Archive for February 8th, 2007

“The Lethal al-Aqsa Plot Hoax” by Yaakov Lappin

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

As the Israel Antiquities Authority begins construction work at the Mugrabi Gate in Jerusalem in order to make the area structurally sound and safe for visitors, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has called on Muslims “to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque.” Hamas has also charged Israel with “demolishing parts of the Aqsa mosque” on its website.

Although the works are not taking place on the Temple Mount , the Hamas website accused “the Israeli occupation government of conspiring to finally destroy the Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest Muslim shrine world-wide, and to install the alleged Third Temple on its ruins.”

“The Aqsa Mosque is in real danger and needs Muslim support to defend and spare it the rancorous Israeli conspiracies”, Palestinian Chief Justice Tayseer al-Tamimi declared, calling on Muslim masses to assemble to “protect” the site.

And the Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, claims to have “documents and photos” proving that “the demolition of the pathway and the two rooms under the Buraq Mosque will expose both the Aqsa Mosque and Buraq Mosque inside Al-Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) to extreme danger as Israeli settlers will easily access both of them,” the Hamas website added on Tuesday.

Calls have been issued for Palestinians to “unite their guns in defense of al-Aqsa,” while the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades have threatened terrorist attacks if the work continue.

Certainly, small, far-Right fringe groups exist within Israel that have set their sights on the mosque, and on rebuilding the Temple using physical force – but the State of Israel has devoted considerable resources of its security arms to keeping such extreme elements in check.

Why do Palestinian leaders continue to insist that the al-Aqsa mosque is “in danger?” The answer may lie in the shiny gold covering of the Dome of the Rock itself.

A history of false charges

Since the 1920s, Palestinian leaders have used the site as a rallying cry to wage war against the Jewish presence in Israel, and to try and gain support from Muslims abroad. The Palestinian prime minister today is continuing a 90-year tradition of incitement, which began with the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.

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Like clockwork

These missions resulted in a successful fund-raising drive, which led to the gold covering of the Dome of the Rock.

One British official in Mandatory Palestine noted at the time a “remarkable psychological change…” and a “stirring of a new feeling in the Muslims of this country” following the restoration.

Haj Amin also had photos with the Star of David superimposed on the Dome of the Rock distributed widely, in order to convince Muslims of a “Jewish plot” against the site.

In April 1929, Haj Amin helped stoke riots by issuing a Friday afternoon sermon at the al-Aqsa Mosque, reemphasizing the charge of a Jewish bid to take over the Islamic holy sites.

The incitement continued right through into the 1990s, when in 1997, Yasser Arafat declared: “I am ringing the bell of danger to warn against the Jewish plan to build the Temple of Solomon in the place where today stands Al Aqsa Mosque, after removing the mosque.”

Similar incitement flooded the airwaves of the Palestinian Authority following Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount in September 2000, launching what has now become known as the al-Aqsa Intifada.

Like clockwork, warnings of an Israeli plot to destroy the mosque are issued by the Hamas government every few days, ensuring that the flames of unfounded paranoia and incitement against Israel remain lit.

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“In Defense of ’24′” by Emilio Karim Dabul

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

I am an Arab-American as well as a fan of “24.” The two things are not mutually exclusive, despite what the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other such groups have to say about this season’s opening episodes possibly increasing anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice in American society.

Most of the terrorists represented in “24” through the years have been Arab Muslims. Why? Well, probably because most terrorists today are, in fact, Arab Muslims. As a descendant of Syrian Muslims, I am very well aware that the majority of Muslims world-wide are peaceful, hard working, and law abiding. That still does not change the fact that the greatest terrorist threat to the U.S. today comes not from the ETA, the IRA, etc., but from one group: Islamic terrorists.

And this is what makes “24” a compelling drama every week. Instead of pretending Islamic terrorists don’t exist, the show presents frighteningly real worst-case scenarios perpetrated by Osama bin Laden’s followers. So CAIR thinks it’s over the top for the terrorists in “24” to blow up Los Angeles with a nuke? Please, if bin Laden and his crew had nukes, most of us would be way too dead to argue over such points.

