Hamas leader warns of new Palestinian uprising

* Well, the last ‘uprising’ never ended, did it?

Over the last year the Pali Arab terrorists (many names may bless them!) have been going apes*#t over the Western resistance to paying the jiziyah, (the jiziyah is the Islamic extortion racket, the blackmailing, by which billions of Euro’s and dollars from western governments are transferred into a giant black hole, huge amounts of money, which Arafat and his gangster-companions made disappear magically.

Abbas shrugs and pretends he doesn’t know where the money went, but the Pal’s use it -as always- to buy weapons in order to keep Israel under siege) The Pal’s just can’t understand how the west can be so recalcitrant: After all they have democratically elected a terrorist organization, and how can those cursed infidels not respect that?

That calls for jihad, Jihad JIHAD!!!!

From Reuters, with thanks Jihad Watch

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal warned Israel could face another Palestinian uprising unless conditions in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank improved.
* Let it be remembered that the conditions in the Gaza Strip and West Bank are of Hamas’ own making. The Israelis handed over the economy and infrastructure of Gaza to the “Palestinians,” including the greenhouses that were worth many millions. The Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses and used Gaza as a base for jihad attacks on Israel.

Meshaal told the Palestinian daily al-Ayyam in an interview published on Monday continuation of a Western economic embargo of the Palestinian government and military actions by Israel would “give notice to a huge explosion that would not only affect the Palestinians but also the entire region, especially the Zionist entity”.
“I warn and say that I see that the current situation is heading in the direction of the conditions that prevailed in the late 1990s … that paved the way for the al-Aqsa intifada,” Meshaal said. “I warn and under ‘warn’ I put many red lines.”

Note:

There are too many stories from Israel daily. We cannot possibly cover them all here. We have to leave most of it to Israeli bloggers and they’re doing a great job. We will keep an eye on the global jihad…

But we will continue with the most important stuff:

Fitzgerald: The “Palestinian” “refugees”

Arab and Muslim states, or governments, although they now ask Israel to surrender still more, created the so-called “Palestinian refugee” problem. These were not classic refugees, hounded out, but rather people who left a war zone, for an Arab assault was anticipated even in 1947. They were confident that they would soon be returning. The evidence for this, written and spoken, is overwhelming. However, very few people bother to consult that evidence. Or if they do, they dismiss it with hardly a moment’s thought, since it does not correspond to their own deeply imbedded misinformation. An army of Arab propagandists, speaking both directly and through their willing Western megaphones (such as Jimmy Carter, morally the worst of our presidents), have fed them that misinformation for decades now.

One of the staples of modern journalism is the “Arab” or, in a little nunc-pro-tunc updating, the “Palestinian” family that “returns” to Jaffa or Jerusalem to stare wistfully at their old house. I remember one case a few years ago where someone came to “stare” at his “old house” and it turned out that the “old house” had been built long after 1948, and on an empty plot.

Why is it, do you think, that you never have stories showing Jews who fled Syria, or Iraq, or Morocco, or Yemen, under threat of pogrom replacing the usual insecurity and daily humiliations of life as a Jew in a Muslim Arab land, visiting their “old houses”? After all, Baghdad early in the 20th century was the second Jewish city in Asia (after Jerusalem). What happened to all those “houses”? No, the Jews do not make a fuss, do not demand compensation, do not make their huge losses a source of constant, obsessive media attention and U.N. focus. In Israel they integrated the Jewish refugees from Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, and later from Iran, not to mention those who came from non-Arab and non-Muslim lands lands such as Ethiopia and Russia.

A Saudi columnist’s recent recognition that the so-called Arab refugees ought, more than 55 years after they left, be integrated into the Arab countries, is welcome — but it is 55 years late. And if it is being suggested as part of a campaign to force Israel, in turn, to surrender still more of the territory to which it is entitled, both under the specific terms of the Palestine Mandate and under all the rules that have governed the aftermath of wars (as a thousand examples in the past century demonstrate — start with Austria’s Sudtirol becoming Italy’s Alto Adige), then it is to be treated warily.

Read it all, click here

Pali Work Accident Report 

From the  ‘mysterious objects’  department

Of all the shady and bizarre terrorist organizations among the jihadi’s they have a

“PCHR -Palestinian Centre for Human Rights”

Don’t laugh! We have to take their report seriously:

Field Update
29 April 2007

One Palestinian Killed and 9 Others wounded Due to the Misuse of Weapons

In the past two days, one Palestinian has been killed and 9 others,
including a child, were wounded in separate incidents related to the misuse
of weapons in the Gaza Strip, in the context of the state of security chaos
and proliferation of weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) .

