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Safar 27, 1429/ March 5, 2008 #15
Rushdie's Direct Connection with Israel and
He Insulted the Prophet, pbuh, was honored by Jews.
[From Nadrat Siddique]
Here is a rather interesting clip I found from a September
2006 AJC (American Jewish Congress) awards ceremony, where
Rushdie is flanked by the Israeli flag as he accepts
a "Profile in Courage" award from them:
(During the same ceremony, Wafa Sultan and Salim Mansour were
also presented awards.)
In a few words, Palestinian intellectual sums it up
Re: Making Baltimore History: vs Rushdie
Dear brother Kaukab:
This is great effort. We need more Baltimores.
[Dr.] Ismail Zayid
Nova Scotia, Canada
Letter: Re: Making Baltimore History: vs Rushdie:
Respected Kaukab saheb,
May Allah bless you with more power of communication and may
many more men and women who are enemy of the word of Allah
and its communicators get the guidance. I appreciate your
efforts for organizing the Muslims for non-violent democratic
communication in U.S.
[Dr.] Muhammad Mukhtar Alam
Letter: Latest Discovery of Massive Jewish
Misha Defonseca's book, "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust
Years," was translated into 18 languages and made into a
feature film in France.
"The Painted Bird" by Jerzy Kosinski, which I vaguely
remember being all the rage during my college years, was also
a bestseller and a fake (see Finkelstein, "Holocaust
Industry"). Makes you wonder if the folks who claim "The
Diary of Anne Frank" is a fake might be on to something.
Letter: Re: Nuremburg [NT #14]: Saddam's "Trial" was
The trial of Saddam Hussein was no different than the
Nuremberg trials in that they violated "fundamental
principles of justice ...via prosecutor, judge and
executioner". They should have aired his trial on TV and let
the American people hear what he had to say. Boy, could he
have exposed our government and its fickle foreign policy in
the Middle East. Perhaps he would have discussed the old days
when V.P. George Bush, Sr., and Donald Rumsfeld used to visit
his country selling weapons, in the 1980's during the
Iraq/Iran war. (They were all good buddies.) At the same
time, the American terrorist group, the Contras, led by
Oliver North, were selling weapons to Iran via Israel. There
is always the same common denominator when it comes to
foreign policy, especially in the Middle East– Israel.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News] [3 items only]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
Dr. Sami al-Arian Facing Indefinite Delay in his Release:
Begins Hunger Strike
[Courtesy Washington Report.]
On Monday, March 3, 2008, Dr. Sami Al-Arian began a hunger
strike for justice to protest continued government
harassment. Earlier in the day, Dr. Al-Arian was informed
that he would be called to testify before a third grand jury
in Virginia, only weeks before his scheduled release date.
Under his plea agreement, Dr. Al-Arian should have been
released last April at the latest. However, because he has
not testified, his sentence was suspended as he served one
year for civil contempt.
Dr. Al-Arian's current release date is April 7, 2008, but it
will likely be pushed back indefinitely when he is called
before a grand jury.
Muslim Woman Shot Dead by Policeman, War Veteran
In its March 4 issue, the Las Vegas Sun noticed the
funeral services for a Muslim woman from Albania, Deshira
Selimaj, who was shot and killed by a police officer in the
town of Henderson. The officer, a veteran from the Iraq war,
claimed that he was threatened by the woman. The memorial,
February 29, was attended by the Albanian community in the
Las Vegas area. These are people who are loyal to the U.S. to
the point of being flag-waving.
U.S. Muslims urge United Stance Against Israel's Holocaust
Dismantle Israel Thru Systematic Peaceful Means on a
February 27-March 3, 2008: More than 100 Palestinians,
defenseless and helpless. were slaughtered by Israeli Jews
using the latest helicopter gunships, jet fighters and late
model tanks. Among those killed were 22 children, including 7
babies. The others were all young men who do not accept
Israeli hegemony. More than 200 Palestinians were wounded.
