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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Jamada al-Awwal 25, 1428/ June 11, 2007 #44

Latest war news: Please scroll way down.

Near Tripoli, Lebanon, Fatah al-Islam beat back heavy new Lebanese army attacks on June 9 and 10, though reports indicate that Islamic leaders Shaikh al-Abssi and Abu Huraira have been wounded. At least 58 Lebanese troops and 45 Fatah al-Islam mujahideen have been killed. The Lebanese artillery fire has killed 37 Palestinian refugees. For a GROUND BREAKING analysis of Fatah al-Islam by Imam Badi Ali, please scroll down.

June 1 to 10: A severe heat wave has reduced entire populations to misery after government was not able to provide continuous electricity supply and water. There have been water riots in Karachi.
The Musharraf regime brought the Imam of the Ka'aba, Islam's holiest shrine in Arabia, Abdur Rahman al-Sudais, to Pakistan to counter the growing flow of support for the Islamic women of Hafsa university and the Islamic men of Lal Masjid in Islamabad. The Imam supported Musharraf but gradually the tables were turned when he was told that Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid are standing for Shar'ia while Musharraf is westernizing the country and spreading immorality far and wide. Now [June 9] the Imam says he spoke against Jamia Hafsa because he did not know both sides of the story.
The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Haji Umar, located in South Waziristan, warned Musharraf [June 3] that if he attacks Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid, the forces of Islam will declare Jihad against Musharraf.

Our America: [3 items]

Congratulations to our youth:

Young Muslims were active in the demonstration against Israel on June 10 in Washington DC. A Jamaat al-Muslimeen placard, very prominent, said:
"Qur'an Teaches Resistance Against Occupation."

What Stories the warmongers tell the American People!

June 10, 2007: Senator Joseph Lieberman called for the use of force against Iran. Lieberman is backed by Jewish Americans concentrated in the state of Connecticut. He has been consistently for war against the Muslim world and is a staunch supporter of Israel. Lieberman claims that Iran is helping the "insurgents" in Iraq though no such evidence exists. The warmongers reach the element of irrationality by claiming that Iran is also supporting the Taliban!
However, on June 4, 2007 Hamid Karzai, America's main man in Kabul, made an impassioned speech in favor of Iran saying that Iran is his "very close friend" and is helping against the Taliban. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who was visiting Karzai, said that there is no evidence of Iranian government supplying the Taliban, though munitions may be coming in from Iran. [New Trend comment: During wars, there is never a vacuum for arms supply: Arms can come from anywhere for people willing to fight.]

Obama: Why is he so popular Among the People in Power?

Observers say that Obama has been brought up to keep Hillary Clinton in check. He is striving to prove that he is more pro-Israel than Hillary. During the Democratic Party's "debate" on June 4 [CNN] he declared:

"I believe that the Israelis want peace." [Comparable to Bush's claim that "Sharon is a man of peace."]
He advised the Palestinians: "They have to accept Israel's right to exist" and to give up violence. [He was telling the victim not to be violent!]

Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [4 items only]
Peaceful but Uncompromising
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234

Outreach Continues: Philadelphia: A tough City on way to Embracing Islam

June 8, 2007. Jamaat al-Muslimeen's literature was given to 200 people at the Masjid adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The effort is aimed at organizing Jamaat al-Muslimeen in this huge city where Islam is spreading on a big scale.

The literature included the main points from Malcolm X's message which taught SEPARATION from the power structure. Also included was the New Trend report on Jewish role in the slave trade and Jewish ownership and sale of slaves in America. A revealing report on the emergence of Fatah al-Islam in Lebanon as well as points from the struggle of Masjid Hafsa's women and Lal [Red] masjid's uprising in Islamabad, Pakistan against Bush's friend General Musharraf were included.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen Condemns Attempts to Link Muslims to Terrorism: JFK Case a string of lies and Fabrications
[Br. Abu Talib, Brooklyn, New York]

Looks like the U.S. threw a big net to trap as many Muslims as possible and to create the fear that JFK airport and all of New York was in danger. Fortunately the terrorism story was so absurd that it has been ridiculed by most people, including, surprisingly, by MSNBC commentator Keith Obermann. Here was what the U.S. was trying to do:
Involve the Shia community in Guyana and Trinidad.
Through them involve Venezuela and then Iran.
Involve the Sunni community by trying to link it to a local group known as Jamaat al-Muslimeen [no longer active] in Trinidad. [No connection to Jamaat al-Muslimeen in USA.]

