There are three places regarding which the nations of the world cannot accuse Israel and say, "You have stolen them." The cave of Machpelah, as it is written (Genesis 23:16): "And Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver." The Temple: "So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold" (I Chronicles 21:25). And Joseph's tomb: "And [Jacob] bought the piece of land for a hundred kesitah" (Midrash Rabbah).
EU tells Israel: Mideast turmoil makes peace talks: imperative: Hungary FM tells Lieberman that time is pressing, Israeli-Palestinian talks remain core issue (Haaretz, AP, 22.02.11).
Quartet to Push New Negotiations:
Diplomats from the international Quartet – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations – announced this week that they plan a new effort to push negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. PA leaders, affiliated with Fatah, have not shown interest in returning to talks with Israel. Instead, PA leaders recently renewed their efforts to
reunite with Hamas
Quartet mediators hope to meet with both Israeli and PA leaders in the upcoming weeks to discuss “core issues”, which include the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a proposed PA state in Judea and Samaria, and the Arab demand that millions of descendants of Arabs who fled pre-state Israel be allowed to “return”.
EU foreign policy chief
also expressed hope recently of reaching a peace deal by September, despite Mideast turmoil, the Hamas leadership in Gaza, and the PA's failure to hold planned 2010 elections (INN, 02/25/11).
Jordan, lost the territory of Mandatory Palestine it had illegally occupied and annexed in 1948-49, in defiance of the UN Security Council - Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. And from Syria, Israel gained the Golan Heigths, from which the Syrian Army had harassed Israel for 19 years.
The Jordanian and Egyptian Occupations: The Jewish presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip ended only with the 1948 War of Independence. Conquering these territories in a war of aggression aimed at destroying the nascent State of Israel, the Jordanians and Egyptians totally eliminated the Jewish presence in the West Bank and Gaza, forbidding Jews to live there and declaring the sale of land to Jews in those areas a capital offense.
It is worth noting that Jordanian and Egyptian rule came about as the result of their illegal invasion of 1948, in open contempt and rejection of
UN General Assembly Resolution 181
, which would have partitioned the British Mandate territory into a Jewish State and an Arab State. For this reason, the Egyptian and Jordanian seizures of the territories were never recognized by the international community.
In 1967, Israel fought a desperate war of self-defense and despite dire odds, won. As a result, the Jewish State not only survived, it also came into possession of additional lands, including territory that is of vital importance to its security. (Read more: DISPUTED TERRITORIES: Forgotten Facts About the West Bank and Gaza Strip, mfa.gov.il).
A ‘security zone’ is meant to prevent infiltration of terrorgroups and to put Israel’s border towns out of range of arms and mortar fire. Can Israel afford to make the same mistake it made in Gaza?
Fatah Proposes Formula for Unity with Hamas: Though some Hamas officials have reportedly agreed to the plan, the story is not yet over. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zohari said today that Fayyad is not authorized to speak of a new PA government since he himself represents Fatah. The plan, reported by the PA’s Ma'an news agency, was formulated by PA prime minister Salam Fayyad, and was approved by PA Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas). It calls for a unity government, headed by Fayyad, that will run affairs in the different areas via the already existing institutions of both Fatah and Hamas (INN, 02/24/11).
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last." (Churchill, Winston).
"Do not try to appease Arabs at our expense." "Do not repeat the dreadful mistake of 1938, when enlightened European democracies decided to sacrifice Czechoslovakia (to the Nazis) for a convenient, temporary solution." "Israel will not be another Czechoslovakia;.." (Ariel Sharon).
"Whoever thinks that the establishment of a Palestinian State will solve the Arab-Israeli conflict is in for a rude awakening. Appeasement does not work. It only emboldens those with non-Peaceful intentions.
(Eliezer Braun, Read more:
Shuva (RETURN) Israel).
Hamas Moves To Control Temple Mount:
With arrests of two Palestinians who reside in East Jerusalem, comes a Jerusalem Post report that the two Hamas activists were preparing to attack a sport's event in a Jerusalem stadium and that Hamas is moving to control the Temple Mount.
The Jerusalem Post reports: During the investigation, the Shin Bet also uncovered a growing Hamas presence in Jerusalem aimed at establishing a foothold on the Temple Mount. This is done by funding maintenance of the Temple Mount compound - called Al-Aksa by the Arabs - and in subsidizing school trips to the mosques there (One Jerusalem, 01.02.2011
Al-Qaradawi Returns to Cairo After 50 Years: A Sunni Muslim, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi was banned from Egypt in 1961. Al-Qaradawi's return spells a victory after being banned from the United States and Britain for supporting attacks on the U.S. military in Iraq and suicide terrorist bombings in Israel. He is also the spiritual adviser for the Palestinian Authority terrorist group, Hamas.
Prior to the ban he had established himself as a trustee of the Boston Mosque – New England's largest Islamic house of worship.
As INN reported previously, although he allegedly left the position he
still reportedly serves as chairman
of the board of trustees at the Islamic American University, a subsidiary of the Muslim American Society (MAS). A search of the university's website, however, turned up no information on any of the institution's leadership, which appeared to have been carefully omitted. The MAS organization, which runs the Boston Mosque, has been named by U.S. federal prosecutors as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood of America.
The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), widely considered the most influential fatwa council in Europe, is also chaired by al-Qaradawi, who hopes one day for world conquest.
“What remains, then, is to conquer Rome,” the imam told his followers in 1995 at a conference held by the Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA) in Toledo, Ohio. “This means that Islam will come back to Europe for the third time, after it was expelled from it twice... Conquest through Da'wa (proselytizing) – that is what we hope for. We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America!” (INN, 02/20/11).
FBI: Muslim Brotherhood deeply rooted inside U.S.
Terror-support group controls most Islamic groups, mosques in America. Staff investigators with the House and Senate intelligence committees say they are probing the domestic security threat posed by the radical Muslim Brotherhood and, specifically, whether Brotherhood operatives have penetrated the U.S. government.
The true nature, ambitions and global reach of the Cairo-based Muslim Brotherhood suddenly have become the focus of debate in Washington, following unrest in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East.
As the Muslim Brotherhood threatens to effectively replace Egypt's secular, pro-Western regime, the tentacles of its worldwide jihadist movement have reached deep into the Muslim community in America. Shockingly, federal court documents reveal that virtually every major Muslim organization in America is a front group for the Brotherhood. They also show that its U.S. network has raised millions of dollars for Hamas, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups (WND, February 21, 2011).
VIDEO: The Islam and Catholic Connection By Professor; Walter J. Veith:
The Deadly Deception, by James D. Shaw and Tom C. McKenny: "The Shrine ("Ancient Arabic Order. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine") is available to 32nd Degree Masons and Knights Templar who wish to partipicate (p 58).
The Shrine (p 73-74), The Show Army of Masonry" maintains a very high profile... it is necessary to be a 32nd Degree Mason before being eligible to join the Shrine."
Only the highest Freemasons may join the Shrine. Now these are most of the prominent Americans, marching in New York as Shriners.
Shrine in the name of Allah: ”With the Koran on the Altar we sealed our solemn oath in the name of Allah, the God of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the God of our fathers.”
Every Shriner kneeling before the Koran takes this oath in the name of Allah and acknowledges this pagan god of vengeance as his own ’the God of our fathers’. And in the ritual he acknowledges Islam, the declared blood enemy of Christianity (and Judaism), as the true path (The Islamic Connection).
CRUCIAL SWC NEW REPORT: Exposing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: Jihad Against Jews, Judaism, and Israel:
Against the backdrop of the historic changes in Egypt, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is releasing a riveting expose on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
“Hitler Put Them in Their Place”: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Jihad Against Jews, Judaism, and Israel, is authored by Dr. Harold Brackman, the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Senior Historic Consultant.
This impactful report presents an "unsanitized history of the Muslim Brotherhood," and traces the evolution of its beliefs, goals and tactics. It presents an unflinching look at the Brotherhood's genocidal Jew-hatred and sheds light on The Brotherhood's global reach and its emerging impact on Egypt in the balance.
Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal in Friday Sermon, April 11, 2008:
"We Will Conquer Rome – And From There, Continue On to Conquer the Two Americas, Eastern Europe" "...this capital of theirs (Jerusalem) will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe."
