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Rabi' al-Awwal 1,1430/ February 26, 2009, # 12.
Lest we forget: February 25 was the anniversary of a
terrible crime committed by an American-Israeli Jew in one of
the holiest miosques in Palestine during the Islamic holy month
of Ramadan during the holy day of Friday. Dr. Baruch
Goldstein was hailed by the Jews as a hero. This is how the
BBC reported the atrocity.
[Please scroll all the way down].
The best report on Hamas and the role of the tunnels
has been written by our dear friend and venerable Christian
leader Charles Carlson of WHTT.org. It is lengthy but a MUST
READ. You'll understand why Israel was bombing the tunnels in
Gaza. It was part of the GENOCIDE Israel wanted to complete.
Hamas thwarted the Israelis.
Please scroll WAY DOWN.
Mr. Carlson was a distinguished presenter at Jamaat al-Muslimeen's
International Peace Conference in Baltimore, August 16, 2008
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Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release from Kaukab Siddique [Ameer]
on Bridges TV Murder
The atrocity committed by an ISNA-related TV tycoon against his
wife has nothing to do with Islam or Sharia [Islamic Law]. The
alleged murderer was an irreversibly westernized, Americanized
person. Many of these de-Islamized types under the aegis of
ISNA and CAIR have entered Muslim communities on the basis of
their financial power and have assumed control. ISNA and CAIR
are not Islamic organizations but are using the name of Islam
to serve the American power structure to spread fear, division
and slave-like attitudes among the Muslim communities.
Islam DOES NOT PERMIT a man to hurt a woman or even touch
her with violent intent. Shar'ia Law punishes violaters of
a Muslim woman's dignity. Harshness is not permitted even during
the unpleasant divorce process. An Islamic husband is not
allowed to have sexual intercourse with his wife without
Ayesha' r.a., tells us in authentic Hadith that the Prophet
Muhammad, pbuh, never raised his hand against a woman,
although so many women came into his life. That is the
authentic Sunnah. Thus violence against women is a blatant
violation of all the norms of Islam and should be punished with
the greatest severity.
The Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh, commands DEATH for the
rapist. No other religion does.
In these circumstance, the alleged beheading of a Muslim woman
by an ISNA-related honcho of Bridges TV concerns the entire
Muslim ummah. Once the case goes to court and the
evidence is presented and the alleged criminal is convicted,
ISNA-CAIR must pay the price. They saddled the American Muslim
community with this TV Director and this TV program aimed at
creating an "Islam" acceptable to the U.S. government. They
It is very difficult for a genuine Islamic TV program to be
acceptable to the American authorities. Bridges was so watered
down that it was acceptable.
Let us implement the Shar'ia in Muslim communities so
that the rights of women may be protected and so that the
Sunnah is followed.
Jamaat's National Islamic Shoora to Convene on April
Confirmed Jamaat al-Muslimeen delegates from:
Jamaat al-Muslimeen is an interracial Islamic organization
seeking inspiration from the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith.
If you would like to join the Jamaat or would like the Shoora
to discuss or examine an issue, go to our web page:
Philadelphia Jamaat al-Muslimeen: New Phone number: 215-900-3828
Outreach; Brooklyn, New York
February 20, 2009: Jamaat al-Muslimeen's literature was given
to a total of 25 people after Juma' at two mosques. It included
a poem about Gaza written by Kaukab Siddique titled:
Outreach, Harford county, Maryland:
February 20: After Juma', Jamaat literature including
information about the Islamic victory in Swat, Pakistan was
given to 27 people at a small new masjid.
Letter from Islamabad, Pakistan: [Sis. Amina Janjua's husband
hundreds of Pakistanis snatched by Pakistani forces
first under General Musharraf and now under General Kayani.
Sis. Amina's group is visiting Baluchistan to meet families in
Here is her letter and the photo [below] of a Baluch girl
holding her "disappeared" father's picture.
"Defence of Human Rights team is visiting Quetta to show
solidarity with the families of Missing Persons in Baluchistan.
Visiting Quetta Bar association, Families of Missing Person,
Senior Political leaders and Human Rights activists, and holding
press conferences and rallies along with Baluch Parties and
victim families in Quetta. Please put them on the blogs and
websites. I will be submitting a report soon on the burning
issues in Balochistan and its Missing Persons."
With thanks to Dr. Ismail Zayid, Canada
British citizens in Wales seize Palestinian goods being sold
New Trend hails the people who did this "citizens arrest" of
boycott of West Bank goods in big UK supermarket-- see video
Obama: Day 35
Obama Vows to Defeat al-Qaida and to Fight "Extremism" in
Afghanistan & Pakistan
Excerpt from President Obama's Address to Joint Session of U.S.