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 03:30 on Sunday, 9 April 2007, 4 masked gunmen beat and
fired at Majed ‘Ali Tanneera, 43, near his house in Deir al-Balah town in
the central Gaza Strip. He was wounded by a gunshot to the left thigh.

At approximately 23:15 on Friday, 27 April 2007, Mohammed Khalil Hamdan, 25,
and Zaher Mousa Hamdan, from Beit Hanoun, were wounded by shrapnel
throughout the body, when a hand grenade, which the former mishandled,
exploded. The two were evacuated to the hospital, but medical efforts to
save Mohammed’s life failed.

Earlier on the same day, at approximately 19:00, Mahmoud Tayseer Saleem, 18,
from al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, was admitted into
Shifa’ Hospital as he was wounded by shrapnel throughout the body. He was
wounded in al-Nasser neighborhood in Gaza City, when a mysterious object he
mishandled exploded.

At approximately 14:30 on the same day, 7-year-old Ahmed Ziad al-Haitham was
wounded by a gunshot to the head coming from an unknown source, when he was
near his home in al-Nasser neighborhood in the north of Gaza City.

At approximately 22:20 on Thursday, ‘Emad Fayez al-Daoudi, 33, a police
officer, was admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was wounded by
a gunshot to the face. According to police sources, he was wounded when a
bullet was unintentionally unleashed from his colleague’s gun, when the were on duty guarding the house of the Minister of Interior in al-Jalaa’ Street in the center of Gaza City.

At approximately 20:00 also on Thursday, Ahmed Ussama al-Li, 20, was
admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was wounded by shrapnel to
the face and the hands, when a mysterious object he mishandled near his
house in al-Sabra neighborhood in the center of Gaza City exploded.

At approximately 15:30 on the same day, Yousef Mohammed ‘Aashour, 18, was
wounded by shrapnel throughout the body, when a mysterious object he
mishandled exploded in al-Tauffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.

At approximately 15:00 on the same day, Ahmed Mohammed Hijju, 18, and his
brother ‘Abdul Wahab, 28, from Deir al-Balah, were admitted into al-Aqsa
Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah town, as each of them was wounded by a
gunshot to the left foot. According to police sources, the two brothers were
shot by their father
, and investigations are still ongoing.

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the
misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority,
represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents and
bring those who are found responsible to justice.

Public Document
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For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8
2824776 – 2825893
PCHR, 29 Omer El Mukhtar St., El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip.
E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org, Webpage http://www.pchrgaza.org

Video: Five Sentenced in Islamic Bombing Plot

5 Islamic terrorists convicted today of plotting attacks with fertilizer bombs, with thanks to LGF

Fertilizer Bomb Verdict 1

Fertilizer Bomb Verdict 2

‘You Have Betrayed This Country’

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* Yes, they have. But these guys have not been arrested yet: Londons terrorist sypathizing major ‘red’ Ken Livingstone, Terrorist supporter George ‘georgeous’ Galloway, and …. 

Updated; with thanks tho Mullah Lodabullah:

Five men have been jailed for life after being found guilty of planning a series of deadly bomb attacks in Britain in which a busy shopping complex and London’s Ministry of Sound nightclub were prime targets.

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Anthony Garcia & Omar Khyam in Lahore in 2003

One of the plotters – Omar Khyam – had met the July 7 suicide bombers and boasted of working for the number three in al Qaeda.

Khyam, 25, from Crawley, West Sussex, had denied the charges against him in a year-long trial at the Old Bailey.

But after weeks of deliberating, the jury convicted him, Waheed Mahmood, 35, and Jawad Akbar, 23, from Crawley, West Sussex, Anthony Garcia, 25, of Barkingside, east London, and Salahuddin Amin, 32, of Luton, Bedfordshire of conspiracy to cause explosions with home-made fertiliser bombs.

Kyam’s brother Shujah Mahmood, 20, and Nabeel Hussain, 22, of Horley, Surrey, were found not guilty of conspiring to cause explosions between January 1, 2003 and March 31, 2004.

Ringleader Khyam and Garcia were also found guilty of possessing 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser for terrorism, but Hussain was cleared.

Khyam was also found guilty of possessing aluminium powder for terrorism, but Shujah Mahmood was found not guilty.

Khyam, Garcia and Waheed Mahmood were told they would serve at least 20 years, while Amin and Akbar were told they would have to serve a minimum of 17 and a half years.

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Khyam: Boasted of terror links

Sentencing, Judge Sir Michael Astill said that the plotters had planned to cause “indiscriminate death and suffering.”

He told the plotters: “You have betrayed this country that has given you every opportunity.”

He said that despite imposing minimum tariffs on the sentences, “all of you may never be released. It’s not a foregone conclusion.”

The judge also imposed concurrent eight-year sentences for the possession charges.

