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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Hamas targest Spain

In some conservative traditions of Islam the world is divided into two components: Dar al-Islam (Arabic: دار الإسلام literally house of submission) is a term widely used in the Islamic world to refer to those lands under Muslim government(s), and, Dar al-Harb (Arabic: دار الحرب "house of war") which is the home of the infidels or unbelievers (Arabic: kufr).

Just like Israel, Spain is occupying what is considered Muslim land because it was once part of the Dar al-Islam. Is the "free Palistine" movement going to demand an end to the "brutal occupation" of Spain? The article below indicates the the Muslim Brotherhood has issues a Fatwa.

HAMAS Targets Spain, By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld December 30, 2005

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos’ efforts earlier this year to remove HAMAS from the European Union’s terrorist list, have done little to change HAMAS’ agenda. It is not only Palestine that children in the West Bank and Gaza are asked to liberate; now they are asked to liberate Seville.......A Fatwa calls on Muslims.... “Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and a victor after being expelled from it twice – once from the south, from Andalusia, and a second time, from the east, when it knocked several times on the doors of Athens.” a senior sunni cleric ruled that Muslims should re-conquer “'former Islamic colonies' in Andalus (Spain), southern Italy, Sicily, the Balkans and the Mediterranean islands." For the rest of the story, read: Frontpage magazine

A little about the author of the Frontpage magazine article, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld. Dr Ehrenfield is also author of Funding Evil; How Terrorism is Financed—and How to Stop It, Director of American Center for Democracy and is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger. Dr. Ehrenfield is the world’s leading expert on Narco-Terrorism and a noteworthy authority on international terrorism, political corruption, money laundering, drug trafficking, and organized crime. She was a consult for the Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Strategy.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Latest news in Iraq

20 Iraqi Inmates killed in prison break

BAGHDAD: Twenty Iraqi detainees and a prison officer were shot dead in a failed jail break in Baghdad on Wednesday, as the country's dominate Shiites and Kurds worked on the formation of a new government. Prisoners stole a weapon from a guard at an Iraqi detention facility in the northern Shi..... Full Story

Interpol issues worldwide arrest warrant for Zarqawi

LYON,France: The international police organization Interpol said on Wednesday it had issued a worldwide arrest warrant for Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, who is wanted in several countries for attacks he allegedly carried out for the Al Qaeda terrorist organisation.........Full Story

U.N. Says No Need for a Re-Vote in Iraq AP - Wed Dec 28, 2:39 PM ET
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A United Nations official said Wednesday that Iraq's recent elections were credible and there was no justification for a rerun of the vote that gave a strong lead to the Shiite religious bloc dominating the current government.

Related Web Sites:

Iraqi Transitional Government - official interim government site for Iraq. Includes profiles of officials and information on issues such as elections, security, reconstruction, law, and the Iraqi constitution.

U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq - includes press releases.

UN: Iraq - includes information on Security Council actions, and agencies' humanitarian efforts.

Iraq Body Count - independent public database of media-reported civilian deaths in Iraq from the U.S.-led war and occupation.

Iraqi Special Tribunal - includes news and background information on the cases and defendants.

U.S. State Department: Iraq Update - includes official statements, issue studies, and more.

Three Algerians arrested in Italy over plot targeting US

Hat tip to: Homland Security Alerts: 12/26/2005

ROMA: Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said on Friday.

The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11, 2001 strikes by Al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed some 2,700 people, Pisanu said.

for the rest of the story go to: Three Algerians arrested in Italy over plot targeting US

Friday, December 23, 2005

Paving the way to Aztlán

This article the first of a series of Border and Culture articles that are being reprinted with permission from Sonoran News. Stay tuned for more on cross border issues.

Paving the way to Aztlán with propaganda, politics, racism

Planned invasion continues

By Linda Bentley news reporter for the Sonoran News, Cave Creek, Arizona.

AZTLÁN --- What was and where was Aztlán? The Arizona Republic fielded a similar question under their Science Q & A. Dan Kincaid responded: "Aztlán was the legendary original home of the Aztec Indians ... Aztlán, which means literally 'Place of the Herons' in their Náhuatl language ..." Kincaid goes on to say "... the Aztecs believed their Ancestors migrated in stages from Aztlán, reaching central Mexico about A.D. 1200. An Aztec subgroup, the Tenochas founded their capital, Tenochtitlán, in 1325 on an island in Lake Texcoco after seeing an eagle perched on a cactus and devouring a rattlesnake."

The New York University Press states: "Aztlán was the mythical place of origin in some Aztec traditions, a lake with an island in the middle that was replicated when the wandering Mexica settled at Tenochtitlan. The word Aztec is derived from this mythical place."

