Moderate Muslims speak out; also warn “liberal Jews” to “wake-up”

September 19, 2004

CONTENTS

1. An American Muslim warns "liberal American Jews" to "wake-up" to the threat Jews face.
2. A Somali woman Muslim Refugee who became a Dutch MP speaks out about "Muslim oppression of women in Europe."
3. The general manager of Al-Arabiya news channel writes in the pan-Arabic newspaper "Al-Sharq Al-Awsat": "Islam, an innocent religion, is now a message of hate."
4. "A cry from an Arab American over the Russian children," By Nonie Darwish.
5. A reminder: CNN's documentary on Israeli Terror victims airs in the U.S. tonight.


[Note by Tom Gross]

AMERICAN JEWS "NEED TO WAKE UP"

I attach four recent examples of the current thinking of a small strand of moderate Muslims. I have summarized these articles first, for those who don't have time to read them in full.

Writing in the American Muslim magazine "Muslim World Today," Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi warns that most American Jews are living in pre-WWII type denial about the depth of renewed global anti-Semitism and tells them they "need to wake up".

Some Jewish intellectuals, too, have called upon American Jews – who are adopting ever more liberal positions in relation to American presidential politics – to be properly attuned to the reality of world developments.

After leading New York writer Ron Rosenbaum raised the possibility of a "second Holocaust" two years ago, the New Republic's literary editor Leon Wieseltier wrote: "But Hitler is dead." Rosenbaum replied: "Hitler may be dead, but Hitlerism is very much alive." Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi's thesis is also very much in this vein.

For those with limited time, I recommend that in particular you read the final two articles in this email (referred to as items 3 and 4 in the contents, above.)

-- Tom Gross

 

LONG-AWAITED DOCUMENTARY ON ISRAELI TERROR VICTIMS AIRS TONIGHT ON CNN

[This is a follow-up to the dispatch of September 8, 2004 titled "Finally, CNN to show the true horror of terror against Israelis".]

A reminder that subscribers to this list in the U.S. can watch the documentary, "The Impact of Terror," on CNN tonight at 8pm and again at 11 pm eastern time. It focuses on the after effects of the bombing of the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem on August 9, 2001. (The program will re-air Saturday, Sept 25, at 8pm and 11pm.)

Arnold Roth, the father of Malki, a teenage girl killed in that bomb (and whom I referred to in my dispatch of Sept. 8) wrote in an email last week that "there's still some doubt whether the documentary will be shown outside the United States; they are still discussing the possibility of screening it globally in a few weeks time."

Details at – edition.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/presents/index.html
[THIS URL is regularly updated by CNN , but today refers to the terror documentary.]

 

SUMMARIES

"DEAR JEWS, EVERYWHERE..."

"A wake-up call for America's Jews" (By Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi, Muslim World Today, September 17, 2004).

www.muslimworldtoday.com/aisha.htm

"Dear Jews, everywhere, I would like to point out the time bomb likely to explode in your faces. It has already been detonated in France. When it happens in the country you call home, you may be shocked and unprepared, so I present this letter to you as a warning. In it, I will inform you of some basic facts – facts that can never be changed.

1. You are a Jew, whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter if you change your name. It doesn't matter if you convert. You say you don't think of yourself as Jewish? Perhaps Judaism is just too far beneath your enlightened consciousness. Well tough luck – it's still a part of who you are. I know, I know, this is the modern world…

... Please believe me. Being a Muslim, living under the dark shadows of Islamism, I see, watch and experience every day the reach and depth of anti-Semitism that has taken hostage a whole people. There cannot be a better person than a Muslim to warn you of your misguided sense of liberalism; I live in an environment that is so carefully and skillfully prepared to annihilate Jews...

2. The world has hated and will always hate Jews for one reason... It isn't because the Jews supposedly control the world and all the money in it (you don't), or because you killed Jesus (you didn't), or because you just happen to always be the scapegoat... Whether they realize it or not, people are and have always been willing to hate the Jews for one simple reason: they gave the world the concept of an objective right and wrong.

