"Holy" warrior, Khaled Shawish, arrested by IDF engaging in ultimate act of infidelity at "holy" grave of Arafat.
An elite IDF unit arrested a senior commander of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, Khaled Shawish, in Ramallah on Monday, the Jerusalem Post reported. Officials said that Shawish was behind dozens of attacks, including suicide bombings in Jerusalem as well as shooting attacks on roads in the Ramallah area. He was believed responsible for eight murders, and dozens of injuries.
Two of those killed Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, son of Rabbi Meir Kahane, and his wife Talia, both U.S. citizens in December 2000. Five of their children were seriously wounded.
Shawish, deputy to Ramallah-area commander of Arafat's Force 17, Mahmoud Damra, also organized the murder on October 30, 2000 of U.S. citizen Esh-Kodesh Gilmore. According to a report in Haaretz, Shawish was personally involved in the shooting of the Kahane family. For seven years Shawish, 36, evaded arrest by Israeli security forces, making him one of the most wanted figures in the West Bank. But on Monday afternoon a joint IDF, Police Counter-Terrorism and Shin Bet operation led a Special Forces team to arrest him in his car in Ramallah. He was armed but reportedly indisposed.
World Net Daily reports that "According to Israeli security officials and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades sources in Ramallah, Shawish was arrested after the Israeli police stormed his jeep, which was parked in a lot outside the Muqata, about 200 feet from Arafat's grave.
The sources said at the time of his arrest, Shawish was having intercourse in the back seat of his jeep with a Palestinian woman," who was not his wife. The WND report added that "The Brigades, founded by Arafat, largely considers the late PLO leader's resting place to be a sacred site. " http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55901
According to Israeli and Palestinian security sources, Shawish, as a member of Force 17, received US training in 1997 at an American managed military base in the West Bank city of Jericho. The base continues to train Force 17 members. Multiple other Brigades members who also double as Force 17 officers previously received US training.
The US in recent months reportedly transferred large quantities of weapons to Fatah, purportedly to back Abbas' military organizations in recent deadly clashes against Hamas.
The last confirmed US weapons transfer to the Palestinians took place last May and consisted of 3,000 assault rifles, but WND reported multiple other transfers later were delivered to Fatah, including a cache of 7,000 rifles last January and about 8,000 assault rifles in February.
"My time in Saudi Arabia bolstered my conviction that an austere form of Islam (Wahhabism) married to a politicised Islam (Islamism) is wreaking havoc in the world. This anger-ridden ideology, an ideology I once advocated, is not only a threat to Islam and Muslims, but to the entire civilised world!
I vowed, in my own limited way, to fight those who had hijacked my faith, defamed my prophet and killed thousands of my own people: the human race.
I was encouraged when Tony Blair announced on August 5, 2005, plans to proscribe an array of Islamist organisations that operated in Britain, foremost among them Hizb ut-Tahrir. At the time I was impressed by Blair’s resolve. The Hizb should have been outlawed a decade ago and so spared many of us so much misery. Sadly the legislation was shelved last year amid fears that a ban would only add to the group’s attraction, so it remains both legal and active today. But it is not too late."
Sky News also featured an exploration of the issues he presents in new book, "The Islamist." Read entire transcript.
Dr. Tashbih Sayyed, publisher, broadcaster, and author, died of natural causes in Los Angeles. Muslim, Jewish and Christian mourners joined together to celebrate his life at a funeral service over the Memorial Day holiday.
Pictured here receiving a "Voice of Courage" award with co-recipient, Salman Rushdie, Dr. Sayyed was an outspoken voice for integrity and justice. As a head of Pakistani TV News, politics make it uncomfortable for his family to remain and they emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1980's. He founded The Council for Democracy and Tolerance, and was an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute.
Dr. Sayyed was respected for promoting honesty, freedom, and justice. Dr. Sayyed published the weekly newspaper "Pakistan Today" and "Muslim World Today" which bravely spoke-out against Zionophobia in Muslim culture and society.
He was awarded a "Voices of Courage" Award from the AJCongress in September, 2006. Videos of his remarks can be found on our site.
The film documentaries, "Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in Israel" (2003) and "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" (2005) feature Dr. Sayyed.
