Indonesian cleric calls for jihad in Gaza
* But not to worry, the “vast majority of Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam…”
Update: Al Reuters unilaterally declares Bashir innocent of Bali bombing:Â
Bashir was imprisoned for conspiracy over the 2002 bomb attacks in the resort island of Bali, in which more than 200 people died. He was later cleared of wrongdoing.Â
* BS, Bashir was never ‘cleared for wrongdoing’- he just got off lightly because his group of jihadists threatened the government..
Abu Bakar Bashir urges Muslims to fight in Gaza Strip following Israeli attacks which have killed more than 1,200 Palestinians. ‘The Jews try to destroy Islam, and so Muslims must join, to fight in their own capacity,’ he says
One of Indonesia’s best-known radical clerics on Sunday urged Muslims from the world’s fourth most populous Muslim country to fight in the Gaza Strip followingÂ Israeli attacksÂ which have killed more than 1,200 Palestinians.
Abu Bakar Bashir, who was alleged to have once headed the Southeast Asian militant network, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), preached to about 500 people at a mosque in Bekasi, east of Jakarta, urging them to join a jihad in the Gaza Strip.
Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gestures during an interview in this January 14, 2008 file photo. Bashir on Sunday urged Muslims from the world’s fourth most populous Muslim country to fight in the Gaza Strip following Israeli attacks which have killed more than 1,200 Palestinians.
“The war in Palestine isn’t a war between one country and another, it is a religious war. The Jews try to destroy Islam, and so Muslims must join, to fight in their own capacity,” he said.Â “Their suffering is our suffering, their blood is our blood, their trouble is our trouble. Thus, we must defend and protect them.” Â * Somebody buy Bucktooth Bashir a ticket to the virgins! Please…!!
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urgedÂ IsraelÂ to put an end to the three weeks of violence, and has sent humanitarian aid for the Palestinian victims.
The government has tried to discourage calls from more militant groups to send civilian fighters, and has offered to dispatch a peacekeeping mission to the Gaza Strip.
‘It is our obligation’
About 85% of the population of 226 million people are Muslim, and most are moderate. The attacks on Gaza have prompted several big rallies protesting against Israel.
* See: no article without the obligatory BS-disclaimer: “most are moderate”- WTF is “moderate?”
“We have sent material aid and, of course, our prayers. Jihad is not yet possible because the access remains closed. Nonetheless, we are preparing ourselves as it is our obligation,” Bashir said. Translation: bombs for Bali…
Bashir was imprisoned for conspiracy over the 2002 bomb attacks in the resort island of Bali, in which more than 200 people died. He was later cleared of wrongdoing. BS, he was never cleared for ‘wrongdoing’- he just got off lightly because he threatened the government…
Since his release from prison in June 2006, the controversial cleric has travelled around the country preaching about the importance of sharia, or Islamic law. Â * Â There are ways to put this mass-murdering, hate-preaching scumbag out of his misery, but the Indo-government has no intention to do anything about it, which makes them complicit…
Abu Bilal, one of the 50 would-be fighters who attended Bashir’s sermon, said he was ready “to fulfill God’s calling” and fight those trying to oppress Muslims.
Oslo, Caracas rocked by Gaza rallies
In Norway police subdue violent clashes after pro-Palestinian protestors burn Israeli flag, while in Venezuela protestors cheer expulsion of Israeli ambassador by throwing shoes at embassy
Norwegian police on Thursday were forced to use tear gas in order to subdue violent protests against the IDF operation in Gaza, Germany’s DPA news agency reported.
World citizens, wake up!Â /Rotem Jackoby Â If Israel accepts rocket strikes, children worldwide will be targeted next, Rotem Yacobi says Full Story Â
Meanwhile in Venezuela protestors sprayed graffiti and hurled shoes at the Israeli embassy, backing President Hugo Chavez’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador.
Hundreds of people, including members of parliament, participated in a pro-Israel rally while a pro-Palestinian rally was staged just across the street. Siv Jensen, leader of Norway’s Progressive Party, said that although war is awful, Israel is “employing its right to defend itself.”
During Jensen’s speech pro-Palestinian protestors burned an Israeli flag, and after the speech clashes broke out between the demonstrators. Some threw firecrackers at police forces, who retaliated with tear gas. Some anti-Israel protestors also threw eggs and bottles, according to local reports.
Later demonstrations in other Norwegian cities memorialized the victims of the Middle East conflicts, and called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. The rallies received the support of numerous human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.
In Caracas demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and chanted “Gaza, hold on! The world is rising up!” Journalists estimated the crowd at about 1,000.
Some threw shoes and firecrackers at an outer wall, while others spray-painted “Israel Get Out” and “Long live a free Palestine.”
Objects hurled by protesters smashed several windows of the seven-story building that houses the embassy along with businesses.
The protest came two days after Chavez ordered Ambassador Shlomo Cohen to leave in protest over the attacks in Gaza. Israel says Cohen has been given until Friday to depart, and the State is considering expelling Venezuelan diplomats in response.