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Arab World: Egypt’s conspiracy theory
By ZVI MAZEL


http://www.jpost.com/Features/Front-...-theory-311918


Did Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood conspire to topple Hosni Mubarak? Egyptians face increasing uneasiness over links between the two.




HAMAS GUNMEN hold a poster depicting Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza City June 2012. Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
New revelations throw a startling light on how the Muslim Brotherhood worked hand-in-hand with Hamas during the mass demonstrations that brought about the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

According to the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily, quoting a high-ranking security source, Egyptian homeland security head Khaled Tharwet gave Khairat el- Shater – No. 2 in the Brotherhood’s supreme guidance office – transcripts of five phone calls that were allegedly intercepted between Brotherhood members and Hamas leaders during the crucial January 2011 period. The Brotherhood, it seems, wanted Hamas to put added pressure on security forces by contributing to the general turmoil. Another, no less important goal was to secure the release of extremists imprisoned in Wadi Natrun prison – most notably Mohamed Morsi, who was to become Egyptian president a year later.

From the transcripts, it appears that the Brotherhood knew in advance about the protests which erupted on January 25 – and that they participated in the planning. The first two calls took place between senior Brotherhood members before the mass demonstrations of January 25 and 27. On the 21st, one of them mentions preparations for the demonstrations and adds, “Don’t worry, we shall be helped by our neighbors.” The following day, he says, “Things are okay, the neighbors are ready.” In both cases, “Hamas” may be substituted in place of “neighbors.”

On the 24th, one day before the demonstration, a high-ranking Brotherhood member asks a Hamas official if they know exactly what they are supposed to do; “absolutely,” answers his correspondent.

There is another call on February 2, when the mass protests are reaching a paroxysm. An agitated Brotherhood member asks, “Where are you, I don’t see any of your people,” and the Hamas official replies, “Don’t worry, we are behind the museum [the Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square] with our slingshots at the ready.”

The last conversation took place on February 11, after the resignation of Mubarak. The Hamas official congratulates the senior Brotherhood member, saying that “this is our victory also.” The Brotherhood members replies: “You have helped us and we owe you. We shall meet soon.”

That there are links between Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood – which was set up in Gaza in 1987 – and the movement is nothing new; indeed, for many years they were both a favorite target of Mubarak’s repressive apparatus. However, these conversations put a whole new slant on the revolution narrative. Far from having waited a number of days before joining the protests as was previously believed, the Brotherhood was in the know and participated from the very beginning. Hamas terrorists, too, were right there in Tahrir Square, agitating and taking part in attacks on public institutions – though from the phone calls their precise role is not clear.

Interestingly, Gen. Mansour el-Essawy, who was interior minister during the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, confirmed last week that there had been Hamas members in Tahrir Square and that some of them had been killed. He added that Hamas and Hezbollah terror agents had taken part in attacks on a number of jails to free political prisoners. It is worth noting that Habib el-Adly – who was interior minister from 1997 to 2011 and is now on trial for his role in the repression – had been accused in the past of having ordered that the prisoners be allowed to escape, in order to frighten the people.

Apparently, this was not true. Adly stated in court last week that it was indeed Hamas and Hezbollah fighters who broke into the jails, and he appears to have some evidence to back his claim. A journalist from Al- Masry Al-Youm said that he himself had witnessed the arrest of members of both organizations near Tahrir Square on February 4.

Two years ago, the paper published the results of an investigation carried out over a period of six weeks – in March-April 2011 – at great personal risk by two courageous journalists. Among the many eyewitnesses interviewed in the piece were a number of prisoners who had been freed, as well as some Sinai Beduin. The tale of the storming of the al-Marg prison north of Cairo is a case in point. Ayman Nofel, a senior member of Hamas, was imprisoned there; so was Muhammad Yusuf Mansour, codenamed “Sami Shehab,” the head of the Hezbollah terror cell in Egypt.

On January 30, 2011, the prison was surrounded by dozens of heavily armed gunmen, who arrived on brand-new cars and motorcycles and opened fire on the guards, who were primarily new recruits with little or no experience; they then broke in and freed all prisoners. Eyewitnesses said the attackers were Sinai Beduin fighters who spoke with the same type of accent – that is, people from the Gaza Strip. Former prisoners said that Nofel and Mansour had been in touch by phone with the attack organizers and that they had told their comrades to be ready to flee.

The two men disappeared immediately after the break-in. Nofel surfaced in Gaza a few hours later, while Sami Shehab appeared on Lebanese television from Beirut after four days; Egypt has yet to ask for their extradition.

Al-Masry Al-Youm argues that Tharwet should not have been given secret transcripts to Shater, who has no official standing and is merely the No. 2 in the guidance office of the Brotherhood – a movement that was not even legal. For the paper, this is the proof of collusion between the Brotherhood and the top levels of national security, and it demands that an investigation be launched by the prosecutor-general on the links between the security apparatus and the Brotherhood.

According to a spokesman for the paper, the transcripts as well as details of the way they were handed over to Shater were given to Al-Masry Al-Youm by a highly reliable national security source. In the request sent to the prosecutor-general, the daily states that the names of the Brotherhood and Hamas members who were recorded in the five phone calls are known to it, though it only published their initials.

Some commentators are already calling for the Brotherhood to be indicted for treason, since it called on foreign elements – i.e. Hamas – to operate in a seditious manner on Egyptian soil. Others are outraged by what they see as the infiltration of the national security apparatus by the Brotherhood, and claim that this is yet another attempt at taking over the country while endangering the security of Egypt. There are reports that Shater and Essam el-Erian, a prominent member of the Brotherhood, pay frequent visits to the offices of the state security, and that they use a passage reserved for the interior minister.

Shater’s bodyguard was arrested while “loitering” by the voting stations during the parliamentary elections more than a year ago; he was carrying a weapon without a permit. It transpired during his trial that he had traveled several times to Gaza through the tunnels and had contact with Hamas leaders. He was sentenced to one year in prison, but nothing filtered out about the content of these contacts. A few days ago it was announced that he had been transferred to what was described as an “easier prison.”

Predictably, Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk denied there had been conversations between his organization and the Brotherhood at the time. A number of spokesmen for the Brotherhood also denied that transcripts of any kind had been handed over to Shater, and said it was just a ploy to discredit their movement. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry published a communiqué that did not address the issue, but threatened to prosecute those who try to harm its activities.

There has been no comment from the president, and it is easy to understand why. The commander of the Wadi Natrun prison, who testified last week about the break-in, stated that all political prisoners from the Brotherhood and jihadi movements had been sent to his jail. From January 25 onward, he said, there was a great deal of agitation among them; they threatened him and said they would soon be freed. Indeed, on January 30, some 80 heavily armed men attacked the prison with automatic fire, broke down the doors and freed all inmates, including Morsi; some of the recaptured prisoners, now standing trial, want the president to testify together with the actual and previous heads of the intelligence services.

So far there is no sign that this will occur.

Interestingly, why was Morsi in jail? According to the Brotherhood, he was considered “dangerous” by the government, but it is well known that he was a secondrate politician, not a fighter. According to one source, he was arrested and accused of spying following a lengthy phone call with a Hamas leader – recorded by national security – discussing what Hamas would do in Egypt during the revolution.

However, if Hamas expected the new regime to open the borders between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and to allow people and goods – let alone arms – to flow freely on both sides, they were bitterly disappointed.

The border is still closed and Egypt carefully monitors those who are allowed in and out. Worse, more and more tunnels are being destroyed by the Egyptian army.

In actuality, despite their common ideological ground, Egypt is acutely aware of the security threats posed by its small neighbor. Over the past months, the role of Hamas in Egypt has becomes a hot topic.

Hamas is accused of having had a hand in the attack that caused the death of 16 Egyptian soldiers last August, and some say Nofel himself was involved. Hamas is also accused of letting jihadi terrorists cross into Sinai, and of being behind the kidnapping of three police officers who disappeared in Sinai last year and were allegedly taken to Gaza through the tunnels. Some also say Hamas wants to set up an outpost in Sinai and settle Palestinians in the peninsula with the help of Qatar.

The Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to say on these subjects, although short denials are regularly issued.

Egyptians are increasingly uneasy about the links between the Brotherhood and Hamas. The latest revelations add fuel to the fire, and deepen the crisis of confidence between the people and the movement now ruling the country.

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The Religious War in the Middle East
by Ali Salim


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The proposal of the United States for a Palestinian state and a joint Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli policing mechanism in the Jordan Valley seems like a pipe dream. That sort of suggestion, disconnected from reality, clearly indicates a dangerous lack of awareness concerning the increasing militant Islamic aggression toward Israel and the West.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has been doing a lot of soul-searching these days. He has been assessing his options and those of his terrorist organization and wondering about the outcome. Despite his usual smug boasts, in his last speech he could not quite hide his fears, even though he was being recorded deep in his bunker in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahia.

Nasrallah is worried. Even though the forces of the Syrian regime, supported by armed Iranians and armed gangs of Hezbollah operatives, continue to slaughter their Sunni citizens using poison gas to realize local achievements, as in the city of Al-Qusayr, he is worried. Despite the state-of-the-art arms Russia recently presented to the Syrian regime, some of which are supposed to be delivered to him as well, he is worried. Despite victory propaganda spread by the Syrians and their collaborators, the man radiates pessimism.

Apparently Nasrallah, Iran's indentured servant who sacrificed his men and all Lebanon on the altar of Iran's foreign interests, has finally realized that even if the Syrian regime survives and conquers the rebel strongholds and their supporters in the Syrian cities, and even if the Syrian resistance is obliterated, the defeat of the Syrian regime is approaching, as is the defeat of the Hezbollah operatives fighting for it, their deaths and massive defeat in Syria cannot be prevented, and the conflict between Shi'ites and Sunnis will worsen and spread.

All of what Nasrallah has finally realized came through loud and clear in his most recent speech broadcast by Al-Manar. As usual, his speech was rife with incitement and contempt for the "plots" of Israel and the United States to take over Syria and Lebanon, destroy the "resistance" led by the Assad regime and thereby prevent the total destruction of the State of Israel and the "liberation" of Palestine. This time, however, his hysterical attacks against the gangs of takfir (Muslims who accuse other Muslims of abandoning Islam and being infidels) exposed genuine fear.

Terrified, Nasrallah called the operatives of Al-Qaeda, the Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham --all acting aside the Free Syrian Army fighters opposing the regime, and against Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon -- dangerous gangs of takfir. He knows that they accuse Shi'ites, Alawites and Druze of having abandoned Sunni Islam, and that for the takfir, they are worse than infidels and should be put to death.

These gangs of takfir currently operating in Syria at the side of the Sunni rebels against Hezbollah are, in fact, genuine rivals of Nasrallah; he is more afraid of them than of Israel. The bloody confrontations in Syria cut through the boundaries between Sunnis and Shi'ites more than they did in Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain, and are approaching a religious explosion the likes of which has never been seen in the Middle East.

In the meantime the Muslim Brotherhood, not to be caught napping, has declared Hezbollah -- warring with Assad against the Sunnis -- an enemy of Islam that has "shown its ugly face." In Tripoli the Lebanese Sunni sheikh al-Rifa'i declared jihad on Hezbollah, and the Sunni Muslim leader close to Muslim Brotherhood circles and Hamas, sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, in a sermon from Doha, called for every Sunni to join the battle against Assad and his collaborators. The leader of radical Sunni Islamic opposition group Ahrar al-Sham recently declared that the united Islamic state of "Greater Syria" (Alsham), to be established in Syria and Iraq, will eliminate Hezbollah and Iranian presence in the Middle east and expel Russia from Syria, depriving it of its warm water ports.

The signs that things were getting worse were clear in Hezbollah's Lebanese strongholds along the Syrian border. Last week the Syrian rebels launched two rockets at the outskirts of the plains of Brital in east Baalbek and Nahle on the Bekaa in Lebanon. In addition, 16 rockets and mortar shells were fired at the Baalbek region. The Grad missiles launched at the Hezbollah stronghold in Dahia in Beirut were part of the escalation, as were the bloody confrontations between Shi'ites and Sunnis in Lebanon, in which Hezbollah is specifically designated as an enemy of the Sunnis. The Lebanese demand for Hezbollah to disarm is growing louder. And it is now, as Assad, Iranians and Hezbollah operatives massacre Syrians and Palestinians in the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, that Nasrallah's worries are multiplying.

Apparently even the Israelis consider Hezbollah's Iranian-inspired slogans about the liberation of Palestine, about the Israeli threat to Syria and Lebanon and about the historic role of the Assad regime in the anti-Israeli and anti-American resistance to be empty and pitiful. The slogans represent the fraud Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas perpetrate in the name of destroying Israel, liberating Palestine, ending American hegemony in the Middle East and glorifying Syria as the main axis in the fighting -- all for the purpose of completing the Iranian nuclear bomb project. In the past Nasrallah's speeches created solidarity with Iran and Hezbollah, drawing the Gulf states' attention away from the Iranian nuclear threat.

That particular concept is collapsing like an old worn-out tent in Syria and Lebanon. Desperate, Assad is considering declaring war on Israel as a way of evading being remembered by history as slaughtering his own people and being too much of a coward to face Israel. He represents his threats against Israel as the desires of the Syrian people, and blames Israel for giving military support to the rebels -- possibly hoping that such a confrontation will close the Syrian ranks behind him and force the rebels to join him. Apparently the Middle East is girding its loins for a full-scale, no-boundary war. Past conflicts and current internal frictions based on sectarianism, religion and ideology will join to crumble the artificially-created Arab states which until yesterday seemed perfectly stable.

Given the ongoing chaos in the Middle East and the collapse of the artificial Arab states based on the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the proposal of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the creation of a new Palestinian state and a joint Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli policing mechanism in the Jordan Valley seems like a pipe dream. That sort of suggestion, disconnected from reality, clearly indicates a dangerous lack of awareness concerning the Middle East past, present and future, a kind of Lawrence of Arabia optimism and romanticism which allows him to ignore the emergence of the increasing militant Islamic aggression toward Israel and the West. All that is left is to hope that somewhere in Washington people are really paying attention and preparing to deploy for the real, first priority inevitable battle against Iran and its satellites, with their capabilities dramatically to influence world peace.