When the first seeds of Judaism were planted in Abraham, his descendents were required to teach humanity about conscience and morality. In a time of universal barbarism and cruelty, the ancient Hebrews were the first to adopt for themselves the six values essential for civilized existence: the sanctity of life, education, family, social responsibility, equality before the law, and peace. In my view, the ancient world couldn't forgive you for it and neither could Hitler... For him, not only is the concept of conscience "a Jewish invention; it is a blemish, like circumcision." The infamous Hitler Youth even sang a song with these lyrics: * We are the joyous Hitler Youth / We have no need for Christian virtue. / Our leader is our savior / The pope and rabbi shall be gone. / We shall be pagans once again...

3.... I really like animals and I really care about the environment. I am also in favor of women's rights. But you know what? None of it matters. "Yes it does matter!" I can hear you thinking. But here's my answer: we have bigger problems! Civilization as we know it is in jeopardy because liberals are so eager to abandon the values on which it rests. They are not willing to support the institutions that safeguard those values. Case in point: radical Islam threatens to subjugate the world and murder, enslave or convert all non-Muslims. Liberals are not even willing to support the institution most necessary for our defense against radical Islam: the military. Instead, they blame America.

... Israel is on the front lines of Islamist terrorism and Americans, especially American Jews, should support it. Liberals undercut American efforts and damage the morale of our troops by questioning the war while it is being waged.

... My friends, after 9/11, how can you possibly assert that war against Islamist terrorism is unjustified? Should we trust the terrorist supporters who, in English, deny that they are waging global jihad against the civilized world, yet say it outright in their own language? Liberals would rather trust Saddam than our own president. Israel's fight is civilization's fight and we must support it before the same unremitting terror comes to our own shores. We must show that we are willing to fight and expect to win.

Liberals criticize the United States for not involving the U.N. in its war on terror. But if you care about Israel, why would you want the U.S. to empower an institution that is corrupt, anti-Semitic, and anti-Zionist?

... "liberal Jews who support Israel" and yet intend "voting for Kerry" are acting against their own interests ... "The Jew-haters of the world want to eradicate every trace of you. They will not be satisfied by simply watering you down. That was Hitler's belief. Radical Muslim enemies share his goal and are attempting to carry out his plan. Bush understands their end-game. Do you?"

 

SOMALI REFUGEE DEFIES FATWAS TO CRITICIZE ISLAM

"Refugee who became Dutch MP defies Islam with film about Koran" (Daily Telegraph, London, August 31, 2004).

After describing the Prophet Mohammed as a pervert, Ayaan Hirsi Ali already needs round-the-clock protection from the Dutch security services. Now the Muslim apostate and rising star of Dutch politics has pushed her luck even further with a film exhibiting verses of the Koran across the chest, stomach and thighs of an almost naked girl.

Mrs Hirsi Ali, who has risen from Somali asylum seeker to Dutch MP in 12 years, produced the film broadcast on Dutch television on Sunday night to highlight the continued oppression of Muslim women in Europe... women act out scenes of torment and repression. One battered victim in a torn dress, exposes her shoulders and arms covered with lash wounds and the text of Verse 34, Chapter 4, The Women.

... The broadcast was watched by 750,000 people, a large audience in a country of 16 million. An estimated one million are Muslims of Turkish or North African origin.

Mrs Hirsi Ali, 34, ... has denounced the country's 30-year experiment with multiculturalism – including 700 Islamic clubs funded by the taxpayer – as a disastrous error born of "misplaced guilt".

Low-level fatwas – or death edicts – have been raining down since she attacked Islam as a medieval, misogynist cult incapable of self-criticism and blind to modern science... Her ambition now is nothing less than a reformation of Islam.

 

ARAB EDITOR: "WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT ALMOST ALL TERRORISTS ARE MUSLIMS"

"Innocent religion is now a message of hate" (Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, September 4, 2004).

By Abdel Rahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al- Arabiya news channel.

"It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims. The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims. The other hostage-takers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese chefs and workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims…

Those responsible for the attacks on residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar were Muslims. The two women who crashed two airliners last week were also Muslims. Bin Laden is a Muslim. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim.

What a pathetic record. What an abominable "achievement". Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture? ... For it would be easy to cure ourselves if we realise the seriousness of our sickness. Self-cure starts with self-realisation and confession. We should then run after our terrorist sons, in the full knowledge that they are the sour grapes of a deformed culture.