Only Akbar was in court to hear the sentences read out.

Home Secretary John Reid welcomed the verdicts but warned law enforcement agencies could never guarantee “100% success” in combating terror.

Home Secretary John Reid welcomed the verdicts but warned law enforcement agencies could never guarantee “100% success” in combating terror.

Hussain – one of the two cleared by the jury – said afterwards he felt as if he had been appearing in a film.

The solicitor for the convicted men, Imran Khan said his clients continued to protest their innocence.

He said the prosecution had been carried out in an “atmosphere of hostility against Muslims at here and abroad”.

“It is not an offence to be young, Muslim and angry,” he said.

* He didn’t tell us why they’re so angry

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Five of the defendants plus Khyam

The seven defendants were arrested in March 2004 after more than half a ton of chemical fertiliser was found in storage in west London.

The prosecution alleged they were involved in a plot to bomb targets in Britain, including the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, and to hit gas and electricity supplies.

David Waters QC said not everyone involved in the plot was before the court.

The terror cell was said to have schemed with Canadian Mohammed Momin Khawaja and American Mohammed Junaid Babar.

It can now be revealed that Mohammed Sidique Khan, the leader of the July 7 bombers, was a close associate of Khyam, at a time when he was one of Britain’s top terror targets.

The two met each other at least four times in England while Khyam was under surveillance by MI5 in the final stages of his plotting.

At one point they were even recorded by Security Service agents talking about terrorism.

Khyam also met another of the 7/7 suicide gang – Khan’s right-hand man, Shehzad Tanweer – while under surveillance by MI5.

Despite this, neither Khan nor Tanweer were classified as priority targets by the Security Service.

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have demanded a full inquiry to find out why. Had they been, it is argued the July 7 attacks could have been prevented.

* Looks like Sherlock Holmes was fast asleep

Karen Armstrong: Defender of the wrong faith

Damian Thompson at the Telegraph blogs has noticed Karen Armstrong’s light-on-truth review of Robert Spencer’s book The Truth About Muhammad,

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and has written a stinging response, “Defender of the wrong faith”:

Holy Smoke and Mirrors

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Karen Armstrong is a comically conceited feminist ex-nun who has assumed the duty of defending Islam from its critics. Yesterday’s Financial Times carried her review of an unflattering biography of Mohammed by the American Catholic scholar Robert Spencer.
Armstrong went ballistic. She is herself the author of a sanitised life of “the Prophet” (as she calls him, despite not being a believer) that she grandly offered as “a gift to the Muslim people”.

She accused Spencer of “writing in hatred” and said he “deliberately manipulates the evidence”. By the end of the day, Spencer had hit back online. Very hard. We have the beginnings of a mighty feud here, and I know whose side I am on.

According to Armstrong, “When discussing Mohammed’s war with Mecca, Spencer never cites the Koran’s condemnation of all warfare as an ‘awesome evil’.” There’s a reason for that, replies Spencer: the Koran doesn’t quite say that.

Writing on his website Jihadwatch yesterday, Spencer challenged his readers to find the relevant verse. Someone did. It’s 2:217, and it refers specifically to warfare in the “sacred month”, and then only to say that the prohibition can be set aside. So who is manipulating evidence here?

Armstrong reckons that descriptions of Islam that focus on its warlike origins are like “a description of Christianity based on the bellicose Book of Revelation that failed to mention the Sermon on the Mount.”

That is an unbelievably fatuous and sloppy analogy. The violence of Revelation springs from the imagination: it’s a literary apocalypse. It doesn’t describe any real events. Mohammed was a general whose army beheaded its captives: that’s a fact. The Muslim scriptures urge warfare against unbelievers and apostates; the Christian scriptures preach non-violence.

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* We have long kept an eye on the barking mad Karen Armstrong and the rabid ‘revert’ Ivonne Ridley, we are watching Esposito & Co., and we will keep exposing those who aid and abet the enemy at a time of war.

We will continue to do so.

When reading through the comments section of this Damian Thompson article, you’ll find this:

a brief history

The silly comparisons most of you are indulging in seem to reiterate the sempiternal eurocentric mistake. You characterize the inhabitants of Muslim lands – and this is the big mistake of Mr. Spencer and the reason for which other scholars do not take him seriously – in a unidimensional facet. Everything they do seems to be because of their religion. You seem to forget that they are also human beings just like us who have invented things, written books, produced philosophy, music, movies and most of them go about living their lives, going to work and going to work, not worrying about your pseudo-theological quarrels.

