Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini
by, Ershad Alijani - Nazanin | France 24 | h/t Halal Pork Shop
A video has emerged of a man making a last-ditch attempt to flee his public execution in Iran, while onlookers cheer him on.
In the video below, the young man is about to be hanged in front of a large crowd that has gathered to watch the execution. He was condemned for having gang-raped a pregnant woman along with two other men back in 2008. As a result, the woman reportedly miscarried and lost her baby. The executions of all three men took place on February 26. According to Iranian media, they took place in three different suburbs of Karaj, where the crime occured. However, it’s not clear in which one the execution of the man in the video took place.
As he’s about to be publicly hanged, he begins crying and begs to see his mother one last time. When the executioners refuse his last request, he lashes out and knocks several of them down.
Immediately, swarms of policemen rush onto the platform to restrain the condemned man. They forcefully wrap the noose around his neck, before lifting him onto a podium. The public rally to his side, initially supporting his attempt to break free of his executioners. Moments before his death, he can be heard asking his mother and the public to pardon his crime. Some people in the crowd respond by saying they forgive him.
According to the United Nations, at least 80 people have already reportedly been executed in Iran so far this year. That puts the Islamic Republic second on the list of countries with the highest number of executions, behind China. The Iranian government says it carries out executions in public to set a “harsh example” to would-be criminals, in the hope that they’ll be deterred from carrying out crimes in the future.
“These executions have no deterrent effect on the population”
Nazanin is a journalist in Tehran who has covered public executions.
The authorities don’t announce the executions ahead of time. They usually take place in the early morning, and people in the neighbourhood realise that an execution is going to take place when they see the stage being set up.
At all the executions I have been to, I have noticed that the people who gather to watch them are above all curious. They just wanted to see what it’s like to see a human die. Sometimes, people who stop to watch don’t realise exactly what’s going on until it’s too late, and are quite shocked. Meanwhile, some have their young kids with them — I once suggested to a mother that she may want to cover her little boy’s eyes, and she said, “oh, he’s a kid, he’ll forget about this anyway.”
Usually, everyone stays silent. In recent years, people have started bringing their mobile phones to take pictures and short films and put them on social networks.
The onlookers often feel sympathy both for the victims of the crime, and the criminal who is about to die. People have told me things like, “it’s such a shame, he’s so young”. And in the next breath they’ll say, “but then again he killed someone, so he deserves it.”
I witnessed an execution of a famous criminal in southern Tehran once. He had killed multiple people, and everyone in the neighbourhood was terrified of him. But at his execution, he addressed the crowd. He admitted his sins and talked about the difficulties he had faced in his youth. The crowd started to feel sympathy for him. In my opinion, these executions have no deterrent effect on the population.
Another blatant example of Islam’s hate-filled Judeophobia as…
Four Muslim attackers hold a Jewish passenger down, strangle him and hit him in the face, telling him ‘you have no country’
by, JTA | The Times of Israel | h/t Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller
Four unidentified Arab men savagely beat a French Jew in a Paris Metro train, a watchdog organization reported.
The attack happened Sunday as the train was traveling from Nogent Sur Marne to Gare de Lyon, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
Two of the attackers held down the 28-year-old victim, who was identified only as A. Levy, while a third strangled him and beat his face, BNVCA said on its website Monday. The report said Levy sustained some injuries but did not specify.
His attackers shouted the Arab word for “Jews” before attacking Levy, who is a religious Jew belonging to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the report said. One of them also told him: “Jew, we are going to lay into you, you have no country,” according to the report.
They stopped assaulting Levy after one of the passengers said loudly that the police were coming, according to BNVCA.
The suspected attackers got off the Metro at the Chatelet-les Halles station in the heart of the French capital. Levy stayed on the train and filed a police complaint for aggravated assault at Gare de Lyon, the report said.
On Sunday, the SPCJ monitor unit of the French Jewish community reported in its annual summary that it had recorded 423 anti-Semitic incidents in France during 2013. The figure constitutes a 31-percent decrease over the previous year, but is still eight percent higher than in 2011.
Team Obama Wins Fight to Have Christian Home-School Family Deported
by, Todd Starnes | Fox News
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free.
“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.
“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.
“The Obama administration’s attitude toward religious freedom, particularly religious freedom for Christians is shocking,” he told me in an exclusive telephone interview. “I have little doubt that if this family had been of some other faith that the decision would have never been appealed in the first place. They would have let this family stay.”
Had the family stayed in Germany, where homeschooling is illegal, they would have faced the prospect of losing their children. Like the Pilgrims, they fled their homeland yearning for a place where they could be free.
Farris said the religious bias perpetrated by the Obama administration is “palpable.”
“It’s a denial of the essence of America,” he said. “The Pilgrims left England to go to Holland to seek religious freedom. They came here to seek religious freedom and parental rights for their children. Had this administration been waiting at Plymouth Rock, they would’ve told the Pilgrims to go back home.”
There are nearly 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. You’d think the Obama administration could find a place eight immigrants who want to live here legally.
Farris said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case sends a chilling message to Americans who currently home school their children.
“This administration thinks it’s a privilege to home school – not a right,” he told me. “We’d better buckle down and be ready to fight them every step of the way.”
As for now, the Romeike family will be able to stay at their four-acre farm in the eastern Tennessee. But it’s only a matter of time before the Obama administration begins formal deportation proceedings.
Last year, I interviewed 15-year-old Daniel Romeike, a soft-spoken boy with aspirations of one day becoming a mechanical engineer. He told me he was afraid of what might happen if the family was deported. He feared being taken from his parents and placed in government custody.
“If I had a chance to talk to President Obama, I would ask him to let us stay in this great country of freedom and opportunity,” Daniel told me.
So on behalf of the Romeike family, I would like personally appeal to President Obama.
Please, Mr. President, have mercy on this Christian family. They came to our shores longing to be free. They left their homeland to escape religious persecution. Please, sir. Welcome them to our land with open arms. Bestow upon them a small measure of grace so they might be able to raise their children in the land of the free, the home of the brave.
Please spare these dear souls.
Fadi, a Syrian Christian Beheaded by Muslims for Wearing a Cross on His Necklace. Photo courtesy of: Shoebat.com
by, Theodore Shoebat | Shoebat.com | Fides News Agency
A Muslim gang in Syria seized a young Christian man and as soon as they spotted his Crucifix, they violently decapitated him and shoved his crucifix through his chest.
Here is the heart wrenching video of the victim’s mother recalling the deplorable and sadistic murder of her beloved son.
The police arrested the five terrorists who committed the murder (two of whom were not Syrian) and when they told the mother that they caught the killers of her son, she replied, “May the Lord forgive them.”
Muslim Terrorists Chop and Saw a Man’s Hand Completely Off.
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Of course we have the video. Don’t we always?
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On the left is the Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in Raqa, Syria on September 16, 2013 with the cross. On the right is the same church on September 28, with the cross removed and the ISIL Islamic flag on top. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abdul Aziz). Photo courtesy of: Yahoo News
by, AFP | Yahoo News
A jihadist group in Syria said Wednesday that Christians in the city of Raqa will have to pay taxes and hold religious rituals behind closed doors, under a set of rules.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed 12 rules which made up an “agreement” with Christians in the northern city to provide “protection.”
