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Hate Crime : Rage over anti-Islam rally, And CAIR-CAN – Windsor Muslims Respons

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Hate Crime – Rage over anti-Islam rally


Dalson Chen – Windsor Star

Friday, January 12, 2007

Controversy filled a west Windsor church where the lecture of a purported former Muslim terrorist warned that Islam is a religion of war being brought to Canadian soil.

In a speech at Campbell Baptist Church on Thursday night, 49-year-old Zachariah Anani said that Islamic doctrine teaches nothing less than the “ambushing, seizing and slaying” of non-believers — especially Jews and Christians.

“Violence keeps going on,” said Anani, a Lebanese-born convert to Christianity who came to Windsor in 1997.

‘No Prisoners’

The hour-long talk, entitled The Deadly Threat of Islam, described the religion as worshipping a god who “fights and kills” and “strikes with terror,” and allows no prisoners in battles against non-believers.

“That’s how Islamic doctrine obliges its followers to conduct in war time,” Anani said.

More than 120 people packed the church to hear Anani’s speech.

Many came to contest his views in a question period that often grew heated with raised voices talking over each other.

“You’re inciting hatred by the title of tonight’s topic,” argued Gary Roberts while waving a hand with emotion.

Roberts, a 50-year-old Windsor resident, said he’s not a member of the church, but decided to come to the meeting as soon as he learned of it. “I just couldn’t sit back and not say nothing,” he said. “I had to vent.”

Windsor police said two officers in plain clothes attended the lecture at the church’s request.

Donald McKay, senior pastor at the church, said the event was organized simply to propagate what the church believes to be “absolute truth.”

“We have no desire to be offensive. We have no desire to polarize people unnecessarily,” McKay said.

But in asking Anani to clarify points of his speech, McKay described the Islamic faith as “oppressive” and “vicious.”

“The Muslims are coming over here to Windsor, Canada, for the purpose of advancing this faith,” McKay said.

A group of seven male Muslims who attended the meeting shook their heads at Anani’s speech. At the start of the event, the men declined to stand for the church’s hymn as a sign of protest.

Tarik Mohammed, 32, said that Anani took quotes from the Qur’an “out of context,” and demonstrated he could do the same with the Bible’s Old Testament.

“If I want to go through this, I can find a lot about killing,” Mohammed said to Anani.

“What you did tonight, you preached hate. You did not preach Christianity…. What you did right now is causing instability in our community and throughout the world.”

Gabriel Keresztes, who converted to Islam from Christianity three years ago, agreed with Mohammed.

“You cannot sweep and generalize everything and you cannot put everyone in a box,” said the 23-year-old Windsor resident. “We stepped a step back tonight in history, in the community of Windsor.”

McKay said he finds it interesting that advocates of Islam would argue for tolerance. “Islam is the most intolerant religion in the world today.”

McKay said Anani killed “hundreds of people in the name of Allah” before converting to Christianity, and Anani has brought his perspective to such media outlets as CNN and Fox News.

Anani said he was responsible for deaths while engaged in the Lebanese civil war before a missionary showed him the Christian path in 1975.

According to Anani, his goal is “awakening people to the truth.”

“We’ve been bombarded all the time about how good and nice is Islam,” Anani said.

During the question period, 46-year-old church member Bruno Franciskovic yelled that Muslims were responsible for the suicide attacks on the World Trade Center.

“This day and age, you don’t hear about Christians doing things like that,” Franciskovic shouted.

Fatimah Abdullah, a 46-year-old Windsor Muslim, responded by shouting “Timothy McVeigh” — the U.S. citizen responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Abdullah said she found Anani’s views “misinformed and ignorant.”

“I can’t see this as hate-mongering. I see this as ignorance,” she said. “This is an effort to push Christianity…. at the victimization of the truth.”

The lecture was the first in a series of four this month.

Anani said he’s not intimidated by the reaction to his first lecture, and the series will continue as planned. “It’s always like that.”

source:
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=8f12e622-3aa5-47c8-86ac-6eecddd92b07&k=71255

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CAIR-CAN and Windsor Muslims Ask Police to Investigate Possible Hate Speech

– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

(Ottawa, Canada ­ Jan 13, 2007) The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), Windsor Islamic Association, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and Al Hijra Mosque and School, are asking the Windsor Police in Ontario to investigate the lecture series, “The Deadly Threat of Islam,” as a possible forum for hate speech. The talks, sponsored by Windsor’s Theological Institute in association with the Campbell Baptist Church, are taking place each Thursday until February 1.

CAIR-CAN has received complaints based upon the first talk entitled “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Frightening Facts About Islam.” In response, CAIR-CAN yesterday asked the Windsor Police to investigate the lecture series and be on the alert for any hate speech that may be taking place at the talks.

Under Canadian law hate speech is prohibited. Investigations into hate speech fall under local police departments.

“If hateful speech is indeed being propagated in Windsor, it must be dealt with promptly under the law. We are asking the Windsor Police to take the matter seriously and conduct an investigation.

“Freedom of speech is a cherished Canadian value, however it is not an absolute. Hateful speech only succeeds in creating an atmosphere of fear, where divisions within Canadian society are made,” said Karl Nickner Executive
Director of CAIR-CAN.

“We are asking Canadians of conscience to speak out against hatred and sensationalist campaigns. Groups that spread lies about a faith or people simply act to harm innocent citizens.

