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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rajab 6,1430/ June 29, 2009, # 32

Iran says it won't take any BS from Europe [in polite language]. Please scroll way down.

Canada has lost 120 troops in Afghanistan. What's the way out? Beautiful report from Montreal includes amazing account of demonstration against Israeli settlers. Please scroll all the way down.

Dr. Ismail Zayid, Canada, has sent two gripping items about Palestine. Please scroll down.

Karachi, Pakistan: Referendum Against U.S. Subversion
History in the making: Peaceful Revolution in Karachi Against U.S. Intervention & Pak Military Operations in Swat.
The People of Islam re-take Karachi.

Photo inset shows Syed Munawar Hasan gesturing as he condemned America's crimes against Pakistan, including drone attacks. Hafiz Naeemur Rahman is to his right and Muhammad Hussain Mehnati to his left.

June 28, 2009: In the intense heat of a late June afternoon, Karachi's people came out in their hundreds of thousands to protest against U.S. subversion and intervention as well as against military operations in Swat-Malakand-Waziristan by General Kayani. Tens of thousands of Islamic women as well as very large numbers of youth groups also participated. It was a SEA of PEOPLE from the mausoleum of Qaide Azam to the Tibet Center. The green flags of Islam and Pakistan could be seen from one end of the mammoth rally to the other.

The mass gathering was addressed by numerous Islamic leaders and activists culminating in a speech by the Ameer of Jamaate Islami Pakistan Syed Munawar Hasan. "Pakistan's military has become part of American strategy and blindly follows the directions issued by Washington," Hasan said. He wanted to know what is really going on in Swat. Military press releases are not dependable. He reminded people of the tragedy of East Pakistan in 1971 where the military kept issuing victory bulletins FIVE DAYs after the country had fallen to India. He wants independent journalists to be allowed to go in. Where is the time frame for the government's claims of success in Swat, Hasan asked. He said, the homes of the people are being destroyed:what wil they go back to?

Syed Munawar Hasan challenged the army chief General Perwaiz Kayani and told him that he will not be able to crush Pakistanis by force of arms. The only solution is mutual understanding and peaceful interchange.

Top Islamic leaders Asadullah Bhutto [Jamaate Islami Sindh], Atiqur Rahman [leader of Pakistan's biggest student group Islami Jamiate Talaba], Muhammad Hussain Mehnati [Jamaate Islami Karachi] also addressed the mass rally and condemned America's war being conducted by the Pakistani army. Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui spoke about the suffering of her sister Dr. Afia Siddiqui who is in a U.S. prison. Thousands of people were carrying the now famous photo of Dr. Afia after she was kidnaped, molested and tortured by U.S. special agents.

Seldom has such a large gathering been addressed by a Muslim woman. Dr. Fawzia Siddiqui made the people cry when she said that instead of standing up for the rights of women, our rulers are selling our women and children [such as Dr. Afia and her children] to America for dollars.

A number of speakers from the Frontier areas stressed jihad and martyrdom.

Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234

Haitian Activist Will Speak at Jamaat al-Muslimeen Shoora July 25

Haiti is so near the U.S. but seems to be a far away country. What has the U.S. power structure done to keep Haiti underdeveloped and lacking facilities? What role does racism play?

A knowledgeable Haitian activist will address Jamaat al-Muslimeen's National Islamic Shoora on July 25, inshallah.

Islamic Marriage: Singles Social in New York Program by Sisters-in-Islam

"And of everything we have created pairs that you may remember the grace of Allah." [The Qur'an 51-49]

July 11, 2009

Time: 12-2 PM Registration. 2-8PM Program

Place: Al-Ihsan Academy, 130-08 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11420

Price: Pre-Registration: $75. On Site: $100 [Meal will be provided.]
Send to: Sisters-in-Islam, P.O. Box 340163, Brooklyn, NY 11234

No intermingling. Wali is recommended for young sisters.

For more info, call: Sis. Aminah 347-587-3916 Sis. Kenya: 718-277-2272 Sis. Khadija: 347-587-2125

Since Sisters-in-Islam's inception 42 couples have married.

Helping Homeless Muslim Women: Women's Affairs of al-Mumtahinah Tax Exemption received.

Message from Sis. Nadia
As salaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu. May this message reach you in the best of Iman. I pray all is well with you and your family. AlhamdulliAllah, Just wanted to share with you that we finally recieved our 501c3 Non Profit taxed Exempt letter.

