1. “Guilty of apostasy, unbelief, and denial of the Islamic established facts”
2. “We are fully aware of their hiding places”
3. Saad Eddin Ibrahim another Muslim “dissident”
4. “The mushroom cloud is on its way”
5. American victim of Tel Aviv bombing loses part of leg, kidney & spleen
6. Hamas hopes for more funds from Belgian foreign ministry
7. New Olmert government to have 27+ ministries
8. Amir Peretz to defense?
9. Text of the death threat issued to Muslim reformers
10. New York City rally: “Israelis, how many women have you raped today?” (Counterterrorism blog, April 21, 2006)
“GUILTY OF DENIAL OF THE ISLAMIC EXTABLISHED FACTS”
This is a follow-up to several dispatches on Arab reformers, including Speaking out against Sharia-backed sexual abuse of women and children (April 6, 2006). I feel it is important that the western media do much more to support the efforts of Arab reformers just as they should do much more to expose the Muslim extremists which some western politicians, such as the mayor of London, continue to coddle up to.
A group most likely from Egypt, calling itself in Arabic “Al-Munasirun li Rasul al Allah” (“Supporters of God’s Messenger”), has released a list of moderate Muslims whom they say will be killed if they fail to renounce their views. These include Dr. Wafa Sultan, mentioned previously on this list, who pointed out that the source of the latest threat differed from the dozens she had previously received because it was made by a group and not by an individual and because the threat included personal information about the recipients, as well as the names of some of their spouses and children.
The reformers are pronounced “guilty of apostasy, unbelief, and denial of the Islamic established facts” and given three days to “announce their repentance and disavow their writings in denial of the traditions of our prophet and to repent their support of the countries of unbelief and their rulers.” It demanded that repentance was made “publicly in the newspapers that they write in, and never to return to these writings and deeds again.”
“WE ARE FULLY AWARE OF THEIR HIDING PLACES”
The message from “Al-Munasirun li Rasul al Allah” (attached below) says “We are fully aware of their hiding places, their houses, their children’s schools, and the times when their wives are alone at home.”
The communiqué, signed by Abu Dhar al Maqdishi, identified as the group’s media spokesperson, was e-mailed to over 30 prominent political and religious reformers, including many in the West.
Some analysts have argued that this communiqué is indicative of the inner struggle in Islam. Threats have been used in the Middle East for over half a century to silence moderates who work to combat fanaticism, militancy and Fascistic tendencies among fellow Muslims.
SAAD EDDIN IBRAHIM, ANOTHER MUSLIM “DISSIDENT”
Among the targets is Egyptian sociologist and human-rights and democracy campaigner Saad Eddin Ibrahim. Ibrahim has argued in favor of a normalization of relations between Egypt and Israel. He was previously imprisoned by the Egyptian government for standing up for Coptic Christian rights and demanding free elections in Egypt. (For more information on Egyptian Copts, see the dispatch Red Cross: Persecution of Christians “outside our area of expertise” (& other items), Nov. 3, 2005.)
“THE MUSHROOM CLOUD IS ON ITS WAY”
“The mushroom cloud is on its way” and “The real Holocaust is on its way” were some of the slogans chanted in Arabic outside the Israeli Consulate in midtown Manhattan last Thursday during a rally held by the Queens-based Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) to celebrate last week’s Tel Aviv bombing.
The protesters also held up signs saying “Islam will Dominate,” and a picture showing an Islamic flag flying over the White House, the New York Sun and other media (but not thus far The New York Times) report.
According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Islamic Thinkers Society is a spin-off of the London-based group Al-Muhajiroun, which is most infamous for attempting to hold “The Magnificent 19” rally in memory of the 9/11 terrorists. (See London convention will celebrate 9/11 (and other items) Sept. 7, 2004.)
The Islamic affairs commentator Daniel Pipes sees last week’s Manhattan rally as “potentially an important turning point as it shows the burgeoning confidence of U.S.-based Islamists, who no longer think they must work within the system and [no longer] care at all what non-Muslims think.”
AMERICAN VICTIM OF TEL AVIV BOMBING LOSES PART OF LEG, KIDNEY & SPLEEN
This is an update to the note about the American teenager injured in last week’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, mentioned in the dispatch “The victims are no different from those slain on September 11, 2001” (April 18, 2006).
Danny Wultz, 16, who lives in Weston, southern Florida, has now undergone his third operation: the latest to remove his leg from the knee down. He had already lost a kidney and his spleen. His father is recuperating with a broken leg in the same hospital. Mr Wultz and his son were having a light lunch in Tel Aviv last Monday when the Palestinian murderer struck at random. Danny Wultz was passionate about basketball, and had been expected to play competitively.
