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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: A Lackey – Neocon in Black Face

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: A Lackey – Neocon in Black Face

American Empire Imperial Racism

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

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The young, attractive Somali woman has become a darling of the American corporate media. Ayaan Hirsi Ali started out as a heroine to a portion of the Dutch public, who rewarded her with a parliamentary seat for denouncing all things Muslim. Apparently, flagellating one’s own non-white, non-Christian people is a sure route to success in Europe, just like in the U.S. Ms. Ali lost her halo in The Netherlands when it was discovered she had lied on her immigration papers, but was soon recruited into the self-hating Black grouplet at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, where she pretends to be a “scholar.” America – what a country! Denounce your own people, and they’ll make you a star.

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: A Lackey – Neocon in Black Face

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“She has become well paid and famous because she demonizes her fellow Muslims.”

AliAtMicAyaan Hirsi Ali first came to fame in the Netherlands, after emigrating there from Somalia. She was elected to the Dutch parliament and became known for criticizing that nation’s Muslim immigrant communities, especially for their treatment of women and girls. The story of a young, pretty, African woman finding success and prestige in a foreign land was tailor made for Hollywood, or for right-wingers looking for the perfect person to excuse government sponsored mass murder.

The fairy tale story is just that. Ayaan Hirsi Ali exults in the lowest depths of self-hatred. She has become well paid and famous because she demonizes her fellow Muslims. As with black Americans or any other group of despised people, the self haters, the Uncle Toms, are given a clear path to fortune and favor.

Ali’s political party soured on their relations with her when it was revealed that she lied in order to enter the Netherlands with refugee status. It turned out that the famous politician was like millions of people from poor countries who will do anything to live in wealthy western nations.

When Ali left the Netherlands to live in the United States, her true ideology came to light. She became a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, one of the most powerful right-wing think tanks in the nation. Other AEI scholars include John Bolton, Lynne Cheney, David Frum, Newt Gingrich, Charles Murray, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Yoo.

“Ali’s true ideology came to light.”

John Bolton argued in favor of “blowing up” the United Nations and was rewarded by the Bush administration with an appointment as U.N. ambassador. Former Bush speech writer David Frum coined the phrase “axis of evil” to legitimize wars of aggression against the rest of humanity. Charles Murray is author of The Bell Curve, the paean to white supremacist notions of black inferiority. Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz planned the genocidal occupation of Iraq. John Yoo is a White House lawyer and author of secret memos giving Bush authority to ignore the constitution and arrest and torture whomever he wants whenever he wants.

These are Ali’s cohorts, and her relationship with them should never be forgotten when she utters her noxious words about “defeating” Islam. She has no concern for Muslims who are being killed by the United States military, currently the most prolific killer on earth. Her latest screed published on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, exhorted “moderate” Muslims to fight the “extremists” in their religion. As always, those in the powerless group are asked to condemn actions for which they have no responsibility.

White Christian Americans are never asked why they don’t condemn the Iraq occupation that has cost nearly one million lives. They aren’t asked to condemn racism, warfare, torture, or sexism. They aren’t asked because their group is the group in power, and that connection gives them immunity from any and all criticism. White supremacy and the protections it grants are alive and well, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of its most prominent evangelists.

“Ali believes that the United States has the right to occupy other nations or kill people whenever it wants.”

If Ali and others are outraged when rape victims are punished under Sharia law, they should also be concerned when Iraqi women are killed by American bullets. They should care that Muslim men are held without trial in Guantanamo and subjected to torture. Palestinian women have died in childbirth when Israeli soldiers at check points denied them access to medical care. Because these Muslims are not victimized by other Muslims, they do not merit a mention from Ali.

Not only is she selective in her indignation, but Ali believes that the United States has the right to occupy other nations or kill people whenever it wants. “The land that the United States should have occupied on the 12th of September should have been Saudi Arabia,” she says. Ali sees nothing wrong with bombs, cholera outbreaks or theft of oil wealth.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a neocon, albeit in black face, and she goes down the line in faithful agreement with all of their horrific beliefs. “I completely and utterly agree with John Bolton that talking to Iran is a sheer waste of time.” When she was honored by the American Jewish Congress in 2006 she openly called for war against Iran. She didn’t even bother using the Bush administration nuclear canard:

“Either way we who live in the free world have war with Iran under Ahmedinejad. So the choice is not between peace and war. The choice that we have to make is between war with Ahmedinejad with a nuclear bomb, or war with Ahmedinejad without a bomb. Not making the right choice between these two terrible alternatives could spark off a present-day Holocaust.”

“She is the worst kind of extremist, a lover of government sponsored mass murder.”ALIsomali refugees

 

Dead Muslims are no problem for Ms. Ali, just as long as the United States is their killer. She doesn’t even care about other Somalis. The United States-instigated devastation of her homeland has not prompted her to utter one word of condemnation. Under the guise of fighting al-Qaeda, the American military is once again killing and starving thousands of people. No matter. They were killed by a government run by Christians and Jews. There is no need for anyone in those groups to be “moderate” or condemn “extremism.”

Ms. Ali should ask the question of herself that she asks of others. Where are the moderate Muslims? She certainly is not one. She is the worst kind of extremist, a lover of government sponsored mass murder. Of course, the government doing the killing has to be the right one. If it is, no one has to speak of moderates and extremists. For Ayaan Hirsi Ali might makes right, as long as the “superior” people are the mighty ones.

The full story in
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=461&Itemid=1

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Evidence of extremism in mosques ‘fabricated’

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Evidence of extremism in mosques ‘fabricated’

Martin Hodgson

Thursday December 13, 2007

The Guardian

A rightwing thinktank which claimed to have uncovered extremist literature on sale at dozens of British mosques was last night accused of basing a report on fabricated evidence.The report by Policy Exchange alleged that books condoning violent jihad and encouraging hatred of Christians, Jews and gays were being sold in a quarter of the 100 mosques visited.

But BBC2’s Newsnight said examination of receipts provided by the researchers to verify their purchases showed some had been written by the same person – even though they purported to come from different mosques.

Several receipts also misspelled the names or addresses of the mosques where the books were supposedly sold.

The report, the Hijacking of British Islam, was based on the work of four teams of two researchers each who visited 100 mosques. They claimed to have found the controversial material in bookshops attached to 25 mosques, including one at Regent’s Park, London, and others in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Oxford and High Wycombe.

Published on the eve of a state visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the report prompted front page news stories. Tory leader David Cameron pledged to raise the revelations with King Abdullah, because much of the literature was said to have been sourced from Saudi Arabia.

According to the report, one book, which said that there can be “no brotherhood” between Muslims and non-Muslims, was bought at the Leyton mosque in east London.

But the address on a receipt provided by the researchers was found to be that of an unrelated bookshop next door.

A spokesman for the mosque, Dr Usama Hasan, said: “It has nothing to do with us. It is totally inaccurate and misleading information. It is completely false. In fact, we are considering taking legal action over this because it has the potential to damage the good name of our mosque.”

Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “Policy Exchange produced a report that was given a lot of publicity, and Newsnight deserve credit for exposing the incredibly shoddy and dubious methodology that Policy Exchange have resorted to. It would seem that Policy Exchange had already decided what they wanted to say about mosques and just went out to find or should I say invent the evidence to justify their prejudices.”

Policy Exchange’s research director, Dean Godson, insisted it stood by the report “100%”. He said the thinktank had checked its evidence thoroughly and the allegations did not challenge the substance of the study – that such extremist literature was being widely sold.

“We are standing by our report and the Muslim researchers that helped compile it,” he added.

The researchers were unavailable for comment because they were all on a religious retreat in Mauritania, Policy Exchange told Newsnight.

The full story in
http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,2226704,00.html

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Islamophobia : It Exists

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Islamophobia : It Exists

Cross-posted on Dailykos.com & Streetprophets.comislamophobia1.jpg

In what will hopefully be a series of posts, I will be examining the trend of rising Islamophobia in America, employing a sprinkling of information from the collection of articles in the book with the title, “Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism” edited by Mohamed Nimer (an Amana Publication) mixed . I highly recommend this book for any Muslim who is concerned about the difficult times American Muslims are finding themselves in these days.

What I found especially compelling about the book is that the collected opinions come from a spectrum of important American voices (Muslim and otherwise), from Dr. Asma Asfaruddin (an associate professor at Notre Dame and adviser for Karamah) to Cherif Basyouni (a distinguished professor at DePaul and president of its International Human Rights Law Institute) to Richard Cizik (vice presisent of National Association of Evangelicals) to Claude Salhani (UPI’s international editor) to Dr Shanta Premawardhana (a Baptist pastor and director of Interfaith Relations for National Council of Churches) and many more.

This first part will be an attempt to establish that Islamophobia is real and does in fact exist. Some may find this to be redundant because it is so obvious, but others in the know will disagree. While it is obvious and real, there is a deliberate and sustained effort by the Islamophobes to suppress this term and its implication for many reasons:

  1. Of course, the first reason is obvious. Without Islamophobia, they would not be Islamophobes. And without the burden of this word (whatever little baggage it currently holds), it would be hard to find an appropriate label to describe this prejudice and bigotry, in essence providing the Islamophobes a free-pass. In other words,
  2. If there was no Islamophobia, then those engaged in daily and consistent bigotry against Muslims would assume that they were engaged in rational behavior that is not driven by hatred and prejudice.
  3. Since the world has embraced the concept of antisemitism, I think the need and importance of terminology, i.e. for Islamophobia, can draw some parallels from the need for having the word antisemitism.
  4. Another way to recognize the importance of driving this term into “common” Western lingo, such that its far-reaching implications are obvious to people, is to recognize the efforts by the Islamophobes to suppress it. Why are they so concerned about it? Why are they bent on making this term “go away”

In fact, if one were to visit with the right-wing opinion-makers in America, one would find that for them Islamophobia is a concept that does not exist except as a figment of imagination created by CAIR in order to be exploited by CAIR. What is amusing about this opinion is that most, if not all, CAIR directors could probably find better gigs, make more money and lead less stressful lives working outside CAIR! So, there is no obvious motivation, financial or otherwise, for the creation of CAIR, and more importantly for the creation of the term “Islamophobia”.

