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.
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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.”

Hamas, Fatah truce collapses in bloodshed, 8 dead

Once again Al Reuters Nidal Al Mughrabi dutifully reports that some kind of  ‘truce has been broken’ between the ‘Palestinians’- 

At what point will the media start calling this what it is—a civil war—and stop trying to hoodwink the public with this ridiculous “truce” nonsense?

Palestinian gunmen fought inside a hospital and fired on the prime minister’s offices after a truce collapsed on Monday, killing eight people in factional violence that cast fresh doubt over the future of the unity coalition.

“Everybody is shooting at everybody,” a doctor at the Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip said as a gunbattle raged between the Islamist Hamas and secular Fatah groups.

A member of Hamas’s Executive Force, two Fatah fighters and another person, who was not immediately identified, were killed and 19 people wounded, hospital officials said.

The heavy fighting doomed an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire announced just hours before and threw a shadow over long-term prospects for the unity coalition that Hamas and Fatah formed three months ago.

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AP Photo: Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas supporter Mohammed Rifati during his funeral


The truce was the latest attempt to end internal strife in which some 620 Palestinians are estimated to have been killed since Hamas beat Fatah in a 2006 election.

The hospital battle, waged inside and outside the facility, was triggered by the shooting of a bodyguard of an intelligence officer affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction.

Relatives of the dead man and Fatah fighters then stormed the hospital, which is guarded by the Executive Force, a security contingent loyal to Hamas.

In a separate incident, two gunmen — one from Fatah and the other from Hamas — were killed in a clash in a refugee camp in Gaza City. A Hamas fighter was killed in violence in the town of Beit Lahiye in northern Gaza.

Earlier, gunmen fired on the offices of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. No one was hurt in the attack, which an aide to Haniyeh blamed on Fatah.

But the cabinet session that had been under way in the building was suspended because of the gunfire from a nearby rooftop. Fatah denied its fighters were involved. Only one Fatah minister attended the meeting.

MOSQUE ATTACK

Gunmen also stormed a mosque in Gaza City, damaging a library, Hamas said. The incident touched off a gunbattle outside the house of worship. Fatah denied any involvement.

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Palestinian Hamas militant takes position in front of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s office during clashes with gunmen in Gaza, June 11, 2007. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Militants battling on the rooftops of Gaza fired on the Palestinian government headquarters on Monday, forcing the ministers to flee the building. The unusually brazen factional fighting left seven Palestinians dead, including three killed in a hospital gunbattle.

Fighting between Fatah and Hamas forces resumed over the weekend, and the attacks have grown bolder. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s home was shot at early Monday, and hours later a Hamas supporter was killed in a firefight near Beit Hanoun Hospital, witnesses said. The fighting shifted into the hospital, where three people with ties to Fatah were killed.

On Sunday, two militants from the rival sides were dragged onto high-rise rooftops and thrown to their deaths.

* As always we are rooting for both sides in this conflict… 

Clowns and other Assholes

Summer is not far away and the nutroots are out in force for some serious demonstrations:

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Germany: Heiligendam G8 Summit Protester

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THOUSANDS of naked cyclists toured the streets of cities around the world yesterday to protest against oil dependency and the car culture. 20070609romeanarchy01.jpg

America, the evil empire: Who could could argue with that?

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Rome, Italy

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Zombie has more if you can bear it: 

Some of the comments from other blogs:
p.s. – and when shariah law is imposed in major parts of their country,these same cycling tree monkeys will wonder why and how it happened—

Would have been an interesting sight, though not as interesting as a scrotum caught in a bike chain.

Any comments?

Catmeat Sheik Hilali Replaced by ‘Moderate’ Jihad Mufti

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Update:

Downer says good riddance to Catmeat sheik

Unfortunately old catmeat has not been stripped of citizenship and NSW police chief Mick Keelty didn’t have the guts to shake him down for supporting Hizbullah with money for their jihad against Israel and Lebanon. No, old catmeat Hilali and his brood will be with us for some time to come, make no mistake about that.