A-Zahar Reiterates Hamas Goal: World Domination: Hamas reiterates goal of world domination by Islam - annihilation of Israel-establishment of Caliphate in Jerusalem (INN, 03/27/07).
It is the Wakf Islamic Authority that administers the mosques built atop Judaism’s holiest site. PA Peace Plan: Iran to Share Rule over Temple Mount(INN, 05/21/09). Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty (INN, 08/23/09).
Islam seeks to fulfill its goal of nothing short than conquering the world and establishing “the global Islamic state.” This is the goal also set by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, "Islam will conquer all the mountain-tops in the world" (INN, 09/11/09).
Huge Jordanian Generators Sighted on Temple Mount:
It is not clear to what use the generators will be put. The Wakf has in the past conducted unauthorized digging and construction activity on the Mount, apparently in order to obliterate any archaeological vestiges of Jewish presence there (INN, 01/25/11).
The Temple Institute
: The frantic attempts of the Muslim Wakf and the Palestinian Authority to obliterate all remnants of the Holy Temple, while at the same time disseminating the colossal lie that the Holy Temple never existed, belie their own suppressed awareness that they are occupiers of a house not theirs, and that time and history, those marvelous tools in the hand of the One God, are working day by day to overturn their conspiratorial intrigues...
If they want to obliterate any archaeological vestiges of Jewish presence there, they will have to obliberate the Koran's Al-Isra; Surah 17, and as well. See 'The Temple Mount'
Gert Wilders: "If Jerusalem falls into the hands of the Muslims, Athens and Rome will be next. Thus, Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West. It is not a conflict over territory but rather an ideological battle, between the mentality of the liberated West and the ideology of Islamic barbarism,"
(Ynet News, 06.20.10).
EU Officials Propose Help for Palestinians in Jerusalem
A document prepared for internal circulation by the 25 EU Consuls General to the Palestinian Authority proposes strengthening the EU's support for Palestinians in East Jerusalem. They suggest that in addition to being present when houses are demolished, they should attend court hearings dealing with demolitions or evictions and "ensure EU intervention when Palestinians are arrested or intimidated by Israeli authorities for peaceful cultural, social or political activities in East Jerusalem." "If current trends are not stopped as a matter of urgency, the prospect of East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state becomes increasingly unlikely and unworkable." (Independent-UK,
10 January 2011
EU diplomats say East Jerusalem should be treated as Palestinian capital
Clinton Leads Condemnation of Legal Jewish Project in Jerusalem:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton clearly showed the Obama Administration's disregard for Israel's sovereignty over its capital: Jerusalem.
She lead a chorus
comprised of Israel's enemies in denouncing a private project in Jerusalem which involves the demolition of a former hotel that has been empty for years. The land for this project was purchased in 1985 by a Jewish American who is now proceeding to build 20 apartments for Jewish families (One Jerusalem, 01.09.2011).
The head of Israel's General Security Service recently warned that
- including Hamas - are buying land in Jerusalem! (One Jerusalem, 12.26.2010).
Nof Tzion Holder 'Sold to Jewish Investors for 11M Shekels' (INN, 01/11/11).
Sudanese Migrants Rally for Secession in Homeland: Illegal African immigrants to Israel rallied in Tel Aviv on Sunday for independence in southern Sudan. More than 300 demonstrators chanted “Separation yes, unity no!” as they danced and waved black, red and green flags at Levinsky Park in the Neve Sha'anan neighborhood. Other Africans came to support the demonstrators, including those from Darfur who are less likely to return than those from southern Sudan, who are Christian. Most of those from Darfur are Muslim and fear retribution because they fled to a Jewish nation (INN, 01/10/11).
Which country will cueue up next to have its land splitted and destroyed by radical Muslim conquest?
VIDEO: Radical Muslims are Training in Upstate New York:
Welcome to Islamberg. See also: Muslim Honor Killings in the USA by Prof. Phyllis Chesler (INN, 01/29/11).
Angst about Islamist Groups Goes Mainstream in Germany
Spooked by what many see as a terrorism threat, ordinary people across Europe are becoming increasingly vocal in opposing radical Muslims. They are ditching traditions of tolerance and saying no to cultures that do not share their democratic values. Wilfried Schultz, 60, who is leading the opposition to the construction of a Muslim religious school by the austere, militant Invitation to Paradise group in Moenchengladbach, Germany, points to online videos of the Muslim group that call for the execution of secular Muslims and demand that women never leave home without male chaperons. Schultz and others staged weekly protests, collected thousands of signatures, and formed alliances with local lawmakers, church leaders and moderate Muslim imams. German intelligence services say they have an eye on Invitation to Paradise because it belongs to the Salafist movement, which has been linked to terror plots. (Washington Post, January 9, 2011). See 'Missionary Tactics.'
Islam Grows in Europe, Jihad Not Far Behind:
The growing demographic picture of millions of Muslim immigrants and their descendants in Europe is beginning to bear bitter fruit in a quiet “under the radar” jihad against Israel. “Several European countries, for instance, eager to maintain good relations with local Muslim communities, are laying the political groundwork for the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, possibly as early as October 2011, even if negotiations for a permanent settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are not concluded – a total abrogation of the UN's signed Oslo accords,” Kern explains.
In December 2009, the EU adopted for the first time a resolution explicitly called for Jerusalem to become the future capital of the hoped for PA country, the writer adds. In December 2010, a group of former EU leaders and officials published a letter urging the EU to implement sanctions against Israel to force the Jewish State to bow to the PA's will.
The continent has also become the breeding ground for “lawfare” -- anti-Israel lawsuits aimed at harassing former and current leaders of the Jewish State, while delegitimizing its status and paralyzing its ability to act against terror. And as European officials increasingly demonize Israel, the European street becomes more convinced in the “evil” of the Jewish State, eventually voting in more anti-Zionist leaders who enact more anti-Israel policies -- and the circle of hate slowly closes in a noose around Israel's neck (INN, 01/23/11).
12 Canadians training for jihad in Pakistani terror camp:
A group of 12 Canadians, who may have converted to Islam, are reported undergoing militant training at an
camp in Pakistan's lawless North Waziristan in apparent plots to carry out terror attacks back home. Arab intelligence agencies have already warned that foreign recruits are being trained to carry out terror attacks in European mainland triggering a continent-wide alert.
The report, quoting well placed
sources, says militant training to Canadians is a part of al-Qaida plans to recruit, train and launch Western Caucasians in their countries... the aim is to spread the flames of the South Asian war theatre to the West."
"In Afghanistan they received basic jihadi training, while currently they are busy doing some special courses. Their main learning is how to use sophisticated weapons, and how to connect with local smuggling networks in
. "They are also learning how to use ordinary material like sugar and basic chemicals to make powerful explosives. These militants will then return to their country to execute al-Qaida's plan of targeting big cities in
," Arif Wazir, a local militant of Darpakhe, said.
The news article also mentions that various militants of other nationalities are also being trained in North Waziristan and apart from Arab and Central Asian militants, one can find jihadis from the
, Britain and Germany (Times of India, Jan. 17:2011).
35 Dead in Moscow Airport Suicide Bombing: Airport authorities said at least 35 were killed and some 130 were wounded in a terrorist suicide bombing Monday afternoon at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow. News agencies reported that 20 of the wounded were critically injured as the death toll continued to rise Monday evening (INN, 01/24/11).
Terror is international and the response to terror must also be international,” commented Israel's prime minister in remarks at the Knesset. “If we join forces, the terrorists will not defeat us. We will defeat them and prevent their missions. “The struggle against terror is a universal struggle that goes beyond borders, and against extremists everywhere,” Lieberman said. U.S. President Barack Obama echoed Israel's sentiment, condemning the attack as “an outrageous act of terrorism against the Russian people.”
PM: 'Terror is International' in Russia Suicide Bombing:
Will the Quartet, EU and UN now judge "armed struggle or Jihad" as "terrorism"?
"Terrorism" according to Lebanese and Arab Law: France defends controversial security pact with Lebanon: "France's definition of terrorism includes Palestinian resistance movements, and that clashes with Lebanese law, which is in line with the Arab League's definition,"
The 22-member Arab League does not regard "armed struggle against foreign occupation," such as the Palestinian Hamas or Lebanese Hezbollah, as terrorist movements" (Yahoo, Thu Jul 15, 2010).