Another University in Buffalo, New York claims, "Aztlán is the Aztec name for their ancestral place of origin located, according to an old legend, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean," citing that it corresponds geographically to Atlantis, as described in Plato's works, "Critias" and "Timaeus."

Teachings of MEChA "... the brutal 'gringo' invasion of our territories."

However, in a Hispanic Studies textbook, "The Mexican American Heritage" by East Los Angeles high school teacher Carlos Jimenez, Aztlán is depicted on page 84 in a redrawn map of Mexico and the United States, showing Mexico with one third more territory. On page 107, Jimenez states, "Latinos are now realizing that the powers to control Aztlán may once again be in their hands."

The textbook teaches high-school students that Mexico is supposed to regain the states of Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington and that they rightly belong to the "mythical" homeland of Aztlán.

The book contains no references or footnotes and teaches separatism, victimization and nationalism, while promoting an open border policy.

The myth of Aztlán is heavily promoted through MEChA club meetings at college campuses across the nation, rapidly gaining acceptance at high school campuses as well. MEChA stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán. Their logo depicts an eagle holding a stick of dynamite.

The preamble of MEChA's National Constitution states: "Chicano and Chicana students of Aztlán must take upon themselves the responsibilities to promote Chicanismo within the community, politicizing our Raza with an emphasis on indigenous consciousness to continue the struggle for self-determination of the Chicano people for the purpose of liberating Aztlán."

The University of Arizona MEChA Chapter's website states: "The following documents are essential to the philosophy of MEChA. Every Mechista should be familiar with them. Listed along with their National Constitution is 'El Plan de Santa Barbara' and El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, which opens with, 'In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal "gringo" invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlán from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.

'We are free and sovereign to determine those tasks which are justly called for by our house, our land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlán belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continents.'

Preaching prejudice, racism, hatred and anti-Semitism

La Voz de Aztlán is a bilingual online news service published from Los Angeles (Whittier), "Alta California" that claims to be "focused on news events that are relevant to La Raza in Aztlán, Mexico and beyond." They say that they also publish their own "unique analysis of world events and contemporary issues through editorials, commentary and political cartoons."

Publisher Hector Carreon and Editor-in-Chief Ernesto Cienfuegos definitely have a unique spin on events and issues. It is commonly known as racism and anti-Semitism. One of Cienfuegos' editorials is titled: "The 'Kosher Nostra Scam' on the American Consumer."

Cienfuegos said of their research, "What we found certainly was 'news' to us and it both shocked and angered us."

After becoming educated in the various kosher symbols on food packaging, Cienfuegos made the statement, "I learned that major food companies throughout America actually pay a Jewish Tax amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars per year in order to receive protection. The scam is to coerce the companies to pay up or suffer consequences of a Jewish boycott."

He concludes with, "... I demand my money back for all I had to pay over the years for the hidden and illegal Jewish Tax. Are there any bright attorneys out there that could bring a class action suit against the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations on behalf of the citizens of Aztlán and other non-Jewish people?"

Carreon wrote an editorial called: "Shattered Identities: 'Malinchismo' as a Dissociative Identity Disorder Caused by Ritual Racial Abuse."

He says, "To understand how these personality types may come about, we can refer to recent history involving the Jews during their traumatic 'Nazi Holocaust Period!' The German Jews had their own 'Vendidos' and 'House Niggers' called 'Judenrat' and 'Kapos.'"

Carreon says that what they all have in common is that they have all identified with the dominant oppressors. According to Carreon, the beginnings of the micro-traumas and ritual racial abuse start in kindergarten when little Juanita is told by her "gringa" teacher not to speak Spanish. At lunch she becomes the victim of ridicule by her "gringo" peers when she has a burrito for lunch instead of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

He claims Juanita grows up with "dismal self-esteem" and "self-hate" that could sentence her to life of gangbanging and drugs. But then, he says Juanita can alternatively take on different personality direction, caused by the micro-traumas and ritual racial abuse, one that causes her to dissociate her identity as Juanita. She might develop such a shame that she changes her name to Jane, bleaches her hair blond and starts to take on characteristics of "Anglos."
Carreon says this is "merely a nuisance but can become dangerous to our community when 'Anglos' start using these personality types against us."

He then states, "Like the 'Judenrat' in Nazi Germany, these 'Malinchistas' will be utilized against us in political campaigns like the present one against Bilingual Education."

La Voz creates anti-Semitic correlations from ordinary news in article upon article. Their agenda promotes racism against all white people, especially Jews, and portrays all Hispanics as victims.

