I support Hezbollah: Aussie cleric

* How did these people get into the country? Why do we put up with this?

Richard Kerbaj/The Australian


THE nation’s most senior Shia Muslim cleric has attacked John Howard for backing Israel against Arabs and openly declared his allegiance to the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.
Kamal Mousselmani — head of the Supreme Islamic Shia Council of Australia — said yesterday his entire community considered Hezbollah a “resistance group”, not a terrorist network, and lashed the Howard Government over its support for Israel.

“They (the Australian Government) are encouraging terrorism,” the Lebanese-born cleric told The Weekend Australian in an interview conducted in Arabic. “Australia is encouraging Israel to kill our people daily. Write that down, we are not afraid of anyone.”

Sheik Mousselmani said all of Australia’s approximately 30,000 Shi’ites were avid supporters of Hezbollah (Party of God) and haters of Israel.

“Shia in Australia consider Israel a terrorist organisation and also view those who support Israel in the same light,” he said. “That’s what we believe.

“If Australia supports Israel, they are defending terrorism. Because we believe terrorists come from Israel — not from our people — I support Hezbollah.”

Hezbollah’s military arm, the External Security Organisation, is a proscribed terrorist organisation in Australia, and supporting Hezbollah’s political and military wings is illegal under UN counter-terrorist financing declarations.

Sheik Mousselmani said Hezbollah was responsible for financially assisting and providing food and shelter for victims of the 34-day war in southern Lebanon last year.

The cleric said neither he nor Hezbollah condoned suicide terrorism missions.

“We are against the suicide bombings going on around the world,” he said.

“And Hezbollah is against it.

“Our opinion is that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. We consider Hezbollah a resistance group. Put those words down, we are not afraid to say that.”

Sheik Mousselmani’s comments come as national security agencies step up their investigation into the Shia community in Australia, which until now has not been as closely monitored as the Sunni Muslims.

The Weekend Australian understands security authorities are monitoring financial transactions between community members and organisations abroad.

Sydney’s Arncliffe Mosque, the largest Shia place of worship in Australia, and Melbourne’s Fawkner Mosque are also understood to be of interest to the authorities.

Sheik Mousselmani confirmed his community sent money to war victims in Lebanon following last year’s conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, but said none of the money went to Shia militants.

“People send money to their families … just like Greek people and Chinese people send to their families,” he said.

“No one from our community sends money directly to Hezbollah. Hezbollah is not expecting us to send them money. They don’t need our money.”

Asked if his organisation would send money if Hezbollah were to ask for it, he said: “If they need it, that would be an entirely different matter.”

Sheik Mousselmani said there was no threat of his views radicalising young Shia men in Australia because Hezbollah’s ideology was limited to Lebanon. His community was law-abiding and would staunchly oppose any attack against Australia.

“None of our people think this way,” said Sheik Mousselmani, rejecting extremism. “We love Australia, we respect Australia, we are part of the multicultural society. We protect Australia and we work for Australia.

“But it does not mean we like Israel. If John Howard wants George Bush and Israel, that’s his problem. We’ve got nothing to do with him.”

Sheik Mousselmani said Hezbollah did not have a branch in Australia.

“Hezbollah is not operating outside of Lebanon,” he said. “Hezbollah is defending Lebanon against Israel. We either back Hezbollah or we back Israel, and Israel is killing our people.”

He said the Arncliffe Mosque, Al Zahra, in Sydney’s inner south, was strictly a place of worship and was never used as a political platform.

The 36-year-old cleric dismissed claims his community received funds from Iran to spread the ideology of religious hardliners in Tehran.

He said the Shia community in Australia took its religious orders and advice from Iraq’s supreme Islamic leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Husaini al-Sistani. “The Shia community has nothing to hide.”