The terms, bearing the stamp of ISIL which controls Raqa, were distributed on jihadist forums.
They include a provision that Christians must pay a “jiziyeh” tax, as imposed in early Islam on non-Muslim subjects.
It said wealthy Christians must pay up the equivalent of 13 grams (half an ounce) of pure gold, that middle-class Christians pay half that sum, while the poor pay a quarter.
The agreement also demands Christians “do not put on display a cross or anything from their book, anywhere on Muslims’ path or markets” and that they should not “use megaphones to make their prayers heard.”
Christians must also refrain from “holding any of their rituals… outside the church.”
The jihadist group demands that Christians follow “rules imposed by ISIL, such as those relating to modesty in clothing.”
ISIL is rooted in Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which also imposed the jiziyeh tax on Christians after the US-led invasion of 2003.
Raqa was once home to some 300,000 people, and less than one percent were Christian. Many Christians fled the city after ISIL started attacking and burning churches.
ISIL also said that Christians “must not restore any monasteries or churches… in their city or elsewhere in the vicinity.”
Christians must not carry arms, it said, warning that offenders of the rules would suffer “the fate that the people of war and rebellion faced.”
ISIL is accused of holding scores of people prisoner, including peaceful activists, rival rebels, foreign journalists and aid workers.
It is facing an all-out war by rival anti-regime forces in other parts of Syria.
by, AP | Saudi Gazette
GAZA: A teenage girl was stabbed to death by her brother while she prayed in her room. She has become the latest addition to a grim statistic: Palestinian women killed by relatives, often for allegedly shaming the family.
Twenty-six women were slain by relatives in the West Bank and Gaza in 2013, twice as many as the year before, according to official figures. The rise stems from mounting economic difficulties in the Palestinian territories, compounded by ongoing leniency for those killing in the name of “family honor” and social acceptance of violence against women, women’s rights activists said Wednesday.
They urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to repeal sections of a penal code that allows for short sentences of at most a few years for the perpetrators. Abbas suspended one article of the code in 2011, but others remain on the books, said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior PLO official and former legislator.
Ashrawi said she repeatedly has urged Abbas to adopt legal reforms, especially of articles that discriminate against women, but so far to no avail. She said she last met with Abbas in November, but that he referred the matter again to his legal adviser.
She said that male politicians often brush aside women’s concerns, with the argument that more important issues are at stake, such as ending Israeli occupation and establishing a Palestinian state.
Ashrawi said archaic laws harming women also undercut Palestinian aspirations. “We are fighting for freedom and human dignity,” she said. “How can you deprive women of all these things?”
Abbas aides, including his adviser on legal affairs, did not return requests for comment.
So-called honor killings are committed regularly in traditional Arab societies that enforce strict gender separation and view an unmarried women’s unsupervised contact with a man as a stain on the family reputation.
The most recent killing was carried out Saturday in the town of Bani Suheila in southern Gaza, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which cited a police report.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Islam Al-Shami. The girl was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife while she was praying in her room, the rights group said. Her 21-year-old brother was arrested and later told police he killed his sister to defend the family honor, according to the rights group.
In the West Bank, a mentally disabled 21-year-old woman was strangled by her brother in September, ostensibly over family honor, according to the Independent Commission for Human Rights, another Palestinian group. Her brother is in prison over the killing.
In all, 26 women were killed by their relatives in 2013, compared to 13 the year before, according to Palestinian government statistics. All were labeled “honor killings,” though in some cases, the motives appeared less clear-cut or ambiguous.
“There is a clear increase in so-called honor killings in Palestinian society,” said Rabiha Diab, the women’s affairs minister in the West Bank. In some cases, perpetrators claimed to have killed in the name of family honor, when in effect they appeared to have had financial or other motives and hoped to benefit from relatively lenient punishments, she said.
Some human rights groups provided slightly different figures, depending on their classification of killings of women by relatives.
Perpetrators spend at most a few years in prison. In Gaza, the longest sentence has been three years, said Anam Al-Inchasi, a judge.
“Judges are members of the same society in which honor killings take place,” she said, referring to the prevailing attitude that violence against women is an internal family matter.
Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
by, AP | ABC News | h/t Blazing Catfur
GAZA CITY, Gaza: A Palestinian rights group says assailants have attacked a Catholic church in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says an explosive detonated in the church’s yard. The group said an “abusive slogan” was written on the church wall. No further damage or injuries were reported.
Hamas police spokesman Ayoub abu Shaar said Thursday an investigation was opened into the attack, which occurred Wednesday.
Fewer than 3,000 Christians live among 1.7 million Muslim residents in Gaza. Their numbers rapidly have shrunk in recent years because of turmoil in the territory.
In recent years, several Christian institutions were attacked by suspected Muslim hard-liners. In at least two cases, including the torching of a local YMCA, assailants were caught and sentenced to prison.
by, Ari Yashar | Arutz Sheva 7
A senior official in the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Women’s Affairs has reported a rise of over 100% in the number of “honor killings” in 2013 compared to the previous year. The murder of women for tarnishing the “family honor” is still protected under PA law.
The official, Nabila Rizq, was referenced in the official PA media earlier in the month reporting the number of “honor killing” victims for 2013 at 27, compared to 13 the year before. Victims are typically guilty of “crimes” including such things as pre-marital sex, being raped or refusing an arranged marriage.
The report, which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), added that Rizq blamed the legal loophole which lets murderers off with a reduced sentence if they claimed their crime was motivated by “family honor,” a loophole PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was requested to change three years ago.
Indeed, Abbas promised to remove the legal preferential treatment of “honor killings” back in 2011, although revelations in 2012 exposed that he had no intentions of changing the law. Abbas’s aides made clear at the time the move was meant not to offend Islamic conservatives and risk losing control.
PMW notes that PA law on the issue is drawn from the Jordanian legal system. Article 98 of Jordanian Penal Act 16 states perpetrators “shall be liable to a lesser penalty” for crimes they committed in “a state of great anger” following “a wrongful and dangerous act on the part of the victim,” an act left undefined.
Further, the report in the PA media about Rizq’s comments noted the real reason behind some of the “honor killings” was actually to silence women seeking their proper inheritance.
“Honor killings” have generally been on the rise in the PA; 29 women were killed in the four years up through 2010, but nearly the same number were murdered in the following year and a half.
In contrast to the PA ambivalence, a member of the Hamas “parliament,” Dr. Yunis Al-Astal, spoke out strongly against “honor killings” this week, saying the killing is worse than the affront to the “family honor” that sparked the murder.
Honor Killings And Culturally Applied Islam:
Louis Farrakhan, racist Muslim and anti-Semitic Jew hater. Photo courtesy of: AP/Paul Beaty and The Times of Israel
by, JTA | The Times of Israel | h/t Blazing CatFur
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, saying “I don’t hate Jewish people,” denied he was anti-Semitic during an address to the group’s annual convention.