"... designed to create cultural havoc"

Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Superintendent George F. Garcia's promotion of outcome-based education and special treatment toward Hispanic children did not sit well with a group of TUSD parents.

They formed Arizona Parents for Traditional Education and petitioned Garcia and the governing board to return "back to the basics" education to TUSD, citing, "We do not want to replicate California's eight year mass experimentation and failure with outcome-based education."
One parent, John Stevenson, wrote an open letter to Garcia, responding to a front-page article in the Tucson Citizen where Garcia called for special classes and special help for Hispanic students.

Stevenson said, "Under the constitution of the United States it is incumbent on all government agencies to treat all citizens equally. It is unconstitutional for any government agency in the US to single out any racial group for special favors, nor should they single out any other racial group to suffer as a result. This action is blatant racial bigotry."

Stevenson continued, "In addition to racial bigotry, Mr. Garcia, you foster cultural terrorism. When you allow special consideration based on race, it builds lifetime resentment in the others. You, in effect, teach the others to hate those who you make privileged.

"When you teach a selected race that it requires your special help, you also teach them that they are either genetically or culturally inadequate. You try to modify that by teaching them that the only reason they need this help is because the white community abuses them."

Stevenson said Garcia's actions could be "construed as fraudulent and perhaps even traitorous" as his acceptance of the public's money, earmarked "to prepare children for their adult place in society," is, instead, being used by Garcia to bring about ideological change, using children to promote his vision of a socialist society.

"... one must suspect that this is a deliberate process. One designed to create cultural havoc," Stevenson wrote.

He ended his letter "Please, sir, I beg you, resign from your job immediately and save the community from further damage." That was back in August 1996. Garcia didn't resign. It wasn't until four years later that Garcia left.

Still posted as one of the goals of the TUSD Hispanic Studies curriculum: "Establish and nurture educational and community partnerships by taking an active role in advocating for Hispanic concerns and issues."

Political influencing

State Representative John A. Loredo, Dem. District 22, who was first elected in 1996, then re-elected in 1998 and 2000, attended Phoenix College, where he first became involved in politics. He was elected president of MEChA and he was the first President-Founding Member of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Young Adult Council. He worked with Cesar Chavez organizing marches, rallies and boycotts. His first political campaign was the "NO on 106 (English Only)" committee. He served on an Ad Hoc Committee on Border Issues and on the Farmworker Affordable Housing Study Committee. He served on the Executive Board for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and as a board member of Friendly House, one of the four nonprofit organizations that was chosen to run the Palomino Day Worker Center in Phoenix.

Another organization that runs the day laborer center is Tonatierra. Tonatierra Community Development Institute proclaims its location as Nelhuayotl, Aztlán, although they use a Phoenix PO Box for their mail.

Day workers are "forced to stand on street corners and suffer the scorn of a society which utilizes them to clean their houses."

Tonatierra's coordinator, Salvador Reza, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. His family moved to Ysleta, Texas when his father, a farm worker, was granted a work permit under the bracero program. Reza sees himself as a victim of racism, stemming back to his days in kindergarten.

After graduating from the University of California, San Diego, Reza began working for immigrant advocacy groups. He says he came to Phoenix because he believes it is the center of Aztlán, the original land of the Aztecs before they migrated south to Mexico. Of all the stories about where Aztlán might have been, Reza is the only one who believes its center is in Phoenix. Reza, one of the major lobbyists for the Palomino Day Worker Center in Phoenix, was quoted in an interview as saying that jornaleros, or day workers, are "forced to stand on street corners and suffer the scorn of a society which utilizes them to clean their houses."

One of Tonatierra's initiatives was the Macehualli Project, to organize the hundreds of day laborers in Phoenix. Reza believes the Macehualli Union de Jornaleros (Day Laborers Union) will achieve justice and dignity through the establishment of day labor centers.

Tonatierra and Reza's goals go far beyond the day laborer centers he wishes to create throughout the city. He is pushing for increased Latino political representation and expanding the Xinachtil Program (Xinachtil means "seed" in the Aztec language) in the public school system to teach "traditions, culture, art and science of indigenous people."

Immigrant advocacy groups no longer promote legal immigration, citizenship, learning English or any other assimilation into this country. Hispanic-rights groups talk of reoccupation and repatriation of the southwestern United States, the land of "indigenous people."

Demographic warfare ... exporting Mexico's surplus poverty

In Tucson, Pima County Legal Defender Isabel Garcia, co-chair of Derechos Humanos (Human Rights), promotes open borders and illegal immigration, proclaiming: "No human is illegal." She denounces the same laws she is hired to uphold, and does so on taxpayer's money.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors claim Garcia can do whatever she likes during her own time.