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* Al Sistani lists infidels, kufars, as ‘things najis’:

* Google ‘Things najis” -unclean things- and you’ll find kufar between urine, feces, excrement and the cadavers of dead animals…

Friday: Day of Prayer

It’s the day of prayer for Muslims, and that means worldwide rage over Sir Salman Rushdie, as Islamic leaders incite their followers with calls for Rushdie’s death: Rushdie fatwa looms again amid new protests.

“In Islamic Iran, the revolutionary fatwa issued by Imam Khomeini remains valid and cannot be modified,” leading Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khatami said during his Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

“The old and decrepit government of Great Britain should know that the era of their empire is over and today they are a valet in the service of the United States,” Khatami added.

Khomeini’s successor as supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in January 2005 he still believed the British novelist was an apostate whose killing would be authorised by Islam. …

Business in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, ground to a halt Friday as traders heeded calls by Islamic militants to strike over the award. Shops in the main market were shuttered following the call by hardline separatist group Jamiat-ul-Mujahedin, although there was little impact in other parts of Kashmir.

“The Kashmiri nation has to rise in one voice to show resentment against the shameful decision (to award the knighthood) by observing a complete shutdown,” said Jamiat spokesman Jameel Ahmed.

In Pakistan, demonstrators took to the streets in several cities. Around 300 people in Islamabad, watched over by riot police carrying batons and shields, chanted “Our struggle will continue until Salman Rushdie is killed!”

“Britain must withdraw the knighthood and hand Rushdie to Pakistan to be punished under Islamic laws,” Fazalur Rehman, a pro-Taliban cleric and leader of the parliamentary opposition, told the protesters.

With a special appearance by Islamic Rage Boy:

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Think any of these guy’s ever read Salman’s book?

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In London: The usual suspects, the usual song and dance

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Israel is saving Muslims from Muslims

* Hardly reported in the Western media, the very same genocidal lunatics who want Israel’s destruction are running for their lives:

To Israel!

The fortunate among the Palestinians who suffered at the hand of Hamas survived. The real lucky ones made it to Israeli hospitals. They are able to tell the tale of a hell on earth.

“In Israel, Palestinians tell of Hamas butchery,” by Fadi Eyadat and Mijal Grinberg for Haaretz:

Fatan al-Hinawi, 9, was hospitalized in the children’s ward of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv after being wounded in Gaza. A bullet punctured her side, hit her spine, bowels, a kidney and came out the other side, hitting her arm.
Al-Hinawi is one of five Palestinians, three of them children, who were caught in Hamas-Fatah cross fire and taken to Ichilov. Some are in serious condition.

Shadi, a 23-year-old policemen, is one of them. He was attacked by Hamas gunmen a week ago. “There were five of them. They stood over me and shot my legs from the knee down. One of them put his Kalashnikov to my head. Instinctively I moved the barrel aside and the bullet hit my hand,” Shadi told Haaretz yesterday. He arrived at Ichilov with one leg amputated and the other leg crushed.

Unfortunately, we will never hear testimony from the dozens who were brutally executed.

Later yesterday, Zecharia Alrai, 39, an officer in Fatah’s elite Force 17 commando unit, arrived. He had been abducted by four Hamas gunmen a week ago. They loaded him into a jeep and drove him to an isolated spot, where they shot three bullets into his leg and dumped him.
“That’s not Islam. That’s evil and hypocrisy. How ironic that Israel is rescuing us from our Muslim ‘brothers,'” he said.

How ironic is it that Israel is saving Muslims from Muslims, while Egypt and Jordan remain silent? How ironic that the main target of Palestinian terror is the one doing the most to help? Where are the British doctors who were so quick to condemn their Israeli counterparts?

As usual, it won’t be long before the condemnations start coming. As usual, you know who will be blamed. It won’t be Hamas.

Crossposted from JW 

Thank God its Friday!

