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Lightbulb Church bells strike false note with Muslims

Church bells strike false note with Muslims

http://www.russiatoday.com/features/news/35346

The Muslim community in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region is opposing plans to include church bells in a proposed new regional anthem. Local authorities had earlier set a competition to compose an anthem for the region.
The work is still being composed and officials say the last thing they want to do is to hurt people's feelings.

The Muslim community wanted the regional governor to change some of the rules of the contest. Using the sound of church bells was mandatory and Muslim leaders thought this alienated other ethnic and religious groups.

"There should be no political or religious themes in the anthem. It should be something that uplifts people and brings them together. I think including religion goes against this." Said Gayaz Zakirov, spiritual leader of the region’s Muslims.

The national anthem contains church bells, which are seen as a sign of Russian tradition as much as a sign of Orthodox woship.

"The tradition of bellringing is a very ancient tradition, dating from Old Testament times, which was adopted by the Orthodox Church,” said Orthodox priest Igor Pchelintsev.

The authorities have now decided to scrap the competition and hire a professional composer instead. Hopefully, the end result will be something that all sides can agree on.
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Lightbulb Islam's most significant global contribution of 2008 was the Mumbai



Islam's most significant global contribution of 2008 was the Mumbai
massacre, a landmark interfaith event in which devout Muslims
slaughtered Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Jews in one fell swoop.

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Turkey Gives Only 4-Year Sentence for Stabbing Priest


If a Christian had attacked and stabbed a Muslim in Turkey, would he too get four years, or would he be executed? This story also reminds that "moderate" Turkey's "small Christian community has been targeted in a spate of attacks over several years, prompting concern among human rights groups and the European Union, which Ankara hopes to join."

"Italian priest's attacker sentenced in Turkey," from Reuters, December 29
ANKARA (Reuters) – A Turkish court sentenced a man to four years in prison Monday for stabbing an Italian Catholic priest in 2007 in a case that has highlighted attacks against Christians in Muslim but secular Turkey.


A court in the coastal city of Izmir in western Turkey passed the sentence against Ramazan Bay for stabbing Adriano Franchini, Anatolian news agency reported. Franchini survived the attack.

Bay told the court he had been influenced by media reports of other attacks against Christians, including the shooting death of Andrea Santoro, another Italian Catholic priest, in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon in 2006.

Turkey's small Christian community has been targeted in a spate of attacks over several years, prompting concern among human rights groups and the European Union, which Ankara hopes to join.

Three Christians, two Turks and a German, had their throats slit by youths who burst into their Bible publishing house in the southeastern town of Malatya last year.

Turkish Armenian writer Hrant Dink was also slain last year in Istanbul by a young nationalist gunman. A prosecutor on Monday indicted a colonel for failing to provide protection to Dink, who had received several death threats, Anatolian said.
Christians in Turkey number barely 100,000 in a total population of nearly 75 million.
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Florida Muslims Tell Jews to 'Go Back to the Ovens'
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Arrow Egyptian Clerics Intensify Antisemitic Rants against the Backdrop of the Gaza

Egyptian Clerics Intensify Antisemitic Rants against the Backdrop of the Gaza Fighting

Following are excerpts from interviews with several Egyptian clerics, which aired on Al-Nas TV and Al-Rahma TV on December 28 and 29, 2008.
Al-Nas TV, December 28, 2008

Egyptian cleric Sheik Muhammad Al-Saghir: I say to the people of Gaza: Take my heart, which has hardened like a stone. Take it, and use it to stone all the Jews. Take my soul, and it will give you shade, for no longer does it fly far away. Take my eye – by Allah, take my eye. Perhaps a handsome youth, who was blinded, could see again. Take my skin, and turn it into a fuse or a slingshot for a child or a newborn baby.
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Egyptian cleric Sheik Muhammad Mustafa: Where is the [Islamic] nation? If 20 million people can encircle the Earth, then 20 million people could also drown Israel in a sea of blood.
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Al-Rahma TV, December 29, 2008

Egyptian cleric Sheik Muhammad Hassan: We want to teach our children the truth about the Jews. We want them to know that the [Jews] will never make peace or agree to it. The Jews will never accept any international resolution, from East or West, because they understand nothing but force. I remember what the great terrorist Menahem Begin said: We fight, therefore we exist. These are real terrorists. They are extremists. They are blood-suckers. They are shedders of blood. Review the history of the Jews from beginning to end, from the very first moment to the last moment, which is now. They specialize in the shedding of blood, in crime, and in killing – even the killing of prophets.
[...]
Egyptian cleric Sheik Amin Al-Ansari: It is told that the Israelites killed more than 70,000 prophets in a single day. It’s not the people they want to eradicate, but Revelation itself. They do not want there to be any revelation, purity, religion, or religious law. The secret behind the war between the Jews and non-Jews is that they want to have a monopoly on the spiritual and ideological leadership of the world, and eventually, the physical leadership.
[...]
By the “Chosen People,” they mean that they are a people, and all those who are inferior to them are not peoples. In other words, they are human beings, and all others are not. They are people, and all others are not. They are human beings, selected by God to be the leaders of all beings. So what about the rest of mankind? They view them as pigs. That’s the truth. Pigs! So why do they look like human beings? So that they will be worthy of being servants of the Jews, who could ride on their backs and such their blood. That’s why when a Jew kills a Palestinian child, he considers him to be a little pig. What difference is there between the two?! On the contrary, he might show mercy for the pig, as an animal that should not be harmed. The Palestinian child is worth less to him than a pig.
[...]
Al-Nas TV, December 29, 2008

Egyptian cleric Dr. Sallah Sultan: The arch-murderer who commanded the campaign against Jenin in 2003 went to America a few months later and boarded a NASA space shuttle. The space shuttle was launched by NASA, and a few minutes later, it reached Texas, the land of President Bush. Then this space shuttle shattered to pieces, along with the five top American space scientists, and that commander of the Zionist airforce was on board with them. Where exactly did it shatter and fall? By Allah, Sheik Mahmoud, although I was living in America, I didn’t know that there was a city called “Palestine” in America. Sheik Mustafa, the space shuttle fell, of all places, in the city of Palestine, in President Bush’s state of Texas.
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The stone, which is thrown at the Jews, hates these Jews, these Zionists, because Allah foretold, via His Prophet Muhammad, that Judgment Day will not come before the Jew and the Muslim fight. The Jew will hide behind stones and trees, and the stone and the tree will speak, saying: "Oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him." The only exception will be the Gharqad tree.