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In 539 BC, King Belshazzar of Babylon saw a dismembered hand-written four prophetic words on the wall. This "handwriting on the wall was finally interpreted by the prophet Daniel as predicting the fall of the kingdom. He was right. Babylon fell to the Medes-Persians that very night."

Like the “handwriting on the wall” that Prophet Daniel had interpreted, there are four Arabic words, which could lead to submission of the entire world to Islam, if non-Muslims do not fully understand their meaning and implications. Those words are taqiyya, tawriya, kitman and muruna.

Each of these words describes a different style of deception used by Muslims when discussing Islam or their activities as Muslims.

Mohammed famously said, “War is deceit.” (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, Nr.268). The Quran boasts that Allah is the “master of all scheming” (Quran 13:42) and that he is “profound in his machinations” (Quran 8:30). Western civilizations are not accustomed to dealing with people, who have developed deception into an art form. Knowledge is power, and the best way to combat the Islamist agenda is to say, “We are used to your lying. Knock it off!”

Taqiyya




Taqiyya is defined as dissimulation about ones Muslim identity. It comes from the verse in the Quran that says, “Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defense (illaan tattaqoo minhum tuqatan (Quran 3:28).

This “self-defense” justifies dissimulation.Islamic Sharia Law provides, “When it is possible to achieve an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and lying is obligatory if the goal is obligatory.”
Reliance of the Traveller. Section r8.2 PERMISSIBLE LYING. The Prophet said: "He who settles disagreements between people to bring about good or says something commendable is not a liar"). Examples include lying to protect Islam or a Muslim.
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Tawriya




Tawriya is defined as concealing, and it could be called “creative lying” or where appropriate "lying under oath". It is OK to break the intent of the oath, as long as you don’t break the letter of the oath.

Reliance of the Traveller.
Section o19.1 If one swears "I will not eat this wheat," but then makes it into flour or bread (and eats it), one has not broken one's oath.

Reliance of the Traveller.
Section o19.5 When a person swearing an oath about something (in the future, affirming or denying that it will occur) includes the expression "in sha' Allah ("if Allah will"), before finishing the oath, then the oath is not broken in any event if he thereby intends to provide for exceptions.

How does this work?
Suppose someone protests that Surah 1 of the Quran demeans Christians and Jews, because it is a supplication Muslims make to Allah seventeen times a day to keep them from the path of“those with whom God is angry” and “those who have lost their way”.

A Muslim might respond, “Surah 1 never mentions Jews or Christians.” He is practicing tawriya, because while Surah 1 does not mention Jews and Christians by name, but he knows full-well that the words “those” refer to Jews and Christians.

Another example would be when a Muslim responds to your greeting of “Merry Christmas!” He might say, “I wish you the best.” In your mind,you think he has returned a Christmas greeting. In actuality, he has expressed his wish for you to convert to Islam; he wishes the best for you which, in his view, is becoming a Muslim.

Kitman




Kitman is characterized by someone telling only part of the truth. The most common example of this is when a Muslim says that jihad really refers to an internal, spiritual struggle. He is not telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”, as witnesses are sworn to do in U.S. courts.

Often, kitman results in a gross distortion of the truth. In the example given, the Quran uses jihad and its derivatives 59 times. Of those, only 16 (27%) could be considered “internal” with no object as the target of the struggle based on the context of the surah.

Another common form of kitman is to quote only the few peaceful passages from the Quran, knowing full-well that that passage was later abrogated by a more militant,contradictory verse.

Here is an example: “There is no compulsion in religion” (Quran 2:256)

“Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?”(Quran 3:83)

Another example:Permission to take up arms is hereby given to those who are attacked, because they have been wronged.” (Quran 22:39)

When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” (Quran 9:5)

And another example: „Anyone who kills a human being... it shall be as though he has killed all mankind. ...If anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind...“ (Quran 5:32)

„The punishment of those who wage war against Allah... that they should bemurdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned;“ (Quran 5:33)

Muruna



Muruna means using “flexibility”to blend in with the enemy or the surroundings. The justification for this kind of deception is a somewhat bizarre interpretation of Quran 2:106, which says, “If we abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We will replace it by abetter one or similar.”

Thus, Muslims may forget some of the commands in the Quran, as long as they are pursuing a better command. Muslims striving to advance Islam, therefore, can deviate from their Islamic laws in order to cause non-Muslims to lower their guard and place their trust in their Muslim counterpart.

At times, Muslims practice muruna in the same way a chameleon changes colors to avoid detection. Muslims will sometimes shave off their beards, wear western clothing, or even drink alcohol to blend in with non-Muslims. Nothing is more valuable these days to the Islamists than a blue-eyed Caucasian Muslim willing to engage in terrorism.

Another common way of using muruna is for a Muslim to marry a non-Muslim or to behave like a non-Muslim so their true agenda will not be suspected.


The 9/11 hijackers visited strip clubs and bars during their off-times while taking classes in the U.S. to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon,and the White House. Many Americans believe Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, married Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner at least in part to burnish her security credentials so she could infiltrate the highest levels of the Administration.

The implications of these highly-honed tactics of deception could be enormous for unassuming Western societies. Twenty years ago, psychologist Paul Ekman wrote an insightful book, “Telling Lies”, which demonstrated that people give off recognizable clues when they are practicing deceit. Their consciences cause them, involuntarily,to sweat or raise their voices or make other recognizable gestures.

However, Dr. Ekman’s research was exclusively with people from Western cultures. Muslims, on the other hand, show no discernible signs when they are being deceitful because there is no feeling of guilt. In their minds they are doing exactly what Allah wants them to do to advance Islam. Because any Western person who has raised children knows almost intuitively when someone is lying, so they assume they can do that in all cases.

Unfortunately, those same Western people can be easily duped by Islamic deceit because there are no tell-tale signs in the deceiver.


Another example of playing muruna till perfection is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the „Son of Hamas“

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a jailed Hamas terrorist leader and MP,Sheikh Hassan Yousef, the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization. Mosab, as a young man, assisted his father for years in his political activities.

He converted to Christianity and operated under cover in the service of Israel's intelligence agency for a decade. Yousef reveals this information in his book, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices.

Mosab however, did not convert to what the West would recognize as Christianity, but to a fiery, Palestinian brand of the faith that is vehemently anti-Israel. According to Mosab, his main goal in coming to the U.S.is to infiltrate the main source of international support for Israel: the American church. From an interview with Al-Arabiya:

"During my tours in universities and even churches, [I found] the real support for Israel stems from the church in the West..... We need to understand the difference between "revenge" and "resistance" and once the Palestinians do, we will have our victory against Israel."

Hopefully, this article will be a wake-up call to the unsuspecting infidels. Trust but verify – as was an old American strategy in dealing with potentially hostile parties – is the way to go in dealing with Islamists.

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A new Arabic-language television series, “Khaybar,” scheduled for broadcast in the Muslim world during Ramadan next month is raising alarm among Jewish groups due to the deeply anti-Semitic messages it reportedly conveys.

According to clips translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Jews are portrayed in the program as deceptive, greedy and sinful, stereotypes historically employed as pretexts for the persecution of Jews.


Screenshot of “Khaybar” scene translated by MEMRI


In one excerpt, a Jewish character says they should use their “cleverness” to “instigate civil strife.”

“This is the source of their weakness and our strength,” the character says.

In another scene, a prophet-like character predicts, “Greed blinds you, oh Jews. I foresee days as dark as night ahead of you, oh sinners.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday denounced the content of two of the episodes which were posted online this week.

“The episodes, which series producers reportedly claim have been leaked, reveal the degree to which classical anti-Semitic narratives are being promoted in the program,” the ADL writes.

The Zionist Organization of America is calling on President Barack Obama to pressure Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to stop the broadcast of the multi-million dollar production. It writes:
The television series, Khayber, celebrates the victory of Muhammad’s Muslim army over the Jewish tribes living in northern Arabia in the battle of Khaybar in 629 C.E. [A.D.] According to most Islamic sources, the Khayber story ends with the slaughter of thousands of Jewish men, women and children. The vanquished Jews were forced thereafter to hand over half their produce to the Muslims until later expelled by the Caliph Umar.
The ZOA reports that the series’ scriptwriter has publicly stated that his goal in the series is to demonize Jews.

“The goal of the series is to expose the naked truth about the Jews and stress that they cannot be trusted …I think it is time to expose them [the Jews] even in America itself. I am confident that the United States will realize that it paid a high price for supporting them,” scriptwriter Yusri Al-Jindy said according to ZOA.

The Qatari newspaper Al-Raya wrote that the series would focus “on the social, economic and religious characteristics of the Jews including politics and conspiracies and how they dominate and control tribes.”

According to the ADL, the battle of Khaybar is often evoked during anti-Israel rallies “to galvanize supporters.”

The pro-Israel blogger who writes under the pen name Elder of Ziyon is so concerned that “hundreds of millions of Arabs will be exposed to antisemitism and incitement” that he’s started a petition calling on human rights organizations to condemn the series.

He reports that the series may be in trouble in at least one Arab TV market, not because of anti-Semitism, but because actors portray colleagues of the prophet Mohammed:
Dubai TV is threatening not to show the series because it apparently has actors portraying Mohammed’s “companions.” Some Muslims extend the ban on portraying prophets in art or drama to anyone Mohammed spoke to as well, and “Khaybar” seems to include some of Mohammmed’s companions as characters in the series.

Ali Al Rumaithi, Director of Dubai TV, stated that while it would be a major loss to not broadcast the series, his responsibility to his viewers is more important, and subjecting them to images of Mohammed’s companions is a danger. Subjecting them to incitement against Jews is, of course, just dandy.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated the episodes that were posted online and provides these excerpts:


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013...-muslim-world/
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'Even if you give up all the land, it won't solve the problems in the Mideast'
"If you want real, lasting peace, then things have to change first within the Arab Muslim individual, family, school, streets, education, and politics. It is not an Israeli problem."
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http://www.israelhayom.com/site/news...e.php?id=10309


An interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of "Infidel" • "From the perspective of the Arab leaders, reaching a two-state solution is to betray God. If you want peace and not merely a process, you must make peace with the people. The negotiators themselves are of no importance."





There is something dignified in the quiet, determined manner of Ayaan Hirsi Ali as she rises from the audience and walks towards the podium to deliver her lecture. Ayaan Hirsi Ali's intricate history starts in Somalia, where she was born to a Muslim family. At the age of five she underwent female genital mutilation. By her teens she was a devout Muslim. In her early twenties, upon learning of plans for an undesirable arranged marriage, she made her way to Holland, where she applied for asylum. Hirsi Ali studied at Leiden University and began publishing critical articles about Islam, the condition of the Muslim woman, and so forth.

She wrote the script for the Dutch movie "Submission" for director Theo van Gogh, who was subsequently murdered by a Muslim assassin. Hirsi Ali joined the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and in 2003 was elected to the Dutch parliament. A few years later she moved to the United States, where she became a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute. She published some books; notably, an autobiography titled "Infidel" that became an international bestseller. Already in 2005, Time magazine named Hirsi Ali among the 100 most influential people in the world. The internet abounds with information about her, with articles and videos of her lectures.

She is doubly courageous: in her stand against Islam, leading to threats on her life, and vis a vis the Western liberal elite, which disapproves of criticism of multiculturalism and the blindness afflicting Western society in grasping the strategic threat to its existence as a free society.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was visiting Israel for the recent Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.

Israel Hayom: In your lectures you made numerous references to the situation in the Middle East. You claim that people in the West do not understand that what is taking place in the Middle East is not a dialogue.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: More than one issue is at stake here. Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian context, the main problem is that you may speak of a peace process, but what you get is a process, not peace. And why is this process so prolonged? Because for the Israelis this issue is a territorial problem. For the Palestinian negotiators, on the other hand, it is not a territorial problem but a religious and ethnic one, It is not only about Palestinians but about all Arabs. Most of all, it is a religious problem.

From the perspective of the Arab leaders, reaching a two-state solution is to betray God, the Koran, the hadith and the tradition of Islam.

Israel Hayom: Even though they are portrayed as secular?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The presumption that the Palestinian negotiators are secular is not supported by facts. Were they secular, there would already be a settled territorial agreement of some kind. But there is no agreement as of today, because on one side it has become religious jihad of all or nothing, while on the other side it is still a territorial issue. Of course I know that there are Israelis who also perceive this as a religious problem; but their numbers pale in comparison to the Muslim side. Reaching a settlement that brings about two states is a religious betrayal -- not only for the leadership but for most Muslims today. The West does not understand this.

Israel Hayom: Why? After the many years you have lived in the West, how can you explain this?

The conception of religion in the West in the 20th and 21st century differs from that of Middle Eastern Muslims. The West successfully separated religion and politics, but even in places in the West where there is no distinct separation, still the concept of God and religion, even in the 13th or 15th century, differs to the current reality in the Middle East.

Islam is an Orthopraxy, Islam has a goal. So if you are a true Muslim, you must fight for that goal. You can achieve a temporary peace or truce, but it is not ultimate, not everlasting. It is not just about the territory.

Because the territory does not belong to the people; it belongs to God. So for a Palestinian leader -- even if he is secular, even an atheist -- to leave the negotiating room with the announcement of a two-state solution would mean that he would be killed the minute he walks out.

Israel Hayom: Many wise people come here advising us Israelis to act rationally. Do you think this dispute has anything to do with rationalism?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Europeans and Americans -- and I do not refer merely to the leadership, but to people in general -- when they have a problem, they think there must be some kind of compromise on the table. What they cannot accept is that one party would say "the only rational outcome is our complete victory." If you put aside the Israeli-Palestinian situation, you see components of this culture in the events in Syria, in Lebanon. You've seen it with Mubarak. There is a winner and there is a loser. But there cannot be two winners.