With the knighting of Salman Rushdie we have already seen the usual response from planet Islam, the fanatical frenzy, which, according to Winston Churchill, is ‘more dangerous than hydrophobia in a dog’-

Now, today, after Friday prayers, the imam’s, mufti’s and mullah’s worldwide will whip the believers into the usual amok-inducing lunacy that makes them go on a rampage looting and killing, firebombing embassies and attacking westerners or unbelievers wherever they are, we shall see…

Meanwhile, a few pic’s in retrospect from this weeks demo’s in Islamistan:

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This guy seems to be a regular protest-monkey, he already has a history and is known  as ‘rage-boy’ here

And Britain will not apologize for Rushie award

The Trouble with Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji: Islam is the problem

The irrational response to Salman Rushdie’s knighthood is sadly typical

GROWING up in Vancouver, I attended an Islamic school every Saturday. There, I learned that Jews can’t be trusted because they worship “moolah, not Allah”, meaning money, not God. According to my teacher, every last Jew is consumed with business.
But looking around my neighbourhood, I noticed that most of the new business signs featured Asian languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi and plenty of Urdu. Not Hebrew, Urdu, which is spoken throughout Pakistan.

That reality check made me ask: What if my religious school isn’t educating me? What if it’s indoctrinating me?

I’m reminded of this question thanks to the news that Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and 10 other works of fiction, will be knighted by the Queen.

Read it all…

The apes from the MSM see the Manji Muslimah’s somehow as the magical cure to the radical Islamists: For them Manji is the ‘moderate Muslim’, which is harder to find than the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Irshad Manji, unlike Ayaan Ali Hirsi, seems unable to make a clean break with the cult, and keeps cooking her own private Islam, because nobody ever takes her up on it and asks the right questions about the immutable tenets of Islam, the attitudes and atmospherics about Muslims, and the subjugation of infidels, dhimmitude and the relentless jihad against the rest of the world over 1400 years. Western journalist’s who prefer to listen to the the Manji’s of this world, would find it far easier to find a cure for this disease by reading the Koran and the sunnah, but they just won’t go there.

Why not?

Times Online: The lipstick lesbian

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“The good news,” she insists, “is it doesn’t have to be like this.” She wants a reformation in Islam, returning it to its clever, fun-loving roots. “

‘Fun loving roots???’ Never, never did Islam have any ‘fun-loving roots’-The mind boggles.

Nobody who has the faintest idea about this cult should give her the light of day. She is neither here or there…

Fitzgerald: Irshad Manji and Islamic history

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Hirsi Ali: “Islam unreformed, as a set of beliefs, is hostile to everything Western” 

In “The Role of Journalism Today,” a speech to the National Press Club, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells truths that the assembled journalists cannot bear to hear from anyone else.

…It is not the end of history. The 21st century began with a battle of ideas, and this battle is about the values of the West versus those of Islam.
Tony Blair, a leader I admire, wrote in the first issue of this year’s Foreign Affairs magazine that what we were facing after the 11th of September was a battle of ideas, a battle of values. In his article, Blair began by incisively outlining the most crucial conflict of our time, but then lost the line of his argument in inconsistency when he came to clarifying the parties involved in the war of values. He backpedaled against his argument and declared that the Koran is a great book, ahead of its time and good for women.

Why are Westerners so insecure about everything that is so wonderful about the West: political freedom, free press, freedom of expression, equal rights for women and men, gays and heterosexuals, critical thinking, and the great strength of scrutinizing ideas–and especially faith?

It is not the end of history. The 21st century began with a battle of ideas, and this battle is about the values of the West versus those of Islam. Tony Blair and the Pope should not be embarrassed in saying it, and you should stop self-censoring. Islam and liberal democracy are incompatible; cultures and religions are not equal. And perhaps most important of all, Muslims are not half-wits who can respond only in violence. The Koran is not a great book; it is reactionary and full of misogyny.

The Byzantine emperor’s analysis of Muhammad was correct: he spread his faith by the sword.