Searching online dictionaries, the first surprise (or is it?) is that Merriam-Webster online returns this message for the term “Islamophobia”, “The word you’ve entered isn’t in the dictionary.” Only in dictionary.com, is there a single return for its meaning: “noun- prejudice against Muslims; ‘Muslim intellectuals are afraid of growing Islamophobia in the West’” [WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University]. Interesting sentence choice for the usage example. Perhaps, it should be corrected to “common Muslims” not just “intellectuals” who are afraid of the growing Islamophobia!

On the other hand, a search of “anti-semitism” returns a similar meaning as well as a bit more at dictionary.com, which is “discrimination” in addition to “prejudice” against Jews. This is an important addition. When a state of mind translates into an actual negative behavior, then the implications of this prejudice become graver. One can also take historical parallels from the antisemitism that eventually culminated in the German holocaust to the development and denial of Islamophobia today. It is a well-recorded fact that anti-semitism was present and alive in Germany well before the holocaust, and that its denial was equally in vogue.

Let’s get into the meat of this post, with some of the following based on two articles in the book: Dr. Parvez Ahmed’s “Prejudice is Real and Exacts a Heavy Toll” and Dr. Samer Shehata’s “Popular Media and Opinion Leaders are to Blame”.

What is Islamophobia?

Dr. Ahmed states that

Islamophobia refers to unfounded hostility and fear of Islam.

Unfortunately, one of the handicaps of this word is that it may lead people to assume that it is merely a “phobia”, a state of mind, and not of action (as I mentioned earlier from its definition in Princeton’s WordNet). So, it is important to highlight that this is not only a state of mind, but also culminates a behavior that leads to hidden or explicit

discrimination against Muslims, exclusion of Muslims from mainstream political or social process, stereotyping, presumption of guilt by association, and finally hate crimes.

Most Muslims and a growing minority of non-Muslims recognize that all of these evils are present and growing in 21st century America and increasingly tolerated as being “justified”. Though to be fair, I should add that American Islamophobia is still less rampant than in many quarters of Europe where Islamophobia, much like anti-semitism pre-holocaust, is being actively institutionalized (consider the hijab ban in France that is now being picked up by other European areas).

The term Islamophobia gained popularity in part due to the famous thesis developed by Samuel Huntington (a thesis that is of biblical proportion for the right-wingers), in which he argued that there was an impending clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. 9/11 was literally “god-sent” in terms of helping this theory gain wider appeal, leading to a sustained campaign by the right-wing outlets (FOX, talk radio, etc.) to help create a climate of extreme prejudice and fear in “preparing” the “West” for this epic impending clash. Other important names to mention include many of the neoconservatives who pushed for the war in Iraq (and now pushing for it in Iran) such as Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson, Bernard Lewis, Robert Spencer, David Horowitz, and others.

What are the beliefs representing shades of Islamophobia?

  • Islam is monolithic and cannot adapt to new realities.
  • Islam does not share common values with other major faiths.
  • Islam as a religion is inferior to the West. It is archaic, barbaric, and irrational.
  • Islam is a religion of violence and supports terrorism.
  • Islam is a violent political ideology.

Dr. Ahmed is spot on. In fact, most right-wingers would accept the preceding points without argument. At the same time they will insist that this is completely rational and normal behavior, without any prejudice. That this is simply “reality” and that anyone who does not accept it is either (a) an “Islamist” or (b) a sold-out liberal, who is as dangerous as the “Islamist” for America.

If you are one of those who does not believe the preceding points, then I would URGE you to spend about 15 minutes on just this website, reading just this one post (took me 30 seconds to find it), and then drilling down into the comments. I guarantee that you will find most, if not ALL, the mental diseases listed above at the post on Little Green Footballs (LGF). What is the post about? LGF’s campaign of letter-writing to Mayor Bloomberg of NYC against the green lighting of the Empire State Building in commemoration of Eid-al-Fitr! Remember one of the goals of Islamophobia: “exclusion of Muslims from mainstream political or social process”. By the way, LGF is one of the most popular conservative right-blog on the web.

What is the proof that anti-Muslim sentiments exist in America?

If the little LGF tour doesn’t convince you that the Islamophobic attitudes are not merely on the sidelines of American attitudes, then perhaps these statistics will convince you:

While survey data about Muslims prior to 9/11 isn’t readily available, a plethora did come in after the horrible attacks:

  • The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, conducted Aug. 1-18 among 3,002 adults, finds

Public attitudes about Muslims and Islam have grown more negative in recent years. About four-in-ten Americans (43%) say they have a favorable opinion of Muslims, while 35% express a negative view. Opinion about Muslims, on balance, was somewhat more positive in 2004 (48% favorable vs. 32% unfavorable). As in previous surveys, Muslim Americans are seen more positively than Muslims (53% vs. 43%); however, unfavorable opinions of Muslim Americans have also edged upward, from 25% in 2005 to 29% currently.

  • When asked for the single word that best describes their impression of Islam, far more Americans mention negative words than positive ones (30% vs. 15%). The word “fanatical” came to mind for 4 out of 10! “Radical” came in at 30%, terror/terrorism or violence/violent at nearly 25% of the time.
  • Almost half the population believes that Islam encourages violence, as opposed to about a quarter who say it doesn’t. While the rest didn’t know or didn’t answer. So, one could assume that the number would be as high as 65% if we were to split the difference.
  • A troubling poll by Washington Post/ABC seems to show that as people claim to “know” more about Islam, their negative opinion about it is actually increasing. This correlation is an important sign for Muslims that our “dawah” and campaign of information is failing, while the dawah and campaign of misinformation by the right-wingers and Islamophobes is winning. A commentator on Dailykos pointed out that this may also be due to the type and quality of the otherwise true information that people get. It’s very easy to pick out comments from the Qu’ran that are in direct opposition to the ethical worldview that most of non-Muslims are familiar with. So, the stats:
    • While “basic understanding (probably more like misunderstanding)” of Islam increased from about 31% in October 2002 to 40% in March 2006, unfavorable opinion of Islam increased from 24% to 46% over the same time period or a nearly 100% increase! It is important to recall that once the dust of 9/11 settled, unfavorable opinion of Islam actually dipped due to the efforts of people in politics and the media, as well as Muslim organizations, to prevent large-scale retribution and revenge-motivated assaults on Muslim life and property (which nevertheless still occurred). However, once past this, Muslims slept while the neocons and the right-wingers launched a campaign of Islamophobia that continues to resonate today.
    • On the other hand, another poll by USA Today/Gallup Poll (article here) finds that people who actually know Muslims, as opposed to claiming that they “understanding Islam” do feel better about Muslims:

      Considerable differences are seen in attitudes about Muslims according to whether one is personally acquainted with a Muslim. For instance, only 10% of those who say they personally know someone who is Muslim say they would not want a Muslim as a neighbor. This compares with 31% of those who are not acquainted with a Muslim — representing a 21-point gap in views between the two groups. Other large gaps are seen in attitudes toward special security measures targeted at Muslims, and fear of sharing an airplane flight with Muslim men.

    • The WP/ABC poll also finds that (similar to the Pew Poll), belief that Islam encourages violence has gone up from 14% to 33%, nearly 3-fold.
    • Nearly 34% had heard prejudiced things about Muslims. 27% honestly believed that they had some feelings of prejudice against Muslims, compared to 6% against Jews (is there a better indicator than this that anti-semitism is no longer the big problem in America, as Islamophobia has become?).

What are the implications of Islamophobia?

At work, we talk a lot about the “Injury Pyramid“, where the small first-aids form the bottom, large part of the pyramid and fatalities form the top, tip of the pyramid. In other words, for every 1000 first-aids or so, an average of 1 fatality occurs (the figures in this example are not meant to be accurate, just providing an analogy).

Similarly, one can think of racism or prejudice as a pyramid, with the bottom base being a myriad and widespread negative opinions and beliefs, which I have already described in the preceding paragraphs. The next, less-widespread, step up on this pyramid would be hate-talk. A step further up will be actions motivated by hate, like throwing a pig’s head into a mosque. Further steps up (less frequent but of higher intensity) would include direct attacks on Muslims and eventually to Muslim deaths and even large-scale terrorism (a plan by a Florida doctor to bomb Muslim educational centers was derailed in Florida in 2002 before it could be enacted). The question is not whether such hate-crimes will happen (because they already are); rather the question is when and how many.

Rest assured, and nearly every Muslim recognizes this, that if there is to be another terrorist attack in America orchestrated by Muslims, then no Muslim will feel safe in this country in the immediate wake of that crime. In other words, the ground-work has been laid. Feelings of hatred have been planted. And it does not require a pscyhologist to recognize that with such large-scale negativity, there will be enough nut-jobs to ac upon their prejudices.

Consider then, which should not come as a surprise, that a large percentage of Americans are ready and willing to strip the Muslim minority of America of its constitutional rights for what they perceive as their own safety. To be continued…

Next: Islamophobia Part-2: Hate Pyramid; Part 2 will further detail out this concept of hate pyramid, implications with evidence, including poll-data, documented discrimination and violence against Muslims.

The full story in
http://muslimmatters.org/2007/12/10/islamophobia-part-1-it-exists/

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The Witnessing Of American Torture

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

The Witnessing Of American Torture

Andrew Sullivan

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December 12, 2007

The Brian Ross interview with former CIA interrogator, John Kiriakou, who tortured Abu Zubaydah, is well worth reading in full. You can download the transcript here and here. Among the things I learned:

– According to Kiriakou, everything was very closely monitored and approved up the chain of command. The president absolutely knew and approved of the waterboarding. President Bush personally authorized the torture of a prisoner, via the Deputy Director for Operations of the CIA. This was not free-lancing:

BRIAN ROSS: And did you know the CIA officers feel without a doubt you had the legal right to do what you were doing?

JOHN: Absolutely. Absolutely. I remember – I remember being told when – the President signed the – the authorities that they had been approved – not just by the National Security Counsel, but by the – but by the Justice Department as well, I remember people being surprised that the authorities were granted.