As a regular columnist for newspapers in the US, Pakistan, Germany and India, Tashbih Sayyed wrote courageously on the Islamist threat to the world.
Dr. Sayyed's books include: History Of The World, Left Of The Center, Pakistan - An Unfinished Agenda, Mohammad - A secularist's View, Foreign Policy Of Pakistan, and Shadow Warriors - Afghanistan, Pakistan, Taliban. He inspired Muslim, Jewish, Christian and secularists to unite against Islamist tyranny. Dr. Sayyed leaves a wife and three children.
In his recent column, linked here, Dr. Sayyed points-out the common dynamic of Islamism vs Israel and Islamism vs Democracy:
"The rejection of Israel as a Jewish state by Israel's Arab minority has underlined the level of threat to Israel’s security which has never been so pronounced. It seems as if all the dark forces determined to undermine and overwhelm democracy and pluralism have joined hands;
* Hezbollah has convinced the world that Israel is not invincible;
* Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and other Muslim states have arguably proved their effectiveness in convincing Washington that without validating Palestinian terrorism, it cannot win its war on Islamist fascism;
* Iran is on its way to gain the second Islamist nuclear bomb; and the
* international assaults on Israel’s character are gaining in momentum.
The Islamists’ demand to redefine the foundations of Israel is part of the same campaign that has been working not so discreetly in the US to replace the Jeffersonian civic religion by Islamist fascists.
It is in the US interest to watch how Israeli Arabs’ move to dismantle the Jewish state is shaping up. Just like the manner in which Islamist organizations in the US are taking advantage of our openness to destroy our Judeo-Christian foundations, Israeli Arabs are also taking advantage of a democratic constitution to subvert an open and pluralistic way of life.
It is an historical fact that fighting an internal enemy is much more difficult than defending against an external threat. Israel and the US both have fought off external enemies with success but now both are facing an enemy that has entrenched itself deep within their democracies. This onslaught on our freedoms from within has to be dealt with forthwith before it gets out of hand."
Tashbih Sayyed is featured here, addressing the Secular Islam Summit held in Florida in February (in the 22nd min of video).
Mandate for Palestine. The Legal Aspects of Jewish Rights
In this rare, British TV news report, Palestinian self-governance disaster shown - citizenry pleas for Israeli re-occupation (quoted at 2:00 min-remaining mark).
More about "The Big Lie" referenced previously. How can facts overcome misguided feelings? Here is a factual history of the Arab-Israeli conflict - to help undo the damage of this week's Channel Four's "Battle for the Holy Land" series. Melanie Phillips provides a concise history of Israel and the Disputed Territories (sometimes today referred to as "Palestine").
Channel Four promotion: "As the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War approaches, what prospects are there for peace, justice and coexistence in Israel and Palestine?"
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Melanie Phillips and Carol Gould challenge the intent of the broadcasters and the producers and help us understand the mis-truths (malevolences) which underlie their premises:
Ms. Phillips writes:
"The first core myth that Israel is the artificial creation of Holocaust guilt which displaced the rightful Arab owners of Palestine by European Jews. This is totally untrue. The Jewish nation ruled what later became known as Palestine for hundreds of years — almost two millennia before Islam was even invented in the seventh century and the Arabs invaded. And subsequently, during the long centuries of occupation, the Jews retained an unbroken presence in the land.
This recognition was fundamental to the Balfour Declaration in 1917 which committed the British to re-establishing the Jewish national home in Palestine. The British government’s 1922 White Paper on Palestine made the point that Jewish rights in Palestine were not a gift from anyone:
[I]n order that [Palestine’s Jewish] community should have the best prospect of free development and provide a full opportunity for the Jewish people to display its capacities, it is essential that it should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine should be internationally guaranteed, and that it should be formally recognised to rest upon ancient historic connection.