From the Sydney Morning Herald

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

Sheik al Hilaly stood down from the position of mufti yesterday after making a series of controversial remarks in the past year.

“I have to say I think that Sheik al Hilaly has done a very bad job as the leader of the Islamic community,” Mr Downer told 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.

* Downer is lying whenever he opens his mouth, just like Al Hilali, can you tell?

“Him standing down and a new mufti taking over, it has to be a step forward.”

Mr Downer said all religious groups in Australia had a duty to promote tolerance and compassion.

“Their leaders need to preach a message of moderation.

“They need to preach the message that we’re all Australians and we have some core Australian values.”

Wishful thinking by a filthy kuffar, Alexander…

However, the new leader of Australia’s Muslim community has defended his outspoken predecessor, saying the former mufti was misunderstood.

* You bet. They might have just as well elected Keysar Trad instead.

Here is the whole thing, read it:

* Same old, same old. They all believe in the same Koran, they all worship the same ‘prophet’ and they all are commanded to ‘fight the unbelievers and strike at their necks until they pay the jiziya or accept Islam, until all religion belongs to Allah’- Because the only thing that matters is Islam, nothing but Islam.

Andrew Bolt has a take on the new/old mufti of Melbourne:

Small steps, and far too late.

But while he’s still the imam of our largest mosque, at least the extremist Taj Din al-Hilali is no longer Mufti:

A 79-YEAR-OLD Lebanese-born cleric who had a stroke last year has been elected the nation’s new mufti after the controversial Taj Din al-Hilali quit yesterday.

Sheik Hilali was initially reappointed mufti by the nation’s imams, but decided to relinquish the position to prominent Melbourne-based cleric Fehmi Nagi al-Imam.

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The new spiritual leader of Australia’s Muslims, Fehmi Nagi al-Imam, with his predecessor, Taj Din al-Hilali, in Melbourne. Picture: Michael Potter Hilali makes way for new mufti

Sheik Fehmi
, spiritual head of Preston Mosque in Melbourne’s north, is a former senior member of John Howard’s Muslim Community Reference Group.

The imam, who is also the general secretary of the Victorian Board of Imams, battled ill-health last year following (a) stroke.

Fehmi, a Victorian, is a moderate with excellent English, and I’ve enjoyed my conversations with him. I’ve long argued he should be Mufti instead.

But let us be clear what “moderate” means. It’s a purely relative term which still allows Fehmi plenty of opportunity to disappoint us in ways like this:

Only last week I’d praised Sheik Fehmi as a good man, who’d condemned the London bombings. But a day later he was asked about fellow Melbourne sheik Mohammed Omran, a friend of a suspected al-Qaida boss, who’d claimed September 11 was really the work of a US-based conspiracy.

“He is entitled to his own thinking,” Fehmi
replied meekly. Then, asked if Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorists had committed those attacks, he added: ”We cannot say. We do not know these things.”

And this:

Why is a man who supports an Islamist group which the Australian Government has listed as a terrorist organisation serving as one of the Prime Minister’s Muslim advisors? …

Sheik Fehmi Naji el-Imam: “Long live freedom fighters [Hezbollah]… But we have to remember that we are still proud of what is taking place in Lebanon… We are proud of the freedom fighters.”

* Translation: Killing and being killed for Islam is ‘freedom’- suicide bombers and genocidal lunatics are martyr’s…

What else is new?

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Hilali makes way for new mufti

Richard Kerbaj from The Australian

Fatwa forbids PA Muslims to emigrate

Obviously, the jihad needs fighters against the ‘occupation’- what could be more important than the annihilation of the Jooozzz?

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Evidently the Palestinian jihad, like Islam itself, has no exit door. By Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post

cross posted from JW

Alarmed by the growing number of Palestinians who are emigrating from the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Authority’s mufti has issued a fatwa [religious decree] forbidding Muslims to leave.
Sources in the PA Foreign Ministry told The Jerusalem Post that some 10,000 Palestinians have filed requests to emigrate from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the year. They said the requests had been approved.