Garcia, along with co-chair Jose Lerma, have recently been selected to serve on a 100-member council created by Mexico's government to represent Mexicans living in the United States. Their main duty is to advise the Mexican government on the needs of the approximately 9-10 million Mexican natives residing in this country ... about half legally and half illegally.
The concept of reoccupation is not new. The term was used in an official study done by the Mexican Government's National Council on Population (Conapo).

Conapo's study predicts that during Mexican President Vicente Fox's six year term, ending in 2006, that two million Mexicans will enter the United States at the approximate rate of 380,000 per year.

The study also indicates that the Mexican government has embraced the concept of "demographic warfare," a re-conquering of the southwestern United States through unchecked illegal immigration and by exporting its "surplus poverty" to regain control. Mexican novelist Elena Poniatowska was quoted in Mexico's EWE news service as having said, "Mexico is at the moment recovering territories it lost in the past to the United States thanks to emigration (sic). The common people - the poor, the dirty, the lice ridden, the cockroaches are advancing on the United States, a country that needs to speak Spanish because it has 33.5 million Hispanics who are imposing their culture."

Mexican columnist Carlos Loret de Mola explained Mexico's "demographic warfare" strategy in Mexico's newspaper, the Excelsior, over 20 years ago.

Loret's article, "The Great Invasion: Mexico Recovers on its Own," described the strategy: "A peaceful mass of people ... carries out slowly and patiently an unstoppable invasion, the most important in human history. You cannot give me a similar example of such a large migration wave by an ant-like multitude, stubborn, unarmed, and carried on in the face of the most powerful and best-armed nation on earth ... [Neither] barbed-wire fences, nor aggressive border guards, nor campaigns, nor laws, nor police raids against the undocumented, have stopped this movement of the masses that is unprecedented in any part of the world."
Loret describes a migrant invasion that continues and that will return the southwestern states to the jurisdiction of Mexico, "... without the firing of a single shot, nor requiring the least diplomatic action, by means of a steady, spontaneous, and uninterrupted occupation."

The effects of what Loret said then where already apparent in Los Angeles, which he called "the second largest Mexican city in the world."

MEChA promotes an ultimate ideology to liberate Aztlán. Four of the main Hispanic pressure groups, LULAC, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the National Council of La Raza (La Raza) and MEChA, are united in their main objectives. They promote an agenda of racial and ethnic consciousness.

They all want more immigration of their own people into the United States. They want to stop deportation of illegal aliens and want to provide American citizen's rights, including the right to vote, to non-citizens. They promote Spanish as the official language in areas dominated by Hispanics. They believe that Americans must assimilate to Hispanic culture and language. They believe this is already their land and have no need to become citizens, learn English or assimilate in any way. By proclaiming the southwestern United States, Aztlán, they believe all those of Hispanic decent are already citizens. It appears that anyone who disagrees with that agenda is considered a racist. Author Michelle Malkin, who is of Filipino decent, disagrees ... she too has been branded a racist.

Mexican, white, non-white depends where benefits are

In the 1950s, the LULAC recognized English as the official language of the United States, emphasized the importance of citizenship, supported immigration control and mass deportation of illegal aliens. They even began all of their meetings reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Today, the LULAC supports the theory Hispanics are victimized by white people.

"Mexicans" were counted separately, for the first time, during the 1930 Census. Because Texas was segregated, Mexicans felt they were losing their status as non-white and might face the same conditions as blacks.

The LULAC succeeded a few years later in having Mexicans recognized as "whites" again, and treated that way for segregation purposes.

Then, 40 years later, after affirmative action programs become introduced for blacks, the LULAC and La Raza lobbied successfully to be recognized as "non-whites" so that Mexicans would be recognized for racial preference purposes. They ebbed and flowed with identity, insisting they were white when there were advantages to being white. When benefits associated with being non-white surfaced, it was time to change color again.

In a letter to the editor (published in the March 12 edition of Sonoran News), LULAC President Samuel Esquivel wrote, "You are what I would characterize as a 'true racist.'"

Esquivel also stated, "I hear the complaining about illegal immigrants being the cause of all these bad things, but I don't hear nobody complaining about their lawns not being cut, their houses not being cleaned, dishes not being washed in restaurants, cars not being washed, houses not being built, etc. The bottom line is, if it were not for these so called illegal immigrants, who people like you take advantage of, you would not be living in the lap of luxury, as you are accustomed to living." Esquivel claims that any suggestion about upholding laws of this nation is just a means of hiding racist behavior. Another letter, printed in the same edition, came from John Garrido, Chairman of the National Hispanic Coalition, in the process of forming. He states, "Long ago salsa replaced ketchup as America's number one condiment. As ketchup went by the wayside, those that attempt to diminish the values Hispanic Americans hold sacred will some day also go by the wayside."

