hatred and Hell, These parts of the Qur’an are indistinguishable from hate literature. … In other words, ordinary fire isn’t hot enough to torture non-Muslims.
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Quran/024-hell-and-hate.htm
 
Islamic Quotes – Torture, Mohammed Koran Quran…
http://prophetofdoom.net/Islamic_Quotes_Torture.Islam
 
 
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BIN LADEN
 
CNN.com – Transcript of Osama bin Laden videotape – December 13, 2001Dec 13, 2001 … (Quoting the verse from the Quran). Shaykh: “Fight them, Allah will torture them, with your hands, he will torture them. …
http://edition.cnn.com/2001/US/12/13/tape.transcript/
 
 
 
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SADDAM HUSSEIN
 
 
“Al-Anfal” refers to a chapter in the Koran invoking Muslim armies to recompense themselves for their efforts in war by seizing the properties of infidels. It speaks of striking terror “into the hearts of the enemy of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know.”
Saddam probably interpreted this verse from the Koran as sufficient to justify a vicious two-year crusade of extermination of the Kurds. The Kurds, it should be remembered, are also Muslims (but not Arabs, and hated in racist Pan-Arabist Saddam’s eyes).
http://www.int-review.org/terr35a.html
Seeing, and Believing
The torture tapes the media are ignoring.
 
June 17, 2004, 8:46 a.m.
 
By Nick Schulz
 
EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this month, National Review Online obtained a four-minute video of Saddam-era torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Many of us here who discussed the matter are ourselves unable to watch the whole video. Some could not get beyond the furious, ecstatic chanting of torturers as they raised swords, celebrating their own dementia in the depths of a man-made hell. What to do with the video was a matter of debate here. On principle this is newsworthy and weighing heavily on our deliberations was the fact that a group of United States senators held a press conference on June 2 during which they showed the horrific video and near no one covered it in fact, to this date, I am aware of no mainstream news organization other than the New York Post yesterday in an opinion column that has even mentioned that this new, Department of Defense-provided, video exists and has been shown on the Hill. We also considered this: Some Westerners, including some who did not support the war in Iraq, frankly may not understand the evil that was the Saddam Hussein regime. You watch or try to the four-minute video and you see the unbearable evil that was and that is no more because of the sacrifice of American and Coalition blood…
 
“You don’t appreciate what happened in that prison until you see it.”
 
“In the name of Allah the merciful,” intones the beret-topped loyalist to Saddam’s “secular” regime in the next segment. He introduces to the viewer and the assembled butcher squad to another prisoner. The loyalist-narrator reads from Koran, Sura 2:179: “And there is a saving of life for you in the Law of Equality in punishment. O men of understanding, that you may become the pious.”
 
“The Fedayeen, Saddin Ezzedin al-Arousi,” he goes on, “was charged with a special mission in which he betrayed his duty in the mission. The head of the Fedayeen has ordered the following: He is expelled from Fedayeen work and his arms are to be broken in front of his unit. Tarik Juman will personally undertake the breaking of his arms. Thank you.”
 
The camera jumps to al-Arousi sitting with one arm tied behind him as his right arm is extended out to his side. His right elbow rests on a cinderblock and his right fist is supported by another cinderblock. Nothing supports his forearm in between. While a Fedayeen holds the prisoner’s elbow in place, Tarik Juman crashes a three-inch-thick pipe down on his old compatriot’s forearm, bending the forearm in a ‘V’ shape and shattering the bones within. This procedure is repeated for his left arm as well.
http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/schulz200406170846.asp

The ritualized aspects of the video include the Fedayeen rhythmically chanting their loyalty to Saddam and clapping throughout the torture, the Fedayeen wearing their characteristic ninja-like black uniforms, and group participation in the violence. The religious aspect is evident in the praising of Allah and the recitation of the Quran during the torture of a supposed Fedayeen traitor. Finally the beheading entails ritualized singing and praising of Saddam while the head is cut off with a sword, held up, and then placed on the prisoner’s back. Placing the head on the back of the decapitated body is similar to the body disposition of the classic al-Qaeda signature.
http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap1102/muja.htm