“We are proud of the diversity exemplified in Windsor and the thousands of Muslim Canadians, from doctors to auto-workers, that have helped build our city and country,” stated Dr. Nabil Asfour, MAC Windsor Chapter Head

– END –

For more information please contact:

CAIR-CAN: Sameer Zuberi, Communications and Human Rights Coordinator,
613.795.2012; or Karl Nickner, Executive Director, 613.853.4111

Windsor Muslim Comminity: Dr. Nabil Asfour, MAC Windsor Chapter Head,
519.819.0497; Khalida Peer, Windsor Islamic Association, 519.966.5116

CAIR-CAN
Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA
P.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4
Tel: 1-866-524-0004
Fax: 613-254-9810
URL: www.caircan.ca

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Reading Bush : “If you are afraid to speak out, you are not in America any more” – ‘unknown’

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Reading Bush

If you are afraid to speak out, you are not in America any more” – ‘unknown’

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

01/13/07 “Information Clearing House” — – The United States, once known as the beacon of democracy, finds itself in a dilemma. It is faced with a President that is deaf to the people. In his address to the nation on January 10, 2007 he left little doubt that he means to rule over the people he was ‘elected’ to serve. In tune with everything else he does, he has devalued the meaning of the word democracy and eroded its ideals; which explains why he is ‘dictating’ democracy to other nations.

“But victory in Iraq will bring something new in the Arab world – a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people.”

Even if one were to allow for the fact that he is no longer in touch with his faculties, one would think that his speech writers would not make such a slip. Wasn’t there a clear indication from the people that in our so-called democracy the people to whom he is answerable, told him to deescalate the American presence in Iraq? He is obliterating the rule of the law, disrespecting fundamental human liberties and yet he is demanding that the Arab world exercise democracy. Clearly the Arab world fare far better not following his suit for at least hundreds of thousands of lives would be spared.

Much like the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Mr. Bush is misleading the American people about what the mission in Iraq is and will continue to be. He had this to say:

“A democratic Iraq will not be perfect. But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them – and it will help bring a future of peace and security for our children and grandchildren.”

He forgets that in a digital age, history, especially recent history, is recorded. It was Mr. Bush’s White House that offered sanctuary to terrorists in Iraq. Even the US Department Personnel as well as non-US personnel were taken aback when Mr. Bush ordered MEK terrorists to be granted ‘special persons status’ under the Geneva Conventions . Yet here he is, at the height of hypocrisy, relying on our short memories, asking for American soldiers to ‘sacrifice’ so that Iraqis will not harbor terrorists.

“Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists – and a strategic threat to their survival.”

Mr. Bush is calling to his friends in the region, all of whom happen to be ruled by dictators, to cooperate in the war against Iran, the next war he has planned for the region. The stability of Iraq has never been his concern, nor the death of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Did he have these thoughts as the Mother Of All Bombs (MOAB) were sent to Iraq as part of the arsenal? Iraqis are irrelevant. Mr. Bush now needs the cooperation of Saudi Arabia. A country which due to its authoritarian rule and relationship with the United States gave birth to al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden’s hatred of the West. Is Mr. Bush’s love of Saudi Arabia simply the oil or is it the fact that the Sunni insurgents killing American soldiers, the al- Qaeda network that is spread over 60 countries, stemmed from Saudi Arabia and need to be controlled by Mr. Bush’s Saudi allies? Maybe it is their hatred of and rivalry with Iranians or simply it’s their fondness of democracy!

After all, there is no limit to this President’s love for ‘democracy’. While his aim is to uproot the Tehran regime with bombs, he appeals to the Saudi regime to understand that Iraq’s stability is paramount to their survival – the survival of their despotism. Not long ago, a $47 billion arms deal between America’s close ally the British and the Saudis was concluded and cleverly concealed from the public. There were two chilling stipulations to this deal: first, that the Brits would freeze their ongoing investigation into certain royal family members; and the second far more important stipulation was that they would expel from England two Moslem, Saudi progressive thinkers who were pro-democracy ; reducing the risk of contaminating the Saudis with the ideals of democracy. Those who believe Mr. Bush has a Wilsonian agenda may want to re-evaluate their supposition.

Clearly 20,000 soldiers will not be enough to confront Iran militarily. There are only two scenarios. The draft will be instituted early in 2007 and soldiers will be asked to serve a mad man – or worse still, there will be weapons of mass destruction deployed, the plans of which were drawn up in 2003.

In an August 1, 2005 issue of The American Conservative, Philip Giarldi, a former CIA officer, warned that Dick Cheney had issued a request for using tactical nuclear weapons against Iran. The more alarming aspect of his report was that the use of nuclear weapons was not conditional on Iran being involved in the act of terrorism against the United States. Otherwise stated, Iran is being set up for “an unprovoked nuclear attack”. Today, it seems, the plan is even more solidified. Iran is being baited, its consulate in Iraq attacked, personnel and computers seized. In other words, the US has declared war.