– Waterboarding was not the only torture technique. Sleep deprivation was integral to Zubaydah’s interrogation. And Kiriakou, like any other interrogator who has used sleep deprivation, and unlike Rudy Giuliani, understands that this is torture:

JOHN: You know, you may not think about it, but– but exhaustion is– is a very difficult thing to handle. It’s one thing to be tired. It’s another thing to be so tired that you begin to hallucinate. And after a while some people just can’t take it anymore. And they’ll tell you if– “Just give me an hour. Give me two hours of sleep, I’ll tell you anything you wanna know.”

BRIAN ROSS: Really?

JOHN: Uh-huh (AFFIRM)

BRIAN ROSS: And that’s after how long generally?

JOHN: I recall the handful of times it was used on people it was usually 40 hours plus. They just simply couldn’t take it anymore.

– Kiriakou, in contrast with Ron Suskind’s reporting, says that the information Zubayhdah gave was legit and confirmed from other sources. But it is interesting to me at least that Zubaydah ascribed his decision to cooperate to a dream where Allah gave him permission to talk. I have no doubt it was related to the breakdown caused by waterboarding, but with religious fanatics, a religious sanction is also necessary. Torture alone was not enough.

– The nature of the attacks that Kiriakou says the CIA foiled because of torture was not cataclysmic. It was not the nuclear ticking time-bomb. It was more operational information, and in so far as some attacks were, according to Kiriakou, foiled,

To the best of my recollection, no, they weren’t on US soil. They were overseas.

If we are to have a serious debate about what to do about torture, all these facts need to be taken into consideration. The facts are these: the president of the United States directly broke the law and the Geneva Conventions by authorizing the torture of a prisoner; he did so in the absence of any actual knowledge of any actual, dire threat to the United States; the evidence of the torture has been destroyed.

The Zubaydah torture does not fit the category laid out by Charles Krauthammer as the criterion for legalized torture. It was done not because we knew something and needed to nail it down. It was done because we knew nothing and needed to find out more. The attacks it allegedly foiled were not catastrophic and not on the mainland of the United States. It was accompanied and monitored by medical professionals to ensure that the victim did not die. Those medical professionals need to be identified and stripped of their licences.

More important, the direct authorization of torture techniques by the president was not contained. Instead, incidents of torture and abuse were subsequently documented throughout the theater of war. We have evidence of over a hundred deaths in interrogation, of which less than a score have been acknowledged by the Pentagon a examples of torturing-to-death. Whatever moral decision we come to with respect to the torture of Abu Zubaydah, it is essential to understand that no authorized act of torture stands alone. By sending a clear signal that the United States has crossed the Rubicon of torture, the commander-in-chief told the entire military and intelligence world that the gloves are off.

There is a direct line from the president’s authorization of torture to the horrors of Abu Ghraib. Bush is responsible for Abu Ghraib.

The full story in
http://uruknet.info/?p=m39160&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Christimas, Hidden History WARNING SPOLIER

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

Christimas, Hidden History WARNING SPOLIER

WARNING DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU STILL BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS OR JESUS FOR IT WILL RUIN IT FOR YOU.

Christmas has a complicated history. The modern Christmas (Christ’s mass or Xmas X(Chi) being the first letter of Χριστός or Christ. ) is a mixture of different religions and traditions from multiple countries. The Santa Claus mythology was added very recently and the most modern charaterization was as recent as 1931. Old Saint Nick morphed from a flying Nick/Woden fusion flying on a white horse into a chubby cheerful read and white sporting grand father figure with flying reindeer.

One of the roots of Christmas was the Roman holiday called Saturnalia this was a celebration for the god Saturn from whom we also get Saturday and for Safari Jews (Sabbath day). Saturn’s name means (sower) one who sows, as in sowing seeds or the famous phrase you “reap what you sow.”

Thus Saturn was of course the Harvest god. During the time of winter festival which was December 17th and the holiday (probably because it was so fun) was lengthened to become from December 17-24th. On this day(s) the Romans had feast, exchanged presents, shut down business, drank, gambled, sang, and sometimes got naked. And that is not an exaggeration. The reason it stopped on December 24th is because on December 25th, now Christmas, they had another festival, “Dies Natalis Solis Invicti,” “the birthday of the unconquered sun.” On this day they worshiped several different solar deities.

There was a prophecy that said Saturn’s son would over throw him. So Saturn ate all of his male children to try and prevent this. However his wife Uranus hid one of child on an island and gave her husband a stone wrapped in cloth and allowed him to believe it was the baby.

Saturn ate the rock while his son Jupiter secretly grew up on the island and then over threw his father. This is a lot like the River in a Basket story of Moses and the Pharaoh supposedly killing all the first born male children. And then Moses escaped that and grew up to defeat the pharaoh’s sorcerers in magical contest and free his people (The Hebrews) from slavery.

Of course Moses turning staff into snakes, by magic, in a contest with the sorcerers, as it is written in the bible, is not accurate. There was a medical practice done by doctors who may have seems like wizards as in ancient many cures were attributed to spiritual powers. The practice preformed by these men was that of removing a poisonous parasite still found in Africa today. The parasite is a worm and it had to be carefully removed by slowly twirling it around a stick. You could not just yank it out because it the worm broke it would poison the host. Men who could perform this task often hung a sign outside their workplace of a worm or snake twirled around a stick. Or they would walk with a staff that had a snake’s picture carved on it or even the top of the staff carved into the head of a snake. (Note that the biological distinctions between snakes and worms were void at the time).

This later became morphed into the Caduceus which is still used as a medical symbol. Now later wings would be added to the symbol on the top with snakes below as they were the symbols of the upper and lower kingdoms of Egypt, a falcon and a cobra. The Caduceus was a symbol of the sorcerers or occultist magic like people who could cure illnesses. Alchemy which became chemistry was also associated with Magic. Ironically, early Science and Religion were much one in the same.

Apparently, Moses new the same trick as the best magicians proving that he had equal or greater “spiritual” powers. Obviously they did not literally change wood into snakes. Now of course according to history, Moses did not free the Hebrew slaves. The Hebrews may have had a leader at a later date but much of the Moses story is total fiction.
In reality, or history, it was actually King Cyrus of Persia who set the Hebrew people free from slavery. Cyrus was a Persian king who sacked the city of Babylon (now Baghdad) the capital of the Babylonian empire.

The Babylonian people were delighted about this because they were serving a very unpopular king Nabonidus who was worshipping the moon god Sin instead of the more popular Harvest God Marduk (the dragon). Marduk’s temple is of course the famous Tower of Babel which King Nebuchadnezzar II expanded on with Assyrian writing thus making it have two languages.

Nebuchadnezzar was also the King who created one of the wonders of the world the Hanging Gardens. And he conquered Judah and destroyed temples in Jerusalem. So naturally the Bible vilifies him and created the myth about the Tower of Bael trying to reach Heaven and the Hebrew god punishing men for it by scattering them all over the earth and creating different languages. Of course that’s Judeo-Christian mythology not history or reality.

It was Cyrus the Great who with the combined strength of Persia and Media took Babylon without resistance while the unpopular Nabonidus was away. The Persian king did not believe in slavery and it was he who set the Hebrews free in Palestine. They did not gather up and walk out of Egypt right through the Red Sea and no Egyptians were chasing them.

As some of you know, the Jesus myth is copied from earlier sun god myths from Egypt and India. Namely the stories of Horus and Krishna. For example both Christ and Chrishna had virgin births from a woman and the divine. Both were called the son of god,. Both had a last supper and both died and were resurrected. However the Krishna story is 332 years older than the claim of Jesus. Now the crucifixions were very different. Kristna was wounded in the foot by an arrow (like the Achilles myth) and then pinned to a tree. Acts 5:30 and 10:39 and 13:29 of the Bible as well as 1 Peter 2:24 and Galatians 3:13 refer to Christ hanging on a tree.

This is interesting to me because Achilles was also a half human and the son of Thetis who it was prophesized would have a son who would overthrow Zeus if he married her. Zeus (Greek) of course became Jupiter (Roman). Thus Achilles is Saturn/Moses/Krishna/Jesus. Believers in reincarnation would have a field day with this, but it is much more likely that the same lies/half-truths/myths just get re-told. Zeus backed off from courting Thetis and she ended up with Prometheus (the bringer of light also known as Lucifer). Zeus or Prometheus (there is a debate) made man out of clay in godlike images and then Prometheus gave man “fire” wisdom. Then as punishment for Prometheus/Lucifer giving fire to man Zeus would then punish men by making them labor and have pains (much like the garden of Eden story). Later Old Zeus gave a special wedding gift to mankind. He gave it to a woman named Pandora, it was a box… Oh how like the Old Testament god Zeus is.

Horus was also born of the virgin Isis-Meri on December 25th in a cave/manger with his birth being announced by a star in the East and attended by three wise men. (Note that to Egyptians gods could be living men, they really believed the pharaohs were gods) Both Horace and Jesus were crucified between two thieves. Both walked on water. Horus was called KRST or the anointed one. Etc etc and Hebrews who became the Jews a sect of whom later created Christianity (a form of Judaism where the messiah is believed to have come and is open to all ethnicities rather than being intrinsically exclusive to a arbitrary ethnicity –which is it is genetically unscientific) close their prayers with Amen (the Egyptian sky god who became the “breath of life” used in the creation stories of man).

Even the ‘Jewish’ political nation/bloodline, and I am not getting into that, gets its name from a trinity of gods. Three Egyptian gods, Isis, Ra, and El became Israel. (Mother, Father, and of the sun and a generic word for god’s name (El) Exodus 6:3 God calls himself El Shaddai it is still in any older Bible, but the newer ones replace his name with Lord or The Lord.

The land of course was Philistine/Canaan aka Palestine but under the Babylonian empire, but that’s a tangent. (it’s all over the rest of this site:)

Allegedly, God promised this land to his people and then the term Israel became the New name of Jacob (Genesis 32:2Cool and the Israelites were of his bloodline and the Promised land was to be just for them. This later changed to become not the Israelites but the Jews and Jews were people of multiple origins who might believe they have a common bloodline but in reality do not and basically are anyone who believes in the religion of Judaism thus Whites, Blacks, Hebrews, or whoever can be Jewish. But only Hebrews could be Israelites. Of course they would argue about this. Moderate Jews would say anyone can me Jewish and Zionist Jews cling to the ancient fascist claims.