Israel Hayom: So the proposal of compromise stems from naivety?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: You can give it any label you like. I have listened to
someone like Tony Blair, I was in two or three conferences where he spoke, and he is not naïve anymore, he is not the same man he was ten years ago in regards to this conflict. More and more leaders see that this conflict is not going to be resolved Western-style, namely that all conflicts are resolvable and no-one leaves the table empty-handed.

In a culture dictated by honor and shame - in addition to the religious issue - defeat of any kind, accepting a compromise, is to leave the room empty-handed. Compromise is loss in this culture. It is very hard to explain this to contemporary Westerners.

Israel Hayom: Many liberals around the world, who support the compromise solution, also tend to blame Israel.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Many liberals perceive Israel to be one of their kind; another liberal, white, rational state, etc. Therefore they expect you to approach matters the way they would. But then they approach the subject in the context of the U.S. or Europe, or some other Western system, where there is rule of law, arbiters, an ability to go to court in case of disagreement. There is a district court, a court of appeals, a supreme court, and once the judges have spoken their decision is final. You lose face, but you have to accept defeat.

What these liberals do not understand is that we are speaking of a fundamentally different context, where such a judicial infrastructure does not exist, and those who aspire for it are a persecuted minority.

And yet I am optimistic, after the Arab Spring. I see people, albeit few in number and very disorganized, but who do want that infrastructure where religion is put aside and where compromise becomes central. They just don't know how to go about it. They lack the resources and the institutions to make that happen. But it is possible.

Israel Hayom: Your views are not prevalent within the liberal media or liberal intellectual elite. Have you encountered difficulties in delivering such ideas?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Among Western liberal elites there are those who have actual experience and those who have not. Those who have actual experience with any aspect of Islamic culture or religion, who have really given it their all to achieve some kind of compromise, come out -- after years of endless abortive attempts -- with a completely different perspective. Them I do not need to persuade.

I mentioned earlier Tony Blair, the most-renowned liberal to change his perspective. He once believed that the ability to always find a compromise for whoever was in the negotiations room was an art. He no longer thinks this way. As we are dealing with a wholly different phenomenon, we need voices like his to educate liberal Westerners on why this is different.

I think that whoever acts on the presumption that we are all the same and that we are able to solve this -- is uninterested, indifferent, and inexperienced.

Israel Hayom: There is also a certain measure of idealism...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Idealism is a good thing. But when idealism encounters reality, you must not try to manipulate it to fit your utopia. You have to take in the reality. 93,000 people have died in Syria because the fighting forces could not, cannot, and will not compromise. This toll is higher than all the fatalities on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!

So, to go on and on about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in my view is to take a tranquilizer or smoke pot. You do it just to feel better. You cannot face reality, so you just keep on harping about something that can make you feel better. One can also mention the number of people who died in Libya because Kaddafi and the opposition would not find the way to the negotiating table. This phenomenon is repeated throughout the region, not only today but throughout history. Reaching compromise is to lose face.

Israel Hayom: So do you think that talk about negotiations brought up by the Arab counterparts is a game, with no real intentions behind it? We know that right after the Oslo accords, Arafat spoke in a mosque in South Africa, comparing the Oslo accords to the hudaiba treaty by Muhammad with his enemies. In Israel, there were those who accepted this, as they said that Arafat had to resort to speaking two different languages, one for his people and one for us.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: I hear this argument constantly, also in relation to the

Turkey's Erdogan and in regards to the Saudis. Do you know what is wrong with this argument? If you want peace and not merely a process, you must make peace with the people. The negotiators themselves are of no importance. They are a few individuals who may tomorrow be out of power or dead. You have to have peace with the people you are in conflict with, and as long as they do not want to hear a different tune, you will not have peace. Until the people at large are ready for that compromise, there is no compromise.

This is true of the domestic politics of any nation or the external politics with foreign nations, for whom the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is seen symbolically as the biggest icon of all foreign affairs relations with the Arab Islamic world.

There has to be a change of attitude and a change in attitude within the culture and of culture, and I hope that we can see this.

I believe that true emancipation cannot exist without the freedom of the individual, without the individual's space and voice. The fact that individualism is not given a chance in the Arab Muslim world is related to belonging and the collective. If you want to belong and be part of the collective you have to be a winner. If you are not, then you are a source of shame.

So you have to ask yourself why the Syrian regime and its likes are incapable of putting an end to the bloodshed after killing ten, or 1,000, or 10,000 people. Why not? It is not caused by Israel, the Americans or any outsiders; it is part of the culture. And for the culture to grow out of such phenomena, change has to come from within.

Israel Hayom: If so, do negotiations have any meaning when we talk about peace while the Palestinian Authority use anti-Israeli school books, which do not even mention Israel by name in their geographical maps?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Not now. Not as long as a majority of the people do not want peace. An Arab leader who genuinely wants peace has to convince the Arab people first, must get their endorsement and then go and get peace. That is why the first thing that needs to be worked out is not so much the relationship with Israel but changing the culture, Islamic and Arab. This process does not depend on you, though you can help it, facilitate it, be a catalyst; but it does not depend on you, on America or the rest of the world.

Israel Hayom: In reference to Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" theory, is there any sense that Europe is awakening to the threat it faces? We have a feeling that Israel is a scapegoat of sorts for the rest of the world. Do you not think that Europe is overcome by a quiet conquest of the Muslims there?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Yes, but it is no longer quiet, ever since 9/11 and the terrorist plots. Because the countries of Europe and the U.S. are democracies, their citizens enjoy freedom of speech. The more we listen, the more discernible is the extreme cultural divergence between the civilizations, as Huntington claims. One must first face it before blaming Israel or scapegoating others, otherwise things will not change. And the Europeans are waking up to this.

I visited Israel for the first time in 1998 or 1999, and saw people in uniform with guns in buses, in the market, on the streets. My European friend who came with me found this so strange. You would never find this in Holland. Now all airports in Europe and the U.S. have security men, all wielding machine guns, just like I saw in Israel at the time. After the Boston marathon bombings, I think that on the Fourth of July this year there will be more security than spectators.

So, as these liberal Western democracies are beginning to face the same challenges as Israel, or at least a tiny fraction of them -- you see attitudes changing.

Israel Hayom: Do you perceive attitudes changing towards Israel? An understanding of Israel?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Well, some people get hardened. I do not understand Stephen Hawking's refusal to come to Israel. There is a boycott on Israel by the intellectuals. Yet, the people in Boston are the most liberal in the United States, maybe short of San Francisco, and they were really quite happy with people in uniform patrolling the streets, which compromises their civil liberties. But people would rather face reality than lose limbs.

Israel Hayom: What would you like to say to the readers of Israel Hayom?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Exactly what I say in my lectures. You have to be a realist and acknowledge that Israel is not the problem, though neither is it the solution. I also speak of the signs of hope, of [Muslim] women who aspire to improve their lives, of homosexuals, of religious minorities. If anyone in Israel, including ordinary people, wants to be an activist, they need to forge relationships with those individuals in the Middle East who have developed something closer to what the Israelis want.

Israel Hayom: And you think that it will be a huge mistake to give away territory before a cultural change occurs?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: I will just say that Israel is not the problem nor is it the solution. Even if you give up all the land, it will not solve any of the problems in the Middle East. It will not obliterate despotism, it will not liberate women, it will not help religious minorities. It won't bring peace to anyone. Even if Israel does not give up an inch of land -- the result will be the same.

If you want a process, continue the way you are. If you want real, lasting peace, then things have to change first within the Arab Muslim individual, family, school, streets, education, and politics. It is not an Israeli problem.

You must learn to take advantage of opportunities. Due to technology, things can develop quickly. Look at the Iranians; what took the Iranians thirty years could take the Egyptians five or ten.

Israel Hayom: To become secular?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: No, just for the majority of the people to stand up to Shariah. This is what I want to say about Muslims in general: Muslims want Shariah until they have it...

For cultural change to transpire we need one hundred years and more to pass.

You can pick any number you want. I am speaking of a lengthy, bloody period. But it is going to change.

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The Middle East Is on Fire: An Unsettling Wrap-Up of the Death, Destruction and Chaos From Around the Globe


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Sometimes it’s hard to fully grasp just how bad things are in some parts of the world. In the United States, thanks to our incredibly brave men and women in uniform, we don’t have to live in constant fear of daily bombings, suicide attacks and other horrifying acts of terror.

The Middle East, on the other hand, is literally on fire. Tuesday was deadly and chaotic for parts of the region with nearly 70 deaths reported.
Sadly, that is becoming the norm as chaos continues to destabilize parts of the globe. Here is a recap of some of the most recent carnage. Keep in mind, these incidents are from Tuesday only.

Cairo, Egypt

Security and hospital officials say seven people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president in Cairo.
The officials say the seven were killed in three separate clashes, but had no further details.


CAIRO,

EGYPT – JULY 2: Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi demonstrate at the Rabaa al Adawiya Mosque in the suburb of Nasr City on July 2, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: Getty Images


CAIRO,

EGYPT – JULY 2: Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hold makeshift weapons and take part in a drill during a demonstration at the Rabaa al Adawiya Mosque in the suburb of Nasr City on July 2, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: Getty Images

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Tuesday’s clashes come one day before a military deadline warning President Mohammed Morsi and his opponents to work out their differences or it will intervene with its own political road map to resolve the crisis.

Iraq

Insurgents unleashed a new wave of attacks on Tuesday in Iraq, killing at least 49 people, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Also, seven militants were killed.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks, mostly car bombs in Shiite areas. Al-Qaida’s Iraq branch, which has been gaining strength in recent months, frequently targets Shiites, security forces and civil servants in an effort to undermine the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.



Security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack near a Church in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Dozens of people killed and wounded when Insurgents unleashed a new wave of attacks in Iraq on Tuesday as part of a series of attacks in a recent uptick in violence across the country that raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Credit: AP



People and security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Credit: AP

Iraq is weathering its deadliest outburst of violence since 2008, with more than 2,000 people killed since the start of April. The bloodshed appears to be largely the work of resurgent Sunni militants such as al-Qaeda, feeding off Sunni discontent with the Shiite-led government.

Violence increased sharply in April and May, with frequent bombings in civilian areas raising concerns that a widespread sectarian conflict might once again break out in Iraq. The bloodshed accelerated after a deadly April 23 crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest in the northern town of Hawija against the Shiite-led government.

Five medical officials confirmed casualty figures. All spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to reporters.

At least 40 people were killed the day before in Iraq. According to the United Nations mission to Iraq, last month’s violence claimed the lives of 761 Iraqis and wounded 1,771 others.

Kabul, Afghanistan

A suicide truck bomber followed by heavily armed men stormed a NATO supplier’s compound Tuesday in Kabul, prompting a gunbattle that left a dozen people dead in the latest Taliban attack on a high-profile target in the Afghan capital.

The bold strikes have signaled the Islamic militant movement has no plans to suspend its campaign of violence even though they have agreed to embark on a U.S.-led peace process.

The violence began before dawn when the bomber drove a small truck packed with explosives to the outer gate of the logistics center used to supply NATO troops and detonated it, said Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi. The explosion left a huge crater in the ground and damaged a guard tower.



Afghan security forces personnel investigate the site of a suicide car bombing, the gate to a NATO compound, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing several guards and civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed. Credit: AP



An Afghan security officer guards the gate to a NATO compound following a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Credit: AP

Two truck drivers waiting to enter the compound were killed in the blast along with the bomber, he said. Then four gunmen stormed into the breach and battled with security guards and an Afghan police special response team for about an hour. The attackers were all killed, along with one Afghan and four Nepalese security guards, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The British government confirmed that a U.K. national had been killed in the attack, but it could not say whether the victim was one of the truck drivers or a security guard or contractor.

Syria

Syrian troops shelled a suburb of Damascus Tuesday, killing at least 11 people including women and children, as government forces forged ahead with offensives against rebel-held areas around the country, activists said.

With government push against the besieged, rebel-held central city of Homs in its third day, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged both sides to avoid harming civilians.

Near Damascus, more than 60 mortar shells struck the area of Kfar Batna for over four hours, said activist Mohammed Saeed, who spoke via Skype from the nearby suburb of Douma. The explosions killed at least 11 people.

“O Lord, your mercy, O Lord,” a man wept as he carried a corpse in a child-sized shroud into a hospital, according to an amateur video posted of the event. The sobbing man, his arm bandaged and his shirt smeared with blood, placed the bundle next to other shrouded bodies.

The shelling of Kfar Batna appeared to be part of a concerted push against contested and rebel-held areas around Damascus, as President Bashar Assad’s regime tries to shore up its seat of power. In recent months, government troops have captured several towns near the capital.
The state news agency said Syrian troops restored “security and stability” to much of Jobar, a key district near Kfar Batna on the edge of Damascus, after weeks of fighting.

Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say unmanned U.S. aircraft fired four missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan, killing four militants.

We included this development in our wrap-up to show that radical Islamic terror groups continue to thrive in countries like Pakistan.

The officials say the militants were members of the Haqqani network. Two militants were wounded.

The drone strike was early Wednesday near the Dande Darpa Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal region.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

U.S. officials consider the Haqqani network to be one of the most dangerous militant factions fighting American troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The leadership of the Haqqani network pledges allegiance to Taliban chief Mullah Omar but operates fairly independently.

U.S. officials rarely provide details publicly about the covert CIA drone program in Pakistan.

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September 13, 2013
Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No.1016




In Egypt, Public Campaign Against Obama, U.S.; Calls For Intensified Cooperation With Russia, China
By: L. Lavi and N. Shamni*




Since Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi's removal from power, the Egyptian public and media – both pro- and anti-Mursi – have been fiercely attacking the U.S.[1] This trend is part of continually escalating anti-U.S. and, more specifically, anti-President Obama attacks on the part of supporters of Egyptian Defense Minister Al-Sisi, who deposed Mursi.

Apparently, the reasons for this include: President Obama's condemnation of the violent August 14 dispersal of the Mursi supporters' weeks-long sit-ins at Raba'a Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Square; the U.S.'s July 24 cancellation of its delivery to Egypt of four F-16 aircraft; the U.S.'s August 15 cancellation of the joint U.S.-Egypt military exercise, scheduled for this month; and discussions in the U.S. about the possibility that it would halt its aid to Egypt – measures that were perceived both by the pro-Al-Sisi camp and by opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as expressions of American support for the MB.