The Palestinians showed that they are good fighters when they
repulsed the Israeli military column trying to enter northern
Gaza, killing 2 Israeli troops and wounding 5. However, it
was a pathetic sight to see Palestinian children hurling
stones at the invaders. GAZA STANDS DEFIANT and ISLAMIC but
We urge the Muslims to wake up and help defeat the Zionist
monster seated in the heartland of Islam. Organized effort
can help dismantle the terrorist entity. Here is
[Press release from Jamaat al-Muslimeen. Contact person: Imam
Badi Ali, National Islamic Shoora.]
Palestine is central to Islam and affects every Muslim
globally. All dictatorial regimes in Muslim countries are
supported by Israel [often indirectly through the U.S.]
Every time Iran or Saudi Arabia or Libya use pro-Palestinian
rhetoric, ask their representatives to arm the Palestinians
or shut up.
Ask Hizbullah why it is inactive when the Palestinians are
Urge the Egyptian, Jordanian and United Arab Emirates regimes
to cut their relations with Israel. [Muslims who are not from
these countries should carry out these communications.]
All groups in the U.S. who claim to be Muslim or Islamic must
proclaim in public on their web sites that Israel is an
illegitimate, terrorist entity. The Islam of those who want
to be friendly with Israel must be questioned.
Cut off all ties with American Jews who are funding Israel.
[Almost all of them are.]
Boycott businesses which support Israel or are doing business
with Israel, such as Coca-Cola, Starbucks, McDonalds,
Nestles, Disney [etc]. Do your research. Don't kill your
people with your own money.
Stop [peacefully] those collaborators within the U.S. Muslim
community who have been visiting Synagogues, inviting Rabbis
into mosques and supporting pro-Israel
Open up the discussion of the Jewish "Holocaust" story.
Remember this is the Jewish-Israeli mainline fundraiser for
Zionism. Jews did suffer but so did Germans.
Call for the release of critics of the Jewish Holocaust
story. Imprisonment of scholars like Germar Rudolf shows that
the truth is too much for the supporters of the H story.
Study the Jewish hand behind the occupation of Iraq
Oppose the "Darfur Genocide" story. This is a Zionist myth
aimed at undermining the premier African nation of Sudan.
Call for an end to the occupation of Somalia.
Pakistanis should put Musharraf in trial for his secret links
Saudi Arabia must withdraw its proposal to recognize Israel
in return for a Palestinian state. Any recognition of Israel
War News [from our Iraq observer]
Ahmedinejad Visit Protested by Iraqis: Rallies and Attacks
Censored by U.S. Media
March 2, 2005: According to Reuters, demonstrations against
the visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took place
in the cities of Samarra, Mosul, Falluja and Baghdad, police
and witnesses said. [However the reports were censored by ALL
the U.S. media.]
Also, according to wire services, the resistance carried out
bomb attacks within Baghdad while the Iranian President was
visiting, inflicting heavy casualties in two of the attacks,
in spite of intensive security precautions for the
In MOSUL, U.S. forces with Shi'ite military support are
carrying out a house-to-house battle to kill Iraqis
supporting al-Qaida and other insurgent groups. More than 200
supporters of the resistance have been killed but the U.S.
said, March 3, that it will take a long time to be successful
against the mujahideen in Mosul.
U.S. losses for February were put at 29 killed and 79
wounded but no details were given.
At least 14 of the Shi'ite military were also killed in Mosul
and their bodies dumped in a mass grave.
On March 2, fighting erupted in Tal Afar [northeastern Iraq,
near Syria]. Fighting is also reported from Fallujah with
success for the insurgents.