December 25th is a special day in the year for astronomers/astrologers. It is the time of the winter solstice where the sun in farthest from the earth and on the horizon it seems to stand still for three days before changing directions and rising in the sky again thus being “reborn” and later bringing spring and summer. Now if you care, on the modern calendar this day is actually around December 21-22 maybe you can catch it next year.

Totally separate from the mythological mess in the south was a separate set of religions in Northern Europe who also had a late December winter calibration, after all they were all looking at the same sky, called Yule. This is when people set Yule logs of fire in honor of Thor the thunder god who would later became a marvel comic book character because of his unchallenged coolness among all the gods people have invented. Seriously, the Nordic myths (religions same thing) arguably have the best and most entertaining creation stories with the Greeks taking second place. I recommend you dig into it. Sometimes I think religions were like the old-school soap operas and pro-wrestling dramas of the day.

Now as you know the Christian armies ended up winning and then converting the youth (by force and torture) of the Pagans to some form of Christianity only later to disagree about minor things divided into sects and killed each other again for 300 years. Thus the Scandinavian traditions had a large impact of Christmas because they were the last to be conquered. (Until the Native Americans who further influenced [for the better] Christianity again).

To better convert the Pagans it was a strategic must to assimilate their holidays. In fact if you want to know where the typical portrait of the Aryan Jesus came from look no further Apollonius of Tyana whose white face and features were copied to appeal more to the Northern converts.



Never mind that long hair being a direct contradiction with Corinthians 11:14 not like anyone actually reads their religious texts anymore anyway. We no longer teach history in schools, it’s too controversial with the money making myths. Also If Christ camed from Krishna, Krishna was Black (or Dark Indian) that is what his name means.

It is from this Pagan root that you will get the stories about elves, and putting an evergreen inside your house and top it with a goddess (or star) which later became an “angel” even though according to the Bible all angels are men and according to reality angel is the Latin word angelus, which came from Greek ἄγγελος, ángelos, meaning “messenger.” Angel came from the Greek word for messenger and probably got it wings the same way as the US postal service (who deliver messages) did, which would come from Greek messenger-god Hermes who had little wings on his feet and sometimes back. Apparently the evergreen tradition was old enough to bother the Jews of the Old Testament who wrote about Christmas trees (which apparently god didn’t like because they were of a different religion)

Quote:
“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. . . . They are altogether brutish and foolish.” (Jeremiah 10:2-8 )

-show that to your fundamentalist Christians.

But what about the Santa Claus story? Well believe it or not several myths bout the myth have been made up to explain this story. Truth be known the modern figure of Santa in the Red and White with the beard etc came from the American company Coca-Cola. However the figure is much older than that. His name is Dutch Sancte Claus. He is a combination of the Catholic St. Nicholas and a couple of poets in New York. But we’ll get to that next time. The physical depiction of him came from Coca-cola based on the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Quick Origin of Santa Claus

a. Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 CE on December 6th. He was only named a saint in the 19th century.

b. Nicholas was among the most senior bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE and created the New Testament. The text they produced portrayed Jews as “the children of the devil”[11] who sentenced Jesus to death.

c. In 1087, a group of sailors who idolized Nicholas moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy. There Nicholas supplanted a female boon-giving deity called The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, who used to fill the children’s stockings with her gifts. The Grandmother was ousted from her shrine at Bari, which became the center of the Nicholas cult. Members of this group gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6.

d. The Nicholas cult spread north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans. These groups worshipped a pantheon led by Woden –their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw. Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening each Autumn. When Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and donned heavy winter clothing.

e. In a bid for pagan adherents in Northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.

f. In 1809, the novelist Washington Irving (most famous his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle) wrote a satire of Dutch culture entitled Knickerbocker History. The satire refers several times to the white bearded, flying-horse riding Saint Nicholas using his Dutch name, Santa Claus.

g. Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, read Knickerbocker History, and in 1822 he published a poem based on the character Santa Claus: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.

h. The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus. From 1862 through 1886, based on Moore’s poem, Nast drew more than 2,200 cartoon images of Santa for Harper’s Weekly. Before Nast, Saint Nicholas had been pictured as everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. Nast also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, his workshop filled with elves, and his list of the good and bad children of the world. All Santa was missing was his red outfit.

i. In 1931, the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom modeled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face. The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red. [b]And Santa was born – a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, and commercial idol.”[/b]”source for the red text

A video : and now to kick a dead horse please watch this about Christianity and Sun worship. This film was made a good two years before Zeigeist and by the same folks.

It’s long but worth it. I am not advocating the stance on drugs just the history. If people knew the roots of religion, I think religions would die. Well most people can not even find some countries on the map much less know a thing about them. I think our educational system purposely dumbs people down.

Gods do not die; they just morph into new stories like a bad game of Telephone. Conquered people already have their own state myths so in order to control them you have to embrace their myths and use them or incorporate your own myths into them. That is what religion does. It controls people and concentrates their wealth to finances armies. Even today the Christian Churches in America have 4-8 billion dollars each invested in defense companies involved in the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Jerusalem has been a religious-military-industrial-complex cash cow for a very very long time.

The Romans saw the advantage of Monotheism to Polytheism as they saw the advantage (in war) of an emperor instead of a republic. Poly theism has the problem of dividing the wealth among the different temples and thus dividing the power and clout of different areas (like the Greek City States). Monotheism also bestowed full power to god’s appointed authorities (the kings) and did away with the senate. The Romans copied a very powerful monotheistic religion, Judaism. However they had to get rid of the ethnic ties of Judaism being only for Israelites. Thus through the Krishna story they created a sacrificial figure who could serve to open up the monotheistic Judaism to ALL people (including Italians) through the Christ figure. Also the afterlife story was better than the original Greek/Roman one where only well to do’s got to go to Mt. Olympus. Christianity spent a great deal of time creating “for the poor” stories to covert the herd and turn them against the senate.

A Caesar knew where his army came from and where the power was and that was in ruling the masses. Give them bread and circuses…From there on it became a campaign of kill, convert, and collect. Today the Vatican church has its own bank, its own gold deposits (much of it stolen by murder from the Americas) and over a trillion dollars worth in assets and capital. It has its own small country. The more deadly wing however is the Protestants and the age of TV preachers. They are aligned with the Zionist movement of fundamentalists Jews and Protestants who are willing to try and create conditions for Armageddon.

See also my satirical report Santa verses Jesus. ….Winner Santa.

The full story in
http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?t=4528

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Carter slams US rights practices

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Carter slams US rights practices

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 12:43:23

Carter: US detention centers may turn into human rights abuse sites

Former President Jimmy Carter has said current US human rights practices are an embarrassment and far from policies he established.

Carter said US detention centers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Iraq may one day have infamy as historic places where human rights were abused.

“This is an embarrassment to the people in my country to know that my own nation’s government now disavows the principles that were in the forefront of the world’s consciousness in the late 1970s,” Carter said, speaking Wednesday evening at the Carter Center.

Carter said the US lead “war on terror” has obliterated the objectives established during his presidency, such as reducing torture, arbitrary arrest, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners.

“We know that prisoners are incarcerated now under the control of the United States without any charges made against them for years and years. The administration and Congress have become immune to the tragedy of human rights violations under the aegis of security.”

“We say in order for us rich folks to be secure, we can deprive others of their civil rights” Carter added, stressing the importance of reviewing the history of past human rights abuses. FBA/PA

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=34787&sectionid=3510203

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US and Her Fundamentalist Stooges are the Main Human Rights Violators In Afghanistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

US and Her Fundamentalist Stooges are the Main Human Rights Violators In Afghanistan

By RAWA

12/12/07 “ICH” — — The US and her allies tried to legitimize their military occupation of Afghanistan under the banner of “bringing freedom and democracy for Afghan people”. But as we have experienced in the past three decades, in regard to the fate of our people, the US government first of all considers her own political and economic interests and has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan.

In the past few years, for a thousand times the lies of US claims in the so-called “War on terror” were uncovered. By relying on the criminal bands of the Northern Alliance, the US made a game of values like democracy, human rights, women’s rights etc. thus disgracing our mournful nation. The US created a government from those people responsible for massacres in Pul-e-Charkhi, Dasht-e-Chamtala, Kapisa, Karala, Dasht-e-Lieli, 65,000 Kabulis and tens of mass graves across the country. Now the US tries to include infamous killers like Mullah Omer and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar into the government, which will be another big hypocrisy in the “war against terror”.

The reinstatement of the Northern Alliance to power crushed the hopes of our people for freedom and prosperity into desperation and proved that for the Bush administration, defeating terrorism so that our people can be happy, have no significance at all. The US administration plays a funny anti-Taliban game and pretends that a super power is unable to defeat a small, marginalized and medieval-minded gang which is actually her own product. But our people found by experience in the past few years that the US doesn’t want to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, because then they will have no excuse to stay in Afghanistan and work towards the realization of its economical, political and strategic interests in the region.

After about seven years, there is no peace, human rights, democracy and reconstruction in Afghanistan. On the contrary, the destitution and suffering of our people has doubled everyday. Our people, and even our unfortunate children, fall victim to the Jehadis’ infighting (Baghlan incident), the Taliban’s untargeted blasts and the US/NATO’s non-stop bombardments. The Northern Alliance blood-suckers, who are part of Karzai’s team and have key government posts, continue to be the main and the most serious obstacle towards the establishment of peace and democracy in Afghanistan. The existence of tens of illegal private security companies run by these mafia bands are enough to realize their sinister intentions and the danger they pose.

Human rights violations, crime, and corruption have reached their peak, so much so that Mr. Karzai is forced to make friendly pleas to the ministers and members of the parliament, asking them to “keep some limits”! Accusations about women being raped in prisons were so numerous that even a pro-warlord woman in the parliament had no choice but to acknowledge them.