To give you an example of the error you are committing, let us say that an ignorant Muslim regards the inhabitants of historically judeo-christian nations in the same unidimensional way. He might argue that Christianity was responsible for :

the Crusades,
the Inquisition,
the first, second, and third wars of religion,
but also the reign of terror,
the 100 year’s war,
World War I (20 million victims)
World War II (60 million victims)
Vietnam
Korea
and the list could go on and on and on

Now you might correctly argue that most of these wars were not religious and you might even debatably argue that even the wars of religion were not religious.

But why would the ignorant Muslim care, if they all happened in “Christian” nations? The moral here is that before you utter some nonsense, please read your history books before saying that Islam was responsible for :

“The Crusades – obviously
Iraq
Iran/Iraq war
Afghanistan
Algeria
Darfur
Egypt
India/Pakistan
Bosnia……”

Most of the times, the reasons are geo-political, economic, or ethno-tribal. Religion is often used to rally the troops, and this is what Robert Spencer stubbornly fails to understand.

karen at 30 Apr 2007 19:50

And I wonder if that ‘karen’ is Karen Armstrong.

Posted by: Spirit Of 1683 at April 30, 2007 03:56 PM

* Rarely does one come across such idiocy. How anyone can come up with such drivel beggars belief. But if it is indeed written by Karen Armstrong it would merely confirm that the ex-nun doesn’t have her faculties intact.

Christopher Howse from the Telegraph:

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The mosque at Cordoba was built on the site of a church

Miss Armstrong can look after herself in her row with the critic of Islam, Robert Spencer.

But I must say I was annoyed by another claim she made in her review of Spencer’s book. This is something one hears all the time. “In Muslim Spain,”
she wrote, “relations between the three religions of Abraham were uniquely harmonious in medieval Europe.”
This is simply not true. The centuries between the Muslim invasion of Spain in 711 and the reconquest of their last enclave in 1492 were characterised by warfare, double-dealing, opportunist alliances, expropriation, punitive taxation and persecution.

The nearest that Islamic Spain got to a peace-loving polity was the Caliphate of Cordoba, which existed between 929 and 1031, just over 100 years out of more than 700 years of occupation.

Its political status rested on dubious ground, for its founder claimed to be Caliph of the whole world from his stronghold in Spain, when there was already a Caliph in Baghdad. The Fatimids in North Africa also claimed the Caliphate in rivalry to Cordoba.

The mosque at Cordoba, that great beauty of world architecture, was built on the site of the church of St Vincent, demolished to make way for it. In the early years after the Muslim invasion, Christians had been allowed to worship in part of the cathedral site, all their other churches having been demolished at the conquest. But under the Ummayyads, the founders of the Caliphate of Cordoba, the Christians had to relinquish their part of St Vincent’s.

Under the Caliphate of Cordoba, it was not just the Christians of northern Spain who fought to gain territory. The 10th-century de facto ruler of the caliphate, al-Mansur, fought expansionist wars, sacking Barcelona in 985 and Santiago in 997. He had already defeated his father-in-law in battle, with Muslims and Christians fighting on both sides.  That is unique harmony of a sort.

After the collapse of the Caliphate in civil war, things got no better. There is a statue in Cordoba to Moses Maimonides, the great Jewish philosopher. But Maimonides and his family had to flee Spain to escape  persecution by the ruling Muslim dynasty.

The 12th-century Muslim thinker, Ibn-Rushd, known as Averroes to Christian philosophers, who took him very seriously, was also banished from the Spanish peninsula by the intolerant Almohad rulers.

I suppose if you had to choose which Muslim regime to live under in the Middle Ages, the Caliphate of Cordoba would be a good choice, but let’s not pretend it was a secular liberal state.

Ameer Ali: Blow me a kiss!

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Ameer Ali: Islam’s coming renaissance will rise in the West

A wave of rationalism is spreading from emigre Muslim intellectuals

With thanks to the Australian

* Really? Not that anyone ever noticed. It takes a taqiyya master like Ameer Ali to bring us up to date with these ‘Muslim intellectuals’…

IN the minds of many Muslims, an imagined West is the source of all or most of the problems afflicting the world of Islam. Similarly, in the West, an imagined Islam, purposefully structured and popularly propagated, has created a perception that this religion is a threat to Western civilisation. Between these mutually exclusive mind-sets a new phenomenon is emerging in the real West, laying the foundations for a new wave of Islamic rationalism in the 21st century.

* Was there ever a ‘new wave of Islamic rationalism’ in the history of Islamic jihad over the last 1400 years, Ali? Tell me more. I must have missed it.

The Islamic resurgence of the post-1970s strengthened the hands of the religious orthodoxy and engendered the spectre of political Islam but failed to rekindle the spirit of intellectual rationalism that once pushed Islam to the frontiers of science and modernity. That failure was compounded and worsened by the rise of tyrannical regimes in the Muslim world. The absence of democracy and lack of popular support forced these regimes to look for legitimacy elsewhere.

