Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
On Saturday night, over a thousand people, mostly Muslims, surrounded a Jewish synagogue to support Jews with that they called a “Peace Ring,” but there was a serious issue with the organizer which is drawing criticism from many in the Jewish community.
The Norwegian event was organized with the endorsement of the Jewish community and was done as a protest to the February 15 slaying of a Jewish volunteer at a Copenhagen, Denmark synagogue by a Muslim. The protest was praised by the head of the Jewish community in Oslo, Ervin Kohn, as “extremely positive” and as something that may change the dynamics of the relationships between Jews and Muslims on Scandinavia, according to Haaretz.
While some agree with Kohn, many in Oslo’s Jewish community took issue with the fact that one of the event’s eight Muslim organizers had expressed extreme anti-Sematic views in the past. In 2008, Ali Chishti gave a speech titled “Therefore I Hate Jews and Gays” in Oslo, blaming Jews for planning the bombings of the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11.
“There were several thousand Jews away from work in the World Trade Center, and why there were more Jews in Mumbai when Pakistani terrorists attacked than usual?” Chishti said in his speech, trying to convince people that Jews had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. “Jews are a small group, but everyone knows that they have a lot of power.”
A pro-Israel activist and member of Norway’s Jewish community, Eric Argaman, said Chishti’s involvement was a dark mark on the event, while questioning his sincerity in participating. Chishti’s involvement “stained the event, which now feels more like a spin, on our backs, than a gesture of good will,” Argaman said.
But during an interview with a Norwegian newspaper on Saturday, Chishti retracted his words and said he was “angry” at the time. “I have since changed my views,” he said, but he still condemned Israel for the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip by saying he “dislikes” those who support “an occupying force that has been condemned in several United Nations resolutions.”
Chishti tried to justify his anti-Israeli comments by saying he thinks it’s “important to distinguish between being critical of Israel and anti-Semitism.”
I find it incredibly hard to believe that someone who tried to blame Jews for the horrific attacks on the Twin Towers so easily changed their views. Regardless, with such statements being made in the past, it seems to be in extremely poor taste to have Chishti organize an event for peace at a synagogue of all places, especially considering he supports the Palestinian terrorists.
Monday, February 16, 2015
A Palestinian rap band has threatened to take legal action against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party for releasing a campaign ad in which their song is associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“In the last propaganda video released by the Israeli Likud Party which is headed by the criminal Benjamin Netanyahu (Zionist right-wing), the song called 'Ghorbah' by Torabyeh has been used,” the Amman-based group called Torabyeh wrote on its Facebook page.
We reject “all forms of cooperation with the Zionist enemy”, and pledge to “take all necessary legal action against those responsible.”
"The use of the song in the particular context cannot be considered anything but deliberate propaganda of the Zionist right for the purpose of electoral propaganda and attacking the so-called Zionist 'left wing,'" the group said.
The video released by the Likud party for Israel's March election, implies that a vote for the left would benefit ISIS.
In the footage, several militants appear in a pickup truck while flying the ISIS flag before stopping to ask an Israeli driver for directions to Jerusalem.
The motorist later answers: “Just turn left.”
There was no immediate comment from Likud to Torabyeh's threat, according to Agence France Presse.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
It's NOT race baiting!! It is a serious show to stand up for our Freedom Of Speech and Expression. If muslims and the liberals can't understand that....then TOUGH SHIT!!
In the wake of the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted for its irreverent depictions of the prophet Muhammad, Breitbart Texas reports that a "Draw the Prophet" event, accompanied by the First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, is scheduled for May 3 in Garland, Texas. The winner takes home $10,000.
The contest is the brainchild of Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). She has been denounced as an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which categorizes the AFDI as a hate group. According to the Center, Geller is the "anti-Muslim movement's most visible and flamboyant figurehead. She's relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-based denunciations of Islam."
The contest echoes Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten's publication in 2005 of editorial cartoons satirizing the Prophet. The move was meant to comment on self-censorship and resulted in protests throughout the Middle East. There are differing schools of thought in Islam about whether depictions of Muhammad are forbidden (see The Secret Islamic Devotional Art That Depicts Muhammad and Are Cartoons More Powerful Than Art?).
According to the 2010 U.S. Religious Census, cited in the Texas Almanac, the Lone Star State leads American states in the size of its Muslim population, with about 422,000 in 2010.
An image announcing the contest riffs on Norman Rockwell's most famous self-portrait, showing Muhammad painting a self-portrait and thus aiming to highlight the contrast between traditional American values and the beliefs of Islamist extremists. By enlisting Rockwell's saccharine vision to her cause, Geller only underlines her simplistic version of America.