Congress on February 24, 2009:
"We are now carefully reviewing our policies in both wars, and
I will soon announce a way forward in Iraq that leaves Iraq to
its people and responsibly ends this war.
And with our friends and allies, we will forge a new and
comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat
al Qaeda and combat extremism. Because I will not allow
terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens
half a world away.
As we meet here tonight, our men and women in uniform stand
watch abroad and more are readying to deploy"
Editorial Comment: The U.S. is thinking up new ways of
defeating an international Islamic movement known as al-Qaida
which has been defying American power for the last 8 years. In
this speech Obama expanded his target to include "extremism"
which is a Zionist term for Muslims who practise Islam in their
daily lives, oppose American policies and may be supporting the
Taliban. Obama's armies are "readying to deploy" both into
Afghanistan and Pakistan. He feels confident that he can
destroy Islamic resistance and thus secure Israel from any
Islamic threat. About Iraq, a government says that 50,000 U.S.
troops will stay in Iraq even after August 2010
By Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Obama's impressive Speech Offers no Hope to the Muslim World
+Bridges TV Horror being used in Canada by Islam haters+Jewish
Case Fails for Once!
The 52-minute speech of President Barack Hussain Obama,
delivered to the joint session of the American House of
Congress (combined members of the House of Representatives and
the Senate), on February 24, 2009, was quite impressive, in
terms of offering solutions to the economic, social and
educational problems, presently facing America.
His address, however, did not offer any hope in the
international arena, whether it was in Middle East, in Iraq, in
Iran or in Afghanistan. It seems apparently that Hamas will
have to fight the war of independence, for a sovereign
Palestinian territory, all alone, as it cannot expect much
from George Mitchell, the newly-appointed American envoy to the
Middle East. Again, sending of 17,000 additional American
troops to Afghanistan will not help matters at all in solving
the Afghan problem. So long as Obama has retained advisers
from Bush era, including Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, we
should not expect any substantial change for the better. To
top it all, the latest cease-fire agreement between the Islamic
fighters of Swat/Northern Areas and Pakistani provincial
authorities (with the go-ahead signal from the President of
Pakistan and the Pakistani military), has complicated matters
further, for the Obama Administration.
It is highly unfortunate that in spite of the Bush exit, the
arrogant attitude of Pentagon still persists. So long as Uncle
Sam thinks that he can dictate policies to sovereign and
independent countries like Pakistan, Iran and North Korea, it
will not help. President Barack Hussain Obama's policies may
work on the domestic level, but on international level he will
have to be more realistic and pragmatic. He should make
efforts to recognize the emergence of political powers of
Hamas and Taliban and act accordingly. He also need to
recongize the nuclear capabilities of Iran and North Korea.
Protectionist policies domestically and aggressive policies
internationally, may not work for USA. The new President must
realize this sooner than later.
Half a dozen letters in the centre-left "Tornoto Star"
newspaper, dated February 24, 2009, on the subject of alleged
murder, by a TV Executive, who inciidentally happened to be a
Muslim, clearly shows the extreme bias and ill-feeling, some
narrow-minded Canadians nurture against Islam. They do not
lose any opportunity to blame Islam and Sharia for the alleged
evil inflicted by individuals with Muslim-sounding names! At
least two letter-writers were of the belief that:
- Muslims should no longer support a belief system that
promotes beheading, stoning and beating people to death...
- there is a link between spousal abuse and Sharia law and
that Sharia permits the abuse of Muslim women by their husbands...
A former First Nation community leader, David Ahenakew,
has been cleared of accusataion, by a provincial court judge of
Saskachewan, that he was guilty of inciting hatred against the
Jews, by blaming that they were the cause of starting the
Second World War. David Ahanakew, now 75, is also alleged to
have likened Jews to a disease.
In all fairness to the President of the Canadian Jewish
Congress, Mr. Sylvain Abitbol, who said that his organization
respects the provincial court's decision.
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Gaza's Children slaughtered by Israeli Jews have a
message for us: Stand Against Israel if you are a human:
This will make you cry even if you don't know Arabic,
but after the crying, prepare to defeat and dismantle Israel.
Sources: Wire services and BBC
WAR NEWS: Islamic forces on Guerrilla Offensive in Winter
Time: Successful Attacks by Taliban
Feb. 24: Southern Afghanistan: Four U.S. troops and their
interpreter were killed when they ran into a Taliban ambush.
The shooting went on for several hours but the U.S. air force
was not able to intervene.
Feb. 20: In Uruzgan province, Taliban raided a NATO [Dutch]
armored column killing three Dutch troops in a long drawn
Feb. 17: U.S. troops mistakenly shot and killed two Afghan
civilians in the Maiwand area near Kandahar.
Feb. 16: An elite British trooper was killed in a gunfight with
Taliban near Lashkargah in Helmand province.
