* Infidel holidays bring out Muslim bombers in droves:
2 bomb blasts hit south Philippine city, killing 2
MANILA, Philippines â€“ Two crude bombs packed with nails exploded minutes apart Thursday at a department store and a nearby clothing shop packed with Christmas shoppers in the southern Philippines, killing two people and wounding 48, officials said. More
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Masohi, 16 Dec. (AKI/The Jakarta Post) – Authorities in the Central Maluku province in eastern Indonesia have pledged to finish the reconstruction of churches and houses set ablaze during rioting last week in Masohi, the province’s capital city.Â Â Â Â Â
Riots broke out on 9 December after a teacher at an elementary school in Masohi allegedly insulted Islam during an extracurricular tutorial for sixth-graders.
Reconstruction work began on Saturday, marked by the laying of a cornerstone by Central Maluku Regent Abdullah Tuasikal at Syiloam Church, which was burned down during the riot.
“We are committed to finishing the reconstruction of homes and churches before Christmas, so Christians won’t have to celebrate it in temporary shelters,” Tuasikal said Monday.
To accelerate the reconstruction, Tuasikal instructed the Letwaru district head to list all construction workers in the subdistricts in his region and ask them to take part in the project.
The regency administration is also allowing Muslim contractors from outside Letwaru to help in the rebuilding the damaged homes.
“We will first ask the workers whether they can get the job done by 24 December at the latest. We will put 10 workers at a time on one house if needed,” Tuasikal said.
He added his top priority was to ensure every affected family would be able to return to their homes in time to celebrate Christmas.
Anthon Seriholo, head of the Maluku Public Works Agency, told Indonesian daily The Jakarta Post that the provincial and regency administrations had allocated Rp 2 billion (US$187,000) from their annual budgets to rebuild the houses and churches.
Sixty-seven buildings were burned down in the rioting. They include 64 houses, two churches and a village hall.
Maluku Police chief Brig. Gen. Mudji Waluyo said two-thirds of Central Maluku Police personnel would be deployed to maintain security during Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
This is in addition to military troops from the 731st Kabaressy infantry and the 1502 Masohi Military Command to be deployed for the same purpose.
Mudji added the police were still investigating the riot.
Three people have been named as suspects in the riot. They are Welhelmina Holle, the teacher, Asmara Wasahua and Muhammad Patty.
Indonesia is an archipelago with more than 17,000 islands and 240 million people from 45 ethnic groups who practise all of the world’s major religions.
However, more than 85 percent of the country’s inhabitants are Muslim and less than 10 percent Christian.
UK: A crown for a turd:
Muslim teacher in carol concert tirade is made Ofsted inspector
By WAYNE FRANCIS
A hardline Muslim teacher who caused a furore by denouncing pupils for celebrating Christmas has been made a Government schools inspector.
Israr Khan’s Ofsted appointment was described by a former colleague as ‘absolutely astonishing’.
Mr Khan, now headmaster of an Islamic school, launched into his tirade during a concert rehearsal at Washwood Heath Secondary School in Birmingham in 1996 after the choir including around 40 Muslim youngsters, had sung a number of popular Christmas songs, including carols.
He leapt from his seat, yelling: “Who is your God? Why are you saying Jesus and Jesus Christ? God is not your God – it is Allah.”
As children in the audience began booing and clapping, a number of choir members – both white and Asian – walked out, some in tears.
Mr Khan, a maths teacher, was asked to work from home pending an investigation but there was no disciplinary action.
It has been claimed that Washwood Heath school was then a ‘hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism’. Rashid Rauf – the airline terror bomb suspect whose extradition is currently being sought from Pakistan – was a pupil there at that time.
Mr Khan left Washwood Heath a year later to found the independent Islamic Hamd House Preparatory School in Small Heath, Birmingham, where he is headmaster.
Earlier this year, he was appointed as a governor of Anderton Park Primary School, in Sparkbrook, Birmingham.
A former Washwood Heath colleague laughed openly when told of Mr Khan’s role as an Ofsted inspector where he has the responsibility for passing or failing schools.
He said: “Given the man’s history, it’s absolutely astonishing. It’s just the cheek of the man that he’s been able to reach that position. He always was an extremely clever man.
“He gave me many insights into the Islamic cause and their hatred of the US and the Western World. He had a big support base among some of the Muslim parents.
“But there were some very influential, radical elements at Washwood Heath at that time and Israr Khan was very close to all that.”
Earlier this year, Anderton Park, where 99.5 per cent of the pupils are Asian, received a dismal Ofsted report which branded its teaching and its achievements as inadequate.
One Muslim father, who asked to be known only as Mohammed, said: “As a governor, Mr Khan will be able to exert a great deal of influence over the school and its policies.
“By his previous actions, he seems to represent what I would call a hardcore attitude to Islam.”
Mr Khan declined to comment about his appointment, waving questions away at his large home in Moseley, Birmingham.
An Ofsted spokesman said: “Israr Khan was appointed as an additional inspector via a highly competitive recruitment and selection process. He has undergone all the relevant security checks.”