War News from Pakistan: From our Urdu Language
Series of Attacks against Pak. Generals' Supporters
Inflict Heavy Losses
March 4, 2008: Lahore: Two martyrdom operators on a motor
bike attacked security inside the Navy's War College situated
on Mall Road opposite Aitchison college. The powerful
explosions could be heard for miles and terrified people in
this upscale area. At least 7 Navy personnel were killed and
18 wounded. A dozen cars and two buses caught fire and
exploded along with fuel tanks in the area. The military
sealed off the area.
U.S. Top Brass Confers with Musharraf and Kayani: Offers
Direct Military Help.
March 4: Rawalpindi: Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the
U.S. military's Joint Chief of Staff met General [ret.]
Musharraf and Gen. Kayani [separately] and was apprised of
the strategic Pakistani moves against the forces of Islam as
well as the security situation in the battle areas.
The Admiral offered direct U.S. military force action to help
defeat the "terrorists." The U.S. carried out two missile
attacks on Pakistani villages this year killing scores of
civilians along with a prominent Libyan Islamic refugee known
as "The Libyan" and several Pakistani Taliban.
Military's Leading Tribal Supporters Wiped out by 22 Year
March 2: In the Darra Adam Khel, in the Zarghon Khel area,
evacuated by Pakistani Taliban after they decided not to risk
damaging a tunnel in the area, a council of pro-military
tribal chiefs was held, at a paramilitary post, to plan
action against "foreigners." The term is used by General
Musharraf's men for Islamic refugees and fighters from
Chechnia, Uzbekistan and various Arab countries. The council
[jirga] consisting of ultra pro-regime war lords announced
that "the house of anyone giving refuge to any foreign
trouble maker will be burned to the ground" and a heavy fine
would be imposed on any supporter of "foreigners." Further,
the tribal chiefs, representing the extreme of Pakistan's war
lords and conservative religious bosses, united to order the
"expulsion of all [Islamic] militants."
As the gathering was dispersing, a martyrdom operator,
estimated by witnesses to be about 17 to 22 years old, strode
across the field, entered the crowd of war lords and
exploded. Forty six people were killed in the huge explosion
and more than 100 wounded. [Thirty six, including security
forces, died on the spot and ten died in hospitals.] The
regime declared emergency in the entire area and is trying
to take care of the wounded.
Police Force Sent by Musharraf to Occupy Swat Hit Hard:
Curfew Imposed on Area
February 29-March 1: It all began on Friday morning in Lakki
Marwat when a remote controlled bomb ambush killed a senior
police officer [a Deputy Superintendent of police] along with
three of his troopers. Later that night a grand funeral
ceremony for the officer was held in Mingora, the capital of
Swat, which is under Pakistani military occupation. [Readers
might remember that the leader of the Islamic resistance in
Swat, Maulvi Fazlullah, withdrew from Swat after a powerful
Pakistani military column entered the state.]
After the funeral, "when policemen were giving a final honor
salute to their officer" a martyrdom operator hit the
assembled police officers and their friends. At least 50
people, "among them a large number of policemen" were killed
and another 50, mostly police, were wounded.
It is feared that a Jamaat-e-Islami official who had gone to
condole with the police officer's family was also killed.
The Left was with Bush!
"Democracy Now!" "Move-On" and other Left Groups
Participated in Demonization Campaign Against
Al-Kurdi uses Haifa Zangana as an Example.
Haifa Zangana, "Left" Wing Iraqi Traitor in Exile
By Husayn Al-Kurdi
A cottage industry of self-appointed Liberal and Progressive
self-styled "advisers" to the Occupation forces in Iraq has
been growing as disgust with the war and disgruntlement with
the government grows in America and Britain.
There's the crypto-Baha'i Juan Cole who expatiates
anti-Ba'ath vitriol under the banner of "Global Americana".
Actually, Cole was a hanger-on in the openly pro-Zionist
Baha'i Shi'ite offshoot sect and specialized in Iranian and
Baha'i studies during his academic career, before he launched
himself as an instant expert on Iraq and all that US Foreign
Policy should and should not do. His "proof" that Saddam was
an undesirable? "He looks crazy".