Al-Sisi's anti-U.S. onslaught has taken the form of declarations by senior Egyptian government officials, articles in newspapers identified with the regime and the army, and political and popular campaigns in social media and on the street. One prominent example of this was Al-Sisi's direct appeal to the American administration in his August 3 interview with The Washington Post, where he stated: 'You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won't forget that…'[2] Another example is Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi's reminder, in an interview with the ABC network, that Egypt had received military aid from Russia for decades,[3]and his insistence that the Egyptian army would survive the cessation of American aid to Egypt, and that, if this caused any damage, the damage would last for a limited time only.[4]

The Egyptian pro-regime and -army press published articles notable in their vilification of President Obama himself – insulting his mother, calling him mentally deficient and his administration "the Adolf Obama Reich," and even going so far as to offer a prayer that he would die in agony. Many articles contended that Obama and his administration supported terror by virtue of their support for the MB; columnists also opposed U.S. intervention in Egypt's internal affairs, and, in response to American threats to cut off aid, argued that Egypt was better off without it.

At the same time, political and popular campaigns against continued U.S. aid to Egypt were launched, with the leading campaign organized by the Tamarrud and April 6 movements; these movements had played a major role in the protests that led to Mursi's ouster. Another campaign called for the regime to reject American aid so as to maintain Egypt's independence and to protect it from foreign interference.

Furthermore, many articles dealt with the decline of American influence in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, in Russia's favor; they called for inviting President Vladimir Putin to Cairo, with a lavish reception held in his honor. Billboards with Putin's photo, captioned "Bye-bye America" were even put up at a pro-Al-Sisi demonstration in Alexandria.

This report will review some of the many articles in the pro-Egyptian regime and pro-Egyptian army press condemning the U.S., and will also review the campaigns against U.S. aid to Egypt.

Anti-American Articles In The Pro-Regime And Pro-Army Egyptian Press
Obama Supports The MB In Egypt, Which Is The Source Of Global Terror

Many articles accused Obama of allying with the MB, which they claim is a radical terror movement.

Obama, Friend Of The MB – Which Is The Source Of All Terror Organizations In The World

In an article titled "The MB and Obama's Filthy Alliance [With It] Against the Egyptian People," Egyptian writer 'Abd Al-Fatah 'Abd Al-Mun'im wrote:

"Does the American administration and its president, Mr. Obama, an enemy of the Egyptian people and a friend of the MB, know that the Al-Qaeda organization and all the terrorist organizations that kill and slaughter American soldiers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and everyplace else in the world, [trace their] origins, roots and first affiliation to the MB movement… [?] Without the radicalism of the MB's ideology, these terror organizations, by which the American people have been burned, would never have emerged.

"Nevertheless, Obama sees no problem in defending the Egyptian MB, claiming that the elections that brought the failed and ousted president Muhammad Mursi to power were legitimate… The MB staged a political takeover in Egypt with the assistance of America, which believed that if it encouraged the MB [in its attaining power], Israel's safeguarding would be assured.

"Due to the Americans' absolute support for the Muhammad Mursi regime, he and his movement committed many sins against the Egyptian people, starting with Mursi's attempt to subject the country to MB control... to his selling Egypt to [foreign interests[5]] and ending with more crimes, no condemnation of which have we ever heard from Obama and his allies like Turkey, France and England…"[6]

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Obama: "I don't belong to the MB, but I support the MB." Ahram-canada.com, July 6, 2013

Obama Offers Up Egypt As A Sacrifice To The MB God Of Terrorism
Egyptian journalist Wael Al-Samari went so far as to claim that Obama is treating the MB like a deity to whom he must offer sacrifices – and his sacrificial victims are the Egyptians and their homeland. He wrote in his column in the Al-Yawm Al-Sabi' daily: "The events of September 11 made the Americans, and first and foremost Obama, imagine a god of global terror [the MB] whose desire they must satisfy and whose blessing they must obtain with aid, funds, counsel, and global political backing. It must do so in order to avoid a repeat of September 11, which changed the global balance of power.

"Thus, the most advanced country in the world became the most primitive; in fact, there is [only] one difference between what primitive man once did and what Obama is now doing: Primitive man offered up sacrifices from his [own] harvest or the efforts of his own hunt – while Obama is offering us, our country, and our history to terrorists, on a silver platter…

"[Thus], instead of confronting and challenging the terror idols, [Obama] looks like a caveman shivering [in fear] in the face of wild animals and the forces of nature. This confirms that the U.S. has no culture or civilization, and that its technological and scientific veneer melts away as soon as it faces a genuine threat…"[7]

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Standing on "Middle East" soil, U.S. feeds victims to the crocodile of "terror." Al-Ahram Al-Arabi (Egypt), August 13, 2013

Vilification Of Obama
Some of the articles were notable for their particularly blunt and harsh anti-Obama sentiment, to the point of calling him "Adolf Obama," expressing wishes for his death, and cursing him and his family.
"Ayatollah Obama," "Adolf Obama" Is Partner To The Muslim Brotherhood's Caliphate Dream

An article in the Al-Wafd party organ titled "Ayatollah Obama," by media personality and Egyptian television presenter Kamal 'Abd Al-Fattah," stated: "The Muslim Brotherhood groups may well take pride in the position of White House sheikh Ayatollah Ruhollah Hussein Obama, who for the past year has shared with them the dream of implementing the Islamic shari'a in Egypt, one of the states of the great American Islamic Caliphate. In order to establish [the Islamic Caliphate in Egypt] in the 21st century, [three leaders] cooperated, [forming] the triangle comprising purity, fear of God, and rectitude...

"[These three are:] the wretched MB member who obeys the [MB General] Guide before he obeys Allah [i.e. deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi]; a Qatari youth [i.e. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani] whose beard hasn't yet grown and who has begun inscribing his autobiography in lipstick [a hint that he may be homosexual]; and the Turkish bull [i.e. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan] who is a throwback to the days of the [Ottoman] Sultanate...

"With regard to the conductor of this orchestra, Ayatollah Hussein Obama, he was defrauded by a woman of wily temperament named Ann Patterson [the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt], when she sketched out in his mind [the scenario] that the miserable MB would wrap Egypt in the cellophane of friendship and alliance and present it as a gift to the [leader of the] American Reich, Adolf Obama, in exchange for making [MB General Guide] Badi' or [his deputy Khairat] Al-Shater the next ruler of Egypt in the American Islamic Caliphate state...

"Now, good residents of Egypt, the dream of the Caliphate has evaporated; the troika of political prostitution has collapsed," and the American ayatollah [Obama], who planned to declare Egypt an Islamic emirate in the framework of the American Islamic Caliphate state, has fallen...

"Mr. Obama, it doesn't matter that you have lost your principles; the worst thing is that you have removed from America its covering of honor and principles of freedom, leaving it naked in the world..."[8]

'Al-Masri Al-Yawm' Article: "Allah, Take Obama And Roast His Corpse"
The Egyptian Al-Masri Al-Yawm daily published a particularly vicious anti-Obama column by Ghada Sharif, in which she wrote: "Allah, take Obama and roast his corpse, turn him right and left on the coals of Hell in savory barbecue sauce; there's no need for a cold drink or French fries...

"We [are looking at] the man who is the epitome of idiocy and who weirdly insists on sticking his mother's nose into our affairs, after he cancelled the shipment of F-16s in a hysterical reaction to the request by [Egyptian Defense Minister] Al-Sisi [that the Egyptian people] empower him [to combat terror – a reference to Al-Sisi's July 24, 2013 speech] ... He hasn't the tiniest shred of intelligence to make him correct his path and shut up...

"Apparently, Obama suffers from emotional problems... His mother was a troublemaker when she met his father, and instead of treating her like a lady, he prostituted her and lived off of her... Some say that [Obama] is [indeed] her son, and others say that she found him in the doorstep of a hashish den...

"The man is insane, and is unable to control his reactions..."[9]

The U.S. Is Losing Its Middle East Influence To Russia
Some of the articles stressed that the U.S.'s strength in the Middle East was fading and on the brink of collapse, and that Egypt, no longer subject to it, must now draw closer to Russia.

Egypt Will Stop Being Subject To The U.S., As Russia And China Enter The Ring

An article in Al-Ahram, titled "Egypt and the Erosion of America's Influence," by Dr. Yusri 'Abdallah, a lecturer in literature at Helwan University, stated: "The entire American position [regarding the removal of Mursi and the June 30, 2013 revolution] constitutes a blatant affront to Egyptian sentiment... A new reality is created now in Cairo, [as reflected by Egypt's] ability to confront and subdue the forces of darkness, and to preserve the idea of national independence as one of the main goals of the June revolution...

"Egypt will no longer be subject to the American axis, whose influence is fading, because of the immoral [position] of its administration towards the current situation in Egypt... and particularly in light of Russia's new activity in the capitals of national liberation. This is like... that moment in the 1950s [i.e. the USSR's Cold War-era alliance with Egypt under president Gamal 'Abd Al-Nasser], that was the purest moment in the history of the world, and primarily in the history of the repressed peoples, who took their destiny in their own hands after bitter struggles with the forces of hegemony and imperialism...

"It may be that in the upcoming period, the situation in which some countries live like satellites of America in the region will continue, [while] other countries, headed by Egypt, will try, and rightly so, to take ownership of their own national decision[-making]. Since the desire of the free peoples always wins out, there is no doubt that the countries that are advancing towards their independent future will succeed in their efforts, whatever the cost.

"It may be that, as a result of this, the expected and longed-for erosion of the American influence in the region will begin, particularly in light of the fact that the main role that the U.S. is playing in the world is under threat, following Russia's powerful entrance into the arena of events – in addition to China, which is always looking to pursue itseconomic interests, which it might very well find in Cairo in the near future..."[10]


Billboard in Alexandria: Putin, Al-Sisi, Nasser, "Bye-bye, America." Shofeemafee.com, July 27, 2013

The American Demon Is Withering Away; Putin Will Be Given A Huge Reception When He Arrives In Cairo

In its August 17, 2013 editorial, titled "Putin, The New Khrushchev[11] – Welcome," the Egyptian weekly Roz Al-Yousuf wrote: "The internationalization of the Egyptian crisis... – about which we warned [in an August 10, 2013 article] titled "Egypt Is Equal [To The U.S.] – It Is Not A Slave,' – is beginning to take an exceptional turn, and we must deal with this quickly, professionally, and creatively...

"The only solution that we cansuggest as a beginning is that the Egyptian leadership invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Cairo, as [part of] the return to the Cold War atmosphere that again prevails in the entire region.

"It is sufficient that this shrewd man [Putin] has already stressed several times that he [is willing] to place all Russia's military capabilities at the disposal of the Egyptian leadership! [12]

"We call on Putin to respond immediately to Egypt's invitation, and he is assured a huge popular reception, like Khrushchev, the Russian leader and 'Nasser's ally'...

"The Egyptians must diversify their sources of armament, and their ties [to various countries], particularly when the American demon is clearly withering away, and its collapse is nigh."[13]


Against the backdrop of the report that Putin will soon visit Cairo:[14] Calls for millions to form a human Egyptian flag in honor of Putin's arrival. Ahram-canada.com, August 12, 2013

Calls In Egypt To Reject U.S. Aid
At the same time, other articles called on the Egyptian regime to oppose U.S. aid, which, they said, had transformed Egypt into a lackey of the U.S. They argued Egypt is capable of taking care of itself and that it can get by without American aid.

Egypt Should End The Shame Of American And European Aid
Ahmad Al-Sayyed Al-Naggar wrote in the daily Al-Ahram: "The great Egypt cannot continue to accept regular American and European aid from countries that always stand against the Arab rights, and that have in effect stood by Israel in all its wars against Egypt.

"This is meager and toxic aid, and the U.S. used it to try to make Egypt its lackey, and European countries used it to extort [Egypt while] harming its value and stature... No other independent and leading country in the region receives regular annual aid from a country that routinely stands by its enemies, as Egypt does...

"Egypt should end the shame of the toxic American and European aid, and declare once and for all that it does not need it. It should focus on financial and economic cooperation with sister Arab countries and with friends with which it has already cooperated unconditionally – Russia, China, India, and others – since political, economic, and national independence are more valuable than any aid...

"Egypt... can gain development, justice, and might, by relying on itself, its abilities, and its mighty people."[15]

Reducing Trade Relations With The U.S. Will Not Harm Egypt
Sharif Ahmad Shafiq also wrote in Al-Ahram: "President Obama, why shouldn't Egypt, [like the U.S.] also consider its national interests? After all, it is the best able to solve its own crises. I say to the U.S. president: Your threats that [U.S.-]Egypt trade relations will never be the same...
will not impact Egypt's economic ability, because there is a strong infrastructure comprising the government, the military, and the police, who are working together for the good of the country. This in addition to Arab countries... that stand with their big sister Egypt..."[16]

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Cover of October magazine: "Cutting off the head of the Uncle Sam snake." October, Egypt, August 25, 2013

Facebook Campaigns Against U.S. And U.S. Aid
The Egyptian regime supporters' attack on the U.S. and the calls to boycott its aid to Egypt were expressed also on Facebook pages identified with MB opponents. The Facebook page of the Tamarrud movement, which played a central role in the protest that led to the removal of Mursi, attacked what it said was American interference in Egypt's affairs, and on August 17, it changed its profile picture to the following image:


"Tamarrud: No To Foreign Intervention." Facebook.com/Tmrood, August 17, 2013

Tamarrud also criticized U.S. threats to cease aid to Egypt. Following President Obama's cancellation of the joint U.S.-Egypt military maneuver, and of the delivery of four F-16 aircraft, Tamarrud founder Mahmoud Badr attacked him, saying: "Don't preach to us on how to deal with MB terrorism... Why don't you and your meager aid go to hell?"

