London convention will celebrate 9/11 (and other items)

September 07, 2004

CONTENTS

1. London convention will celebrate 9/11
2. New al-Qaeda women's magazine: "Women must participate in Jihad"
3. Palestinian Authority TV renews broadcast encouraging children to become "Martyrs for Allah" by killing Jews


LONDON CONVENTION WILL CELEBRATE 9/11

I attach two new bulletins from the Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri), and one from Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

I have prepared summaries first, for those of you who don't have time to read the full items.

This first item also constitutes a follow-up to my dispatch of September 2003 (sent on the smaller of my Middle East lists) and titled "The Magnificent 19" (9/11 Suicide Attackers). Last year's convention was cancelled at the last minute following pressure on the organizers.

-- Tom Gross

 

SUMMARIES

"EITHER YOU'RE WITH THE MUSLIMS OR WITH THE INFIDELS"

The London-based Arabic language daily al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on September 3, 2004, that the extremist British-based Islamic movement al-Muhajiroun will hold a convention in London between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 11, 2004, to celebrate the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The convention is titled: "The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You're with the Muslims or with the Infidels." Al-Muhajiroun leader Omar Bakri, a Syrian residing in London, said the convention would feature al-Qaeda "surprises," with the screening of a never-before-shown video. Bakri added: "We want the world to remember this [9/11] operation... that lifted the head of the [Muslim] nation" and the convention would aim to "revive the commandment of Jihad among the youth of the [Muslim] nation."

Bakri also said there will be a film on "the most recent operations in Chechnya".

 

AL-QAEDA WOMEN'S MAGAZINE: "WOMEN MUST PARTICIPATE IN JIHAD"

"THE BODY PARTS OF OUR CHILDREN ARE THE SACRIFICE BY MEANS OF WHICH WE DRAW CLOSER TO ALLAH"

The first edition of the new online magazine al-Khansaa features an editorial calling on women to participate in Jihad. The magazine is published by al Qaeda's "Arabian Peninsula Women's Information Bureau."

The editorial is titled: 'Our Goal Is Paradise.' It states: "... We love Allah and His Messenger. We march in a single path, the path of Jihad for the sake of Allah, and our goal is Shahada [martyrdom] for the sake of Allah, and our goal is [to gain] the pleasure of Allah and His Paradise.

"... We will stand covered by our veils and wrapped in our robes, weapons in hand, our children in our laps, with the Koran and the Sunna of the Prophet of Allah directing and guiding us. The blood of our husbands and the body parts of our children are the sacrifice by means of which we draw closer to Allah..."

Another article in this first issue is titled: "No to Women on TV."

 

CHILD MARTYRDOM PROMOTION CLIP RETURNS TO PA TV AFTER YEAR'S ABSENCE

A broadcast clip titled "Farewell Letter," that had been removed from Palestinian Authority TV after it was exposed at a U.S. Senate hearing in October 2003, and was subsequently harshly criticized by U.S. senators, has returned to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority TV station after nearly a year's absence.

"Farewell Letter" has been broadcast at least three times in the last 2 weeks. On August 23, 26, and 31, 2004, the clip was replayed on PA TV.

In the broadcast, a child sings a farewell letter he has written to his parents, glorifying his desire to die, and then he goes out to the combat zone, where he is shot and achieves his death wish. As he falls in death, the words of his letter are sung twice: "How sweet is Shahada [Death for Allah] when I embrace you my land."

In the farewell letter sung during the clip, the "martyred" boy says: "My beloved, my mother, My most dear, Be joyous over my blood and do not cry for me."

[The clip can be seen at www.pmw.org.il]

Itamar Marcus adds: "The message of this song to Palestinian children is clear: It should be a child's wish and goal to die in confrontations with Israel, as this death is 'sweet'."