Let us listen to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Sheikh – the Qatar-based radical Egyptian cleric – and hear him recite his "fatwa" ... This ailing Sheikh, in his last days, with two daughters studying in "infidel" Britain, soliciting children to kill innocent civilians.

How could this Sheikh face the mother of the youthful Nick Berg, who was slaughtered in Iraq because he wanted to build communication towers in that ravished country? How can we believe him when he tells us that Islam is the religion of mercy and peace while he is turning it into a religion of blood and slaughter? ...

 

"UNTIL AGE 30, I LIVED AS A MUSLIM IN THE MIDDLE EAST..."

"A Cry from an Arab American over the Russian Children" (By Nonie Darwish, September 6, 2004).

"Among the Chechnyan terrorists that did the unspeakable in a Russian school were reported to be several Arabs. I am not surprised, but how many Arabs in the Middle East even try to connect the dots and link their current Radical culture of Islam to these unspeakable deeds around the world? They simply do not see the connection and unfortunately the world media is not doing its job in telling the Arab World about it. CNN feels that being "objective" is never to blame Arab culture and end up supportive of Arab views in its delivery of news in the Middle East and around the world.

Until age 30, I lived as a Muslim in the Middle East. Horrible news such as those from Chechnya or other incidents in the Philippines, India, the Sudan or Pakistan, were always covered up and twisted to portray Muslim terrorists around the world as just victims of terrible discrimination. They were always portrayed as "freedom fighters" in the minority who need to rise against the majority Christian or non-Muslim population in their midst.

The larger picture in these countries and the reasons behind the turmoil was never explained in any other way... Taking a stand against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as an Israeli conspiracy. The very few courageous Arab writers who think and speak independently are often attacked and terrorized for their views, and accused of being puppets of the Zionists. Apparently standing strong against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as "Zionist" conspiracy no matter how heinous the murders conducted by militant Islamists.

Since 1967 there have been thousand of Arab terrorist attacks. Israel had only one against the Arabs by a crazy man that was condemned by almost all of Israel' s citizens. The Israeli government never tried the Arabs who beat the attacker to death after he surrendered. Yet I hear apologists for terrorism here cite that one incident as justification for the thousands and thousands terrorist attacks Israel and America over the years.

... Make no mistake about it, my motivation is out of love for the goodness in the Muslim world to prevail and that I do know exists. Accusing me of being part of a "Zionist conspiracy" is a joke at this point from the other side to cover up what is going on...


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A WAKE-UP CALL FOR AMERICA'S JEWS

A wake-up call for America's Jews
By Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi
Muslim World Today
September 17, 2004

Help let the world know that you are here to stay. With a homeland, your survival is guaranteed; without one, your own lives are also on the line.

Dear Jews, everywhere, I would like to point out the time bomb likely to explode in your faces. It has already been detonated in France. When it happens in the country you call home, you may be shocked and unprepared, so I present this letter to you as a warning. In it, I will inform you of some basic facts – facts that can never be changed.

1. You are a Jew, whether you like it or not.

It doesn't matter if you change your name. It doesn't matter if you convert. You say you don't think of yourself as Jewish? Perhaps Judaism is just too far beneath your enlightened consciousness. Well tough luck – it's still a part of who you are. I know, I know, this is the modern world.

In America, Jews are first class citizens. But it really is "only in America" where Jews enjoy equal status. Perhaps you have forgotten that with the exception of the United States and Israel, Jews in all other countries suffer the stigma of the outsider. Granted that your personal future looks bright since you overcame your ancestry, however, you mistakenly believe that you are a member of the elite club of secular society.

But, have you ever heard of the Holocaust? A little over 60 years ago, the discovery of one Jewish grandparent in one's family tree was enough to mark that person for the slaughter. That means that Jews living the high life in denial were plucked from their exalted status and plunged into the concentration camps and worse. And in the centuries and decades prior to the Holocaust, was life more secure? At certain periods, indeed it was – or so it seemed – and then, the inevitable fall from grace.

