Hudna! Hudna! Give us Hudna!

Hamas is pushing for a cease-fire

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

* Actually, hudna doesn’t mean ‘cease fire’-, it means ‘give us time to regroup. You cease firing and we go and get some more rockets’.

* Whenever Israel retaliates the fearless soldiers of Allah scream like seared pigs. That’s when the UN springs into action and blames Israel for using ‘disproportionate force’…

Beleaguered Hamas leaders on Sunday signaled their willingness to reach a cease-fire with Israel, sources close to Hamas said.

Muslims are permitted to call for a hudna (truce) in order to regroup:

*  “If Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet made a truce with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud” (‘Umdat as-Salik, o9.16).

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The sources said Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh sent urgent messages to the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia urging them to work toward ending the IDF military operations in the Gaza Strip.

The sources told The Jerusalem Post that Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders also appealed to Turkey to intervene and convince Israel to halt its offensive.

* Same song & dance as always.

Hamas Terrorists Hiding Behind Women & Children 

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Israeli military: “Hamas terror operatives shooting at us took up positions inside civilian homes while the civilians were still inside” 

“The aim is to draw us into killing civilians to bring about international pressure to end our operation.”

Employing the same tactics as Hizballah, in an effort to create another Qana-like incident to exploit. “Hamas firing from civilian homes,” by Aaron Klein for World Net Daily:

In a major escalation over the past few days, Hamas has been firing long range Grad rockets at the strategic port city of Ashkelon, which is home to about 125,000 Israelis. Ashkelon houses a major electrical plant that powers most of the Gaza Strip. 

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* From the ‘Islam is Peace’ department:

‘Mosques are places of worship’ – rocket worship, that is…

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IDF seizes explosives, RPGs hidden in mosque


IDF forces operating in northern Gaza have seized RPGs, explosives and equipment used in the manufacturing of bombs in a Palestinian mosque.

Some 30 Palestinians suspected of involvement in terror have been detained and taken for questioning. (Hanan Greenberg)

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From our friends the Sowdi’s: Whores of Arabiyah

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Warsaw Ghetto and Gaza: Disturbing Parallels

Steve Hutcheson, Arab News

* Note the name of the writer! Add to this the Canadian commie rat and Islamic terrorist sympatizer Avi Lewis who recently joined Al Jizzeera and you get an idea how propaganda is manufactured.

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Our Friends, The Jordanians:

“O Hamas, O Hamas, bring the suicide bombers … Victory to Hamas and defeat to the Jews and Americans”

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“Shame on you, Shame on you rulers. You have betrayed your people … Open the borders and let us fight the Jews,” youths chanted. (Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Editing by Sami Aboudi)

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* Everyday the soldiers of Allah murder and bomb hundreds, if not thousands, from Thailand to the Philippines, from Darfur to Nigeria, from Pakistan to Afghanistan, from Europe to Iraq to the Balkans in over 30 theaters of jihad around the world. Most of the time these lunatics kill other Muslims. Everyday now, for years, the swine from Hamas & Fatah have been firing rockets into Israel in order to ‘strike fear in the hearts of the enemy’, but now, since Israel strikes back, you hear nothing other than how evil the Jooozzz are for defending themselves. And the Western Media circus swallows it, totally.

* Here are some links about todays jihad:

Israel will be ‘uprooted’, says Iran

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IRAN’S President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel will be “uprooted” and its leaders put on trial as he condemned today’s deadly Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip.

“I already said last year that the real Holocaust was in Palestine,” Mr Ahmadinejad told state television in an interview, alluding to his oft-repeated doubts about the magnitude of the mass slaughter of Jews in World War II.

The Australian

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Paki Work Accident Kills 40

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By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press Writer

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday at a large meeting called by tribal elders pushing for peace in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100, witnesses and officials said.

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U.N.: THOUSANDS FLEEING NEW ATTACK IN DARFUR

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This pathetic little twat could probably never afford to buy a Danish Butter Bisquit

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The United Nations refugee agency says some 13,000 Sudanese fled violence in Sudan’s Darfur to the neighboring Chad in the last month.

The U.N.’s refugee agency estimated that an additional 3,000 refugees arrived in eastern Chad in the last week alone. The agency said they fled the Jabal Moun area in western Darfur, following repeated aerial and ground attacks.

Shiva has more

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Virgins!