Draw the Prophet is just the latest of Geller's anti-Muslim demonstrations, which include a rally protesting the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) Stand by the Prophet conference, held in Garland last month in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack (see 12 Killed at Magazine Previously Attacked for Satirical Cartoons). In 2010, Geller organized a march on the site of the planned Lower Manhattan "Ground Zero Mosque" (see Proposed Mosque Near World Trade Center Reborn as a Muslim Museum).
"The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared," Geller told Breitbart Texas of the Western media's reluctance to publish controversial images like the Charlie Hebdo cartoons (see Accused of Charlie Hebdo Censorship, AP Removes Piss Christ Image, Belgian Museum Cancels Charlie Hebdo Exhibition, Security Threats Force London's V&A to Remove Prophet Muhammad Artwork, and Why Self-Censorship of Controversial Artwork is Wrong). "We're holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become—with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we can't stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it—and with it, free society."
No word on exactly how free speech is under threat, an especially untenable claim in view of the widespread publication of Charlie Hebdo cartoons (see #JeSuisCharlie: A Digest of Responses to the Killings at Charlie Hebdo).
Friday, February 13, 2015
Modern-day actors and television personalities have proven that you don’t have to be a size 2 or have the facial features of a Greek god to make it on camera; however, one Muslim woman may have been considered too unattractive to appear on television.
According to Gulf News, a Saudi woman claims she was fired on her first day on the job at a news station because she was “not beautiful enough” to appear on-screen.
The woman, who has not been identified, alleges that she was offered a position as a news anchor and was given a contract by an Arab channel in Riyadh. However, when she reported for duty at the office, she claims that her boss informed her she would not be appearing on camera, Makkah reports.
The only reason for her termination she could cite was when the director became belligerent with her, who she claims insulted her by ultimately telling her that her looks were not good enough to be broadcast.
The embarrassed woman demands that her termination was a breach of contract because there was no stipulation of a three-month probationary period with a right for immediate dismissal.
She alleges that she was fired due to discrimination on the grounds of her physical appearance.
A court in Riyadh is due to examine her case.
Misogynistic rule on behavior and appearance is in full effect in Saudi Arabia. Television is an ideal outlet for purporting this standard, as other local cases have shown.
The Daily Mail reminds us of Noora Al Adwan, a female member of the Shura Council who demanded that a strict, conservative dress code be forced on all Saudi women in private stations.
Adwan claimed that uncovered female news casters were ruining the country’s reputation with Western clothing and heavy makeup.
Last year, when a Saudi female anchor reported from the London studio of Al Ekhbariya without a head-covering, she sparked outrage in the Muslim world.
She was looked at as a seducer and a woman who is attempting to adhere to Western culture, a sin under Sharia law.
Islam is an ideology of sex. Every abstinence from sin is to receive a sexual reward in the afterlife, but only for men. Devout Muslim men are believed to receive virgin boys and girls in heaven, along with their earthly wives. A devout Muslim woman will be lucky to serve her sex-thirsty husband in heaven.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
The Lebanese army received a shipment of U.S. weapons on Sunday, an embassy official told AFP, to help in the fight against Islamist militants who have staged incursions from Syria.
“The Lebanese military received 72 M198 power supply [howitzers], and more than 25 million rounds of artillery, mortar and rifle ammunition,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
“Support for the [Lebanese military] remains a top priority for the United States. Recent attacks against Lebanon’s army only strengthen America’s resolve to stand in solidarity with the people of Lebanon to confront these threats,” said the embassy.
It added: “The United States is providing top of the line weapons to the [Lebanese army] to help Lebanon’s brave soldiers in their confrontation with the terrorists.”
The deadliest battle took place last August in the border town of Arsal.
The jihadists withdrew after a deal brokered by Lebanese Sunni clerics, but they took with them more than two dozen army and police hostages.
Four of the hostages have since been executed, and efforts to release the remaining 25 appear completely stalled.
“In 2014 alone, the United States provided over $100 million to the [Lebanese military], adding to the $1 billion in assistance provided ... since 2006,” said the statement.
The civil war raging in Syria, which in nearly four years has killed more than 210,000 people, has had a major security, economic and humanitarian impact on Lebanon.
The tiny Mediterranean country was dominated militarily and politically by Syria for nearly 30 years until 2005.
It remains divided over the conflict in Syria, with Shiite Hezbollah and its allies backing President Bashar al-Assad, and the Sunni-led opposition supporting the revolt.