“Lets Give Them A State” says Bush, while his Albanian ‘Friends’ steal his watch

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Watch the snatch:

The two images above were taken from this video (thanks to JW) At 53 seconds in, the President’s watch is still visible on his wrist. At 1:04, it is gone.

It’s emblematic of the whole thing, really.

Claude Salhani notes in the Washington Times:

Both the Albanians of Albania as well as the ethnic Albanians of Kosovo realize the United States holds the key to Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, much more than Brussels or Moscow.
Indeed. And what will an independent Kosovo be like? Well, from all appearances it will be an Islamic state and a new base for jihad activity in Europe and elsewhere. Yet the President has said that “Kosovo is independent.”

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America’s brokeback  mountain man

The Return of the Pregnant Suicide Bombers

U.K. woman taught to be suicide bomber by now-former husband

Woman in UK ‘groomed’ as bomber” from the BBC:

The former wife of a British Islamist extremist has said her husband suggested she carry out a suicide bombing against the UK.
Speaking exclusively to the BBC’s Newsnight programme, the woman said her husband showed how she should strap an explosive belt around her body.

The video can be found here.


The BBC is not identifying the South Asian woman for security reasons. However, her husband is known to have fallen in with UK extremists sympathetic to the aims of Osama bin Laden.
In the interview, the woman told Newsnight’s Richard Watson how her husband and fellow extremists would talk about what they believed to be their duty to follow a course of “jihad” – in this context referring to attacks against the perceived enemies of Muslims.
“He used to say we should all do jihad because he used to give an example of a woman who was a suicide bomber in India, who killed herself,” she said in the interview.
“My husband told me I should join him to participate in jihad as well.”

The woman told the programme her husband attempted to give her instructions in how to turn herself into a suicide bomber by concealing explosives under baggy, traditional, Islamic clothes.
“He would tell me how to use a [bomb] belt around the waist,” she said. “Whenever he would discuss these matters I just would ignore him and go to the kitchen.”

“Uh, yes, dear.”

‘Walk away’
The woman said: “I told him I’m not interested at all. He was very clever. He told me how the girls tied the suicide belt around their waist and [wore] the hijab over the top.
“I would go to the kitchen or visit my friend. I told him that I don’t want to listen to these sorts of things. Why should one spoil her or his life to kill innocent people? I would walk away.”
In the interview, the woman claimed that three weeks before the 7 July 2005 London bombings her husband and his jihadi associates were warning about an attack.
“He said that something would happen and he would flee but I would be trapped. I told him I’m not going anywhere, I will stay.
“He said all his other colleagues are sending their wives away so I should leave as well.”

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New depths in death cult depravity:

Pregnant Palestinian planned suicide bomb.

The GSS says that the two women “took advantage of Israel’s humanitarian policies, receiving a fraudulent medical permit to enter Israel.” 


JERUSALEM, June 13 (Reuters) – A pregnant Palestinian mother of eight and her niece told Israeli interrogators they planned a double suicide bombing in Israel after they were detained last month, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday.

Citing what it said were confessions the two women made after their arrest trying to leave the Gaza Strip, it said Fatima Zak and Ruda Habib were recruited by militant group Islamic Jihad and applied to enter Israel for medical treatment.

Zak, 39, and Habib, 30, said they were to have travelled to the West Bank, received explosives from local militants, and then re-entered Israel for the attack, the Shin Bet said.

Mufti of Egypt Issues Urine, Sweat & Saliva Fatwa’s

* Sucking tits fatwa’s also. But who are we to judge…?

Highest Islamic Authorties concerned with Tits, Clits, & Pee Pee fatwa’s

CAIRO: First came the breast-feeding fatwa: It declared that the Islamic restriction on unmarried men and women being together could be lifted at work if the woman breast-fed her male colleagues five times. Then came the urine fatwa: It said that drinking the urine of the Prophet Muhammad was deemed a blessing

If the NY Times owned International Herald Tribune is recognizing this barbarianism – then you know it is completely out of hand.

Here’s much more than you really want to know about the bodily fluid fatwa recently issued by the Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa: Egyptian Mufti: The Companions of the Prophet Blessed Themselves with His Urine, Sweat and Saliva.

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When not issuing these freaky fatwas, the good Doctor can be seen meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, discussing how to improve the teaching of Islam in Britain.