ITEMS IN FULL

LONDON CONVENTION WILL CELEBRATE 9/11

London Convention Will Celebrate 9/11
Memri
September 3, 2004

The London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that the extremist Islamic movement Al-Muhajiroun had announced a convention in London, titled "The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You're with the Muslims or with the Infidels," to mark the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The organization had planned a similar anniversary event a year ago, called "The Magnificent 19 [Suicide Attackers]," but had cancelled it at the last minute. The following is a summary of the report: [1]

Al-Muhajiroun leader Omar Bakri, a Syrian residing in London, told the paper by phone that the convention would feature Al-Qa'ida "surprises," with the screening of a never-before-shown video. He said that the convention will focus on "the anniversary of the division of the world into two great camps – the camp of faith and the camp of unbelief," and would take place September 11, 2004 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bakri added: "On this day, we will talk about the ramifications of these [9/11] operations for Afghanistan and Iraq… We want the world to remember this operation … that lifted the head of the [Muslim] nation." Bakri called 9/11 "a cry of Jihad against unbelief and oppression," and said that the aim of remembering it is to "revive the commandment of Jihad among the youth of the [Muslim] nation."

Bakri said that the convention will also feature a lecture about the Islamic religious roots of "slaughtering the infidels," that is, beheading foreigners in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and that there will be films by Al-Qa'ida, the Tawhid and Jihad organization, and the Brigades of the Two Holy Places in the Arabian Peninsula, and that there will also be a film on the most recent operations in Chechnya. He added that one of the speeches, by Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, known to be Al-Qa'ida's military commander in Iraq, will be translated.

Another lecture, he said, would be dedicated to the memory of three Al-Qa'ida commanders: Abd Al-'Aziz Al-Muqren (Abu Hajer), killed in June 2004 by Saudi security forces; his predecessor Yousef Al-Ayyiri, killed in June 2003 in a clash with Saudi security forces, and Abu Hafs Al-Masri, a top Al-Qa'ida military officer, killed in the U.S. attack on Kandahar in late 2001.

According to Bakri, the anticipated criticism of Al-Muhajiroun for the organization's insistence on memorializing 9/11 will be "a simple sacrifice in comparison with what we must actually do – that is, support the Jihad led by bin Laden."

Attorney Anjam Choudry, secretary-general of Al-Muhajiroun in Britain, said, "A large hall has already been secured for the convention, but the announcement came only two days ago for fear that the British police would try to cancel it, as happened with the previous convention."

[1] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), September 3, 2004.

 

AL-QAEDA WOMEN'S MAGAZINE: WOMEN MUST PARTICIPATE IN JIHAD

Al-Qa'ida Women's Magazine: Women Must Participate in Jihad
Memri
September 7, 2004

The new online magazine Al-Khansaa(1) is published by Al Qa'ida's Arabian Peninsula Women's Information Bureau. The first issue features articles calling on women to participate in Jihad, along with an article criticizing women in Saudi television. The following are excerpts from the articles:(2)

Editorial: 'Our Goal Is Paradise'

An editorial in the magazine stated: "... We love Allah and His Messenger. We march in a single path, the path of Jihad for the sake of Allah, and our goal is Shahada [martyrdom] for the sake of Allah, and our goal is [to gain] the pleasure of Allah and His Paradise.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with our men, supporting them, helping them, and backing them up. We educate their sons and we prepare ourselves. May Allah know of the honesty of our intentions and of our good deeds, and [may He] choose us and make us Shahids for His sake, as we charge forward and do not retreat and as Allah is pleased with us.

"We will stand covered by our veils and wrapped in our robes, weapons in hand, our children in our laps, with the Koran and the Sunna of the Prophet of Allah directing and guiding us. The blood of our husbands and the body parts of our children are the sacrifice by means of which we draw closer to Allah, so that through us, Allah will cause the Shahada for His sake to succeed.