Rabbani, Khalili, Massoud, Sayyaf, Fahim, Ismael and other criminals for the sake of being “ISI” and “VEVAK” agents could become “leaders” in the early 90’s, invited their god-father General Hamid Gul of ISI to become their army chief. But today they raise anti-Pakistan slogans to hide their corruption and wrong-doings. In this act they even go further and abuse Pakistani people. But they never talk about the dirty act of Pakistan in creating fundamentalist bands and imposing them on our people. More importantly, they keep silent about the wider, more devastating and more active meddling of the brutal Iranian regime in Afghanistan through its cultural and media agents. Pro-Iranian regime politicians and intellectuals are as much traitorous to democracy and human rights as the intellectuals and politicians who, from an ethnocentric and reactionary point of view, call the barbarism and terror of Taliban a “national armed resistance,” and shamelessly defend them.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has announced a number of times that when the legislative, administrative and judicial bodies are ruled by drug-lords and warlords or their Talibi, Gulbudini, Parchami and Khalqi accomplices, they will never do anything positive for our deprived people. Rather these bodies will act as a mechanism to continue the ongoing crime, drug-trade and looting by these mafia bands to become richer.

If the US government replaces Karzai with a new puppet, even if he is not from among the Jehadi criminals, it will be just a deception of our people and an attempt to put the responsibilities of today’s tragedies on the shoulders of a single person. Such a move will have no positive outcome for our nation. Only a president who rely on people and come to power through a fair election, free from any kind of dependence or dealings with the fundamentalists, would be ideal for Afghan people.

Instead of defeating Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Gulbuddini terrorists and disarming the Northern Alliance, the foreign troops are creating confusion among the people of the world. We believe that if these troops leave Afghanistan, our people will not feel any kind of vacuum but rather will become more free and come out of their current puzzlement and doubts. In such a situation, they will face the Taliban and Northern Alliance without their “national” mask, and rise to fight with these terrorist enemies. Neither the US nor any other power wants to release Afghan people from the fetters of the fundamentalists. Afghanistan’s freedom can be achieved by Afghan people themselves. Relying on one enemy to defeat another is a wrong policy which has just tightened the grip of the Northern Alliance and their masters on the neck of our nation.

By publishing the book “Some Documents of the Bloody and Traitorous Jehadi Years”, RAWA has taken another small step in unmasking and prosecuting the war criminals of the past three decades. But we will not stop here. In the face of continuous threats by the terrorists sitting in the parliament and the government, we will not be intimidated and despite the passivity and compromises of intellectuals in this regard, we are determined that with the help of justice-loving people and organizations of Afghanistan and around the world, will work to push the war criminals into a court of justice and reclaim billions of dollars worth of national assets from them. Only then the eyes of our grief-stricken people may no longer burn endlessly for justice and democracy.

The full story in
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18873.htm

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The Voice Of Aqsa’s Blood Cries From The Ground

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

The Voice Of Aqsa’s Blood Cries From The Ground

Yahya Abdul Rahman – Dec 12, 2007

The tragic news is that 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez is now dead. She was brutally murdered by her 57-year-old father, Muhammad Parvez, after she refused to wear the hijab. Once again, in the name of piety innocent blood has been spilled. Once again, the life of a woman has been snuffed out by a man who felt his children where his own personal property which he could treat as he so wished, even if it means physical abuse and murder. And once again, fellow Canadians will look upon Islam and Muslims as being barbaric and that Muslims lack any kind of sanctity for human life.

Many Canadians will come to the conclusion that the name of Allah and the snuffing out of innocent lives go hand in hand. Yes, abuse against women cuts across all cultures and religious communities but that fact will be overlooked in this case.

I am so angry that my heart is constricted with rage. This is not the peaceful religion I entered into 14 years ago, this is raw fanaticism and has nothing to do with the faith I embraced. To hell with cultural sensitivities, any kind of interpretation of Islam that would condone this hideous murder is worthy of our lowest contempt.

Now, every time people see a hijab-wearing woman walking down the street they will wonder if these women are forced to wear it for fear of the dangerous consequences if they refuse. It doesn’t make any difference whether most Muslim women in this country wear the hijab as a result of their own choice or not – the voice of Aqsa’s blood cries from the ground and will drown out all other voices.

Yahya Abdul Rahman is the editor of Montreal Muslim News. He can be reached at: montrealnews@gmail.com

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http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net/voice.htm

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Only one thing unites Iraq: hatred of the US

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

Only one thing unites Iraq: hatred of the US

The Americans will discover, as the British learned to their cost in Basra, that they have few permanent allies

By Patrick Cockburn

12/12/07 ““The Independent”” — — As British forces come to the end of their role in Iraq, what sort of country do they leave behind? Has the United States turned the tide in Baghdad? Does the fall in violence mean that the country is stabilising after more than four years of war? Or are we seeing only a temporary pause in the fighting?

American commentators are generally making the same mistake that they have made since the invasion of Iraq was first contemplated five years ago. They look at Iraq in over-simple terms and exaggerate the extent to which the US is making the political weather and is in control of events there.

The US is the most powerful single force in Iraq but by no means the only one. The shape of Iraqi politics has changed over the past year, though for reasons that have little to do with “the surge” – the 30,000 US troop reinforcements – and much to do with the battle for supremacy between the Sunni and Shia Muslim communities.

The Sunni Arabs of Iraq turned against al Qa’ida partly because it tried to monopolise power but primarily because it brought their community close to catastrophe. The Sunni war against US occupation had gone surprisingly well for them since it began in 2003. It was a second war, the one against the Shia majority led by al-Qa’ida, which the Sunni were losing, with disastrous results for themselves. “The Sunni people now think they cannot fight two wars – against the occupation and the government – at the same time,” a Sunni friend in Baghdad told me last week. “We must be more realistic and accept the occupation for the moment.”

This is why much of the non-al-Qa’ida Sunni insurgency has effectively changed sides. An important reason why al-Qa’ida has lost ground so swiftly is a split within its own ranks. The US military – the State Department has been very much marginalised in decision-making in Baghdad – does not want to emphasise that many of the Sunni fighters now on the US payroll, who are misleadingly called “concerned citizens”, until recently belonged to al Qa’ida and have the blood of a great many Iraqi civilians and American soldiers on their hands.

The Sunni Arabs, five million out of an Iraqi population of 27 million and the mainstay of Saddam Hussein’s government, were the core of the resistance to the US occupation. But they have also been fighting a sectarian war to prevent the 16 million Shia and the five million Kurds holding power.

At first, the Shia were very patient in the face of atrocities. Vehicles, packed with explosives and driven by suicide bombers, were regularly detonated in the middle of crowded Shia market places or religious processions, killing and maiming hundreds of people. The bombers came from al-Qa’ida but the attacks were never wholeheartedly condemned by Sunni political leaders or other guerrilla groups. The bombings were also very short-sighted since the Iraqi Shia outnumber the Sunni three to one. Retaliation was restrained until a bomb destroyed the revered Shia al-Askari shrine in Samarra on 22 February, 2006.

The bombing led to a savage Shia onslaught on the Sunni, which became known in Iraq as “the battle for Baghdad”. This struggle was won by the Shia. They were always the majority in the capital but, by the end of 2006, they controlled 75 per cent of the city. The Sunni fled or were pressed back into a few enclaves, mostly in west Baghdad.

In the wake of this defeat, there was less and less point in the Sunni trying expel the Americans when the Sunni community was itself being evicted by the Shia from large parts of Iraq. The Iraqi Sunni leaders had also miscalculated that an assault on their community by the Shia would provoke Arab Sunni states like Saudi Arabia and Egypt into giving them more support but this never materialised.

It was al-Qa’ida’s slaughter of Shia civilians, whom it sees as heretics worthy of death, which brought disaster to the Sunni community. Al-Qa’ida also grossly overplayed its hand at the end of last year by setting up the Islamic State of Iraq, which tried to fasten its control on other insurgent groups and the Sunni community as a whole. Sunni garbage collectors were killed because they worked for the government and Sunni families in Baghdad were ordered to send one of their members to join al Qai’da. Bizarrely, even Osama bin Laden, who never had much influence over al Qa’ida in Iraq, was reduced to advising his acolytes against extremism.

Defeat in Baghdad and the extreme unpopularity of al Qa’ida gave the impulse for the formation of the 77,000-strong anti-al-Qa’ida Sunni militia, often under tribal leadership, which is armed and paid for by the US. But the creation of this force is a new stage in the war in Iraq rather than an end to the conflict.

Sunni enclaves in Baghdad are safer, but not districts where Sunni and Shia face each other. There are few mixed areas left. Many of the Sunni fighters say openly that they see the elimination of al Qai’ida as a preliminary to an attack on the Shia militias, notably the Mehdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr, which triumphed last year.

The creation of a US-backed Sunni militia both strengthens and weakens the Iraqi government. It is strengthened in so far as the Sunni insurrection is less effective and weakened because it does not control this new force.

If the Sunni guerrillas were one source of violence in 2006 the other was the Mehdi Army, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia nationalist cleric. This has been stood down because he wants to purge it of elements he does not control, and wishes to avoid a military confrontation with his rivals within the Shia community if they are backed by the US army. But the Mehdi Army would certainly fight if the Shia community came under attack or the Americans pressured it too hard.

American politicians continually throw up their hands in disgust that Iraqis cannot reconcile or agree on how to share power. But equally destabilising is the presence of a large US army in Iraq and the uncertainty about what role the US will play in future. However much Iraqis may fight among themselves, a central political fact in Iraq remains the unpopularity of the US-led occupation outside Kurdistan. This has grown year by year since the fall of Saddam Hussein. A detailed opinion poll carried out by ABC News, BBC and NTV of Japan in August found that 57 per cent of Iraqis believe that attacks on US forces are acceptable.

Nothing is resolved in Iraq. Power is wholly fragmented. The Americans will discover, as the British learned to their cost in Basra, that they have few permanent allies in Iraq. It has become a land of warlords in which fragile ceasefires might last for months and might equally collapse tomorrow.