There's "Captain" Kurt Nimmo, another self-appointed USA
adviser, aptly dubbed "John Le Carre" by Leila Anwar, one of
a very few writers in the English language on the subject of
Iraq who knows what she is talking about. He has bruited
about the old saw that Iraq was an artificial creation,
therefore does not need to be recognized as an entity,
therefore can cease to exist and be broken up into three or
more pieces, cohering with the old Israeli plan which has
been around since the 1950s, and which pushes for
ethnically-driven breakup of all Arab and Muslim-based
nations in the Middle East and North Africa.
Then there's "Code Pink" and "Global Exchange" and the rest
of the "Peace" apparatus which is joining with others in an
effort to "Save the Republic", as are virtually all of the
9/11 "conspiracy" theorists who refuse to admit that nineteen
Arab Muslim guys could achieve what they did on that
One salutary thing about "9/11": it brought out the abject,
servile true essence and the rotten political character of
almost everybody in America as well as many others elsewhere.
The war in Iraq has carried the process of outing the phony
"oppositionists" even further.
Thus the spectacle of moveon.org and all the
"anti-war.coms" plumping for the Democratic Party
(which has long proven to be at least as pro-Jewish power and
anti-Arab and anti-Muslim as their GOP counterparts) to come
to the rescue.
A broad coalition, incorporating what was once "the Left",
has formed. Its salient features are anti-Saddamism,
anti-Ba'athism and anti-Arabism, all wrapped in a "peace"
package. It is explicitly against anything Arab that does not
make nice with the imperialism which oppresses them, and
particularly against national liberation movements which
insist on fighting their oppressors until they are out of
their countries and out of their lives, refusing anyone's
tutelage in pursuing their paths to self-determination.
Among the denizens of the anti-Saddam "Left" camp is one
Haifa Zangana. At first blush, she evokes the "do-gooder"
maternalist-paternalist soup-kitchen approach, concerned with
the living conditions of the people, especially women.
She tries to create the impression of recent involvement as
an Iraqi on the ground in Iraq, trying to address the
problems which that country faces as a result of invasion
Actually, she has been an exile from Iraq for over 35 years.
She was briefly imprisoned but then released, as were many
others, although they were engaged in activities detrimental
to the welfare of the people of Iraq, including efforts to
overthrow and undermine the Ba'ath's efforts to transform
Iraq into a bastion of Arab liberation and a strong force
standing up to the American-British-Jewish-Pharisee Christian
Axis of Evil. She has since embellished her story and let
others add that she "escaped execution under Saddam".
Actually, the Ba'ath repeatedly tried to get the CP of Iraq
to mend its treacherous ways, but to no avail. It is the
"Leftist" sectarians who were and are traitors to Iraq, as
their presence at the feet of the occupier in the Green
Haifa Zangana has attached herself to the dastardly
"Progressive Community" by playing the put-upon victim of
Ba'ath repression who still hates Saddam so much that she
pretends that there is a national resistance but it has
nothing to do with the Ba'ath Party!
Zangana (name of a Kurdish clan which has covered itself in
shame and treason from San Diego to Suleimaniya and back)
spilled her guts to the false-flag Pacifica Foundation
"Democracy Now!" radio program, approving the removal of
Saddam and the Ba'ath but disapproving of the Occupation and
then lying repeatedly through her teeth with comments like
"We fought against Saddam's regime, continuously, all Iraqis
did that" (no doubt from her exile in London along with such
as Ahmad Chalabi) and "I never thought I would live to hear
some Iraqis regretting getting rid of Saddam Hussein". If
this person had been present in Iraq anytime in the last
three decades, she would certainly know better. Her punch
line on "Democracy Now!"? "I hate everything Saddam has
done." One wonders, does that include releasing her from
jail those many years ago?