 
 
 
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IRAN
THE IRANIAN: Islam and reform, Hashem Aghajari The religious leaders taught that if you understand the Koran on your own, …. Under ordinary interrogation he isn’t confessing, so we must torture him so …
http://www.sullivan-county.com/id4/ip.htm
 
Iranian court orders man to be blinded – Middle East, World – The …Jun 28, 2005 … An Iranian court has sentenced a man to have his eyes surgically removed for a crime he … a category for which the Koran stipulates specific punishments, … inhuman and degrading treatment amounting to torture”. …
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iranian-court-orders-man-to-be-blinded-496808.html
 
Dhimmi Watch: Iran authorities lash man for having bible in car …
http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/017769.php
 
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iran student protests… [Jul 9, 2004] … Five years on from pro-reform protests which rocked Iran, a student who was there … four continuous days and I was also subject to psychological torture for a month. … you should not even read Koran after his death.” …
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3879535.stm
 
Tazir: the Islamic Torture in Iran – Persian Journal Article Iran newsJan 17, 2006 … These are the MO for the Islamic Torture called Tazir in Iran. … persuading the prisoners to read Koran and learn it by heart …
http://www.iranian.ws/cgi-bin/iran_news/exec/view.cgi/5/12346
 
Main pageIn my youth and young adulthood in Iran, I lived through thousands of days when … of the Koran about non-believers were played in the torture chambers. …
http://www.middleastwomen.org/html/GenevaConference.htm
 
Iran: Freedom of Expression and Association in the Kurdish Regions …Jan 9, 2009 … The doctor recorded all the signs of torture that were evident from the …. The Maktabe Koran (Quran School, in the sense of a school of …
http://www.hrw.org/en/node/79044/section/7
 
 
 
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SAUDI ARABIA
The Will of Allah: Torture Non Arabs to Death… a female Indonesian worker who had worked as a housemaid in Saudi, had been tortured to death by her employer. Then when the case was presented to the Saudi ambassador in Indonesia, the ambassador said that it was the will of Allah
http://islammonitor.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1338&Itemid=64
 
Saudi Arabia: Torture: Culture of brutality | Amnesty InternationalSaudi Arabia: Torture: Culture of brutality. Download:. HTML PDF – . Date Published: 1 June 2000 …
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE23/010/2000/en
 
Saudi Arabia: New Video Confirms Torture in Prison | Human Rights …Apr 26, 2007 … The Saudi government should expand upon its promise to investigate a recent prison beating captured on video by conducting a comprehensive …
http://thinkweb.hrw.org/en/news/2007/04/26/saudi-arabia-new-video-confirms-torture-prison
 
BBC NEWS | Programmes | Correspondent | Saudi Arabia: State of denialNov 24, 2002 … John Sweeney travels to Saudi Arabia to investigate the truth behind allegations of torture of Britons in a Saudi jail.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/correspondent/2480379.stm
 
Christians claim torture by Saudis Jan 31, 2002 … FAITH UNDER FIRE Christians claim torture by Saudis … Mengistu is scheduled to leave Saudi Arabia on Saturday with his wife, …
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26265
 
[May 21, 2005]. Saudi Arabia Torture update. From the Guardian;. Lawyers win right to seize Saudi assets.
http://theredhunter.com/2005/05/saudi_arabia_torture_update.php
 
Saudi Arabia: remains a fertile ground for torture with impunity …Saudi Arabia: remains a fertile ground for torture with impunity: Digital Library: Forced Migration Online.
http://repository.forcedmigration.org/show_metadata.jsp?pid=fmo:4144
 
Jed Babbin on Saudi Arabia on National Review Online Sep 29, 2003 … Saudi Arabia pretends to be a legitimate member of the community of nations. It is a signatory of the U.N. “Convention Against Torture” …
http://www.nationalreview.com/babbin/babbin200309290811.asp
 
Expatriates Sue Saudi Arabia for Torture – Democratic Underground [Feb 25, 2004]… (Reuters) – Seven Western expatriates who say they were tortured…
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102×384247
 