In his book Religion and Life – Modern Everyday Fatwas, Egyptian Mufti Dr. Ali Gum’a wrote that the companions of the Prophet Muhammad would bless themselves by drinking his urine, and described an incident of urine-drinking from a hadith: “Umm Ayman drank the urine of the Prophet, and the prophet told her: ‘This stomach will not be dragged through the fire of Hell, because it contains something of our Lord the Messenger of Allah…’

This blessing,“ Al-Gum’a added, ”[can also] be done with the honorable saliva, sweat, hair, urine or blood of the Prophet. This is because anyone who knows the love of the Messenger of Allah is not repulsed [by these]; just as a mother is not repulsed by the feces of her son, this is even more so [in the case of] our Lord the Messenger of Allah, whom we love more than our fathers, sons, and wives. Anyone who was or is repulsed by the Messenger of Allah must recant his faith.“

Following the ensuing uproar, Gum’a came to the defense of his fatwa, saying: ”The entire body of the Prophet, whether exposed or hidden, is pure, and there is nothing in it– including his secretions – that [can] repulse anyone. His sweat smelled better than perfume. Umm Haram would collect this sweat and distribute it to the people of Al-Madina.“

Dr. Gum’a added: ”The hadith of Suhail bin Omar at Al-Hudaybiya says: ‘Oh Lord, I was with Kisra [the ruler of Persia] and with Kaisar [the ruler of Byzantium] and I saw no instance in which the leader was glorified like the Companions of the Prophet glorified Muhammad. The second Muhammad spat, one of them would immediately hasten [to grab his saliva] and smear it upon his face.’ Hence, the ulema, including Ibn Hajar Al-Askalani, Al-Baihaqi, Al-Daraqutni and Al-Haythami, determined that the Prophet’s entire body was pure.”

Eccchhh.

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Sheikh Abdel Hamid Tantawy speaks with two women at the ‘Azhar Fatwa Committee’ in al Azhar Mosque in Cairo. This is one of 2 authorized places in Egypt where Muslims can go to seek out Fatwa’s. (Shawn Baldwin/NYT)

‘If you don’t cover your mouth, Satan will urinate in it…’

President of Al-Azhar University and Fomer Mufti of Egypt Ahmad Al-Tayyeb Explains Wife Beating in Islam

From MEMRI
Following is an interview with President of Al-Azhar University and former Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, which aired on Nile News TV on May 25, 2007.

Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: With regard to wife beating… In a nutshell, it appeared as part of a program to reform the wife. [According to the Koran], first “admonish them,” [then] “sleep in separate beds, and beat them.”

Interviewer: I think we must stress that this pertains to a rebellious woman…

Ahmad Al-Tayyeb:
Of course. It’s not that anybody can start beating as he sees fit. [Westerners] who claim this talk about an Islam which is a figment of their imagination. They are villains because they know there’s no such thing in Islam, and they want to pin this interpretation on it. Why? Because Islamic culture is the only culture that is spreading, and is viewed with fear by people of other cultures. In any case… This method appeared as part of the treatment of a rebellious wife. I am faced with two options – either the family will be destroyed by divorce, or I can use means that may bring my wife, the mother of my children, back to her senses. The first means is admonishment.

* Islamo-logic at work: You see, a Westerner who claims wife-beating is a bad thing is a ‘villain’ and the whole thing is a ‘figment of his imagination’- but wife-beating is perfectly okay to bring a woman ‘back to her senses’…

The second means of treatment is “sleeping in separate beds.” Why? Because this targets the honor… A lot could be said about this. The strength of a woman lies in her ability to seduce the man. The man is strong and can do whatever he wants, but the woman has a weapon of her own. This weapon can be targeted. Many women will come back to their senses, when they realize that this is what’s involved.

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By Allah, even if only one woman out of a million can be reformed by light beatings… It’s not really beating, it’s more like punching… It’s like shoving or poking her. That’s what it is.

* Surely infidel females are now ‘reverting’ in droves? How could anyone possibly resist the call to Islam now?

Comment by Hugh Fitzgerald:

Here we have the highest authority in Sunni Islam telling us that women are all about sex and nothing but sex, with their power derived not from superior morality or tenderness or intelligence, but only from their satanic powers of sexual, not intellectual, seduction.