The same day an American soldier was killed in a gunfight with
Taliban in Paktika province. He was from the 101st Airborne
division, America's best. Also a Karzai police officer was
killed by a sniper in Kandahar.
Feb. 14: A British Royal Marine was killed in a gunfight in the
Sangin area of Helmand province.
Afghan Demonstration against Canadian Forces:
February 23-24: Three pre-teen Afghan children were killed by
an explosion in the Kandahar area after they picked up
ammunition left behind by Canadian troops in an exercise the
previous day. The victims were disabled children from a
village for such children set up by a philanthropist from
Dubai. Hundreds of villagers demonstrated against Canadian
forces following the tragedy. They were chanting: "Death to the
Canadians." "Go back to Canada."
PAKISTAN: The Cease fire is Holding: Pak Army Hoping for
Rift but no rift appearing
Feb 18: Sufi Muhammad, aging leader of the Nifaze Shariat
movement entered Mingora, the capital of Swat, in a convoy of
several hundred vehicles. He was hailed by the population.
Feb. 20, 21: Sufi Muhammad went into the mountains to meet
Maulvi Fazlullah, the radical Islamic leader who fought the
Pakistani army till it could no longer operate. The Maulvi is
the son-in-law of Sufi Muhammad who was in a Pak prison for
more than a year. The Pak army said it would let Sharia be
implemented but by Sufi, not by Fazlullah, hoping for a rift
and hoping that the cause for which the Maulvi was fighting
would be taken away.
The Maulvi astutely accepted Sufi's program to implement Sharia
but refused to lay down his weapons as long as the Pak army did
not withdraw from Swat.
Thus the Maulvi once again thwarted America's moves directed
through General Kayani and President Zardari.
IRAQ: U.S. Forces Under Attack by Al-Qaida Mujahideen
Feb. 24: In Mosul, fighters in police uniform opened fire on
U.S. patrol killing one U.S. soldier and a police officer
helping the U.S. Three U.S. troops were wounded. The
Feb. 23: Diyala province: Three U.S. troops and their
interpreter were killed when they came under al-Qaida attack.
Their vehicle was hit by an IED. When they got off, they came
under rifle fire.
Feb. 22: Mosul: Shi'ite forces of the al-Maliki group led by a
Shi'ite general entered the al-Qaida dominated city and
arrested 84 people. [Two weeks back, a martyrdom
operator hit U.S. troops near Mosul killing 4, as reported
earlier in New Trend.]
SOMALIA: Islamic forces Want all Western-backed Forces out:
Heavy Fighting Reported
February 24: Islamic forces in Mogadishu tried to dislodge U.S.
backed "government" troops and African Union troops defending
the presidential palace.Scores of people were killed on the
government side and some on the Islamic side in heavy exchanges
of mortar and machine gun fire. Some shells from the palace hit
civilians in a nearby market.
Feb. 22: In a very unusual attack in this part of the world, a
martyrdom operator hit African Union troops from Burundi
killing 11 of them. The Al-Shabab movement issued a statement
that armed unbelievers are not allowed in an Islamic land.
ALGERIA: Al-Qaida in the Maghreb Seems to be on the Attack
The Algerian government is holding several thousand
February 22: An Islamic unit attacked government gas
installations rented to France in the Kabylie mountains killing
9 security guards.
February 17: Eight Algerian government troops were killed and 4
wounded in an Al-Qaida attack in eastern Algeria. U.S. sources
say, this part of Algeria is an al-Qaida stronghold.
February 10: Seven Algerian troops were killed in a surprise
attack by Al-Qaida in eastern Algeria.
Obama: Day 34.
February 23: First prisoner released from Gtmo under President
Obama's orders. We thank the President but this is too little
too late if Bush and his Jews are not put on trial for crimes
against humanity. Editor, New Trend
"Worse than my darkest nightmare"
As I gain my freedom, I am determined that neither those who
remain in detention, nor their abusers, are forgotten.
Binyam Mohamed, Ethiopian convert to Islam, stands firm
by his faith and accuses America and its Pakistani and Moroccan
agents as well as British intelligence of crimes against humanity.
I hope you will understand that after everything I have been
through, I am neither physically nor mentally capable of facing
the media on the moment of my arrival back to Britain.
Please forgive me if I make a simple statement through my
lawyer. I hope to be able to do better in days to come, when I
am on the road to recovery.
I have been through an experience that I never thought
to encounter in my darkest nightmares. Before this ordeal,
"torture" was an abstract word to me. I could never have
imagined that I would be its victim. It is still difficult for
me to believe that I was abducted, hauled from one country to
the next, and tortured in medieval ways – all orchestrated by
the United States government.