Islamophobia is a disease

“Islamophobia is a disease”- claims Sherene Hassan in Melbourne, brought on by none other than Ayaan Ali Hirsi. No doubt the cure for this disease lies in more Islam. Sherene Hassan is ‘oppressed’- the usual Islamo-victim-speak, because as long as infidels rule with ‘man-made laws’ there can be only ‘injustice’- because only Islam and sharia, Allah’s law, can bring justice and free the Muhammedans among us from oppression, got it you Islamophobe?

From the Herald Sun with thanks to Rosie

EACH morning, when I cover my head with a pastel-coloured silk scarf and step out into suburbia, I am transformed from being a middle-class, educated mother of four.

My colourful hijab makes me a symbol of oppression.

I have already heard the latest negative news story on the radio involving Muslims.

I resist the urge to retreat to the safety of my doona. I go on to face a day when awkward smiles at passers-by are so often met with looks of disdain or pity.

Things were looking up for Muslims. I noticed with some relief that we had managed to avoid the headlines for four consecutive weeks.

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“Its all her fault”: Ali Hirsi
This dramatically changed in the aftermath of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s scathing attack on Islam’s treatment of women two weeks ago.

Now more than ever, Islam has become inextricably linked with misogyny.

Hmmm. Wonder why that is?

Ali’s chilling account of the mutilation she was forced to endure as a child rang alarm bells across the nation, and rightly so.

This deplorable act warrants nothing less than unequivocal condemnation.

But the Islamophobic onslaught by talkback callers after her visit was disturbing.

You may have missed Ali noting that female genital mutilation predated Islam because this was almost never emphasised. This, however, does not make it any less true.

Evidence from mummies suggests that female circumcision originated in the Nile valley 4000 years ago.

To this day, it is practised in parts of Africa by some Muslims and Christians and animist tribes.

Nevertheless, Ali’s broader message especially as popularly understood, remains clear.

Islam is responsible for perpetuating this vicious practice as evidenced by the Somali imams in her village.

They insisted on it, she said, to “keep girls pure”. Ali is far less forthcoming about the Christian and animist tribes who do the same.

But it seems we are only comfortable thinking of female genital mutilation as an “Islamic practice.”

* Better ask your imam or your mufti, Sherene, because they think so too.

The same might be said of so-called honour killings, which as fate would have it, also found their way into the headlines last week.

The Daily Telegraph in Britain revealed that 20-year-old Kurd Banaz Mahmod was murdered and buried in a back garden because her parents disapproved of her relationship with an Iranian man.

The report drew a link between honour killings and Islam. It said some Muslim communities in Britain practised sharia law and there was an increase in observance of sharia law partly because of “the rise of Islamic fundamentalism”.

But, here again, we are talking about a pre-Islamic multi-faith phenomenon.

* Not at all, Sherene. Not pre-historic at all. About 130 cases in England alone. More than thousand every year in Jordan. Uncounted others all over Islamistan from Turkey to Timbuktu. Why deny it, Sherene?

Honour killings have their roots in ancient Hammurabi and Assyrian law.

In the UK, officials state that Italian and Greek migrant families have committed similar atrocities.

* BS !

Are we to believe that they too are adhering to Islamic sharia? I think not.

The existence of such a barbaric practice in the 21st century is utterly appalling.

* Why don’t you tell your co-religionists, Sherene?

But while those like Ali claim to champion the cause of Muslim women, in reality their actions are counterproductive.

All they achieve by lambasting the faith that has enriched the lives of millions is to alienate the very people they purport to serve.

I am not averse to robust discussion to attempt to find solutions to the problems plaguing some Muslim nations, but it is vital that any discourse involves discussion with mainstream Muslims.

Clearly a more nuanced approach is needed to deal with such issues rather than placing Islam and Muslims in the dock.

* We are waiting for your ‘nuanced’ approach, Sherene! With baited breath!