The unimaginable destruction that a nuclear attack would cause, as well as the burden of the responsibility, will fall on many. Let us remind ourselves of the Union of Concerned Scientists report that the kind of bunker-buster the administration wants to use on Iran’s nuclear facilities, would only penetrate a few feet into the ground, too shallow to contain the massive radiation fallout that could spread over 1000 miles. If the US dropped a single 1.2 kiloton bomb on Isfahan, the kind it is planning on using, 3 million people will be killed within 2 weeks of the explosion around Isfahan, and 35 million people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India will be at high risk of cancer due to radiation. India chose to make a deal with the devil. Russia caved in. And the US will not stop with Isfahan alone. Other countries would be involved – radiation does not recognize boundaries.

We can no longer allow our fear of futility to restrain us from taking action. Only our collective sanity and compassion can prevail. Let us heed to our higher calling of saving lives and not forget Margaret Mead: “Never believe that a small group of people can’t change the world…indeed, they are the only ones who do.”

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has lived and studied in Iran, the UK, France, and the US. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her education in Middle East studies and Public Diplomacy. Soraya has done extensive research on US foreign policy towards Iran and Iran’s nuclear program. She can be reached at sorayau@earthlink.net

source:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16166.htm

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ZIONIST RACIST : ISRAELI ARABS (PALESTINIANS) RACIALLY PROFILED

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

ZIONIST RACIST : ISRAELI ARABS (PALESTINIANS) RACIALLY PROFILED

DesertPeace

January 13, 2007

Israel constantly denies that its Arab citizens are treated any differently than its Jewish ones. In plain, simple English… that is nothing but a lie.

The following report that I have linked HERE is from the Electronic Intifada, it is true… I have seen it happen at the airport, I travelled with Palestinians and witnessed their harassment while I was allowed through security without a problem… simply because I am a Jew. The Palestinians I speak of are Israeli citizens, carrying Israeli passports.

Yet, the State of Israel denies these antics…. makes one wonder what else they might be lying about.

source:
http://desertpeace.blogspot.com/2007/01/israeli-arabs-palestinians-racially.html

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Suspected Citizens: Racial Profiling against Arab Passengers by Israeli Airports and Airlines

Report, Arab Association for Human Rights and Center Against Racism, 12 January 2007

The following is the introduction to the report “Suspected Citizens: Racial Profiling against Arab Passengers by Israeli Airports and Airlines”, issued in December 2006

Salah Ya’aqubi is an Arab citizen of Israel who lives in the village of Reineh, close to Nazareth. He is a cum laude student in the Department of Nursing in Tel Aviv University. In 2005, Tel Aviv University chose Ya’aqubi as one of its representatives at an international conference held in London. Three other students from the institution were also selected to participate in the conference. The four students served as representatives of the State of Israel at the event.

On the day of their flight, Ya’aqubi and the three Jewish students arrived together at Ben Gurion Airport. The four were due to fly with the Israeli air carrier Israir. During the routine security inspection, the security staff inspected the baggage of all four students using x-ray scanners. The Jewish students then moved on and their passports were stamped, while Ya’aqubi was obliged to undergo a special security inspection. The security personnel stated that they intended to undertake a manual search of his baggage. During the course of the manual inspection, the security personnel overturned Ya’aqubi’s bag with all his belongings in it, and then asked him to accompany them to a side room so that they could ask him some questions. When Ya’aqubi attempted to ascertain the reason for this special interrogation, which his Jewish friends were not required to undergo, one security guard replied that “these are our instructions, and they come from high up.” The security personnel asked Ya’aqubi numerous questions: where he was going, what the purpose of his visit was, and so on. After completing the questioning, the security personnel ordered Ya’aqubi to accompany them to another room, where he was again asked the same questions. When he commented that he had already answered these questions, and that his baggage had already been examined, one of the security personnel told him that these were their instructions, adding, “I don’t care what they asked you before.” The security guards did not claim that there were any specific suspicions against Ya’aqubi or that he presented any danger.

Eventually, after the additional security inspections were completed, Ya’aqubi got on the airplane and flew to the conference. His feeling was that he had been required to undergo a special security inspection because of his national origin, i.e. because he is an Arab. At the end of the conference, as the students headed back to Israel, the phenomenon repeated itself. Ya’aqubi and the Jewish members of the delegation went through the routine inspections at the inspection points of the British authorities. Their baggage was examined and they were politely asked a number of questions. After this inspection was completed, Ya’aqubi was again asked to undergo an additional inspection by Israeli security personnel. After his baggage was examined in an x-ray scanner, the Israeli security personnel demanded to perform a manual search, claiming that there was suspicion that his case contained “molecules of explosives.” Ya’aqubi stated that he had no doubt that his baggage contained nothing other than his personal belongings. The security personnel also insisted on carrying out a manual search of Ya’aqubi’s hand baggage.

After the inspections were completed, the Israeli security personnel informed Ya’aqubi that his large bag would be held at the airport for several days and then sent to Reineh, his home village. Ya’aqubi was then taken into a side room and asked to remove his clothes and shoes, on the grounds that there was “suspicion of the presence of an explosive.” Ya’aqubi then underwent a body search and was asked a number of questions.

After taking his bag, Ya’aqubi was given his shoes back and permitted to proceed to the duty free shops. However, half and hour before the flight was due to depart, an Israeli security guard approached Ya’aqubi and asked him to accompany him to a side room for a further inspection. Ya’aqubi noted that he had already undergone several inspections and his bag had been taken from him, but received the reply that “these are our instructions.” Ya’aqubi eventually boarded the flight fifteen minutes late, after all the other passengers had already taken their seats. When he entered, many passengers looked at him suspiciously, having witnessed his last questioning.