One looks forward to Western feminists, worrying over such things as “glass ceilings” for female executives, and the male gaze, telling us what they think of the advice dispensed by the president of al-Azhar and former Mufti of Egypt. Or will there be silence? Or a pretense that he has no authority to speak, but is merely a lone mad mufti, possibly punch-drunk himself, in every sense?

Separating Facts from Fiction: The Terror of Female Circumcision in Islam

* Islamic taqiyya spin-doctors give you all kinds of excuses for this barbaric practice. Like ‘it has nothing to do with Islam,- its a cultural thing’- or ‘others do it too’- like some black tribes in Africa. But they will not tell you that it is proscribed in the hadith, the sayings and traditions of Muhammad.

Although there is no mention of it in the Quran itself, there are several hadiths, where Female Genital Mutilation is encouraged by Mohammad:

The first hadith is from Abu Dawud (Book 41, Number 5251): Um ‘Atiyyah is reported as an exciser of female slaves who had immigrated with Mohammad.
On one occasion Mohammad allegedly asked her if she kept practicing her profession, to which she responded in the affirmative. Then she added: “unless it is forbidden and you order me to stop doing it.” Mohammad replied: “yes, it is allowed.”
Mohammad then gave Um ‘Atiyyah specific instructions on the methodology for female circumcision (Aldeeb, 1994, p. 6), explaining to her that his method of “female circumcision” would bring radiance to the face of the woman.
This hadith is also quoted by al-Hakim and al-Baihaqi on the authority of al-Dhaahhak ibn Qais (al-Sabbagh, 1998, p. 17).

Another well-known hadith is that of Ahmad ibn Hanbal. He relates in his Musnad (5:75) from Abu al-Malih ibn, Usama’s father, that Mohammad said:
“Circumcision is sunna (tradition) for men and an honorable quality for women”

A third hadith states: “If the two circumcision organs (khitanan) meet, ritual ablution (gusl), becomes obligatory.” This is cited in Malik, Muslim, al-Tirmithi and Ibn Majah in their respective hadith collections and can also be found in other collections (al-Sabbagh, 1998, p. 38).

There are many documented justifications by Islamic scholars through the ages, based on these Hadiths. And many of them, coincidentally, are from the same aforementioned Al-Azhar university. Possibly because Egypt is pretty much FGM-central, with 97% of women there having been subjected to it. You’d think if the practice contradicted Sharia it would have become less prevalent, if not stamped out by now.

In Reliance of the Traveler, a classical manual of Islamic law, endorsed by Al-Azhar in 1991 as conforming ‘to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community,’ we find the following, with notes from several scholars and the translator:

e4.3 Circumcision is obligatory (commentary of Sheikh ‘Umar Barakat: “for both men and women”). For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Arabic: Bazr) of the clitoris (remark by the translator: “not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert”). (comment by Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wakil Durubi: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)”

A look at the original Arabic show the text to actually say:

Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female)
by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male,
but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the clitoris
(this is called HufaaD).

Tao of Defiance has more:

Don’t Laugh: ‘Muslims would ‘wage Jihad for Australia’

Catmeat Sheikh Replaced with Bin Laden Supporter

While you were sleeping, Australia’s Islamic community was replacing the Australian Mufti, “catmeat sheikh” Taj Al-Din Al-Hilali.

With another raving Dark Ages fanatic, naturally.

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Waleed Aly means it:

“If you defend your country you are doing Jihad so we’ll do Jihad for Australia, to defend Australia.”

AAP

OUTGOING Islamic leader Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilali did a bad job and embarrassed Australia’s Muslims, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today.

Sheik Hilali stood down from the position of Mufti of Australia yesterday.

The move followed a series of controversial remarks by the Muslim leader in the past year.

“I have to say I think that Sheik Hilali has done a very bad job as the leader of the Islamic community,” Mr Downer said on Sky News.

“I know many Muslims who have been embarrassed by him and have felt he hasn’t done Islamic Australia any good at all. Him standing down and a new mufti taking over, it has to be a step forward.”

* Downer must be living in another universe. He must be talking about those elusive ‘moderate Muslims’ – those that resemble something between Bigfoot and the Yeti

The former mufti’s spokesman, Keysar Trad, said Sheik Hilali stepped down because of constant government pressure, with Prime Minister John Howard and Mr Downer telling the Muslim community for six months to find a new mufti.