TV host: The Jews know this for sure, that's why they plant Gharqad trees.

Dr. Sallah Sultan: The stone's self-awareness is such that it can distinguish Muslims from Jews.

TV host: True, and it will support the Muslims.
[...]
Dr. Sallah Sultan: American, which gave [Israel] everything it needed in these battles, will suffer economic stagnation, ruin, destruction, and crime, which will surpass what is happening in Gaza. One of these days, the U.S. will suffer more deaths than all those killed in this third Gaza holocaust. This will happen soon.
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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an attempt to rule and corrupt the entire world. When the world concentrates on its desires and lusts, the [Jews] will be free to implement their plan of controlling the world.
[...]
Al-Nas TV, December 28, 2008

Sheik Muhammad Al-Gheini: The truth is that I do not understand why the sons of apes do the things they do to us, especially whenever there is a holiday that may make the nation happy. Let me remind you that it was on the day marking the Prophet's nocturnal journey that Sharon defiled the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This was also on a holy day.
[...]
Sheik Safwat Higazi: I take my little son, Baraa, who is 10 years old, and make him look at the ripped body parts of his Muslim brothers, in order to sow in his heart hatred and loathing for the Zionists, so he will know that these are his enemies.
[...]
Israeli President Shimon Peres used to fill his helmet with the blood of Egyptian POWs, so that whenever he looked at it, he would be reminded that he had fulfilled his duty to his god.

TV host: The Bahr Al-Baqr massacre is well known.

Sheik Safwat Higazi: I cry for us. I think about us. What will become of us? What will we say to our God?
[...]
Our generation will bear witness before Allah about each and every traitor and coward. We will have no mercy on them before Allah.

TV Host: People, this was one of the most powerful messages we had today. These messages are very important. By the way, Dr. Safwat Higazi decided to walk out.
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Islamist Jordanian MP Muhammad Abd Al-Qader Incites Multitudes to Wage Jihad

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Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Jordanian MP Muhammad Abd Al-Qader, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on December 28, 2008:

Muhammad Abd Al-Qader: The Koran says: "Fight them, Allah will torment them by your hands. He will bring them to disgrace, and grant you victory over them. He will heal the hearts of the believers." Brothers, I do not expect anything good from the ruling regimes in the Arab and Islamic world. The multitudes must realize that these regimes have become strategic allies of the Jews. They have promised to defend the borders of the state of the Jews, and to kill any mujahid who breaks through these borders. But I hope that these believing multitudes have lost their faith in these regimes, and that they will join the ranks of Jihad, of fighting. Yes, you should know, people, that Jihad now means fighting, and that it is a personal duty incumbent upon every Muslim man and woman.

Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.

Demonstrator: Come join the Jihad!

Crowd: Come join the Jihad!

Demonstrator: Come join the Jihad!

Crowd: Come join the Jihad!

Demonstrator: Oh lovers of martyrdom!

Crowd: Oh lovers of martyrdom!

Demonstrator: Oh lovers of martyrdom!

Crowd: Oh lovers of martyrdom!

Demonstrator: Sacrifice your blood!

Crowd: Sacrifice your blood!

Demonstrator: Sacrifice your blood!

Crowd: Sacrifice your blood!

Demonstrator: Be a martyrdom-seeker, why not?

Crowd: Be a martyrdom-seeker, why not?

Demonstrator: Be a martyrdom-seeker, why not?

Crowd: Be a martyrdom-seeker, why not?

Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.

Muhammad Abd Al-Qader: Yes, [Jihad] is a personal duty, not a collective one. A wife should set out on Jihad even without her husband's permission, a child should set out even without his father's permission, and a slave should set out even without his master's permission.
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The borders must be broken through, this blood must be shed, along with the blood of your brothers, on the land of Gaza and Palestine, while fighting and killing the Jews.
Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.
[...]
Muhammad Abd Al-Qader: Oh men, do you not desire Paradise?

Crowd: Of course.

Muhammad Abd Al-Qader: If you mean what you say, seek a way to martyrdom and Jihad. No leader, official, organization, political party, or group can prevent you from breaking through the borders and fighting the Jews.

Demonstrator: Say: Allah Akbar.

Crowd: Allah Akbar.
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Arrow Fitzgerald: The jihadists' true target

Fitzgerald: The jihadists' true target


A Jihad Watch commenter recently observed that the “true target” of Muslim jihadists “is the Jew, wherever he is.”

Actually, no. Jews are a convenient target, and an easy one -- there are so few of them, after all, and the pathological condition of antisemitism has helped supply willing collaborators among the non-Muslim population. See George Galloway, or Robert Fisk, or Taki Theodorocopulos.
But just as Israel may be seen as the sole target, when it was merely, for several decades, the most obvious and immediate target, so it may seem that Jews are the sole target. But they are not.

It is true that for a while Israel appeared to be the only war by Muslims that mattered -- given the manic over-coverage and miscoverage given to the war being made on Israel, a war that is without end but is manageable (if the Israelis, and the rest of the West, come to their senses). Few outside of India, save for the odd scholar of Indian civilization -- David McCutchion, Koenraad Elst, Francois Gautier -- paid attention to Muslim terrorism in Kashmir or India proper, or the persecution of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh. And even the Taliban took the occasion of its ascendancy to make sure that the handful of Hindus left in Afghanistan were made to wear identifying garb for, as the Taliban sweetly explained, "for their own safety."

But there are much bigger fish to fry now than tiny Israel. The unearned (and unmerited) OPEC trillions (some twelve trillion dollars since 1973 alone), and the immigrant Muslim millions allowed to settle within Western Europe -- there are now about 25 million Muslims there -- both made it possible for Muslims not merely to dream, but to take real steps to expand beyond the Local or Lesser Jihads (such as those against Israel, and India in Kashmir) and to begin to put into their sights the Infidel nation-states of Western Europe. There, Muslims who had been foolishly permitted to live in such numbers in the Bilad al-kufr began to challenge, and to threaten, the legal and political institutions, and the foreign and domestic policies, and the physical wellbeing, of the Infidel indigenes, who are everywhere of course keenly aware of Muslim numbers. In some cases, as in Denmark and Italy, the Muslims have badly miscalculated. Let's hope that in Great Britain they have also, or soon will, be seen to have badly miscalculated.