To help homeless Muslim women who may have become homeless after embracing Islam, or for other reasons, Sis. Nadia is doing great work.
Checks should be made to: Women's Affairs of al-Mumtahinah.
The address for donations in kind is: 321 S. Pulaski St., Baltimore, MD 21223
phone: 443-798-1323

Revolutionary Khutba: One in a series

America Cannot Survive without Islam: Widespread Mourning for a Singer, Dancer indicates Spiritual Emptiness and Meaningless Lives.
Muhammad [pbuh] did not Endorse Wealth, Status or Power: Prayer, Fasting need to be Linked to Transformation of Lifestyle.

June 26, 2009: At a small masjid on the west side of Baltimore, Dr. Kaukab Siddique gave the juma' khutba and led prayers. The masjid was packed but for the sake of nationwide distribution, here are the main points of the khutba. Inshallah, other khateebs will pick these up. [The audience was mostly Pakistani, Arab and African.]

"And stay away from those who take their religion for a pastime and a jest, and whom the life of the world beguiles. Remind (mankind) hereby lest a soul be destroyed by what it earns. It has beside Allah no protecting ally nor intercessor, and though it offer every compensation it will not be accepted from it. Those are they who perish by their own deeds. For them is drink of boiling water and a painful doom, because they disbelieved." [The Qur'an 6:70]

For those who have faith, prayer, fasting, zakat, hajj, and jihad in Muslim countries under attack are essential and central to Islam. Dua: O Allah forgive our sins and our shortcomings. O Allah help us to be kind and compassionate with the needy, the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed people of America. O Allah, give victory to the mujahideen in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia, Chechnya. O Allah help the Muslims of America to unite on the Qur'an and the authentic Hadith. O Allah give us health and wholeness in our lives. Give us honesty, decency and love for all oppressed humans in our dealings.. Aameen, summa Aameen.

Gaza: Testimony in Israeli War Crimes Begins. Air Strike on Defenseless Mosque. Isra-Jews love this Stuff
President Obama has not mentioned the word "Gaza" in Six Months!

One of the first people to testify was Musa Silawi, a 91-year-old man who recounted an air strike on a mosque in the town of Jabaliya that killed 17 people, including his son and four other members of his extended family.
"After the evening prayers we heard the shell hit the mosque and we had no idea what happened. We all started screaming, 'God help us!'" he said.

"I am 91 years old and I have never seen anything like this catastrophe."
A young wheelchair-bound man named Ziad al-Deeb described how he had been sitting at home with his family, savoring a brief pause in the fighting, when Israeli forces began shelling his neighborhood.

"We were shocked when we heard the loud noise coming from the Israeli shelling, then one of the missiles landed on top of us. There were 11 people killed," he said.
"My legs were cut off, and then I looked and saw my father and my family. Most of them had been killed. The children were screaming."
One of the investigators asked if there had been any warning before the strike.
"There was no warning," Deeb said. "If there had been we would have left."

An Israeli Worried about Israel's Future Warns that Jewish Americans and Evangelicals in USA are Supporting Israeli Settlements

Washington Post June 25, 2009

Want to Stop Israeli Settlements? Start With Americans

By Ronit Avni
This month, both at Cairo University and from the Oval Office, President Obama has called on the Israeli government to stop the expansion of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. He should send the same message to the Americans who are funding and fueling them.

There are more than 450,000 settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Peace Now, an Israeli organization that opposes the settlements. Some of them are Americans. And some of the most influential, militant figures in the settler movement have been Americans, too. Among them were Baruch Goldstein, the doctor from Brooklyn who fired 100 shots at worshiping Muslims in Hebron in 1994, killing 29; Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Kach party, which was banned in Israel in 1988 on the grounds that it was racist; and convicted terrorist Era Rapaport, a member of the Land Redemption Fund, which coordinates the acquisition of Palestinian land in areas targeted for settlement expansion.

Before the settlers were removed from Gaza in 2005, I visited a group of them while shooting my last film. Some of the settlements' most passionate advocates spoke about their deep roots in the Gaza Strip even though they were actually Americans. Years earlier, while working as a human rights advocate, I had received reports from colleagues who had been threatened or physically attacked by young settlers as they tried to protect Palestinian farmers during harvest. The attackers often included North American Jews, my colleagues said.