This is the lying twaddle which is getting her favorable
recognition and a starring role in something called "Act
Together", an outfit sponsored by Code Pink, Global Exchange
and Amnesty International, the false-flag "human rights"
outfit that tipped the scales for the invasion of Iraq by
spreading the lies about incubator babies being murdered and
similar fabrications. The AI intervention was decisive in
shifting the few Senators over to vote for war and tipping
the scales in the US Congress to pass the resolution
authorizing the invasion of Iraq in 1991.
Who the hell she thinks the "Resistance" is that is
"defending Iraqi women" is beyond anyone's guess. The
Resistance does have a broad range of component parts, but to
deny that the Ba'ath is at the heart and head of it is
patently absurd. But that is good enough for the "Citizens
for a United Nations People's Assembly", one of her hangouts,
whose logo is "Empower the UN" and whose on-site stars
include longtime Ahmad Chalabi supporter and bad actor Noam
Chomsky, the incredibly moronic Australian peacenik Helen
Caldicott who comes out every four years to insist that we
are all doomed unless we elect a Democrat and...Al Gore, one
of the "saviors" she has so endorsed in the past.
Somehow, Zangana has no idea who is killing all of the
academics and others on a daily basis in Iraq. She is muddled
in her comments on the "Civil War" which the Occupiers have
attempted to use to displace and defeat the Resistance and
further degrade Iraq.
One does not have to be a scumbag if one is an exile. I cite
Leila Anwar as an example of this. She lives in the vicinity
of Haifa Zangana (in England) yet has been a staunch and
passionate defender of Iraq and admirer of Saddam. I cite
Ibrahim Ebeid and Salah al-Mukhtar, in exile from Palestine
and Iraq respectively, but firm stalwarts of the Iraqi and
Arab cause nevertheless.
What kind of "Arabs" turn on THE Party of Arabism and
anti-Imperialist and anti-Zionist struggle? What makes them
all too ready to sign on to what has long been in actuality
the "Left Wing" of Imperialism as well as a backdoor Jewish
colonialist entree into the Arab nation?
Nothing new for Iraq: it was the "Communists" who egged on
the lunatic Abdul Karim Kassem in his persecution of the
Ba'ath. The heroic Ba'athists turned the tables on their
persecutors at their show trials, standing up to them in the
face of actual death in their own jerry-rigged courts,
thereby winning millions over to the cause.
As authentic Iraq expert Malcolm Lagauche has pointed out,
when it comes to the "Progressive Community", "What you see
isn't real". They're not REALLY challenging the system, but
providing fodder to fill the minds of the unsuspecting
consumers of their products.
All Americans in this great "Democracy" are entitled to
receive the mushroom treatment: to be sh.t on and left in
Haifa Zangana and the "Progressive Community" play their part
in this mushroom processing of unsuspecting and
Husayn Farajallah Zaki Al-Kurdi is a writer, professor,
lecturer, TV/video producer, reporter and journalist. He is
founder and president of News International (1983), adviser
to the North American Committee Against Zionism and
Imperialism (NACAZAI) and associate course developer to Dr.
June C. Terpstra, Chicago-area educator. Born in Berkeley,
California of mixed-race and multi-national parents, Al-Kurdi
grew up in Tripoli, Libya, participated in a plethora of
social justice and liberation movements, lived in the San
Diego area for over 17 years and now resides in Chicago,
Illinois, where he is also a world champion senior sportsman,
most notably in basketball. He has long been a collaborator
with Jeff Archer (Malcolm Lagauche), with whom he recently
conducted a lengthy interview on the subject of Iraq. He has
written for more than 100 publications worldwide, including
The Alternative, Final Call, The Spotlight, Toward Freedom,
SD Review, LNS and NLNS, Progressive, Hawa'ai Review,
Portland Free Press, North Coast XPress and many more.