For this is not a war only or even mainly on Jews. It is on all Infidels. The Qur'an, the Hadith, the Sira make this clear. The Hindus are threatened. And Hindus in Great Britain know this, and are increasingly impatient, I should think, with those Hindu members of the elite back in India who have always been so careful to distance themselves from what they, those supercilious more-advanced-than-thou Hindus, regard as the crude, distasteful "communalism" of the BJP, with some fondly assuming that this attitude will establish in the minds of others, especially the minds of advanced Westerners, how very advanced they are -- those Hindu-by-background Indians. And what a surprise it will be for them when they discover, and quite soon, that the most advanced Westerners, the very people they think of as their soulmates, or mind-mates, have begun to study up on Islam, its doctrine and its practice. And the more they study, the more they find themselves becoming as alarmed by Islam as the most (supposedly) troglodytic member of the BJP, and not impressed, not at all, with the refusal of those Hindus who refuse to recognize the meaning, and the menace, of Islamic teaching for India.

And if Jews and Hindus are more easily targeted right now, just look at what happens to Christians wherever they live in Muslim lands. Would you care to be a Christian in Pakistan? In Bangladesh? In Indonesia? What about Saudi Arabia? Libya? How about Iran, not the Iran of the Shah, or the Iran of the advanced, relaxed, Frenchified, ancien regime (much about these people can be gleaned from such memoirs as "Daughter of Persia" by a perfect representative of that ancien regime, Sattareh Farman Farmaian)? Would you like to be a Copt in Egypt? Would it be okay for you in Iraq? An Assyrian in Iraq, now that Saddam Hussein is no longer there to protect you, for good and sufficient reasons of his own? Where might it be okay? In Turkey, advanced, Kemalist, "secular" Turkey -- is that where it would be absolutely fine to be a Christian, say with an Italian priest running the congregation? Where in the Muslim world are non-Muslims truly safe? And if you find such a place, ask yourself what events have made for that safety -- say, in the Central Asian stans, where the decades of anti-Islamic efforts by the Soviets have, in some cases, created a secular class sufficiently broad and deep to withstand the "return to Islam."

No, the Muslims rampaging in Golders Green are not Mosleyites limiting their rampages to Jews, though that should of course be sufficient to have the full weight of the state come down on them like not a ton but a thousand tons, of bricks.

Their true target is not Jews, but Jews, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, atheists, everyone and everything, that is not-Islam, that is outside of Islam, that is not part of, or not completely subservient to, Islam.
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"Palestine is Muslim land, Muslims will never surrender one handspan"

So chanted Muslim protesters in Australia. Haven't they gotten the memo, that this is a problem of disputed land ownership, that can be solved with a two-state solution involving territorial concessions by Israel? Why is it that Muslims always seem to be the last people to pick up on points that, if you miss them in the West, can get you charged with "Islamophobia"?

"Australian Muslims condemn Gaza conflict," from AAP, January 2

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1...-Gaza-conflict

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Australian Muslims have gathered in Sydney to condemn Israeli bombing raids in the Gaza Strip, urging the federal government to take a strong stance against the conflict.

Many of the city's major mosques closed their doors for Friday prayers, with worshippers gathering in a Lakemba park in the city's south-west to pray for victims of the Israeli air strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory.

As a poignant reminder of the lives lost, a coffin was brought to the front of the crowd, followed by eight Muslim leaders including Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali....
That is, the infamous "catmeat sheikh."
More than 400 Palestinians have died in six days of air strikes, which Israel began on Saturday in response to rocket fire from Hamas.

Israel killed a top Hamas commander on Thursday in the biggest blow yet to the Islamist's leadership as dozens more air strikes on Gaza took the death toll to at least 420.
As the service in Parry Park opened with Arabic hymns, crowd numbers swelled to more than 2,000 men, women and children.

Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad gave a sermon, urging the Australian government and other western nations to publicly oppose the conflict.

"We request for them to stand against the crimes that are happening and the genocide that is happening in Palestine, and to punish those criminals of war," Dr Mohammad told the crowd through a translator.
Note yet again the overheated and misapplied rhetoric of "genocide."
The fighting in Gaza was not supported by the Muslim world, he said.

"The true followers of Moses know exactly that what's happening by the government of Israel today is something that is against what the Koran has taught," Dr Mohammad said.
In the Qur'an, the true followers of Moses accept Muhammad as a prophet.
"We as Muslims believe that (Allah) has created people differently in different races, different colours, different beliefs and different tongues."

Around the corners of the park, placards protesting against the conflict were propped against the fence.

One read "Tanks, missiles, bombs can never break our Islamic bond", while another said "Palestine is Muslim land, Muslims will never surrender one handspan."

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib was in the crowd, handing out protest leaflets.

At the end of the formal service many speakers, including a small boy, addressed the crowd.

"Please protect the children of Palestine ... please protect the children like me," he said.
Very common emotionalistic and manipulative appeal -- and why is it common? Because it works. No one, in the heat of the moment, stops to think about the Israeli children who have to live under the ever-present prospect of a rocket attack from Gaza.
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Christian Children Starved to Force Mother to Return to Islam

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To eat or to continue embracing Christianity? -- That is the question facing Martha Samuel, formerly known as Zainab Said, who converted from Islam to Christianity five years ago. Egyptian authorities are starving Martha’s two children, Kirillos age 4 and Emmanuel age 2 to compel her to release Christianity and return to Islam, according to reports from several ministry organizations.

Martha with her two children and husband, Fadl Thabet, were trying to exit Egypt and enter Russia on December 13, 2008, to flee religious persecution caused by her conversion when authorities arrested them at Cairo airport, according to The Assyrian International News Agency. Martha is charged with forging her passport to flee Egypt.

In addition to the starvation of her children, Egyptian police officers are trying to compel Martha to return to Isalm by beating, sexually assaulting and torturing her, ministries report.

Pray for Martha, Kirillos, Emmanuel, and Fadl that they will be strengthened by Jesus Christ and by His Words such as Romans 8:38 (Amplified Bible) which says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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Egypt Only Allowing One-Way Religious Conversions

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When he took a new wife, Rami’s father opted for a new life with new children and a new religion: born a Copt, he converted to Islam, the religion of his second wife.

Rami from his part, grew up “normally” next to his mother like a little Copt, he followed religion courses at school (mandatory in Egypt) for Christian students, he went to church once a week and considers himself a young man with a solid faith.