Al Qaeda Releases Video Showing Leader’s Corpse Killed By CIA in Afghanistan

Al Qaeda released Sunday on militant Web sites a new video eulogy of its top Afghanistan strategist Abu Laith al-Libi, showing his corpse for the first time

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Tariq Ramadan: Master of Islamist doublespeak

* Melanie Phillips has the number of the slick & sly Islam-propagandist Tariq Ramadan:

THE Swiss Egyptian (residing in Switzerland) Islamic activist Tariq Ramadan has been invited by Griffith University to be the keynote speaker at its conference opening in Brisbane today.

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The fact that Australia is allowing Ramadan to enter the country at all will raise eyebrows in security circles elsewhere. Ramadan is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood: the spiritual backers of al-Qa’ida and Hamas and whose goal is to Islamise the world.

While it is, of course, unfair to tar someone with his grandfather’s views, there is ample reason to think that in the case of Tariq Ramadan the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

Ramadan has been banned from entering the US because of his alleged association with extremists. The Geneva Islamic Centre, with which he is closely associated, has been linked to terrorists of the Algerian FIS (Islamic Salvation Front) and the GIA (Armed Islamic Group). A Spanish police report claimed that Ahmed Brahim, an al-Qa’ida leader jailed in Spain, was “in frequent contact” with Ramadan, a claim he has denied.

Yet the Swiss activist has not only been allowed into Britain but is ensconced at St Anthony’s College, Oxford as a research fellow and is much lionised by the British establishment, appearing at security seminars on Islamism and even serving as an adviser to the British Government on tackling Islamic extremism.

So how to explain this wild divergence of views about Tariq Ramadan? And does Australia have cause to be concerned?

Ramadan’s message is highly seductive to a Western world terrified by Islamic radicalism. For Ramadan preaches the comforting message of an unthreatening Islam that can accommodate itself to modernity and to the West. He does so in a charismatic style combining high intellect, a winsome French accent and impossibly hip glamour. To the desperate British establishment, the picture he paints so beguilingly of a way out of the Islamist nightmare has made him into the rock star of the counter-terrorism circuit.

But closer scrutiny of what he actually says – and perhaps even more importantly, does not say – suggests the talented Mr Ramadan is an Islamist wolf in moderniser’s clothing. To the Islamic world he says one thing; to credulous Western audiences quite another in language that is slippery, opaque, manipulative and disingenuous.

His reputation as a Muslim reformer owes everything to the wishful thinking of those who want so much to believe in him that they fail to grasp what he is really saying.

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Partly, this is because much of his work is in French. The writer Caroline Fourest has analysed it and her book, Brother Tariq: the Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan has just been translated from French into English.

All who are concerned to halt the spread of radical Islamism should read this book. For it shows without doubt that the poster boy for Islamic reform is in fact one of the most sophisticated proponents of the global jihad.

Ramadan claims he has “no functional connection” with the Muslim Brotherhood. But he was trained at the Leicester Islamic Foundation in England, the controversial institution that propagates the doctrines of the key Islamist ideologues Maulana Maududi and Syed Qutb and which aims to promote “an Islamic social order in Great Britain”.

And Ramadan has repeatedly said that his grandfather’s views have “inspired” him and “there is nothing in this heritage that I reject”.

Link to Melanie Phillips at the Australian

* Tariq Ramadan: The Case of the Grand Deception

Terrorism Expert Steven Emersons take on the slick taqiyya doctor Ramadan

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MUHAMMEDAN PEDOPHILES RAPE UK TAXPAYERS

Moe’s Jihad News:

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“They were just following the example of their prophet!”

*Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon him) married her when she was six years old, and he consummated her in marriage when she was nine years old. Then she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).



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* From the ‘Kuffars can’t understand Islam’ Department:

More outrage inflicted upon the British people by 5 Somali muslims and former asylum seekers who have been found guilty of rape and sexual activity with children.

That in and of itself is abhorrent enough – five perverts go to the UK for supposed safety and return the hospitality by raping their children. But another rape has also taken place – the rape of the UK taxpayers who have to pay for the legal aid and the ridiculous 5 “private” interpreters.

Five men, all refugees from Sudan, have cost British taxpayers a total of £125,000 for the interpreters and individual barristers, all supplied by legal aid.

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Maldives: Imam Accused Of Serial Paedophilia 

The family of the alleged victim also believe it was “not an isolated” incident. They accuse Ali Hassan of being a “serial molester.” 