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Mr Trad, president of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said there had been veiled threats to withdraw government funding from Muslim communities and some government ministers had threatened not to attend events if the sheik was there.

* Its all about the jiziya, right Keysar?

Sheik Hilali sparked outrage by describing scantily clad women as “uncovered meat” and joking about notorious gang rapes by young Muslim men.

He also said Muslims had more right to be in Australia than people brought to the country in chains as convicts.

“They are playing the man and not the ball. If something can be misinterpreted or carry ambiguity, they will go for the worst possible spin, so the mufti has decided to step down and let someone else take the pressure.”

He said the council of imams also had appeared to bow to pressure because it did not insist that the sheik continue in his role as mufti.

“Under normal circumstances they would say, `no way’ and insist he continue as mufti and not step aside,” Mr Trad said.

He described the new mufti, Sheik Fehmi El-Imam, as “a very nice man”.

“It appears the media likes him and people in the Muslim community like him.”

Mr Trad rejected calls for the position of mufti to be abandoned altogether, saying such demands came from people ignorant of the religion.

“The position of mufti is not like the Pope,” Mr Trad said.

“The mufti takes it upon himself to find answers to difficult theological questions. These people calling for the position to be scrapped are acting out of vested interests or gross misunderstanding of the significance of this position.”

* Why should we care?

Australia’s imams elected 79-year-old Sheik Imam to the role when Sheik Hilali said he would not seek re-election.

Today, Sheik Imam defended his predecessor, saying Sheik Hilali was misunderstood.

In his first press conference, Sheik Imam said the Australian media should be more open-minded.

Robert Spencer comments:

Al-Hilali, you see, like so many other Islamic spokesmen, and like the core Islamic texts, is simply operating at another level. Mere infidels can’t understand him, or the Qur’an, or anything else Islamic. When they call for jihad against infidels, when al-Hilali says women are to blame if they are raped, their words don’t mean what they appear to mean. When the Qur’an says a man may beat his disobedient wife, it doesn’t really mean what it appears to mean. It is all just so complex, you see. So easily misunderstood. When al-Hilali’s words are reported, it is the media’s fault. Not his. When someone writes about what the Qur’an actually says, he does it because he hates Islam and Muslims. Got it now?

He said his predecessor of 18 years did more good than he was given credit for.

“Maybe sometimes you may let your tongue go too far,” Sheik Imam said in Melbourne.

“I know that, but still, maybe he didn’t mean to harm others but the way he put it sometimes didn’t sound to others as pleasant as you want it.”
The new Mufti said the public should remember Sheik Hilali travelled to Iraq “in the midst of battle” to help free kidnapped Australian businessman Douglas Wood.

* Hilali travelled, that’s correct.

But never ‘in the heat of battle’- and nothing, absolutely NOTHING he did helped Douglas Wood in his predicament.

Hold your BS, mufti…

He called for greater co-operation between the Muslim community and the media.

“I want it to be a good relationship all the way, sometimes people say `we don’t like media’ I say let us like media … and let us like each other, let us know how to live with each other, how to handle each other, how to deal with each other.”

* What he wants is censorship and NO criticism of Islam in the media, simple really.

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On the defensive…Australia’s new Mufti, Sheik Fehmi Naji el-Imam refuses to accept Osama bin Laden was responsible for the September 11 attacks on the US. / The Daily Telegraph

Sheik Imam has been described as a gentle soul who will not be as high-profile as his predecessor.

Director of the Islamic Council of Victoria Waleed Aly said Sheik Imam was widely respected.

He is a very gentle soul,” Mr Aly said on ABC radio.

“He’s been around as an imam in Australia for some 50-odd years, he has got an Order of Australia, he is very widely respected and highly regarded in Victoria.

“He wants to ensure that Muslims and non-Muslim Australians are pulling in the same direction and that there’s a convivial relationship between the two.

“I think what you will find is someone who is slightly less high-profile in the role than previously.”

Sheik imam came to Australia from Lebanon in 1951 and is senior imam at the Preston Mosque.

He was elected Mufti for a two-year term.

Minders today barred him from answering questions about his views on the Iraq war but when quizzed about Jihad (holy war), the Muslim leader was more forthcoming.