The fact is that there never was an independent state of Palestine. Judea was renamed Palestine when the Romans conquered it to erase its Jewish history. And the period of Arab rule was actually very short, lasting less than one century. During the following centuries Palestine was under protracted periods of Islamic rule, largely through the Turkish or Byzantine empire which was brought to an end when the Turks were defeated in the First World War. But from the time the Jews of Judea were conquered and exiled, apart from the Jews who remained in Palestine the non-Jews who lived there — who we are told were the ancestors of the Palestinian Arabs who were displaced in 1948 after 1000 years of rule — were actually descended from Latins, Balkans, Greeks, Syrians, Egyptians, Turks, Armenians, Italians, Persians, Kurds, Germans, Afghans Circassians, Bosnians, Sudanese, Algerians, Tartars, Danes, Russians, Nubians. Oh, and Arabs. The only nation for which Palestine was the historic national home was actually the Jews.
Even under the Mandate, the Arabs in Palestine did not regard themselves as a people seeking nationhood at all. Very few were there before the Jews arrived. The Palestine Royal Commission reported in 1913 that on the road from Gaza to the north, ‘no orange groves orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached Yabna [a Jewish village]… the western part towards the sea was almost a desert… The villages in this area were few and thinly populated’. Sherif Hussein, the guardian of holy places in Arabia, wrote: ‘The resources if the country are still virgin soil and will be developed by the Jewish immigrants’.
Many Arabs moved to Palestine on the back of the prosperity brought by the returning Jews during the first half of the 20th century. Between 1922 and 1947, the Arab population in Palestine rose by 120 per cent. And they regarded themselves as mainly Syrian. In 1937, the Peel Commission found that the Palestinian Arabs and their kinsmen in Syria ‘clung to the principle that Palestine was part of Syria and should never have been cut off from it’.
The idea that the Jews kicked out the indigenous Arabs was also a myth. The Jews bought most of the land from the Arabs —mainly absentee Arab landlords — as many Arab sources have testified, such as King Abdullah of Transjordan, who wrote that the Arabs were ‘as prodigal in selling their land as they are in useless wailing and weeping’.
The second great myth of injustice is that the Jews drove out the Arabs when Israel was created in 1948. But the evidence is that most of them fled because they were told to do so by the Arab world. Various Arab newspapers excoriated those who were abandoning their houses and businesses. Syria’s Primer Minister after 1948, Khaled al Azm, wrote in his memoirs: ‘Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of the refugees. while it was we who made them leave…We brought disaster upon the refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave…We have rendered them dispossessed…’ The Economist, never a friend of Israel, reported that the most potent factors for the Arabs’ flight were ‘the announcements made over the air by the Higher Arab Executive urging the Arabs to quit…It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades’.
Only very recently a columnist in the Palestinian Authority’s official paper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, acknowledged the same thing. The columnist, Mahmud Al-Habbash, wrote that in 1948, Palestinian Arabs left their homes willingly under the instruction of their own Arab leaders and their false promises of a prompt return. And if we’re talking refugees, there were more Jewish refugees from Arab lands than Arabs who fled Israel. Far from being a European imposition, half of Israel’s population came from the Arab world where an estimated 800,000 were forced out during that period alone, almost double the number of 472,000 Arabs who fled Palestine, according to figures from the UN Mediator on Palestine.
In 1946 the British politician Richard Crossman, who served on the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry Regarding the Problems of European Jewry and Palestine, wrote in his book Palestine Mission: ‘Looking at the position of the Palestinian Arab, I have to admit that no western colonist in any other country had done so little harm, or disturbed so little the life of the indigenous people’.
The next great myth of injustice is that Israel has stopped the Palestinians from having their own state. We are about to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, from which come all the allegations of the illegal occupation of the disputed territories. We will celebrate the triumph, and indeed the miracle, of that war. But many of us don’t even fully appreciate that the Jewish presence in these territories is entirely legal and indeed just. That doesn’t mean it is desirable — but that’s a quite different matter.
The first thing to note about this myth is that the Jews have always accepted two states in Palestine. A Palestinian Arab state was on offer in 1937, 1948 and 2000, but the Arabs always refused it and chose to try to destroy Israel instead. It’s also important to realise that two states were indeed established. In1920, Britain was given a mandate by the League of Nations to establish a Jewish national home within Palestine. At that time, Palestine included what is now Jordan. One year later Winston Churchill gave almost 80 per cent of Palestine away to King Abdullah to form what is now Jordan. Jordan is, in fact, east Palestine. So when the Palestinian Arabs say they are being expected to accept a tiny fraction of what is rightfully their, this is a deep distortion of history.