SAUDI ARABIA Persecution, prison and torture for Christians …Jun 9, 2004 …
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=940
 
 
 
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TALIBAN
 
 
Taliban torture and kill French Nato soldiers in Afghanistan …Ten French Nato soldiers have been killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in a massive firefight with the Taliban.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/08/20/taliban-torture-and-kill-french-nato-soldiers-in-afghanistan-115875-20704784/
 
Taliban Torture, Execute 5 Afghan Police – washingtonpost.com Nov 18, 2007 … KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Taliban militants slashed the hands and legs of five abducted policemen in southern Afghanistan and hung their …
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/18/AR2007111800210.html
 
Taliban torture tactics – eCharcha.Com
http://www.echarcha.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4110
 
Taliban new dictum: Marry daughters to militants – Islamabad On the heels of their crusade against girls going to schools, …. want to defend taliban like barbarians,who torture girls/women …
http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Taliban-new-dictum-Marry-daughters-to-militants/405824/2
 
Afghan girls maimed by acid vow to go to school – CNN.com It’s not the first time girls in Afghanistan have been targeted for attending school. The Taliban have been responsible for dozens of attacks on girls’ …
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/01/22/acid.attacks/
 
Afghan girls fearful after acid attack – Afghanistan- msnbc.com Nov 14, 2008 … Acid attack keeps Afghan girls away from school … Girls were banned from schools under the rule of the Taliban, the hard-line …
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27713077/
 
10 Taliban arrested in school girl acid attack. (Agencies) Updated: 2008-11-25 16:16. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan…
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2008-11/25/content_7238611.htm
 
 
 
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HEZBOLLAH
 
 
Debbie Schlussel Jul 27, 2006 … Another Picture That Speaks 1000 Words: Hezbollah Teaches Kids Nazi Salute …. torture, maim, and kill you just for being Jewish or Christian. The Quran is quite specific as to what Muslims are supposed to do to us. …
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2006/07/another_picture.html
 
Bradley Burston/ The pleasure that Hezbollah takes in torture …Bradley Burston/ The pleasure that Hezbollah takes in torture…
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1002317.html
 
“South Lebanese Face Abductions, Torture and 90-Second Show Trials …A Hezbollah guerrilla guards former SLA militiamen in the village of … torture, at various camps under the control of Syrian and …
http://www.meib.org/articles/0007_l3.htm
 
…To which work is Jihad Darrell referring? Is it 1986 Hezbollah’s torturing to death of Ibrahim Benesti, aged 54, of Beirut, and his elderly relatives, Yehudah and Yosef, whose only crime was being Jewish? Benesti, whose family – like many Lebanese Jews – had been in Lebanon since 2,000 B.C. (before the birth of Mohammed), was a charitable and kindly candy store owner who gave free candy to children of all religions. Or maybe Jihad Darrell was referring to the “humanitarian” 1985 Hezbollah torture-murder of Isaac Tarab, 63, and Chaim Halala Cohen, 39, also guilty of being Jewish.
http://www.politicalusa.com/columnists/schlussel/schlussel_003.htm
 
‘Dearbornistan’ Shi’ia capitol of America – Thousands of American …Jul 26, 2006 … And not before the 1984 Hezbollah torture-murder of CIA station chief in Lebanon William Buckley. And not before the 1985 Hezbollah …
http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2165
 
Washington Times – Hezbollah and Main Street And not before the 1984 Hezbollah torture-murder of CIA station chief William Buckley in Lebanon. And not before the 1985 Hezbollah hijacking of TWA Flight …
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/jul/20/20060720-081459-2509r/
 
Jimmy Carter…  Are we the fiends who over two decades of Islamic terrorism have kidnapped, tortured and killed numerous peacekeepers?
http://www.buzzmachine.com/2006/08/08/we-are-all-hezbollah-now/
 
 
 
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AL QAEDA [in Iraq]
 
 
Torture chamber found in Iraq
 
Saturday, 22 December , 2007, 00:12
Last Updated: Saturday, 22 December , 2007, 00:15 
 
Baghdad: Blood-splotches on walls, chains hanging from a ceiling and swords on the killing floor the artifacts left a disturbing tale of brutalities inside a suspected al-Qaeda torture chamber in Iraq.
 