He said the Muslim community would declare Jihad to defend Australia if the country was under attack.

“If you defend your country you are doing Jihad so we’ll do Jihad for Australia, to defend Australia.”

* Ahem. Nobody asked the mufti to defend Australia. But interesting:

Who would the Muslim community fight for, if Indonesia, a Muslim nation, invaded us tomorrow?

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The Australian

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EU Resumes Jiziyah Payments to ‘Palestinians’

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AFP/File Photo: A Palestinian leans on sacks of flour donated by the European Union (EU) in Gaza… 

The bleeding hearts of Eurabia support ongoing  Pali-terror 

by Nasser Abu Bakr AFP
The European Union on Monday resumed aid to the Palestinian finance ministry for the first time since the West launched an economic boycott of the government more than a year ago.

The assistance begins with a four-million-euro (about five-million-dollar) project to help ensure that Palestinian taxpayers’ money is spent efficiently and that expenditures are accounted for.

“Minister of finance Dr Salam Fayyad and European Commission representative John Kjaer today signed a memorandum of understanding which relaunches European Union assistance to the ministry of finance,” the European Commission said.

“The European Union’s first step will be a four million euro project to help the minister of finance in ensuring that Palestinian taxpayers’ money is spent efficiently and that all expenditures are accounted for to the highest international standards,” it added.

The European Union, one of the biggest Palestinian donors, suspended direct aid to their government after Islamist movement Hamas — blacklisted by the West as a terrorist organisation — took office in March 2006.

The European Commission has now decided to renew direct assistance to the ministry after Hamas formed a national unity government in March and with the appointment of Fayyad, a political independent and widely respected economist.

Under the project launched on Monday, the four million euros will be paid in instalments until June 2009 and training will be provided in both the Ramallah and Gaza City offices of the finance ministry by accountancy firm Ernst & Young.

“This support for the ministry… will help me ensure that we work in accordance with the best international standards, and that the government can give every Palestinian taxpayer the assurance that their money is being legally and honestly spent,” Fayyad said in a statement.

With this programme, “the EU is resuming its support of the Palestinian Authority in a direct manner by the finance ministry,” Fayyad said in a press conference after the signing.

Despite the freeze on direct aid, EU aid in 2006 — extended indirectly through a mechanism that avoided the Hamas-led government — increased on the previous year to reach around 700 million euros (934 million dollars).

In a report published in March, the International Monetary Fund found that much progress achieved in years prior to 2006 to strengthen the finance ministry’s control over government finances and increase transparency was lost.

Kjaer praised Fayyad and his team for achieving “remarkable results in exceptionally difficult circumstances” and called on Israel to pay money owed to the Palestinians in the form of tax receipts withheld since early 2006.

“I take the opportunity to recall that the European Union continues to call on Israel to transfer to the Palestinians the money that Israel collects on their behalf,” he said in a statement.

And Fayyad warned that the PA’s economic hardships will not be resolved until Israel releases hundreds of million of dollars in custom duties that it has withheld following Hamas’s legislative victory in January 2006.

“We call on Israel to transfer the money as rapidly as possible,” he said.

Israel collects the funds on behalf of the Palestinian Authority on goods routed through Israel and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat says the total amount of money currently owed is 600 million dollars.

Israel transferred 100 million dollars owed after a summit between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas last December.

* Supporting your enemy will do what exactly?

Gaza: ‘Militants’ Rockin’ the Casbah

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Palestinians gather in front of a burnt building in Gaza. Palestinian gunbattles have rocked Gaza, killing 17 people in 24 hours as mortar shells slammed into the home of premier Ismail Haniya and the seafront compound of president Mahmud Abbas.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Gaza fighting kills 17 in 24 hours 

by Adel Zaanoun AFP


Palestinian gunbattles rocked Gaza on Tuesday, killing 17 people in 24 hours as mortar shells slammed into the home of premier Ismail Haniya and the seafront compound of president Mahmud Abbas.

Amid the apparent no-holds barred confrontation, one person was killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a hospital, while the Palestinian media are also being targeted.

No casualties were reported in either the attack on Haniya’s modest home in Shati refugee camp or the sprawling Gaza City presidential compound of Abbas. Neither leader was present when the impacts were reported.