Cutbacks in illegal alien benefits "a disgrace to American values"

The Ford Foundation alone has poured millions of dollars in funding into organizations like La Raza and MALDEF. And while MALDEF's Mario Obledo stated, "California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave," President Clinton awarded Obledo the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.

Immigrant rights organizations continue to lobby for special treatment toward Hispanics - bilingual education, affirmative action, mass immigration and more hate crime laws.
La Raza claims immigration control violates civil rights and that cutbacks in welfare and other benefits for illegal aliens is "a disgrace to American values."

The United States Government apparently believes, somehow, that "regularizing" illegal aliens from Mexico will get one party or the other elected, depending on who grants the "regularizing." They are most likely mistaken.

These groups claim to hate Americans and all that is American. However, they keep coming ... coming to reclaim Aztlán. And, government officials seem to be paving their way with benefits, amnesty and "rights," at citizens' expense.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Feds nix Transfer of Dirty Bomb Suspect

Appeals court refuses to transfer terror suspect
By Jerry Markon, Washington Post December 22, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court yesterday refused to authorize the transfer of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla to face new criminal charges, issuing a strongly worded opinion rebuking the Bush administration and its handling of the high-profile case. Link to this story

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Stripping away of Civil Liberties

There has been a lot of news generated about the President of the United States and his conservative party stripping Americans of their Civil Liberties. However, there does not seem to be many specifics.

So, those of you who feel downtrodden, feel free to list them here.

Then again, if you do not believe that the President or his party has infringed your civil rights, you can add your comments here as well.

This is your blog.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Non-Muslims are "Sinful Animals" says top Khamenei Aide

Tehran, 21 Nov. (AKI) - A close advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati has condemned non-Muslims, saying they "cannot be called human beings but are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption." Jannati made the controversial remarks on Sunday at a ceremony in north-eastern Iran to commemorate the 'martyrs' of the Revolutionary Guards and the (1980-1988) war against Iraq.

“If the Islamic Republic of Iran is still standing on its feet, we owe it to our martyrs. If it was not for our martyrs, we would not have these precious young men with vivid Islamist views,” Jannati was quoted a saying.The ayatollah heads the powerful Guardian Council, a non-elected body made up of clerics and lawyers, which can veto legislation.

As well as being a top aide to Khamenei, he is a mentor of Iran's hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Source: adnkronos international

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Borders, Language, and Culture: Border Patrol Agents fear Conflict with Mexican Military

Border Patrol agents stationed along the nation's southwestern frontier increasingly are fearful of encountering armed and potentially hostile military units from Mexico.

Also, agents say, officers are hamstrung in their response, citing concerns the U.S. government is often too deferential to Mexican authorities.....confrontations have become so routine the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued written orders that agents carry with them regarding "what to do" if confronted by Mexican military units, many of which are in the employ of Mexico's powerful drug cartels. Read the details about what the agents face now at!

Go to the Linked Icon below, Supporters of the United States Border Patrol to learn about alleged terror on our border. Disclaimer: The site is maintained by supporters of the United States Border Patrol and this is not an official government site. The contents of this site are privately managed and not subject to the direction or control of the United States Border Patrol.

Muslim Brotherhood

The links provided will give you an opportunity to explore The Brotherbood. You will not get this information in the mains stream media. Source: Encyclopaedia of the Orient

The Brotherhood

"Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."—Muslim Brotherhood

Term used for congregations in Islam that are somewhat differentiated from the general community of Islam. The Arabic term, 'al-ikhwān, used for religio-political groups streching back in time to the Wahhabis of Arabia and is used today for groups of Islamists.

For Sufis the Arabic term tarīqa, designating the congregation of Sufis centered around the same leader, is also translated to "brotherhood". "Method", "system" or "path" would be correct translations, but the followers of a tariqa are grouped as a brotherhood.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Special Dispatch - Jihad & Terrorism (No religion of peace)


Special Dispatch - Jihad & Terrorism Studies ProjectDecember 18, 2005 No. 1051

Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi on Hamas Jerusalem Day Online: "We are a Nation of Jihad and Martyrdom"; "The Resistance in Palestine, Iraq, and Lebanon Must Go On"; "We Stand Alongside Our Brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad"