Egypt blames Palestinian group for New Years' Day church bombing: Al-Qaida-linked Army of Islam said responsible for attack in Alexandria earlier this month that killed over 20 Coptic Christians. Egypt's interior minister said on Sunday the government had proof that the Army of Islam, a Palestinian group linked to Al-Qaida, was behind the New Year's Day bombing of a church that killed 23 people (Haaretz, 23.01.11).
The PA schoolbooks teach that fighting Israel is not merely a territorial, nationalistic conflict, but a religious battle for Islam. The educators define the conflict with Israel as "Ribat "- a concept from Islamic tradition signifying Muslims defending the border areas of Islam.
Palestinian use of violence against Israel is called "muqawama - resistance " and is said to be legal according to international law.
And after defining "Palestine " to encompass all of Israel, Israel's eventual destruction is assured...
Hezbullah terror against Israel is likewise justified, as one schoolbooks rejects the UN ruling that Israel has withdrawn to the international border, and likewise define Hezbullah's terror as "resistance" against "occupation " (Palwatch.org).
Erdogan also voiced support for the Hamas rulers of Gaza and denied the Western definition of the group as terrorists. "Hamas is not a terrorist movement. They are people defending their land. It is a movement that entered the elections and won," he declared, adding that the group has never been given the chance to rule as a democratic regime (Turkey PM: Netanyahu has worst government in history of Israel, Haaretz, 13.01.11).
Gaddafi urges jihad against Switzerland: "Let us fight against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression," said Gaddafi, adding that "this is not terrorism," in contrast with the work of al-Qaeda which he called a "kind of crime and a psychological disease."
"There is a big difference between terrorism and jihad which is a right to armed struggle," he said (YnetNews, 02.26.10).
Bin Laden threatens France: Al-Qaeda's leader says in audio tape French hostages will die if France does not pull out troops from Muslim lands (Al Jazeera, 21 Jan 2011). VIDEO, ABC Nyheter.
Analysis: In Moscow, The Blame Game Begins:
The terrorist attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, in addition to being a tragedy for the victims of the mega casualty attack and their families, was also an embarrassment for the tandem of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
The English-language Moscow News interviewed an Israeli called Ariel “It’s very bad. It’s 100 percent terrorism… I think I’m going back to Israel right now.” One could not miss the intended dig that an Israeli whose country is viewed as a chronic victim of terrorist attacks would want to scurry back to Israel for safety (INN).
Jeremiah 30:10-11 "And you, fear not, My servant Jacob, says the Lord, and do not be dismayed, O Israel, for behold I save you from afar and your seed from the land of their captivity, and Jacob shall again be silent and at ease, and no one will frighten them. For I am with you, says the Lord, to save you, for I will make an end of all the nations where I dispersed you, but of you I will not make an end, but I will chasten you in measure (according to the law of the Torah), and I will not completely destroy you." See Zechariah 12:9, Daniel 12:1, Isaiah 24:1-6.
So said the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you for your profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Had you hearkened to My commandments, your peace would be as a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
And your seed would be like the sand and those emanating from your innards [would be] like its innards; his name shall neither be cut off nor destroyed from before Me." See
Isaiah 32:17-18, Deuteronomy 6:24-25.
South Sudan - Enjoy It while You Can:
A new state is expected to be born this week in South Sudan, provided three conditions are fulfilled with regard tof the weeklong referendum that began today. One is that 50% take part in the referendum, 60% approve of secession and finally that the Arab Muslim North keeps its word and acquiesces to the division of Sudan between the North and South.
The Christian and pagan South's revolt against the Arab Muslim North killed 2 million people between 1983 and 2005 when a peace treaty set the stage for this week's referendum. There is little love lost for the North that revived the slave trade and used genocidal practices in an attempt to subdue the South. The referendum is being monitored by diplomats as well as some celebrities such as US actor George Clooney.
In the Arab North, the tendency was to contrast "the joy of the West and the separatists" with "the deep sadness engulfing those who have carried the whole Sudan, with its north and south, in their hearts and chests". Other Khartoum dailies warn the South that it will regret the secession. Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir warned that the South was unprepared for independence, promised to respect the vote but threatened war if oil rich Abyei Province secedes and joins the south
tian FM calls for calm in Sudan's disputed Abyei province:
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Thursday expressed his "deep concern" over reported clashes in southern Sudan's oil-rich Abyei region between the
Misseriya tribe and the People's Army, which have claimed scores of lives in the past three days. (Al Masry Al Youm, 13/01/2011). Sudan: New Attacks on Civilians in Darfur: (HRW, Jan 28, 2011).
Riots also in Sudan: ”Ocampo, what you have said is true, they shouted, referring to the Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has accused President Omar al-Bashir for genocide and warcrimes in Darfur (ABC Nyheter, 30. Jan, 2011).
Sudanese police clash with students in Khartoum:
Before Tunisia's popular revolt, Sudan was the last Arab country to overthrow a leader with popular protests, ousting Jaafar Nimeiri in 1985.
Sudan is in deep economic crisis which analysts blame on government overspending and misguided policies. A bloated import bill caused foreign currency shortages and forced an effective devaluation of the Sudanese pound last year, sparking soaring inflation. Early this month the government cut subsidies on petroleum products and key commodity sugar, triggering smaller protests throughout the north. Sunday's protests coincided with the first official announcement of results for a referendum on the oil-producing south's secession from the north showing an overwhelming vote for independence, which many in the north oppose (Reuters, msnbc, 1/30/2011).
Norway is prepared to continue pursue their long-lasting engagement in Sudan, PM Stoltenberg says. Norway has contributed with counselling to the parts, especially concerning the oil. Stoltenberg refers to the poular vote as a result of the peace agreement from 2005, an agreement negotiated by the help of Norway. The peace agreement ended a long-lasting civil war where 2 million people were killed and over 4 million people became refugees (Dagbladet, 09.01.2011).
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Will Freedom Come for Sudan’s Slaves?
The British suppressed black slavery in Sudan in the first half of the 20th century. But the practice was rekindled in the 1980s as part of the surge in Islamism in the region. In 1983, when Khartoum’s radical leaders declared strict enforcement of Shariah law throughout the country, the Christian and tribalist South resisted. Shariah-sanctioned slave raids were used as a weapon to break Southern resistance.
Armed by the government in Khartoum, Arab militias would storm African villages, shoot the men, and capture the women and children. The captives were beaten and raped immediately. Some who resisted had their throats slit. Taken North – roped by their hands into lines or carried individually on horseback – they were distributed to masters. Boys were used as goat and cow herders, little girls as domestics. As they grew, they became concubines and sex slaves. Slaves slept with the animals and were given rotten scraps from the masters’ table. Boys were killed for losing a goat.
There is a racist aspect to this slavery. Blacks were cursed as Abd (black slave) and kuffar (infidel). Many were forcibly converted to Islam.
The North-South war, lasting 23 years, was ultimately declared a “jihad” by Sudan’s Islamist President Omar al-Bashir. In 1999, the Arab League declared that slavery was nonexistent in Sudan and that to say otherwise was an insult to Arabs and Muslims. For fear of offending Islam, many Western NGOs have turned a blind eye. People of goodwill should demand that all of the remaining slaves be set free (Wall Street Journal, Jan., 14, 2011).
Norway increases funding to protect Sudanese population:
FM J. Gahr Stoere commented, “Sudan is one of Norway’s highest priorities and the next year will be decisive”
Large numbers of people are expected to migrate between the north and south of the country. Norway is concerned that this migration should be voluntary and orderly. “The governments in the north and south are responsible for facilitating voluntary solutions and protecting the civilian population,” said Mr Støre.
A steadily increasing flow of refugees and displaced persons returning home to Southern Sudan from the north and from neighbouring countries represents major challenges. In the short term, it is important to establish an apparatus to facilitate voluntary return and the first phase of reintegration.
The main challenge, however, will be the permanent resettlement of these people. This will require a comprehensive approach that takes account of security, peace and reconciliation, and integration of returnees in the long-term development efforts.
“The establishment of a new state in Africa would have ripple effects far beyond Sudan’s borders. This would affect the whole international community, and it is therefore very important that both the UN and the African Union play an active and constructive part in cooperation with the authorities in both the north and the south,” said Mr Støre (MFA, 13.12.2010).