Security officials said three mortar shells exploded inside Abbas’s compound while a fourth struck the home of Haniya, a senior member of Hamas, whose loyalists have been locked in deadly battles with Abbas’s Fatah for six days.

Defying the latest ceasefire, Gaza plunged into renewed violence, with rival gunmen stepping up the stakes by opening fire on government offices and at a hospital in clashes that have killed 17 people since Monday.

The violence poses a serious threat to a national unity government that has grouped Fatah and Hamas around the same cabinet table since March with the express aim of halting the bloodshed and ending cripping Western boycotts.

Hamas militant Omar Nabhan Rantissi, a nephew of Hamas leader Abdelaziz Rantissi who was assassinated by Israel in 2004, was the latest to die, killed by gunmen in the southern town of Khan Yunis on Tuesday, medical sources said.

Overnight, assailants fired more than 40 mortar shells against the Gaza City headquarters of the preventive security service loyal to Fatah, according to security sources who gave no details about possible casualties.

Rival activists went on an arsonist rampage, torching around a dozen homes of Fatah and Hamas members throughout the territory, the same sources said.

Hamas activists also kidnapped two Palestine TV technicians and blew up the building where they were abducted in Gaza City, a television official said.

A shell was fired at the main office of the official station, which Hamas accuses of being pro-Fatah, shattering windows at its imposing entrance.

Twenty-three Palestinians have now been killed in the lawless and radicalised territory awash with weapons since the latest bout of internecine bloodshed erupted last Thursday following weeks of calm.

On Monday, gunmen hunkered down on an adjacent rooftop fired on government offices as Haniya chaired the weekly cabinet meeting, forcing ministers to flee to safety in an attack that an official at Haniya’s office blamed on Fatah.

The office of sports and youth minister Bassem Naim, another member of Hamas, also came under fire on Monday, and one person was killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a hospital in the northern town of Beit Hanun

Among the dead were two women and a child caught in the crossfire in neighbouring Beit Lahya on Monday, while a 65-year-old man and two of his sons died in gunbattles in Beit Hanun.

Jamal Abu al-Jadian, a local chief of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is loosely affiliated to Fatah, in northern Gaza was also killed in a gunbattle with Hamas fighters, who riddled his body with 40 bullets.

In a grim warning, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum announced his movement “has decided to punish all the murderers and criminals”, saying that “killing them is the only dissuasive response”.

Appeals from Abbas from his West Bank political powerbase of Ramallah to end the bloodshed have fallen on deaf ears.

The factional fighting, coupled to renewed Israeli air strikes against the Gaza Strip and a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, casts a deep shadow over international efforts to jumpstart the dormant peace process.

A Palestinian rocket attack fired from Gaza lightly wounded three people in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Tuesday, the army said.

More than 160 Gazans have been killed since the first major bout of factional violence flared in December. Clashes resumed in May, largely over differences in implementing a government plan to end the anarchy in Gaza.

* As always: We are rooting for both sides in this uncivil war  

Chutzpah: Chapel Hill jihadist apologizes

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He wants to go to California and work as a contractor. Will authorities fall for this? Only if they forget or disregard his jihadist letters from last year, in which he explained that he was attempting to kill infidels in service of Allah and thus felt no remorse. At that time he wrote:

Allah demands of believers to retaliate violently against persons responsible for attacking them or their fellow Believers around the world. ([Qur’an] 2:178-179, 5:45, 8:72, 9:38, 9:71, 42:39-42, 49:10).
People who fight in the cause of Allah are not guilty if and when they have no intention of killing more persons among their enemies than their enemies have killed among the Believers.

Due to my religious motivation for the attack, I feel no remorse and am proud to have carried it out in service of and in obedience of Allah.

Considering that I injured several people both physically and psychologically, who were also American taxpayers, I feel that I succeeded in obeying Allah’s commandment to fight against the enemies of His followers.

Since I acted only in obedience and reverence of Allah, I could never be sorry for hurting the victims, unless Allah wanted me to be sorry — which I don’t believe is the case, to my knowledge.

Has he lost his Islamic faith, or rejected the literal understanding of the Qur’an that he documented so meticulously in those letters as calling for Muslims to wage war against unbelievers? The worst part of this is that probably no one will ask him any questions like that at all.