Ya’aqubi described his feelings about the intrusive and humiliating series of inspections and interrogations he was forced to endure in the following terms:

This is the most offensive and humiliating experience I have ever had. I was immediately suspect just because I am Arab. The fact that I am an outstanding student, was traveling as a representative of an academic institution, and was selected to represent Israel at an international conference didn’t help me at all. I sensed the lack of esteem and respect and the contempt the security guards felt toward me. It was particularly offense since I saw with my own eyes that the security personnel let my Jewish friends proceed without hindrance, without being interrogated, without being taken into a side room, and without offending them in front of hundreds of passengers who flew with us on the plane.

The experience related by Salah Ya’aqubi is a classic example of the treatment encountered by Arab citizens of Israel when they come to Ben Gurion Airport in order to board international flights. Any Arab citizen who is planning to travel abroad, whether for vacation, family visits, or work, makes sure they arrive at the airport four hours before the scheduled departure, due to the series of delays and humiliating interrogations they can expect because of their national origin (hereinafter: discriminatory security inspection).[1] The delays range from three to four hours. Jewish passengers are only rarely forced to undergo such a rigorous process This phenomenon is so widespread that it is hard to find any Arab citizen who travels abroad by air and who has not experienced a discriminatory security check at least once. [2]

The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) and the Center Against Racism (hereinafter “the investigating organizations”) have accumulated numerous complaints submitted by Arab citizens relating to discriminatory security inspections they have undergone at the hands of security personnel, despite the fact that they did not pose the slightest security risk to the other passengers. These travelers have never been suspected of security offenses and nothing in their past could justify such special treatment. The complainants report that the discriminatory attitude of the security personnel began as soon as they realized that the people in front of them were Arab citizens – whether by means of their external appearance, their accent, their place of residence, or after the travelers identified as Arabs – and solely for this reason. The complaints also show that the discriminatory security inspection takes place in various stages, beginning at the main entrance to the airport, continuing in the line for check in, and culminating at the border crossings and passport booths. Sometimes the security inspection even continues in the shopping area, as a security guard accompanies the Arab passenger through to the departure gate, waiting until they actually board the plane.

The discriminatory security inspection undergone by Arab citizens is not confined to Ben Gurion Airport or to other airports and border crossing in Israel. Arab citizens who choose to use Israeli airlines, such as El- Al, Israir, and Arkia, also encounter such inspections at international airports in foreign countries, undertaken by Israeli security personnel. An examination by the investigating organizations regarding the source of authority for the use of Israeli security personnel on the territory of foreign countries showed that the inspections undertaken by the Israeli companies are in addition to the local security arrangements. It also emerged that the countries in which these inspections take place do not supervise them, and prefer to ignore their discriminatory nature and the human rights violations committed on their own soil. The demand to reveal the nature of these arrangements was rejected on the grounds that this is confidential information.

These discriminatory security inspections, whether in Israel or abroad, are only imposed on Jewish passengers in rare cases. [3] Many Arab passengers have reported undergoing a series of humiliating inspections such as that experienced by Salah Ya’aqubi, with repeated checks, while their Jewish fellow passengers proceeded after routine inspections. Many Arab passengers described being led by Israeli security personnel at foreign airports into side rooms for interrogation. In most of the testimonies, the passengers noted that other passengers were also in these rooms, almost all of them Arabs or foreigners wishing to enter Israel.

The Airports Authority and the Israeli airlines have persistently rejected the claims of discriminatory inspections by Arab citizens, stating security reasons as the excuse for the series of inspections. They claim that there is no standing procedure for “processing” Arabs per se, without reference to specific suspicions or intelligence information. The authorities claim that the inspections are undertaken in accordance with confidential procedures determined by the General Security Service, and are implemented on a routine basis, and not with special reference to Arab passengers. [4]

In practice, however, the treatment of Arab passengers is sharply distinctive, and forms part of the accepted approach since the establishment of the State of Israel that the Arab citizens are not entitled to genuine equality of rights and constitute a “security threat” to the Jewish state. According to this approach, a person of Arab nationality belongs to a category of security risk justifying special security actions and inspections and close supervision, regardless of their past or of their profiling by the security services. In practice, the impression received is that the security inspections, and particularly the interrogations, are not intended solely to ensure the safety of the passengers, as the authorities claim, but also to collect intelligence information relating to each Arab passenger, in order to enhance the monitoring of these citizens. Technological advances in recent decades make it possible to ensure close scrutiny preventing the introduction of objects or substances liable to endanger the passengers. Despite this, these advances have not altered the reliance on human inspections. Indeed, in recent years, following the installation of new scanners in the airport, the inspections are now implemented in two stages – technological scanning, which is imposed on all passengers, followed by manual inspections, imposed on the Arab passengers.

It is important to note that discriminatory inspections are not imposed on every Arab passenger or in the course of every single journey they undertake. However, the large number of complaints shows that Arab citizens are subject to a distinctive and discriminatory approach on the basis of their national origin. They are collectively, and almost automatically, subject to a security inspection that is not imposed on Jewish passengers, and is based on a security perception that persistently views them as a threat.