The full story in
http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article3241904.ece
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18871.htm

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DEWAN DA’WAH SESALKAN PERTEMUAN “SEJUMLAH OKNUM WNI” DENGAN SHIMON PERES

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

From: “nuim hidayat” <nuimhidayat@gmail.com>
Subject: [INSISTS] Siaran Pers : DEWAN DA’WAH SESALKAN KUNJUNGAN KE SHIMON PERES

Siaran Pers :

DEWAN DA’WAH SESALKAN PERTEMUAN “SEJUMLAH OKNUM WNI” DENGAN SHIMON PERES

Dalam sepekan terakhir, lebih dari 20 orang tewas karena serangan Israel di Jalur Gaza. Tentara Zionis berkilah mereka mengejar teroris. Sejak tiga bulan lalu, isolasi atas Jalur Gaza juga diperketat. Jalur distribusi bantuan kemanusiaan dari penjuru dunia, terhenti total. Makanan, obat-obatan dan selimut di musim dingin, dilarang masuk oleh tentara Israel. Artinya, jutaan pengungsi Muslim Palestina akan hidup sengsara di cuaca ekstrem, di bawah 15 derajat celcius. Ini belum lagi ditambah dengan kondisi listrik yang dimatikan dan aliran air bersih diputuskan sejak tiga bulan terakhir. Maka Jalur

Gaza telah menjelma Auschwitz baru di zaman ini. Ladang pembantaian umat Islam di negeri dan tanahnya sendiri.

Di tengah kondisi seperti itu, alangkah mengejutkan berita yang dilansir oleh harian The Jerusalem Post, 8 Desember 2007. Lima orang yang disebut sebagai wakil umat Islam Indonesia, berkunjung ke Israel atas undangan tokoh Zionis Yahudi, Shimon Peres, yang juga Presiden Israel. Atas fasilitas dari LibForAll Foundation dan Simon Wiesenthal Center, lima orang yang kononnya mewakili beberapa Ormas Islam bahkan diberitakan menari dan bernyanyi dengan pemimpin Israel. (Harian Kompas, 8/12/2007, menulis beritanya dengan judul “Ulama RI Bertemu Shimon Peres”).

Bahkan, salah seorang undangan, Dr. Abdul A’la, dosen IAIN Surabaya yang diklaim sebagai wakil dari Nahdhatul Ulama dan Prof. Dr. Syafiq Mughni, Ketua Wilayah Muhammadiyah Jawa Timur mendapatkan hadiah spesial berupa kippa, topi sakral untuk ibadah kaum Yahudi yang disematkan langsung oleh Shimon Peres. Tak hanya itu, delegasi dari Indonesia juga turut merayakan Hari Raya Hanukkah, salah satu hari suci kaum Yahudi. Abdul A’la juga dikutip pernyataannya: “Ada sekelompok kecil ekstremis Muslim di Indonesia.”

Membaca berita itu, Dewan Da’wah menyatakan, sangat menyesalkan kunjungan beberapa oknum WNI yang diberitakan mewakili sejumlah organisasi Islam dari Indonesia tersebut. Sebagai organisasi yang selama puluhan tahun terlibat aktif dalam upaya penyelesaian masalah Palestina, Dewan Da’wah mengimbau, agar dalam situasi seperti ini seyogyanya beberapa oknum tersebut bertindak berhati-hati dan berkoordinasi dengan organisasi Islam lainnya maupun dengan pemerintah RI, apabila berhubungan dengan pejabat-pejabat Israel, yang jelas-jelas masih menjajah negeri Muslim Palestina. Jika kepergian mereka ke Israel dan bertemu dengan pejabat-pejabat Israel bukan merupakan utusan resmi organisasi Islam di mana dia aktif, maka Dewan Da’wah juga mengimbau agar masing-masing organisasi Islam dapat mengklarifikasi dan menertibkan anggota-anggotanya.
Selama ini ada yang sengaja membuat opini yang salah yang dikembangkan bahwa Shimon Peres adalah tokoh perdamaian dunia, sehingga sebagian oknum umat Islam mau bersuka cita dan bermesraan dengan Shimon Peres. Shimon Peres adalah seorang Yahudi Zionis yang tangan dan karirnya berlumur darah rakyat Palestina, sehingga patut di bawa ke Mahkamah Internasional sebagai penjahat perang. Hidupnya berlumur dosa pembunuhan kaum Muslimin Palestina yang tidak berdosa. Di bawah ini adalah sedikit dari daftar dosa yang pernah dilakukan oleh Shimon Peres.
1. Bersama dengan Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres bertanggung jawab atas pembantaian di Sabra Satila. Ia tidak saja pembantu sebagai Menteri Luar Negeri, semasa Ariel Sharon menjadi Perdana Menteri Israel, tapi Shimon Peres dan Ariel Sharon telah bersahabat sejak muda. Dua pimpinan Israel yang berlumuran darah rakyat Palestina.
2. Shimon Peres yang bernama Asli Shimon Perski, lahir 16 Agustus 1923 di Polandia, dalam catatannya telah melakukan banyak pelanggaran Hak Asasi Manusia semasa menduduki jabatan tinggi di Israel. Ia pernah menjadi Menteri Pertahanan, Menteri Luar Negeri, Menteri Perdagangan, Perdana Menteri bahkan kini Presiden Israel. Setidaknya, ia telah melanggar Konvensi Jenewa 1957 dengan bersikap ambigu atas kekerasan Israel yang dilakukan pada Palestina. Karena itu pula ia telah melanggar Criminal Justice Act 1988 dan Taking of Hostages Act 1982.
3. Semasa menjabat sebagai Menteri Luar Negeri Israel, pada Desember 1992, Shimon Peres melakukan pengusiran massal rakyat Palestina dari tanah dan rumahnya. Tanggal 16 Desember 1992, Israel melakukan penangkapan massal atas 1600 pejuang Palestina dan sehari berikutnya, 17 Desember 1992, sebanyak 415 orang dipilih dan dibuang ke Marj al Zahour. Pelanggaran Israel ini telah dikecam oleh Dewan Keamanan PBB dalam sebuah resolusinya:

“Having learned with deep concern that Israel, the occupying Power, in contravention of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, deported to Lebanon on 17 December 1992, hundreds of Palestinian civilians from the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem” …Strongly condemns the action taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to deport hundreds of Palestinian civilians, and expresses its firm opposition to any such deportation by Israel”.
4. Shimon Peres adalah Pejahat Perang yang sesungguhnya. Karena ia telah terbukti melanggar Artikel 147 dari Konvensi Jenewa yang membahas Perlindungan Warga Sipil di Masa Perang. Karena itu sangat aneh, jika ada orang yang mengaku sebagai umat Islam Indonesia, yang mau “bermesraan” dengan Shimon Peres.
Jakarta, 3 Dzulhijjah 1428 H/12 Desember 2007

Dewan Da’wah Islamiyah Indonesia
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M. Syah Agusdin

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Mereka Membawa “Aspirasi Zionis”

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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Mereka Membawa “Aspirasi Zionis”

 

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Kejahatan Israel terhadap bangsa Palestina, sudah tak bisa diungkapkan lagi. Tetapi, masih ada saja yang berusaha menjadi “aspirator” Zionis di Indonesia

Wajah Chalid Mawardi masih tak nyaman ketika banyak wartawan menemuinya kala itu. Chalid Mawardi, ketua Bidang Politik PBNU kala itu, baru saja kaget. Maklum, ketika itu, jutaan masyarakat Muslim Indonesia dikejutkan dengan hadirnya tokoh Indonesia, yakni; Abdurahman Wahid (Gus Dur), Habib Chirzin, dan Djohan Effendi sesaat kunjungan mereka ke Israel. Tiga orang ini, baru saja menemui wakil Menlu Israel dan mengadakan pembicaraan bahkan manganjurkan pentingnya bagi Indonesia segera membuka hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel.

Chalid menilai saran Gus Dur itu terlalu dini dan gegabah. “Israel itu negara imperialis, penjajah. Ia masih menduduki wilayah Arab,” kata Chalid dikutip Republika, Kamis, 10 November 1994. Menurut Chalid, membuka hubungan dengan Israel adalah bertentangan dengan pembukaan UDD 1945. Ia juga punya alasan lain. Menurutnya, Israel melanggar hak asasi manusia dan melakukan diskriminasi terhadap penduduk Arab dan pemukim Yahudi di Jalur Gaza dan Tepi Barat.

“Jadi tak ada urgensinya membuka hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel. Malah akan merugikan,” tegasnya.

Sementara itru, Menurut wakil ketua PBNU Syaiful Mujab, tak ada satu dalih pun yang dapat membenarkan kepergian Gus Dur ke Israel. Syaiful menuntut agar Syuriah PBNU tidak cuma menegur Gus Dur. “Entah apa namanya, pokoknya harus ada tindakan terhadap Gus Dur,” kata Syaiful.

April 2007, 13 tahun setelah kejadian itu, gelombang protes dari kantong-kantong ummat Islam muncul di mana-mana. Mereka, antara lain dari Komite Indonesia untuk Solidaritas Dunia Islam (KISDI), Komite Indonesia untuk Solidaritas Palestina (KISPA), dan Forum Umat Islam (FUI) yang merupakan gabungan berbagai 40 ormas Islam men olak beramai-ramai rencana kehadiran Delegasi Parlemen Israel (Knesset) ke Sidang Inter Paliamentary Union (IPU) di Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia.

Wakil 40 ormas Islam ini beramai-ramai mendatangi DPR-RI dan diterima Wakil Ketua DPR Soetardjo Soerjogoeritno guna melakukan penolakan gelegasi Israel itu yang akan datang ke Bali pada 29 April-4 Mei 2007.

Tak sekedar mendatangi DPR, FUI dan elemen Islam menggelar Tabligh Akbar di Masjid Agung Al-Azhar Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. Sejumlah pembicara ditampilkan untuk menentang kedatangan delegasi parlemen Israel ini. HAdir Wakil Ketua DPR Soetardjo Soerjogoeritno, Ketua MPR-RI Dr Hidayat Nur Wahid, Ketua MUI dan Ketua Dewan Dakwah sekaligus Ketua KISDI, KH Khalil Ridwan Lc, Ridwan Saidi, Ketua BKSPP KH Amin Noer, Al Muzamil Yusuf (DPR), Munarman SH (mantan ketua YLBHI), Fadli Zon (IPS), Ferry Noor (Kispa), M Al Khaththath (FUI), Muh Fadzlan (Mubaligh asal Papua) dan beberapa tokoh Islam. Di berbagai daerah, acara yang sama serentak terjadi.

Melihat reaksi masyarakat ini, pada akhirnya, delegasi Israel batal menghadiri Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). Alasannya, Indonesia, menolak setting keamanan yang diajukan dan telah disusun oleh Shin Bet, dinas keamanan Israel yang bertugas mengamankan para pejabat negara.