While I want to recover, and put it all as far in my past as I
can, I also know I have an obligation to the people who still
remain in those torture chambers. My own despair was greatest
when I thought that everyone had abandoned me. I have a duty to
make sure that nobody else is forgotten.
I am grateful that, in the end, I was not simply left to my
fate. I am grateful to my lawyers and other staff at Reprieve,
and to Lt Col Yvonne Bradley, who fought for my freedom.
I am grateful to the members of the British Foreign Office who
worked for my release. And I want to thank people around
Britain who wrote to me in Guantánamo Bay to keep my
spirits up, as well as to the members of the media who tried to
make sure that the world knew what was going on. I know I would
not be home in Britain today, if it were not for everyone's
support. Indeed, I might not be alive at all.
I wish I could say that it is all over, but it is not. There
are still 241 Muslim prisoners in Guantánamo. Many have long
since been cleared even by the US military, yet cannot go
anywhere as they face persecution. For example, Ahmed bel
Bacha lived here in Britain, and desperately needs a home.
Then there are thousands of other prisoners held by the US
elsewhere around the world, with no charges, and without access
to their families.
And I have to say, more in sadness than in anger, that many
have been complicit in my own horrors over the past seven years.
For myself, the very worst moment came when I realised in Morocco
that the people who were torturing me were receiving questions
and materials from British intelligence. I had met with British
intelligence in Pakistan. I had been open with them. Yet
the very people who I had hoped would come to my rescue, I
later realised, had allied themselves with my abusers.
I am not asking for vengeance; only that the truth should be
made known, so that nobody in the future should have to endure
what I have endured. Thank you.
Yvonne Bradley, the woman who fought for the release of
This was published before he was released.
"Bring Binyam home"
The greatest injustice I fear is that Binyam Mohamed is still
being held at Guantánamo only to suppress evidence of
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 February 2009 13.57 GMT
I am a lawyer and a soldier, and I act for Binyam Mohamed, who
is currently on hunger strike in Guantánamo Bay. I came to
England to ask everyone to work as hard as possible to get
Binyam home. The new administration in the US has said that it
wants to close Guantánamo. The UK government says that it has
been asking for Binyam's return since August 2007. Despite that,
and despite England being the US's closest ally, Binyam is
still in a cell in Guantánamo Bay. I believe that now is the
time to press the new administration.
Guards told Binyam that he was going home in December, and so
he is on hunger strike (together with 50 or so other prisoners).
This means that he is tube-fed while strapped to a chair, twice
a day. Binyam has lost so much weight that he speaks of the
pain he suffers from being strapped to the chair for hours each
day – he speaks of feeling his bones against the chair. I am
really worried that if Binyam does not come home soon, he will
leave Guantánamo Bay in a coffin.
The Joint Task Force, which runs Guantánamo Bay, gives me no
information about Binyam. When I called to enquire about his
condition, they said first, that they would look into it and
then that they would tell me nothing and that I should make a
Freedom of Information request, which would have taken months
to process. Therefore, whenever I want information about Binyam,
I have to make the 5-hour trip to Guantánamo. Each time, he asks
why he is still there.
KASHMIR: This Muslim Land is occupied by 700,000 Hindu
troops: The Biggest Occupation Army in the World
February 20: The population supports resistance fighters from
Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkare Taiba.
Indian forces, mostly Hindus, torture, rape and kill Kashmiris
suspected of links to the resistance. Yesterday, a close friend
of a Kashmiri political opposition leader was murdered by the
Indians. A huge crowd gathered for the funeral prayers of the
martyr. [See next photo]
The mujahideen attack on Mumbai, India, seems to have been an
overflow of revenge from Kashmir, which also helped to push
Pakistani forces from the Afghan border to the Indian border.
Sopore, Kashmir, Febr. 20
Hamas: Its Strange Enemies and the Tunnel Network that
Charles E. Carlson Feb 20, 2009
It is a miracle that 1.4 million Gazans have survived Israel's
secret weapon-starvation. Israel has been throttling the flow
of food and goods into Gaza not just for months, but for years.
Recent UN press releases state that since Israel's "cease
fire," Israel allows only a fraction of needed food through
the produce gate into Gaza. The Director of Operations in Gaza
for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East (UNRWA), John Ging, said on Feb 5: "The Agency
is responsible for feeding 900,000 refugees in Gaza, yet can
only get food packets out at a daily rate of 30,000, giving an
idea of just how long those at the end of the queue have
"Hamas sweeps to election victory," the BBC headline
read on January 26, 2006. "Preliminary results give Hamas 76
of the 132 seats in the chamber, with the ruling Fatah party
trailing on 43. The win poses problems for efforts to restart
peace talks with Israel, say analysts. Israel insists it will
not deal with an authority including Hamas."