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Australia: Dick Smith’s Open Mind (and the day his brains fell out)

* Australian self-made millionaire and America-hater Dick Smith has a big bleeding heart for Muhammad Dawoud Hicks who has just been released from his cage:

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Dick Smith:

” … I’m asking Australians to listen, to have an open mind, not just believe the Americans and when he tells the story, then make up their own minds.”

“My advice is that he should tell the full story to the Australian people because one thing I will say is what the Americans have told us about David Hicks and what the previous government has told us I believe is wrong,” he said.

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Dick Smith

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Germany: suspected Muslim killings of Christians corroborated

From Jihad Watch Germany

Muslims near Ludwigshafen are suspected to have murdered three Georgian Christian motorcar dealers who came to buy vehicles: Reason: The car buyers came with large crucifixes around the neck, which is disliked by Muslims.

So far, the story sounded hard to imagine.

One of the Christians, by the instructions of an imam, had his head cut off while he was still alive. This happened in the middle of Germany at the end of January 2008.

Now it seems that the incredible story is confirmed. Meanwhile, two more Muslims under suspicion have been arrested.

One of the murderers, a man from the Middle East, is said to have lived in Germany since 2001 and was a trusted informer for undercover police work. It will be interesting to see whether and how the investigatons are going to be conducted due to the complex relations between the police and the murderers. Will this crime be treated as an act of political Islam or the crime of some mentally confused immigrants come citizens?

Political correctness comes in to play…

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Australia: Acquittal ordered in love bomb case

Lovestruck twit gets off…

* WoJ reported, here: Muslim agrees to marriage if girlfriend bombs infidels…

A JURY has been directed to acquit a Sydney couple accused of conspiring to detonate a bomb in a popular city nightspot.

Hussan Kalache, 28, and his 27-year-old girlfriend Jill Allison Courtney were standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court over an alleged plot to set off a car bomb in Kings Cross in 2005.

Ms Courtney allegedly agreed to plant a bomb in exchange for a promise of marriage from Kalache.

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Moe’s Cartoon Police:

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Indian Anti-Terror Conference turns into Anti-West Hatefest:

Muhammedan Clerics Blame “Tyrant and Colonial Masters of the West for Aggression in Muslim World”

The only solution to this outrage is, you guessed it: more Islam:

“Islam is the religion of mercy for all humanity. It is the fountainhead of eternal peace, tranquility [and] security. Islam has given so much importance to human beings that it regards the killing of a single person [as] the killing [of] the entire humanity, without differentiation based on creed and caste. Its teaching of peace encompasses all humanity. Islam has taught its followers to treat all mankind with equality, mercy, tolerance [and] justice. Islam sternly condemns all kinds of oppression, violence and terrorism. It has regarded oppression, mischief, rioting and murdering among [the] severest sins and crimes.

Read it if you can bear it…

Here’s more: Muslim clerics condemn terrorism — by the West

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Three Christians killed in kidnapping of Mosul bishop buried in Karamles

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The funerals were held this morning for the driver and two bodyguards. The same city also holds the tomb of Fr Ragheed, killed last year in the area where Archbishop Rahho was kidnapped yesterday. Sources in Iraq speak of “signs that leave hope that he may be alive”. The appeal of the pope and the apprehension of the faithful and the patriarchate: the bishop is sick and needs his medicines.

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Bali living s#*t blames Mossad & CIA for ‘making the bomb too strong’

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Samudra claimed the bombers had never meant to kill so many people. What happened at Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club was “unacceptable”, he said. “The CIA or KGB or Mossad” tampered with the bomb…’

What would he say to the families of his victims?

“To Muslim people I would say pardon – but Muslims only. While the unbelievers – they must be entering into hell. Allah says to all unbelievers that this road will bring you to hell,” he said.

Times Online Link

Thanx to Weasel Zippers from times Online

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Wilders News:

Dutch PM Balkenende & employers organizations are going apeshit over Wilders

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Afghan Cartoon Rage

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“We demand the … withdrawal of Danish and Dutch soldiers from Afghanistan,” said Mawlavi Shoaib, a religious figure and one of the organizers.

“Down with Denmark and Netherlands. We will not let anyone insult the Prophet and the Koran.

Somali Cartoon Rage

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Death to Denmark! But, uh, how ’bout that debt relief?