It was the Jews who were forced to accept a tiny fraction of what was rightfully theirs. The Palestinians were given their state. The problem is that they never wanted the Jews to have theirs.
Moreover, Article 25 of the Mandate emphasised that it extended both west and east of the Jordan River: ‘in the territories lying between the Jordan and the eastern boundary of Palestine.’ In other words, the ‘occupied territories’ actually form part of the original land of Palestine within which the British were enjoined to establish the Jewish national home. And rightly so — after all places like Hebron are part of our ancient and sacred history. These territories of Judea, Samaria and Gaza were indeed illegally occupied — but by Jordan and Egypt, between 1948 and 1967. To repeat: I am not suggesting that Israel should retain Judea and Samaria. Indeed, I think it should not. But it is very important to point out that the Jews are entitled to them, according to both law and history, and that the great injustice was done to us.
It is claimed that the Israeli ‘occupation’ is illegal. But it is not. It is legal, not least because Jewish rights there do not derive from Israel’s capture of the territories in 1967. They derive from the Mandate.
This secured Jewish rights to a homeland and to ‘close settlement’ in Palestine. In doing so, it did not distinguish between Judea and Samaria and the rest of western Palestine. Nothing since that time has abrogated those terms for territories that have not yet come under the sovereignty of any state.
Those rights did not expire upon the demise of the League of Nations or the creation of the United Nations. Article 80 of the UN, Charter expressly preserves such ‘rights of peoples’ as existed under League mandates.
Eugene V Rostow, who as undersecretary of state during the Johnson administration helped draft the famous UN Security Council Resolution 242 after the 1967 war, has written that Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip constitute portions of the Palestine Mandate trust territory that have not yet been allocated to a sovereign.
Rostow, a former dean of Yale Law School, concludes that the Mandate remains in force for those regions. Similarly, contrary to the refrain of various United Nations resolutions, the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention does not render Jewish settlement in these territories unlawful because these territories have never been lawfully part of a sovereign state.
Resolution 242 itself, which states the general principles on which ‘a just and lasting peace in the Middle East’ should be established, leaves the issue of territorial rights open for resolution by agreement among the parties. By stressing the importance of security, highlighting the right of all states to live ‘within secure and recognized boundaries’ and refraining from calling for withdrawal from all the newly acquired territories, Resolution 242 envisions that peace talks will produce borders different from the 1949 armistice lines. If the Security Council had intended that Israel withdraw its forces to a definite line, it could have said so.
We are told repeatedly that Israel is behaving illegally and that it must observe international law. So we should insist that the legal demarcations of the (British) Mandate which have never been rescinded should be recognised and upheld. It is not enough for us to say that Israel was attacked in 1967 and won a famous victory, because it is its behaviour since then that has been called into question. So to defend Israel, we must remind people of this history and this law. We have allowed the running to be made by people who misrepresent both.
There are those who believe that making such facts better known is a waste of time because the vilification of Israel is a prejudice which is not susceptible to reason. Call me an incorrigible optimist (!) but I beg to differ. Much of this madness is based on profound ignorance, which in turn has been fed by an equally profound evil. It is perfectly possible for decent people to be misled into believing indecent things. Only when people are taught the truth will the big lie finally be nailed."
(Editor's note") Now that broadcasted (damning) damage has been done, how much retraction or re-correction programming will the Ch 4 and other broadcasters produce and air to replace the innacurate, anti-Israel/Semitic attitudes already generated from these airings? How effective will that 'campaign' be in reversing mis-perceptions?
"The agent blew his siren and used the cars PA system to warn" the group, the (FBI) bureau said in a statement. "
At that point, it was clear that this was a law enforcement vehicle. At least one person threw or placed a cinder block under the law enforcement vehicle," Eimiller said.
Hugh Fitzgerald of JihadWatch comments: "The story is telling. Muslims in Europe long ago showed they are willing to confront the forces of order, to disobey them, to vandalize, to threaten, to beat to death Infidels who happen to be around (two Frenchmen were so murdered), to kidnap and torture an Infidel (Mr. Halimi), to do whatever it is they wish to do. They are not intimidated. The people in the story above were clearly not intimidated. They were perfectly willing to attempt to harm this FBI agent, who had identified himself, and who, furthermore, had done nothing at all except conduct some surveillance.
