* Also: Arab media commentators: UK was too soft on Moslem extremists
* Also: “Bombs used in Tel Aviv and London from same Chinese factory”
1. Gaza mosque and radio station welcome London attacks (Sut Al Quds radio station)
2. “Expel Extremism Today” (Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London-based Saudi paper)
3. “Britain nearly the only country that treats terrorists with exaggerated humanity” (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia)
4. Saudi Columnist argues Al Jazeera supports Al-Qaeda (Al-Jazeera)
5. “The attacks are punishment from Allah” (Al-Hayat, London)
6. “Al-Qaeda Had Nothing to Gain by Attacking Britain” (Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia)
7. U.S. and Israeli Espionage behind London Bombings (Jomhouri-ye Eslami, Iran)
8. “The bombing is a great victory for Al-Qaeda” (Al-Jazeera)
BOMBS USED IN TEL AVIV AND LONDON “FROM SAME CHINESE FACTORY”
German media have reported that the explosive material used in the London attacks was the same kind used in the suicide bomb attack on Mike’s Place bar in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2003. According to the German media, the Mossad says it believes that the explosives used for the London terror attacks were produced at the ZDF arms factory in China and smuggled into Britain. This explosive was used in the Mike’s Place attacks. Mossad chief Meir Dagan said the explosive in question is “much more lethal than plastic explosives and can be smuggled undetected due to its composition.”
The terrorist attack on Mike’s Place was carried out by two British citizens, recruited by Hamas. Asif Mohammed Hanif blew himself up at the Mike’s Place pub, killing a number of Israeli customers and the waitress working at the bar. His fellow British terrorist Omar Khan Sharif failed to detonate his belt and fled the scene. He was later killed by Hamas to prevent him providing operational details if captured. Both of these young men were from educated, middle class Muslim families in the British Midlands. It is believed they brought the explosive material with them from Jordan into Israel.
Today, British police raided five houses in West Yorkshire, saying that they were looking for forensic materials “directly connected” to last week’s London attacks. There is speculation that the explosive materials they are looking for in Yorkshire, from China, are of the same kind used in Tel Aviv.
Although the attacks by British citizens in Tel Aviv were condemned by the vast majority of British politicians, some Liberal and Labour politicians expressed sympathy with the bombers.
GAZA MOSQUE WELCOMES LONDON ATTACKS
The Gaza based Sut Al Quds radio station, which is affiliated to Islamic Jihad, has praised the London terror attacks. Referring to the London blasts, in a sermon broadcast live on Palestinian radio, the preacher welcomed the “blessed acts”. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the last suicide bomb in Tel Aviv, at the Stage nightclub on February 25, 2005, killing 5 Israelis and wounding 50. The Palestinian Authority has refused to take decisive action to curb the terrorist activities or the incitement to terrorism by either Islamic Jihad or Hamas.
ARAB MEDIA REACTION: UK WAS TOO SOFT ON MOSLEM EXTREMISTS
I attach below various Arab media reaction to the London terror attacks. Abd Al-Rahman, the Director General of Al-Arabiya, criticizes the British government for allowing Moslem extremists free reign on its soil, under the delusion that they would not target Britain. Much of the politically correct British media (as well as some elements of the US media) have been reluctant to publish the kind of views expressed by Al-Rahman.
Another Arab commentator Hamoud Abu Taleb, writes in Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia) that “Britain is nearly the only country that treats terrorists and extremists with exaggerated humanity”.
“U.S AND ISRAELI ESPIONAGE BEHIND LONDON BOMBINGS”
I also attach a number of articles and excerpts that contain some of the more spurious allegations in the Arab media. These include claims that “The attacks are punishment from Allah” and that “U.S. and Israeli espionage were behind the London bombings”.
Dr. Sami Sa’id Habib cites the conflicting reports regarding Israeli Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (For more on this, see the other dispatch I am sending out shortly, titled The BBC discovers “terrorism,” briefly.) It is remarkable how obsessed the Arab world is with Israel, that Dr. Sa’id Habib – who is the chairman of the Saudi Association for Aviation and Space Sciences – chooses to write about Netanyahu rather than the London bomb attacks, or about space and aviation.
“A GREAT VICTORY FOR AL-QAEDA”
The last piece below is an interview with the director of the Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies (based in London), Dr. Hani Al-Siba’i. He says:
“If Al-Qaeda indeed carried out this act, it is a great victory for it. It rubbed the noses of the world’s eight most powerful countries in the mud.”
Translations, except for the first article (which was translated by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center) have been provided by MEMRI, the senior staff of which are subscribers to this email list.
Attached below are eight articles or extracts from articles and interviews.