“Every day we hear about hundreds of Palestinians who file requests for emigration with different consulates and diplomatic missions,” the sources said.

“According to our statistics, there are at least 45,000 emigration applications being reviewed by different countries.”

The sources said most of the applicants were young men seeking work abroad. They said the majority of them wanted to move to the US, EU and Canada.

What? To the Great Satan and other infidel strongholds? Why not to Saudi Arabia? Iran?

Of course, among the people who want to emigrate to the West there are doubtless many who are not ideologues, who just want to get on with their lives. But they are trapped.

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Hugh Fitzgerald comments:

“among the people who want to emigrate to the West there are doubtless many who are not ideologues, who just want to get on with their lives.”
— from Robert’s comment above

I disagree. I disagree that there are “doubtless many who are not ideologues” and who “just want to get on with their lives.” My own observation of “Palestinian” Arabs is that they are full-time propagandists for the “Palestinian” cause, that some are practiced at expressing their sense of victimhood, and since they are capable of sensing the ignorance and naivete of the Infidels among whom they come to live, they are essentially dangeorus agents of, in the first place, the Lesser Jihad against Israel, but just as important, help to create an atmosphere of confusion about the Middle East, and about Islam. A few may not be this way, but we have no way to figure out who those “few” might be, and should not take a chance.

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Furthermore, quite a number of “Palestinians” have been behind the shouting down of pro-Israel speakers at colleges. They have spearheaded all kinds of activiites, from “divestment” movements, to phony “Islamic” outreach in Christian churches. Several “Palestinian” minister/propagandists, having burrowed within, and then climbed high, in the hierarchy of various Christaian denominations, have done promoted the Lesser Jihad against Israel. They have been working at times in coordinated efforts with such “Palestinian” islamochristians as Nabil Ateek (of Sabeel) and Hanan Ashrawi, and this effort continues, even as the Arab Christians themselves are menaced and attacked and driven to leave the territories foolishly handed over to the control of the “Palestinian Authority.”

There are twenty-two Arab states. They possess the same language and culture. If they don’t like the hell they have created for themselves — and 70% of the Arabs in Gaza wish that the Israelis would come back, come back and save them from themselves, from their own lords of misrule, but why should the Israelis return to rescue them, since the local Arabs will never recognize that it is the spirit of Islam, the attitudes and atmospherics that arise naturally from Islam, that explain the current — and future — condition of Gaza, which is only an extreme case of what one finds all over the Arab and Muslim world, a world of aggression, warfare, violence as a way to achieve political power which, in turn, is the way to seize control of wealth.

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No, let them stay there, and not be allowed to come to our countries. For they do not arrive as grateful refugees, like refugees from the Nazis and Communists, who hated Nazism and Communism and were prepared to alert us to their evils and work towards their destruction. These are not “refugees” at all, but come with Islam, or in some cases islamochristianity, packed in their mental baggage. And when they unpack it, unpack that Islam which they do not abandon but rather spread, and when they become full-time informal propagandists — in the case of “Palestinains” — for the Lesser Jihad against Israel which is only a local manfiestation of a world-wide Jihad, it is we Infidels who suffer, not least from the swelling of Muslim ranks and power, and the disruption and unpleasantness and greater insecurity that ensue (how much does it cost to ensure that speecehs can be given freely? How much does it cost to monitor more Muslims, especialy the kind created in the fanatical hothouse of the “Palestinian” cause?) it is we Infidels who suffer. Our governments, deciding on immimgration policy, have no right to do this to us.