Former President Jimmy Carter and a team was on hand to certify
a free election, stating and documented that Hamas is indeed
the political party duly elected by a democratic vote of some
four million who live in the so-called Palestine Authority.
There is no state of Palestine, so we respectfully refer to
Palestinians as Philistines. Hamas and most of those it governs
have survived an 18 month blockade of imposed starvation and a
military attack by a world class nuclear power with weapons of
mass destruction. Israel has killed by systematic execution
some 1500 persons, mostly civilians, and including about 400
children. Thousands more have been wounded and scarred for life.
The survival of the Gazans can only be attributed to Hamas and
the tunnel system it operates to bring additional food into
Gaza. Some tunnels were there before Hamas, but now there is an
underground network of tunnels that defies counting. (Note 1)
The Philistines are survivors; they know how to work, and they
know what they are working for. We do not know details of how
hundreds of tunnels were dug; probably few people do. However
it was accomplished, it could only have been Hamas that
organized; financed and supervised the network that runs
underneath the closed border with Egypt into the barns, homes
and businesses of Egyptian businessmen. It has been said that
operation of the tunnels is the biggest employer in Gaza. It
provides desperately needed goods and food, and it generates
pay checks with which to buy them.
The Gaza tunnel operation cannot be done without currency; the
Egyptians and Gazans must be paid for their goods and labor.
Gaza does not have a printing press or central bank, and if it
did, no one would take the money. Instead, they must trade with
the currency of those around them-the Shekel, the Egyptian
Pound, and we do not know what else. In order for Hamas to run
an "underground economy," someone had to provide gifts or loans
of currency exchangeable for goods and services. I suspect
supporter nations and individuals trust Hamas with substantial
money. I also suspect a large amount of small business free
enterprise makes this system work; it is far too complex to be
run by any government.
The tunnel economic system operates something like this; (1)
knowing the United Nations cannot get by the blockade,
sympathetic groups, nations, and individuals buy and deliver
money to Hamas or to businessmen in Gaza through the tunnel
network, perhaps in suitcases. (2) Businessmen, contractors and
workers dig and maintain 500 miles or more of the small tunnels,
repairing them and dragging goods and even animals on sleds and
little wagons into Gaza for sale there. (3) Egyptian businessmen
find the food and goods and sell it to the Gazan businessmen at
the tunnels Egyptian portals. (4) Philistine men, stooped to
the waist, work the tunnels under constant threat of being
discovered and bombed while inside, but they are paid to do it,
and with their pay, they are able to buy food for their families.
It is a cycle of money, sweat, and hope that sustains life and
hope in Gaza.
We ask one simple question, how could this system feed a big
city without a government that was reasonably honest and
trusted by the people? It is easy to see why Israel wants the
tunnel system destroyed. It thwarts Israel's blockade plan. As
long as the network is open, the Philistines will survive. How
can we, who say we love freedom, do better than to support the
government that the people trust and that keep the tunnels for
life project going?
If the Philistines are to escape extermination it will be
because those who should be Hamas' natural friends support it.
Presently they do not. During the last 20 months when the US
gave the Gazans nothing, it gave Israel several billions in
military and financial aid. Can we not at least even up the
sides by giving no more to the criminals than we give to
Those who should support Hamas include Muslims and Arabs
worldwide, Christ followers in America who stand for life and
freedom, and the Conservative Right, which favors constitutional
representative government and opposes US foreign aid and
bailouts. There is considerable overlap in the last two groups,
but they are motivated by entirely different beliefs and goals.
Israel and its Zionist allies have pronounced Hamas to be
Israel thinks it will profit from exterminating Hamas and says
so openly. Israel's political machine sees no profit for them
in a one-state solution with universal citizenship for all
races and religions. For Hamas, however, success will produce
that result because it alone will not settle for a disguised
form of occupation. Those like CBS's Bob Simon, who says the
time for a two-state solution has passed, are correct. The
future will either bring one state with universal citizenship,
or the current one-state policy of gulag like confinement and
execution of the Philistines will continue. (note 3)
Israel hates Hamas and seems to fear its success even though
Hamas has no serious offensive nor any defensive weapons. But
it has popular support. Jimmy Carter has asserted, "Jewish
Zionists have for sixty years demonstrated they want no part
They are the superpower bully over a defenseless, occupied
opponent, whom they would eventfully exterminate. Knowing this,
the Philistines cannot quit. If Israel's Zionist politicians
wanted peace, there would have been peace for at least some
period of the last 60 years; Since Israel has never been at
peace, it is reasonable to conclude they do not want it.
American Jewish Zionist leaders, including radicals David
Horowitz and Alan Dershowitz, whom we have written about
and quoted recently, all condemn Hamas, and, in one way or
another, call for its extermination. These radical Zionists
have no concern for facts; they are out to win, period.