Farrakhan, who is known for his diatribes against the Jews, in his three-hour speech on Sunday night in Detroit compared himself to auto magnate Henry Ford, saying that Ford was “a great man who was called an anti-Semite.”
“I feel like I’m in good company,” Farrakhan told a crowd of about 18,000 at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“I don’t hate Jewish people … what I hate is evil,” he also said, adding that “Satan is in control of Hollywood,” as well as TV, the media and money.
Responding to Farrakhan’s speech, Heidi Budaj, Michigan regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Detroit Free Press, “Expressing pride for being called anti-Semitic is shameful. A person in this day and age should be ashamed to say that.”
Farrakhan also reprimanded Muslims for fighting among themselves in the Middle East, saying they were killing each other for “America” and the “European infidel.”
He said that if the United States launched a war on Iran, “we ain’t fighting. We’re not killing no Muslims for these infidels.”
Farrakhan also touched on other topics, such as the African-American community separating from the rest of the world in order to better their lives and reinvesting in Detroit.
Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam on Jews:
by, Ibn Kammuna | Islam Watch
In this study, I will discuss the genocide of the Jewish tribe of Bani Qurayza by the prophet of Islam and the consequent moral implications. I will organize the flow of this study as follows:
1. Prelude to a genocide: Bani Qainuqa
2. Background on the Bani Qurayza incidents
3. Muhammad attacks Bani Qurayza
4. Who is Sa’d Bin Mu’ad?
5. Bani Qurayza genocide
6. Can there be a sufficient apologetic defense to this massacre?
7. Muslim apologetics
a. Bassam Zawadi
8. A look to the future
Prelude to a genocide: Siege of Bani Qainuqa
In 624 AD, Muhammad laid a siege upon the Jewish tribe of Bani Qainuqa. The siege lasted 15 days, after which the Qainuqa tribe unconditionally surrendered to Muhammad’s forces. One, who reads the narrations from authentic Islamic sources about the Qainuqa incidents, cannot deny the fact the Muhammad intended to behead all adult males of that tribe, and intended to enslave the women and children and take over their wealth. However, Muhammad was not strong enough yet in Medina, where he had emigrated to less than two years earlier (622 A. D). At the time of the Qainuqa incident, the powerful local leader of Medina was Abdullah bin Ubayy, chief of the Khazraj clan. He was a man of high status and was regarded as the city’s chief at the time of Muhammad’s arrival, although his power gradually decline thereafter with Muhammad’s rise. Nonetheless, Muhammad had to pay regard to Abdullah’s position and power, especially during his early years in Medina.
Arab tribes in those days used to form alliances with each other as part of coexistence, as well as mutual support in conflict situations. During the Qainuqa incident, Abdullah Bin Ubayy’s Khazraj tribe was ally of Qainuqa. In a previous conflict, Abdullah’s own life was saved by Qainuqa warriors. So, when Muhammad started preparation to slaughter the Qainuqa men, Abdullah Bin Ubayy firmly intervened on their behalf. The following Sirat quote is very telling of Ibn Ubayy’s relation to the Qainuqa, and of Muhammad’s evil intentions to slaughter them:
Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul went to him when God had put them (the Qainuqa tribe) in his power and said, ‘O Muhammad, deal kindly with my clients’ (now they were allies with Khazraj),but the apostle put him off. He repeated the words, and the apostle turned away from , whereupon he thrust his hand into the collar of the apostle’s robe; the apostle was so angry that his face became almost black. He said, ‘confound you, let me go.’ He answered, ‘No, by God, I will not let you go until you deal kindly with my clients. Four hundred men without mail and three hundred mailed protected me from all mine enemies; would you cut them down in one morning? By God, I am a man who fears that circumstances may change.’ The apostle said, ‘You can have them.’ (Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, Oxford University Press, 2007, p. 363)
The above quote makes Muhammad’s intentions of slaughtering them en masse clear. To save the lives of his allies, Ibn Ubayy firmly demanded of Muhammad that another option be given to them. He was not going to let Muhammad kill them all in cold blood.
History tells us that Muhammad, in face of Abdullah’s firm intervention, decided to expelled the Qainuqa tribe from Medina, which saved their lives. Although Muhammad took over their homes and property, he stilled suffered a substantial loss by failing to enslave the women and children.
Baun Qainuqa, thus, survived Muhammad’s worst evil, a fate that Banu Qurayza also desired at a later time but was not granted.
Background of the Bani Qurayza incidents
After Muhammad’s emigration to there, its Pagan inhabitants easily accepted Islam, but not the Jews. Well-versed in Abrahamic doctrines, they debated and scrutinized Muhammad’s religious doctrines and discovered various errors in his verses. Thus, they thought Muhammad was an imposter, not a true prophet. So they rejected his message. Because of religious disagreements and the Jews’ refusal to embrace Islam, Muhammad and his community becoming hostile toward the Jews of Medina.
There were three major Jewish tribes in Medina: Bani Qaynuqa, Bani Al-Nadir, and Bani Qurayza. As Muhammad grew stronger in Medina, and realized that the Jews were not going to accept him as a prophet, his Qur’anic verses started becoming increasingly hostile towards people of the book (the Jews and the Christians). He also changed the Muslim prayer direction (called “Qibla” in Islam) from Jerusalem to Mecca.
In any case, Muhammad expelled the first two Jewish tribes – Bani Qaynuqa as well as Bani Al-Nadir – as he failed to genocide them due to intervention of powerful Abdullah ibn Obayy. In both occasions, Muhammad enriched himself and his community by capturing the wealth of those two rich Medina tribes. Bani Qurayza was the last major Jewish tribes left in Medina. In 627 AD, the stage was set for Muhammad to get rid of the last Jewish tribe of Medina. It was going to make him richer and stronger. So, why not?
The Meccans had had enough of raiding and plundering their commercial caravans by Muhammad’s robbing gang. So they came out to Medina to finish off Muhammad and his gang. They laid siege upon the community of Muhammad for a few weeks. As Muslims had dug a deep trench around their abode, which the Meccans could not overcome, they eventually had to withdraw the siege without achieving their goals. This came to be known as the Battle of the Trench (Al-Khandaq, A.D 627). After the Meccans were gone, words came to Muhammad that the Meccans were seeking the help of Banu Qurayza against him, and that Bani Qurayza had planned to extend their support. In reality, although a negotiation apparently did take place, Banu Qurayza never came to help the Meccans, thus staying true to their agreement with Muhammad not to help his enemies. The Meccan army did not make any attack on Muhammad’s community from the Bani Qurayza area of control, a testament to the fact that Bani Qurayza did not aid the Meccans during the Battle of the Trench.
In any case, this is one area of Arab history, where I wish there were people living in Mecca and Medina who documented such incidents and were neutral, or even anti-Muslim with regard to religious beliefs. The problem is that all we know about early Islam came to us from Islam-friendly sources. Imagine! All those horror stories we know about early Muslims came to us from Muslim-friendly sources. Those who refused Islam got killed, no questions asked. Saying negative things about Muhammad or Islam was no simple matter. Muhammad ordered the assassination of a hundred plus years old man, Abu Afak, just because he said some “not very nice things” about Muhammad. And when a mother of five, Asma Bint Marwan, heard of that and said some “negative” things about Muhammad, he ordered her assassination too. The assassin had to move away her nursing baby from her chest to be able to kill her. When you are talking about Muhammad and his Sahaba, you’ll be amazed at what that evil man can do. It is important for us to remember that even if the Qurayza tribe conspired against him, they never attacked or harmed any of the Muslims. And it is still true that no Meccan managed to get through to Medina and attack the Muslims through the area controlled by Bani Qurayza.