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Anti-dhimmitude. “Denmark to oppose Sudan debt relief,” from the Associated Press:

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark said Thursday it will oppose any debt relief deal for Sudan in response to the Sudanese president’s comments urging the Muslim world to boycott Danish goods over the publication of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon.

Sudan is one of the largest recipients of Danish aid, receiving $26 million in aid in 2006. A $100 million humanitarian and reconstruction package is planned through 2009.

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Australia: Red Carpet Reception for Islamic Pseudo-Intellectual Tariq Ramadan

* Facilitated by the usual suspects:

* Australia’s Islamoscene in cahoots with their Far-Left enablers. The slick & sly Professor Islamo-Agit Prop Tariq Ramadan will be introduced by federal Labor Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Laurie Ferguson at the Griffith University event on Monday. It is an insult to any fair minded Australian that Frere Tariq, the Dr Goebbles of Islamofascism, is here at the invitation of the Australian government.

* Who’s next, Laurie? Yusuf Al Qaradwi? Or Al Zawahiri?

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* More on Tariq Ramadan and why he is barred from entering the U.S. because of his terrorist affiliation here…

* Griffith, as we already know, has a taxpayer funded Islamic studies Islamofascist propaganda centre which is spreading Wahabism in Australia under the slick Taqiyya-doctor Mohamad Abdalla.

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A controversial Muslim scholar propagandist who was denied access to the US over alleged links to terrorist networks is to give a lecture at a Queensland government-sponsored conference.

Professor Tariq Ramadan will be introduced by federal Labor Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Laurie Ferguson at the Griffith University event on Monday.

Prof Ramadan – whose grandfather, Hassan al-Banna, founded one of the world’s most radical Islamist movements, the Muslim Brotherhood, in 1928 – is due to deliver a lecture on Islam, The Weekend Australian reports.

The conference has attracted $50,000 in Bligh government sponsorship, the newspaper says, and Muslim and Jewish leaders are concerned about his second visit to Australia.

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* Update From The Australian

Ramadan was refused entry into France in 1995 after he was accused of having links to an Algerian Islamist, but the ban was lifted the following year. He was also banned by Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt “after he suggested a moratorium on Sharia law, in particular corporal punishment, stonings and beheadings”, according to the Guardian newspaper.

He has been accused of playing down terrorist campaigns, including the September 11 attacks and the 2005 London bombings, as “interventions”. Security sources have told The Weekend Australian Professor Ramadan will remain under close surveillance.

His visit comes a year after Canadian-born Muslim cleric Bilal Philips was refused entry into Australia to headline a Melbourne conference on Islam after the US Government named him an “un-indicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing in New York, which killed six and injured 1000.

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Ramadan’s Visit sends resident Islamofascist Yusuf Irfan virtually over the moon:

* On his blob, good old Yusuf gives Ramadan a double rub, here

* ‘I just hope that perhaps Dr Ramadan has the good sense to give the United States the flick and migrate to Australia instead.’

* The U.S. gave him the flick, Yusuf, not the other way around. And Australia will not have this flickering Ramadan candlestick either. We should hope this was his last visit.

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* Ibn Warraq comments:

Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan, by Caroline Fourest

Fourest has rendered an invaluable service. She demonstrates with great skill that Ramadan is a dangerous radical who, far from modernizing Islam, is in fact attempting to Islamize modernity. Of undoubted ability and charisma, but with no respect for or allegiance to Western values of liberty, Ramadan is poisoning the minds of young Muslims in the West. He spreads his message through personal appearances and with the sale of tens of thousands of cassettes through Tawhid, an Islamist publishing house with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Under Ramadan’s influence, Islamist youths develop a hatred for Western values and dream of creating a totalitarian Islamic theocracy, not only in the heart of Europe, but eventually the entire globe, until, in the words of al-Banna, “the Islamic banner . . . waves supreme over the human race.”

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* Christopher Howse on Tariq Ramadan

* Fitzgerald: Keep Tariq Ramadan out

* Caroline Fourest on Tariq Ramadan: the Evidence
by John Rosenthal

* THE DOUBLESPEAK OF TARIQ RAMADAN

* IBN WARRAQ: Ramadan, the Pious Fraud

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Norway: "If support for the fight against Ethiopia is terror, then we're all terrorists"

Police claim evidence against terror suspects

Moe’s Everyday Inner Struggle News

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Norwegian and Swedish police said they arrested six people in Oslo and Stockholm suspected of financing and planning attacks in a coordinated action.