Shall we continue to feed the Muslim crocodile, and hope we will be the last ones to be eaten?
I wonder if Norway would provide vital help to and ensure continued protection of the Jewish people?
Yesha Council Shows How PA Negates Peace:
In an article in the London Guardian last month, Erekat wrote that Israel must address the “legitimate rights” of no fewer than 7 million “Palestinian refugees” around the world – or else any peace deal between Israel and the PA would be “completely untenable.” Erekat wrote that the half-million-turned-7-million refugees have the legitimate right to return to their former villages within Israel even if another Palestinian state is formed in Judea and Samaria.
Israel must now abandon the outdated Oslo path and outline a new policy (INN, 01/10/11). See 'Arm of the Lord' regarding the 'Palestinian' Arab refugees.
After Lebanon (the terror
group Hezbollah, whose ministers walked out of the coalition government forcing it to collapse),
Ben Ali Flees to Saudi Arabia:
Other Middle Eastern dictators may be pondering that equation today (INN, 01/12/11).
Israel’s New Neighbor:
Hizbullah dominates Lebanon with the assistance of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (INN, 01/25/11).
Tunisia: Al-Qaeda backs anti-govt protesters in audio message
The leader of Al-Qaeda in North Africa has released an audio message voicing support for recent violent protests in Tunisia against high unemployment, food prices and corruption. Over 60 people have been killed in clashes with security forces since the riots began in mid-December, human rights groups say. In the 13-minute message posted to jihadist websites, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Abu Musab Abdul Wadud purportedly urges Tunisians to overthrow President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who has ruled Tunisia since 1987.
"Send your children to us for training on how to use weapons and to get military experience," said the message.
It called on all Tunisians "to bring down Ben Ali's corrupt, criminal and tyrannical regime" and introduce Islamic law in the North African country.
US SITE intelligence said the message also praised anti-government protesters in neighbouring Algeria, where youths took to streets to protest rising prices of staples like sugar and cooking oil (Rome, 14 Jan. 2011, AKI).
21 Israelis Rescued, Tunisia's Jews Safe in Djerba:
It wasn't Entebbe, but for 21 Israelis trapped in the chaos of an Arab nation gone haywire, the relief in seeing their rescuers must have been nearly as palpable.
The tiny Jewish community, which today numbers fewer than 2,000, lives on the island of Djerba and comprise the country's largest indigenous religious minority. The other Jews in Tunisia live in various areas, although most are in Tunis, the capital and move back and forth from there to Europe.
In 1948, the Jewish population in Tunisia was estimated at 105,000, but by 1967 most had left the country for France and Israel.
Tunisia is home to the second-largest Jewish community in the Arab world; the largest Jewish community in an Arab country is in Morocco, currently home to some 4,000 Jews.
“In Morocco, the Jews at this point are safe,” Hadas stressed. “There is no reason to believe that what is happening in Tunisia would affect them at all.”
In Jordan, protesters scoffed at a government announcement earlier in the week that $169 million would be invested to reduce food and fuel prices, and create jobs.
“Jordan is not only for the rich. Bread is a red line. Beware of our starvation and fury,” read a protesters' banner, according to news network Al Jazeera.
Nevertheless, the demonstrations in Jordan were scattered and well-controlled, as compared with those in Tunisia. International media echoed the statement by Hadas that the issue in the Hashemite kingdom is about food prices, not corruption in government – the Jordanians do not appear to have any wish to depose their king (INN).
Future of Tunisian Jews in Doubt: Nissim Taito, director of the World Organization of Tunisian Jews: “The events in Tunisia were surprising even for us. If a democracy results from this coup then all of us will profit - the Jews, the Arabs and the democratic world. But if G-d forbid Islamists take over, you do not have to be very smart to understand how serious it will be for everyone, especially the Jewish community which is small, but numbers more than 1,500 persons” (INN, 01/18/11).
The Slow Disappearance of
's Jewish Community:
Turkey's Jewish community is one of the few remaining Diaspora communities in a country with a Muslim majority. Despite its apparent dynamism, its long-term viability is doubtful. The community does not have any influence or play any role worth mentioning in Turkey's cultural, political, or intellectual life. Furthermore, in recent years the entire community has become the target of much resentment and hostile rhetoric from the country's Islamist and ultranationalist sectors (JCPA).
Will revolt in Tunisia inspire others?
Hours after riots forced Tunisian President Zine el Abidine ben Ali to flee his country, hundreds of Egyptians poured into the streets of Cairo with a warning to their own authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak.
"Ben Ali, tell Mubarak a plane is waiting for him too!" they chanted late Friday night. "We are next. Listen to the Tunisians; it's your turn, Egyptians!"
What it will take for the Arab world to become Eastern Europe of 1989. Maher, the Egyptian protest leader, put it simply: "We need a starting point that will trigger people's anger."
"Tunis today may well go down in history as the Arab equivalent of the Solidarity movement in the Gdansk shipyard in Poland in 1980 that sparked wider protests that a decade later ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire," wrote Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.
There was a magical quality to Tunisia's uprising, which transcended religious and political divides and united a population — young and old, educated and not — resentful of years of unemployment, hopelessness and oppression. A similar sense of wonder filled the Middle East during months of violent street protests in 2009 against the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Jewish World Review, Jan. 17, 2011).
Two men set themselves on fire Monday, one in Egypt and one in Mauritania, echoing the protester in Tunisia whose desperation has toppled a government. Riots have swept through several Algerian towns and cities in recent weeks, leaving two dead and scores wounded over rising food prices and spiraling unemployment (Fire Spreading? Man Ablaze Before Egyptian Parliament, INN, 01/17/11).
Egyptian Police Fire Tear Gas in Unprecedented Street Protests:
Riots north and south of Israel spread as the “Tunisia effect” hits Egypt, where police used tear gas on tens of thousands protesters trying to produce a momentum that could topple the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. North of the border, Sunni Muslims
against the Hizbullah political coup.
Imitating the Tunisia Twitter and Facebook campaign, anti-government activists demanded a raise in the minimum wage and eradicating laws that allow the government to use police to help maintain rule in emergencies.
The radical and outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which was a part of
protests in Jordan
following the Tunisian revolution, did not participate in the demonstrations in Egypt.
On Monday Egyptian opposition figure and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei encouraged police to “regain your role as the protectors of the people rather than protectors of ... fraud elections” (INN,
Three Dead as Protesters, Police Clash in Egypt:
Protesters shouted “Down with Hosni Mubarak.” Mubarak has ruled Egypt for almost 30 years. His National Democratic Party was
accused of cheating
in recent parliamentary elections (INN, 01/25/11).
Egypt: President's son and family 'have fled to the UK':
Gamal Mubarak, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son who is widely tipped as his successor, has fled to London with his family, Arabic website Akhbar al-Arab said on Tuesday. The report came as violent unrest broke out in Cairo and other Egyptian cities and hundreds of thousands of people reportedly took to the streets in a Tunisia-inspired day of revolt. Officials did not immediately confirm the report that Gamal Mubarak has fled to the British capital with his wife and daughter aboard a private jet. The jet with Mubarak, his family and 97 pieces of luggage on board left for London on Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo, according to the US-based Akhbar al-Arab (Cairo, 25 Jan. AKI).
Egypt warns against more protests: "No provocative movements or protest gatherings or organizing marches or demonstrations will be allowed, and immediate legal procedures will be taken and participants will be handed over to investigating authorities," the state news agency MENA cited the Interior Ministry as saying. Some 20,000 demonstrators, complaining of poverty, corruption and repression (Ynet News, Reuters, 01.26.11). Egypt clashes: 860 protestors arrested: (Video) Egyptian Interior Ministry announces it is forbidding protests – but frustrated citizens come out in force to demonstrate, confront security forces. So far, 5 protestors killed, 860 arrested. EU's Ashton calls on Mubarak to 'respect citizens' rights' (Ynet News, Israel News, 01.26.11). Officials say 2 killed in new protests in Cairo:
Protests against President Hosni Mubarak leave total of six dead in Egypt. Some 70 injured in Suez as police disperse mall rally (Ynet News, Israel News, 01.26.11).