Again, I wish that we had more historical details about what exactly happened, but we don’t. If one is to rely on only Muslim-friendly sources, she probably won’t get the full story.
In any case, moving back to our story: When the Meccans left, Muhammad went home and started taking a bath during which a divine revelation came telling him to attack Bani Qurayza and get rid of them, and take all of their belongings:
Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 52, Number 68:
Narrated ‘Aisha: When Allah’s Apostle returned on the day (of the battle) of Al-Khandaq (i.e. Trench), he put down his arms and took a bath. Then Gabriel whose head was covered with dust, came to him saying, “You have put down your arms! By Allah, I have not put down my arms yet.” Allah’s Apostle said, “Where (to go now)?” Gabriel said, “This way,” pointing towards the tribe of Bani Quraiza. So Allah’s Apostle went out towards them.
Muhammad Attacks Bani Qurayza
With around 3000 worriers, and the Meccans out of sight, no wonder Allah tells him to go unprovoked and take over the fortunes of Bani Qurayza. Who is there to stop him? Muhammad laid siege to Bani Qurayza for twenty five days, after which they surrendered unconditionally. They did not offer any resistance. Before they surrendered, they asked Abu Lubabah, who was doing the negotiations between them and Muhammad, since he was on friendly terms with them from previous dealings, if they should submit to Muhammad’s judgement. Abu Lubabah said yes, and gestured with his hand to his throat, telling them that Muhammad is adamant on finishing them up. Such a gesture could only mean one thing: beheading. Afterwards, Abu Lubabah felt bad that he had betrayed Muhammad, but again, he had some passion to his old Jewish friends. In history, the gesture is not disputed. What is in disputed is why Abu Lubabah felt that he betrayed Muhammad. I think the answer is simple: Abu Lubabah knew what the murderer prophet was up to.
In any case, Bani Qurayza probably felt they had no option but to surrender. Muhammad’s criminals were three thousand strong. The mighty Meccans could not take care of him and his cronies, would one tribe in Medina be able to do it on its own? Surely not. So, instead of dying fighting Muhammad, they chose to surrender in the hopes that Muhammad will take their belongings and allow them to leave town, as he did with the previous tribes. However, this was not to be. Muhammad had become blood thirsty more and more as time passed by.
After the surrender of Bani Quaryza, Muhammad chose Sa’d bin Mu’ad, a Muslim, to declare the judgment against Bani Qurayza. References from different books and hadiths show that Muhammad was adamant on killing them. But other Muslim leaders, who had good past relationship with Bani Qurayza, forced him to choose someone else to declare a judgement against them. Muhammad did not allow them to choose another person, whom they wanted to judge the verdict. He named Sa’d bin Mu’ad and ended the discussion.
Who is Sa’d Bin Mu’ad?
Muhammad wanted Bani Qurayza men beheaded. In this manner, he will get all of their belongings and wealth. He, also, will have a large number of enslaved women and children. He can sell some of them. He can put them to work for his benefit. He and the Muslim men can enjoy some sexual activities with the women. Muhammad himself, history tells us, usually went after the young and pretty ones.
To be able to finish off the men of Bani Qurayza, what is better than naming the leader of their ally tribe, the Aus, Sa’d bin Mu’ad. Muhammad knew Sa’d bin Mu’ad and what he desires to do to those who rejected Islam. The above quoted “Sirat” has many telling passages about Sa’d bin Mu’ad and his nature. On page 297, we read the following:
.. that sa’d b. Mu’adh said: ‘ O prophet of God, let us make a booth (T. of palm branches)for you to occupy and have your riding camels standing by; then we will meet the enemy and if god gives us the victory that is what we desire; if the worst occurs you can mount your camels and join our people who are left behind, for they are just as deeply attached to you as we are. Had they thought that you would be fighting they would not have stayed behind. God will protect you by them; they will give you good counsel and fight with you.’ The apostle thanked him and blessed him. Then a booth was constructed for the apostle and he remained there.
The above quote shows Sa’d’s unparalleled loyalty to Islam and to Muhammad.
Page 301 of the Sirat gives us a clue about what Sa’d desired for the prisoners of war who were not Muslims:
God slew many of their chiefs and made captive many of their nobles. Meanwhile the apostle was in the hut and Sa’d bin Mu’adh was standing at the door of the hut girt with his sword. With him were some of the Ansar guarding the apostle for fear lest the enemy should come back at him. While the folk were laying hands on the prisoners the apostle, as I have been told, saw displeasure on the face of Sa’d at what they were doing. He said to him: ‘you seem to dislike what the people are doing.’ ‘Yes by God,’ he replied,’it is the first defeat god has brought on the infidel, and I would rather see them Slaughtered than left alive.’
The above quote, if anything, tells us what Sa’d’s judgement against Bani Qurayza would be. Sa’ds vision is clear: The one who rejects Islam or Muhammad must be put to death.
Sa’d was a born killer with very strong loyalty to Muhammad. He was also badly wounded in the Battle of the Trench, from which he soon died. So, he was not going to be sympathetic to Bani Qurayza, who rejected the prophet. He would kill you or me in an instant if Muhammad just says the word. Such was Sa’d Bin Mu’ad. My suspicion is that he also knew what Muhammad desired to do with Bani Qurayza. He was very close to Muhammad. In fact history tells us that the prophet put up a tent in the mosque for Sa’d so he could personally take care of him and his (Sa’d’s) wound. As one would expect, Sa’d’s judgment was what Muhammad wanted:
Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 52, Number 280:
Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri:
When the tribe of Bani Quraiza was ready to accept Sad’s judgment, Allah’s Apostle sent for Sa’d who was near to him. Sa’d came, riding a donkey and when he came near, Allah’s Apostle said (to the Ansar), “Stand up for your leader.” Then Sa’d came and sat beside Allah’s Apostle who said to him. “These people are ready to accept your judgment.” Sa’d said, “I give the judgment that their warriors should be killed and their children and women should be taken as prisoners.” The Prophet then remarked, “O Sad! You have judged amongst them with (or similar to) the judgment of the King Allah.”
It is interesting to note, here, Muhammad’s statement – that Sa’d’s judgment is Allah’s (God’s!). The fact of the matter is that whatever Muhammad wanted, became Allah’s and vice versa. So, the divine judgment has come and the crimes are almost as good as done. Here is how Muhammad accomplished his evil genocide on Bani Qurayza’s men. History tells us their numbers were between 600 and 900 men:
Bani Qurayza Genocide
During the night, trenches sufficient to contain the dead bodies of the men were dug across the market place of the city. In the morning, Mahomet, himself a spectator of the tragedy, commanded that male captives to be brought forth in companies of five or six at a time. Each company as it came up was made to sit down in a row on the brink of the trench destined for its grave, there beheaded, and the bodies cast therein. … The butchery, begun in the morning, lasted all day, and continued by torchlight till the evening. Having thus drenched the market place with the blood of seven or eight hundred victims, and having given command for the earth to be smoothed over their remains, Mahomet returned from the horrid spectacle to solace himself with the charms of Rihana, whose husband and all her male relatives had just perished in the massacre. [Source: W. Muir, The Life of Muhammad, (Edinburg 1923, Pages 307-8)].