He left school in his teenage years to dedicate himself to the job he still practises today, that of artisan jeweller, and engraves silver jewellery. Rami’s peaceful life changed dramatically in 2002, on the day he went to the Civil Status Department of the Ministry of Interior to recover his new identity card. On that day, he discovered that the civil servants of the Ministry of Interior changed, without consultation, his religion and his name. On his new identity card, his religion was mentioned as Muslim and his name wasn’t Rami Naïm anymore, but Rami Abdallah Abderrahmane Amine.

It looked like a bad joke, but it wasn’t, a real tragedy hit on this young man. The fact that civil servants could think they have the right to convert citizens behind their back revolted him, “even if I wasn’t the Copt believer I am, I find this unacceptable. If I am to choose a religion, it must be of my choice and not be forced to do so without even being informed”, he says with extraordinary calm.

Sitting on the bench of hall number 12 at the High Administrative Court of Cairo, Rami is like a Bouddha of patience in jeans and jacket, slicked hair, a shy look but a determined tone of voice. He knows this hall by heart by now, it’s the fourth time in two years that he comes to hear the verdict for his complaint, a verdict that each time was deferred to a subsequent session.
“I was very young when my father left my mother and today I don’t even know what he looks like. I’m sure that he’s the one who went to request for my change of name and religion”, he tells with cold anger, as if to entertain the endless waiting.

But if for Rami this absurd battle is firstly fought against an invisible and despised father, for several other young Christians it has become an arm wrestling against an arbitrary and senseless mechanism, because their fathers who have converted to Islam, support them and go to the witness box to tell the judges that their choice mustn’t affect their children who have chosen to remain Christians.

Even in these cases “it’s almost useless”, sighs Rami’s lawyer, Adel Ramadane, a young man of the same age, who works for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

According to this organisation that published a report (Prohibited Identities, December 2007) in cooperation with Human Rights Watch on religious discrimination in Egypt, 89 Egyptians have pressed charges for having been converted to Islam unbeknown by the civil servants of the Ministry of Interior. These directors of conscience decide – in violation of Egyptian laws, reminds the report – that the child whose parents are affiliated to two different religions must follow “the best out of the two religions”, namely, it goes without saying, Islam.

This battle is not only a battle of principle, but the change of name and religion on the identity card can concretely affect lives. Since in Egypt, the national identity card is essential for the least transaction, whether it be financial, banking, administrative, for the smallest trip, within the country or abroad, to register at university or to purchase property, for the driving licence, to simply vote or even worse, to get married in a country where mixed marriages are not tolerated.

According to Mr. Ramadane, such judicial affairs didn’t exist before the mid 90’s, when the Egyptian government decided to modernise and computerise the data of the civil status. Since then, the number of Egyptians fighting to change the religious mention on their national identity card has increased proportionally to the rise of religious conservatism in society.

Yet, affirms Mr Ramadane, “up to the year 2006, this court systematically ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, supporting their claims against the Ministry of Interior”, therefore forcing civil servants to apply, though reluctantly, the court’s decision, and to inscribe the desired religion on the identity card and not the imposed one. “Unfortunately, the judge who used to rule the verdicts in favour of our plaintiffs retired last year and the one that replaced him doesn’t appreciate at all the fact that one wants to change religion when it involves abandoning Islam”, underlines Mr Ramadane, who equally defends numerous Egyptians hindered by the administration, born Copts, converted to Islam and wishing to become Christians again.

Yet, changing religion, even if being Muslim, isn’t forbidden by any Egyptian law; the Constitution forbids discrimination on religious grounds or on any other ground and clearly guarantees the freedom of worship and cult. Furthermore, a status law that dates back to 1994, has allowed Egyptians to change and correct the information on their identity cards, including religious filiation.

But the civil servants and some judges apply non written rules, the ones that follow one out of a thousand interpretations of the Charia, stating that a Muslim who wants to change his religion is an apostate.

The new supercilious judge of the High Administrative Court of Cairo dismissed more than 70 converted Muslims who wished to become Christians again, arguing, “to change religion constantly is equal to making fun of religion”.

Then on February 2008, a verdict was welcomed by the defenders of human rights and freedom in Egypt as the first major victory:12 Copts that had converted to Islam, then reconverted to Christianity, were allowed to change their religion item on their identity cards. But the happiness among those who were waiting for their verdict was short, as the Ministry of Interior refused to follow the verdict. Now these claims are waiting to pass a final and unappealable verdict at the Supreme Court.

Cases like that of Rami, fewer than those who have chosen to convert to Islam and wish to go back on their choice, depend on this verdict. A verdict whose date no expert can predict.
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COTABATO (Philippines) - MUSLIM separatists torched the homes of 30 Christian families in an attack on a southern Philippines village, the military said on Thursday.

No casualties were reported following Wednesday's raid by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the farming hamlet of Sangay, but the rebels are still occupying the area, said regional military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Julieto Ando.

'The rebels set on fire a total of 30 houses of Christian civilians. The problem there has something to do with land conflict,' Col Ando told reporters.

Some 500 families have fled Sangay for the nearby town of Kalamansig, Col Ando added.

The military estimates about 150 armed guerrillas deployed in the village after it was sacked.

The government suspended peace talks with the 12,000-member MILF last year after the guerrillas attacked Christian villages across the island of Mindanao in protest at a Supreme Court ruling blocking a proposed peace settlement.

The draft accord, subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the court, would have given the MILF control over large areas of Mindanao that it deems as the large Islamic minority's 'ancestral domain'.
The fighting at one point displaced half a million civilians, according to international relief agencies that continue to serve the affected population. -- AFP
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Special Dispatch - No. 2181

January 9, 2009
No. 2181
In-Depth Report on Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Somalia - Activists Demolish Churches: 'We Will Establish Islamic Rule From Alaska & Chile to South Africa, & From Japan to Russia – Beware, We Are Coming'
Following are excerpts from TV reports on the Somali terror organization Shabab Al-Mujahideen, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV and Al-Arabiya TV in November and December 2008.

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"Shabab Foreign Fighters Have Joined Their Ranks"
Al-Jazeera TV, December 20, 2008:

Reporter: "In March 2008, the Shabab Al-Mujahideen group appeared in Somalia. Its members have managed to take the dynamics of war to a new level. This extremely secret group has been placed by the U.S. on its list of so-called terrorist groups. Members of this movement conceal their identity."