Dershowitz wrote to us personally to tell us:
"These deaths (Gaza children) were not collateral. They were
deliberately intended by Hamas by its willful use of human
shields. Anyone who supports Hamas is complicit in the death of
these babies--you included!"
Little can be done to change radical Zionists. But the other
enemies of Hamas should be its natural allies. Most important
of these are found the evangelical Christian Zionists, of whom
we have written and documented much. This large and powerful
group favors a fight to the death with Islam for what they
believe to be a religious mandate. This author has already
defined Evangelical Zionism, written articles, and produced a
movie on the subject.
The other anti-Hamas group is the "anti-communist
Conservative Right" usually associated with the Republican
Party; its mouthpieces include fanatical propagandists Rush
Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Republican Rightists usually
consider themselves Constitutionalists, but we do not find
their motivation in the founding documents, but in the "Project
for the New American Century" (PNAC) of September 2000, which
lays out a Middle East war strategy against Islam (Note 4)
More damaging yet to Hamas are its Arab turncoat detractors,
including Joseph Farah of "World Net Daily," which never misses
a chance to take a swipe at a Muslim, and Dr.M. Zuhdi Jasser,
Chairman of the "American Islamic Forum for Democracy" an
anti-Islamic Muslim activist who, among his many publicized
speeches, debates, and media presentations, appeared in and
supported the hate movie "Obsession, Radical Islam's War
Against The West" and was featured in the controversial PBS
film "Islam vs. Islamists". (Note 5)
To these, Hamas is a "terrorist" organization and Israel
is a free enterprise democracy. The Israeli siege on Gaza is
not over; it is only in temporary remission for political
reasons relating to US and Israeli elections.
Israel has attempted to turn Hamas supporters against it by
telling them Hamas is responsible for the suffering of their
own people as a result of Israel's "defensive" attacks. Gazans
know otherwise; they were suffering before Hamas came to power.
Israel has launched more and more super bombs, even testing new
and awful weapon technology on civilians, refusing even to
allow international doctors into Gaza to treat their victims.
Hamas responds by continuing to shoot symbolic junkyard-made
rockets over fences and walls into its aggressor's back yard.
Their acts are acts of defiance and are not capable of massive
damage because most of their rockets do not explode.
The tragedy of dead Philistine women and children can be laid
at the feet of Hamas' natural friends, who do not support it,
having bought the claims that the Philistines are the aggressor
and therefore deserve whatever they get. One example is found
in the pages of the self-professing constitutional conservative
publication "The New American Magazine." In an article entitled
"Militant Muslim Connection" in the February 16th issue, William
Jasper joins Limbaugh, Hannity, Farah, Dershowitz and hundreds
more in the Zionist press, in condemning Muslims. Of Hamas
"The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas"
(Hamas)"The militant Islam group that wages terrorist war on
non-believers of Islam"
The only reason "Militant Muslim Connection" is interesting is
that its author, Bill Jasper, helped this writer complete my
own March 21, 1994, groundbreaking story "Attacking Islam."
Six years later, the Neo-Conservative PNAC finally admitted to
my observation…that the USA was indeed engaged in an
"ideological war" against Islam. Editor Jasper was assigned
the task of helping make my first story ever "acceptable" to
his magazine. He cushioned my story with a 1000-word
introduction, explaining that ideological enemies are not new
to the USA. Today he and his publication help spread the
fashionable, but outrageous misstatements about Hamas, and
indeed all of Islam.
"Attacking Islam" exposed a terrible war trend that has just
led our current President Obama to assign 17,000 more Americans
to Afghanistan. In 1994, before there was a We Hold These
Truths, blogs, or mass Internet publishing, "Attacking Islam"
needed a home, and found it in TNA, which has since purged the
story from its archives. The USA had by then already destroyed
Iraq and Bosnia and had targeted Somalia and Sudan, but few
writers seemed to notice or think it important that all our
target countries were Muslim. (Note 6)
Most Americans believe the Zionist-controlled mainstream press,
which tells them repeatedly that Israel is our "democratic"
ally. They have been turned against Hamas by an ongoing
campaign from this establishment media, joined by the Christian
Zionist and Republican Conservative Right.
The Philistines are the victims, isolated by hatred. Yesteryear
found Russian peasants and workers victims of 70 years of
repression and captivity; today it is the Philistines and
Iraqis, and the Americans are paying for the wars, including
Israel's 60-year war on its neighbors, and for this warmongering,
Americans are hated world-wide. Zionism is the only winner.