Given the large number of complaints, [5] a joint working team was established for the first time in April 2006 to bring together the Airports Authority and representatives of Arab citizens in order “to examine jointly ways to improve the nature of the service and the behavior toward Arab citizens at the airports and border crossings.” [6] The Airports Authority also established a “special committee to examine the security inspection for the Arab population” in 2005, but the conclusions of this committee, which effectively constituted an internal audit mechanism examining problems relating to the security inspection for Arab passengers, [7] were never made public.

This report will detail the manner in which the discriminatory inspection is imposed on Arab citizens as a national group all of whose members are spuriously perceived as a “security threat” to the state, and will expose the true purpose of this inspection: To monitor Arab citizens under the guise of security needs as part of a systemic and deliberate policy on the part of the state authorities.

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    Endnotes
    [1] This method of inspection is known as “racial profiling.” Amnesty International USA defines racial profiling as “the targeting of individuals and groups by law enforcement officials, even partially, on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion, except where there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality and timeframe, that links persons belonging to one of the aforementioned groups to an identified criminal incident or scheme.” See: Amnesty International, U.S. Domestic Human Rights Program, “Threat and Humiliation: Racial Profiling, Domestic Security, and Human Rights in the United States,” (October 2004). The report is available at the address http://www.amnestyusa.org/racial_profiling/report/rp_report.pdf (last accessed September 21, 2006).
    [2] Discriminatory security checks on Arab citizens are not confined to Ben Gurion Airport, but also take place at domestic airports and border crossings. This report will focus on the discriminatory security check at Ben Gurion Airport and at foreign airports.
    [3] Such inspections are imposed mainly on Jewish left-wing activists. See Aviv Lavi, “Enemies on the Left,” Ha’aretz Supplement, January 30, 2004; “Enemies on the Left (2),” Ha’aretz Supplement, February 13, 2004. See also Tova Zimuki, “The Blacklist of Left-Wing Activists,” Yediot Acharonot, March 17, 2004.
    [4] Reply from the Airports Authority dated December 8, 2005, in response to the request of the investigating organizations for information; response of El-Al Airlines dated April 3, 2006 in response to the request of the investigating organizations for information.
    [5] According to information provided to the investigating organizations by the Airports Authority, 206 complaints were filed in 2005; 178 in 2004; 230 in 2003; 253 in 2002; and 144 in 2001. These figures include all the complaints presented to the Airports Authority, not only those from Arab citizens. Many Arab citizens, however, do not bother to submit complaints to the Airports Authority due to their sense that such complaints will not help secure any change in the policy of discriminatory security inspections. The investigating organizations estimate that hundreds of Arab citizens undergo discriminatory security inspections each year.
    [6] “An End to Discrimination against Arabs at Ben Gurion Airport?”, Ma’ariv website (http://www.nrg.co.il), April 9, 2006.
    [7] “The Solution to Complaints about Checks on Arabs at Ben Gurion Airport: A Terminal in Nazareth,” Ha’aretz, September 21, 2005.

    source:
    http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6382.shtml

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    Instead of “al-Qaeda,” U.S. Kills Nomads in Somalia

    Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007

    bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

    In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    === News Update ===

    Instead of “al-Qaeda,” U.S. Kills Nomads in Somalia

    Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire

    January 13, 2006

    As usual, it takes a few days for the truth to emerge, not that the corporate media here in America notices.

    Instead of killing Fazul Abdullah Moham-med, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and Abu Taha al-Sudani, supposedly “al-Qaeda” operatives responsible for the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the Pentagon killed “herdsmen … gathered with their animals around large fires at night to ward off mosquitoes” in Somalia, according to the Independent.

    “Oxfam yesterday confirmed at least 70 nomads in the Afmadow district near the border with Kenya had been killed. The nomads were bombed at night and during the day while searching for water sources. Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Kenya has acknowledged that the onslaught on Islamist fighters failed to kill any of the three prime targets,” described as “backfir[ing] spectacularly” by the British newspaper.

    All of this runs counter to the assertions of U.S. ambassador, Michael Ranneberger, who said “that no civilians had been killed or injured and that only one attack had taken place. The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, reported that an estimated 100 people were wounded in Monday’s air strikes on the small fishing village of Ras Kamboni launched from the US military base in Djibouti after a mobile phone intercept.” It is not explained why impoverished nomads, in search of water, would be in possession of cell phones (or, for that matter, why there are cell phone towers in a remote area of one of the world’s poorest countries).

    As should be expected, the operations against innocent Somalis serve but one purpose only, that is beyond satiating the blood lust of Muslim hating neocons—it was an excuse to get “boots on the ground for the first time since a 1993 mission backfired and led to a humiliating withdrawal from Somalia,” a mission mythologized in violent Hollywood fashion in the film Black Hawk Down.

    “Under international law, there is a duty to distinguish between military and civilian targets,” said Paul Smith-Lomas, Oxfam’s regional director. “We are deeply concerned that this principle is not being adhered to, and that innocent people in Somalia are paying the price,” as innocent people have since the neocons captured the Oval Office and large swaths of the Pentagon.

    It is of no concern to the Pentagon that above mentioned “terrorists” were not killed and innocent nomads suffered instead. In fact, such reckless behavior will serve as a “blueprint” for future operations against Muslim enemies.

    “U.S. commandos’ military operations in Somalia and the use of the Ethiopian army as a surrogate force to root out al Qaeda operatives there provide a blueprint for counterterrorism missions across the globe, Pentagon strategists say,” reports the neocon propaganda syndicate, the New York Times. “U.S. officials said the recent military efforts in Somalia have been led by the Pentagon’s joint Special Operations Command, which directs the military’s most secretive and elite units, including the Army’s Delta Force.”