You have become used to being accepted. But, if you forget the stories of your ancestors, you are sure to see them come true in your own lives. Please believe me. Being a Muslim, living under the dark shadows of Islamism, I see, watch and experience every day the reach and depth of anti-Semitism that has taken hostage a whole people. There cannot be a better person than a Muslim to warn you of your misguided sense of liberalism; I live in an environment that is so carefully and skillfully prepared to annihilate Jews.

Note the rising anti-Semitism in Europe and in certain sectors of American society (college campuses, the media, the Presbyterian Church etc.) Just a few weeks ago, 200 French Jews immigrated to Israel, fed up with the rampant persecution by "Muslim toughs," as former New York City Mayor, Edward I. Koch puts it. The country which has pledged "Libertι, Egalitι, Fraternitι" since the 1800s once again turned its back on the Jews. "Never again" is the oath the Jewish people have collectively sworn since the horrors of World War II. All freedom loving peoples of the world must actively participate in securing Jewish future to guarantee that this oath holds true. Jews truly are the chosen people – when things in the world go sour, Jews are chosen to pay the penalty.

2. The world has hated and will always hate Jews for one reason.

Over the summer a friend of mine attended a lecture in Israel given by Rabbi Eric Coopersmith of Aish Ha Torah, entitled "Why the Jews?" He told me that Rabbi Eric disproved the common misconceptions of why the Jews are always picked on and got to the truth of the matter. It isn't because the Jews supposedly control the world and all the money in it (you don't), or because you killed Jesus (you didn't), or because you just happen to always be the scapegoat. I agree with Rabbi Coopersmith who pointed out that you can only scapegoat a group of people you were already willing to hate. His humorous example was that the Nazis couldn't scapegoat midgets and it's true – it would never work. Whether they realize it or not, people are and have always been willing to hate the Jews for one simple reason: they gave the world the concept of an objective right and wrong.

When the first seeds of Judaism were planted in Abraham, his descendents were required to teach humanity about conscience and morality. In a time of universal barbarism and cruelty, the ancient Hebrews were the first to adopt for themselves the six values essential for civilized existence: the sanctity of life, education, family, social responsibility, equality before the law, and peace (Source: WorldPerfect by Ken Spiro). In my view, the ancient world couldn't forgive you for it and neither could Hitler. In his writings, Hitler clearly said that he is a barbarian who wants to express his primal instincts and Judaism says he can't. For him, not only is the concept of conscience "a Jewish invention; it is a blemish, like circumcision." The infamous Hitler Youth even sang a song with these lyrics:

– We are the joyous Hitler Youth;
– We have no need for Christian virtue.
– Our leader is our savior;
– The pope and rabbi shall be gone.
– We shall be pagans once again.

Hitler also told his people that Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortifications of a false vision known as conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and personal independence which only a very few can bear. (Visit www.aish.com/seminars/whythejews/wtj01000.htm for the full seminar.)

Yes, even though Hitler is Hitler and he was no liberal, the comparison matters because liberal America and Europe are slowly rebelling against the values required for civilized existence. These are the values advanced in the Jewish Bible, specifically the Torah, and summed up in the 10 Commandments. These values were offered – though hardly accepted – to all of humanity through the vehicles of Judaism and Christianity. But, liberals, either through base ignorance or intention, are rejecting those values in word and deed. Example: a deaf lesbian couple genetically engineered two deaf children on purpose! If you don't see what is wrong with that – how selfish and cruel it is for parents to deliberately handicap children they supposedly love and are required to care for – then I've made my point. You have abandoned the notion of objective morality, feeling that it stifles your freedom of action. You have become a barbarian that feels he can do whatever he wants and, like Hitler, is proud of it.

3. You can't have your cake and eat it too. And if you lose your cake, there's nothing to eat.

I really like animals and I really care about the environment. I am also in favor of women's rights. But you know what? None of it matters. "Yes it does matter!" I can hear you thinking. But here's my answer: we have bigger problems! Civilization as we know it is in jeopardy because liberals are so eager to abandon the values on which it rests. They are not willing to support the institutions that safeguard those values. Case in point: radical Islam threatens to subjugate the world and murder, enslave or convert all non-Muslims. Liberals are not even willing to support the institution most necessary for our defense against radical Islam: the military. Instead, they blame America.