-- Tom Gross
GAZA MOSQUE WELCOMES LONDON ATTACKS
Gaza mosque welcomes London attacks
Preacher welcomes the “blessed acts” that took place recently in Iraq and Britain; highlights their proximity to selection of Olympic host for 2012 games
By Roee Nahimas
July 12, 2005
In a reaction similar to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York, the blood spilt in the London terror attacks has been celebrated within the Palestinian territories.
The Gaza based Sut Al Quds radio station, which identifies itself with Palestinian Islamic Jihad, has praised the London terrorist atrocities.
The broadcast was carried live on Saturday evening, two days after the attack.
The radio station was broadcasting a sermon, in which a preacher was inciting listeners against Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The preacher criticized Israel’s planned Gaza withdrawal, saying that Jerusalem was not part of the program.
The Palestinian Authority was described as vile for opening up a casino in Jericho.
Also in the same broadcast, Osama Bin Laden was praised, while the succession of explosions in London were welcomed.
The preacher welcomed the “blessed acts” that took place recently in Iraq and Britain, and highlighted their proximity to the selection of an Olympic host for the 2012 games.
“The sounds of happiness were heard in London, and Osama Bin Laden came and redrew the map. He made sure that the voice of the surrendered will be heard in every place,” the mosque’s preacher said.
The sermon was translated by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which emphasized that mosques under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority routinely incited for murder, and were being used by a variety of organizations with no effective supervision by the Authority.
ARAB MEDIA REACTS TO LONDON TERROR ATTACKS
“EXPEL EXTREMISM TODAY”
Expel Extremism Today
Abd Al-Rahman (Al-Arabiya TV Director-General)
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (A Saudi paper, based in London)
July 9, 2005
“For over 10 years now, I myself and other Arab writers have warned against the dangers of the reckless handling of the extremism that is now spreading like a plague within the British community.
“It was never understood why British authorities gave refuge to suspicious characters previously involved in terrorist activities. Why would Britain grant asylum to Arabs who have been convicted of political crimes or religious extremism, or even sentenced to death? Not only were they admitted to this country, but they were also provided with accommodation, a monthly salary, and free legal advice for those who want to prosecute the British government.
“The answer, I believe, is what... I call ‘blind generosity.’ This bizarre reasoning stuns individuals such as students who wish to establish careers abroad and whose [applications for British] citizenship are rejected. These people do not have criminal records like the others [to grant them entry].
“Like many other diseases, extremism is a contagious one. A small dose of carriers can spread the infection like wildfire, establishing a community full of destructive thoughts and practices such as the horrific [bombing] in London.
“The reason behind this [British] practice is the recklessness of internal British policies since the 1990s. This irresponsibility has been demonstrated by allowing extremists to enter the country – with the result being Thursday’s attacks. [These attacks] were a crime that the majority of us anticipated, since leniency like this, and hatred like this, were bound to converge at some point.
“The British authority’s leniency regarding fundamentalist fascism has allowed many, including Arab and Muslim intellectuals and journalists, to adopt ideologies that promote extremism and defend criminals such as bin Laden and Al-Zarqawi. The situation has escalated to the extent that Arab and Muslim intellects fear the repercussions of condemning extremists.
“The battle we face is against the ideology, as opposed to against the terrorists themselves. The terrorist groups make the most of the concept of freedom of speech, as well as of the ability to promote such ideas to gain support. Such tolerance on behalf of the British government has allowed Arab and Muslim extremists to seek refuge in Britain, away from their own countries...
“Within a decade, they have established organizations, promoted their beliefs all over the world, and denounced others as infidels in mosques, schools, and the media, and have publicly called to enjoin battle. They have spread into the city of London, reaching communities that had no previous record or practice of extremism. The results were illustrated last Thursday.
“So why has this happened?
“Until recently, London held the delusion that extremists would not target Britain, but only use it as a base, protecting their freedom as they worked against Arab and Islamic governments. For this reason, Britain was full of convicted [extremists] known for propagating their extremist ideologies.
“The time has come for British authorities to deal harshly with extremism, before complete chaos is unleashed onto British society. In the past, we talked about stopping them. Now, it is time to expel.”
“BRITAIN NEARLY THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT TREATS TERRORISTS WITH EXAGGERATED HUMANITY”
“Britain nearly the only country that treats terrorists with exaggerated humanity”
By Hamoud Abu Taleb
Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia)
July 10, 2004
“...There is no escape from telling the British authorities that they are not completely innocent of creating the appropriate atmosphere for the bombings in London – because Britain is nearly the only country that treats terrorists and extremists with exaggerated humanity, even when their crimes are proven…
“Britain has shut its ears [to hearing] the words of people who stood out as extremists; [it has shut its eyes to seeing] that every day they take in more activists, collect large donations, and expose their goals via the media; [and it has avoided seeing how] the papers and the media defend their terrorism. So it was unavoidable that London would, one day, fall victim to this leniency – because these base wild beasts do not differentiate between those who protect them and those who persecute them.”