But Israel is a loser in the world public opinion scoreboard
because most of the world's population can see for themselves
that Israel also lost a moral battle with Hezbollah two years
ago in Lebanon. Israel is desperate to destroy Hamas any way
that works. The siege on Gaza had nothing to do with a few
hundred worthless rockets Hamas may have fired that hurt
practically no one. The condemnation of Hamas has everything to
do with Israeli and US efforts to change the leadership of the
Palestinians to bring them back under control.
Hamas provided commitment, blood, and hope for the Philistines,
but it is important to recognize it could not do so without
some brutality of its own. Muslims in America should resist the
temptation to denounce Hamas' acts of barbarism, as do World
Net Daily and Dr. Jasser. Peace-loving Muslims want to be well
thought of, but they should not denounce Hamas to win friends
in the American media. In my talks to Islamic groups, I advise
never to apologize for the acts of those who, unlike us, are
under life and death pressures.
We Hold These Truths does not support or condone brutality. We
are pro-life, and that means we are against almost all war. In
fact, we are all about seeking peace. But we do understand the
horrors of war and occupation in Gaza. I saw it in 2002 and
will never forget it; I am also in close contact with those who
are there. We are very slow to denounce act of war by Hamas, or
any Philistine because they are committed under the pressure of
siege that most of us cannot even imagine.
We can, however, absolutely denounce the brutality of ISRAEL,
because these acts are by the aggressor in almost every
instance for the past 60 years. Israel has a choice. It
Leaders in the last three administrations have told us they
were justified in bombing civilians and torturing humans in
Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prison, even though we were always
the aggressors in Afghanistan and Iraq. There is nothing that
Hamas has done in Gaza or Hezbollah in Lebanon that is even
close to the acts of needless brutality committed by our own
government in its wars on Islam. This includes Israel's gulag
system that holds some 10,000 Philistines without charge as we
speak. (Note 7)
The next wave of propaganda attack is on the way, discrediting
Hamas and leaving the Philistines entirely dependent upon the
Palestine Authority's US government puppet, Mahmoud Abbas. It
will attempt to show Hamas to be corrupt and brutal, in order
to justify destroying the tunnel access that keeps Gazans alive.
Years ago Israel concocted and published a plan to destroy the
tunnel system through flooding. President Obama has now stated
he needs to help Israel shut off the Gaza tunnel system. Israel
knows that the tunnels are a vital source of life for Gazans
and that Hamas is the gatekeeper of the tunnels.
On Feb 12, Amnesty International published a press release that
we posted in full on our website for you to read. It asserted
that Hamas, during the Israeli siege, killed some two dozen
Arabs it considered internal enemies and may have deliberately
wounded many others to incapacitate them.(note 8)
Assuming what Amnesty International reported is true, we agree
this is inhumane. But not so inhumane as warrant an attack on
it, and on a very small scale when compared to the many
validated reports of Israel's murder of innocent, random
civilians, many of them children. Amnesty International
reported the fact that Israel deliberately destroyed the Gaza
City Central Prison on December 28th, a few days before
starting its savage destruction of Gaza. Imagine living in a
metropolitan area where all the criminals in the prison have
been loosed on the population!
This is not the first time Israel destroyed the Gaza City
Prison in order to make Gaza unsafe and ungovernable. I saw
this same Gaza Central Prison in the spring of 2002, windows
and doors blown off and part of the roof collapsed, deliberately
destroyed by Israel to release the criminal element upon the
people. I have photos of it, and a senior Palestinian Authority
officer whom I interviewed in front of the prison told me Israel
wanted the prisoners free and bombed the prison to free them.
It seems Gazans rebuilt their prison, and Israel has destroyed
Hamas appears to have done what governments do when prisoners
escape and there is no place to hold them. It tracked down some
who they considered dangerous to their defense efforts and
assassinated some of them. Amnesty International could have
pointed out how extremely difficult it would be for Hamas to
hold criminals and informants without a prison. Most wars
produce accounts of executions of prisoners because there is no
good way to hold them. A bullet has long been the most
expedient way to keep a prisoner from escaping a second time,
and in war this solution is used often. Hamas could hardly
chain prisoners to bedposts while it fought Israel.
Hamas was not handed the reigns of government after it won the
election in 2007; it had to fight to take over. During the
January 09 bombardment, Israel dropped at least two sets of
mass leaflets on Gazans, begging them to inform on their Hamas
neighbors. Many people lost their homes or their lives because
they were suspected of being relatives of Hamas activists.
Perfectly disguised agents are everywhere in Gaza, Jewish Arabs
who speak perfect Arabic, or simply mercenary Arabs who act as
trained spies inside the Gaza gulag. I do not doubt for a
minute that Hamas would assassinate someone it thought to be an
agent of the enemy. After all, hundreds of Hamas leaders have
been targeted for execution by the Israelis, and many of them
have paid the high price of seeing their families murdered from
the air. Would they do less when they think they have found
Let's look at the total score before we judge Hamas. By any
count, Israel killed and wounded about 500 times more people
than Hamas did during the January invasion. And Hamas did not
destroy a single Israeli building or home during those 20 days,
as best we can tell. Israel left tens of thousands homeless.