The informant played a big role. He worked hard to get the Muslims to talk against the USA and then to work it up into a terrorism program. He trapped De Frietas, a Guyanese Muslim who used to work at JFK airport ending 1995. After 12 years, it was still not old news for the government!

Here is the information on the informant from the Guyana papers:

"Court documents filed in New York which described the informant De Souza as a convicted drug dealer, said he began working for the U.S. government in 2004 after his second drug-trafficking conviction in the 'Big Apple'.

Once he proved to be a credible source, he was sent to meet De Freitas in 2006.

De Souza, a U.S. citizen of stocky build, reportedly told persons with whom he boarded here that he was originally from the Dominican Republic."

American Jewish Elites Hate Islam: Rushdie and Albright Invited to Meyerhoff: Culture a Cover for Fanatical Intolerance

Jamaat al-Muslimeen urges Muslims all over America and all over the world to protest Meyerhoff Orchestra's hosting of two of the biggest hate mongers the world has ever known:

Salman Rushdie [Insulted the Qur'an, abused the Prophet, pbuh, and denigrated the family of the Prophet, pbuh, including the Mother of the Believers, Ayesha Siddiqa, r.a.]
Madeleine Albright [justified the sanctions on Iraq and the slow death of ONE MILLION Iraqis, many of them children].

Meyerhoff's phone numbers: (410) 783-8100 or 410-783-8131

The program is being organized by Villa Julie College. Their numbers:

(410) 486-1575 talk to Cheryl Sunderland (This is the President's office.)

(443) 352-4307 (ask about the program for invited guests.)

It is being publicized by National Public Radio [NPR] run in Baltimore by a Jew named Mark Steiner who was involved in the original attempt to smear Sudan [remember the "slavery in Sudan" story?]

It's an all out Jewish hate campaign against Muslims. Be calm, non-violent but firm. Call the Jewish elites and their fellow travelers.

Prominent Israel Rabbi Advocates Carpet Bombing of Palestinians
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All civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written in a letter to Israel's Prime Minister. Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings. The letter, published in Olam Katan [Small World], a weekly pamphlet to be distributed in synagogues nationwide this Friday, cited the biblical story of the Shechem massacre (Genesis 34) and Maimonides' commentary (Laws of Kings 9, 14) on the story as proof texts for his legal decision.

Lebanon's Palestinian Refugee Camps

Understanding Fatah al-Islam: A New Trend Disturbing the Status Quo: A small but Decisive force Clear in its Direction and Aims

by Badi Ali, North Carolina

Two patterns have emerged from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is the anti-Islam pattern. In Iraq, Allawi, al-Hakeem and other collaborators invited the occupiers and the American armada occupied Iraq.

Then there is the Islamic pattern. The mujahideen fought the Soviets and then went back to try and topple the tyrants in their own countries.

The Islamic pattern is now working in Iraq. The resistance there is now sending trained fighters, steeled in the battle against America, to Lebanon.

The anti-Islam pattern is working too in Lebanon. Siniora, Gamayel and Jumblatt would like the Americans to come in. Plans are underway for a U.S. military base in northern Lebanon. Syria is very weak and unable to fight.