SAUDI COLUMNIST ARGUES AL JAZEERA SUPPORTRS AL-QAEDA
Saudi Columnist argues Al Jazeera supports Al-Qaeda
By Hamad bin Hamad Al-Salami
Al-Jazeerah (Saudi Arabia)
July 10, 2005.
“Bin Laden and those who act under his patronage are in caves far from Britain, but his supporters who answer to his authority live in the bosom and patronage of the British, and find media via which they talk freely and never cease to support Al-Qaeda’s terrorist program… The Qatari channel Al-Jazeera is not the first of these, and the [London] newspaper Al-Quds [Al-Arabi] is not the last of these.
“Those [who attacked] Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, and others have now risen against the country that hosts them and provides them with work and a livelihood. Among them are: [Muhammad] Al-Musa’ari, [Sa’ad] Al-Faqiha, Abu Qatada, Abu Al-Muntazar, [Hani] Al-Siba’i, and [Abd Al-Bari] ’Atwan. They deceive millions when they appear with their robes and tarbooshes, and sometimes with [Islamic] decorations, claiming to possess knowledge in the etiquette and ethics of Islam…”
“THE ATTACKS ARE PUNISHMENT FROM ALLAH”
“The attacks are punishment from Allah”
From Al-Hayat (London)
July 10, 2005.
Abu ’Abdallah, who replaced “Supporters of Shari’a” leader Abu Hamza Al-Masri, who is now standing trial in Britain, told the London daily Al-Hayat that the bombing was “a punishment from Allah… because of prostitution and homosexuality.” He added: “When the reporters ask me about Muslim involvement [in the attack], I ask them about the two governments, American and British, that in recent years have killed two million Muslims.” He also blamed “the Zionist lobby, which learned from Nazi leader Adolf Hitler how to rake in support from the entire public by sowing fear among its ranks.” According to Abu ’Abdallah, “ [Even] if it is proven that the Muslims are involved in these attacks, the finger will continue to point towards the [British] government and the Zionist lobby.”
“AL-QAEDA HAD NOTHING TO GAIN BY ATTACKING BRITAIN”
“Al-Qaeda Had Nothing to Gain by Attacking Britain”
By Dr. Sami Sa’id Habib
Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia)
July 7 2005
Dr. Sami Sa’id Habib, chairman of the Saudi Association for Aviation and Space Sciences, argued that despite the haste in which secret groups took responsibility for the bombings, it was possible to figure out what mind had planned them using the principle of who stood to gain the most. In his view, “Al-Qaeda really had nothing to gain in carrying out this operation, particularly in timing it after the British Defense Ministry announced its plan to withdraw its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan – after all, they say that Al-Qaeda’s goal is the removal of the Americans and British from Arab lands.
“As a result of these events, the British will be forced to remain in Iraq to fight the international ‘terrorism’ that struck them in the heart of their country…
“With regard to Israeli involvement in the affair, there are conflicting reports regarding warnings received by Israeli Finance Minister and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He received the news before he planned to leave the Israeli embassy in London; he then remained in the hotel and did not leave it. Afterwards he stated that Scotland Yard had warned him – without, of course, warning the residents of London – [a statement] that was vehemently denied by Scotland Yard.”
U.S. AND ISRAELI ESPIONAGE BEHIND LONDON BOMBINGS
U.S. and Israeli Espionage behind London Bombings
Jomhouri-ye Eslami (A Conservative Iranian Daily)
July 9, 2005.
In an editorial, the conservative Persian-language daily Joumhour-ye Eslami stated: “…There is no doubt that this group is the protיgי of America. America uses Al-Qaeda anytime, anywhere, for the sake of its goals – even for changing British public opinion in order to make [the British] stop opposing the British government’s marching with America.
“It would appear that behind the scenes of the explosions in London stand the espionage services of America and the Zionist regime. They want to paint a more violent image of the terror, so that the British public will experience it for real and thus stop opposing Britain’s military presence in Iraq.
“This is the secret policy that started on September 11, 2001, with the explosion of the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, and that continued to London’s city buses and underground trains.”