‘Dekat Yahudi’

 

Kasus-kasus serupa, sering menjadi masalah di dalam Negeri. Meski demikian, tak banyak orang mengambil hikmah dan pelajaran. Sebagian orang, baik atas insiatif sendiri atau undangan pihak Israel sering “menggunting dalam lipatan” untuk menjalin hubungan dan kerjasama dengan Israel.

Namun, ibarat pepatah, “sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh juga”, hubungan atau kunjungan diam-diam itu, tiba-tiba mencuat ke publik. Baru-baru ini, tepatnya Jumat, (8/12) lalu, serombongan wakil cendiawan Muslim Indonesia ketahuan mengunjungi Israel.

Dr. Syafiq Mughni, Ketua Pimpinan Wilayah (PWM) Muhammadiyah Jawa Timur, salah satu pengurus PB NU, Abdul A’la, CEO, juga LibForAll Foundation, C.C. Holland Taylor adalah nama-nama yang banyak disebut Koran Yahudi, Jerusalem Post dalam kunjungan itu.

Rombongan asal Indonesia ini, ditengarai hadir atas sponsor Simon Wiesenthal Center dan LibForAll Foundation. LibForAll Foundation pernah disebut-sebut beberapa media sebagai lembaga Zionis yang berkedok memperjuangkan “Liberalisme dan Pluralisme” di Indonesia.

Selama seminggu mereka berada di Israel dengan didampingi Kepala Wiesenthal Center Associate, Rabbi Abraham CooPeres dan CEO, LibForAll Foundation, C.C. Holland Taylor. Selain diajak berkeliling ke perbatasan Jalur Gaza, mengunjungi Masji Al-Aqsa, juga dikenalkan dengan kebudayaan dan beberapa acara keagamaan Yahudi. Mereka juga mengunjungi sekolah anak-anak di Sderot yang berhadapan langsung dengan Jalur Gaza. Dan kemudian diakhiri dengan pertemuaan dengan Presiden Israel, Shimon Peres.

Selain itu, Abdurahman Wahid juga seorang anggota International Board Governors dari Peres Peace Center, di mana, dengan kapasitas itu, yang ia sudah beberapa kali mengunjungi Israel di masa lampau. Sementara itu, Peres sendiri disebut media Yahudi pernah mengunjungi di Indonesia, meski dengan alasan keamanan, kunjungan tidak lebih dari sehari. Tak jelas, kapan di mana dia datang.

Selain itu, hubungan antara Israel dan Indonesia juga dilakukan dalam bentuk bisnis. Jerussalem Post mengutip, ada beberapa orang-orang pebisnis asal Indonesia yang pernah terlibat dalam spekulasi dagang dengan Israel.

Yang menarik, pernah Peres menanyakan kepada mereka tentang kunjungan dan hubungan ini, para anggota rombongan itu bahkan menyadari aktivitas ini.

Di tahun 2005, Israel juga ikut mengirim bantuan berkedok kemanusiaan untuk Indonesia, Sri Lanka dan Thailand guna membantu bencana stunami.

C. Holland Taylor adalah Ketua & CEO LibForAll Foundation kepada Jerussalem Post mengatakan, Abdurahman Wahid telah mengeluarkan suatu keputusan melawan Hamas, salah satu sayap pejuang kemerdekaan Palestina. Wahid juga pernah mengatakan, bahwa Indonesia adalah satu-satunya tempat di dalam dunia di mana Hamas telah ditolak oleh sebgian besar organisasi Muslim.

Juni 2007 lalu, beberapa organisasi Yahudi disebut-sebut sebagai sponsor penyelenggaraan Konferensi di Bali bertema “Toleransi antara Agama-agama, di mana Hindu, Islam dan para saksi Holocaust diikut sertakan. Konferensi itu juga diorganisir Abduraahman Wahid.

Jerussalem Post juga mengutip, Oktober lalu, sebanyak tujuh delegasi wartawan Indonesia juga telah diundang berjumpa dengan Peres. Usaha seperti ini, tidak lain, sebagai bentuk usaha ‘mendekatkan diri’ pada Israel.

Bagi banyak umat Islam di dunia, khususnya Palestina, pertemuan seperti ini bukanlah dipandang sebagai hal kecil. Pembantaian Qana tahun 1996, menewaskan sekitar 100 warga sipil Libanon. Sebagian besar mereka adalah anak-anak dan wanita. Peres, ketika itu adalah Wakil Perdana Menteri Israel.

Bom Israel juga menewaskan empat pengamat PBB; dari Austria, Kanada, China dan Finlandia. Peristiwa ini mengundang tuduhan, bahwa Israel melakukannya dengan sengaja.

Entahlah, seolah-olah menutup mata terhadap peristiwa kekejian Israel itu, masih banyak beberapa orang yang secara ‘diam-diam’ terus berhubungan Israel. Meski kejadian-kejadian seperti ini bukanlah hal baru.

“Aspirasi Zionis”

Kasus seperti ini, seolah mengulang kembali peristiwa lama yang banyak dijadikan pelajaran berharga.

Februari tahun 1994, selama hampir seminggu, Indonesia diguncang demo besar-besaran setelah hadirnya empat wartawan Indonesia usai mengunjungi Tel Aviv dan melakukan wawancara eksklusif dengan Perdana Menteri kelima Israel Yitzhak Rabin. Diantara rombongan wartawan itu salah satunya adalah pengurus ICMI pusat, Dr. Nasir Tamara.

Selain Nasir Tamara, wartawan yang ikut dalam rombongan itu adalah: Derek Manangka (Media Indonesia), Wahyu Indrasto (Eksekutif), dan Taufik Darusman (Business Wekly). Derek Manangka bahkan membuat tulisan berseri yang jelas-jelas mengajak habis-habisan pentingnya Indonesia segera membuka hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel.

Kunjungan dan laporan wartawan-wartawan tentang Israel menimbul-kan gelombang protes.

Selain empat wartawan, kunjungan serupa juga pernah dilakukan bekas Abdurrahman Wahid. Sebagai anggota Shimon Perez Foundation, Abdurahman mengunjungi Israel didampingi sejumlah tokoh antara lain: Habib Hirzin, Bondan Gunawan. Hasilnya sama, di dalam Negeri, gelombang protes terjadi.

Selain melahirkan demo besar-besaran, kehadiran mereka juga mengikarkan kemarahan pemerintah. Menlu Ali Alatas dan tokoh Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) kala itu, menyesalkan kunjungan ke Israel itu.

Pihak Departemen Luar Negeri, menurut Alatas, serasa “kecolongan” atas kepergian mereka dan tak pernah minta izin.

“Ini apa-apaan, Deplu RI tak tahu menahu soal itu. Gus Dur pergi ke Israel sama sekali tanpa sepengetahuan Deplu,” kata Menlu Alatas,” Kalaupun dia meminta izin Deplu untuk ke Israel, pasti akan saya tolak. Masa nggak ngerti,” begitu pernyataan Alatas kepada wartawan seusai menghadiri acara penganugerahan Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana untuk almarhumah Ibu Fatmawati di Istana. Bagi Alatas kala itu, keberatan pemerintah, karena kebijakan Indonesia dengan Israel masih belum berubah, demikian ungkap Almarhum Ali dikutip Republika, Kamis, 10 November 1994.

Namun sinyal-sinyal seperti ini nampaknya tak menghasilkan kepekaan hati nurani bekas para palancong di tanah Yahudi itu. Bahkan saat duduk sebagai presiden RI, Abduraahman Wahid sudah mengumumkan hendak merintis pembukaan hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel.

Tahun 1999, PDI Perjuangan (PDI-P) pernah mengusulkan rencana kontroversialnya, Membuka hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel. Anggota Balitbang PDI-P, Subagio Anam,kala itu, mengatakan kepada koran Israel Ha’aretz bahwa pihaknya akan mengembangkan hubungan dengan Israel untuk membawa kesejahteraan keseluruh wilayah.

Kepada Republika tokoh PDI-P, Aberson Marle Sihaloho, juga menegaskan bahwa PDI-P berpandangan tidak ada alasan bagi Indonesia untuk tidak menjalin hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel. Menurut Aberson, membuka hubungan dan mengakui Israel merupakan sikap yang sesuai dengan UUD 1945.

Adalah Prof. Dr. Noam Chomsky, profesor bidang linguistik di Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) menilai, apa yang telah dilakukan Israel di Libanon dan Palestina selama ini dengan dukungan AS, merupakan bukti pelanggaran kedua negara itu atas hukum internasional dan kejahatan melawan hukum.

“Kita sangat tahu bahwa Israel, AS dan negara-negara Barat lainnya, serta kelompok yang kerap menyuarakan pemikiran Barat, tidak percaya perkataan seperti itu. Sudah ada bukti yang cukup bahwa mereka mentoleransi kejahatan Israel di Libanon yang didukung oleh AS, termasuk empat invasi yang dilakukan Israel sebelumnya, penjajahan yang telah melanggar perintah-perintah Dewan Keamanan selama 22 tahun, rangkaian pembunuhan serta penculikan,” ujarnya saat wawancara dengan Kaveh Afrasiabi, pendiri dan direktur Global Interfaith Peace tahun 2006.

Harian Filintin, Rabu (09/05) menurunkan sebuah artikel yang ditulis Dr. Yusuf Kamil Ibrahim berjudul “al athfal al filistiniyun dhahaya al irhab al shahyuni” (bocah-bocah Palestina korban teroris Zionis). Artikel ini mengupas kondisi bocah-bocah Palestina yang menjadi korban kekerasan Israel baik secara fisik maupun psikologis.

Seorang cendekiawan Muslim Palestina, Dr. Yusuf Kamil, menulis di Harian Filintin. Dalam artikelnya yang berjudul “al athfal al filistiniyun dhahaya al irhab al shahyuni” (bocah-bocah Palestina korban teroris Zionis), mengungkap kondisi bocah-bocah Palestina yang menjadi korban kekerasan Israel baik secara fisik maupun psikologis.