HAMAS HOPES FOR MORE FUNDS FROM BELGIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY
On April 20, the French-language magazine “Le Pere Ubu” reproduced a letter written by the Palestinian representative to the European Union, Leila Shahid, to Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht dated April 10. This letter carried the emblem of the PA as well as a map of “Palestine” reaching from the Mediterranean to Jordan. Mrs. Shahid called Hamas the “movement of hope”. She thanked the Council of Ministers and minister de Gucht in particular for the financial aid given to the delegation in 2005 as well as previous years, along with its participation in the costs of the functioning of the delegation. She presented “a new request for 100,000 Euros (approximately $124,000) for 2006” and “firmly hoped that this request will receive the support of the Council of Ministers and of the Belgian Foreign Minister.”
NEW OLMERT GOVERNMENT TO HAVE 27+ MINISTRIES
According to Israeli press reports, the Kadima party that won 29 seats in last month’s Israeli elections will oversee a coalition government that comprises either 27 or 29 ministries or ministers, the largest government in Israel’s history. By comparison, the United States has 15 departments (the equivalent of ministries) in its executive branch; and Britain has 20 ministries. Considering that the Israeli coalition needs only 61 mandates to govern the 120-seat Knesset, the appointment of 27-29 of these 61 as government ministers is staggering
The movement for Quality Government in Israel called it “party hack welfare” and a gross waste of valuable economic resources.
Ha’aretz’s main editorial today states: “Ehud Olmert will lead a large cabinet in a small country, where ministers with and without portfolios will converge and look for something with which to occupy themselves, which will not always be found. A cabinet that is apparently meant to include about 30 ministers is not a real governing body that constitutes ‘the executive branch of the country’ by virtue of the Basic Law on government... Much of the quarter of a billion shekels needed, by some estimates, for annual maintenance of the cabinet – its ministers, deputy ministers and advisers – could have been used for far more important purposes than to be nice to everyone... If we add to the ministerial festivities some eight deputy ministers, who are considered part of the executive branch, then we will find that one-third of the Knesset members take no part in the obligation of parliamentary criticism of the cabinet.”
The Jerusalem Post writes today: “At what point in the coalition negotiations do the parties jointly decide, ‘it’s not our money, let’s stick it to the voters’? It is difficult to interpret the decision to form a government of a minimum of 27 ministers in another manner. Such profligacy is a form of corruption, and clearly starts the nascent government on the wrong foot.”
AMIR PERETZ TO DEFENSE?
Equally disconcerting for those who care about Israel’s security is the reported appointment by Olmert of Labor party leader Amir Peretz to the position of defense minister. Peretz has no military command experience, and he will lead Israel at a time of increasing Hamas militancy, Katyusha and Qassam rocket attacks and a possible confrontation with an Iranian government that is about to go nuclear and last week again swore to wipe Israel off the map.
Many in Israel had hoped that Shaul Mofaz, who is himself Iranian-born and understands very well the nature of the Iranian threat, would retain the post of defense minister.
Like Peretz, Olmert also has virtually no command-level military experience, in contrast to the previous Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon. (As an ordnance officer in Israel’s parachute brigade, Peretz was badly wounded in a military operation in 1974 and confined to a bed for a year.)
As predicted in the note of the dispatch of April 4, it seems Olmert is desperate to keep the Labor leader out of the finance ministry. If appointed finance minister, Peretz, a former trade unionist, was expected to severely set back Israel’s economic recovery begun during the period in which Benjamin Netanyahu served as finance minister.
I attach two items below relating to the above note.
-- Tom Gross
“WE WILL HUNT THEM IN EVERY PLACE AND EVERY TIME”
The following is the text of the death threat issued to Muslim reformers: (Translation courtesy of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, Washington, DC)
“Statement Number 1 from the Supporters of God’s Messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him, to unbelievers, apostates, atheists and those who may ally with them.
“God, Allah almighty said ‘Say to the Unbelievers, if they desist their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already.’ and also said ‘O Prophet! strive hard against the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, an evil refuge indeed.’ And the messenger of God also said ‘He who changes his religion, kill him’.
“We, the Supporters of God’s Messenger, after discussion and consultation with our brothers, the leaders of the Islamic groups and organizations in the Muslim lands, and after they were informed of the verdicts that we reached in our consultation committee, concerning the expulsion of the leaders of apostasy [from the community of Islam], along with those who publicly deny our prophetic tradition, and who also call on others to join in their unbelief. After they departed from Islam and the Muslim umma, they have publicly supported leaders of unbelief, the worshipers of the cross, the Christians with whom they attend conferences, helping them against our spiritual leaders, and even demanding for them the right of ruling over our Muslim lands. Also, they support and cooperate with the sons of pigs and monkeys [i.e. Jews] against our brothers in our homeland of our Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“The consultation committee decided to give those who were found guilty of apostasy, unbelief, and denial of the Islamic established facts, three days’ time for them to announce their repentance and disavow their writings in denial of the traditions of the our prophet and to repent their support of the countries of unbelief and their rulers. They must announce this repentance publicly in the newspapers that they write in, and never to return to these writings and deeds again. If they do not respond to God and His messenger, we will hunt them in every place and every time. They are not far from the swords of the righteous, they are closer to our swords than to our shoes, they are under our eyes and ears (surveillance) day and night, we are totally aware of the their hiding places, residences, schools of their sons, and the times when their wives are alone at home. We have issued our commands to the soldiers of God to worship God by pouring out their blood and burning their homes.