But there was yet another chilling fact outside the dirt-floor dungeon. Villagers say they knew about the torment but were too intimidated by extremists to tell authorities until now.
 
Stories such as these claims of insurgent abuses and the silence of frightened Iraqis have emerged with increasing frequency and clarity recently. The reports and tips now pouring in build a harrowing portrait of rule under al-Qaeda and its backers: mass graves, ruthless punishments, self-styled Islamic courts ordering summary executions.
 
Such a lead brought soldiers earlier this month to the hidden room in Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, the US military said Thursday. Graffiti on the building proclaimed Long Live the Islamic State a reference to the Islamic governance, or caliphate, sought in Iraq by Sunni extremist groups that include al-Qaeda.
 
Scrawled in white paint above a bed in the torture area was a Quranic phrase in Arabic normally used to welcome a guest. But the context suggested only sadistic mockery: “Come in, you are safe.”
 
The floor was littered with food wrappers, plastic soda bottles and electric cables that snaked to a metal bed frame, presumably where detainees were shocked, according to the US account of the discovery during a December 8-11 mission.
 
The rooms “had chains, a bed an iron bed that was still connected to a battery knives and swords that were still covered in blood,” said US Army Maj Gen Mark P Hertling, the top US commander in northern Iraq.
 
Nearby were nine mass graves containing the remains of 26 people, he said.
 
Villagers knew about the torture site, but did not tell authorities as they were afraid of reprisals from the militants, a local policeman told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was still afraid of being targeted by extremists.
http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14579402
 
 
Al-Qaeda Torture Manual Found & Released by DoD (***Warning Graphic***)
[24 MAY 07]
Torture, Al-Qaeda Style
Drawings, tools seized from Iraq safe house in U.S. military raid
MAY 24–In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, U.S. military officials recovered an assortment of crude drawings depicting torture methods like “blowtorch to the skin” and “eye removal.” Along with the images, which you’ll find on the following pages, soldiers seized various torture implements, like meat cleavers, whips, and wire cutters. Photos of those items can be seen here. The images, which were just declassified by the Department of Defense, also include a picture of a ramshackle Baghdad safe house described as an “al-Qaeda torture chamber.”
It was there, during an April 24 raid, that soldiers found a man suspended from the ceiling by a chain. According to the military, he had been abducted from his job and was being beaten daily by his captors. In a raid earlier this week, Coalition Forces freed five Iraqis who were found in a padlocked room in Karmah. The group, which included a boy, were reportedly beaten with chains, cables, and hoses. Photos showing injuries sustained by those captives can be found here.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0524072torture1.html
 
Where was Durbin’s comparison to the Nazis when we found the torture chambers in Iraq? … or moral ambiguity, or more recently, moral relativity. …
http://www.theroadtoemmaus.org/RdLb/33Rlg/Islm/Tortr.htm

Mujahideen Blood Rituals: The Religious and Forensic Symbolism of Al Qaeda Beheading…
http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap1102/muja.htm

 
 
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The Arab immigrants who call themselves as “PALESTINIANS”
 
 
Israel News – Islamic Jihad torturing double agents | Infolive.tvHuman Rights Watch has urged the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip to investigate the abduction and alleged torture of three Palestinians by Islamic Jihad, …
http://www.infolive.tv/en/infolive.tv-23283-israelnews-islamic-jihad-torturing-double-agents
 
Terror and torture in Palestine by Palestinian security servicesCruelty and torture of Palestinian terrorists in Israel. Edward Said says Israel alone sanctions torture, though many states, certainly all Islamic states, …
http://samsonblinded.org/said_end_peace_process/89cruelty_and_torture.htm
 
PALESTINIAN MUSLIM CLERIC URGES ALL ARABS TO KILL JEWS, CHRISTIANS …Now, Allah says he wants the Muslims to torture the Jews in their …. shared by the Muslim until the explosion of Palestinian outrage on Rosh Hashanah over …
http://www.cuttingedge.org/News/n1418.cfm
 