* What?

‘…failed to rekindle the spirit of intellectual rationalism that once pushed Islam to the frontiers of science and modernity…’

* I totally forgot that Islam invented the wheel. Islamic ‘science’- straight from the Koran.

The telephone, electricity, nuclear science, medicine, airplanes, spaceflight … how could I forget?

By championing the cause of religious orthodoxy of the dominant variety in each context, these regimes masqueraded as champions of popular and populist Islam. Any intellectual pursuit that threatened this state-mullah alliance was aggressively curtailed. In Egypt, in Pakistan, in Syria, and in many other Muslim countries Muslim intellectuals who challenged populist Islam faced condemnation not only by the religious hardliners but also by the secular elite that governed these countries.

One happy outcome of this tragic situation was the voluntary exodus of Muslim intellectuals to the West. From an inhospitable environment of political tyranny and ideological oppression Muslim scholars migrated to find refuge in the West, where the mind enjoys more freedom to think, debate and express. As a result, the migrant Muslim intellectuals are now producing a new genre of publications, many of which are questioning centuries-old interpretations of the primary texts in Islam. A new era of ijtihad (independent thinking) rooted in scientific, objective reasoning is spreading from the West and is beginning to make its mark in the Muslim mind-set.

* Last time I checked the doors of itjihad were shut, long ago

These intellectuals are not necessarily religious scholars by training, like the graduates from al-Azhar University in Egypt or Zeituna from Tunis or Qarawiyin in Morocco, but scholars trained in other fields such as social sciences, medicine, engineering, physical sciences and law.

* Right. So where do they study social sciences, medicine, engineering, physical science and law?

For example, Mohammed Arkoun, an Algerian Muslim, is an emeritus professor of Islamic thought at the Sorbonne, Paris, who approaches the Koran and other classical texts in Islam from historical, social, psychological and anthropological angles. The methodology of his research, the sharpness of his arguments and conclusions of his writings are dynamite to traditional Islam. Laleh Bakhtiar, a Chicago-based American female convert to Islam, is not a classically trained Arabic scholar, but has translated the Koran after years of research and is questioning the conventional meanings of some of the Koranic concepts.

* Horse manure, Ali. And you know it. They haven’t got a leg to stand on. Nobody gives a hoot for them in the Dar al Islam. They are at best apostates, and they must be killed.

YOU KNOW THAT, Ali. Why are you so desperately trying to pull the wool over the infidels eyes and ears?

Who in the Islamic world gives a dog turd for the opinions of some female ‘revert?’

You are trying to pull one on me, Ali, right?

Bassam Tibi, a political scientist, who writes mostly in German, applies sociological and anthropological theories to study Islam and finds that the cause of Muslim underdevelopment lies not in the West but in Islam as understood and preached by the orthodox clerics. Amina Wadud, an Afro-American Muslim convert from Bethesda, Maryland in the US, has a PhD in Islamic Studies and Arabic from the University of Michigan and is pioneering the research on gender relationship in Islam and retheorising Koranic hermeneutics. Abdelwahab El-Affendi, a former Sudanese diplomat based in London, published Who Needs an Islamic State? in 1991, in which he questions the theological arguments advanced by the protagonists of an Islamic caliphate.

And finally, Abdullahi An-Naim, a law professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, questions the inadequacies of Islamic sharia and its suitability for a pluralistic society.

There are too many of these scholars to enumerate and the number is increasing. All these cases underline the revolutionary thinking among Muslim intellectuals that is setting the pace for a new wave of Islamic rationalism radiating from the West.

* Too many? Last time I checked Tariq Ramadan was the ‘leading Islamic scholar’- Ali, and he is hardcore. In spite of the sleazy taqiyya, Ali.

And no Muslim I know listens to the ones you mentioned here.

Even writers from Muslim countries who are afraid to publish their works at home are doing so abroad. For example, The Book and the Quran (Koran): A Contemporary Interpretation by Muhammad Shahrur, a civil engineer from Syria, is banned in his country. He argues that human understanding of the Koran is relative and changing and that it requires the continuous exercise of human reason.

His appeal to apply tools of modern epistemology and objective scientific reasoning to the study the Koran is anathema to hardline Islamists. Similarly, Hassan Hanafi, an Egyptian professor of philosophy, is well known for his rationalist views on Islam throughout the intellectual circles in the US, Japan, Germany and Morocco but is frowned upon by the al-Azhar establishment in Egypt. In short, scholars such as Shahrur and Hanafi have become intellectual prisoners in their own countries.