“We thank God that most of these heads of unbelief and atheism do not live in Islamic lands, which will not be polluted by their rotten blood. They live in the lands of unbelief, the homelands of those who worship the cross and idols, countries like America, Switzerland, Canada and Italy. If they were in Islamic countries, we would wash the places in which they are killed seven times, once with dust to purify the Islamic homeland of their rotten blood. Their women are to be abducted; their children enslaved, and their money confiscated .This applies the ruling of Islam in handing over the possessions of the unbelievers to those who kill them.
“These are the names of those sentenced to be killed by the command of the consultation committee, if they do not repent three times:
Ahmed Subhy Mansour, leader of the Ahl ul-Quran, who escaped to the United States, the land of unbelief, with his sons; Muhammad, Sherif, Amir, Hosam, Sameh, Moner, and his wife.
Othman Muhammad Ali, leader of the Ahl ul-Quran in the Islamic land of Egypt, who escaped to Canada, the land of unbelief, and his wife.
Gamal Al-Banna, Egypt.
Abdelfattah Assaker, Egypt.
Mohamed Shebl, Egypt.
Mohamed Saied El Moshtohry, Egypt.
Mohamed Saied El Ashmawy, Egypt.
Hassan Ahmed Omar, Egypt.
Abdellatif Saied, Egypt.
Ayman Mohamed Abdelrahman, Egypt.
Waleed Mohamed Abdelrahman, Egypt.
Taha Helal, Egypt,
Khaled Helal, Italy.
Essam Nafiea, Egypt.
Ahmed Shaaban, Egypt.
Amr Abu Rassaa, Jordan
Ramadan Abdel Rahman Ali, Jordan.
Mohamed Shaalan, Egypt.
Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the owner of Ibn Zionist (Ibn Khaldun) center, Egypt.
Amr Ismaiel, Egypt.
Mohamed El Badri, Egypt.
Abdel Karim Soliman, Egypt.
Salah Mohsen, Canada.
Shaker Elnabulsi, USA
Nedal Na’eisa, USA.
Samir Hassan Ibrahim, Syria.
Wafa Sultan, USA.
Adli Abadeer, Switzerland.
Magdi Khalil, USA
Zakareya Botros, Holland.
Nahed Metwalli, Holland.
Alafeef Al-Akhdar, France.
Faten Nour, USA.
Signed by: Abu Dhar El Makdishi, media amir (commander)
The following web pages contain news in Arabic of the above death threats:
“HOW MANY WOMEN HAVE YOU RAPED TODAY?”
Islamists’ message to Israel at New York City rally: “The mushroom cloud is on its way!”
By Steven Emerson
Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) Newswire
April 21, 2006
The Queens-based Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) held a rally yesterday outside of the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan. Members of the Islamic Thinkers Society are easily identified by their Khilafah flags and provocative signs as well as rhetoric against homosexuals, Jews, Christians, Danes and others, depending on the hot button issue at the moment. Yesterday’s rally was held in response to last week’s Tel Aviv bombing that killed 9 and injured scores. While carrying signs including “Islam will Dominate” with a picture of an Islamic flag over the White House, the small but loud group of men chanted threatening slogans:
Leader (in Arabic): With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa!
[The rest also respond in Arabic:] With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa!
Israeli Zionists What do you say? The real Holocaust is on its way
Response: Allahu Akbar!
Response: Allahu Akbar!
Israeli Zionists, What do you say?
How many women have you raped today?
Israeli Zionists, What do you say?
How many children have you killed today?
Zionists, Zionists You will pay! The Wrath of Allah is on its way!
Israeli Zionists You shall pay! The Wrath of Allah is on its way!
The mushroom cloud is on its way! The real Holocaust is on its way!
We are not your average Muslims, We are the Muslims of Was al Sunnah
We will not accept the United Nations, they are the criminals themselves
They get paid by the Israeli and the US government to do their job.
We don’t recognize United Nations as a body
We only recognize Allah
Israel won’t last long… Indeed, Allah will repeat the Holocaust right on the soil of Israel
Response: Allahu Akbar!
No wonder they call you sons of apes and pigs because that’s what you are.
We know many government services are watching us
Such as the FBI…CIA…Mossad, Homeland Security…
We know we are getting on their nerves
And so are you….
So we say the hell with you!
May the FBI burn in Hell
CIA burn in Hell
Mossad burn in Hell
Homeland Security burn in hell!!
Islam will dominate the world
Islam is the only solution
Islam will dominate the world
Islam is the only solution
La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur Rasool Allah
Another mushroom cloud, right in the midst of Israel!
Takbeer!! Allahu Akbar!