What's Happening in Guantanamo Bay? Inside Information on
Libyan Innocent al-Ghazzawi: Held Since 2002: No Evidence
[with thanks to Sis. Linda: Taliba al-Qur'an]
Abdel Al-Ghazzawi was born on November 8, 1962. He is just 45
years old, from Tripoli, Libya. He is married to an Afgan
woman and has one daughter who does not remember him. He was
trained as a meteorologist, but at the time of his arrest he
and his wife ran a small shop in Jalalabad that sold honey
and spices, and which they expanded to include a bakery.
In the fall of 2001 when U.S. Forces began bombing near his
city, he took his wife and young child and fled their home
and shop to go to seek safety in a rural area of Northwest
Afghanistan where his in-laws lived. Not long after they
arrived, around December of 2001 armed men came to his
in-laws door and demanded the "Arab". Abdel A-Ghazzawi
cooperated in order to avoid any harm toward his family. At
that point he was sold to U.S. Forces in return for a bounty
under a program that the U.S. Government commenced which
provided large sums of money (bounty) for "terrorists
Al-Ghazzari is neither a murderer nor a terrorist but was a
victim of greed in an impoverished nation. He has been held
in Guantanamo Bay since 2002.
He is in very poor health, which deteriorates day after day
He has a family that is in desperate need of him." - from
another detainee and the only word coming out of Guantanamo
about Mr. Al-Ghazawwi in his first four years.
Urgent: An Innocent Man is Dying [Updated]
I cannot improve on what was written on this page. Please
visit the page for the full story of Abdul Al-Ghazzawi.
Combatant Status Review Tribunal (From Wiki)
Initially the Bush administration asserted that they could
withhold all the protections of the Geneva Conventions to
captives from the war on terror. This policy was challenged
before the Judicial branch. Critics argued that the USA could
not evade its obligation to conduct a competent tribunals to
determine whether captives are, or are not, entitled to the
protections of prisoner of war status.
Subsequently the Department of Defense instituted the
Combatant Status Review Tribunals. The Tribunals, however,
were not authorized to determine whether the captives were
lawful combatants — rather they were merely empowered to make
a recommendation as to whether the captive had previously
been correctly determined to match the Bush administration'
s definition of an enemy combatant.
Al Ghazzawi's pro bono attorney, H. Candace Gorman, reports
that Al Ghazzawi had two Combatant Status Review
Tribunals. According to Gorman, when she acquired a copy
of his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, she learned
His first Tribunal unanimously determined there was no
evidence that he had ever been an "enemy combatant".
A second Tribunal was convened in Washington DC, five weeks
later, in the absence of Al Ghazzawi and his Personal
Representative, which unanimously determined he was an
"enemy combatant", based on secret evidence.
When Gorman visited the secure site where the attorneys of
the Guantanamo detainees can review the classified evidence
she found that his secure file did not contain any new
evidence. All the documents in his classified file had
already been made public. The only difference between the
classified and unclassified versions was that names that had
been redacted in the unclassified version, were in the clear
in the classified version.
When captives participated in their Tribunals their
transcripts were normally included among the body of
documents that Department of Defense was under court order
Earned mention in the "No-hearing hearings" study
According to the study entitled, No-hearing hearings, Al
Ghazzawi was one of the captives who had new Tribunals
convened, in his absence, when the initial Tribunals
determined that they should never have been determined to
have been enemy combatants".
The study quoted from the Legal Sufficiency Review from James
R. Crisfield, the Tribunal's legal advisor:
"On 24 November 2004, a previous Tribunal [unanimously]
determined, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Detainee
#654 was not properly designated as an enemy combatant.
On 25 January 2005, this Tribunal, upon review of all the
evidence, determined that detainee #654 was properly
[unanimously] designated as an enemy combatant.
URGENT NOTE: Mr. Al-Ghazawwi is suffering from Hepatitis B,
Tuberculosis and needs proper medical treatment immediately.
US Supreme Court rejects request for health files of ailing
2008-01-29 23:26:56 -
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court turned
down a lawyer's request Tuesday for immediate access to the
medical files of a Guantanamo prisoner who says he has AIDS.