    The Pentagon’s Special Operations Command runs P2OG, or the Proactive and Preemptive Operations Group, a black budgeted psyop designed to “stimulate reactions” among “terrorists,” or maybe that should be nomadic animal herding Muslims careless enough to light fires as AC-130 gunships roam the night skies.

    Unfortunately, many Somalis live in the Pentagon’s “battlespace” where we are told “al-Qaeda” operates, thus putting “their sovereignty … at risk,” as an August 16, 2002, Power Point presentation held at the Defense Science Board made abundantly clear.

    “Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of Congress on Friday that a U.S. airstrike by an AC-130 gunship early this week in Somalia was executed under the Pentagon’s authority to hunt down and kill terrorism suspects around the world, a power given to it by the White House shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.”

    Bush and crew believe the non-declaration of war against Iraq—that is to say, a “war” not declared by Congress, as required by Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution—gives them the right to attack anybody, anywhere, without regard to Article 51 of the First Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, stating that parties “shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives.”

    But then neocons don’t do the Geneva Conventions—or the Constitution for that matter.

    Democrat members of Congress complained, if slightly, that the Pentagon is “using U.S. forces outside declared combat zones,” thus giving “the Pentagon too much authority in sovereign nations,” not that such, again, matters to neocons, hell-bent on killing Muslims, no matter where they live.

    In response, the Pentagon said it had sent “onesies and twosies” into Somalia “with the advancing Ethiopian army that helped Somalia’s weak transitional government oust a strong Muslim militia that had been in control of Mogadishu, the capital, and most of southern Somalia.”

    In other words, it was a classic CIA assisted military coup, with Pentagon ops replacing those of the CIA.

    It should be noted that this coup was arranged to get rid of the Islamic Courts Union, a rival administration to the Transitional Federal Government, supported by the United States. The ICU enjoyed the support of a majority of Somalis because they resisted the endemic chaos of armed warlord thugs and provided education and health care to the impoverished populace.

    Of course, we can’t have that, especially in a Muslim country.

    source:
    http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=719

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    Iraq Cry : An urgent plea from the people of Haditha

    Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007

    bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

    In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    === News Update ===

    An urgent plea from the people of Haditha

    Mr. Zaid Mahdi

    Janury 12, 2007

    Peace be upon you, I am one of the residents of Haditha, a city under siege for two months now, by the American and Iraqi forces. We have serious shortages of food stuffs and medical supplies. Movements within the city itself is restricted and there are many isolated communities running out of food and fuel.

    The situation is dire, I beg you, help us make our voice heard by the good people of the world, Alert your representatives and government officials. Help us avert a humanitarian disaster and put an end to the harassment and humiliation we are currently suffering.

    Sender Mr. Zaid Mahdi
    Date 11/1/2007

    source:
    http://www.iraq4allnews.dk/index.php?sec=news&act=view_news&id=14932

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    -muslim voice-
    ______________________________________
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    NGOs to sue US over WMD claims – Iraq War Criminal

    Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007

    bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

    In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    === News Update ===

    NGOs to sue US over WMD claims

    From correspondents in Niamey

    January 14, 2007

    SOME 30 non-governmental organisations in Niger said overnight they are going to sue the United States for nearly two billion dollars for “unfairly accusing” Niger of selling uranium to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
    “Our lawyers are about to file a lawsuit against the US calling for damages of about 1000 billion CFA francs ($2.42 billion dollars) for the harm suffered” by the country, Moustapha Kadi, president of the Collective of organisations in Niger defending the right to energy (CODDAE).

    The lawsuit by the collective will be filed at either French or Belgian courts, Kadi added.

    In January 2003, US President George W. Bush accused Saddam of having bought uranium from Niger to make weapons of mass destruction.

    The Niger collective said in a statement that investigations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), world media and US officials, all concluded that it was a “false accusation” against Niger.

    That false information was used by Bush “to invade Iraq,” said the collective’s statement, which also called for support from Niger’s President Mamadou Tandja, who back in 2003 said the US allegations were “harming Niger’s image”.

    Niger is the world’s third-largest producer of uranium with about nine percent of the global market, according to 2003 figures.

    The country’s two uranium deposits have been mined for 40 years by the French group Areva, number one in civil nuclear energy.

    source:
    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21057247-1702,00.html

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    -muslim voice-
    ______________________________________
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    US Terrorize The World – 24 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (14.1.07)

    Posted by musliminsuffer on January 14, 2007

    bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

    In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

    === News Update ===

    Hate Crime : Rage over anti-Islam rally

    Controversy filled a west Windsor church where the lecture of a purported former Muslim terrorist warned that Islam is a religion of war being brought to Canadian soil. In a speech at Campbell Baptist Church on Thursday night, 49-year-old Zachariah Anani said that Islamic doctrine teaches nothing less than the “ambushing, seizing and slaying” of non-believers — especially Jews and Christians.

    “Violence keeps going on,” said Anani, a Lebanese-born convert to Christianity who came to Windsor in 1997.

    ‘No Prisoners’

    The hour-long talk, entitled The Deadly Threat of Islam, described the religion as worshipping a god who “fights and kills” and “strikes with terror,” and allows no prisoners in battles against non-believers.