“THE BOMBING IS A GREAT VICTORY FOR AL-QAEDA”
“The bombing is a great victory for Al-Qaeda”
Interview with the director of the London Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical
Studies, Dr. Hani Al-Siba’i
July 8, 2005
The London Bombings
Al-Siba’i: “I think that British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a grave error when he spoke before the investigation and claimed that the perpetrators of these acts were acting in the name of Islam. I think that he will pay the price for this grave error in the future. No possibility should be ruled out. We do not rule out the possibility that it was done by the intelligence agency of another Western country hostile to Britain. We do not rule out countries... or some Zionist Americans who wanted to overshadow the G-8 summit. But at the same time, we do not rule out the Al-Qaeda organization. It’s been claimed that Al-Qaeda died in Afghanistan, and was buried in the caves there. And behold: it was resurrected after the American occupation of Iraq. Moreover, Al-Qaeda controls the war agenda in Iraq. It is the Al-Qaeda organization in the Land of the Two Rivers [Iraq], headed by Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi, that imposes its policies, to the extent that the Egyptian government was forced to... It was forced to recall [its ambassador], and other countries are afraid to send ambassadors there.”
Host: “He was not an ambassador, but rather a representative that was murdered, and then Egypt lowered its level of representation.”
Al-Siba’i: “He previously worked in the so-called ‘Israel. ’ What I want to ask is: can this organization do this? Is it conceivable that it did it? Yes, it is. Why? In the year... We must not forget that on April 15, 2004, Sheik Osama bin Laden released a taped message, in which he said... He gave... He reached out for reconciliation...”
Host: “Just to recall, you are referring to the Madrid incidents, in which some 190 people were killed.”
Al-Siba’i: “After the Madrid incidents, he addressed the Western and European nations. Obviously, he didn’t address the leaders whom he does not recognize. He talked to the Western nations about reconciliation...”
Host: “Excuse me. He gave them three or four months. But, forgive me, targeting civilians... You, as a Muslim and as the director of a center for Islamic history... Is targeting wretched civilians considered brave or manly?”
Al-Siba’i: “I think... The man [bin Laden] addressed these peoples so that they would pressure their governments. He told them: We did not attack you. You have been attacking us for more than two centuries, and your campaign continues. He said to them simply: Withdraw your soldiers from the Arabian Peninsula, withdraw from Afghanistan and Palestine...”
Host: “Excuse me, Is Sheik Osama bin Laden a religious scholar, who issues fatwas, or is he the head of Al-Qaeda?”
Al-Siba’i: “First of all, he is one of this [Islamic] nation. Allah... We have no clergy, or a pope, or anything like this. Anyone can carry out his religious duty, even if he is by himself.”
Host: “Mr. Hani, issuing fatwas is done by religious scholars.”
Al-Siba’i: “He has a Shura council, he has religious scholars... He wanted to debate with other scholars, but they refused. He asked to discuss matters with them, but they refused.”
Host: “The question, in short, is whether the religious scholars... Sir, the religious law assembly in Mecca at the end of last month issued a fatwa forbidding the killing of civilians. Should we follow it or Osama bin Laden?”
Al-Siba’i: “These assemblies resemble the assemblies of the Church. These assemblies forbid young people from going to Iraq to fight the Jihad. These assemblies... The Higher Religious Authority [in Saudi Arabia] are the ones who allowed the presence of Crusader forces in the Land of the Two Holy Places (Saudi Arabia). These assemblies...”
Host: “Mr. Hani, make no mistake. The same assembly ruled that Jihad in Iraq is allowed against soldiers. Even Sheik Osama [sic.] Al-Makdisi, Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi’s mentor... Okay. Abu Hani, okay... He asked Al-Zarqawi not to kill civilians and to attack only the Americans... I mean, only soldiers...”
Al-Siba’i: “The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law. Dr. Karmi is sitting here, and I am sitting here, and I’m familiar with religious law. There is no such term as ‘civilians’ in the modern Western sense. People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not.
“These institutes, like the Islamic Association [of Britain], represent white-collar people, the effendis, people with ‘prestige.’ They only represent their own interests and do not mix in society. They don’t know... Ask other Muslims... People see them only on their TV screens. They don’t participate in the demonstrations for the poor. They are not interested in people’s problems. We invite them, and they don’t show up.”
Host: “The Muslim Association of Britain represents 400 Islamic organizations...”
Al-Siba’i: “These are all interest groups. With all due respect, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Sheik Moududi group do business with one another.”
Host: “Are you claiming they are not Muslims?”
Al-Siba’i: “They are behind all these movements. They promote some people nobody has heard of. Then they promote some journalists.”
Host: “Excuse me, who do you want to promote? Those who want the banner of ‘There is no god but Allah’ over the Queen of England and Buckingham Palace?Those who want to establish a caliphate and turn the Queen of England into a captive? Those who say [England] is Dar Al-Harb and property there can be plundered? Are those the kind of people you want?”
Al-Siba’i: “These associations do not represent the Muslim public. They collaborate with the British police for certain interests. They want an ‘English Islam,’ and not the Islam that was sent to the Prophet Muhammad. If Al-Qaeda indeed carried out this act, it is a great victory for it. It rubbed the noses of the world’s eight most powerful countries in the mud. This victory is a blow to the economy...”