With Muslim Brotherhood Set to Join Egypt Protests, Religion’s Role May Grow:
The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest organized opposition group in Egypt, announced Thursday that it would take part in demonstrations on Friday, lending new strength to the protests.
Demonstrators in Egypt have protested against rising prices and stagnant incomes, for greater freedom and against police brutality. But religion, so often a powerful mobilizing force here, has so far played little role. That may be about to change.
With organizers calling for demonstrations after Friday prayer, the political movement will literally be taken to the doorsteps of the nation’s mosques. And as the Egyptian government and security services brace for the expected wave of mass demonstrations, Islamic groups seem poised to emerge as wildcards in the growing political movement (New York Times, Jan. 27, 2011).
Egypt Kills 100 Protesters; Israel Evacuates Diplomats:
Egypt copied Iranian tactics of two years ago and used brutal force by police and prisoners against anti-government protesters Saturday, killed up to 108. The army is standing by but has not taken part in stamping out opposition rallies.
Israel was the first country to evacuate diplomats and their families. Philippine is preparing to evacuate 6,500 Filipinos working and studying in Egypt in case the situation grows worse. The Foreign Ministry said it brought in special flights to carry diplomatic families and 40 other Israelis visiting and who wanted to leave Egypt. The Israeli government so far has stayed quiet in the growing
, but Jerusalem unofficially has expressed concern that a long period of instability might replace Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, if he is forced to resign (INN).
Iranian leaders hope for Islamic republic in Egypt:
Clerics say protests against Mubarak government were inspired by 1979 revolution in Iran.
Today, as a result of the gifts of the Islamic revolution in Iran, freedom-loving Islamic peoples such as the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt and nearby Arab countries are standing up to their oppressive governments,” the New York Times quoted Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi as saying (Ynet News).
Corruption, unemployment, rising prices and oppression are widespread in Arab countries. Growing unrest in Greece and other European countries have been cited by many observers as a warning of what may be in store for the rest of the world where economies are suffering, regardless of whether they are democracies or autocracies. Tunisia Chaos a Sign for Caution on PA State, Warns Netanyahu (INN, 01/17/11).
Man threatens to torch himself in front of PA building:
A resident of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday threatened to set himself on fire in front of the Palestinian Authority's cabinet building. In apparent imitations of a Tunisian whose self-torching sparked a revolution, nine people have set themselves on fire across the Arab world, including three in Egypt.
The Bethlehem resident announced his intention in a phone call to Ma'an Radio. He said he was injured in the Israeli incursion into Bethlehem in 2001, and lost his right hand and damaged nerves in his left hand. The following year, he said, Israeli forces demolished his home and imprisoned him for six years. Since his release, he said, the PA has not responded to his appeals for help. He did not want to start a revolt against President Mahmoud Abbas or PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, he said, but he felt torching himself was the only way to draw attention to the plights of ex-detainees.
Ma'an Radio's host told the caller that the plan did not represent Palestinian people, who were known to resist all challenges. He also said the plan was against Islamic law, which forbids suicide.
The Minister of Social Affairs said prosthetic hands were not available in Palestine, and would cost over $40,000.
Obviously, this poor man did not qualify for
"Fayaad's PA: Funding Terrorist Families"
The Fayyad government has arranged regular monthly stipends for the families of the “shahids” (martyrs), according to a report published by the Bethlehem-based, PA-linked Maan news agency. The report, published in Arabic only, said the funds are deposited into the bank accounts of the families at the same time that salaries are transferred to the accounts of PA government workers. It is not clear whether or not the funds for the families of the terrorists are derived from the same source as those allocated for the PA government workers, much of which is donated by Western nations, including many European Union countries... (INN, 02/04/10).
PA Leader Abbas Grants $2,000 to Family of Dead Terrorist:
Despite the Palestinian Authority's frequent denials that it supports terrorism,
Palestinian Media Watch
has uncovered a PA media report stating that PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has given $2,000 to the family of a terrorist who was killed trying to murder IDF soldiers.
The incident occurred several weeks ago, when a would-be "holy martyr" (shahid) carrying two pipe bombs ran towards the Israeli soldiers manning the Hamra checkpoint near the Jordan Valley. Screaming "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Greater), he was shot and killed before he could detonate the bombs. The presidential grant was awarded this week by the governor of the Jenin district, Kadura Musa, to the family of the would-be murderer in the family's village of Al-Yamoun. The governor noted that the grant is financial aid in the amount of $2,000 from Mahmoud Abbas (INN, 01/27/11).
In response to earlier PMW reports on the widespread PA practice of honoring terror, Congress made it illegal for the US to give money to entities that "advocate" terror, as follows: "[The Secretary of State] shall terminate assistance to any individual, entity... which she has determined to be involved in or advocating terrorist activity." Congress further legislated that "none of the [U.S.] ... assistance under the West Bank and Gaza Program may be made available for the purpose of recognizing or otherwise honoring individuals who commit, or have committed acts of terrorism" (2008 Foreign Operations Bill). PA Daily: Mass Murderer is a Martyr (INN, 03/09/08).
If Islam forbids suicide (Surah 4:29-30, 2:195), why is then so many Muslims willing to commit suicide in order to kill themselves, other Muslims and 'infidels' in terrorist attacks?
Suicide terror & Shahada: Martyrs rewarded with 72 Virgins
Suicide terrorist tells mother to be happy on "wedding day:"
”My dear mother, you who have cared for me... Don't let me see you sad on my wedding day with the Maidens of Paradise. So be happy and not sad, because in the name of Allah, after death is merciful Allah's paradise..."
Female Martyrs will be one of 72 Maidens of Paradise:
Female terrorist: “The reward was from Allah, in Paradise. The female Martyrdom-seeker becomes one of the Dark-Eyed [Maidens], and she marries one of the Shahids (Martyrs).”
Jesus is regarded as a true prophet in Islam, and he is supposed to have said (Matthew 22:30): "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven."
Eventually, when they realize the folly of their ways they will capitulate.
Luke 23:42-43: "Then he (the criminal) said to Jesus: "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
2 Corinthians 12:2-4 "I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years ago- -whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know. God knows such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man- -whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know, God knows - how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." Doesn't sound like a place with everlasting sexual bliss and 72 virgins...
Matthew 16:19,23 "I (Jesus) will give you (Peter) the keys of the kingdom of heaven;..” ”But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me;..” See ’Missionary Tactics’ Kingdom of Heaven: Fact or Fiction?
Luke 10:18 ”And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” Revelation 9:1 ”Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.” Revelation 1:18 ”I (Jesus) am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
See: 'Who Is Satan?'
Report: PA shut down Tunisia rally in Ramallah:
Palestinian Authority security forces in Ramallah shut down a small demonstration in solidarity with the uprising in Tunisia on Wednesday afternoon, A few dozen protesters who defied the PA were challenged by a separate gathering of Fatah activists, according to the report. The Fatah activists were attending a rally in the center of Ramallah -- the capital of the Western-backed Palestinian government -- in support of prisoners in Israel. It was not clear whose demonstration was planned first.
Palestinians announced Wednesday that they would protest in Ramallah, Jerusalem and Jaffa. The protests were to coincide with demonstrations against Tunis' newly declared unity government.
"We invite the police to maintain our safety and freedom of expression,"
the announcement said (Maan News, 20/01/2011
Arab leaders warned of ’unprecedented anger’
"The revolution that happened in Tunisia is not far from the subject of this summit," Arab League chief Amr Mussa
said, amid fears of a spillover. "The Arab soul is broken by poverty, unemployment and general recession ... The political problems, the majority of which have not been fixed ... have driven the Arab citizen to a state of unprecedented anger and frustration" (Maan News, 20/01/2011).
Mideast Expert: Tunisia a Symptom of Islamicization:
revolt in Tunisia
protests in Egypt
are signs of a worrying trend in Middle East regimes, says Mideast expert David Bukai, “There was a revolution, and for the first time the people managed to topple the regime. For the first time, the army stopped supporting the government. It happened to the Shah in Iran as well, and now it happened in Tunisia. “It's likely to happen in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco as well. The government will fall into the hands of the people.”