In that context, Fatah al-Islam has emerged. It has these characteristics:

It is independent and does not take help from any entity.
It honestly declares that it agrees with al-Qaida's ideology although it has no links to al-Qaida.
Its fighters cover the spectrum of Islam. Though the leader is Palestinian, the fighters are from Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
When they are not fighting they are praying or reciting the Qur'an and they have big beards and dress like Afghans.
It's a small group but they do not stay within the boundaries of middle eastern politics and hence are slowly gaining support. Why? because the people are sick and tired of national politics.
One big sign of their success is that they are being opposed by the U.S., Israel and the Arab rulers.
TEN PLANES full of ammunition have arrived to re-supply the Lebanese army. These planes are American, Jordanian, Kuwaiti and UAE.
Because the Fatah al-Islam force is small, ultimately it might not be able to stop the occupation of Lebanon but it is becoming a catalyst for resistance [as in Iraq].
A few words about Shaikh Shakir al-Abssi. At one time he joined the PLO forces to get military training and rose to the rank of general. His plane crashed when the co-pilot died in flight. This incident opened his mind to Islam. He went to Yemen and memorized the entire Qur'an. He was arrested by the Syrians for attacking Israel.

CAIR vs Steve Emerson, Frank Gaffney, Stephen Schwartz et al

Jewish Zionists, Christian Zionists, "Muslim" Zionists Joust for Acceptance by White House/FBI/Zionist Media

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

Muslims in America are often puzzled by the phenomenon of apparent opposition between CAIR-ISNA and Zionists like Emerson, Gaffney and Schwartz. The media play an interesting role in this situation. Every now and then they bring CAIR-ISNA people to the TV screens as representatives of the Muslims of America. More often, especially when terrorism is to be discussed, Steve Emerson appears on the screen. Sometimes, the "Muslim" lunatic fringe, Manji, Warraq etc [whom the Steve Emerson types support] are the representatives of the "Muslim mainstream" and CAIR is left to stew in its own juices.

I want to help Muslims sort out the puzzle of "Muslim representation" on the media. First look at the media's basic assumption, the requirement for acceptance: One has to accept Israel. Muslims often do not realize what "Zionism" means in our times and hence are confused by the competition between Jews, Christians and "Muslims" in support of Israel.

* A Zionist is one who believes that Israel is a legitimate state and has the right to exist in Palestine.

* Jewish Zionists believe that God gave them Palestine in biblical times; hence in these times they have only taken back what was originally theirs

* The secularist Jewish Zionist believe that the United Nations gave them parts of Palestine [owing to their suffering in the "holocaust"] and hence Israel is a legitimate entity.

* The Christian Zionists believe that Israel should be supported so that all the Jews would be gathered in Palestine, so that the final war, armageddon, may happen. Allegedly, that's a requirement for the return of Jesus, pbuh.

* "Muslim" Zionists believe that Israel is now well established. It should be recognized as a legitimate entity so that Muslims in America do not have to oppose a central doctrine of the American power structure. Once Muslims recognize Israel as legitimate, they will be accepted by America's power brokers and then get their people elected to various positions. The way to assimilation will be smoothed over. Many Muslims, the "Muslim" Zionists argue, are already culturally assimilated. Why should they be blocked from entry into the portals of power just because of non-acceptance of Israel.

* Some from among all three kinds of Zionists, occasionally, object to Israel's harsh measures against Palestinians as well as to the ongoing Israeli-settler attempts to steal more territory from the "occupied territories."

* The term "occupied territories" is used by "Muslim" Zionists for Gaza and the West Bank. So when Israel attacks these areas or encroaches on them, "Muslim" Zionists protest. These protests often confuse Muslims and help to cover up the fact that the "Muslim" Zionists have rejected Islam and specific verses of the Qur'an and Hadith narrations by accepting the legitimacy of Israel.

The squabble between Norquist and Gaffney illustrates the competition and leg pulling which goes on within the establishment regarding Islam and Muslims. Norquist was of the view that CAIR, ISNA, AMC [now defunct], etc should be brought into the power structure so that they could be used to influence, infiltrate and control the American Muslim communities.