The situation is changing fast. The internet and electronic communication technology have revolutionised the production and distribution of knowledge. Sources of information that were only remotely accessible to a selected few are readily available to many at the click of a mouse. Inquisitive Muslim minds do not have to wait for a cleric to arrive for consultation on theological issues. With the help of the internet any verse or chapter of the Koran and any sayings of the Prophet can be accessed from multiple sources and the reader has the luxury of choosing from among a variety of interpretations, meanings and elaborations.

* The infidels good fortune, Ali. A mouse click and the cat is out of the bag. The Koran and the sunnah, all from the horses mouth. No more bullshit, thats right. Ali.

Hopefully just enough of us kuffars make use of it and learn about this perverted belief system before it devours us.

This revolution in information gathering has become a subversive tool and is eroding the power base of traditional clerics. The authority of the pulpit is collapsing by the hour. The traditional argument that one should be a trained Islamic scholar or an imam to interpret the Koran does not carry weight any more. There is a rising tension between the traditional guardians of Muslim orthodoxy and a new crop of secular educated Muslims, many of whom are better equipped with advanced methodological tools to handle the primary religious texts. An Islamic spring is dawning from the West.

While Western governments and the media are too preoccupied with fighting militant Islam and its terrorist offshoot, the more positive developments that are taking place within the Muslim intellectual world are being ignored. The wave of critical thought emanating from a new breed of Muslim scholars in the West is one of those positive changes. It is a good omen for a long-awaited Islamic renaissance. The hated West has become the surrogate mother of this wave of Islamic rationalism.

Ameer Ali, a former chairman of the Muslim Community Reference Group, is a visiting fellow at the business school at Murdoch University in Perth.

* You are saying a lot of things, Ali. But nothing is tangible, nothing gives comfort.

Nothing assures us that change is imminent and that Islam is not a mortal danger to all of us.

Now lets get back to reality:

Update to yesterday’s news:

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Damn, Ali: They must all be misunderstanders of Islam, are they not?

Supporters of the arrested Muslim “activists” demonstrated outside the Paddington Green police station on Friday, but British media completely ignored the event; here are some photographs at Buzznet by “Gaiaseye.” (Hat tip: LGF readers.)

Video: Abu Izzadeen Charged

Muslim ‘activists’ on charges of terrorism in the UK

here’s video of Abu Izzadeen speaking inside the Regent’s Park Mosque, followed by MPACUK’s reaction to his arrest. ‘Terrorism is part of Islam”- he sez. Something we have been saying all along, you Islamophobe, you!

No kuffar is innocent”- and “all Jews must be killed”- “we will drink the blood of the enemy-” “Islam must dominate”

…the clip ends, of course never without the obligatory limp dick chorus line from Al Bebeeceera, (here via SKY news by an Islamic spokesman) who can’t resist telling us the old chestnut about ‘Abu Izzadeen and his group are just an ‘tiny minority of extremists’-

300.000 Secular Turks protest Turkish Government

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From LGF

A protester holds a placard showing a bulb, the symbol of the ruling AK Party, wrapped with a black chador during a rally to oppose the AK Party’s presidential candidate in Istanbul April 29, 2007. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul refused on Sunday to withdraw from Turkey’s presidential vote, ignoring pressure from the army and calls from tens of thousands of demonstrators worried about his Islamist past. Placard reads “We are aware of danger”. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY)

UPDATE at 4/29/07 8:
The article above seriously understates the attendance at this rally; there were more than a million people.

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* The original headline reads ‘Thousands Protest Turkish Government”- Why would AFP be interested to belittle such an event?

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From correspondents in Istanbul/With thanks to Gramfan

Article from: Agence France-Presse
AT least 300,000 secular Turks waving the red national flag flooded central Istanbul to demand the resignation of the pro-Islamic government.

The second large anti-government demonstration in two weeks, it followed a sharp rise in tension between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s powerful pro-secular military, which accuses the government of tolerating the activities of radical Islamic circles.

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“Turkey is secular and will remain secular,” shouted thousands of flag-waving protesters, who travelled to Istanbul from across the country overnight.

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The demonstrators sang nationalist songs and demanded the resignation of the government, calling Mr Erdogan a traitor.

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Here’s another link from AP

* Some in Turkey smell the coffee

“They want to drag Turkey to the dark ages,” said 63-year-old Ahmet Yurdakul, a retired government employee who attended the protest.

More than 300,000 people took part in a similar rally in Ankara two weeks ago.

Sunday’s crowd chanted that the presidential palace was “closed to imams.”

Some said Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc was an enemy of the secular system, because he said the next president should be “pious.”

In the 1920s, with the Ottoman Empire in ruins, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk imposed Western laws, replaced Arabic script with the Latin alphabet, banned Islamic dress and granted women the right to vote.