This is a test case. The test is of the FBI, and of Congress, and of the federal government. We are waiting.
An inspiration for Biola University's students of journalism.
"During the Cold War, two things came to be known and generally recognized in the Middle East concerning the two rival superpowers. If you did anything to annoy the Russians, punishment would be swift and dire. If you said or did anything against the Americans, not only would there be no punishment; there might even be some possibility of reward." Thus wrote the eminent historian Bernard Lewis in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. According to Mr. Lewis, these different responses evoked very different attitudes toward the two superpowers among Muslims and Arabs, which eventually culminated in the September 11 attacks: "
Intoxicating with hate, Abdul Malik Ali seduces American Muslims to Jihad on Univ of Calif - Irvine campus.
This accompanying, rare audio recording of the first Israeli soldiers to encounter the holy, Western Wall of King Solomon's Temple in 1967.
"The Greeks believed that insolence naturally leads to bullying, or hubris. This arrogance induces a mad behavior called ate. Finally, that recklessness earns well-earned destruction unleashed by the god, Nemesis..."
Hubris and Nemesis, claims Hanson, were a key factor in the fall of pompous broadcast host, Don Imus. In the Duke University scandal, he applies it to those who derived benefit from the allegations, including reverse-bigot plutocrats, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and the news media.
"Three Duke players were unjustly accused of rape and sexual offense by an African-American stripper. Local district attorney Mike Nifong, some of the Duke humanities faculty, the Duke University president, and the ubiquitous race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton all swarmed on a perfect scandal for political advantage and self-promoting sermonizing.
After all, beer-drinking, rich, white lacrosse athletes were supposedly brutalizing a poor woman of color, forced by her poverty to submit to them sexually.
Despite no evidence, the accused students were charged with felonies. The coach is long gone, and the entire team was disbanded for the year.
The academic mob added its own rush-to-judgment, easy condemnations. Then District Atty Nifong won re-election as a populist crusader against supposedly racist preppie sex-offenders. Seemingly ignoring evidence that the victim was making the charges up, this lynch mob went headlong into mad excess.
Then, wham, Nemesis hit them, too."
Hubris and Nemesis also play significant roles in reporting about political Islam ('Islamism') and Israel. The news media's mis-depiction of the two Palestinian Intifadas (1988-1991 and 2000 til present) has damaged itself and western society through its own hubris. By scapegoating Israel for presumed amorality against a perceived (but Arafat-crafted) Palestinian rebellion, the roles of the Israelis as occupiers and the Palestinians as those seeking to liberate occupied West Bank and Gaza were permanently cast. The news media have largely interpreted any global Muslim aggression to be consistent with that story and that motivation.
Since 9/11, in spite of the evidence of the global, Islamist imperialist movement's reliance on media manipulation to influence international policy (bin-Laden videos) the news media still goes out-of-their-way to rationalize the imperialist movement within Islamism by exaggerating the culpability of the "Zionists"(e.g., evidenced in Reuter-gate staged and doctored photos from Lebanon) and their imperialist ally, the U.S., also mis-characterized as an "unwanted occupier and oppressor."
Public sentiments of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism are strong world-wide, concomitantly mollifying the West against standing firm to defeat Jihadist imperialism in the Middle East and uprooting it domestically, as France has exemplified.
Marvin Kalb, in the Harvard Study, "The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict," gives evidence that "the Arab narrative is one of a continuing conflict with Israel, one battle leading inexorably to another with intervals reserved for rest, training, recruitment, and the acquisition of new weaponry. Therefore, the conflict ends only when Israel ends."
An arrogant, Western media's prideful scapegoating of Israel continues to mollify the West against the truly malevolent imperialism which continues to challenge freedom around the globe, Islamism.
"Because the harder they come, the harder they'll fall ... one and all." - Jimmy Cliff
"If today's Arab anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish propaganda strongly resembles that of the Third Reich, there is a good reason." So writes Joel Fishman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in "The Big Lie and the Media War against Israel: From Inversion of the Truth to Inversion of Reality," an insightful piece of historical research. (Courtesy Daniel Pipes).
al-Muhajiroun's Omar Bakri abu Hamza