One wonders what kind of a beast would do such an evil act, then thinks about sex. Rihana was a woman whose husband and all adult male relatives had just been killed by Muhammad. Yet, this did not prevent Muhammad from raping her. The Sirat book quoted earlier says that Muhammad “had proposed to marry her”. Her answer was in the negative. She rightfully showed repugnance towards Islam and clung to Judaism.(page 466)
History tells us that Rayhana stayed with Muhammad as his concubine until his death. She refused his offer to marry her. I plan to write an article in the near future on Muhammad being a despicable rapist. The above is one of the pieces of evidence I plan to use to show that Muhammad was a rapist. Those Muslims who will deny this accusation will have to show that when someone kills a woman’s husband and all of her adult male relatives, that woman is more than willing to have consensual sex with the murderer right away.
Moving along ..
As one of the Bani Qurayza women sees the spectacle taking place in the today’s medina market, she becomes hysterical and delirious. Muhammad’s Sahaba take care of her the best way they know how:
Abu Dawud: Book 14, Number 2665:
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
No woman of Banu Qurayzah was killed except one. She was with me, talking and laughing on her back and belly (extremely), while the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) was killing her people with the swords. Suddenly a man called her name: Where is so-and-so? She said: I. I asked: What is the matter with you? She said: I did a new act. She said: The man took her and beheaded her. She said: I will not forget that she was laughing extremely although she knew that she would be killed.
Hassan bin Thabet; a medinan Muslim poet writes an imagery about the day of the Qurayza genocide (Sirat, p.480):
Qurayza met their misfortune
And in humiliation found no helper.
A calamity worse than that which fell B. al-Nadir befell them
The day that God’s apostle came to them like a brilliant moon,
When fresh horses bearing horsemen like hawks.
We left them with the blood upon them like a pool
They having accomplished nothing.
They lay prostrate with vultures circling round them.
Thus are the obstinate and impious rewarded.
Such are the acts of the prophet of Islam and his Sahaba. Those are the people who are supposed to be an example of conduct to all mankind!
The genocide of Bani Qurayza was for the men. Any male who had grown pubic hair was killed:
Sunan Abu Dawud: Book #38, Hadith #4390
Narrated Atiyyah al-qurazi: I was among the captives of Banu Qurayzah. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair.
The rest of the tribe’s members (the women and children) were enslaved. The tribes’ belongings went to Muhammad and the rest of the criminals. Muhammad’s economic situation improved tremendously after this massive act of evil:
Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 53, Number 357:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
People used to give some of their date palms to the Prophet (as a gift), till he conquered Bani Quraiza and Bani An-Nadir, whereupon he started returning their favors.
Can there be a sufficient apologetic defense to this massacre?
Islam has its apologetics. If Muhammad’s crime is assassinating a woman, or an old man, they can create a scenario to make it plausible that Muhammad may have been justified in what he did. I studied many of Muhammad’s assassinations and published many articles about that. There are a lot of Muslim apologetics on the web who try to defend Muhammad and the early Muslims. None, of what I have seen on the web, in my view, made a successful defense of Muhammad and Islam.
Bani Qurayza genocide was done on a massive scale. So, the Muslim apologetic cannot, in principle cannot, defend Muhammad and the early Muslims. You see, we are not talking about one person here. Let’s say the Qurayza men who were beheaded were 700 men. That is 700 hundred crimes committed by Muhammad. Seven hundred purposeful killings. Can any decent human beings see that a defense of Muhammad’s crimes in this instance even remotely plausible? Muslim apologetics really have no shame. You can find their writings on the web defending Muhammad and the early Muslims on the Bani Qurayza story too.
There are actually Multiple crimes committed in this story. There are seven hundred plus killings. There is the beheading of the Qurayza woman crime. There are the crimes of taking the belongings of Bani Qurayza. There are the crimes of rapes that the Muslim men inflected on the Qurayza women. Also, Authentic Hadith tells us that Muhammad sent a group of Qurayza women to Yemen. They were sold in order that the Muslims buy weapons. So, there are the crimes of putting all those women into slavery:
Then the apostle sent Sa’d b. Zayd al-Ansari brother of b.’Abduk-Ashhal with some of the captive women of B. Qurayza to najd and he sold them for horses and weapons
[Source: W. Muir, The Life of Muhammad, (Edinburg 1923, p.466)].
There are many crimes committed here. Muslim apologetics do not have a shame when they try to defend Muhammad in the Qurayza events. There is really no sufficient defense. I am not saying that to condemn Muhammad and the Muslims and not allow the Muslim apologetics to have their say. It is not like that at all. How can anyone justify seven hundred plus homicides? A favorite of Muslims apologetics is that some of the Qurayza leaders conspired against Muhammad during the battle of the trench. This matter is not clear at all in the historical sources. But, let us for a moment say that some of the Qurayza leaders did conspire against Muhammad. Is that a sufficient reason to annihilate the whole tribe? There were kids who were twelve or thirteen years old who got beheaded that day just because they had grown some pubic hair. How can any decent human being defend the Muslims and Muhammad when it comes to beheading such young lads who had not yet understood the nature of life to start with? I discuss some specifics of the Muslim apologetics responses in the second part of this study.
It is not enough for the Muslim apologetic to say that Bani Qurayza were guilty, or that they were judged by their Torah. Here we have a large number of people beheaded in one day. The problem is most of them, if not all, are innocent. Completely innocent! There is, in principle, no justification, for what Muhammad and his followers did. This is why I affirm in this article, that Muslim apologetics have no shame in defending Muhammad and the Muslims when it comes to the genocide of Bani Qurayza.
There are current-day Muslim apologetics who deny that the Qurayza massacre ever took place, or if it ever happened, it was only the “treacherous” leaders of Bani Qurayza who were beheaded. The rest of the tribe survived. Such an apologetic defense is worthless in my view. Authentic Islamic sources of Hadith, Sirat, and Qur’an testify to the contrary. Hence, I will not include such a defense in this current treatment.
In this part, which I may expand to include other Islamist apologetics, I discuss some of what Bassam Zawadi wrote regarding the Bani Qurayza massacre
a) Bassam Zawadi
Writing in defense of the claim that not all the Qurayza folks were executed, Mr. Zawadi says:
At that time, anyone who reached the age of puberty was eligible to fight and was thus considered to be a warrior and they were only ordered to be executed if they fought against the Muslims. I already showed that the ones who stuck to the treaty were spared.