The ruling party, however, has supported religious schools and tried to lift the ban on Islamic head scarves in public offices and schools. Secularists are also uncomfortable with the idea of Gul’s wife, Hayrunisa, being in the presidential palace because she wears the traditional Muslim head scarf.

“We don’t want a covered woman in Ataturk’s presidential palace,” said Ayse Bari, a 67-year-old housewife. “We want civilized, modern people there.”

The military, one of the most respected institutions in Turkey, regards itself as the guardian of the secular system and has staged three coups since 1960.

“Neither Sharia, nor coup but fully democratic Turkey,” read a banner carried by a demonstrator on Sunday.

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Associated Press Writer Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara contributed to this rep

Update:

Turkey: Four street evangelists jailed
Even as hundreds of thousands demonstrate in favor of secular government in Turkey, the Turkish government again demonstrates that it is not interested in according all religious groups equality of rights.

“Turkey: Four Street Evangelists Jailed,” from Compass Direct:

* Even as hundreds of thousands demonstrate in favor of secular government in Turkey, the Turkish government again demonstrates that it is not interested in according all religious groups equality of rights. 
ISTANBUL, April 27 (Compass Direct News) – Police jailed four Christian street evangelists in Istanbul for “missionary activity” this week, even as government officials openly defended the right of all religious groups to carry out evangelistic work in Turkey.
Officials released U.S. citizen David Byle this evening, more than 48 hours after he was arrested along with a Korean and two Turkish Christians, his wife said.

Christian sources maintained that Turkey plans to deport the Korean believer, though further details remain unknown.

The four men were detained Wednesday afternoon (April 25) while sharing their Christian faith with passersby at a park in Istanbul’s Taksim district.

Speaking earlier to Compass from his detention cell at the new foreigners branch of the Turkish security police in Kumkapi, Byle said that an official police report charged the evangelists with missionary activity, disturbing the peace and insulting Islam.

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Turk Hypocrisy

TURKEY SLAMS GERMAN IMMIGRATION LAW

Language Requirement ‘Against Human Rights’

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* Yes. Because Turks know all about ‘ human rights’ and how these ‘rights’ can be twisted and turned to suit them. Not that they would dream about implementing some reciprocal ‘rights’- No. When dealing with those of the Muhammedan persuasion ‘Rights’ quickly become a one way street:

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Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül has criticized the new German immigration bill which requires spouses coming to Germany to have a basic level of German.

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül has criticized a new German immigration law which requires spouses to have a certain level of German before they are allowed into the country. He also emphasized that Turkish entry into the EU is not automatic and that Europe shouldn’t fear Turkey.

AP
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül has criticized the new German immigration bill which requires spouses coming to Germany to have a basic level of German.

Turkey has criticized a German draft immigration law which stipulates that if spouses wish to join their partners in Germany they have to possess a basic proficiency in the German language.

In an interview in Thursday’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper the Turkish foreign minister, Abdullah Gül, said “I wish that all Turks in Germany could speak German. But making it compulsory is against human rights. And it doesn’t solve the problem.”

The German cabinet approved the new immigration bill in March, but it still has to be approved by the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament. Among other measures, the law stipulates that in the case of immigrating spouses, the person coming to Germany must be at least 18 years old and be able to speak at least basic German. The government says it wants to improve the integration of foreigners, while also attempting to reduce the number of forced and fake marriages.

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In other News: Al Reuters

Afghanis protest US-led raids

THOUSANDS of Afghanis, some shouting “Death to America” and carrying shrouded bodies, protested in the east after up to six people were killed during a raid by US-led coalition forces.

They felled trees to block a road and vowed not to bury the bloodstained bodies until those responsible were punished and villagers detained after the incident were freed.

Nangahar province police spokesman Abdul Ghafur said the six dead were civilians, including three women, but the US military said four of those killed were Taliban fighters and a woman and a teenage girl died in crossfire.

Neighbours in the protest said five people died, including two women, with only a young girl surviving from the family.

The Sunday morning raid had targeted a car bomb-making cell near the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

“We are saddened at the loss of civilian life,” Major Chris Belcher said. “It is extremely unfortunate that militants put others’ lives in danger by hiding among their families.”

The incident occurred in the area where US Marines killed several civilians in March, opening fire after their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber. Those deaths also sparked angry protests and the unit’s early recall.

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Today’s Video:

Saudi Professor Calls for “Positive Hatred” of Christians

Palestinian-Kuwaiti Sheik promises Heavenly Rewards for Martyrs

needs YOU to blow yourself up for Allah:

Al Jizzeera: Bolt, Carlton discuss Muhammed Dawoud (Hicks) Madness

Andrew Bolt just posted this on his blog.