The weakening of the existing Arab governments testifies to the growing strength of radical Islamic movements, he argued. “What takes the place of those regimes, as in Tunisia, is the religious alternative. The Islamic movements took over the country there, and that's what is likely to happen in other countries as well.” The
situation in Lebanon
shows that Israeli experts have had their eyes shut to the truth for five years, he said. “Hizbullah is the true leader in Lebanon. Until now it preferred to be behind the scenes, but what is developing there is obvious.
They are getting people used to the new reality” (INN, 01/26/11).
Ya'alon: Hizbullah Has Agents in Gaza Training Terrorists:
Vice Premier and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that Hizbullah has infiltrated agents into Gaza in order to train Palestinian terrorists. Ya'alon, a former IDF chief of staff, told reporters that "Hizbullah experts can get into Gaza like the Iranian rockets are coming to Gaza." He said Hizbullah terrorists can go from Lebanon to Sudan, then to Egypt and on to Gaza. Ya'alon said Hizbullah has a special unit, called 1800, to deal with the Palestinian terrorists. He said the Lebanese terrorists also operate in the West Bank, paying operatives. Ya'alon's office said Hizbullah has been infiltrating Gaza quietly since Israel withdrew in 2005. (AP-Jerusalem Post, 01/27/2011).
Al-Jazeera Against Fatah, Abbas:
A position paper by a senior policy analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs states that leaks of Israel-PA talks by Al-Jazeera are designed to harm the PA and block resumption of talks with Israel.
Pinhas Inbari, a veteran Palestinian Authority affairs correspondent and the author of books such as “The Palestinians: Between Terrorism and Statehood,” writes that Al-Jazeera has an agenda to de-legitimize the PA in the eyes of its residents and the Arab world. Over the past week, the Qatar-based Arabic-language satellite TV station and international news network has been publishing documents leaked to it from the PLO Negotiations Support Unit – causing great damage to the PA negotiators. “Now, after Al-Jazeera has brainwashed Arab minds with charges of PLO treason,” Inbari writes, “no declaration of statehood can be expected. Neither will there be a resumption of negotiations with Israel since the Palestinian team will stick to the most hard-line positions possible” (INN, 01/27/11).
PA Has Been Torturing Prisoners for Years, UK Group Says
: The Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank have been using torture on a widespread and systematic basis for several years, according to a report by the Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain. At least six Palestinians have died under torture in PA prisons and many former detainees have permanent physical disabilities, the report found. From October 2007 to October 2010, PA security forces in the West Bank detained 8,640 Palestinians at a rate of eight arrests per day. "Every one of those detainees has been subject to humiliating and degrading treatment and stayed in cells for more than 10 days," the report said. "The analysis shows that an astonishing 95% of the detainees were subjected to severe torture, others feeling the detrimental effects on their health for varying periods."
"In order to put pressure on detainees, close relatives, even minors, are brought to the interrogation center, where they may be tortured in front of the detainee in order to try to force a confession of guilt," the report said. The Preventive Security Service has 17 detention centers, the General Intelligence Service also has 17, while the Military Intelligence Service has 11. The detention centers "run by the security services are not subject to any judicial control" (Jerusalem Post).
Palestine Papers: Britain's MI6 Drew Up Plan for Crackdown on Hamas
British intelligence helped draw up a secret plan in 2004 for a wide-ranging crackdown on Hamas which became a security blueprint for the Palestinian Authority, leaked documents reveal.The bulk of the British plan has since been carried out by the West Bank-based PA security apparatus which is increasingly criticized for authoritarian rule and human rights abuses, including detention without trial and torture.
The PLO's chief spokesman, Saeb Erekat, is recorded as telling senior U.S. official David Hale in 2009: "We have even killed our own people to maintain order and the rule of law." In a meeting with Palestinian officials in 2009, U.S. security coordinator Gen. Keith Dayton is recorded praising the PA's security: "The intelligence guys are good. The Israelis like them. But they are causing some problems for international donors because they are torturing people." (Guardian-UK).
Palestinian Reporter Faces Trial for Insulting PA President Abbas on Facebook
Palestinian reporter Mamdouh Hamamreh said Saturday he faces trial for insulting a public figure after he put a picture on his Facebook page of President Mahmoud Abbas standing next to an actor who plays a villain on a popular Syrian soap opera. Hamamreh was detained in September for more than 50 days. Abbas' security forces mined social networks to catch dissenters (AP-Ha'aretz).
IDF: Death of Palestinian Woman Caused by Atropine Overdose at Ramallah Hospital
: An IDF investigation into the death of Palestinian woman Jawaher Abu-Rahma two weeks ago in Bilin determined Wednesday that she died from an overdose of atropine administered at the hospital in Ramallah. According to the investigation, Abu-Rahma hadn't even participated in the Bilin protest. An examination of her medical records confirmed that the young woman had died as a result of faulty medical care in the hospital and not from the crowd dispersal methods used by the IDF soldiers. The investigation revealed that the Palestinian medical team hadn't properly diagnosed her case, and thought that she needed to receive large amounts of atropine. Had she received a smaller dose, her life would have been saved. (Ynet News, 01.20.11). See also:
It's Proven: Bilin Woman Died of Overdose, not IDF Gas
Arab World Protests Extend to Yemen: First Tunisia, then Egypt, and now Yemen: The wave of protests that has hit the Arab world extended to Yemen on Thursday, as tens of thousands of local residents hit the streets in a series of protests nationwide. The Yemenis were demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled for nearly 32 years, step down, The Associated Press reported. The protesters reportedly shouted: “No delays, no delays, the time for departure has come!”
Yemen is the Arab world’s most impoverished nation and has become a haven for al-Qaeda terrorists. AP reported that Saleh's government is riddled with corruption and has little control outside the capital (INN).
How Arab Satellite Stations Show the Unrest in the Arab World: With no fewer than five major areas of unrest/revolutions/regime changes going on in the Arab world, Arab satellite television, one of the mainstays of information dissemination in the Middle East, has been playing a major role in communicating news – or attempting, if not to suppress it, then at least to spin it (INN).
Why Aren't Western and Arab Media in Syria?
It's not on the front pages of the Western press, and it's not leading the hour for the main Arab satellite networks like Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, but the Syrian uprising continues apace. People are in the streets of every major Syrian city except Aleppo, but there's been little attention paid to it. The same Western and Arab media that covered the Egyptian uprising is all but absent from Syria. The Assad regime has done an excellent job of keeping the curtains closed on events.
Al-Jazeera, which has been exceptionally silent on Syria, perhaps because of the good alliance between Assad and Al-Jazeera's owner, the Sheikh of Qatar, cherry-picked its coverage of Syrian rallies. To go after Bashar Assad means reversing years of Al-Jazeera coverage sympathetic to the Syrian leader. So the Syrians find their struggle not enjoying the customary Al-Jazeera treatment - high in emotion and electric in the slogans of mobilization (Weekly Standard, Apr 10, 2011).
Report: Syria among Worst for Rights Abuses:
Syria's authorities were among the worst violators of human rights last year, jailing lawyers, torturing opponents and using violence to repress ethnic Kurds, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. The report said Human Rights Watch received "credible reports that security agencies arbitrarily detained dissidents and criminal suspects, held them incommunicado... and subjected them to ill-treatment and torture. At least five detainees died in custody in 2010." Syria's Kurds, who number about 1 million out of a population of 21 million, were subjected to "systematic discrimination," including refusal to give citizenship to an estimated 300,000 Kurds born in Syria (Reuters).
U.S. Ambassador Back in Syria: The United States resumed full diplomatic ties with Syria this week, sending new ambassador Robert Ford , who met Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Thursday. Ford's meeting with Assad took place against the backdrop of the Hizbullah takeover in Lebanon, a situation that has raised concerns both in Israel and in the U.S . Syria remains a supporter of Hizbullah . Syrian leaders have also maintained strong ties with Iran (INN, 01/28/11).
New Lebanese Prime Minister a Friend of Syria: The incoming Lebanese prime minister, Najib Mikati, is not a representative of Hezbollah and certainly not of Iran. He is a close personal friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and even Saudi Arabia - the patron of the outgoing prime minister - hasn't spoken out against Mikati, a 55-year-old Sunni native of Tripoli. France also proposed Mikati for the premiership, after it became clear that the compromise prime minister suggested by Saudi Arabia and Syria had been rejected. If Mikati has the support of Saudi Arabia, Syria and France, the United States will have a hard time opposing him. (Haaretz, 26.01.11).