Abu Mansour: "We are fighting to remove oppression and colonialism from our country. We are defending ourselves against those who attacked us. Once we succeed, we will fight to end oppression in other places in the world."

Reporter: "This is the city of Marka, which is located 90 km from Mogadishu. This is one of the few places controlled by the Shabab Al-Mujahideen, who filled a political vacuum, while they continue to fight in Mogadishu. Shabab Al-Mujahideen controls large parts of the center of Somalia, and they are growing stronger day by day."

Ibrahim Al-Maqdasi: "We want to inform Bush and our rivals about our real intentions. We will establish Islamic rule from Alaska and Chile to South Africa, and from Japan to Russia. Beware, we are coming."

Reporter: "One of the main principles of the Shabab Al-Mujahideen is to view all Muslims as Somalis, and so, many foreign fighters have joined their ranks."

Abu Mansour: "We welcome any Muslim from anywhere in the world who wants to join us. We will allow him to marry our daughters and share our crops. Many have died fighting for our cause, and others are here with us.

"Shabab Al-Mujahideen controls all the communities under their rule, and they keep calling upon the population to join them. The response of the population is mostly positive, because for the first time in two decades, they face a genuine rule, which had managed to restore some of the peace they had lost." [...]
Al-Jazeera TV, December 19, 2008:

Reporter: "The hammers of the armed men of Shabab Al-Mujahideen in Kismayo rain down upon the tombs of Sufi sheikhs. As far as they are concerned, worshipping by tombs constitutes polytheism, and the shari'a must be implemented in every place they control after fighting. These small mosques, or maqamat, as they are called by the Sufis, have existed in Somalia since the days of yore, but now, these places lead people astray, according to the armed men, who belong to the Jihadi Salafi movement. The same principle applies to churches. Here in Kismayo, a Catholic church was built 60 years ago, but it was reduced to rubble, even though no Christian set foot in it for two decades, because no Christians live in Kismayo anymore. The armed men intend to build a mosque in its place."

Hassan Ya'qoub: "We are a people chosen by Allah to spread the Islamic shari'a throughout Somalia."

Reporter: "In the town of Marka, Al-Jazeera TV witnessed the public implementation of the shari'a. Three men convicted of drug abuse and trafficking were sentenced to 40 lashes. Like in the shari'a, the purpose of conducting the flogging in public is to deter others. Such summary trials have gained the support of some Somalis, who have suffered from the absence of the rule of law, due to the absence of the rule of the state, because of the civil war that has raged for decades."

Man: "We are 100% behind the efforts of the Islamic administration."

Woman: "We are pleased that the Islamists are here. We enjoy peace now, and crime is declining."

Reporter: "Others, however, complained that the implementation of the shari'a has taken away what they refer to as the "other opinion." Shabab Al-Mujahideen adhere to their methods. They are now the strongest armed militia in Somalia. Their rivals, however, view them as a group of extremists who must be deterred." [...]

"Do Not Recognize International Law or Any Man-made Laws; This [Islamic State] Must Not Turn to Either the East or the West"
Al-Arabiya TV, November 21, 2008:
Reporter: "For several decades, the smell of gunpowder has not subsided in the Horn of Africa. The Islamic violence in Somalis, which only recently declined, is quickly returning with a new form of fighting. Al-Qaeda is again in Somalia – in a new form and with local leaders, instead of the leaders familiar from the early 1990s, when the struggle against the American military presence erupted. As soon as the rule of the Islamic Courts Union [ICU] was overthrown, when the Ethiopian forces entered Somalia in support of the regime, Islamic cells began to use violence, establishing an organization which follows in Al-Qaeda's footsteps, but which they named the Shabab Al-Mujahideen movement.

"The Somali organization resembles Al-Qaeda in everything, except for swearing allegiance to Al-Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden. Nevertheless, Al-Qaeda, for its part, was not tardy in supporting the [Somali] organization. [Al-Qaeda] leaders issued appeals to join the fighters in Somalia, first by Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and then by another leader, Abu Yahya Al-Libi."

Abu Yahya Al-Libi: "Do not settle for anything less than an independent Islamic state. Do not recognize international law or any man-made laws. This [Islamic state] must not turn to either the East or the West."

Ayman Al-Zawahiri: "I say to my brothers, the lions of Islam in Somalia: Rejoice in your victory, as America licks its wounds in Iraq, and Ethiopia is looking for a way out. This is why the stage of plots and conspiracies has begun. Adhere to the rights for which you have sacrificed your lives. Do not lay down your weapons before the mujahideen state of Islam and monotheism is established in Somalia."

Reporter: "The field operations of the Somali organization, which split from the ICU, are spreading day by day. The attacks become more sophisticated, ranging from the targeting of the Ethiopian army or the Somali government, to imposing military control on neighborhoods and small towns, around the capital of Mogadishu. Although the Somali group did not swear allegiance to the Al-Qaeda organization in Afghanistan or Pakistan, its field tactics and its use of systematic electronic activity constitute a cloning of Al-Qaeda's expertise in this field. The combat tactics which are used in Iraq, such as mines, mortars, and the kidnapping of foreigners, may have appeared in response to a call by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, in a video aired at the beginning of 2007.

"As in the case of the Iraqi Al-Qaeda, the Somali organization turned to media propaganda. It began issuing an electronic newsletter called Millat Ibrahim. It began documenting most of its operations on video and audio tape, ranging from small attacks to incursions and into cities and controlling them.

"It's noteworthy that the organization is conducting a violent campaign against ICU leaders who joined the political process and agreed to reconciliation, or to negotiations, in an attempt to reach an acceptable settlement to the crises in Somalia. Sheikh Sharif, the leader of the Islamic Courts Union, was described as an apostate in publications of Shabab Al-Mujahideen. This might indicate an escalation of the conflict with the Islamic Courts Union, even though Shabab Al-Mujahideen emerged from the womb of the ICU.

"One of the most common methods of recruiting suicide bombers and encouraging them to sign up for the organization's operations list is to issue short films recounting the life story of the suicide bomber, and documenting the last moments of his life."