Badr also announced that the Tamarrud movement had begun collecting signatures on a petition demanding that Egypt reject U.S. aid.[17]

Subsequently, Tamarrud's Facebook page directly attacked Obama and U.S. aid, posting the following image on August 20:


"To hell with American aid. We are a people that submits to none but Allah." Facebook.com/Tmrood, August 20, 2013

Earlier, on July 29, 2013, the Tamarrud Facebook page featured the following picture, after the cancellation of the F-16 delivery:


Facebook.com/Tmrood, July 29, 2013

Along with the Tamarrud movement, the April 6 movement launched an anti-U.S. aid campaign called "Qadiroun – We Can." This campaign too attacked Obama directly:


The Qadiroun campaign's profile picture. Facebook.com/7amlet9adron, retrieved August 20, 2013

The campaign argued that this was not the first time nor would it be the last time that the U.S. would hint that it would halt the aid, and that it always uses this card to pressure Egypt. The campaign also posted a photo from an August 22 march against foreign embassies in Cairo, including the U.S. Embassy, organized by April 6 youth to protest against foreign interference in Egypt's affairs and demanding national independence:

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"Qadiroun campaign – mind your own business."

Facebook.com/7amlet9adron, retrieved August 20, 2013
Another post on the Qadiroun campaign's Facebook page read: "We oppose humiliation in the name of aid; we oppose the patronizing of Egypt in the name of aid; we oppose terrorism in the name of aid. Therefore, we oppose [American] aid. Egypt has had its say. The [U.S.] aid interests us not at all."


Egyptians sign the Qadiroun campaign's petition.

Facebook.com/7amlet9adron, retrieved August 28, 2013

Yet another anti-U.S. aid campaign, "Against American Aid," on Facebook, with over 20,200 "likes," is also collecting signatures on a petition calling on Egypt to refuse U.S. aid, so that "Egypt will be independent in its decisions," "Egypt will not drink American poison," "America will take its hands off our national military," and "America will not rule our country."[18] On August 27, 2013, the campaign organizers announced that they had collected 500,000 signatures so far.[19]


"Against American Aid" petition. Image: Facebook.com/againstamericanaid, retrieved July 10, 2013
*L. Lavi and N. Shamni are research fellows at MEMRI.


Endnotes:

[1] See MEMRI Inquiry& Analysis No. 993, "In Egyptian Crisis, Both Sides Accuse U.S.", July 8, 2013.

[2] Washingtonpost.com, August 3, 2013.

[3] Abcnews.go.com, August 20, 2013.

[4] Al-Wafd, (Egypt), August 21, 2013.

[5] The reference is to reports in the Egyptian media during Mursi's rule alleging that the MB regime sold national assets to Qatar and China, such as the Egyptian state television building and leased the Suez Canal.

[6] Al-Yawm Al-Sabi' (Egypt), August 18, 2013.

[7] Al-Yawm Al-Sabi' (Egypt), August 19, 2013.

[8] Al-Wafd (Egypt), August 24, 2013.

[9] Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), August 13, 2013.

[10] Al-Ahram (Egypt), August 20, 2013

[11] Nikita S. Khrushchev was the leader of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in years 1955-1964.

[12] According to the independent newspaper The Diplomat, following the U.S. decision to cancel the joint military maneuvers, the Al-Masri Al-Yawm English-language website, Egypt Independent, reported that Putin had ordered that all the Russian army's capabilities be placed at the disposal of the Egyptian army, and that joint Russian-Egyptian military exercises be held. According to The Diplomat, the report in Egypt Independent was based on several unnamed sources, but was removed from the website several hours later but not before it was picked up and published by various websites. The Diplomat called the Egypt Independent credible and respectable, but noted that it had a history of submitting to pressure from the Egyptian army, and that it might have removed the item under that pressure. The-diplomat.com, August 16, 2013.

[13] Roz Al-Yousuf (Egypt), August 17, 2013.

[14] In late July 2013, there were unofficial reports that Putin would be visiting Egypt in early August, but Egyptian regime sources denied them. Al-Misriyyoun (Egypt), July 31, 2013; El-balad.com, August 1, 2013.

[15] Al-Ahram (Egypt), August 27, 2013.

[16] Al-Ahram (Egypt), August 25, 2013.

[17] Al-Watan (Egypt), August 18, 2013.

[18] Facebook.com/againstamericanaid, accessed September 10, 2013.

[19] Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), August 27, 2013.

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By Bruce Thornton - September 12, 2013



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The revolutions against dictators in the Middle East dubbed the Arab Spring have degenerated into a complex, bloody mélange of coups and counter-coups, as have happened in Egypt; vicious civil wars, like the current conflict in Syria; a resurgence of jihadists gaining footholds in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Sinai; and a shifting and fracturing of alliances and enmities of the sort throwing Lebanon and Jordan into turmoil. Meanwhile, American foreign policy has been confused, incompetent, and feckless in insuring that the security and interests of the United States and its allies are protected.

A major reason for our foreign policy failures in the region is our inability to take into account the intricate diversity of ideological, political, and especially theological motives driving events. Just within the Islamist outfits, Sunni and Shia groups are at odds—and this isn’t to mention the many bitter divisions within Sunni and Shia groups. Add the other players in the Middle East––military dictators, secular democrats, leftover communists, and nationalists of various stripes––and the whole region seems embroiled in endlessly complex divisions and issues.

Yet a greater impediment to understanding accurately this bloody and complex region is our preconceived biases. Too often we rely on explanations that gratify our own ideological preferences and prejudices, but that function like mental stencils: they are a priori patterns we superimpose on events to create the picture we want to see, but only by concealing other events that do not fit the pattern. We indulge the most serious error of foreign policy: assuming that other peoples think like us and desire the same goods as we do, like political freedom and prosperity, at the expense of others, like religious obedience and honor.

One persistent narrative attributes the region’s disorder to Western colonialism and imperialism. The intrusion of European colonial powers into the region, the story goes, disrupted the native social and political institutions, imposing in their place racist norms and alien values that demeaned Muslims as the “other” and denigrated their culture to justify the exploitation of resources and markets. This process culminated after World War I in the dismantling of the caliphate, and the creation of Western-style nation-states that ignored the traditional ethnic and sectarian identities of the region. As a result, resentment and anger at colonial occupation and exploitation erupted in Islamist jihadism against the oppressor.

The Islamists themselves have found this narrative a convenient pretext for their violence, thus reinforcing this explanation for some Westerners. The most important jihadist theorist, the Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, wrote, “It is necessary to revive the Muslim community which is buried under the debris of the man-made traditions of several generations, and which is crushed under the weight of those false laws and customs which are not even remotely related to the Islamic teachings.”

Qutb was clearly alluding to the European colonial presence in the Middle East, and specifically to the nearly half-century of British control of Egypt. Al Qaeda, Hamas, and other jihadist groups similarly lace their communiqués with references to colonial “oppression” and neo-imperialist interference, as when Osama bin Laden scolded the U.S. in 2002 for waging war in the region “so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.” The Arabs likewise routinely describe the creation of Israel as a particularly offensive act of colonial aggression against the lands of Islam.

Such pretexts, however, are clearly for Western consumption, exploiting the Marxist demonization of imperialism and colonialism that informs the ideology of many leftist intellectuals in Europe and America. When speaking to fellow Muslims, however, most Islamist groups ground their motives in the traditional doctrines of Islam, which call for war against the infidel and the enemies of Islam.

The narrative of colonial oppression may be gratifying to leftist Western intellectuals, but it cannot alone explain the disorder of the region that has persisted long after the exit of the colonial powers. And it is hard to take seriously complaints of imperialism, colonialism, and occupation coming from followers of Islam. After all, Muslims were one of history’s most successful conquerors and imperialists who, as Efraim Karsh writes, “acted in a typically imperialist fashion from the start, subjugating indigenous populations, colonizing their lands, and expropriating their wealth, resources, and labor.”

Something else is needed to explain Islamic violence when India, a British colony for nearly 200 years, or South Africa, another ex-colony subjected to the indignities of racial apartheid, has not spawned global terrorist networks responsible for over 20,000 violent attacks just since 9/11.

The other dominant narrative is a reprise of Wilsonian democracy promotion. In this view, the dysfunctions of the region reflect the absence of open economies, liberal democratic governments, and recognition of human rights. Subjected to autocrats and dictators, the peoples of the Middle East are denied freedom, individual rights, and economic opportunity, and as a result are mired in poverty, oppression, and political disorder that explode into violent jihad.

George W. Bush sounded these themes in January 2005 in his inaugural speech, in which he linked U.S. security and global peace to the “force of human freedom” and the expansion of democracy: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.” Hence Bush’s attempts to build democratic institutions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and President Obama’s early support for the “Arab Spring” revolutions: “I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy [and] universal rights.” Both presidents agree that more democracy in the region will mean less of the violence, suffering, and disorder caused by frustration and oppression at the hands of dictators and kleptocrats.

Like the left-wing narrative of colonialism’s blowback in the form of terror and political dysfunction, democracy promotion suffers from the same limitations, particularly the imposition of Western political categories and goods onto a different culture. The fetishizing of democracy ignores the complex network of mores, values, and principles that undergird political freedom and that took over two millennia in the West to coalesce into liberal democracy. And it ignores the absence of those principles and mores in most Middle Eastern countries.

So we focus instead on the photogenic process of voting, the ink-stained fingers and lines at polling booths that we confuse for belief in the liberal foundations of genuine democracy. More important, like the left-wing narrative, democracy promotion is ultimately based on material conditions and the goods of this world––prosperity and individual freedom–– at the expense of religious beliefs. Religion is treated as a private lifestyle choice, as it has become in the West, rather than the most fundamental and important dimension of identity both personal and political, as it is in the Muslim world.

Much of the conflict in the Middle East reflects the collision of these two sets of goods, the religious and the secular, which we oversimplify by emphasizing only the latter. We assume that if a liberal democracy can be created, the tolerance for differences of religious belief, respect for individual rights, and a preference for settling political conflict with legal processes rather than violence, will automatically follow. We forget that in our own history, despite the long tradition of separation of church and state whose roots lie in Christian doctrine, Europe was torn apart by wars of religion that killed millions before that tolerance for sectarian differences triumphed.

The power of Islam is the reality our various narratives ignore or rationalize away when we attempt to understand the violence and disorder of the Middle East. But as the scholar Bernard Lewis reminds us, “in most Islamic countries, religion remains a major political factor,” for “most Muslim countries are still profoundly Muslim, in a way and in a sense that that most Christian countries are no longer Christian . . . in no Christian country at the present time can religious leaders count on the degree of belief and participation that remains normal in the Muslim lands . . . Christian clergy do not exercise or even claim the kind of public authority in most Muslim countries.”

This observation provides an insight into recent events in Egypt. After Mubarak fell, many believed that the secular democrats were on their way to creating a more democratic political order. But ensuing elections brought to power the Muslim Brothers, an Islamist organization that scorns democracy and Western notions of human rights as alien impositions preventing the creation of an Islamic social and political order based on sharia law.

When the deteriorating economy created frustration with the Muslim Brothers’ arrogance and ineptitude, mass protests sparked a military intervention that once again was interpreted as a rejection of the Brothers and sharia, and a yearning for liberal democracy. Our ideological stencil assumed that our secular goods of freedom and prosperity had trumped the religious goods of fidelity to Islam and its doctrines.

Yet it is not so clear that this is the case. Impatience with the Muslim Brothers’ inability to provide basic necessities and manage the economy, or anger at its heavy-handed tactics, do not necessarily entail rejection of the ultimate goal of a political-social order more consistent with Islamic law. Polling of Egyptians suggests that the general program of the Muslim Brothers is still supported even as their tactics and governing are rejected.

In a Pew survey earlier this year, 74 percent of Egyptians said they want sharia to be “the official law of the land,” and 55 percent said sharia should apply to non-Muslims, which in Egypt includes 15 million Christian Copts. An earlier survey from 2010 found more specific support for sharia law: 84 percent of Egyptians supported the death penalty for apostates, 82 percent supported stoning adulterers, 85 percent said Islam’s influence on politics is positive, 95 percent said that it is good that Islam plays a large role in politics, 59 percent identified with Islamic fundamentalists, 54 percent favored gender segregation in the workplace, 82 percent favored stoning adulterers, 77 percent favored whippings and cutting off the hands of thieves and robbers, 84 percent favored death for those leaving Islam, and 60 percent said that laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Koran.

These attitudes, consistent with the program of the Muslim Brothers, suggest that their opponents are angry not with their long-term goal of creating a more Islamized government, but with the Brothers’ abuse of power and their managerial incompetence that alienated the even more radically Islamist Nour party. As the Middle East analyst Reuel Marc Gerecht recently wrote, “Only the deluded, the naïve and the politically deceitful . . . can believe that Islamism’s ‘moment’ in Egypt has passed. More likely, it’s just having an interlude.”

These results will not surprise anyone who understands how profoundly religious beliefs determine Middle Eastern attitudes to politics and society. Rather than ignoring this widespread religiosity, or subordinating it to our own goods such as prosperity and personal freedom, or explaining away the patent illiberal and intolerant dimensions of this belief, as the dominant narratives continue to do, we should instead recognize and acknowledge the critical role of Islam in the violence and disorder rending this geopolitically strategic region. Only then can we craft a foreign policy that protects our security and interests.

Bruce S. Thornton is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of classics and humanities at California State University in Fresno, California.

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Watching the Middle East Implode
Why the source of the region’s misery can be found in the Koran.
by Bruce Thornton




Originally published in Defining Ideas.

The revolutions against dictators in the Middle East dubbed the Arab Spring have degenerated into a complex, bloody mélange of coups and counter-coups, as have happened in Egypt; vicious civil wars, like the current conflict in Syria; a resurgence of jihadists gaining footholds in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Sinai; and a shifting and fracturing of alliances and enmities of the sort throwing Lebanon and Jordan into turmoil. Meanwhile, American foreign policy has been confused, incompetent, and feckless in insuring that the security and interests of the United States and its allies are protected.