Gaffney vigorously opposed Norquist and tried to create the impression that CAIR, ISNA, AMC etc are linked to "terrorist" groups such as Hamas! Gaffney's tactics seem to be an effort to keep himself and his friends [Jewish Zionists] as the sole friends of the U.S. government. The "Muslim" Zionists bent over backwards to prove their subservience to the White House, the FBI, the Pentagon, the major media and to show that they meant no ill will to Israel. Gaffney would have none of it.

Gaffney's outbursts got him "un-invited" by Norquist from the circle surrounding the White House honchos.

Emerson attacks CAIR at every opportunity. His main "evidence" is the claim that once upon a time "Islamic fundamentalists" held a camp in mid-America in which, allegedly, weapons were present. Emerson stories too have not been bought by the White House.

Stephen Schwartz wrote a book in which he outdid Emerson and Gaffney. Apart from the record number of times he used the word "wahhabis," he claimed that the fatuous imam of the Orange County Islamic Center, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui, is perhaps a putative terrorist! The "evidence" runs like this: A convert to Islam, Adam Gadahn, used to go to Orange County's Islamic Center. Now he is with Al-Qaida and sends out anti-American video tapes. This "proves" that Muzammil Siddiqui could be connected to terrorists, according to the Stephen Schwartz-Emerson-Gaffney process of "thinking."

During the tussle between the Jewish-Christian Zionists and "Muslim" Zionists , at one point the Jewish Zionists persuaded the U.S. government that the "Muslims" are dangerous for the USA!. The result: a series of raids on the establishments set up by "Muslim" Zionists to infiltrate the Muslim community. [1] As usual in such violations of the rights of U.S. citizens after 9.11, the government was vicious and thorough. The offices of the heavily funded "Muslim" groups were turned upside down. In one raid the wife and daughter of Iqbal Unus were insulted and photographed. Iqbal Unus has spent his life in the service of pro-regime groups like ISNA-NAIT etc. Computers were taken away, offices trashed. The "Muslim" Zionists were in a state of shock. Their decades of tireless work in support of the American power structure [sponsored and funded by the Saudis] had come to nothing.

The rampage was a serious error. The "Muslim" Zionists were so frightened that they blew their own cover and more or less told the Muslims of America that for them, American power came first and Islam, a very "moderate" and Americanized Islam, a distant second. It was a disaster for the U.S. government. Henceforth it was difficult for CAIR, ISNA etc to infiltrate the Muslim communities. Slowly but steadily, the Muslims of America left them. Only the very naive and the totally de-politicized stayed with them.

Just about every Muslim who was raided was a staunch supporter of the U.S. government.[3] It was a major blunder. Among the victims was Taha Jabir al-Alwani, a sellout "Islamic" scholar who had given the "fatwa" that it was Islamically permissible for U.S. Muslims to go into a kafir Presidential election and cast votes. One result of al-Alwani's fatwa was that ISNA-CAIR misled the Muslims of America into casting a BLOC VOTE for Bush.

Gradually the Bush administration reinstated the raid victims. Months later Al-Alwani had forgiven the U.S. government and was as much of a flag waver as before. CAIR now openly invites FBI and government officials to its meetings. The pretense that CAIR-ISNA are Islamic groups is nothing more than a fig leaf now. Looking at CAIR-ISNA and ICNA web sites one would not know that the U.S. has carried out military invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Similarly all of the Muslim political prisoners being victimized by the U.S. are not part of the ISNA-CAIR and ICNA agendas. Prof. Sami al-Arian's family learned the hard way that ISNA-CAIR wouldn't care for anything which would irritate the regime. Ismail Royer, too, rapidly lost CAIR support. [As for ICNA, it focuses on the most innocuous causes. It seems to be searching for "harmless" issues and does not find many, if any.]