"The wind of Paradise is already blowing, and [we are sworn] to Allah. We must not miss it. We are walking, with Allah's help, in the path ... of Ayat [Al-Akhras] and Reem [Al-Riyashi]."(3)

'Just as Our Righteous Female Jihad Warrior Ancestors Confronted Obstacles in this Path [of Jihad], so the Female Jihad Warriors of this Time Does Likewise'

An article titled "Obstacles in the Path of the Jihad Warrior Woman" by a contributor calling herself "Umm Badr" included indoctrination and guidelines for women: "... My noble sisters... The woman in the family is a mother, wife, sister, and daughter. In society she is an educator, propagator and preacher of Islam, and a female Jihad warrior. Just as she defends her family from any possible aggression, she defends society from destructive thoughts and from ideological and moral deterioration, and she is the soldier who bears his pack and weapon on his back in preparation for the military offensive...

"Just as our righteous female Jihad warrior ancestors confronted obstacles in this path [of Jihad], so the female Jihad warriors of this time does likewise; [may] Allah make them fruitful and make their way successful."

Umm Badr: 'The Jihad Warrior Woman Must be in Top Condition, not Overindulge in Eating and Drinking'

"Let me shed light on these obstacles, in hopes of finding ways of overcoming them, lest they constitute an obstacle to the woman's Jihad. With Allah's help, I will begin by presenting all these obstacles:...

"Meager knowledge of Jihad: Many among our women are negligent in this matter... The first source for obtaining knowledge is the Koran, and female Jihad warriors must persevere in reading it aloud, must be strict about learning it by rote, and must draw the foundations of the correct belief ... from this leading source.

"Similarly, a woman must study the Sunna and learn by rote the reliable traditions [Hadiths] and their interpretations, and read the books of the faith, Shari'a, Koran commentary, and the chronicles of the Prophet Muhammad...

"Weak belief and connection to this world: We see the Muslim woman crying in sadness over her sisters in Iraq, over women prisoners in Palestine, over bereaved mothers in Chechnya, and over orphans in Afghanistan, and in the rest of the Islamic lands. We hear her threaten the enemies and plan to help [Muslim women]. Then, in time of emergency, she turns back; she clings to her work and her status, and it is difficult for her to leave them...

"Negligent preparations: "1) Emotional preparation - The female Jihad warrior feels fear and anxiety about Jihad for the sake of Allah by means of property, words, and the sword... 2) Military preparation - This is the main problem, not only for our women, but also for our men. It is worthy for a woman, even if she is not a female Jihad warrior, to at least know how to use a weapon in order to defend her honor, because this is one of the five obligations in the event that she encounters a robber, a desecrator, or a criminal - and particularly in our time in which there are many such instances.

"All the moreso when the enemy at the gate, with his equipment, his ammunition, his army and his navy, his criminals, and his whores, has desecrated the honor of Muslim women everywhere. How will we ensure that he will not harm our honor? He thought [harming] our sisters and spilling their blood was permitted; how can we let [the enemy] protect our women? He stole money and plundered land; how will we appoint him guardian of our property and our treasures?

"The female Jihad warrior must be familiar with various types of weapons and ammunition, and with how to disassemble, clean, reassemble, use, and shoot a weapon. With Allah's help, we will assist her in this matter in upcoming issues [of our magazine].

"3) Physical preparation – It is important that the female Jihad warrior be in top physical condition, not overindulge in eating and drinking, and frequently carry out the elective fasts [i.e. fasts other than during Ramadan]. She must do exercises, and this is covered in a different chapter of our issue.

"After the female Jihad warrior has reached this [level of] fitness, she must maintain it in order not to lose it, must refrain from remaining awake at night and from poor nutrition, physical fatigue, and the other factors that will cause her to lose what she has achieved.

"Insufficient Awareness: Among certain sisters, it is possible to encounter a defective understanding of Jihad, according to which only men are responsible for waging Jihad, or Jihad means only bearing arms and direct conflict [with the enemy].

"This perception is counter to the truth, as the Muslim woman is a female Jihad warrior always and everywhere. She is a female Jihad warrior who wages Jihad by means of funding Jihad; she wages Jihad by means of waiting for her Jihad warrior husband, and when she educates her children to that which Allah loves.