"I'll Put a Bullet in the Head of the Infidels, and I'm Ready to Do It"
Young man (in English):
"... while the name of the Prophet Muhammad is being dragged down, and the face of the [Islamic] nation is being dragged down, and the face of Islam is being dragged down, and so on. But me, I'll tell you one thing. I'll put a bullet in the head of the infidels, and I'm ready to do it. Allah willing, the 'saved sect' will lie in wait for each and every dog the infidels bring, and the infidels who bring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. We will put bullets in their heads. Allah willing, we will bomb ourselves. Each and every place you find them. Allah Akbar."

Reporter: "The Somali organization split away from the Islamic Courts Union after the latter gave up its military activity, and engaged in political negotiations. That is when the organization in the field split into two. The military wing, called the Al-'Asra Army, is responsible for combat operations, while the security wing, called the Al-Hesba Army, is responsible for establishing security and order in the areas controlled by Al-'Asra Army.

"The rise of the Somali organization would never have taken place if not for the absence of the regime throughout Somalia, and its weak security control. This was also accompanied by an increase in piracy in the Indian Ocean. This situation repeats itself in many cases in the Islamic world, and the case of Afghanistan and the Taliban's ability to rule the country is the most well-known and powerful example." [...]

"The Mujahideen are the Government in This Country"
Al-Jazeera TV International (Qatar), January 4, 2009 (the following appeared in English): Sheikh Muqtar Robow, spokesman for Shabab Al-Mujahideen: "Shabab Al-Mujahideen is an Islamist-Salafi movement that wants to implement shari'a completely – every single element of it. That's what the movement stands for."

Interviewer: "So what are your objectives, and what are you fighting for?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "Our objectives, by the grace of God, are to see the return of the Islamic Caliphate, the last of which was the Ottoman empire that collapsed in the 1920s. We want to bring that system back and govern the world with God's law.

"We stand for the eradication of oppression and aggression from the world. We are here to protect the weak – that's what we are fighting for. We have been commanded by God to fight such tendencies. He says in the Koran: 'Fight until there is no misguidance, and until all religions lead to God.' Equating God with other beings is misguidance. We have been commanded to fight until there is no one claiming to be a god on Earth. We want the constitution of the world to be the word of God, and for everyone to have access to justice."

Interviewer: "So your objective is not just to fight in Somalia but to extend your fighting beyond Somalia and to the world?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "Islam is universal, and so are Muslims. The message from God that was spread by Prophet-Messenger Muhammad is also universal. God told the Messenger: 'We sent you as nothing else but mercy to the world.' Anyone spreading the message of Prophet-Messenger Muhammad must bear in mind all human beings – whether in the United States, Asia, or Europe – and bear in mind that they understand the religion well. Once we are successful in ending Somalia's problems, then we shall spread God's mercy and His law to the rest of the world."

Interviewer: "Who appointed you? Who asked you to perform this task?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "It is a responsibility God placed on all Muslims – to defend and fight for the religion. He ordered them to fight and commanded them to be prepared at all times. God says: 'Against them prepare your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of God and your enemies.' When God says 'prepare yourselves,' He is talking to the multitudes of people who are united. When God says 'fight them,' He is talking to a group of people. He was not addressing a single person. So this is required from every Muslim.

"But our situation in Somalia today is different. We were attacked in our own home. I haven't attacked Ethiopia or Kenya. I live in the country where I was born, and where I'm being subjected to all kinds of atrocities. We are defending ourselves against our external enemies who attacked us. Even animals defend themselves. If you lock a cat in a room, beat it up, and block its exit – then it will definitely fight back and defend itself. Even small birds in their nests will instinctively protect their eggs.

"First of all, we aspire to free ourselves from occupation and oppression. After that we will take the fight outside our country, as I told you. It is not essential that it happens in my lifetime. This cause will continue whether we are alive or not. It was promised by God. In this life, first, there was prophethood. Our prophet predicted that there would be caliphates, and that after that, there would be kings who would torment people, followed by dictatorships. And this is what we are witnessing today. The Prophet also predicted that after that, we would return to the caliphates, based on his teachings. That's what we believe in. We also believe that we will defeat those who have caused aggression against us. We were told by God. It is in our hearts and is a source of joy for us.

"I believe that if I die before realizing that goal, my children and their children will reach it. If I die, I expect to go to Paradise, and as long as I am alive, I will live a valuable life. Right now, the infidels have come from all directions to fight us. I still live a life of respect. I travel to wherever I like, I sleep and walk to anywhere I want. I thank God for all that."

Interviewer: "Now, Abu Mansour, you are in control of some parts of Southern Somalia, you are also fighting in Mogadishu – what are actually your objectives for Somalia as a country?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "As you can see for yourself, there is peace in areas under our control, while there is chaos where the Ethiopian forces and Somali government troops control. People are robbed, raped, and troubled – you yourself know. When we took control of this area, people were terrorized and being made to pay illegal taxes. Today, we have brought them peace at no cost to them.

"Our vision for Somalia is to show the people who their real enemies are. Once they identify their enemies and remove them from among themselves, reconciling them will be very easy. This is the easiest nation to reconcile, they are all Muslims and Sunnis. There are no Shiites among them. They are also all followers of the teachings of Imam Shafe'i. They have just been divided by their enemies who incited them against each other. It is Ethiopia that has refused to let this country settle. Europe and the United States are also culprits in the Somalia conflict. If they left it alone, it would take just a single day to unite Somalia, and then we shall govern the country using shari'a.

[...]

"If terrorism is a description for aggression, brutality, and those who destroy life and property for no reason, then the United States is a terrorist itself – but if it means defending oneself and one's country, then we are terrorists. When a goat is slaughtered, it must struggle, and there is even a possibility of its blood staining your clothes. The United States and its slaves are telling us: We will slaughter you, and if your blood stains us, then you are terrorists. If you struggle, and use your legs to hit us, then you are terrorists. If defending our occupied country and our religion will make us terrorists, then we are terrorists.

"We are happy to terrorize the enemy of God. Ensuring that the Ethiopians and Ugandans get no sleep in Somalia is an act of worship for us. We are happy whenever we attack them. It takes us closer to our Lord.

"America is the terrorist. We were attacked in our own country. America is encouraging aggression in our own country. It attacked Dobley with cruise missiles, killing civilians and livestock. It attacked people in Dhuusamarreeb. America is just trying to show us its might and power. We are happy to be included on the list of terrorist organizations, as we have stated before. If that makes us terrorists, then that's what we are happy to be. Our only regret is that we are number 41 on that list, and not number one.

[...]