Chicago attorney H. Candace Gorman said she needs access to
her client's records as she wages a legal fight to make sure
he gets adequate medical treatment at the U.S. military
prison in Guantanamo, Cuba.
The court rejected the request without comment. Gorman had
said earlier this month that her client, Libyan prisoner
Abdul Hamid Abdul Salam Al-Ghizzawi, told her in a letter
that a Guantanamo doctor had diagnsed him with AIDS.
Gorman said Al-Ghizzawi, who has been held at Guantanamo
without charges since June 2002, appeared seriously ill when
she visited him in December but has not been able to confirm
whether he has AIDS. She said she previously confirmed he had
tuberculosis and Hepatitis B.
The U.S. military has declined to comment on Al-Ghizzawi's
health, citing privacy restrictions, or to say whether any
detainees have AIDS. Officials insist, however, that all
prisoners have access to complete medical treatment.
The U.S. holds about 275 men at Guantanamo on suspicion of
terrorism or links to al-Qaida or the Taliban and says it
plans to prosecute about 80.
A 68-year-old Afghan detainee died from cancer at the prison
Dec. 30, and four prisoners have committed suicide.
By Jalaluddin S.Hussain
Convicted Baron Flaunts his Power in Canada before
Going off to U.S. Prison!
Grassroots Groups Active on Behalf of the People
Strange are the ways of ultra-conservative and Zionist media.
The coverage of the fraudulent Lord [Conrad Black] in The
Gazette, Montreal has been that of a "hero" going defiantly
to a U.S. prison, not far from his very own palatial mansion
in the Palm Beach. Florida. The text of his news on page A10
of this newspaper, in part, reads: "...I defy and deny unjust
charges, not the practical difficulties I have faced for the
last four years and am facing now...."
Strangely, in spite of his 6.5 years sentence and actual
incarceration, in the Florida jail, the Lord had the
temerity to still write a column for the National Post,
Canada, pleading his innocence.
Have the pro-Lord and ultra-conservative media ever cared to
highlight, in detail, the millions of dollars The Lord
defrauded the Chicago-based Hollinger International Inc. now
Sun-Times Media Inc.
It was right for the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister,
Maxime Bernier, to express his grave concern on March 2, 2008
on "military operations that affect civilians" in the context
of full-throttle and ruthless Israeli military invasion of
the "imprisoned" Gaza Strip, mostly civilians, in the
beginning of March! The United Nations Security Council also
condemned the violence and urged both sides to respect their
obligations under international law.
It is regretted, however, that whether it is the Canadian
government or the international body like the UN, should
equate the hapless Gazans and powerful military machine of
Israel - the fourth biggest State arms-dealer of the world!
The present Gaza Strip versus Israel conflict is a typical
David versus Goliath confrontation and those commenting
should fully realize this.
It will not be an exaggeration to say that Montreal, in terms
of political movements, is becoming a metropolitan city of
activists. To name only a few, there are self-explanatory
organizations like the following:
- Solidarity Across Borders (SAB)
- No One Is illegal (NOII)
- Solidarity for Palestinians Human rights (SPHR)
- The March 8th Committee of Women of Diverse
- Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui (CJAC)
- Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC)
- Teesri Duniya Theatre (TDT)
All such organizations are doing highly productive jobs and
that too on a grassroots level. However, it must be pointed
out that Muslim organizations of Montreal, barring a few,
have kept their hands off such activists organizations. This
has given an unfortunate impression that Muslim organizations
in general are not interested in resolving issues pertaining
to human rights, women's rights and non-status immigrants'
rights. Mainstream Muslims must realize that if they do not
fight for other oppressed minorities, they will not get much
support themselves, in the recognition of their own rights
like following the Islamic teachings on dressing modestly for
both men and women and for following Sharia laws in
2008-03-05 Wed 20:56:01 cst