Arab Paper: Israel Is Now Dependent on Egyptian Protesters
The fire of protest has begun to lick at the edges of the moderate Arab regimes, one after the other, in a way that threatens these dictatorships, known for aligning themselves with America's foreign policy. Three countries are facing profound change that could topple their regimes, namely, Egypt, Yemen, and Lebanon. Each meets a strategic need of the U.S.: Egypt provides security for Israel, leads the Arab plans for normalization with Israel, and combats all forms of political and Islamic extremism that oppose its regime. Yemen is considered to be the cornerstone of America's war on al-Qaeda. Lebanon is considered to be the spearhead of the resistance camp and of Iran's geopolitical and military aspirations.
The state of stability and well-being that Israel has enjoyed for the past 30 years is now dependent upon the Egyptian protesters. Israel is surrounded: a "democratic" intifada armed with 40,000 missiles and with a martyrdom-seeking leadership [i.e., Hizbullah], a popular revolution with a 7,000-year history [i.e., the protesters in Egypt], a Palestinian Authority that has lost its authority, and a Jordanian government that is on the brink of collapse (Al-Quds Al-Arabi-UK-MEMRI).
Jordan: Thousands protest, demand PM step down:
(Ynet News). Israel fears radical takeover in Egypt: Extremist takeover in Egypt would put Israel in ‘wholly different position,’ security official warns (Ynet News, 01.29.11).
"We're Living on a Volcano," Israeli Security Experts Warn
Israeli security experts are casting an uneasy eye at the civil unrest spreading through the region as Yemen joined the list of Arab states experiencing unprecedented demonstrations, and Egypt braced for more civil unrest. "We need to understand that we are living on a volcano," said Maj.-Gen. (res.) Ya'acov Amidror, former head of the IDF's Research and Assessment Directorate. "We are on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, and a senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said, "There's a reasonable chance that if a revolution takes place in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood would rise to power. That would be bad not just for Israel but for all democracies." The true struggle in Egypt was not between "Mubarak and pro-democracy elements, but between Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood," Eiland said.
Shlomo Brom, director of the program on Israel-Palestinian relations at the INSS, said, "We can't forget that in Iran, at the end of the 1970s, the uprising against the shah was led by [pro-democracy] youths who took to the streets - but this was taken over by Islamists in the end"
Iran Executes 64 People in 24 Days
Iran executed six people on Monday, bringing the number of executions since the beginning of 2011 to 64, an average of one person every nine hours. Among those executed were two activists who were members of an exiled group that joined post-election protests. Last year, at least 180 people were executed in Iran (Ynet News, 01.24.11).
For 30 years, the Iranian regime has targeted
non-Muslims, women, and homosexuals with countless human rights violations. They have been subject to arrest, brutality and murder. Political dissidents are also tyrannized and imprisoned.
Religious leaders in Iran, who believe in the traditional Shiite view of separation of religion and state, have been thrown into jail or put under house arrest.
The maltreatment of the Iranian people by its own leadership has worsened this past month as President Ahmadinejad has begun phasing out subsidies of fuel and other vital supplies.
Support the Iranian people in their struggle to bring democracy and freedom to Iran, and watch the new trailer for Iranium to learn more about Iran’s brutal human rights abuses, as well as the regime’s state-sponsorship of terror and illegal nuclear weapons program. See also 'Radical Islam'
Film Showing Cancelled in Canada after Iranian Request
Threatening e-mails and phone calls resulted in the cancellation Tuesday of a film that exposes Iran's efforts to build nuclear weapons and promote terrorism. The threats followed a formal complaint last weekend from the Iranian Embassy, seeking to stop the showing of the film "Iranium" at Library and Archives Canada. "Iranium," produced by filmmaker Raphael Shore, is a 60-minute documentary that examines the policies of the Iranian regime, including its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its support of terrorist groups.
Fred Litwin, president of the Free Thinking Film Society, said, "It's simply astounding that in the capital of Canada we can't show a film that offends the Iranians.... It's as if the mullahs can enforce their cultural values on Canadians." (Ottawa Citizen-Canada, Jan. 19, 2011).
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "We must prepare ourselves to rule the world and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of Return [the return of the Mahdi]." (Iran Focus, Jan. 5, 2006).
The incident strongly suggests that the Iranian government has taken notice of the film, and is afraid of Americans and Canadians viewing its content. In response to the event, we have
released an exclusive clip from Iranium that should be forwarded freely:
Please do your part to help get the word out. With your help, this film could help galvanize
additional support for preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
In supporting the Iranian opposition, we could press the regime where it actually feels threatened, in order to overthrow the government we despise.
Tehran isn't talking:
The administration's theory has been that Iran would respond to sanctions by agreeing to serious negotiations about its nuclear program. Consequently, last weekend's meetings in Istanbul between Iranian representatives and a six-nation coalition can only be seen as a serious setback. Far from softening its long-standing refusal to suspend its enrichment of uranium, Iran refused to bargain with the United States and its allies (Washington Post, January 25, 2011).
Leader Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of raising public awareness for the Muslim world as the enemy is using the tools of religion and morality to counter Islam.(Leader urges Iranians to remain vigilant, PressTV, Sat, 26 Jun 2010).
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Blair Sounds Warning on Iran
: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the Iraq war inquiry last week that the world had to use force if needed to curb Iran's nuclear drive. "This is a looming and coming challenge," he said. "At some point, we've got to get our head out of the sand. The West has got to get out of this wretched posture of apology for believing we are causing what these Iranians are doing, or what these extremists are doing. We are not." "They carry on with the terrorism, they carry on with the destabilization, they carry on with the nuclear weapons," he said. "They'll carry on doing it unless they are met by the requisite determination and, if necessary, force." (AFP,Jan 21, 2011).
Iran: Warships to sail to Mediterranean:
Fleet of ships may soon enter waters very close to Israeli coast as part of drill, says admiral.
A senior official in the Iranian navy revealed Sunday that the Islamic Republic plans to extend its naval range to Mediterranean waters near Israel.
Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem Bigham says an Iranian fleet of warships will soon set sail for the Mediterranean and Red seas. It will be the first time Iranian ships stray so far from home.
Bigham says the move is part of a year-long drill. "In addition to the drill the fleet will also collect intelligence in the region," Bigham added that a fleet of submarines would also be launched soon,.."
It remains unclear whether Egypt will allow the fleet to pass through the Suez Canal
(Ynet News, 01.24.2011).
ElBaradei: Mubarak must leave today:
VIDEO - Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei on Sunday called for embattled President Hosni Mubarak to "leave today and save the country."
"This is a country that is falling apart," ElBaradei told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS, adding that Egypt is entering a period of transition, and a government of national unity is needed to fill the void and hold "fair and free" elections.
On the sixth day of anti-government protests throughout Egypt a leading member of the banned Islamic oppsition party, the Muslim Brotherhood said Egyptian opposition forces have agreed to support ElBaradei to negotiate with the government. "Political groups support ElBaradei to negotiate with the regime," Essam el-Eryan told Al Jazeera television. (Ynet News, 01.30.11).
”The vision of Obadiah; So said the Lord God concerning Edom (the nation which descended from Esau), We have heard tidings from the Lord, and a messenger has been sent among the nations, "Arise and let us rise up against them in war!" Behold I have made you small among the nations; you are very despised” (Obadiah 1:1-2).
All the nations will eventually make war against Iran if it does not change direction.
(Israel Today, October 06, 2009). USA, the Egyptian minister, Aboul Gheit, and the Jordanian King, Abdullah, also tries to take focus off Iran. "Alluding to Israeli suggestions that the Iranian nuclear program is the region's major problem, Gheit said he and Clinton discussed Iran but that the Palestinian question is the core issue and that continued inaction on it would pose dangers beyond the Middle East."
ElBaradei - Iran's Political Shield: Even after Iran had been caught trying to conceal its nuclear facility near Qom, the head of the UN nuclear inspectors, Mohamed ElBaradei, said there was no "concrete proof" that Tehran was developing nuclear weapons. Even after Iran had been caught trying to conceal its nuclear facility near Qom, the head of the United Nations nuclear inspectors attempted to play down this deception.