Meanwhile Frank Gaffney hasn't given up. His latest claim is that PBS left out his "documentary" Islam vs Islamists because PBS' Frontline "America at a Crossroads" program found its stark truth too strong for comfort. Gaffney's fellow traveler, Lamb, who monopolizes the Book TV program on C-Span, gave one hour coverage to Gaffney's complaints. Some footage from the "documentary" was shown on C-Span. It's my candid opinion that Frontline was correct in rejecting Gaffney's production. It's nothing more than thinly veiled hate propaganda. Gaffney's offerings, which require an audience willing to think uncritically, can be summed up as follows [4]:

Islamic opposition to America is based on the activities of "Islamists" who have attempted to hijack Islam. Most Muslims follow Islam but a few, the "Islamists," oppose America.
"Islamists" are potential terrorists.
Within the U.S. and Canada, homegrown "Islamist" terrorists are waiting to attack as they did in London, Bali and Madrid.
All Islamic resistance movements are "Islamist" [hence terrorist]. They do not have the Muslim world's support because most Muslims support Islam, not "Islamism."
Thus in Gaffney's twisted mind, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaida, Kashmiri resistance, Iraqi resistance, Jamaa Islam Indonesia, you name it, are not Islamic but "Islamist."
If there were any doubt about Gaffney intellectual senility, it comes from his claim that "Saudi" Arabia is behind "Islamist" terrorism. Because CAIR-ISNA got Saudi funding in a variety of ways, he argues, along with Emerson and Schwartz, that proves that CAIR-ISNA are camouflaged terrorists. Weren't the 9.11 hijackers Saudis?
We don't have the heart to tell poor Gaffney that the Saudi kingdom and the Saudi family are the biggest supporters of the U.S. in the Middle East after Israel, the Egyptian dictator Mubarak and the playboy ruler of Jordan King Abdullah. Gaffney conveniently forgets that the lead 9.11 hijacker, Muhammad Atta was Egyptian and none of the others came anywhere near him in ferocity. So why not go after Egypt?
Osama bin Laden has come near toppling the Saudi dynasty. His citizenship was taken away by the Saudi rulers and the Saudis broke with the Taliban when they would not hand over Osama to the U.S.
Saudi oil money is in Chase Manhattan and other U.S. banks. In the first Gulf War, the Saudis funded and fed the ENTIRE American armada. In the 2003 assault on Iraq, the Saudi air bases were used by the U.S. air force but the information was systematically suppressed.
Most of the people of "Saudi" Arabia support Palestine and Islamic causes around the world. It would be impossible for the rulers to stop their people from working for Islam without themselves being discredited and toppled.
The U.S. government considers the Saudi family a close ally. It uses the Jewish Zionist propaganda to pressure the family to work more assiduously against the Islamic resistance, but there is certainly no distance between the Saudi rulers and the U.S. rulers.
Every initiative for the recognition of Israel by the Muslim world has come from the rulers of "Saudi" Arabia.

No wonder the U.S. government ignores the steady stream of "terrorism" propaganda against CAIR and other Saudi-funded organizations coming from Gaffney, Emerson and Schwartz. It however finds the propaganda to be beneficial because it motivates the naive segments of the Muslim community to support CAIR-ISNA and related groups.

[1] Asia Times, March 12, 2002.

[2] For Saudi funding and Norquist, see St. Petersburg Times, March 11, 2003.

[3] Muslim World League, International Relief Organization (IRO), International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), Success Foundation, American Muslim Foundation (AMF), International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Fiqh Council of North America, Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences, SAAR Foundation, SAAR International, Safa Trust, Mar-Jac Holdings, Inc., Mar-Jac Investments, Inc., Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., Mena Cooperation, Sterling Charitable Gift Fund, York Foundation, York International, African Muslim Agency, Aradi, Inc., American Muslim Foundation, Heritage Education Trust, Humana Charitable Trust, Grove Corporate Inc., Reston Investment Inc., Sterling Management Group, Inc., The homes of Dr. Jamal al-Barzinji, Dr. Ahmad Totonji, Dr. Yaqub Mirza, Dr. Mohammoloraghlit, Dr. Taha Jabir al-'Alwani, Dr. Iqbal Yunus, Tarik Hamdi, Muhammad Ashraf, and the home of M. 'Omar Ashraf. [Source April 19, 2002.]