"We have already stated that we do not believe that there is a government in this country. For example, you yourself may have passed through Dobley and Kismayo, and are now in the capital of the lower Shabebele region. In all these places you passed through – did you see any government presence other than the Mujihideen? No. The Mujihdeen are the government in this country. They perform all the roles of a government. The group you are talking about controls just a small part of Mogadishu and Baidoa town only, and there is fighting going on in these places as well.

"I would be happy to take you to Mogadishu. I would encourage you to go and see for yourself the Bay and Bakool regions, and central Somalia. All there is just a government in name only that has been created in Kenya by Ethiopia. We have never and will never recognize it. It is only when you recognize an entity that you can sit down and speak to it. We do not think it is worth talking to, and we haven't signed agreements with it, and we never will. Whoever talks to it and joins it will be considered part and parcel of that entity."

Interviewer: "Are you saying that you are not ready, as a group, to talk peace with anyone?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "We are not at all ready to talk to those men. We recognize them as war criminals. They brought the enemies of God to the country. They declared war on the people of Somalia. They killed their relatives and destroyed the capital. They have destroyed the entire country. We recognize these men, who have been brought in Ethiopia's tanks, as culprits. We do not consider them Muslims since they are in negotiations with the enemy, and they are part and parcel of its forces, wearing its uniform, and carrying its weapons. They have rejected God's commandments and are misguided.

"We urge them to just repent and seek forgiveness from the Lord, and then return to the people, take up their guns, and fight the enemy they brought into the country, because the enemy forces will not listen if we ask them to leave today. Let them join the fight to remove the enemy force. Those who repent to God will then have to face the people who have the choice of either forgiving them for the crimes they have committed, or trying them in court. Those men you hear are war criminals, who have committed huge crimes against the nation, and they will one day be taken to task.

"We are ready to talk to anyone who is not a war criminal and who doesn't support the enemies of Somalia. We are ready to talk to the Somali public, its clerics, and intellectuals. We will talk to them about the country's future, and how to correct all mistakes, on how to bring peace to the country. We are ready to talk to them about all matters concerning this country, but we will never talk to those in league with the enemy."

Interviewer: "You are talking about the establishment of a shari'a state in Somalia, but what if the Somali people say they want a democratic system of governance? What would be your response to them?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "They will not say that. The people have experienced democracy. They tasted democratic governance in the sixties. We had a communist system of governance, and then clan wars and chaos. They had some calm under the Union of Islamic Courts in 2006. They can compare all these governments and systems. They praise the six months of the ICU's rule. They also praise our current system. Democracy says the will is of the people, while God says the will is His, and no one else's. There is no one to be worshipped but Him.

"The Somali people will never ask for democracy. We are not saying that our movement will lead this country, but if we found a person the community unanimously accepts and who is ready to govern the country according to the shari'a – then we shall become his soldiers. But our aim is to ensure that there is no king on this earth other than God. If we die pursuing this cause, then we will have died in dignity."

Interviewer: "The people of Somalia have faced conflict for the past two decades, and now you are talking about a war which has no end – don't you think that is very unfair to them?"

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "This is necessary conflict. We have not crossed anyone's borders yet. We will fight anyone who fights us inside our country, with all our might. One day we shall also go into their borders and fight them. We will repay those who killed our children and mothers, and demolished their houses by destroying their homes. We will make them suffer the same fate as our people. An eye for an eye is part of justice. I'm talking about Ethiopia, Uganda, and Burundi.

"Any party that carried out aggression against our country and its people should await our revenge, even if it takes 100 years. We will tell our kids all about it. We will teach them in school the atrocities meted out against their people. We will never forget, ever.

"You hear the enemies of God – the Western powers – talking all the time about atrocities committed in Darfur. Don't they see what is happening in Somalia? That is the folly of America's view of justice. It is blinkered. They don't see what's happening in Somalia. All these atrocities are their own creation. They are behind all of this. If those of us who are alive now cannot achieve revenge against those who perpetrated aggression against us, then we will put it in our wills and state all the problems they caused us. The atrocities committed against Somalia will not go unpunished. They can choose whether to increase or reduce them – it's up to them."

Interviewer: "You have accused your opponents of carrying out killings against civilians, but you too are also accused of carrying out killings against civilians."

Sheikh Muqtar Robow: "We do not kill our people. One of the reasons why I am carrying this gun is to protect my people and our faith. We are commanded by God to protect the weak in society. God says: 'Why are you not fighting to defend the weak – men, women, and children who have nowhere to turn to.' We are not the ones who kill, they are. It is the Ethiopians and their spies who kill civilians. Sometimes clan clashes could happen in Mogadishu, or petty robberies like the theft of mobile phones. We will never kill our people. When we came here, there were numerous roadblocks, where people were being robbed and killed. We are involved in securing their areas, and ensuring that their suffering is lessened. No one is killed in areas under our control, but if you go to Mogadishu, people are dying every day."
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Pakistani Muslims Attack Church, Torture Christians



At the origin of the violence is a dispute over land acquired by a Catholic of the village, and the marriage between a Christian young man and a Muslim young woman. In spite of the charges, the local police have not yet arrested anyone.

Kot Lakha Singh (AsiaNews) - Muslim groups have attacked a church and Christian homes in the village of Kot Lakha Singh, in the district of Narowal, province of Punjab. The incident goes back to January 14, and the news was released by Pakistan's National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), after verifying the event with a fact-finding mission carried out on January 19.

Irfan Barkat, legal-aid advisor of the NCJP, tells AsiaNews that the violence began with an attack on the home of William Masih, a Catholic of the village. An unspecified number of people tortured those present, including women and children, and then stole money and gold objects from the home. The crowd then attacked the homes of three other Christian families in the village, broke into the church, which is used by both the Catholic and Protestant community, and damaged the furniture and tore the liturgical books and bibles.

The events were reported on January 18 to the police of Nindo Ki, who have not yet made any arrests.

The head of the NCJP explains that at the origin of the violence is the dispute over land that Masih bought a few months ago from a Muslim. The property is also claimed by another inhabitant of the village, Noor Muhammad, who says that he is the legitimate proprietor.

Irfan Barkat says that the small Christian community of Kot Lakha Singh is made up of 25 families (Catholic and Protestant) that, in the overwhelmingly Islamic village, are subjected to constant harassment: "Muslims of the village have socially boycotted the Christians, and Muslim shopkeepers have refused to sell daily use items to Christians."