Dr ElBaradei is probably the main reason why Iran reckoned it had little to lose by its violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. At every stage, the Egyptian head of the IAEA has attempted to overlook Tehran’s repeated breaches of its treaty obligations, to play down its nuclear research programme and to pour cold water on the warnings from America and Israel.
He has acted as though he were Iran’s political shield: even his nuclear experts have concluded from global intelligence sources that Tehran may have the knowhow to make an atomic bomb and has worked on the military technology to produce and deliver such a weapon. But Dr ElBaradei has kept silent (The Times, October 7, 2009). See also: IAEA head tries to take focus off Iran by calling out Israeli nukes
ElBaradei a ‘Stooge for Iran,’ says US Jewish Leader Hoenlein:
"A myth is being created that ElBaradei is a human rights activist – he is a stooge of Iran," Hoenlein said in an interview with Yeshiva World News. “When was the head of the [nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency] IAEA, for which he got a Nobel Prize, he distorted reports…and covered for Iran. After he left, his successors said earlier reports were not accurate.” (INN, 01/31/11).
Cyprus Joins 'PA Recognition' Parade:
Cyprus has become the latest country to join the parade of nations proclaiming its recognition of a new Palestinian Authority "state" along the 1949 Armistice Line, referred to by the PA and in the international community as the "1967 border."
A number of Latin American nations have led the way this past year in such declarations, including
, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay.
have also stated their recognition of the PA as a new country, but without stating specific borders.
Numerous other countries around the world, particularly in the European Union and among the Scandinavian bloc, have said they will consider upgrading PA missions to embassy status. Among those who have already made such a commitment
, Spain and France (INN).
Since Ahmadinejad's rise to power, Tehran has been promoting an aggressive policy aimed at bolstering its ties with Latin American countries - with the declared goal of ''bringing America to its knees...''
ISRAEL: Venezuela Supplying Iran Nukes,
May 26, 2009).
"Rise up, HaShem, confront him and bring him to his knees, rescue my soul from the wicked one, who is Your sword" (Psalm 17:13). The wicked ones are merely God's tools to execute His judgments. A wicked (rasha) is anyone who still succumbs to his evil inclination. The righteous suffer to atone for sin, but are rewarded in the World to Come. Evildoers are rewarded in this world (Psalm 11).
The righteous person beseeches God to examine his deeds, to protect him from his enemies and to allow him to enjoy God's glory (Psalm 17).
We can read in the Bible how God made Darius of Media & Cyrus of Persia His agents to overthrow the wicked Babylonians. (Isaiah Chs. 13-14, Jer. Ch. 50, Book of Daniel). Retribution came to Babylon because they plundered God’s heritage and Jerusalem. See
, Zechariah 12:9.
Zephaniah 3:19-20 says: ”Behold, I wreak destruction upon all those who afflict you at that time.”
White House Fudges on Whether it Would Save Israel:
White House Spokesman Robin Gibbs would not pledge to guarantee Israel's security if its existence is in danger, in a Wednesday press briefing. In reference to recent Middle East turmoil, he was asked: "If Israel is threatened by any of these new governments or Hamas and Hizbullah, if its existence is in danger, would the US come to its assistance?
Gibbs answered: "Regardless of the situation facing any government in the region, our friendship, our partnership and our alliance with Israel is unchanged." Gibbs also said the Administration could not force a peace settlement on Israel and the PA. "The president has been involved from day one in seeking a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians," he said, but added that "We cannot force those two into steps that they are unwilling to take steps to do themselves..." (INN, 02/10/11).
Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty 26 March 1979:
In a separate Israel-US Memorandum of Agreement, concluded on the same day, the US spelled out its commitments to Israel in case the treaty is violated, the role of the UN and the future supply of military and economic aid to Israel (mfa.gov.il).
Muslim Brotherhood wants end to Egypt-Israeli peace deal:
Rashad al-Bayoumi said the peace treaty with Israel will be abolished after a provisional government is formed by the movement and other Egypt's opposition parties (Feb. 3, RIA Novosti). Scoop: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Explains How It Will Get Rid of Peace Treaty with Israel (Barry Rubin).
Muslim Brotherhood: "Prepare Egyptians for War with Israel" Muhammad Ghannem said the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime" (JP, 02/01/2011).
Does that mean that Israel will get back the Sinai in return for the broken peace treaty?
In June 1967, Israel captured in a war of self defense the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip (the territory of Mandatory Palestine illegally occupied by Egypt during Israel’s War of Independence).
”As part of our peace accords with Egypt, Israel surrendered a huge strategic expanse in the Sinai Peninsula - an expanse that saved us in the surprise attack on Yom Kippur 1973...” (Read more: Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty 26 Mar 1979, mfa.gov.il).
Eilat Rocket Attacks Show How Hamas Uses Sinai
(INN, 08/04/10). IDF Stops Sinai Bedouin Drug Smugglers: Bedouin tribes in the northern Sinai have turned increasingly to smuggling drugs, food and weapons for the various terrorist groups in Gaza. The Israel Counter Terrorism Bureau issued an unusually severe alert to citizens several months ago, warning that terrorist groups were operating in the Sinai Peninsula and planning to kidnap and murder Israelis. Shortly thereafter, members of a group of Hizbullah, Lebanese, Egyptian, Sudanese and Palestinian Authority terrorists were arrested by Egyptian security forces and subsequently convicted in Cairo on charges of planning attacks against Israeli tourists and smuggling Iranian weapons into Gaza (INN, 06/27/10).
Bedouin Arms Smugglers See Opening in Sinai
Israeli officials are concerned that a power vacuum in Cairo and the withdrawal of police forces from the Sinai Peninsula will embolden the Bedouin tribes who help smuggle weapons to Hamas militants in Gaza. In a sign of rising tensions, Bedouin in northern Sinai on Friday used rocket-propelled grenades to attack the headquarters of Egypt's state security in El Arish, according to witnesses.
Earlier in the week, Mohammed Abu Ras, the leader of a Bedouin tribe who enjoyed friendly relations with the Egyptian forces, was gunned down outside a meeting between tribal leaders and Egyptian army generals. Sinai Bedouin are also widely suspected of having bombed a natural-gas pipeline that connects Egypt with Jordan and Syria in June. Menachem Zafrir, a former civilian security liaison at the border farming cooperative at Nitzanei Sinai, said he has noticed in the past week that Egyptian border forces are no longer facing toward Israel. They have turned around toward Sinai, he said, "to make sure the Bedouin don't slaughter them" (Feb. 5, 2011, Wall Street Journal).
Terrorists Try To Blow Up Egyptian-Israel Gas Pipeline:
Six terrorists, reportedly Bedouin, tried to blow up the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline Sunday for the second time in two months. The timer failed to detonate the explosives, preventing a huge economic and political crisis.Six terrorists overwhelmed a lone guard at the El-Sabil gas terminal, planted the bomb and fled, despite the recent deployment of hundreds of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai.“They failed to detonate the bombs and fled the scene. Even the security guard was missing when police arrived, according to the French news agency AFP.
Unofficial reports said the terrorists were Bedouin from the Sinai Peninsula. Bedouin have placed themselves as the rulers in several parts of the region since the uprising against then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Bedouin have also been increasingly active in cooperating with Hamas, helping its terrorists in carrying out attacks against Israel. An explosion at another gas terminal in early February disrupted the flow of gas to Israel until last week. Egypt originally said the blast in February was an accident, but later admitted it was the result of a terrorist attack during the uprising (INN, 03/27/11).
Cairo ready to re-establish Iran diplomatic ties
Cairo is ready to re-establish diplomatic ties with Tehran after a break of more than 30 years, Egypt's foreign minister said on Monday, signaling a shift in Iran policy since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. "The Egyptian and Iranian people deserve to have mutual relations reflecting their history and civilization," said Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby after meeting Iranian official Mugtabi Amani. "Egypt is open to all countries and the aim is to achieve common interests," Elaraby said, adding that Cairo welcomed "opening a new page with Iran."
Egypt and Iran have been at odds on a number of issues including the Middle East peace process and ties with Israel and the United States. Shi'ite Muslim Iran and mainly Sunni Egypt severed ties in 1980 following Iran's Islamic revolution and Egypt's recognition of Israel. Both have competed for influence in the Middle East (Jpost, 04/04/2011).