Evangelical Christians in the United States also support the settlements, raising millions of dollars for them, according to a recent National Public Radio report. The Colorado-based Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, for example, encourages churches and ministries to connect with "the pioneers of Biblical Israel" through the "adopt-a-settlement program." Sondra Oster Baras, director of the organization's Israeli office, estimates that more than half of the West Bank settlements receive direct or indirect support from Christians, according to the NPR report.

A handful of wealthy businessmen, including American casino magnate Irving Moskowitz, are widely reported to have donated to groups such as the Brooklyn-based not-for-profit Hebron Fund, which raises money to support residents in the West Bank city of Hebron. According to the donation page on its Web site, the organization aims to "keep Hebron Jewish for the Jewish people." Friends of Itamar, also based in Brooklyn, engages in domestic, tax-deductible fundraising for the West Bank settlement of Itamar. All this comes at the expense of the U.S. government, which loses tax revenue by allowing these groups to operate as not-for-profit entities.

Not all support for the settlements comes through charitable organizations. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that in 2007, the settler organization Amana held "housing fairs" in New York and New Jersey to encourage American Jews to buy property in the West Bank. According to the Jewish Voice and Opinion, a self-described "politically conservative Jewish publication" in New Jersey, approximately 250 people attended and as many as 10 properties were slated for purchase.

Last year the Palestinian village of Bil'in filed suit in Canada against two Quebec-based companies that built and sold residential units in a West Bank settlement. The case is still pending, but it demonstrates that people are beginning to pay attention to non-Israeli influences on settlement growth.

If the courts can't find a way to dissuade settlement expansion, perhaps the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control should intervene. The U.S. government has already designated Kahane's movement a foreign terrorist organization for reasons unrelated to settlement financing, but in doing so, it has prohibited U.S. citizens from providing financial support to this group.

The First Amendment protects the right of the settlement advocates to express their views, and so it should. I am not suggesting that non-profits should lose their tax advantages simply because they are at odds with American foreign policy. But the settlements are widely considered a violation of international law. Thirty years ago, a U.S. State Department legal adviser issued an opinion that called the settlements "inconsistent" with the Fourth Geneva Convention. In recent weeks, officials at State and in the White House have declined to say whether the 1979 opinion reflects official government policy, but President Obama's comments have hardly been ambiguous. "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements," he said in Cairo. "It is time for these settlements to stop."

Maybe it's also time for Americans to stop supporting them.

Ronit Avni, an Israeli, U.S. and Canadian citizen, is the director of the film "Encounter Point" and the executive director of Just Vision, an organization that documents Palestinian and Israeli conflict-resolution peace initiatives.

War News: Afghanistan [Sample]
June 28: Taliban volunteers clashed with Karzai's U.S. backed police in two districts of Farah province [western Afghanistan]. In the first gun battle 5 police and 7 Taliban volunteers were killed. In the second clash three police were killed and 2 wounded. There were no Taliban losses. Farah province is increasingly supporting Taliban ever since the U.S. used a B1 bomber and other late model aircraft to bomb villages killing 140 civilians.

June 27: Taliban overran a Karzai police post in Helmand province south of Lashkargah. Eight policemen were killed and others disappeared and have probably joined the Taliban. The Australian newspaper says several districts in Helmand province are still in Taliban hands in spite of heavy NATO military presence. Several thousand British troops are there.

June 26: In Khost, in two separate guerrilla attacks, an Afghan working as interpretor for U.S. troops was killed and an Afghan supplying containers to NATO was killed. In Kheyl, a U.S. paratrooper was killed in a Taliban attack with an IED.

War News: Pakistan
June 29: North Waziristan: A Pakistani military column advancing into the mountains was ambushed by Pak Taliban in the Garalmai area. Heavy Pak losses are reported. Till now the Pak military has admitted 13 killed and 18 wounded [who are in bad condition]. The mujahideen withdrew in good order before the helicopters arrived.

June 28: In Swat, Pak military captured the family of Maulvi Fazlullah [known as the lion of Swat] and is holding them hostage {New Trend reporters say this is a blunder. Islamic people of Swat will be inflamed to fight back. It is seen as a shameful act.]

Pak army is now reporting that it is fighting Pak Taliban in a suburb of Mingora which it had previously reported captured. New fighting is reported in Dir.

June 26: A martyrdom operator hit a Pak army post in Muzaffarabad, Pak administered Kashmir. Heavy Pak army casualties are indicated. Pak army admitted two killed 6 wounded. Pak Taliban took responsibilty for this first attack in Kashmir. The martyr's name is Abid.