Six nabbed in Norway, Sweden ‘terrorism’ swoop: police

“It was a coordinated action in Norway and Sweden,” Jakob Larsson, a spokesperson for the Swedish police’s security service Saepo, told AFP.

In Stockholm, “three Swedish citizens, all men” were arrested on suspicion of financing and planning attacks, Mr Larsson said, providing no further details on their identities.

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Irelands Asylum Seekers do what good Muslims do: They Make Bombs

Three Afghan men remain in Garda custody in Co Kerry on suspicion of terrorist activity.
It follows a raid on a hostel in Tralee last night, during which suspected bomb parts were found.

Three men in their 30s and 40s from Afghanistan were arrested and are being detained under anti terrorist legislation.

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Britains Islamo-Parasites enraged by Harry’s fighting spirit

SNEERING Muslim fanatics labelled Prince Harry a target for assassins last night after his heroics against the Taliban.

Anjem Choudary, former leader of British-based radicals Al Muhajiroun, said: “He will be seen as part of the enemy and so he is a target. This is an illegal war and it should be seen in that light, and for Harry to participate has absolutely no justification. Those who want to carry out operations over here will target Harry. He is a natural target for someone that way inclined.”

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Eurabian Court bans deportation of jihad terror suspect *

* He would be tortured back home, see. “Ministers argued the right of the public to be protected against terrorism should be balanced against a suspect’s rights not to be ill-treated,” but to no avail.

“Court bans deportation of terror suspect,” by Clare Dyer for the Guardian

* European countries have sheltered Islamic terrorists for almost half a century now, going back to the days of France’s sheltering, aiding and abetting Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini. In the meantime many other Islamic terrorists (like those who were hauled up in the Nativity church in Bethlehem) live safely and in comfort among hated infidels in the Westa and do what good Muslims always do: engage in terrorism in the way of Allah.

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The Terrorists from the Nativity Siege

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Government hopes of deporting dozens of terror suspects to their home countries suffered a serious setback today with the European court of human rights ruling against one such attempt.
The grand chamber of 17 judges at the Strasbourg court ruled unanimously that an attempt by Italy to send a man back to Tunisia violated the ban on torture or inhuman or degrading treatment in the European convention on human rights.

The case was brought by Nassim Saadi against Italy. The British government intervened in the hope the court would sanction the return of suspects regardless of their home country’s human rights record.

Ministers argued the right of the public to be protected against terrorism should be balanced against a suspect’s rights not to be ill-treated.

The court ruled that protection against torture is absolute and Saadi cannot be sent back, even though he has been convicted of terror-related offences in both Tunisia and Italy….

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No, Wilders movie is not available yet…

But we have everything you need to know:

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Gaza: IDF fights back, 47 Pal’s roasted

* Whole lotta howling going on:

Two IDF soldiers were killed and five others wounded during a military operation meant to combat the ongoing Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli cities in the western Negev. Forty-seven Palestinians have been killed on Saturday and at least 40 were wounded throughout the day.
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A scene from clashes in Gaza on Saturday.

One soldier was killed when a Palestinian threw an explosive device towards him and
the second soldier was killed during a gun battle that had ensued between his force and Palestinian terrorists.

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Okay, make it 60: Palestinians’ bloodiest day as Israel kills 60

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

Of the 60 killed, 30 were fighters, according to hospital staff and Hamas, which routed Abbas’s Western-backed forces in Gaza in June.

* Sounds like each and every one of those ‘fighters’ was using his mama as a ‘human shield…’

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a sworn enemy of the Islamist militant group Hamas which took control of Gaza from his forces in June, called the attack “more than a holocaust”.

* Yep. Roasting a few terrorists is the same as killing 6 million poeople. What an assclown!

The one who got away:

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*  Hanyeh in heat or feeling the heat? 

Israel attacked the Gaza building that housed the offices of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.  No casualties were reported, but witnesses said three missiles hit and destroyed the building and damaged surrounding structures.

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Wilder than Wilders? Arab News tells German Interior Minister to "Shut Up"

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* Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s interior minister, himself a victim of terrorism, is wheelchair bound since 1990. Schaeuble is a beacon of light in the depressing swamp of Germany’s polit-bureau, where effeminate empty suits and rabid femi-Nazi’s talk anything and everything to death, where even the right leans very much to the left and nothing ever gets done. Schäuble recently proposed the introduction of legislation that would allow the German Federal Government to carry out preventive assassinations of what Schäuble labels terrorist suspects, as well as outlawing the use of the Internet and cell phones for people suspected of being terrorist sympathizers and called on European newspapers to reprint the Danish cartoons of the Islamic prophet warlord, mass-murderer, slave-trader and child molester Muhammad.