To them, America is the immoral bully. Likewise, Israel is another immoral bully that liberals are reluctant to support. But in actuality, Israel has been a victim of Islamist terrorism since the 1920s, long before the state was established. The same terrorism is now being waged worldwide, even against countries, like Saudi Arabia, that sponsor it! Israel is on the front lines of Islamist terrorism and Americans, especially American Jews, should support it. Liberals undercut American efforts and damage the morale of our troops by questioning the war while it is being waged! Some say the war is a mistake, that it is just a pompous show of American imperialism. Others go as far as to claim that we are fighting an enemy of our own invention, denying Saddam Hussein's link to global terrorism, and assuming that just because WMDs have not been discovered yet, they do not exist.

My friends, after 9/11, how can you possibly assert that war against Islamist terrorism is unjustified? Should we trust the terrorist supporters who, in English, deny that they are waging global jihad against the civilized world, yet say it outright in their own language? Liberals would rather trust Saddam than our own president. Israel's fight is civilization's fight and we must support it before the same unremitting terror comes to our own shores. We must show that we are willing to fight and expect to win.

Liberals criticize the United States for not involving the U.N. in its war on terror. But if you care about Israel, why would you want the U.S. to empower an institution that is corrupt, anti-Semitic, and anti-Zionist?

I know a lot of liberal Jews who support Israel. Here's what I say to them – they can just give themselves a big old pat on the back because that's really all they're going to get from anyone. In other words, there's nothing to be gained by voting for Kerry with respect to Israel but I'll tell you what you risk losing: our "cake" – Israel.

As a liberal Jew, you think that by voting as a democrat you will save the earth and all its peaceful creatures, and by some crazy extension, Israel's survival will somehow be guaranteed. You don't believe that war solves anything and neither does your presidential candidate. You and Kerry believe that diplomacy and appeasement will protect Israel, even while its Arab enemies send in suicide bombers to kill civilians, and launch mortar and rocket attacks on schools, synagogues, and hospitals. Right?

Wrong. To quote the guys at Protest Warrior (www.protestwarrior.com) "Except for ending slavery, Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, war has never solved anything!" You may want peace – and believe me, so do I – but do you know who doesn't want peace? Arafat, Saddam, Bin Laden, and all their brainwashed followers – the illiterate as well as the many literate ones – who blame America and Israel for their problems instead of their self-indulgent, sadistic dictators. Okay, they actually do want peace, but all of infidels have to convert to Islam first. That's not going to work for anyone who believes in truth and justice. We can pretend that our enemies share our values and see the world the same way we see it, but the truth still remains – they won't budge from their positions, forcing us to act as appeasers in an ever futile attempt to win their favor.

To paraphrase Daniel Pipes, appeasement doesn't work against ideologically driven opponents. They see it as a show of weakness and hence, a victory for themselves. It didn't work with Nazis and it's not going to work with our enemies of today either. We can't make peace with people who don't want peace. And if they say they want peace, we need to evaluate their actions before we blindly accept their words as gospel, as we have so many times in the past.

Speaking of empty words and promises, don't be duped by the 2004 election propaganda from either party. So when the Kerry-Edwards "Greetings from the Jewish Outreach Team" tells you that John Kerry plans to wean America off its dependence on the Saudis, don't buy it. Don't assume that Kerry's the better candidate believing that he, unlike Bush, is not in bed with the Saudis. Folks, the bed is a lot bigger than you think, and there's plenty of space taken up by Kerry. Sure, George W. Bush is no George Washington but that doesn't automatically make Kerry Abe Lincoln. Translation: we must vote for the lesser of two evils.

The Saudis will be tied up with our government no matter who wins (source: Sleeping with the Devil by Robert Baer), which makes the entire subject of Saudi dependence a non-issue. In the words of Dr. Jack Wheeler, "The American game of life is poker. All of us are in the highest-stakes game of our lives right now and the only way to back out is to leave the table – leave America and move somewhere else. If you're staying put, then you're in the game, and you play the hand you're dealt.

There is absolutely no escaping from this reality: either John Kerry or George Bush will be elected President of the United States this November."