There is a dangerous trend in the U.S. today that involves skirting the truth at the risk of offending any individual or group. When Bill Cosby talks to African-Americans about self-respect and responsibility, and says publicly what many have been saying privately for years, he’s branded a “reactionary,” “misinformed,” “judgmental,” and so on. When “24” confronts America’s worst fears about al Qaeda–whose goal remains to kill as many Americans as possible whenever possible–the show is said to be guilty of fueling anti-Muslim and anti-Arab prejudice.

Well, here’s the hard, cold truth: When Islamic terrorists stop being a threat to America’s survival, viewers will lose interest in “24,” because it will have lost its relevancy. Until such time, I will continue to watch “24”–because, believe it or not, the idea that there are Jack Bauers out there in real life risking their lives to save ours does mean something to me.

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Upgrade Complete

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

It always makes me nervous when I upgrade the blog. I can just see the whole thing going “plunk” and not being able to restore it because I missed one little critical peace of it in the backup.
But God it good to me and the update went off without a hitch so here we are.
Thanks for the patience and understanding.
-Steve

Time to Upgrade the Blog Again

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Hello everyone.
Well, it’s time to upgrade the blog software again. Last time this went really easy, so I’m hoping the same is true this time.
If the blog looks different or goes away altogether, try back in a little bit and I’ll have the old one back up if nothing else.
Thanks!!!
-Steve

Gideons Jailed for Handing Out Bibles in Florida

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

The Gideons are a Christian group of men who distribute Bibles to people in America as well as to people all over the world. Apparently the authorities in Florida felt that these men were breaking the law by handing out Bibles to people on the sidewalk just outside of Key Largo. These men have the First Amendment backing them up, the question is whether the court will back up their First Amendment rights.

Two men who are members of Gideons International, the Christian organization that is famous for, among other ministries, placing Bibles in motels and giving them to children, have been arrested after trying to hand out Bibles on a public sidewalk in Florida, according to a law firm.

Officials with the Alliance Defense Fund have confirmed they will be representing Anthony Mirto and Ernest Simpson, who were arrested, booked into jail and charged with trespassing.

Jeremy Tedesco, one of the ADF’s lawyers on the case, confirmed to WND that the organization’s clients were on a public sidewalk when they were handing out Bibles and school officials summoned police.

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KKK Becoming More Popular in US

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

The members of the KKK are nothing more than terrorists on American soil. The sad part is that many of these KKK leaders claim to be Christians while terrorizing and even killing blacks, gays, Hispanics, and others who look or think differently. Make no mistake, there is nothing Christian about the KKK.

The Ku Klux Klan has experienced a worrying resurgence in popularity in the United States due to the “hot-button issues including immigration, gay marriage and urban crime” the Anti-Defamation League has said.

The ADL, which monitors the activities of the KKK as well as other racist groups and relays their findings to law enforcement and policymakers, views the recent increase in Klan activity in the US as troublesome, since the Klan has been relatively under the radar in recent years.

“If any one single issue or trend can be credited with reenergizing the Klan, it is the debate over immigration in America,” said ADL Civil Rights Director Deborah M. Lauter. “Klan groups have witnessed a surprising and troubling resurgence by exploiting fears of an immigration explosion, and the debate over immigration has in turn helped to fuel an increase in Klan activity, with new groups sprouting in parts of the country that have not seen much activity.”

The KKK has exploited Americans’s fear of Muslim and Arab immigrants, as well as the growing anti-immigrant feeling in the South stemming from the overwhelming influx of illegal Mexican workers, said ADL Israel office director Arieh O’Sullivan. New hate groups have emerged, and have manifested themselves by holding anti-immigration rallies and recruitment drives. These groups have also been active in distributing racist literature with a new emphasis on the immigration issue and Hispanics, and have effectively communicated with their supporters and publicized events through KKK- sponsored sites on the Internet, he said.

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Ayatollah Warns of US Attacks

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Iran will strike against US interests worldwide if it is attacked, the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned.
“The enemies know well that any aggression will lead to a reaction from all sides,” he said.

Washington accuses Tehran of secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and has not ruled out using military force.

The Iranians insist their nuclear programme is purely civilian and aimed at meeting their energy needs.

The BBC’s Frances Harrison in Tehran says Ayatollah Khamenei was defiant about the prospect of a possible American military strike.

The supreme leader said he hoped nobody would risk attacking Iran because the nation would stand up for itself and only become stronger militarily and economically.

War games

Another key Iranian figure, ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani, has also warned against a strike, saying it would carry a heavy cost for those who tried it.

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