A major reason for our foreign policy failures in the region is our inability to take into account the intricate diversity of ideological, political, and especially theological motives driving events. Just within the Islamist outfits, Sunni and Shia groups are at odds—and this isn’t to mention the many bitter divisions within Sunni and Shia groups. Add the other players in the Middle East––military dictators, secular democrats, leftover communists, and nationalists of various stripes––and the whole region seems embroiled in endlessly complex divisions and issues.

Yet a greater impediment to understanding accurately this bloody and complex region is our preconceived biases. Too often we rely on explanations that gratify our own ideological preferences and prejudices, but that function like mental stencils: they are a priori patterns we superimpose on events to create the picture we want to see, but only by concealing other events that do not fit the pattern. We indulge the most serious error of foreign policy: assuming that other peoples think like us and desire the same goods as we do, like political freedom and prosperity, at the expense of others, like religious obedience and honor.

One persistent narrative attributes the region’s disorder to Western colonialism and imperialism. The intrusion of European colonial powers into the region, the story goes, disrupted the native social and political institutions, imposing in their place racist norms and alien values that demeaned Muslims as the “other” and denigrated their culture to justify the exploitation of resources and markets. This process culminated after World War I in the dismantling of the caliphate, and the creation of Western-style nation-states that ignored the traditional ethnic and sectarian identities of the region. As a result, resentment and anger at colonial occupation and exploitation erupted in Islamist jihadism against the oppressor.

The Islamists themselves have found this narrative a convenient pretext for their violence, thus reinforcing this explanation for some Westerners. The most important jihadist theorist, the Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, wrote, “It is necessary to revive the Muslim community which is buried under the debris of the man-made traditions of several generations, and which is crushed under the weight of those false laws and customs which are not even remotely related to the Islamic teachings.”

Qutb was clearly alluding to the European colonial presence in the Middle East, and specifically to the nearly half-century of British control of Egypt. Al Qaeda, Hamas, and other jihadist groups similarly lace their communiqués with references to colonial “oppression” and neo-imperialist interference, as when Osama bin Laden scolded the U.S. in 2002 for waging war in the region “so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and industries.” The Arabs likewise routinely describe the creation of Israel as a particularly offensive act of colonial aggression against the lands of Islam.

Such pretexts, however, are clearly for Western consumption, exploiting the Marxist demonization of imperialism and colonialism that informs the ideology of many leftist intellectuals in Europe and America. When speaking to fellow Muslims, however, most Islamist groups ground their motives in the traditional doctrines of Islam, which call for war against the infidel and the enemies of Islam.

The narrative of colonial oppression may be gratifying to leftist Western intellectuals, but it cannot alone explain the disorder of the region that has persisted long after the exit of the colonial powers. And it is hard to take seriously complaints of imperialism, colonialism, and occupation coming from followers of Islam. After all, Muslims were one of history’s most successful conquerors and imperialists who, as Efraim Karsh writes, “acted in a typically imperialist fashion from the start, subjugating indigenous populations, colonizing their lands, and expropriating their wealth, resources, and labor.”

Something else is needed to explain Islamic violence when India, a British colony for nearly 200 years, or South Africa, another ex-colony subjected to the indignities of racial apartheid, has not spawned global terrorist networks responsible for over 20,000 violent attacks just since 9/11.

The other dominant narrative is a reprise of Wilsonian democracy promotion. In this view, the dysfunctions of the region reflect the absence of open economies, liberal democratic governments, and recognition of human rights. Subjected to autocrats and dictators, the peoples of the Middle East are denied freedom, individual rights, and economic opportunity, and as a result are mired in poverty, oppression, and political disorder that explode into violent jihad.

George W. Bush sounded these themes in January 2005 in his inaugural speech, in which he linked U.S. security and global peace to the “force of human freedom” and the expansion of democracy: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.” Hence Bush’s attempts to build democratic institutions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and President Obama’s early support for the “Arab Spring” revolutions: “I think it was absolutely the right thing for us to do to align ourselves with democracy [and] universal rights.” Both presidents agree that more democracy in the region will mean less of the violence, suffering, and disorder caused by frustration and oppression at the hands of dictators and kleptocrats.

Like the left-wing narrative of colonialism’s blowback in the form of terror and political dysfunction, democracy promotion suffers from the same limitations, particularly the imposition of Western political categories and goods onto a different culture. The fetishizing of democracy ignores the complex network of mores, values, and principles that undergird political freedom and that took over two millennia in the West to coalesce into liberal democracy. And it ignores the absence of those principles and mores in most Middle Eastern countries.

So we focus instead on the photogenic process of voting, the ink-stained fingers and lines at polling booths that we confuse for belief in the liberal foundations of genuine democracy. More important, like the left-wing narrative, democracy promotion is ultimately based on material conditions and the goods of this world––prosperity and individual freedom–– at the expense of religious beliefs. Religion is treated as a private lifestyle choice, as it has become in the West, rather than the most fundamental and important dimension of identity both personal and political, as it is in the Muslim world.

Much of the conflict in the Middle East reflects the collision of these two sets of goods, the religious and the secular, which we oversimplify by emphasizing only the latter. We assume that if a liberal democracy can be created, the tolerance for differences of religious belief, respect for individual rights, and a preference for settling political conflict with legal processes rather than violence, will automatically follow. We forget that in our own history, despite the long tradition of separation of church and state whose roots lie in Christian doctrine, Europe was torn apart by wars of religion that killed millions before that tolerance for sectarian differences triumphed.

The power of Islam is the reality our various narratives ignore or rationalize away when we attempt to understand the violence and disorder of the Middle East. But as the scholar Bernard Lewis reminds us, “in most Islamic countries, religion remains a major political factor,” for “most Muslim countries are still profoundly Muslim, in a way and in a sense that that most Christian countries are no longer Christian . . . in no Christian country at the present time can religious leaders count on the degree of belief and participation that remains normal in the Muslim lands . . . Christian clergy do not exercise or even claim the kind of public authority in most Muslim countries.”

This observation provides an insight into recent events in Egypt. After Mubarak fell, many believed that the secular democrats were on their way to creating a more democratic political order. But ensuing elections brought to power the Muslim Brothers, an Islamist organization that scorns democracy and Western notions of human rights as alien impositions preventing the creation of an Islamic social and political order based on sharia law.

When the deteriorating economy created frustration with the Muslim Brothers’ arrogance and ineptitude, mass protests sparked a military intervention that once again was interpreted as a rejection of the Brothers and sharia, and a yearning for liberal democracy. Our ideological stencil assumed that our secular goods of freedom and prosperity had trumped the religious goods of fidelity to Islam and its doctrines.

Yet it is not so clear that this is the case. Impatience with the Muslim Brothers’ inability to provide basic necessities and manage the economy, or anger at its heavy-handed tactics, do not necessarily entail rejection of the ultimate goal of a political-social order more consistent with Islamic law. Polling of Egyptians suggests that the general program of the Muslim Brothers is still supported even as their tactics and governing are rejected.

In a Pew survey earlier this year, 74 percent of Egyptians said they want sharia to be “the official law of the land,” and 55 percent said sharia should apply to non-Muslims, which in Egypt includes 15 million Christian Copts. An earlier survey from 2010 found more specific support for sharia law: 84 percent of Egyptians supported the death penalty for apostates, 82 percent supported stoning adulterers, 85 percent said Islam’s influence on politics is positive, 95 percent said that it is good that Islam plays a large role in politics, 59 percent identified with Islamic fundamentalists, 54 percent favored gender segregation in the workplace, 82 percent favored stoning adulterers, 77 percent favored whippings and cutting off the hands of thieves and robbers, 84 percent favored death for those leaving Islam, and 60 percent said that laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Koran.

These attitudes, consistent with the program of the Muslim Brothers, suggest that their opponents are angry not with their long-term goal of creating a more Islamized government, but with the Brothers’ abuse of power and their managerial incompetence that alienated the even more radically Islamist Nour party. As the Middle East analyst Reuel Marc Gerecht recently wrote, “Only the deluded, the naïve and the politically deceitful . . . can believe that Islamism’s ‘moment’ in Egypt has passed. More likely, it’s just having an interlude.”

These results will not surprise anyone who understands how profoundly religious beliefs determine Middle Eastern attitudes to politics and society. Rather than ignoring this widespread religiosity, or subordinating it to our own goods such as prosperity and personal freedom, or explaining away the patent illiberal and intolerant dimensions of this belief, as the dominant narratives continue to do, we should instead recognize and acknowledge the critical role of Islam in the violence and disorder rending this geopolitically strategic region. Only then can we craft a foreign policy that protects our security and interests.

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Exclamation How Historic Revisionism Justifies Islamic Terrorism

How Historic Revisionism Justifies Islamic Terrorism
Islam: the great “liberator” of the Middle East?
by Raymond Ibrahim






How important, really, is history to current affairs? Do events from the 7th century—or, more importantly, how we understand them—have any influence on U.S. foreign policy today?

By way of answer, consider some parallels between academia’s portrayal of the historic Islamic jihads and the U.S. government’s and media’s portrayal of contemporary Islamic jihads.

While any objective appraisal of the 7th century Muslim conquests proves that they were just that—conquests, with all the bloodshed and rapine that that entails—the historical revisionism of modern academia, especially within Arab and Islamic studies departments, has led to some portrayals of the Muslim conquerors as “freedom-fighters” trying to “liberate” the Mideast from tyrants and autocrats. (Beginning to sound familiar?)

Today’s approach to teaching the history of the Muslim conquests of the 7th century is something as follows: Yes, the Mideast was Christian, but local Christians helped Arab Muslims invade and subjugate their countries in preference to Christian Byzantine rule, which was oppressive due to doctrinal disagreements over the nature of Christ. Hence, the Muslim conquerors were actually “liberators.”

This perspective, as with many modern Western perspectives concerning Islam, is a product of modern day epistemic distortions, chief among them: 1) repackaged narratives of the “noble savage” myth—yes, 7th century Muslim invaders were coarse, but had elevated ideals, including a fierce love for freedom and religious tolerance in comparison to Christians of the time (not to mention now); and 2) entrenched political correction that seeks to whitewash the true history of Islam followed by the uncritical acceptance of Islamic apologetics, some of which border on the absurd.

Of course, before the Islamic “liberator” thesis had become mainstream, historians such as Alfred Butler, author of The Arab Conquest of Egypt, had this to say about it:
Even in the most recent historians it will be found that the outline of the story [of the 7th century conquest of Egypt] is something as follows:… that the Copts generally hailed them [Muslims] as deliverers and rendered them every assistance; and that Alexandria after a long siege, full of romantic episodes, was captured by storm. Such is the received account. It may seem presumptuous to say that it is untrue from beginning to end, but to me no other conclusion is possible. (emphasis added; pgs. iv-v).
In fact, one of the major themes throughout Butler’s Arab Conquest of Egypt—which, published in 1902, is heavily based on primary sources, Arabic and Coptic, unlike more modern secondary works that promote the Islamic “liberator” thesis—is that “there is not a word to show that any section of the Egyptian nation viewed the advent of the Muslims with any other feeling than terror” (p. 236).

Butler and other politically incorrect historians were and are aware of the savage and atrocity-laden nature of the Islamic conquests. The Coptic chronicler, John of Nikiu, a contemporary of the Arab conquest of Egypt and possibly an eyewitness, wrote:
Then the Muslims arrived in Nikiu [along the Nile]… seized the town and slaughtered everyone they met in the street and in the churches—men, women, and children, sparing nobody. Then they went to other places, pillaged and killed all the inhabitants they found…. But let us say no more, for it is impossible to describe the horrors the Muslims committed…”
Nonetheless, today’s accepted narratives do not come from antiquated historians or primary historical texts; they come from the Saudi-funded ivy league— Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, etc.—all of which peddle pro-Islamic propaganda (I personally had direct experience at Georgetown), including the “freedom loving jihadis” vs. “oppressive tyrants” thesis.

Percolating out of liberal academia to liberal mass media, the effects of this well-entrenched but false narrative have taken their toll, ultimately helping to create a disastrous U.S. foreign policy.

Put differently, the Islamic terrorists waging jihad against autocratic (but secular, religiously tolerant) governments—most notably in Syria today—are easily portrayed in the West as “freedom fighters” against oppressive tyrants and thus deserving of U.S. support in great part because this motif has permeated the social consciousness of America—as molded by Hollywood and the news rooms—thanks to the academic distortion of events that took place nearly fourteen centuries ago.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the Islamic “freedom fighters” are slaughtering, raping, beheading, persecuting and plunderingjust as they have been for nearly fourteen centuries.

That is the only unwavering constant in this sad story.

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Radical Islamist Website Leader Pleads Guilty to Threatening Jewish Groups

by Abha Shankar

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A founder of a radical Islamist website pleaded guilty Thursday to using the Internet to espouse jihadi attacks against Jewish organizations.Yousef Mohamid Al-Khattab (a.k.a. Joseph Cohen), co-founder of the "Revolution Muslim" websites, pleaded guilty to using his position as leader of a radical Islamist website to place Jewish organizations, including a Chabad in Brooklyn, NY, "in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury."

Court records show that in March 2008 Al-Khattab posted a video to the Revolution Muslim website praising the "martyrdom operation" of a Palestinian who had attacked a Jewish school in Jerusalem killing eight students and injuring 11 more. The video referred to the attacker as an "Islamic warrior" who "slaughtered eight rabbinical students in Merkaz HaRav, which is a Yeshiva [Jewish religious school] the Zionist War Machine uses to train its religious soldiers."

Al-Khattab also praised the deadly November 2008 terrorist siege in Mumbai, where terrorists attacked multiple targets including a Chabad House. Six people were brutally murdered at the Chabad House, including the rabbi and his wife. Al-Khattab justified the attack saying the Chabad supported Israel.

In January 2009, Al-Khattab posted a video encouraging viewers upset with the conflict in Gaza to target Jewish Federation chapters in the U.S. and "deal with them directly at their homes." The video provided the names and addresses of three New York-area synagogues as well as the photo and map of a Chabad organization in Brooklyn. It showed images from a rally that included several Hasidic Jews supporting Israeli actions in Gaza. Above the video image was the text, "Do Not Let Orthodox Judaism Get Away from Murder in Ghaza." Under the image, Al-Khattab wrote, "Make EVERY attempt to reach these people and teach them the message of Islam or leave them a message from Islam."