But wait! If you're a Jew, how can you possibly support the religious Right which seeks to convert you? Here's my response. First, I feel much more comfortable supporting a party that is based on JUDEO-Christian VALUES. Look guys – values! Second, they've been trying to convert the Jews for over 2000 years. Has it worked? No it hasn't – you are still here. Third, they may want to convert you, but at least they don't want to slice off our heads and parade around holding our body parts. Your real enemies have done more than just taunt you with their master plan. You have seen the plan and how it works. Why are you not more shaken by that?

So you may love your live minks and your trees and trust me, I'm happy for your diverse, non-discriminating family, but at the end of the day you're still a Jew, remember? And if you've ever taken the time to stroll through history, you'd know that the one thing that makes Jews of today so much more privileged than Jews of the past is the fact that you have a state.

When France, or Germany, or God forbid, America doesn't want you anymore, Israel will take you in. Can you imagine being told you have a matter of days to leave your home and you have nowhere to go? A Jewish friend of mine says, she certainly can't imagine it but her great-grandparents were there. It was a time when there was no Israel and America had already closed her gates – the fact that her grandmother and her parents were admitted to this country is nothing short of miraculous. The rest of their family wasn't so fortunate.

I beg of you, put your vanities aside and for the sake of your children, let's make sure they have somewhere to go. Your real protection is there, in the heart of the Middle East, surrounded by twenty-two Arab nations that all want to devour it. It's there, and it's your, but more often than not, Israel's very existence is dangling by a thread. That was the case in 1948, 1967, 1973, and countless other times, including now – 2004. You have no time to waste. Help let the world know that you are here to stay. With a homeland, your survival is guaranteed; without one, your own lives are also on the line. You can assimilate as much as you want but that doesn't change your inherent Jewish blood and DNA.

The Jew-haters of the world want to eradicate every trace of you. They will not be satisfied by simply watering you down. That was Hitler's belief. Radical Muslim enemies share his goal and are attempting to carry out his plan. Bush understands their end-game. Do you?

 

DUTCH MP DEFIES ISLAM WITH FILM ABOUT KORAN

Refugee who became Dutch MP defies Islam with film about Koran
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels
The Daily Telegraph (London)
August 31, 2004

After describing the Prophet Mohammed as a pervert, Ayaan Hirsi Ali already needs round-the-clock protection from the Dutch security services.

Now the Muslim apostate and rising star of Dutch politics has pushed her luck even further with a film exhibiting verses of the Koran across the chest, stomach and thighs of an almost naked girl.

Mrs Hirsi Ali, who has risen from Somali asylum seeker to Dutch MP in 12 years, produced the film broadcast on Dutch television on Sunday night to highlight the continued oppression of Muslim women in Europe.

The 11-minute programme, Submission, depicts a young Muslim girl confronting Allah at prayer in a mosque. She wears the veil, covering most of the face, but her voluptuous body is clearly visible through a transparent gown.

"All praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds," begins the text painted across the actress's throat, which then scrolls down her bare chest. It is taken from the fatiha or opening of the Koran, the lines recited aloud by men, and silently by women, at Muslim prayer five times a day throughout the world.

Four other women act out scenes of torment and repression. One battered victim in a torn dress, exposes her shoulders and arms covered with lash wounds and the text of Verse 34, Chapter 4, The Women.

"Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made them excel and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient. Those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them," it says.

The broadcast was watched by 750,000 people, a large audience in a country of 16 million. An estimated one million are Muslims of Turkish or North African origin.

Mrs Hirsi Ali, 34, an MP for the free-market Liberals, has emerged as the unlikely heir of Pim Fortuyn, the homosexual firebrand who launched a mass movement to defend Holland's easy-going way of life against radical imams.

While shunning his party, she has pursued his message, denouncing the country's 30-year experiment with multiculturalism – including 700 Islamic clubs funded by the taxpayer – as a disastrous error born of "misplaced guilt".

Low-level fatwas – or death edicts – have been raining down since she attacked Islam as a medieval, misogynist cult incapable of self-criticism and blind to modern science.

Mrs Hirsi Ali said she chose the naked body formula to open up the opaque world of Islam and show that there is a human being behind the veil.