Saudi Editorial: “German Minister Should Keep his Mouth Shut Regardless of Press Freedom”…

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* Exclusive to Weasel Zippers, looks like the Sowdi’s have taken it off the net. Could it be that the goathumping kingdom has qualms about a ‘backlash’ from the Fatherland?

The statement by Germany’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble that European newspapers should reprint the controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a show of support for press freedom is astounding.

His ministry certainly understands the potential dangers. It has embarked on a damage limitation exercise, claiming his comments have been misinterpreted. They have not. The plain fact is that he said “all European newspapers should print these cartoons, with the explanation ‘We find them abysmal, too, but the exercise of press freedom is no reason to use violence’.”

The argument does not convince, especially coming from the interior minister of a country that consciously restricts press freedom. No German paper is allowed to question the Holocaust.

* So why would an Arab question it?

And, what if freedom of the press stirs up violence? People should not have responded with violence to the cartoons — but that they did, and will almost certainly do again if they are reprinted. That is the fact of the matter and Schaeuble knows it.

* Perhaps if the soldiers of Allah go on a rampage there will be a blowback and the Germans call out the army. And they won’t use rubber bullets either, wanna bet?

He should have kept his mouth shut, regardless of what he thinks about press freedom. In saying what he did and because he is the interior minister, his call to reprint is inevitably seen as Germany’s view. It is not for us to demand his resignation but it is impossible to believe that Germans will not do so. He has been grossly irresponsible. He is playing with fire. He has created a crisis for his country where there was none beforehand. He has sown division between Germany’s Muslims and non-Muslims and stirred up the potential for discord and disorder. That is hardly what is expected of a government minister whose remit is law and order.

* Shut up already, you miserable camel-humpers! There is LAW and there is your barbaric, excreable sharia. And the last time we checked your 7th century blood cult didn’t override freedom of speech, not in Europe or elsewhere!

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Speaking out against Female Genital Mutilation can get you killed

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PARIS, France (AP)The body of Katoucha Niane, one of the first African women to attain international stardom as a model and a vocal opponent of female genital mutilation, was found in the Seine River, police said Friday. 

Known simply as Katoucha, the former top model for Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers was found Thursday near the Garigliano bridge in Paris, judicial police in Paris said.

An autopsy showed no signs of foul play, pointing to the possibility that the 47-year-old may have fallen accidentally into the river, they said.

She had been missing since January and was last seen returning home from a party. She lived in a houseboat near Paris’ Alexandre III bridge, and her handbag was later found on the boat.

The Guinean-born model told The Associated Press in 1994 that she ran away to Europe at 17 aiming to be a model. Her big break came when Jules-Francois Crahay, then the designer at Lanvin, spotted her in a line-up. The label hired her as a fitting model. Her first catwalk modeling was for Thierry Mugler at the start of the 1980s.

After quitting the runway, she turned to speaking out actively against female circumcision, describing her own experience at age 9 in a book, “Katoucha, In My Flesh,” which was published last year.


“I will never get the incomparable pain out of my head,” she wrote in the book, which she dedicated to her three children.

Vanity Fair’s fashion and style director, Michael Roberts, said Katoucha was “one those girls who used her fame to spotlight the misfortunes of others.”

“She always seemed so gracious and very lovely,” he said. “She was sunny and she was bright, and I liked her a lot.”

Katoucha set up her own label in 1994 after years of modeling for the likes of Christian Lacroix and Saint Laurent. Singers Cher and France’s Johnny Hallyday were among the stars who turned out for her show.

“I don’t pretend to be like Lacroix, Saint Laurent or the others,” she said at the time. “But I was certainly in a great school by wearing their clothes and going to the fittings. I learned several basic lessons, including: Don’t cut the fabric until you’ve got the ‘toile,’ or heavy linen prototype, just right.”

Katoucha was the daughter of Djibril Tamsir Niane, an archaeologist and writer. She said that her father was initially disappointed that she didn’t become “a professional intellectual, with a university degree,” but later reconciled to her other successes.