Zawadi’s above claim is bogus and cannot be substantiated. There is no record in Islamic sources telling that only the ones, of Bani Qurayza, who fought the Muslims were killed. In fact, according to his criterion all of the Bani Qurayza men should have survived. None of them fought the Muslims. In fact, Muhammad is the aggressor. He is the one who attacked them and laid siege to them.
However, I personally believe that all able-bodied men were executed, for it would have been possible for the Bani Qurayda men to surrender their leaders over to the Muslims. IF they weren’t able to do so then they could have at least escaped the fortress and joined the Muslim side in order to abide by the peace treaty. However, they sheltered those criminals, defended them and protected them. They were an obstruction to justice and therefore deserved the same fate as their leaders. Indeed they deserved to be punished
Zawadi continues to say that Bani Qurayza were dealt with according to the tenets of their own holy book; the Torah:
10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. 13When the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the LORD your God gives you from your enemies (Deuteronomy 20:10-12)
The above is actually a misquote of the old testament. The old testament command was meant for a certain situation, and not as a general rule. Zawadi wants to justify the annihilation of an entire tribe. He uses the Bible for justification. He uses the argument that the leaders of the Bani Qurayza were treacherous and sided with the Meccans. All of this is well and good except for the “Pudding”. A well-known English saying is “the proof is in the pudding”. The fact of the matter is that Meccans did not go through the Bani Qurayza quarter to attack the Muslims. This fact shows that there was no treachery on the Qurayza part. And, even if some of their leaders were treacherous, they were not treacherous enough to abandon their protection agreement with the Muslims.
While historial narrations are lacking regarding this matter, we know for sure that the Muslims were not attacked during the Meccan trench siege to Medina through the Bani Qurayza controlled zone.
The conclusion that Zawadi draws regarding Bani Qurayza is very telling of his train of thought (numbers added are mine):
1 To most people it could appear that the punishment that the Jews faced was too extreme. However, on the contrary what was more extreme is how the Jews deceptively tricked the Muslims by breaking the treaty and wanted to end their very existence. For such treachery they indeed deserved what they got. 2 If any Christian wants to condemn this judgment then he is actually condemning his own Bible because it was by a law found in their Bible which the Jews were judged by. 3 Plus it was not Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who issued the order; it was Saad bin Muadh whom the Jews selected to judge their fate.
4 The Muslims needed to make examples out of these people. You can’t expect the Muslims to go and forgive those who fight against them. That would just encourage more people to go and fight against the Muslims. If you think about it, the Muslims resorted to such extreme measures only when it was necessary and not for revenge. It was necessary to show everyone that you cannot go and mess with Muslims by fighting against them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was in charge of the security of his people. If he went on forgiving anyone who attacked them, then this would only encourage people to fight against the Muslims, since they would think that even if they lose the Muslims will simply forgive them.
1. According to Zawadi it was more extreme to break a treaty with the Muslims (a matter that has not been substantiated by historical narrations), than annihilating 800 adult men. And who says Muslim apologetics do not have a sense of humor!
2. Condemning what happened to Bani Qurayza amounts to condemning the biblical teachings (mainly the Old Testament injunction that I quoted earlier). I am reiterating myself here: the Old Testament injunction here was a special case in history. It was not to give a blank check to the Jews to do whatever they feel is needed during war times.
3. True, it was Sa’d Bin Mu’adh who made the call. However, this was Muhammad’s plan all along. Sa’d was a decoy for Muhammad as evidenced by Muhammad’s reaction when Sa’d pronounced the judgement. Muhammad Said, “O Sad! You have judged amongst them with (or similar to) the judgment of the King Allah.”
4. We do expect Muhammad to be a forgiving person. Even if there were few treacherous leaders in Bani Qurayza (a matter in great dispute in history), why annihilate the whole tribe?
A Look To The Future
Muhammad and the Muslims took over the Arabian Peninsula and spread beyond. So, Bani Qurayza victims have not been vindicated or honored in any way. I plan to write about Bani Qurayza every now and then just to honor them and remind myself and others of them. Humanity needs to remember them too. Humanity needs to honor them. Saudi Arabia is still ruled by Islam; a sixth century barbaric religion. However, I look to a day when Saudi Arabia comes to realize how evil Islam is and was. I look to a day when a large shrine is built in the Medina market where Bani Qurayza men were killed. In that shrine, there will be lists of names of those who perished that day, and some of their stories and poetry that was preserved. People from all over the globe will go there just to visit that shrine, pay tribute and respect and honor those victims and say: Never again we will allow a thug and his bandits do such an evil act against a group of people as was done to Bani Qurayza.
1,400 Years Later..
Members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [DAESH] in Gaza. (Image source: DAESH YouTube video)
by, Khaled Abu Toameh | Gatestone Institute
“This group is much more dangerous and radical than Hamas.” — Palestinian journalist, Gaza City
Palestinians are worried that DAESH terrorists will perpetrate atrocities against those who oppose their ideology and activities.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas need to take into consideration the possibility that Palestinian unity on the pre-1967 lines would pave the way for DAESH terrorists to move into the West Bank.
It’s official: Al-Qaeda has begun operating in the Gaza Strip.
A video posted on YouTube this week showed terrorists belonging to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known colloquially by its Arabic acronym, DAESH, announcing plans to wage jihad [holy war] against the “infidels, traitors and Crusaders.”
This is the first time that a group linked to Al-Qaeda announces its presence in the Gaza Strip.
The announcement is seen as a challenge to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which has been in control of the Gaza Strip since July 2007.
Palestinian Authority security officials in Ramallah expressed fear that the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group would try to establish terrorist cells also in the West Bank.
The video features 10 heavily-armed masked terrorists declaring allegiance to DAESH, whose men are responsible for most of the atrocities in Syria and Iraq over the past few years.
In the video, a spokesman for the group announces that in addition to Syria and Iraq, DAESH now has “lions and armies in the environs of Jerusalem.”
The spokesman says that the group’s goal is to restore the dignity of Muslims who have been “humiliated” by their enemies. He urges Muslims to rally behind his group and support its members in their jihad against the enemies of Islam and “Arab tyrants.”
Palestinians have reacted with panic to the emergence of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in the Gaza Strip.
According to reports from the Gaza Strip, Palestinians are worried that the DAESH terrorists will perpetrate atrocities against those who oppose their ideology and activities.
“This group is much more dangerous and radical than Hamas,” said a Palestinian journalist from Gaza City. “The presence of Al-Qaeda in the Gaza Strip is bad news not only for Hamas, but for all Palestinians. Palestinians see the crimes and massacres perpetrated by Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria and fear that they could be repeated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
Hamas leaders, for their part, have reacted with skepticism to the announcement by DAESH, describing it as another attempt to “distort” Hamas’s image and “resistance.”
Salah Bardaweel, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, said that the Gaza Strip was a “small area with no room for Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups.”
Hamas has not hesitated in the past to confront tiny jihadi groups whose members had openly challenged its rule. Like DAESH, these groups believe that Hamas is too “moderate” and is no longer committed to the “armed struggle” against Israel.
In one of the deadliest confrontations, Hamas security forces killed and arrested a number of jihadi terrorists who found shelter in a mosque in the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. At least 28 jihadi terrorists were killed and 120 wounded during the 2009 raid on members of a group called Jund Allah [Soldiers of God].