“Man who drove SUV into UNC-Chapel Hill crowd apologizes,” from Associated Press, with thanks JW

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) – The man accused of driving an SUV onto the UNC-Chapel Hill campus last year is apologizing.
Mohamed Taheri-azar wrote a letter last month saying he regrets what he did. He’s asking to be released from state custody so he can live a productive life in California.

In March 2006, Taheri-azar drove an SUV into an outdoor gathering place called The Pit and hit nine people. He later called police to surrender.

Police say he told them he wanted to avenge the deaths of Muslims and punish the United States for actions around the world.

Taheri-azar pleaded NOT guilty in January to nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of assault.

Taheri-azar now says he wants to work for his father’s general contractng company in Anaheim, California.

* Alan Dershowitz defines chutzpah as a guy who kills his mother and father and then claims leniency because he is an orphan.

 

Does your heart bleed already?

Today’s Catmeat News: I’m still in control, says Hilaly

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“I’ve got more freedom now” … Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly yesterday at his office attached to Lakemba mosque.
Photo: Bryan O Brien

Linda Morris Religious Affairs Writer
Sydney Morning Herald


THE loss of the title mufti of Australia has not silenced Taj el-Din al Hilaly. “I have a bigger playing field. Now I’ve got more freedom,” he said yesterday. “My role is not finished.”

And if anyone thought the power base of Muslims might shift to Melbourne, the home of Australia’s new mufti, Fehmi Naji el-Imam, they might better think “Lak-Canberra”.

“Control will always be in Lakemba,” Sheik Hilaly said from his office attached to Lakemba Mosque, where he remains imam and very much the centre of his own empire.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer, said the sheik had done “a very bad job”. “I know many Muslims who have been embarrassed by him and have felt he hasn’t done Islamic Australia any good at all. Him standing down and a new mufti taking over, it has to be a step forward,” Mr Downer told Sky News.

* Downer’s ‘Islamic Australia’ will soon rise up and bite him in his tender ass.

But 24 hours after the leadership reshuffle, Sheik Hilaly was in fighting spirit. Remaining in the honorary position had become almost impossible for the sheik after he compared immodest women to uncovered meat, a quote he said was taken out of context.

Speaking through an interpreter, he accused unnamed federal and state politicians of orchestrating his exit, and said his stance on Israel and the US had conflicted with “Zionist-inspired interests”.

He vowed to “be more staunch against hypocrites and liars.”

Describing his new pursuits as “soccer, volleyball, fishing and politics”, he pledged to dedicate his time to cleaning up local Islamic groups and the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, which have been criticised as unrepresentative. And he would have “no mercy” on any group misusing Muslim money, an allegation of which he was recently cleared by federal police.

Sheik Fehmi, his successor, needed to be “superhuman” to cope with the stressful role. “My heart goes to him for taking this suicide mission.”

Despite the face-saving story that Sheik Hilaly stepped down graciously for the sake of unity, he did not deny he was voted out five to two in favour of Sheik Fehmi, whom he had backed as a compromise candidate.

It is believed Sheik Hilaly stepped down expecting the Australian National Imams’ Council to insist he stay. Instead, Sheik Fehmi was elected. “You can’t look at it as casting votes because some of the people who were there were not fit to cast votes on this position … and we will be looking to rectify these matters in the future. What happened was what I wanted to happen.”

Sheik Hilaly portrays himself as a selfless leader wishing to spare the community further pain. He accuses federal politicians of blocking his participation in interfaith and religious conferences in retribution for his refusal to co-operate with the Prime Minister’s Muslim Reference Group.

“I’m hoping this will be enough to stop the pressure of the federal and state governments against the community and to stop the threats of taking away grants. Maybe now they will give us some burial grounds because we’ve run out of space at Rookwood cemetery. Maybe they will give us a permit to bury our dead in our backyards.”

Ahmed Kilani, the co-founder of Islamic Sydney, a website said to receive a million hits a week, argued that people outside the community did not realise what a stabilising force the imam was. Sheik Hilaly had his own independent grassroots following.

“In Islam, people are free to follow any religious imam based on his knowledge and the work he does with the community.

“Regardless of what title he wears, Sheik Taj will always be highly respected and followed because of his Islamic knowledge, first and foremost, and the service and work he has been doing for the past 20 years at a grassroots level and continues to do.”