SHERENE HASSAN is an executive committee member of the Islamic Council of Victoria

* You know something Sherene: Why should we infidels take the word of some Islamic female if her witness is only worth half of a man’s? Besides, the cat is out of the bag. We have eyes and ears, and every day there are less of us who would have twits like you pull the wool over our eyes and ears…
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Here is another take on this from Jihad Watch 

The New York Times is still The ‘Old Duranty Times’

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Walter Duranty: On March 31, 1933, Walter Duranty denounced the famine stories and Gareth Jones in the New York Times. In the piece, he described the situation under the title “Russians Hungry, But Not Starving”Contradicting what he had written in the New York Times, on September 26, 1933 in a private conversation with British Diplomat William Strang, Duranty said, “it is quite possible that as many as 10 million people may have died directly or indirectly from lack of food in the Soviet Union during the past year.”

At the NYT nothing has changed:

* Shamelessly propagating enemy propaganda, lies and distortions and a self-hatred that is almost schizophrenic, New York’s Duranty Times (google Walter Duranty) once again defecates on the troops for 7 dead Afghan children, totally ignoring the fact that hiding behind women and children is traditional Muhammedan warfare:

7 Children Killed in Airstrike in Afghanistan

By BARRY BEARAK and TAIMOOR SHAH
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 18 — Seven children were killed during an airstrike by the United States-led coalition against a religious compound thought to be a Qaeda sanctuary in remote eastern Afghanistan, the coalition said Monday.

The death of the children on Sunday may well add to the crescendoing anger many Afghans feel about civilian casualties from American and NATO military operations. More than 130 civilians have been killed in airstrikes and shootings in the past six months, according to Afghan authorities.

That toll may soon inflate dismally. Afghan officials said late Monday that more than 50 civilians may have died during fierce fighting over the past three days between NATO forces and the Taliban in the Chora district of the southern province of Uruzgan.

“I have seen with my own eyes that women and children were badly hit by bombing,” said Mullah Ahmidullah Khan, head of Uruzgan’s provincial council. “The fighting is inside the villages, so that’s why the civilians are suffering casualties. I have met some families who have lost almost everyone.”

If it wasn’t for this sentence you would never know what really went on:

But the American ambassador, William B. Wood, said the coalition went to extraordinary lengths to avoid civilian casualties. “Unfortunately, when the Taliban are using civilians in this tactical way, instances of civilian casualties, just like instances of casualties from friendly fire, cannot be completely avoided,” he said.

Read it all. Or better: Don’t bother, complain to the NYT

Update:

Looks like a ‘big fish’ was hiding among those children. Looks very much like we got him, too…

Link 

Al Reuters Calls Thailand’s South ‘Rebellious’

What does that tell you? After years of absolute BS reporting about ‘Thailand’s restive South’ where shadowy militants and ‘insurgents’ are doing bad things that no one understands, Al Reuters is becoming more adventurous:

First, the South was ‘restive’,- now, the South has become ‘rebellious’- but since one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist, Reuters still doesn’t call the Jihadists terrorists, because of ‘who are we to judge’ and that would be ‘biased’ reporting, wouldn’t it?

BANGKOK, June 19 (Reuters) – Suspected Muslim separatist rebels killed four people, including a district chief and an army colonel, in Thailand’s rebellious Muslim south, police said on Tuesday.
One soldier was killed and two wounded late on Monday as they clashed with militants who set fire to a school in Pattani, one of three southernmost Thai provinces where more than 2,300 people have been killed in a three-year insurgency, police said.
The district chief, the colonel and their driver were killed early on Tuesday by a 15-kg (33 lb) roadside bomb as they returned from another school fire in Pattani, police said.
Anti-government slogans were written on a small bridge near the explosion accusing the Pattani governor of involvement in the killing of four Muslim politicians on their way home from a meeting with him. The governor said militants were to blame.
Schools are regarded as symbol of the largely Buddhist government in Bangkok, which annexed the former sultanate a century ago.

Last week, arson attacks destroyed 13 government schools in Yala, leaving 3,000 students with no classrooms.
Three Buddhist teachers were also killed in violence which shows no signs of abating despite the presence of 30,000 troops and police.