Hamas has taken only one Israeli prisoner since it was elected;
Israel holds many thousands of Philistines in prisons under
brutal conditions and without charges. So who is the aggressor?
It is up to the people of Gaza to tell us if they reject Hamas.
They voted it in. Hamas still has their support, else no one
would negotiate with it. We Americans must stop our leaders
from deciding by whom and how others are to be governed. These
are the same leaders who have given us a broken, corrupt banking
system and economy that is on the ropes. Much of the cost and
cause can be tied to our ongoing policy of continuous war and
brutality against Islamic states. Hamas could not be more
inhumane than our leaders have been in Iraq, Afghanistan, Abu
Ghraib, and Guantanamo. So, who are we to join Israel in
condemning the Philistines' government?
It was Jesus, the presumed moral guide of 200 million
professing American Christians, who reminded us to take the
timber out of our own eye before we try to remove the fleck
from someone else's eye. When Evangelical Zionists again follow
the clear teaching of Jesus, whom they call "Lord," the
Philistines will have peace, and so will America.
A majority of Americans believe there is a God who actually
judges men. Many disagree by what rules He decides. Consider
how God might view an individual who knows the Israelis are
exterminating the Philistines with weapons America willfully
provide, but who says and does nothing, or worse, encourages
the murder. Some think the USA is, as a nation, undergoing
This author happens to believe God judges all people one by one,
and not by political subdivisions. Jesus' biographers tell us;
many will claim to be His followers in their end times, and
He will say to them, "I never knew you." A question for
those who think there might be a God: If God despises the
murder and the abuse of the Philistines, or any of His Children,
will He know you?
(Note 1) The Tunnels of Gaza an underground economy and
Sara Flounders Feb 13, 2009
(Note 2) Bob Simon of CBS News: "Gaza is the world's largest
(Note 3.) Evangelical Zionist's Dilemma: Love Your Enemy or
Charles E. Carlson Jan 31, 2009
(Note 4) The Neo-Cons).
(Note 5) "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West,"
(Note 6) Attacking Islam, Revisited
Charles E. Carlson Mar 21, 1994
(Note 7) The Lie That Justifies Mass Murder: "Hamas Hit Us First"
Charles E. Carlson http://whtt.org/index.php?news=2&id=2770
(Note 8) Hamas waged a deadly campaign as war devastated Gaza
As reported by the BBC in 1994
Jewish settler kills 30 at holy site
A Jewish settler has killed up to 30 Palestinians at a mosque
in Hebron after opening fire as people gathered for Friday
US-born doctor Baruch Goldstein, 38, burst into the mosque in
the Machpela Cave and fired up to 100 bullets at worshippers,
according to state TV reports. Eyewitnesses said Goldstein
sprayed people with his automatic Galil rifle, an Israeli-made
copy of the Soviet AK47. The shooting spree lasted at least 10
minutes, witnesses added. The mosque was packed with up to 800
worshippers for prayers in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Goldstein, wearing the uniform of an army reservist, was found
dead in the mosque after the shooting stopped.
Initially, police believed that Goldstein had shot himself but
in a later statement they said he had been beaten to death with
PLO leader Yasser Arafat said in a TV interview: 'What has
happened today in the mosque is a real tragedy and will make a
very negative backfire on the whole peace process.'
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin telephoned Mr Arafat,
describing the attack as a "loathsome, criminal act of murder"
and pledging to take "every possible measure to bring
Mr Rabin said Israel would launch an investigation into
The floor of the mosque was full of bodies and blood
Mohammad Suleiman Abu Saleh
Mosque guard Mohammad Suleiman Abu Saleh said he thought that
Goldstein was trying to kill as many people as possible and
described how there were bodies and blood everywhere.
There were unconfirmed reports that Goldstein had an accomplice
inside the mosque.
The injured were taken to the Aghli Hospital in western Hebron,
where thousands gathered for news of relatives and friends who
were in the mosque at the time of the attack.
The army is reported to have killed 12 Palestinians as rioting
erupted outside the hospital as feelings ran high in the
aftermath of the shootings.
Dr Daoud Obeidi, director of the Aghli Hospital, said from the
shrapnel wounds suffered by some of the worshippers, it
appeared hand grenades were used in the attack.
Three hours after the attack, which happened at around dawn,
hospital officials could still not say exactly how many were
killed and injured.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation has demanded that Israel
disarm all 120,000 Jewish settlers in the occupied territories
and that the United Nations act to protect Palestinians.
2009-02-27 Fri 18:12:09 cst