The everyday tension has been increased by the recent marriage between a Christian young man and Muslim young woman in the village. This has irritated the Muslims, who are now trying to do whatever they can to make the Christians pay for what they believe to be an affront.
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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared murder to save a woman’s honour not a crime, a private TV channel reported on Thursday. According to the channel, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa ruled this while hearing a murder case. The court acquitted Ghulam Nabi and his son Iftikhar, saying murder to save a woman’s honour was not a crime. The accused had killed one Yasin while saving a female relative’s honour. The trial court sentenced them to 10 years’ imprisonment but the LHC acquitted them. daily times monitor
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Exclamation Taliban gun down teacher for not hiking 'salwar' above ankles

Taliban gun down teacher for not hiking 'salwar' above ankles

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ISLAMABAD: A teacher who once fought as a mujahideen against Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan has been gunned down by the Taliban in Pakistan's troubled Swat valley for not hiking up his 'salwar' or trousers above his ankles.

Though the Pakistani Taliban have not issued any edict for the salwar to be worn in this manner, there have been reports of the militants threatening men for not hiking up their trousers.

The militants say hiking up the trousers is essential for offering prayers.

Former mujahideen Amjad Islam, who was working as a teacher in a private school in Swat, was gunned down yesterday for not hiking his salwar above his ankles. The militants then went to Islam's house and gunned down his father, Ghani Akbar, a lawyer by profession.

Islam's body was later hung by the militants from a pole in the College Square in Matta town and local residents were warned not to touch it till Friday morning. The body was taken down and moved to Islam's house after a local jirga intervened.

Local residents said the militants had asked Islam to hitch his salwar above his ankles last morning. The teacher told them he was a former mujahideen and knew everything about Islam. He also said nobody could be forced to pull up his salwar above the ankles, The News daily reported.

Islam said he had also seen the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which had not forced men to wear their salwar in this manner. His arguments angered the militants and led to a scuffle.

The teacher, who had a pistol, fired at the militants and killed a Taliban fighter and wounded two more. He then tried to flee but the militants shot and stabbed him, killing him instantly. Locals also said Islam's father was a religious and humble man who was well respected in the area.

Large tracts of the Swat valley in the North West Frontier Province are now controlled by local Taliban fighters led by radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah despite a major anti-militancy operation launched in the area by the Pakistan Army in October 2007.

The Taliban have set up their own courts and patrol many towns and villages in the valley located just 160 km from Islamabad.

On January 15, the Taliban banned girls' education in Swat, leading to the closure of some 400 schools. The militants have also directed men to wear Muslim skull caps and stop shaving their beards by January 25.
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Friday January 30, 2009

SAUDI ARABIA: PASTOR FLEES DEATH THREATS

Religious police, others warn key figure in expatriate church to leave.

LOS ANGELES, January 30 (Compass Direct News) – A prominent foreign pastor in Saudi Arabia has fled Riyadh after a member of the mutawwa’in, or religious police, and others threatened him three times in one week. Two of the incidents included threats to kill house church pastor Yemane Gebriel of Eritrea. On Wednesday (Jan. 28), Gebriel escaped to an undisclosed city in Saudi Arabia. A father of eight who has lived and worked as a private driver in Saudi Arabia for 25 years, Gebriel told Compass that on Jan. 10 he found an unsigned note on his vehicle threatening to kill him if he did not leave the country. On Jan. 13, he said, mutawwa’in member Abdul Aziz and others forced him from his van and told him to leave the country. “There was a note on my van saying, ‘If you do not leave the country, we will kill you,” Gebriel told Compass by telephone. “Three days after that, [Aziz] said, ‘You’re still working here, why don’t you go out of the country?” Two days later, Gebriel told Compass, four masked men – apparently Saudis – in a small car cut off the van he was driving. “They said, ‘We will kill you if you don’t go away from this place – you must leave here or we will kill you,’” he said.
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Taliban says hostage Piotr Stanczak beheaded
THE Taliban said it had killed a Polish engineer kidnapped last year in Pakistan, but the Polish embassy in Islamabad was not able to confirm the claim.

Piotr Stanczak was seized on September 28 by armed men who killed his two drivers and bodyguard in restive northwest Pakistan, where he was working for a Polish energy company.

"We have beheaded the Polish engineer after the government failed to meet our demands and we will not hand over his body,'' a Taliban spokesman said.

The murder claim came just hours after Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that no ransom would be paid.

The kidnappers had demanded a large ransom and the release of six jailed militants in exchange for the engineer's release.

They had initially threatened to kill him on February 4, but later extended the deadline for two days.
The Polish embassy was aware of the claim that Stanczak had been murdered but had no proof, a spokesman said.

"I can confirm we have received information that Taliban are claiming they killed him. But we don't have proof of it. We don't have any official confirmation,'' said Piotr Adamkiewicz.

"We are working on it. His family is aware of the information.''

Pakistani security officials said they were aware of the Taliban claim, but were also unable to confirm it.
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A new suspect in the murder of 3 Christians in Malatya

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It is believed the head of an ultra nationalist organisation masterminded the execution. Five risk life in prison, two others only one year.

Ankara (AsiaNews/Agencies) A Turkish court has charged a new suspect over the 2007 murders of three Christians in Malatya, the country's east. Seven young men are already on trial over the killing of German missionary Tilmann Geske and Turkish converts Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel in the offices of publishing house Zerve. The three men were found with their throats slit.

The new suspect, Varol Bulent Aral, is charged with "being the leader of a terrorist organisation" and "the murder of more than one person as part of the organisation's activities”.

Charges that Aral masterminded and instigated the murder come from the group already in prison. Five of the men went to the publishing house on the pretext about wanting to discuss Christianity and then tied the missionaries, questioned them about missionary activities, tortured them and slit their throats. The publishing house had already received threats and its employees had sought police protection.

In the trial that began in November 2007, the prosecutor has charged that the defendants set up an "armed terrorist organisation to forcefully impose their ideological convictions on others”. He asked life in prison for 5 of them. Another two suspects risk one year in prison for having aided the murderers.

At the time, many Turkish intellectuals blamed ultranationalist press and politicians for the incident for having continuously underlined a “Christian danger”, which – in their opinion – is the result of numerous conversions from Islam. In reality, according to the Minister for Home Affairs, between 199 and 2001, 344 Muslims out of a total population of 70 million were baptised.
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