Steven Huismans, the director of Holland's Institute for Multicultural Development, said: "What she is doing is really provocative." Nabil Marouch, the head of the Dutch wing of the Arabic European League, said: "If the public keeps listening to Ayaan Hirsi, it will do great damage to integration."

But Mrs Hirsi Ali has become immensely popular among the ordinary Dutch, people who have been shocked by the sudden emergence of large Muslim enclaves in their cities – often with ties to militant anti-western groups. A parliamentary report this year found that more than 70 per cent of Dutch-born Muslims were bringing in spouses from their home countries, perpetuating a separatist sub-culture.

Mrs Hirsi Ali arrived in Holland as a penniless refugee in 1992 after sneaking across the German border to escape a forced marriage to a Somali kinsman. She did not speak a word of Dutch. Finding jobs as a cleaner, she went on to study political science at Leiden University.

Her ambition now is nothing less than a reformation of Islam.

 

"INNOCENT RELIGION IS NOW A MESSAGE OF HATE"

'Innocent religion is now a message of hate'
The Sunday Telegraph (London)
September 5, 2004

Abdel Rahman al-Rashed is general manager of Al- Arabiya news channel. Yesterday, his article appeared in the pan-Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/09/05/wosse605.xml

It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims.

The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims. The other hostage-takers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese chefs and workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims.

Those responsible for the attacks on residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar were Muslims. The two women who crashed two airliners last week were also Muslims.

Bin Laden is a Muslim. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim.

What a pathetic record. What an abominable "achievement". Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture?

These images, when put together, or taken separately, are shameful and degrading. But let us start with putting an end to a history of denial. Let us acknowledge their reality, instead of denying them and seeking to justify them with sound and fury signifying nothing.

For it would be easy to cure ourselves if we realise the seriousness of our sickness. Self-cure starts with self-realisation and confession. We should then run after our terrorist sons, in the full knowledge that they are the sour grapes of a deformed culture.

Let us listen to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Sheikh – the Qatar-based radical Egyptian cleric – and hear him recite his "fatwa" about the religious permissibility of killing civilian Americans in Iraq. Let us contemplate the incident of this religious Sheikh allowing, nay even calling for, the murder of civilians.

This ailing Sheikh, in his last days, with two daughters studying in "infidel" Britain, soliciting children to kill innocent civilians.

How could this Sheikh face the mother of the youthful Nick Berg, who was slaughtered in Iraq because he wanted to build communication towers in that ravished country? How can we believe him when he tells us that Islam is the religion of mercy and peace while he is turning it into a religion of blood and slaughter?

In a different era, we used to consider the extremists, with nationalist or Leftist leanings, a menace and a source of corruption because of their adoption of violence as a means of discourse and their involvement in murder as an easy shortcut to their objectives.

At that time, the mosque used to be a haven, and the voice of religion used to be that of peace and reconciliation. Religious sermons were warm behests for a moral order and an ethical life.

Then came the Neo-Muslims. An innocent and benevolent religion, whose verses prohibit the felling of trees in the absence of urgent necessity, that calls murder the most heinous of crimes, that says explicitly that if you kill one person you have killed humanity as a whole, has been turned into a global message of hate and a universal war cry.

We can't call those who take schoolchildren as hostages our own.

We cannot tolerate in our midst those who abduct journalists, murder civilians, explode buses; we cannot accept them as related to us, whatever the sufferings they claim to justify their criminal deeds. These are the people who have smeared Islam and stained its image.

We cannot clear our names unless we own up to the shameful fact that terrorism has become an Islamic enterprise; an almost exclusive monopoly, implemented by Muslim men and women.

We cannot redeem our extremist youths, who commit all these heinous crimes, without confronting the Sheikhs who thought it ennobling to re-invent themselves as revolutionary ideologues, sending other people's sons and daughters to certain death, while sending their own children to European and American schools and colleges.

 

A CRY FROM AN ARAB AMERICAN OVER THE RUSSIAN CHILDREN

A cry from an Arab American over the Russian children
By Nonie Darwish
September 6, 2004

www.noniedarwish.com

Among the Chechnyan terrorists that did the unspeakable in a Russian school yesterday were reported to be several Arabs. I am not surprised, but how many Arabs in the Middle East even try to connect the dots and link their current Radical culture of Islam to these unspeakable deeds around the world? They simply do not see the connection and unfortunately the world media is not doing its job in telling the Arab World about it. CNN feels that being "objective" is never to blame Arab culture and end up supportive of Arab views in its delivery of news in the Middle East and around the world.