[4] C-Span Q & A. June 4, 2007.

US holding at least 39 detainees in secret prisons:
rights groups

Michael Sung [courtesy the Jurist]

[JURIST] At least 39 "ghost detainees" [press release, PDF] have been held by the US CIA in secret detention facilities, according to a report [PDF text; executive summary, PDF] jointly published Thursday by six leading human rights groups, including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and Human Rights Watch. The report specifically identifies three detainees, Pakistani Hassan Ghul, Saudi Ali Abu al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi, and Libyan Ali Abdul-Hamid al-Fakhiri, whose detention by the United States has been "officially acknowledged" but whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown. Ghul and al-Fakhiri are believed to have been held at a CIA-operated secret detention facility in Poland [JURIST report]. All three detainees were included in the "Terrorists No Longer a Threat" List [transcript] that was read into the US Congressional Record last July.

The report also highlighted the detention of family members, including children of detained suspected terrorists, some of whom have been subjected to "coercive treatment" to further the purpose of obtaining information about detainees. One instance cited was the detention and interrogation of Khalid Sheik Mohammed's two sons, Yusef al-Khalid and Abed al-Khalid, then nine and seven-years old. The children's detention was confirmed [Daily Telegraph report] by a CIA official in 2003, who said that their detention and the "promise of their release and their return to Pakistan" was a "psychological lever" to be used against Khalid Sheik Mohammed [BBC profile; CSRT transcript, PDF].

The rights groups urged [press release] the US to end its "silence" on the so-called "ghost detainees," and reiterated that the US has a duty to "detain and bring to justice" criminals "in a manner that respects human rights and the rule of law." The report also calls for the US and foreign states that allow the US to base secret detention facilities within their borders to grant access to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] and either promptly charge the detainees with a "recognizable criminal offense" and bring them to trial before a court that meets international standards or release them. In February, the European Parliament condemned European states [JURIST report] - including Austria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia, and Romania for their cooperation in illegal secret prisons and extraordinary rendition flights [JURIST report]. Several states were also accused of obstructing European probes into the secret prison allegations, including Poland [JURIST report], which allegedly housed the largest CIA secret detention facility in Europe [JURIST report]. President Bush acknowledged the existence of the secret CIA facilities [JURIST report] last September, but provided no details on their location or operation.


June 9, 2007. While Karzai was visiting Ghazni, his compound came under Taliban rocket attack. The Taliban rockets missed Karzai but caused dozens of casualties among his supporters. The attack is a serious setback for his future because Karzai's regime has been claiming that it is winning against the Taliban and has killed 152 Taliban! [No evidence of any such losses.]

June 9: British forces beat back a Taliban ambush in the Singin area of Kandahar province. One British soldier was killed and 4 wounded in the fighting.
In Kandahar city itself, 11 Karzai police officers, including the second in command of the countrywide Karzai police apparatus, General Daud Salih, were killed in a daredevil Taliban attack.

U.S. troop losses indicate that ten U.S. troops were killed in recent fighting in Afghanistan. However, the media reported only one fatality, on June 5.
The British media reported on June 10, that 60 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan. No details were provided. Thus it appears that Taliban victory reports were accurate.

In Badghis province, advancing Taliban were hit hard and lost 30 killed in an air attack followed up by Karzai's police, two of whom were killed by the Taliban.
U.S. bombing raids have resulted in more devastation of Afghan civilians. On June 2, in Helmand province's Naja Siraj district, 10 civilians were killed and 7 wounded in a U.S. air raid.
Also on June 2, U.S. planes bombed a village in district Zari of Kandahar province, killing 20 civilians according to villagers.

2007-06-12 Tue 20:19:18 cdt