Al-Khattab founded the Revolution Muslim website in 2007 along with Jesse Morton, also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammad, "to operate Internet platforms and websites to encourage Muslims to support Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others engaged in espousing violent jihad." In June 2012, a federal judge sentenced Morton to 138 months in prison. Revolution Muslim administrator Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison in February 2011.

Al-Khattab faces a maximum of five years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 7.

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British and U.S. Aid Subsidizing Palestinian Terror (The Guardian)
Maybe if money wasn't free to them, the Palestinians would actually build economies instead of using our donations to kill people.




US and UK taxpayers fund the Palestinian Authority, which in turn funds prisoners in Israeli jails. It's dangerously dysfunctional

On both sides of the pond, in London and Washington, policymakers are struggling to weather their budget crises. Therefore, it may astound American and British taxpayers that the precious dollars and pounds they deploy in Israel and the Occupied Territories fungibly funds terrorism.

The instrument of this funding is US and UK programs of aid paid to the Palestinian Authority. This astonishing financial dynamic is known to most Israeli leaders and western journalists in Israel. But it is still a shock to most in Congress and many in Britain's Parliament, who are unaware that money going to the Palestinian Authority is regularly diverted to a program that systematically rewards convicted prisoners with generous salaries.

These transactions in fact violate American and British laws that prohibit US funding from benefiting terrorists. More than that, they could be seen as incentivizing murder and terror against innocent civilians.

Here's how the system works. When a Palestinian is convicted of an act of terror against the Israeli government or innocent civilians, such as a bombing or a murder, that convicted terrorist automatically receives a generous salary from the Palestinian Authority. The salary is specified by the Palestinian "law of the prisoner" and administered by the PA's Ministry of Prisoner Affairs. A Palestinian watchdog group, the Prisoners Club, ensures the PA's compliance with the law and pushes for payments as a prioritized expenditure. This means that even during frequent budget shortfalls and financial crisis, the PA PA pays the prisoners' salaries first and foremost – before other fiscal obligations.

The law of the prisoner narrowly delineates just who is entitled to receive an official salary. In a recent interview, Ministry of Prisoners spokesman Amr Nasser read aloud that definition:
A detainee is each and every person who is in an Occupation prison based on his or her participation in the resistance to Occupation.
This means crimes against Israel or Israelis. Nasser was careful to explain:
It does not include common-law thieves and burglars. They are not included and are not part of the mandate of the ministry.
Under a sliding scale, carefully articulated in the law of the prisoner, the more serious the act of terrorism, the longer the prison sentence, and consequently, the higher the salary. Incarceration for up to three years fetches a salary of almost $400 per month. Prisoners behind bars for between three and five years will be paid about $560 monthly – a compensation level already higher than that for many ordinary West Bank jobs. Sentences of ten to 15 years fetch salaries of about $1,690 per month. Still worse acts of terrorism against civilians, punished with sentences between 15 and 20 years, earn almost $2,000 per month.

These are the best salaries in the Palestinian territories. The Arabic word ratib, meaning "salary", is the official term for this compensation. The law ensures the greatest financial reward for the most egregious acts of terrorism.

In the Palestinian community, the salaries are no secret; they are publicly hailed in public speeches and special TV reports. The New York Times and the Times of Israel have both mentioned the mechanism in passing. Only British and American legislators seem to be uninformed about the payments.

From time to time, the salaries are augmented with special additional financial incentives. For example, in 2009, a $150-per-prisoner bonus was approved to mark the religious holiday of Eid al-Adha. President Mahmoud Abbas also directed that an extra $190 "be added to the stipends given to Palestinians affiliated with PLO factions in Israeli prisons this month". Reporting on the additional emolument, the Palestinian news service Ma'an explained:
Each PLO-affiliated prisoner [already] receives [a special allocation of] $238 per month, plus an extra $71 if they are married, and an extra $12 for each child. The stipend is paid by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) each month.
About 6% of the Palestinian budget is diverted to prisoner salaries. All this money comes from so-called "donor countries" such as the United States, Great Britain, Norway, and Denmark. Palestinian officials have reacted with defiance to any foreign governmental effort to end the salaries. Deputy Minister of Prisoners Affairs Ziyad Abu Ein declared to satellite TV network Hona Al-Quds:
If the financial assistance and support to the PA are stopped, the [payment of] salaries (Rawatib) and allowances (Mukhassasat) to Palestinian prisoners will not be stopped, whatever the cost may be. The prisoners are our joy. We will sacrifice everything for them and continue to provide for their families.
Many believe foreign aid is an investment in peace between the warring parties in Israel and disputed lands. That investment might have a greater chance for success if terrorism did not pay as well as it does – with taxpayers footing the bill.

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Exclamation Islam: The Foundation of the Middle East Conflict

Islam: The Foundation of the Middle East Conflict
The one true impediment to peace in the Islamic world and beyond.
by Jerrold L. Sobel




As we approach the 4th month and 14th meeting between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), the latest round of U.S. pressured negotiations seem hopelessly deadlocked. What else is new?

Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Jerusalem this week to try and resuscitate the perpetually moribund peace talks between Israel and the PLO. According to an article in the Jerusalem Post, Israeli officials claim both sides are cognizant a gap between them is so great that only an interim deal can be made in the 9-month time frame mandated by the Obama Administration.

Not wasting a moment, PLO secretary general, Yasser Abed Rabbo, immediately quashed the report and rejected it out of hand, stating it was “baseless.”….“The Palestinian leadership rejects any interim agreements…. We also reject the idea of establishing a Palestinian state with temporary borders.” As if not emphatic enough, he went on to describe the Israeli position as: “the worst in 20 years.”

PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki concurred, reaffirming as non-negotiable the demand for a two-state solution based upon the pre-1967 lines “where Palestine and Israel would live next to each other in security and peace.” Wouldn’t that be nice?

In accordance, PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusef further dispelled the aura of secret negotiations by stating, if they didn’t get their way, “The Palestinians won’t be able to continue with them. All indications show that the talks are headed toward failure.” For reasons other than his, I couldn’t agree with him more.

Lost in all the hyperbole of deceptive surface issues such as “settlements,” Jerusalem, the right of return, pre-67 borders, and the creation of a Palestinian state itself, is a failure to recognize these issues are outward symptoms of the struggle, not its essence. The foundation, the least common denominator of this enmity is the expansionist nature of Islam, a political movement ensconced in a religion.

More than any other reason, these innumerable talks have been nothing but a game of ring around the rosy and Jew hatred, codified within the Qur’an and Hadith, the foundational scriptures of Islam. To the faithful, the mere existence of a sovereign Jewish state in their midst is a violation of dar-al-Islam (all those lands in which a Muslim sets foot in becomes the possession of Islam. Non-Muslims may live there but only upon Muslim sufferance). This is the substantive point of departure of Arab bellicosity long before 1948 and to this very day is the one underlying issue which renders all others moot.

From the past to the present, from Mohammad, to the Caliphate dynasties, onward to today’s terrorists wreaking havoc upon the world. Expansive Islam is driven by the venerated Qur’an, one-third of which is devoted to the denigration of Jews. The quotes in the Hadith (the putative sayings of Muhammad or a report about something he did) are no less replete with Jewish invective. These laws divide the world theologically into those who who accept Islam as a divine religion and those that do not.

Those who do not are called dhimmis (conquered people that do not convert to Islam but are protected as long as they pay an exorbitant poll tax, the jizya). They are forced to accept a recognizable and humiliating second class existence under strict Islamic suzerainty. This has been the fate of all native populations vanquished by Muslim hordes throughout history and would surely be that of Jews in Israel today if they absurdly succumb to the pressures of a land for peace pipe dream where recalcitrant terrorist groups over a period of time would certainly finish off whatever was left of Israel.

Unfortunately, hitherto, the West either fails to recognize or doesn’t have the moxie to confront the self-evident theological nature of the Middle East dispute, finding it much easier to admonish Israel for not acquiescing to the preposterous demands made upon her. To those dismissive of this analysis, deeming it Islamophobic, I encourage you not to kill the messenger. Instead google an English translation of the Qur’an, type in “Jews” or “children of Israel,” do some objective scholarship, and make your own judgment as to whether this clash is fueled by temporal dictates or by theological, systemic, Jew hatred.

In his own words, Israel’s “partner for peace,” Mahmoud Abbas in a 2007 speech commemorating the the 42nd anniversary of the founding of his Fatah party quoted directly from Sura 5:64 of the Qur’an:

“And the Jews say, the hand of Allah is chained. Chained are their hands, and cursed are they for what they say. ….We have cast among them animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection. Every time they kindled the fire of war [against you], Allah extinguished it. And they strive throughout the land [causing] corruption, and Allah does not like corrupters.”

He went on to say: “We should put our internal fighting aside and raise our rifles only against the Israeli occupation.” Yet with a straight face and the spontaneity of a chameleon he adeptly can look the gullible right in the eye as he did in 2010 at a White House meeting in which he proclaimed to President Obama: “I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we’re not doing that.” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Human Rights and co-chairman of the Bi-Partisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, would beg to differ.

Following a meeting on Capital Hill on January 26, 2012, he and others stated that Palestinian text books at grade levels 1-12 are replete with lessons of intolerance and hatred toward Jews and Israel.

As if more evidence of his ill intentions are needed, Abbas, the “moderate”at a meeting in Cairo this past July 29th reiterated: “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli, civilian or soldier on our lands.” “Final resolution.” How fitting he would use that term. With his demand for a (Judenrein) Jew-free country, this revered Palestinian statesman joins the majority of Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, where Jews, especially those from Israel are not permitted to set foot.

If this were a secular affray over matters such as those mentioned earlier or any other non-religious contention it could have been settled years ago. But except to the willfully blind, the overwhelming evidence validates theocratic Jewish hatred as its underpinning. If not for its religious nature why would the entire Islamic world be so vehement in not recognizing Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people?

In response to my essays and presentations, I’m often asked my opinion on how this struggle might ultimately be resolved. The options I present are often unacceptable to some and impracticable to others.

One thing for certain, based upon the aforementioned it won’t get done by the historically defunct “land for peace” paradigm. If that were possible it would have been accomplished at Camp David in 2000 when Arafat turned down 97% of Judea/Samaria (West Bank), all of Gaza, a capital in Jerusalem, a right of return, and a $30 billion compensation fund for refugees.

It was also spurned 5 years later by the Palestinians following Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza resultant in two subsequent wars and terrorism unabated till this very day.

Once again it was spurned in 2006 when then Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert offered Abbas joint sovereignty of Jerusalem and a partial return of refugees. None of these gestures of peace, including Israel’s abandonment of Southern Lebanon, were met with reciprocation. History and current events bare witness, conflicts exist wherever predominant Muslim states adjoin non-Islamic entities and this certainly is no different. So what are the options? Few and none appealing:

All out war; acquiescence; the eventual dismemberment of the Jewish character of Israel; the status quo; an Islamic Reformation.

The one that could end the Israeli/Palestinian crisis and 90% of the conflicts around the world will most likely never happen, an Islamic Reformation. Such a movement would entail a renouncement of the political, imperialist dogma which up to this point has characterized Islam from the outset. It would also necessitate purging the hectoring and codified hatred of Jews and others so abundant within Islamic scriptures.

In addition, Muslims would have to renounce the messianic, forced proselytization and conversion of the Kafir (“infidels” not wishing to convert to Islam). Anything short of this guarantees conflict not only between Israel and the Palestinians but between Islam and nations and individuals throughout the world that wish to maintain their own customs and way of life.

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Arrow What happened to the Jews who lived in Muslim lands?

What happened to the Jews who lived in Muslim lands?






The establishment of the State of Israel was considered to have made the Jews kaffir harbi, Infidels at war with Islam, whose contract of protection (dhimma) was thus revoked. These expulsions and killings followed.

"November Is the Cruelest Month," by Lyn Julius in (of all places) the Huffington Post, November 25:
To paraphrase TS Eliot, November was always a cruel month for Jewish citizens of Arab states - and never more so than in the 1940s.

Three popular myths surround the 870,000 Jews who left Arab countries after Israel was born. The first is that they departed of their own free will. Second, if they did flee as refugees, it was because Arab states lashed out spontaneously against their Jewish citizens like a bull to a red rag (and who could blame them?). Third, the Arab states took revenge on their Jews for the plight of Arabs driven out of Palestine.

There are several things wrong with this reading of history. First, the pressures on Jews were shared with other non-Muslim and ethnic minorities. Secondly, Arab leaders were making threats against their own Jewish citizens, and devised a coordinated plan to persecute them, before the 1947 UN Partition Plan was passed. Thirdly, violent riots against defenseless Jews in Arab countries preceded the outbreak of war in Palestine and the resulting flight of several hundred thousand Arab refugees.

Sixty-six years ago this week, the Political Committee of the UN General Assembly sat down to debate the proposed Partition of Palestine. The Egyptian delegate, Heykal Pasha, made the following remarks:
"The United Nations...should not lose sight of the fact that the proposed solution might endanger a million Jews living in the Muslim countries. Partition of Palestine might create antisemitism in those countries even more difficult to root out than the antisemitism which the Allies tried to eradicate in Germany...If a Jewish state is established, nobody could prevent disorders. Riots would break out in Palestine, would spread through all the Arab states and might lead to a war between two races."
Sure enough, a wave of violence spread in Egypt following the vote in favor of Partition on 29 November 1947.

Demonstrations were called for 2 - 5 December. It was only because the police prevented the mob from attacking the Cairo Jewish quarter that lives were spared.

In Bahrain, beginning on 5 December, crowds began looting Jewish homes and shops and destroyed the synagogue. Two elderly ladies were killed.

In Aleppo, Syria, the Jewish community was devastated by a mob led by the Muslim Brotherhood. At least 150 homes, 50 shops, all 18 synagogues, five schools, an orphanage and a youth club were destroyed. Many people were killed, but the exact figure is not known. Over half the city's 10,000 Jews fled into Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine.