Until age 30, I lived as a Muslim in the Middle Est. Horrible news such as those from Chechnya or other incidents in the Philippines, India, the Sudan or Pakistan, were always covered up and twisted to portray Muslim terrorists around the world as just victims of terrible discrimination. They were always portrayed as "freedom fighters" in the minority who need to rise against the majority Christian or non-Muslim population in their midst.

The larger picture in these countries and the reasons behind the turmoil was never explained in any other way. I will never forget the prayers that many gave in support of minority Muslims all over the world who were believed to be the frontier for Jihad in spreading Islam in the "lost" world around them of Dar-El-Harb, the land of war to be conquered by the sword.

I once had a guest from Egypt in my home who was the most kind and wonderful man you will ever meet. While watching Chechnya rebels on TV I saw him pray and cry for their success against the Soviet Union. Praying for killing never seemed holy to me.

The World has been seeing Arab radical terrorism growing without much international outcry for half a century. I started seeing many men and women in my culture of origin turn into robotic monsters with a wish to destroy life on earth to go to heaven. Many thought it is only against Israel and its interests and ignored it. The World and its lazy media is not doing Arabs or the rest of the world any favor by sticking their heads in the sand like ostriches. Even after 9/11, many in the West and the UN are still finding excuses for terrorism. Even the Arab's best friends, the French, thought they will get special treatment from terrorists by selling out the US and supporting Saddam Hussein. But in the eyes of the terrorists the French were always just temporary friends until the right time came to strike; one enemy at a time.

Where are Muslim demonstrations against terror? All I noticed was celebrations in the Arab world after 9/11. Taking a stand against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as an Israeli conspiracy. The very few courageous Arab writers who think and speak independently are often attacked and terrorized for their views, and accused of being puppets of the Zionists. Apparently standing strong against terrorism and for reformations in the Muslim world is viewed as "Zionist" conspiracy no matter how heinous the murders conducted by militant Islamists.

Since 1967 there have been thousand of Arab terrorist attacks. Israel had only one against the Arabs by a crazy man that was condemned by almost all of Israel' s citizens. The Israeli government never tried the Arabs who beat the attacker to death after he surrendered. Yet I hear apologists for terrorism here cite that one incident as justification for the thousands and thousands terrorist attacks Israel and America over the years. Even worse, how many resolutions by the UN Commission on Human Rights condemning an Arab country for human rights violations have ever been proposed or passed? The answer is zero. But the number of Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning Israel for human rights violations is 26. Imagine that.

Is there any doubt that much of the state-sponsored and culturally encouraged terrorism all over the Middle East by the Arab states is not a violation of someone's human rights? Could it be that the UN is contributing to the problem?

After I saw the horror on the faces of the Russian children who looked malnourished and poverty stricken to begin with, I decided to make a stand against the Islamic culture of terror I grew up in and the madness resulting from its teachings. The intense and repetitive teachings of hate produce inhumane robots. Make no mistake about it, my motivation is out of love for the goodness in the Muslim world to prevail and that I do know exists. Accusing me of being part of a "Zionist conspiracy" is a joke at this point from the other side to cover up what is going on.

It is time for the world media and the UN to take a serious stand against Islamic, yes, Islamic, terror. The UN should immediately issue a very strong resolution condemning terrorism with serious consequences to Oil rich Arab countries that finance terrorism or teach that terrorists are heroes going to heaven. No "ifs," "ands" or "buts" and no diluted language by the international media. The out-of-control culture in the Middle East needs a wake up call and a dose of reality. I cannot defend the cruel teachings and hate speech in my culture of origin any more. No other Arab with any integrity should. There is no cause in the world that should justify this insanity. I lived it and know what will end it. What is needed immediately is a united world stand against the Arab 's stagnant and barbaric view of the world and of themselves. The world cannot stand by, confused and equivocal about 9/11 and Islamic terrorism any more.

Please, America and the good people of the world, save my Arab culture of origin from itself.

Please.


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