And why should we, after all, invite into our home, as Fred Thompson put it, those who do not and can not, because of their Belief-system, wish us, or our legal and political institutions, well? Why should we invite in those who, at the very least have been raised up to hate Infidels, and with a special passion, Jews? Should we have 100,000 more Muslims enter, becuase the experience with large-scale Muslim immigration in France and Great Britian and other countries of Western Europe has been so wonderful –or has it been such as to serve as a warning to us? Should we allow in another 100,000 becase among them there may be a Wafa Sultan? Or an ibn Warraq? Or an Ali Sina? Do we want to invite in to share a country build entirely by non-Muslims, on principles that are flatly contradicted by Islam, those whose inculcated loyaltyis solely to Islam and to fellow Believers?

We have no obligation to allow in those whose Total Belief-System goes against everything that makes America America, or France France, or Italy Italy, or England England, or Denmark Denmark.

No obligation at all

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Nutroot madness

German Cardinal wants to celebrate Mass in Saudi Arabia

Articles are cross posted from DW/JW 

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Bishop of Mainz, wants to exercise a bit of reciprocity. Since there are now so many mosques all over Europe, he wants to celebrate Mass in Saudi Arabia. And why not? Because, of course, tolerance and respect for other religions is a one-way-street.

German-language article here from Spiegel Online

Meanwhile Bagdad’s Christians face extinction: 

Baghdad Christians have been in a heap of trouble for quite some time, and it is only getting worse. Now Al-Qaeda jihadists have issued them an ultimatum. “Insurgent group steps up its campaign against Baghdad’s Christians,” by Hannah Allam and Leila Fadel for McClatchy Newspapers:

BAGHDAD, Iraq –An al-Qaida-affiliated insurgent group is giving Christians in Baghdad a stark set of options: Convert to Islam, marry your daughters to our fighters, pay an Islamic tax or leave with only the clothes on your back.
A U.S. military official said American forces became aware of the threats only last month and now have erected barriers around the largest Christian enclave in Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood in an effort to protect its residents.

Christians in Baghdad refuse to discuss the threats for fear of retribution. But in Syria, where thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled, tales abound of families that were killed or driven from their homes because they either refused or couldn’t afford to pay the jizya, a tax usually levied on non-Muslim men of military age that’s been part of Islam for more than 1,000 years.

“Two or three months ago, we heard we were going to be forcibly removed from Dora,” said Rafah Elia Daoud, 53, who fled to Damascus, Syria’s capital, on May 24. “Not everyone got a paper with the threat, but we knew. The choice was to convert, pay the jizya or get out.”

“My brother was threatened; my sister was threatened. All of them had to pay the jizya,” added her husband, Jamal Antone Karoumy, 66. “One of my brothers got a note and a single bullet under his door. The note said, `If you don’t pay the jizya to the resistance, you’ll be killed.'”

According to classic Islamic law, these choices should be given to all who are not Muslim. No negotiations, no compromises.


Killers of Chaldean priest, deacons in Iraq wanted their conversion to Islam

No Compulsion in Religion Alert. “The killers of Fr. Ragheed and the three deacons wanted their conversion to Islam,” from AsiaNews:

Mosul (AsiaNews) – Before opening fire on Fr. Raghhed Gani and his three deacons, the killers demanded their conversion to Islam. These emerging details of the murder of the 4 Chaldeans have been posted by the Arab site Ankawa.com which in these last few days has been re-creating the ferocious nature of the Mosul attack through eye-witness accounts.
This information confirms the theory of a target murder, well planned and in step with the vast campaign of persecution against Christians currently underway in Iraq. So far there has been no claim of responsibility for the “senseless gesture”, as it was defined by Benedict XVI who [yesterday met] president George W. Bush in the Vatican.
In the interim a press statement released by Iraq’s highest authority for Sunni Islam, the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) has condemned the murder of the Chaldean priest and his three sub-deacons, which took place June 3rd last following Sunday mass. The declaration attributes all blame for the deaths to the “occupation forces” and the “current Iraqi government”. The Sunni academics also denounce the fact that “what is happening on the ground in Iraq is pure terror, killing and destruction, due to a total deterioration in security”.

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