    “That’s how Islamic doctrine obliges its followers to conduct in war time,” Anani said.
    http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=8f12e622-3aa5-47c8-86ac-6eecddd92b07&k=71255

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    CAIR-CAN and Windsor Muslims Ask Police to Investigate Possible Hate Speech

    – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

    (Ottawa, Canada – Jan 13, 2007) The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), Windsor Islamic Association, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and Al Hijra Mosque and School, are asking the Windsor Police in Ontario to investigate the lecture series, “The Deadly Threat of Islam,” as a possible forum for hate speech. The talks, sponsored by Windsor’s Theological Institute in association with the Campbell Baptist Church, are taking place each Thursday until February 1.
    URL: www.caircan.ca

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    ZIONIST RACIST : ISRAELI ARABS (PALESTINIANS) RACIALLY PROFILED

    Israel constantly denies that its Arab citizens are treated any differently than its Jewish ones. In plain, simple English… that is nothing but a lie.

    The following report that I have linked HERE is from the Electronic Intifada, it is true… I have seen it happen at the airport, I travelled with Palestinians and witnessed their harassment while I was allowed through security without a problem… simply because I am a Jew. The Palestinians I speak of are Israeli citizens, carrying Israeli passports.

    Yet, the State of Israel denies these antics…. makes one wonder what else they might be lying about.

    Read the report by clicking the following headline… :
    Suspected Citizens: Racial Profiling against Arab Passengers by Israeli Airports and Airlines
    Report, Arab Association for Human Rights and Center Against Racism, 12 January 2007
    http://desertpeace.blogspot.com/2007/01/israeli-arabs-palestinians-racially.html

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    Culture of War: Source of Human Suffering and Death

    If the US President was not born and raised in a culture of war, he would have never dreamt in a million years to invade a nation that posed no threat whatsoever to the United States.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16163.htm

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    Reading Bush : “If you are afraid to speak out, you are not in America any more” – ‘unknown’

    The United States, once known as the beacon of democracy, finds itself in a dilemma. It is faced with a President that is deaf to the people. In his address to the nation on January 10, 2007 he left little doubt that he means to rule over the people he was ‘elected’ to serve.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16166.htm

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    How many lies can one presidential speech hold?

    A critique of Bush’s address to the nation
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16165.htm

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    Cry Iraq

    the voice-with-a-smile of democracy announces night and day “all poor little peoples that want to be free just trust in the u.s.a.” e. e. cummings, “thanksgiving,” 12

    The upshot is that the US program for the Arab world has become the same as Israel’s for Palestine. If the Iraq of yesteryear stood for an Arab identity par excellence, today, it represents the loss of that very identity. The aim of the invasion was to reshape the Middle East so that Palestine will become Israel, Jordan Palestine, and Iraq the Hashemite Kingdom.
    http://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-marrouchi130107.htm

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    America Cannot Win the War in Iraq

    The situation in Iraq is deteriorating, maybe even spiraling out of control towards all out civil war. The insurgency movement in Iraq is growing, making nation building on the part of America and its allies ineffective. The U.S. military finds itself stretched excessively thin, with many members serving unprecedented two and three tours of duty in Iraq. Casualty counts, both civilian and military, are on the rise and expensive, but delicate, military hardware is grinding to a halt under the stress of combat in such a rugged environment. America has poured vast sums of its fortune into Iraq, hoping to kick-start a new nation. On the home front and throughout the world, support for the war is waning. Moreover, in Iraq itself, the very people America purports to have liberated from Saddam Hussein now clamor for liberation from what they believe is an occupation by meddling Westerners.
    http://www.ivaw.org/node/423

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    An urgent plea from the people of Haditha.

    Peace be upon you, I am one of the residents of Haditha, a city under siege for two months now, by the American and Iraqi forces. We have serious shortages of food stuffs and medical supplies. Movements within the city itself is restricted and there are many isolated communities running out of food and fuel.

    The situation is dire, I beg you, help us make our voice heard by the good people of the world, Alert your representatives and government officials. Help us avert a humanitarian disaster and put an end to the harassment and humiliation we are currently suffering.
    http://www.iraq4allnews.dk/index.php?sec=news&act=view_news&id=14932

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    NGOs to sue US over WMD claims

    30 non-governmental organisations in Niger said overnight they are going to sue the United States for nearly two billion dollars for “unfairly accusing” Niger of selling uranium to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21057247-1702,00.html

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    Why Do War Attacks Suddenly Stop for Three Days Following Announcement of Every New Bush Policy on Iraq?

    For the third consecutive day, the main corporate media units in the US-EU have not published news about the US war in Iraq, no attacks on US forces, no so-called Shi’i-Sunni sectarian violence or civil war.

    Readers can check the main media units of the Zionist Empire (AP, Reuters, CNN, Fox, BBC, etc.) to see that they are abiding by this total absence of war coverage.

    What’s going on?