In Aden, the police could not contain the rioting. By the time order was restored on 4 December, 82 Jews had been killed. Of 170 Jewish-owned shops, 106 were destroyed. The synagogue and two schools were among the Jewish institutions burnt down.

Arab statesmen were making threats against their Jewish citizens six months before Ben Gurion declared Israel established.

More alarming still, Jews had been targeted for violence years earlier. In Iraq, 179 Jews were murdered in a Nazi-inspired pogrom, the Farhud, seven years before Israel was created.
In November 1945, two years before Israel was declared, and before the UN Partition Plan vote, a series of anti-Jewish riots broke out in several Arab countries on the anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

In Egypt, anti-Zionist demonstrations were called by the Muslim Brotherhood, Misr al-Fatat and the Young Men's Muslim Association. Mass demonstrations took place on Balfour Day (2 November) in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities.
Jewish businesses in Cairo and in the Jewish Quarter were looted and the Ashkenazi synagogue ransacked. The disturbances soon spilled over into anti-dhimmi violence, with Coptic, Greek Orthodox and Catholic institutions also attacked. Of 500 businesses looted, 109 belonged to Jews.

Amazingly, only one policeman was killed in Cairo. Five Jews were among six killed in Alexandria.

Far worse was the pogrom in Libya which began on 4 November 1945 in Tripoli. Thousands went on the rampage in the Jewish quarter and bazaar. Jewish homes and businesses had been marked out beforehand for exclusive attack.

The violence spread to other towns. Over three days of rioting, the police stood by and British and US servicemen on the outskirts waited until three days later to impose a curfew. By then 130 Jews were dead including 36 children. Women were raped, some 4,000 Jews were left homeless and nine synagogues destroyed.

In Syria a mob broke into the great synagogue in Aleppo and beat up two elderly men. In Iraq, the government avoided a repeat of the 1941 Farhud by banning public demonstrations.

But in November 1947, the blood-curdling threats coming from Arab officials were none other than state-sanctioned incitement....
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Syria: Auto license plate says registered to "The Caliphate, Levant Province"

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Al-Qaeda Opens School Teaching Children to Misunderstand Islam


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Islamic authorities in the West constantly insist that al-Qaeda misunderstands Islam, and only greasy Islamophobes would dare speculate as to whether its Qur'anic justifications for its actions have any merit. But now an al-Qaeda affiliate has opened a school in Syria in which it teaches "students ranging in age from 10 to 15 to believe in Allah, follow Islam, and aspire to jihad holy war." Where are the schools that teach young Muslims to reject this understanding of Islam that Muslim in the West condemn? If they condemn, where are their programs to teach against it?

"Al Qaeda Opens Syrian Jihad School," by Dalit Halevi and Ari Yashar for Israel National News, December 31, 2013:
Jabhat Al Nusra, an Islamist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, maintains an infrastructure of governance as one of the central opposition forces. Aside from managing religious courts based on Islamic sharia law, the group has opened new schooling programs emphasizing Islam and jihad.

In the southern Syrian town of Daraa, a school established by the organization teaches roughly 30 students ranging in age from 10 to 15 to believe in Allah, follow Islam, and aspire to jihad holy war.

Video footage from the school shows students learning by rote passages from the Koran, reading "our path is the path of jihad."

The use of child soldiers by rebel forces, including the more "moderate" Free Syrian Army (FSA), has been documented, and shows how the lessons learned in the school may quickly be turned into action.

On the walls of the classroom hang posters featuring verses from the Koran, including one praising jihadist "martyrs," explaining that they aren't "dead" but rather "living" with Allah.

One of the teachers explains that the students learn how to use weapons and are prepared to become jihadists. Video can be seen [above].

The Islamist nature of the Syrian opposition forces has been a point of contention, with Russia recently claiming the West understands Syrian President Bashar Assad is "better" than the rebels.

The Russian comment came after Islamic Front battalions, which call for an Islamic state, took over warehouses held by the more secular FSA in early December, leading the US and Britain to suspend military funding to rebel factions....

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/syria-al-qaeda-opens-school-teaching-children-to-misunderstand-islam.html
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Shaked: 'How Can We Make Peace With These People?'
In letter to MKs, Ambassadors, Jewish Home Chairwoman Ayelet Shaked calls for end to anti-Semitic incitement in the PA.
By Tova Dvorin, Arutz Sheva Staff


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MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) dispatched a letter to Knesset members and ambassadors in Israel Sunday, following reports of violent and anti-Semitic content featured on the Gaza radio station "Sawt Al-Quds", broadcasted on FM 102.7.

The program, named "Arva Vanet" (lit. "no homeland"), airs several times a week and profiles a "martyr" for the "Palestinian people," according to the letter. The program glorifies that murder of civilians - especially Religious Zionists.

Each story details a different terror attack and is accompanied by a soundtrack full of pathos. The show airs in the afternoon and evening - a prime time to reach the ears of children and teenagers returning home from school.

Shaked gives one example of programming by the station, citing an episode which aired on January 1. "The broadcaster talked about the "martyr" from the city of Nablus, born in 1977, who blew himself up in Netanya, killing large numbers of Jews 'by the Grace of G-d,'" she stated.

Shaked responded, "We are trying to make peace with these people? They incite to murder and praise terrorist atrocities! They educate their children to murder innocent people! They have no regard for morals or human life!"

Shaked noted that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised peace only in the event that incitement against Jews and Israeli stopped. Now that the incitement continues, "why do we continue the deception [of negotiations]? Why do we stand blind to reality?" she asked.

Shaked concluded her letter with a statement calling on the international community to recognize the incitement against Israel from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza.

Israel's Security Agency (ISA or the Shin Bet) statistics in 2013 revealed that terror attacks have been on the rise since peace talks resumed.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remarked Friday that incitement - not just from the Hamas, but from the PA as well - is "a major factor behind the attacks."

“To glorify the murders of innocent women and men as heroes is an outrage,” he added. “How can President Abbas say that he stands against terrorism when he embraces the perpetrators of terrorism and glorifies them as heroes? He can’t stand against terrorists and stand with the terrorists.”

Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that it is “not surprising that in recent weeks Israel has been subjected to a growing wave of terrorist attacks. President Abbas didn’t see fit to condemn these attacks even after we learned that at least in one case, I stress at least in one case, those who served and are serving in the Palestinian security forces took part in them.”

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Al Qaeda behind 95% of world's suicide bombings

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Hardest hit: Robert Pape, who several years ago published with great fanfare a study that purported to show that most suicide terror is committed by non-Muslims. Not only was Pape wrong; he was on the dole of Hamas-linked CAIR.

"Study warns of growing threat to Israel from Al-Qaeda," by Avi Issacharoff for the Times of Israel, January 14:
A team of researchers at an Israeli institute has found a surge in the number of suicide attacks in the last decade, with al-Qaeda behind the lion’s share of them.

A new report by the Institute for National Security Studies indicates a steep rise in the number of suicide bombings since the turn of the century, with 2013 seeing a jump over the year prior.

Researchers also found a growing threat of al-Qaeda terror activity against Israel, even though the Jewish state has yet to be significantly targeted.

The study was authored by Yoram Schweitzer, head of the institute’s terrorism research program, and researchers Einat Yogev and Yotam Rosner.

From the 1980s, when suicide bombings first came on the scene, until 2000, the majority of the approximately 200 such bombings were carried out by the Lebanese Shiite terror group Hezbollah.

Since 2000, however, around 3,500 suicide bombings have been recorded. The turning point came following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

In all, al-Qaeda and jihadist groups have tallied more than 85 percent of the total suicide attacks worldwide, but in 2013 that figure rose to nearly 95%, the INSS study found.

Despite the relatively low number of suicide bombings compared to other tactics employed by terror groups, they resonate strongly thanks to both the number of lives they claim and their attack on public morale.

In the past year, terrorist groups launched 291 suicide attacks in 18 countries, killing around 3,100 people — a 25% rise in attacks compared to the year prior....

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A Cautious Middle East Forecast for 2014
A year of intensified Sunni-Shia bloodshed.
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The Middle East has been a reliable source of the unpredictable. It can always promise upheaval, and that is exactly what it provided us in 2013. In Egypt, Mohammad Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood led government was removed by the military in early July, following large scale demonstrations throughout Egypt. The demonstrators demanded a more secular Egypt, and the military seized this groundswell to get rid of an increasingly authoritarian and economically failing regime.

In Syria, 2013 was still as bloody as the previous year, with the casualty count exceeding 150,000. The international community has been impotent to bring the civil war to an end, and the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey is swelling. The chemical weapons used by the Assad regime in 2013 forced President Obama to issue a red-line, with the threat of military action. Secretary of State John Kerry, with the help of Russia’s President Putin, found a face-saving formula to avoid military action, pushing the Assad regime to give up its chemical weapons, but leaving Bashar Assad more secure than in the previous year.

Neighboring Lebanon has suffered the effects of the Syrian civil war as Sunni militants’ targeted Hezbollah assets in Beirut and elsewhere. Sunni Lebanese reacted to Shiite Hezbollah involvement in Syria on the side of the Assad regime against fellow Sunnis in Syria. In the meantime, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is growing beyond capacity to absorb them. It is also disturbing the sensitive confessional balance.

The coming year will see the intensification of the Sunni-Shiite divide with Saudi Arabia contributing $3 billion to the Lebanese Army as part of the proxy war between Riyadh and Tehran. The disappearance of the U.S. as a power broker in the Middle East has created room for al-Qaeda in Iraq and increasingly in Lebanon. Elias Khoury, a Lebanese novelist and critic was quoted by the New York Times as saying “The West is not there, and we are in the hands of two regional powers, the Saudis and Iranians, each of which is fanatical in its own way. I don’t see how they can reach any entente, any rational solution.”

The U.S. departure from Iraq in December, 2011, brought about the predictable mayhem in a country similar to Syria based on artificial colonial boundaries and similarly tormented by religious and ethnic strife. 2013 was the deadliest year since 2008, with 7,800 Iraqi civilians killed and nearly 18,000 injured. A key factor in the renewed violence in Iraq seems to be the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq, and the raging civil war in Syria, which has given al-Qaeda renewed vigor. While many Sunni fighters entered Syria through Iraq’s Anbar Province, al-Qaeda fighters have now reentered Iraq (they renamed themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), aiming to restore Sunni rule.

Jordan, much like Turkey and Lebanon, has been inundated by a flood of Syrian refugees. Since March, 2011, Jordan has hosted over 600,000 Syrian refugees, almost 10% of its population, and many of them are Palestinians. Combined with the Palestinians who are Jordanian citizens, and make up almost 70% of the Jordanian population, they pose a serious concern if not an immediate threat to the Hashemite Kingdom, and the rule of King Abdullah II, who can truly depend on less than one third of the population.

The mid-January referendum in Egypt, the third in three years, was designed to approve a new constitution, and validate the actions of the military in ousting President Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. In order to prompt Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi to campaign and surely win the Egyptian presidency, he will need a large turnout of ‘yes’ voters for the new constitution. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their supporters are boycotting the referendum.

Throughout the 86-year existence of the MB, it has engaged in violent clashes with secular regimes that have ruled Egypt. It included political assassination of leading figures of those regimes. It did not however lead to a civil war. During much of those years the MB was outlawed. The fall of the Mubarak regime in 2011, and the election of Morsi as President of Egypt in 2012, gave the MB a taste of power for the first time.

Campaigning under the party name of Freedom and Justice, in a seemingly free and fair election, the MB won almost half of the seats in the Egyptian Parliament, while Morsi got 51.7% of the votes in the presidential contest.

In the past 86-years, the MB did not claim political power. However, in 2014, the sense of loss or more accurately, the feeling among many of the MB leaders and their supporters is that “power was stolen from them.” This can only engender a civil war, with the MB targeting, in particular, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi (who is responsible for removing Morsi).

Therefore, we can expect intensified violence by the MB against the government and military. Al-Qaeda and other Islamists groups, taxing government resources, will take advantage of the lawlessness to further weaken the secular government, especially in the vastly uncontrolled Sinai Peninsula. Any newly elected secular president and parliament will not be recognized as legitimate by the MB.

The various measures the Obama administration has taken against the Egyptian military following the overthrow of Morsi, has soured relations between Washington and Cairo. As a consequence, the U.S. defense industry will suffer from a decline in arms sales to Egypt, while the latter turns to Russia to be once again its arms supplier. This would be another Obama administration costly miscalculation. Saudi influence in Egypt will grow along with Russia’s, as the former provided $5 billion to Egypt to demonstrate its opposition to Obama’s policies.

In July, 2012, it appeared as if the Assad regime was about to crumble. The Sunni-Muslim rebels struck Assad’s National Security headquarters in Damascus. In 2014, the situation has turned around, as the Assad regime scores battlefield victories at the expense of the divided rebel camps. What began as a popular uprising has now turned into a full scale civil war and a struggle between diametrically opposed worldviews: radical Islam vs. a secular, albeit, dictatorial Syria, aided by Iran and the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

The inability of the secular Syrian opposition to form a common stand against the Assad regime has made the radical al-Qaeda associated organizations such as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Jabhat al-Nusra, the most powerful opposition forces in Syria. For the minority groups, such as the Christians and Druze, Assad and not rebels, appear as the secular alternative to the intolerant Islamists. The Kurds have forged an autonomous region, and seem to stay out of the bloodletting, unless attacked.

The Second Geneva Conference, scheduled to convene on January 22, 2014 is unlikely to end the bloodletting. Russia and Iran will back the Assad regime against the West’s insistence that he leave office. The terror of the al-Qaeda affiliated groups now operating in Iraq and possibly Lebanon will provide the Russians with the argument that Assad is the only guarantee of secularism in this volatile region. Only the assassination of Assad and top members of his regime can possibly change things, or alternatively, the total defeat of the rebels and the killing of their leaders. 2014 promises to be another bloody year in the Middle East, with Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon in turmoil.

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