It now remains to be seen whether Hamas will be able to crush the new Al-Qaeda-affiliated group, whose members are also operating in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula.
Those who are talking about “reuniting” the Gaza Strip and the West Bank can no longer ignore the presence of the Al-Qaeda terrorists on the streets of the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to talk about the need for Palestinian unity to pave the way for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. Last week, he even dispatched a senior Fatah delegation to the Gaza Strip to discuss ways of ending the dispute between his party and Hamas.
Now that Al-Qaeda has begun operating in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas needs to consider the possibility that Palestinian unity would pave the way for the DAESH terrorists to move into the West Bank – an outcome U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his team need to take into consideration when they talk about the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem on the pre-1967 lines.
Iranian Naval Warship Fleet Headed Towards U.S. Coast.
by, Reuters | Yahoo News
An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
“Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying.
Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy’s northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via “waters near South Africa”, Fars reported.
Fars said the plan was part of “Iran’s response to Washington’s beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.”
The Fars report, which carried no details of the vessels, could not be confirmed independently.
In Washington, a U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching U.S. maritime borders. But the official added that “ships are free to operate in international waters.”
The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil exports passes.
U.S. military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain.
Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there.
Iranian officials have often said Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Gulf, if it came under military attack over its disputed nuclear program, and the Western war games are seen in the region as an attempt to deter any such move.
Fars said the Iranian navy had been developing its presence in international waters since 2010, regularly launching vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates operating in the area.
:گزارش به فارسی - Report in Persian:
Hadeel Ahmad Al Souri, 2-years-old. Photo Courtesy of: Gaza office of prosecution.
by, Nasouh Nazzal | Gulf News
Ramallah: Hamas Police and the Public Prosecution in Gaza have arrested Emad Al Souri, the uncle of two-year-old niece Hadeel Ahmad Al Souri, who was missing since December 30, 2013.
The Gaza Police announced late on Wednesday that the child’s uncle had been arrested for strangling her to death and burying her on an empty plot of land in the refugee camp. The child was found buried about a kilometre from her home.
Sources in Gaza told Gulf News suggested that Emad committed his crime to avenge domestic disputes with Hadeel’s parents.
Gaza Police commissioned an investigative committee to examine the suspicious disappearance of the toddler. The toddler’s family, relatives, neighbours and the residents of Al Nusairat Refugee Camp in Gaza were also engaged in futile searches for the little girl across the Gaza Strip since her disappearance.
Ramallah: Preparations for burial of two year old Hadeel Ahmad Al Souri. Photo Courtesy of: Gaza office of prosecution.
Commenting on the crime, which has shocked Gazan society, the Police said that a relative of the victim who was collecting sand from the plot urged a passer-by to call the police and report a nasty smell from the area.
The man told the police that he suspected a body was close by.
The police forces first suspected the man of complicity as he was collecting sand from the centre of the area rather than from the sides and the place he chose to dig was the place where the little girl’s body was located.
The police dug in the area and recovered the girl’s body less than a metre below the surface.
The police statement said that the remains were partly decomposed but the police force recognised the girl as her clothes matched those of the missing child. Gaza Police summoned the victim’s grandmother to identify the body.
The Gaza Public Prosecution referred the remains to a forensic expert for autopsy.
Several suspects were arrested, among them was Emad, the uncle who confessed the heinous crime during the police interrogations. The Gaza Police have referred the suspect to the Public Prosecution for further investigation to determine his motive for murdering a two-year-old.
After his arrest, Gaza Attorney General Esmail Jaber and the Chief of Intermediate District of Gaza Lieutenant Colonel Foad Abu Butaihan supervised an operation in which the murderer reenacted his crime in detail at the crime scene.
by, Garrett Haley | Christian News Network
ISRAEL – The Israeli government has announced that it will begin offering free abortions to women who are between the ages of 20 and 33.
According to The Times of Israel, Dr. Yonatan Halevy—head of Israel’s Health Ministry commission—recently announced changes to the country’s government-subsidized “health basket.” As a result of the changes, which were approved by the cabinet, the government will offer 20- to 33-year-old women free, state-subsidized abortions.
“We want large families in Israel,” Halevy said. “We definitely encourage birth. But when pregnancy occurs and it is undesired or inadvertent, I think we should supply the means to end the pregnancy properly.”
For several years, the Israeli government has offered subsidized abortions to women who are under the age of 20 or over the age of 40. However, this year’s policy changes will dramatically expand the coverage and availability of free abortions.
The new measures will not require women to present any medical reason for ending the life of the child, thus enacting abortion on demand.
Political observers say the new abortion law is “among the world’s most liberal.”
“There is no country in the world where its citizens are entitled to public funding for such a wide basket of services,” Halevy stated.
Though abortion advocates are heralding the new abortion policy as a significant victory, pro-life Israeli leaders are strongly criticizing the law. Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger and Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar issued a letter, in which they called abortion “murder.”
“As in [the] past,” their letter reads, “we call on all rabbis in Israel … [to support] the severe prohibition of abortion.”
Life Site News reports that Dr. Eli Schussheim, director of the pro-life organization Efrat, believes abortions present a major threat to Israel’s small population.
“Israel has lost more than one and a half million Jewish children to abortion since 1948,” he said. “In a country of about 5.5 million Jews, this number has great demographic significance. Imagine how much stronger Israel would have been today with one million more Jews.”
Despite the widespread availability of abortions in Israel, pro-life leaders plead with women to not terminate their pregnancies. In an open letter on their website, Efrat spokespersons say “abortion means ending the life of child who is not sufficiently developed to survive outside its mother’s womb.”
“Although the vast majority of abortions are performed on socio-economic grounds, an abortion does not resolve financial or social difficulties,” the letter states. “Very often, the psychological scars caused by an abortion only serve to complicate existing problems. Sometimes, it takes women a lifetime to resolve these issues.”
“Economic and social problems can be worked out,” the letter adds. “Situations can—and do—change. But a life can never be restored.”
“In our thirty-five years of experience educating women,” the Efrat letter concludes, “we have never seen a woman who regretted having her baby.”
Now it appears the number one murderer of Jewish children will be Jewish adults.
Scuffles break out as English Defence League supporters face a barrage of missiles from Muslim fascists in Slough while the anti-Islamic group staged a protest in the Berkshire town earlier today. All Photos Courtesy of: Daily Mail Online
- Violence erupted as EDL supporters marched into Slough’s High Street
- The EDL were opposed by fascists and the Slough Trades Union Council
- Police were forced to don riot gear and let dogs loose to regain control
by, Damien Gayle | Daily Mail Online – UK | h/t Blazing CatFur
Two police officers were injured and four people arrested when violence broke out between English Defence League marchers and counter-demonstrators today.
Bottles and railings were hurled and at least one smoke bomb was set off as the anti-Islamic group marched through the centre of Slough, Berkshire, where the fascists were waiting.
Officers were forced to don riot gear and let dogs loose in an effort to quell the violence, which resulted in four people being held for public order offences.
One police officer suffered facial injuries and another had an injury to his leg.