    In fact, it has become a pattern for observers to record and analyze. Everytime President Bush announces a new policy or plan in Iraq, news coverage of the war would not include any attacks for two or three days following the announcement. Al-Jazeerah has documented that before in red headlines, attracting readers’ attention to this fact.
    http://www.aljazeerah.info/Editorials/2007%20Editorials/Why%20Do%20War%20Attacks%20Suddenly%20Stop%20for%20Three%20Days%20Following%20Announcement%20of%20Every%20New%20Bush%20Policy%20on%20Iraq%20By%20Hassan%20El-Najjar.htm

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    U.S. warplanes bomb Baghdad as street battles rage

    U.S. troops are deploying massive air and ground fire power against heavily populated residential areas in Baghdad as a prelude to the start of the campaign to retake the city they invaded nearly four years ago.

    “The sky is burning,” one witness refusing to be named said of the aerial bombing of mainly Sunni-dominated districts of Haifa, Sheikh Omar and Alawi.
    http://www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=news%5C2007-01-12%5Ckurd.htm

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    Why the US Is Not Leaving Iraq: The Booming Business of War Profiteers

    The military-industrial-complex [would] cause military spending to be driven not by national security needs but by a network of weapons makers, lobbyists and elected officials. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

    There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket. – General Smedley D. Butler
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=HOS20070112&articleId=4423

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    Puppet Govt Parrot : Al-Maliki reacts to new Bush plan

    Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, issued his first comment on the new US plan outlined on Wednesday, calling it “identical to our strategy and intentions”.
    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2ADA34D4-E729-4938-98F5-5572BA45F4C4.htm

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    Iraq oil city rocked by attacks

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) – Iraq’s northern oil hub of Kirkuk has been rocked by attacks as insurgents shot dead two contractors and blew up a Shiite mosque under construction.

    Gunmen planted explosives in the mosque in the Nida neighbourhood of eastern Kirkuk and flattened the building site, Captain Imad Jassim said Saturday.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070113/wl_mideast_afp/iraqunrest

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    Pictures of Iraqi Militants beating a civilian

    http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2007/0107/mqawir_120107.htm

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    Two killings hit British occupation forces

    One British soldier has been killed in occupied Iraq and a British marine has been killed in occupied Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6259969.stm

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    Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 12 January 2007.

    • Twelve-year-old boy blows up self, US Marine in al-Khalidiyah.
    • Three US troops reported killed in Grad rocket attack on American patrol in ar-Ramadi Friday afternoon.
    • US troops storm houses, arrest 50 students in al-Fallujah Thursday night.
    • Resistance fighters blast US sniper post in al-Fallujah with Grad rockets Thursday afternoon, reportedly killing three US Marines.
    • Resistance bomb leaves US Marine reported dead in Samarra’ Friday morning.
    • Resistance bomb reportedly kills US soldier in al-Mawsil Friday morning.
    • Increased US forces deploy in Sunni areas on streets of Baghdad Friday.
    • US troops arrest 32 in extensive raids in western Baghdad Friday morning.
    • Puppet “National Guards” make mass arrests near Ba’qubah Friday morning.

    http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m29752&hd=&size=1&l=e

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    Occupied Somalia declares state of emergency

    Somalia’s parliament has declared a three-month state of emergency amid fears of a return to clan violence after weeks of war ousted Islamists
    http://tinyurl.com/yjese8

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    Somalia and Ethiopia to be Unified?

    What the mainstream media fails to report about is the U.S.-backed Somali government’s attempts at merging Somalia and Ethiopia with unified borders, a single currency, joint management, a single passport, and a joint military force.
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070112&articleId=4438

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    Instead of “al-Qaeda,” U.S. Kills Nomads in Somalia

    As usual, it takes a few days for the truth to emerge, not that the corporate media here in America notices.
    http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=719

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    Clinton vs. McCain: Who’s really better for Israel?

    For the first time since we started this project, we learn that most of the panel, in a two way race between the two leading candidates, prefers Hillary Clinton the Democrat over John McCain the Republican. This conclusion, though, doesn’t change the fact that on average McCain keeps getting higher marks from the panel.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=811576

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    Nicaragua – A Nations Right To Survive

    In 1979, the Sandinistas won a popular revolution in Nicaragua, putting an end to decades of the corrupt US-backed Somoza dictatorship. They based their reformist ideology on that of the English Co-operative Movement, but was to prove too ‘radical’ for the Reagan administration.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15435.htm

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    9/11 : Computer disk drives from WTC could yield clues

    An unexplained surge in transactions was recorded prior to the attacks, leading to speculation that someone might have profited from previous knowledge of the terrorist plot by moving sums of money. But because the facilities of many financial companies processing the transactions were housed in New York’s World Trade Center, destroyed in the blasts, it has until now been impossible to verify that suspicion.

    Shortly after this article came out, Convar Systeme Deutschland GmbH was sold, and the WTC disk recovery project “went away”.
    http://archives.cnn.com/2001/TECH/industry/12/20/wtc.harddrives.idg/

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    9/11 : Trapped at Guantanamo

    Mustafa, a former karate champion who suffered months of facial paralysis from a brutal beating inflicted by Guantanamo camp soldiers, worries about his ailing mother in Algeria. With each passing day, it becomes more likely that he will never see her again.
    http://tinyurl.com/yd7n62

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    Dictatorship : Official Attacks Law Firms on Detainees

    The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’ corporate clients should consider ending their business ties.
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070113/ZNYT02/701130716

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    Dictatorship : Britons to be scanned for FBI database

    Millions of Britons who visit the United States are to have their fingerprints stored on the FBI database alongside those of criminals, in a move that has outraged civil rights groups.
    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1984496,00.html

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