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit

Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi head of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, president of the International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS), and the spiritual guide of many other Islamist organizations across the world (including the Muslim Brotherhood) recently took part in a number of events focusing on Jerusalem and the Palestinian question. On December 4-6, 2005, Al-Qaradhawi attended the fourth international conference of the Al-Quds Institution, whose board of trustees he chairs. Other participants in the conference, which was held in Yemen, were Khaled Mash'al, head of Hamas' Political Bureau; Sheikh 'Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, an advisor to the president of Iran; and Sheikh Harith Al-Dhari, chairman of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq.(1)

At the conference, Al-Qaradhawi said: "There is no choice but to wage jihad and resistance. Yet there are different kinds of resistance and jihad. There is armed resistance and armed jihad - military jihad - and there is no choice but that this should continue. There is no choice but to continue the resistance in Palestine, in Iraq, in Lebanon, and in every country that has been conquered by foreigners."(2)

On October 20, 2005, the Islamist web forums marked the third "Al-Quds [Jerusalem] International Day [on] the Internet" sponsored by the Electronic Resistance Movement ( which, although defining itself as an "Egyptian youth group," is close to the Hamas movement. Participating in marking the occasion were representatives of the Islamic fundamentalist movements, including Hamas' military wing, the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, representing the Palestinians; the Islamic Movement of Lebanon; the Islamic Labor Front of Jordan; the Al-Tawhid wa'l-Islah (Monotheism and Reform) movement of Morocco; and, which is close to Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi. Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi himself was among the prominent figures giving speeches, via the Internet, in honor of Jerusalem Day, together with senior Hamas officials such as Khaled Mash'al and Mahmoud Al-Zahar.(3)

Information on Al-Qaradhawi's participation in these events and a link to his speech were posted on his site, along with a link to (4)

It should be noted that on the Jerusalem Day page at, there is a link to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion that reads "Start Reading the Protocols Now." (pictured below)(5) [TO VIEW VISIT]

In a sharply-worded speech, Al-Qaradhawi praised Palestinian suicide operations, encouraged terrorist movements such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, and called on the Arab countries to aid the Palestinian resistance with funds and weapons.

The following are excerpts from his address:

"We are a Nation of Jihad and a Nation of Martyrdom"

"Muslims across the world have the right, and even the duty, to make Jerusalem their main concern and cause. Jerusalem is the sanctified city that Allah honored in His Book [the Koran] and associated it with the third holy shrine and the first qibla [direction of prayer] in Islam - the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"[It is the mosque] where Muhammad arrived in his Israa' [night journey], and from where the Mi'raj [Muhammad's ascent to Heaven] began [as related in Koran 17:1] 'Praise be to He Who took His servant for a Journey by night from the Al-Haram [the sacred] Mosque to the Al-Aqsa [the farthest] Mosque, whose precincts We blessed, in order to show him Our signs.'...

"The cause of Palestine is the Islamic nation's cause, from Jakarta to Ribat Al-Fath [i.e. Rabat](6). The entire Islamic nation - with all the Arabs and the non-Arabs in it - is responsible to Jerusalem, against which plots are being hatched and conspiracies are being woven, in the dark of night and by the light of day. We see that the conspiracy against it has come out in the open...

"We see the Judaization of glorious Jerusalem. We witness this with our own eyes, and feel it with our own hands. The excavations that were carried out underneath this magnificent mosque are still going on, and we do not know how long [they will continue]. Perhaps one day it will be announced that this blessed and magnificent structure has collapsed.

"The Islamic nation is not paying heed to this. We see that the Muslims are indifferent, and that they are distracted from this most important cause. The Jews and global Zionism are exploiting the inattention of the Islamic nation, the division and the dispersion from which it suffers, and the feebleness [of the nation] - which is, as the hadith says, love of this world and hatred of death.(7)

"They have exploited Islam's feebleness, Arab impotence, the world's lack [of involvement], and America's global conspiracy supporting Israel in everything. It [America] supports it [Israel] economically, militarily, and politically. With its veto, it defends it from condemnation [by the world], even if it has evidence of its oppression, aggression, and tyranny.

"Our Muslim nation has responsibility for this cause [Palestine]. It is not fitting for us to rely on the West or on the U.S. - which some say holds 99% of the cards. It holds them but it will give us nothing. We must stand against this plot against the cause of Islam and the Muslims, like a solid building, each part of which supports the other.

"People must know that this cause is not an orphan. Rather, it has fathers, sons, supporters, heroes, and helpers, and is redeemed by their sacrifice of all that they have - things of little value and things of great value.