Islams Torture of Lebanon By Jamie Glazov … That situation was aggravated by the influx of the Palestinians coming from Jordan after King Hussein kicked …
http://www.jnnnews.com/media/jamie/
 
ABC News: Report: Torture Widespread in Palestinian Jails, Jul 28, 2008 … Two human rights groups on Monday decried widespread torture of political opponents by bitter Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah, …
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=5461481
 
Hamas, Fatah guilty of torturing opponents: reports – World – smh …Video: Palestinian militants appear in video footage making rockets and on … controls the West Bank territory, while Hamas, a more radical Islamic …
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/hamas-fatah-guilty-of-torturing-opponents-reports/2008/07/29/1217097241154.html
 
“Palestinian” aka Fakestinian Islamic Terror”. Wednesday, February 25, 2009 …. Hamas accused of torture death of Gaza critic …
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/palestinian_arab_peacemakers_spit
 
A victim of Palestinian torture speaks out. Post a comment … it perceives from the kind of militant Islam represented by Hamas and its Iranian backers. …
http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/12/04/a-victim-of-palestinian-torture-speaks-out/
 
Are Palestinian Leaders Preaching Nazi-like Hatred of Jews?The Koran is plain… the worst enemies of the Islamic Nation are the Jews … and mental torture of Palestinians; and sexually exploiting Arab children. …
http://hnn.us/articles/743.html
 
Women Against Shariah: Palestinians threaten Europe with Muslim …Shariah: an all-encompassing and in-transmutable system of Islamic jurisprudence, found in the Koran and the Sunnah, that covers all aspect of life, …
http://womenagainstshariah.blogspot.com/2009/01/palestinians-threaten-europe-with.html
 
PALESTINE Palestinian human rights center accuses Hamas of …Aug 8, 2008 … Gaza (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Mistreatment and torture are alleged to have been … 06/15/2007 PALESTINE Hamas, the era of Islamic law in full …
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=12961
 
Dhimmi Watch: “The horrific torture of hundreds of people by …Feb 3, 2009 … “The horrific torture of hundreds of people by Palestinian security … up for alleged involvement with the militant Islamic group Hamas, …
http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/024689.php
 
 
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PAKISTANI JIHADISTS
 

 

 
..the kidnappers being Moslem and Danny Pearl being tortured and killed because he was Jewish…. Pearl, 38, the Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, disappeared on Jan. 23 while researching a story about Islamic radicals in Pakistan. Two days after his death was confirmed, investigators still had not found his body or tracked down four additional suspects…. The fact that Daniel was forced to accept that he and his father were Jewish gives a hint that the same Arab might also be present when Pearl was killed…
http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/tapeof.htm

 
Pakistan and the Growing Threat of a Sharia Mini-State By Jeffrey Imm
[June, 2008]
The Pakistan Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP) is in the process of gaining territory and power within Pakistan, as a result of numerous “peace treaties” and agreements to empower the Taliban to enforce an anti-freedom theocracy based on Sharia law in Pakistan. This is a critical American national security issue that requires revisiting the very ideologies that provide the foundation for jihadist action itself, and answering difficult questions regarding the role of Sharia law and the reliability of Islamic republics in a global war against jihad… Seven Christians arrested in false blasphemy cases and men tortured to extract false confessions”… Muslims torture for hours Christian “blasphemer” now in jail…
http://counterterrorismblog.org/2008/06/pakistan_sharia_threat.php
 
PAKISTAN: Young [Baluchi] women held in military torture cells and forced into sexual slavery January 12, 2009 A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
http://paganmedia.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/pakistan-young-women-held-in-military-torture-cells-and-forced-into-sexual-slavery/
 
“Islam,” “Muslims”… The Chabad House was targeted because it was Mumbai’s center of Jewish activity. … and “bore the maximum torture marks” of all who died in Mumbai…
http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=284B7E05-7736-42E8-9351-E3FA3984AE98
 