The EDL’s march through Slough was in protest against plans for an all-girls Muslim faith school in the city and a Muslim community centre in Langley.
It was met by counter-demonstrations led by the Slough Trades Union Council and the Fascist Network, who accuse the EDL of fascist tendencies.
Authorities estimate that up to 600 people took park in the opposing demonstrations today.
The march descended into violence as EDL supporters entered Slough’s High Street, where street fighting broke out with both police and antifascists.
Authorities estimate that up to 600 people took park in the opposing demonstrations, which were policed by officers from across Thames Valley Police, Hampshire Constabulary and the British Transport Police.
EDL supporters wave Welsh and Israeli flags and shout slogans during their demonstration, which was in protest against a new Muslim school and an Islamic community centre which are planned for the area.
A police spokesman said: ‘The two opposing demonstrations held in Slough passed off without major incident for Thames Valley Police and Slough Borough Council.
‘It is estimated that between 500 to 600 people took part in both demonstrations, one by the English Defence League and a counter demonstration.
‘A number of officers from across Thames Valley Police, Hampshire Constabulary and British Transport Police were visible during the demonstrations as part of a pre-planned comprehensive and proportionate policing operation.
‘A small amount of disorder did break out in the town centre. However officers quickly dealt with the incidents and maintained control of the situation. Four people were arrested for various public order offences.
‘Two officers were injured during the demonstration; one sustained facial injuries and the other an injury to his leg.’
Black-clad Islamic fascists clash with police as they try to oppose the EDL’s march down Slough’s High Street, where bottles and railings were hurled and at least one smoke bomb let off during the fracas.
Superintendent Simon Bowden, local police commander for Slough, said: ‘I am pleased that these demonstrations have passed off without major incident.
‘Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local communities.
‘There were a handful of arrests made over the course of the day, mainly for public disorder. However, the vast majority of those taking part were well behaved.
‘The demonstrations had understandably caused a great deal of concern amongst some of our communities and I would like to thank them for their tolerance, co-operation and patience.’
Councillor Rob Anderson, leader of Slough Borough Council, said: ‘It was a shame that some elements felt the need to resort to violence but the police dealt with it swiftly and appropriately.
‘Hopefully we can get back to normal in Slough now these groups have left our town.’
by, Staff | The Tower | h/t Blazing CatFur
Last December Israel conducted the third of four planned prisoner releases, part of a basket of confidence building measures designed to coax Palestinian diplomats into peace negotiations and keep them there. Each release has proven more controversial than the last, with the Palestinian public and Palestinian leaders staging spectacles celebrating the freed murderers as heroes.
Issa Abd Rabbo – a Palestinian terrorist who in 1984 came upon two Israeli university students who were hiking, tied them up at gunpoint, and then murdered them – was among those released last October. Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbasembraced him at a ceremony celebrating the release and lifted up Rabbo’s hands in victory. The effusiveness was directly linked to deepening misgivings among Israelis regarding the releases.
This interview, which shows Rabbo speaking with Palestinian media outlet Ma’an a few weeks ago, won’t help:
Issa Abd Rabbo: “There was supposed to be a military operation shooting at a bus transporting Israeli soldiers… I was surprised when on my way to the area, I waited, waited and waited and the bus didn’t come. I was forced to carry out an operation on my own, an improvisation, I took it upon myself. An Israeli car approached, with two in it. I said, here’s a chance and I don’t want to return empty-handed. They left the car… and walked towards the valley, and sat down under a pine tree. I went down to them. Of course I was masked and was carrying a rifle. He asked me: Are you a guard here? I told him: ‘No, I’m in my home.’ I told him: ‘You are not allowed here. This is our land and our country. You stole it and occupied our land and I’m going to act against you.’ They were surprised by what I told them. I tied them up of course and then sentenced them to death by shooting, in the name of the revolution. I shot them, one bullet each, and went [hiding] in the mountains… I went to my aunt and told her: ‘We have avenged Muhammad’s blood.’”
Host: “She is the mother of Martyr Muhammad Abd Rabbo.”
Issa Abd Rabbo: “I told her: ‘Instead of one, we got two.’ She cried out in joy.”
Video Courtesy of: Palwatch
The Israelis have long emphasized that Palestinian incitement – which ranges fromterrorist glorification to the denial of Jewish rights – fundamentally erodes the prerequisites for peace on both side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli officials linked the Palestinian glorification of terrorists to among other things the murder Seraya Ofer, who was killed outside his home in the Jordan Valley. Ofer’s killers subsequently confirmed the suspicion, using rhetoric describing the murder as “a gift”:
Two week before the attack, the murder suspects arrived at Ofer’s home in the vacation resort of Barush to surveillance the area ahead of a violent robbery they were planning, according to their testimony. “After learning that a senior army officer lived there, who might be armed, they decided to carry out a murder ‘as a gift to the Palestinian people and to Hamas prisoners for the festival of sacrifice [Eid al-Adha],’” the suspects said during questioning, according to the Shin Bet.
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Hassan Abu Ali, a 15-year old Syrian Jihadist, who wants to bring the battle to “Palestine.” Photo: Screenshot / VICE News. Photo Courtesy of: The Algemeiner
by, Joshua Levitt | The Algemeiner | h/t Blazing CatFur
In recent footage from a Syrian Jihadist training camp in Aleppo, Mohammed Hussein, founder of Bin Laden Front,told a camera crew from VICE News that the militants’s goal was to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, then its “aim is to liberate greater Syria.”
Hassan Abu Ali, a 15-year old fighter profiled in the report, told VICE, “Once Syria is liberated, our next mission is to liberate Palestine and Golan and continue our conquests. Thanks be to Allah.”
Hussein, the group’s leader, described the Bin Laden Front, one of many Jihadist armies fighting the regime outside of Aleppo and in the Syrian countryside, as a direct outgrowth of his training under 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, in 2001.
The footage, uploaded to YouTube last week, also profiled a female school teacher who, clad in burka and fatigues, was leading an all-female cell in military maneuvers through burnt-out Aleppo. Like the others, she said her anger was directed at the regime: “We are most unmerciful with those who raised their weapon to their own people and we would crush with our feet not only Bashar but whoever supports him.”
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The greater question of Jihad and its call for death as a martyr was also probed in one scene, in particular, with 15-year-old Abu Ali, trying to convince his fair-haired younger sister, still a toddler, of the value of him dying for the cause. “The revolution has opened my eyes to the true nature of the regime,” he told her.
After pushing her on a swing, Abu Ali is sitting next to her on a sofa in their family’s house with his rifle by his side, and she asks him if he’s going to go play with it, and he responds that he’s going into battle with it.
“G-d willing, we’ll be victorious and then I’ll be granted martyrdom,” Abu Ali tells her, but she says, “No.”
“We’ll be victorious and we’ll be granted martyrdom,” he insists. She, again, responds, “No.”
“Why not?” he asks.
“We’ve got only one, Abu Ali, you,” she says.
“Excuse me?” the young Jihadist asks.
“You are our only Abu Ali,” she says, already, as a child, understanding the impact his choice of martyrdom will have on their family.
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