"The Jews.are Known for Their Parsimony, Cowardice, and Love of Life"

"If the Jews who are known for their parsimony, cowardice, and love of life - after all, they are the people who are the most zealous for their own lives - have begun to invest millions in serving their cause, and to sacrifice their souls in service of this Zionist idea, then we, the Muslims, must be the first to sacrifice our blood and our money. We are a nation of jihad and a nation of martyrdom.

"Mothers Receive their Martyred Sons with Cries of Joy and Celebration

"Our brothers in Palestine have sacrificed many lives as well as much efforts and blood. The Palestinian people proved, in the first Intifada and in the second Intifada, that we spare nothing for our cause. We have seen this among the old and the young, men and women.

"We have seen these martyrdom operations, in which these young people took their lives in their hands and cared not whether they took death or whether death took them. [We also have seen] mothers receiving their martyred sons ... with cries of joy and celebration. Similarly, the man [the martyr's father] refuses to accept condolences on the death of his son, saying 'Congratulate me, do not comfort me.'"

"The Peace Process Is a Conspiracy to Stop the Palestinian Resistance"

"Our brothers have sacrificed much. But there are plots against this Intifada. There are schemes being concocted to stop this resistance, under the name of 'the peace process.' What kind of peace is this? [It is] a peace that is being imposed by Israel. They want peace according to their understanding - a peace in which we hand over our land, our honor, and our independence. We must resist this, and we stand by our brothers in the Islamic and national resistance factions."

"We Stand by Our Brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad"

"We stand by our brothers in Hamas, our brothers in [Islamic] Jihad, our brothers in [the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs] Brigades, our brothers in the Popular [Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)] and in the Democratic [Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP)]. We stand by them all. We want them to stand in a single trench, and never let a Palestinian fight a Palestinian.

"We will not let the hand of a Palestinian aim at the chest of another Palestinian. All efforts and weapons must be directed against the common enemy, who is still acting with trickery and does not want to give us anything but talk. This is false talk, and to date we have seen nothing on the ground.

"We Will Not Abandon the Resistance as Long as One Inch of Palestine is Occupied"

"Oh brothers, our weapons must remain in our hands. We will not lay down our weapons. We will not abandon the resistance as long as one inch of Palestine is occupied...

"If the enemy has usurped a piece [of land], whether narrow or broad, whether small or large, the people living in it must resist this enemy. The Islamic jusrists treat this as a commandment incumbent upon the residents of the land. If the residents of this land cannot resist [the enemy], then it is incumbent upon their neighbors, and then their neighbors help them with funds, weapons, and men. When all the neighbors are not enough, it is a duty incumbent upon the entire Muslim nation."

The Palestinians Must be Helped with Funds and Weapons

"Therefore, we say that jihad is now incumbent upon the entire Muslim nation in order to liberate Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Al-Aqsa Mosque must not remain captive in the hands of the Jews. They bring in [to the mosque] whomever and whatever they want, and permit and or forbid worship to whomever they want.

"The Islamic nation, which numbers 1.3 billion, cannot agree to this. It must stand against the Jewish plot, and against the Zionist scheme, that is supported by American funds, American weapons, and the American veto. The Islamic nation must show solidarity, must unite, and must come together to stand against this danger...

"It is not a duty incumbent on the Palestinians alone, but a duty incumbent first of all on the Palestinians [and then] incumbent upon all the Arabs - Muslims and Christians - and then upon the Muslims - Arabs and non-Arabs. It is a duty incumbent upon the Arab Muslims, the Pakistani Muslims, the Indonesian Muslims, the Turkish Muslims, the African Muslims, and the Muslims everywhere."

We Ask the Islamic Nation to Impose its Will on the Rulers Who Have Submitted to the Zionists and the Americans

"The Al-Aqsa Mosque is not the mosque of the Palestinians [alone], but is the mosque of the Islamic nation, and the Islamic nation must act. It must provide the Palestinians with funds and give them weapons. It must support them in this unbalanced battle...

"We ask this nation to stand fast in a way that will reflect its true heroism, resist this humiliation, and not submit to it, and will force [its will] upon its rulers who have submitted, waved a white flag, and accepted everything that is proposed to them by the Zionists and the Americans. We want to impose on those [Arab] rulers the people's will, [so that the rulers] will draw the spirit of strength and the power of the spirit from their peoples."

(1) Yemen News Agency - Saba (Yemen), December 5, 2005.
(2) Al-Manar TV (Lebanon), December 5, 2005.
(3) The prominent speeches were posted on
(5) , The Protocols of the Elders of Zion also appear on another site dedicated to Jerusalem Day: .
(6) Qaradhawi uses the original name of Rabat, which means "conquering frontier castle."
(7) This hadith appears in Abu Daoud's and Ahmad bin Hanbal's hadith collections.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Egypt's Muslim Brothers brand Israel a 'cancer'

Middle East Online


Egypt's Muslim Brothers brand Israel a 'cancer'
Mehdi Akef says he expects demise of Israel soon, its peace deal with Egypt should be put to referendum.