Mad Dogs Off The Leash! a/k/a Islamic Terrorists …an interview with the relatives of the Jewish Rabbi and others who were targets of Islamic terrorists in Mumbai, India. Now I want you to consider that the terrorists are a new breed of bad guys — the next generation terrorist. Consider also that the United States needs to be prepared for this upgrade evil. The torture the Jews endured was so bad, that even the medical examiner could not speak of it, he could not get the images of what these people had endured out of his mind. Consider also that these twenty-first century barbarians chose Western, Jewish, non-Muslim people to brutally torture — just for the fun of it.
http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2008/12/mad-dogs-off-the-leash-aka-islamic-terrorists.html
 
 
 
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ISLAMIC FASCISTS BARBARIANS on ILAN HALIMI
 
 
The Murder of Ilan Halimi – WSJ.com … Ilan’s uncle Rafi Halimi told reporters that the gang phoned the family on several occasions and made them listen to the recitation of verses from the Quran, while Ilans tortured screams could be heard in the background.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114064452021880485.html
 
The victim, whose full name is Ilan Halimi, was Jewish……verses from the Quran, while Ilans tortured screams could be heard in the background. … he slow torture of Ilan Halimi, a Jewish youth, kidnapped and tortured to …
http://israpundit.com/2006/?p=211
 
Muslim killers relatives and neighbors ‘dropped in’ to torture …
Feb 25, 2006 … MIM: Had the murdered man been a Muslim, or a Koran been found discarded on …. orchards and national forests in the areas by Palestinians. …
http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/1684
 
Mar 7, 2006 … When they were not asking for money, they were reciting suras from the Quran. In some of the conversations it was possible to hear Halimi screaming … The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially …
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21542

Arab scholar: “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East , Bradley: since 1952, Egypt has brtually occupied its people by its military

October 24, 2008

John Bradley: ‘Inside Egypt’

Review

“‘Inside Egypt is an original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable expose of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.’ – Peter Bergen, author of Holy War Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know ‘A highly informed, temperate, and understanding account of a country that is an enigma.’ – The New York Times ‘Contributes substantially to the debate.’ – Los Angeles Times ‘A thoughtful, incisive portrait of a fractured nation…a remarkable volume.’ – Newsweek”

Journalist Bradley (Saudi Arabia Exposed, 2005) trains a sharp reportorial eye on the nearly failed nation-state in the cross hairs of world conflict.The author doesn’t dwell too long on Egypt’s storied past. Instead, he gives a blistering overview of what it’s like to live today in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. The Egypt he depicts is a place where anyone can be jailed or tortured at any time for no reason, where Islamic fundamentalism is slowly gaining a foothold among people formerly proud of their diverse heritage, where in some places the only viable form of employment for young men is prostitution, both gay and straight. Bradley also examines why the United States spends $2 billion per year propping up President Hosni Mubarak (“the third-longest-ruling Egyptian leader in the past four thousand years”), despite his crackdowns on anything approaching democracy and his blatant favoring of anything that will bring in more tourist dollars over the best interests of the Egyptian populace. Mubarak is able to gin up American interest, the author notes, by playing up the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, a nominally political organization that provides social services far more efficiently than the government does and wants to reinstate the Caliphate. Needless to say, Bradley isn’t hopeful about the future, fearing that an Iranian-style theocracy is in the cards for a once-proud nation whose pedigree dates back more than 5,000 years.Unlikely to win the author any friends among the Egyptian political elite, but terrifically well told and extremely sobering. (Kirkus Reviews)

Library Journal “A devastating critique of Egypt’s current dictatorial government.”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1403984778?tag=lighfromtheno-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1403984778&adid=1YWD3NNHX0J3V1P3B2FX&

[By an Arab scholar:] “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East (p. 144)

In Inside Egypt, I argue that the country has effectively been occupied since 1952 by the military. The military have created a system of oppression that has only one goal: perpetuating their own rule and increasing their own wealth and privilege. For this to happen, the Egyptian people must be cowed into subservience through systematic torture and other crude forms of intimidation.

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