June 14-29: After 15 days, Pak army has still not been able to advance in South Waziristan against Pak Taliban led by Baitullah Mehsud. Pak air strikes and heavy artillery shelling is going on non-stop in the hope that Taliban will collapse. Observers say that even if the Paks break through, they may not find Baitullah. [Paks have put a price of $625,000 on his head.] At least 12 Pak Taliban have been killed in Pak bombing attacks.

June 25-29: Heavy fighting is on in Kurram agency between Shi'ites supporting the Pak government and Sunnis supporting Pak Taliban. Scores of people have been killed in heavy exchanges of fire.

European Agenda for Iran suffers Setback

Iran denounces G8 statement as interference
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi has condemned a statement by G8 foreign ministers about Iran’s post-election developments as "interfering and hasty".
"This election with the participation of 85 percent of the eligible voters in a completely competitive and open atmosphere… is regarded as a turning point in the history of religious democracy," he told reporters in Tehran.

Foreign ministers of the Group of Eight leading powers Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States said on Friday they were "concerned about the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election".

"We fully respect the sovereignty of Iran. At the same time we deplore post-election violence which led to the loss of lives of Iranian civilians and urge Iran to respect fundamental human rights," the ministers said after talks in Trieste, Italy.

Qashqavi countered by saying, "The world expected the meeting of the eight industrial countries’ foreign ministers, in the light of their prearranged agenda, to address the serious problems that lie ahead of these countries and the international community."

He also dismissed recent remarks by European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering about June 12 presidential election as "irresponsible".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran views the interfering statements by the president of the European parliament as irresponsible and unacceptable," the Foreign Ministry spokesman stated.

Poettering said on Wednesday that he hopes to lead a delegation of European deputies to Iran to study an election which he claimed appears to be a massive fraud.

Montreal Perspectives
by Jalaluddin S. Hussain

Sudanese-Canadian Finally Comes Home after 12 months in Embassy "House Arrest."

Home Sweet Home!

At the time of writing, Abousfian Abdelrazik, the Sudanese-born Canadian, who has spend more than 12 months in the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, is expected to fly back, with his lawyer, Yavar Hameed and a representative of Canadian government. Finally, he will be able to join his family in Montreal, after 6 years of forced exile and torture-filled living. Shamefully, Canadian government, in the form of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), had a direct hand in his sufferings. Hopefully, Abousfian Abdelrazik's nightmare is over for now and he will be allowed to live in peace with his family in Montreal.

Help the freedom fighters in reconstruction

The Afghan War has so far claimed 120 Canadian soldiers. Many others have been seriously injured or psychologically traumatized. Even after more than 7 years of fighting with superior fire-power, NATO has not been able to win the Afghan war. It is high time that a deal is struck with the Afghan freedom-fighters and they are helped politically, economically and socially, to build up their country. Why should not the Americans realize that Afghans are freedom-loving people? If they have already humiliated and defeated the Britishers and Soviets, during the last hundred years, they can also defeat the collective force of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In any case, how come the North Atlantic military orgtanization is operating in an Asian country? It boggles the mind!

Bil'in Demonstration Exposes Israeli Settlers!

On Monday, June 22, 2009, a small but loud and vociferous demonstration took place in front of the Quebec Superior Court, right in downtown Montreal. Representatives of an important, but tiny Palestinian village, by the name of Bil'in, had filed a law suit against two Canadian construction companies, by the name of Green Park and Green Mount International. Their illegality is that they are building apartments in this village for the land-grabbers (settlers!), when it is not allowed under international law. Although there is not much chance of success, as the Canadian courts can rightly assert, that this case was outside their jurisdiction. However, even a failure, in this case, will be of symbolic importance. Hopefully, the Bil'in Palestinians will be able to expose the heinous game of the settlers and the connivance of the Israeli government and the Canadian Zionists!

Bilingual Slogans Effective

Some of the slogans at the demonstration, in French, were: Quebec-Bil'in Solidarite; Israel Terroriste! Harper Complice; and, So, So, So, Solidarite, Avec, Avec, Avec Bil'in. Some of the English slogans were; When we say Green Park, you say shame on you; When we say Green Mount, you say shame on you; Bil'in under attack, What we do? Stand up and fight back; From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free

2009-06-30 Tue 18:57:41 cdt