CAIRO - Israel is a "cancer" in the Middle East and its peace deal with Egypt should be submitted to a referendum, the leader of Egypt's Muslim Brothers said in an interview published Thursday.

"I declared that we will not recognize Israel which is an alien entity in the region. And we expect the demise of this cancer soon...," Mohammed Mehdi Akef told the state-owned English language Ahram Weekly.

Egypt signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1979, becoming the first Arab country to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

Islamists opposed to the deal assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981 for signing the Camp David accord and opposition to the normalisation of relations with Israel remains strong in Egypt.

Akef stopped short of demanding the peace agreement be scrapped but suggested it should be submitted to a popular referendum.

"That is for the people to decide... If I had the power I would put it to the people," he said.
The banned but tolerated Brotherhood won 20 percent of the seats in the 454-strong parliament, making it the largest opposition bloc in the house.

Editors note on The Muslim Brotherhood:

Muslim Brothers;
a/k/a Muslim Brotherhood;
a/k/a al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin;
a/k/a Jama'at al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun;
a/k/a Hizb Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimoonal-Ikhwan ("The Brothers")

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, a 22-year-old elementary school teacher, as an Islamic revivalist movement following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent ban of the caliphate system of government that had united the Muslims for hundreds of years. Al-Banna based his ideas that Islam was not only a religious observance, but a comprehensive way of life, on the tenets of Wahhabism, better known today as "Islamism", and he supplemented the traditional Islamic education for the Society's male students with jihadia training.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Egypt Islamists march steadily towards power

Obtained from Middle East Online

Muslim Brotherhood adopts step-by-step strategy toward power, sending clear message about its potential future strength
By Selim Saheb Ettaba

CAIRO - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to avoid a confrontation with President Hosni Mubarak's regime after its step-by-step approach scored big in parliamentary elections, analysts said.

Winning 88 seats despite fielding candidates for only around a third of those contested, the banned Islamist movement achieved a success rate topping 50 percent and sent out a clear message about its potential future strength.

"The Muslim Brothers refrained from fielding candidates against ministers and key men in the regime in order not to provoke it," said Amr Shubaki, an analyst from the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

"They will try not to confront the regime in a direct and too obvious a way in parliament," he predicted. "Criticism, discussions? Sure, but without going for a full-blown confrontation," Shubaki said.

Hala Mustafa, chief editor of the Al-Dimuqratiya review, said this cautious approach had allowed the Brotherhood to support calls for greater democracy while foiling attempts to demonise the Brotherhood in the eyes of the West.

She noted that Western powers had expressed their willingness to engage in contacts with the movement.

"They will continue to seek the confidence of the international community and present themselves as a moderate political force, a moderate alternative," Mustafa said.

But Nabil Abdel Fattah, also from the Al-Ahram Center, said the movement will have to change to earn more credibility.

"In the next parliament, they will have to stop playing the same silly game," he said, in reference to the Brotherhood's systematic questioning of writings they deem blasphemous or anti-Islamic.

They should focus on "criticising and attempting to change the autocratic legacy of the regime, including the state of emergency, and support constitutional reform," Abdel Fattah said.

The Muslim Brothers were absent from the campaign for the September presidential election, which their status as an officially banned organisation did not allow them to contest.

But since their spectacular gains in the month-long parliamentary polls that wound up last week, they have openly talked about their intention to obtain power from the ballot box.

"The new parliament will probably propose a new constitutional amendment," Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mehdi Akef said Sunday, urging his MPs to "restrict the limitless powers granted to the president" and limit his mandate to two terms.

He also conditioned his movement's participation in the next presidential election -- scheduled to be held in 2011 -- on the abolition of the state of emergency which has been in place since 1981.

Four months after a constitutional amendment was approved in May, Egypt held its first pluralist presidential election, in which Mubarak won a fifth six-year mandate with 88 percent of the vote.

While legal parties need only five percent of parliament to field a candidate, an independent requires the signatures of at least 65 members of parliament, 25 members of the consultative council and 10 municipal council members from at least 14 provinces.

The Muslim Brothers are not waiting for a legalisation as a political party which might never come and are "already preparing for the next presidential poll," Shubaki said.

"They already have the 65 MPs needed and now they will try to have the necessary number of elected officials in the consultative and municipal councils."