On display is the rabid left wing lunacy which is politically driven by some in the judiciary, militant lefty journo’s like Carlton, a lying Hicks defender who goes to any length to drum up support for this convicted terrorist. And then there is (of course) Muhammed Dawouds totally unhinged father Terry Hicks:

Note that towards the end of part 2 Bolt asserts that we have a fundamental right to be protected from terrorism, which prompts Carlton into exclaiming “He’s mad, isn’t he, he’s mad…?!

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Just to crack you up: Today’s Fatwa by Mufti Ibrahim Desai

With thanks to WoJ reader David England

Q: What is the ruling of Slavery in Islam? How can a person be a slave to someone other than Allah SWT.

Please explain the concept of slavery in Islaam. Is it allowed in this day and age? If there was an Islamic government then would slavery be allowed. Please explain te issue in detail as we are not knowledge in the islamic rulings.

Answer: Allah is our creator and ultimate Master. We, as his creations and slaves
are obliged to express our servitude to Him Alone. If one does not submit
his slavery to Allah, which of course is far more heinous and unjust to
Allah in comparison to the ‘injustices’ of slavery and sexual relationship,
etc. by a human master.

Since the human being did not willingly submit to the ultimate Master,
Allah, He condemns them to the unwilling slavery of his sincere slaves.

And by understanding the powers of a man master, they may understand the Powers
of the True Master, Allah.

In fact, the concept of slavery should be regarded as a concept of mercy, as the heinous crime of rejecting Allah as our Master demands immediate terminating of life. Allah, our kind Master, has granted an opportunity to his very negators to enjoy a second chance of life and redirect it to the right avenue by submitting to Him as the
ultimate Master.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
FATWA DEPT.

Turkey on the Brink

Turkish army threatens to intervene to save secular gov’t

* The Islamo-fascists have been steadily chipping away on Ataturks reforms, which made Turkey ‘secular’ some 70 years ago. Illusions of grandezza and past glory and Ottoman conquests, Islamic propaganda about restoring the caliphate, drive Turkey into a tailspin.

Erdogan and his zealots won’t have it any other way. While Erdogan calls Europe a ‘Christian Club’ – Turkey is turning more and more into the next Islamistan:

Christans are being tortured and murdered, the few remaining churches are being firebombed, priests are being killed, editors are being intimidated and murdered and those who remember how the pope was received on his visit will do so with horror.

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Kemalism on the brink. “Turkish government slams army intervention threat,” by Gareth Jones and Hidir Goktas for Reuters, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government sharply criticized an army threat to intervene in domestic politics and said on Saturday the military must remain under civilian control.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone with Turkey’s top general, Yasar Buyukanit, after Friday’s statement in which the military said it was ready to act in defense of secularism, government spokesman Cemil Cicek said.

Cicek said the army statement was aimed against the government and was timed to influence the Constitutional Court which is set to study a legal challenge to the inconclusive first round of a presidential election on Friday.

“Turkey’s problems will be solved in the framework of the law, there is no other way … The chief of the General Staff is answerable to the Prime Minister,” Cicek told a news conference.

The army, which has ousted four governments in the past 50 years, expressed concern in its statement late on Friday over the election. It said it was ready to act in defense of the secularist system separating religion and politics.

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* Turkey: back to the roots?

Turkey’s secular elite, including the generals and top judges, fear Erdogan’s ruling AK Party will erode the secular system if it captures the presidency.

Erdogan held emergency talks on Saturday with his candidate, Abdullah Gul, who is Turkey’s foreign minister, and other key officials.

Cicek, who is also justice minister, said the government would not allow its foes to whip up tensions between it and the military. He also stressed the government’s commitment to the basic values of the constitution, which include secularism.

The army statement came hours after Gul failed to win enough votes in parliament in his first bid for the presidency. A second vote is set for next Wednesday.

Secularist opposition parties boycotted Friday’s session. One of them has asked the Constitutional Court to annul Friday’s vote because there were fewer than two thirds of deputies in the chamber at the time. The government says the vote was valid.

This just happened last week:

* After Necati read a chapter from the Bible the assault reportedly began. “The young men tied Ugur, Necati, and Tilman’s hands and feet to chairs as they videoed their work on their cell phones,” ICC said, adding that what “followed in the next three hours is beyond belief.”

ICC said the men were “disemboweled, and their intestines sliced up in front of their eyes. They were emasculated and watched as those body parts were destroyed.” The group added that “fingers were chopped off” and “their noses and mouths and anuses were sliced open” as part of what it called “satanic torture.”

It added that “possibly the worst part was watching as their brothers were likewise tortured. Tilman was stabbed 156 times, Necati 99 times and Ugur’s stabs were too numerous to count.” Finally, their throats were sliced from ear to ear, and their “heads practically decapitated,” ICC said.

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