"She wages Jihad when she bears arms to defend her family... She wages Jihad when she shows patience and fortitude with her husband who is waging Jihad for the sake of Allah. She wages Jihad when she supports Jihad and when she calls for Jihad in word, deed, belief, and prayer.

"It is true that originally the commandment of Jihad was incumbent upon men and not women. The woman's Jihad is pilgrimage to Mecca, and pilgrimage to Mecca not during the Hajj. But when Jihad becomes a personal obligation, then the woman is summoned like a man, and need ask permission neither from her husband nor from her guardian, because she is obligated and none need to ask permission in order to carry out a commandment that everyone must carry out..."

No to Women on TV

Another article, "The Feminine View," criticized women as television presenters and correspondents: "The striptease campaign still continues, and the so-called Saudi regime's Channel Two is still presenting women, [as it has] since it was founded. We have seen no vehement stand by our clerics...

"The women of the Arabian Peninsula appear on the television screens on the news programs [as broadcasters]. Moreover, even the correspondents are sometimes female. Women on news [programs] has today become a requirement, while in the past there was no need for it whatsoever."

Endnotes:
(1) Al-Khansaa, August 2004. Al-Khansaa bint Omar, a poetess of the pre-Islamic period who converted to Islam during the time of the Prophet Muhammad, is considered the "mother of the Shahids (martyrs)." When her four sons died in the battle of Al-Qadissiyya, she did not mourn but thanked Allah for honoring her with their death.
(2) The website is presently not online, but MEMRI has a copy of the magazine.
(3) Ayat Al-Akhras carried out the March 29, 2002 suicide bombing in a Jerusalem supermarket. Reem Al-Riyashi carried out the January 14, 2004 suicide bombing at the Erez crossing in Gaza.

 

PA BOOSTS PROMOTION OF CHILD MARTYRS

PA boosts promotion of child Martyrs
Palestinian Media Watch
September 5, 2004

Child Martyrdom promotion clip returns to PA TV after year's absence
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

• Clip was removed from PA TV after PMW exposed it at a US Senate hearing in October 2003.
• Clip brought outraged reaction from US senators, and extensive media coverage, including CNN, FOX, BBC, MS NBC, and tens of European stations.
• Clip presents a child's death in combat as "sweet," because it was Death for Allah -Shahada.
• Clip was broadcast at least three times in the last 2 weeks after nearly a year's absence.

At a US Senate Hearing in October 2003, PMW director Itamar Marcus presented evidence of PA indoctrination of children to aspire to heroic death as Shahids – Martyrs for Allah. Since then, many PA TV clips that encouraged children to seek heroic Shahada (Death for Allah) were removed, apparently due to the inability of the PA representative at the Senate hearing to defend this PA practice, together with widespread media condemnation both in print and on television.

Now, after nearly a year, the PA has suddenly renewed the broadcast of the "Farewell Letter" clip, in which a child writes a farewell letter to his parents, glorifying his desire to die, and then goes out to the combat zone, where he is shot and achieves his death wish. As he falls in death, the words of his letter are sung twice: "How sweet is Shahada [Death for Allah] when I embrace you my land."

The revival of this clip now may be an indication that the PA, after having its image blackened due to its involvement in suicide terror, wants to portray itself as the victim by having large numbers of dead and injured children to report to the press.

Click here to see the clip on PMW's web site.

The following is the text of the farewell letter sung during the clip.

"Do not be sad, my dear,
And do not cry over my parting,
My dear father,
For my country, Shahada [Death for Allah].
Do not be sad, my dear
And do not cry over my parting,
My dear father,
For my country, I will sacrifice myself!"

[Scenes of children joining violence against soldiers, the boy running with his friends, throwing stones ...]

The letter continues:

"With determination and desire
I long to approach...."

[The boy is shot in his chest and falls to the ground.]

The letter continues:

"How sweet is Shahada [death for Allah]
When I embrace you, my land!"

[Here the boy's mother is seen crying.]

The letter continues:

"My beloved, my mother, My most dear,
Be joyous over my blood and do not cry for me."

[Broadcast on Aug. 23, 26, 31, 2004]


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