Menurutnya, sejak awal intifadhah Al-Aqsa, Israel telah membunuh lebih 676 bocah di bawah usia 18 tahun. Di samping pembunuhan 22 bocah sejak awal tahun 2007. Selama inifadhah lebih 9000 bocah Palestina terluka, ratusan di antaranya mengalami cacat tubuh permanen. Sementara ribuan bocah Palestina lainnya mengalami goncangan jiwa yang menakutkan. Selain itu lebih 3000 bocah Palestina diculik dan ditahan Israel selama intifadhah. Sampai saat ini lebih 300 bocah Palestina masih mendekam di dalam penjara Zionis Israel.

Ini, belum menyangkut pelanggaran hak hidup, hak memperoleh pendidikan dan hak hidup bebas. Hingga hari ini, di tengah-tengah terus dibangunnya tembok pemisah rasial Israel, Zionis-Yahudi secara seenaknya memutuskan Jalur Gaza, di mana tempat utama keluar masuknya arus barang, makanan, listrik dan pasokan air.

Karenanya, mantan Ketua MPR RI yang juga pengamat masalah Timur Tengah, Dr. Amien Rais pernah mengatakan, ketidakpekaan sebagian orang -baik yang mengusulkan hubungan diplomatic dengan Israel atau yang secara diam-diam ‘melakukan hubungan’ dengan Israel-secara tidak langsung, ia adalah kepanjangan dari aspirasi Zionis.

“Orang-orang Indonesia yang terpengaruh Zionis itu tentu kelakuannya mirip dengan kaum Zionis. Dan, sesungguhnya, mereka mudah dideteksi. Mereka mendambakan sebuah hubungan diplomatic yang penuh antara Jakarta dan Tel Aviv. Seandainya secara resmi mereka bukan agen Zionis, tapi aspirasinya adalah aspirasi Zionis, ” demikian ujar Amien Rais dalam wawancaranya dengan Majalah Forum, 22 Oktober 2000. [cha, berbagai sumber/www.hidayatullah.com]

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Sekjen KISPA: Usut Mereka yang Dukung Zionis Mengatasnamakan Indonesia

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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Sekjen KISPA: Usut Mereka yang Dukung Zionis Mengatasnamakan Indonesia

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NU dan Muhammadiyah Tolak Klaim Sepihak Anggota Libforall yang ke Israel

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Sekjen KISPA (Komite Indonesia untuk Solidaritas Palestina), Ust. H. Ferry Nur, S. Si, hari ini, Senin, 10/12/07, mengeluarkan pernyataan yang sangat keras berkaitan dengan kunjungan (sowan) beberapa tokoh Islam Liberal menemui Presiden Israel, Simon Peres di Israel.

Dalam pernyataan yang berisikan lima poin, Ferry Nur menyatakan sikap sebagai berikut:
1. Mengecam keras tindakan yang dilakukan Tokoh Islam Liberal yang telah melakukan penikaman dan melukai perjuangan rakyat Palestina yang ingin meraih kemerdekaan yang hakiki.

2. Meminta kepada pihak pemerintah untuk mengusut kasus ini, karena mereka yang sowan ke Israel telah mengatas namakan Indonesia, dan ini merupakan preseden yang sangat buruk bagi Indonesia dihadapan masyarakat dunia Islam.
3. Meminta kepada pihak keamanan untuk bertindak tegas dan cepat terhadap kaki tangan penjajah Israel di Indonesia karena dapat menyulut perpecahan di dalam negeri, serta mengusut paspor dan visa yang mereka gunakan karena Indonesia tidak punya hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel.
4. Menghimbau kepada ulama dan mubaligh untuk mengingatkan umat terhadap kekejaman penjajah Israel atas rakyat Palestina dan upaya mereka menghancurkan masjid Al-Aqsha, kiblat umat Islam yang pertama.
5. Menyerukan kepada rakyat Indonesia untuk merapatkan shaf dan lebih waspada lagi karena antek zionis sudah melakukan skenario besar dalam upaya pembukaan hubungan diplomatic dengan penjajah Israel. (Kispa)

NU dan Muhammadiyah Tolak Klaim Sepihak Anggota Libforall yang ke Israel

Seperti yang telah diberitakan sejumlah media massa, lima anggota Libforall Indonesia yang mengunjungi Shimon Peres di Yerusalem, di hadapan Presiden Israel tersebut mereka mengaku sebagai representasi dari dua organisasi Islam terbesar di Indonesia yakni Nahdlatuh Ulama (NU) dan Muhammadiyah. Namun pengakuan mereka ternyata ditolak oleh kedua ormas Islam tersebut.

Ketua Umum PP Muhammadiyah menyatakan bahwa dirinya dan juga organisasi yang dipimpinnya tidak tahu menahu dan sama sekali tidak pernah mengirim delegasi ke wilayah Palestina yang diduduki Zionis-Israel. “Terus terang, saya belum mengikuti pemberitaan. Saya belum mengetahui soal kepergian ke Israel. Tetapi, saya akan mencari tahu, dan Muhammadiyah tidak pernah melakukan itu, ” tegas Din kepada para wartawan, Senin (10/12).

Salah seorang pengurus PBNU, Ghozi Hasyim, juga merasa PBNU tidak pernah mengirim delegasi ke Israel, sebab itu PBNU menolak keras organisasi dilibatkan. “Saya tidak tahu ada undangan dari Israel. Sejauh yang saya ketahui, tidak ada wakil-wakil dari NU, ” ujar Ghozi dikutip The Jakarta Post kemarin.

Harian fundamentalis Zionis-Israel, The Jerusalem Post (8/12) telah memberitakan kehadiran lima orang Indonesia dari Yayasan Libforall yang berhaluan Liberalis ke Israel dan diterima dengan sangat bersahabat oleh Shimon Peres.

Di hadapan Peres, kelimanya mengakui bahwa umat Islam Indonesia menolak HAMAS dan lebih menerima kelompok Abbas dalam konflik Palestina dan Israel. Saking senangnya, Peres sampai-sampai mencopot kippa (topi Yahudi berbentuk bundar yang menutupi kepala bagian atas) dan mengenakannya kepada tamunya tersebut. Harian Israel tersebut menyebut dua nama: Abu ‘Ala (Abdul ‘Ala) dan Syafiq Mugni (Ketua PW Muhammadiyah Jawa Timur), sebagai bagian dari rombongan yang secara sepihak mengklaim sebagai ‘Indonesian Peace Delegation’. (Rizki/eramuslim)

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Libforall: Program Liberalisasi Umat Islam Indonesia

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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Libforall: Program Liberalisasi Umat Islam Indonesia

Eramuslim.com, Kamis, 5 Apr 07 00:46 WIB

Sesekali bukalah situs www. Libforall. Com, di sana ada sejumlah pengakuan jujur kaum liberalis Amerika dan juga pendukungnya di Indonesia untuk menghantam pemikiran Islam kafaah dan syumuliyah yang ada di dalam masyarakat Indonesia. Mereka menyebut umat Islam yang ingin menerapkan syariah Allah ini dengan sebutan “Islam Fundamentalis” dan bahkan menyebutnya sebagai “Teroris”.

Situs yang memiliki slogan “Promote the Culture of Liberty and Tolerance Worldwide” (Menyebarkan budaya kebebasan dan toleransi ke seluruh dunia) ini dalam halaman pertamanya memuat misinya yang antara lain memecah-belah kaum Muslimin dengan membedakan antara kaum Muslimin Fundamentalis yang dianggap sama dengan teroris dengan Muslim Tradisionalis yang disebutnya Muslim Moderat.

Jika kita klik enter maka terpampanglah halaman berikutnya yang diawali dengan sebuah kutipan atas pernyataan Abdurrahman Wahid seperti yang pernah dimuat di dalam The Wall Street Journal yang berbunyi:

“Muslims themselves can and must propagate an understanding of the ‘right’ Islam, and thereby discredit extremist ideology. Yet to accomplish this task requires the understanding and support of like-minded individuals, organizations and governments throughout the world. Our goal must be to illuminate the hearts and minds of humanity, and offer a compelling alternate vision of Islam, one that banishes the fanatical ideology of hatred to the darkness from which it emerged, ” demikian Wahid yang juga menjabat sebagai LibForAll co-founder, patron and board member.

Jadi, menurut “kiai” yang pernah foto bareng sedang memangku Aryanti Boru Sitepu—perempuan bukan muhrimnya ini hanya pakai daster, umat Islam seharusnya menyebarkan ‘kebenaran’ Islam yang sejuk dan menentang pemikiran Islam radikal. Entah, kebenaran macam apa yang dimaksud oleh “kiai” jenis ini.

Di dalam halaman bertajuk “Indonesian Programs” (Program untuk Indonesia) disebutkan bahwa Libforall sejak 2004 mengefektifkan programnya untuk Indonesia yang disebut sebagai satu negara yang memiliki jumlah Muslim terbanyak dunia, dengan menggandeng orang-orang Indonesia yang disebutnya sebagai tokoh-tokoh umat Islam Indonesia yang telah tercerahkan (baca: tentunya dalam pemahaman kamus kaum liberal). Beberapa programnya secara garis besar adalah:

Mendukung berdirinya “Wahid Institute” yang memiliki slogan “Seeding plural and peaceful Islam” dengan ikut mengembangkan pemahaman “Islam Moderat” dan menyebarkan gagasan pembaharan di bidang demokrasi, pluralisme, dan toleransi antara Muslim di Indonesia dan juga di seluruh dunia. Wahid Institute dipimpin oleh puteri tertua Abdurrahman Wahid yakni Yenni Wahid.

Lalu di bagian bawah ada foto Abdul Munir Mulkhan, tokoh liberal dari Muhammadiyah, bersama CEO Libforall Hollan C. Taylor. Abdul Munir Mulkhan ini mendirikan Yayasan Falsafatuna yang menggabungkan pemahaman sufiisme dengan ke dalam materi pendidikan sekolah untuk menghantam pemikiran Islam fundamentalis.

Lalu ada pula Yayasan Darmokusumo yang bermarkas di Yogya yang menggabungkan Islam dengan kejawen. Yayasan Libforall menyokong yayasan-yayasan lokal ini dengan program dan dana.

Ada lagi pernyataan jujur yang mencengangkan. Libforall mengadakan pendidikan bagi anak-anak Islam yang berada dalam kemiskinan, “…agar anak-anak miskin ini menerima pendidikan kesetaraan untuk toleransi, penguatan, dan keterampilan individual, dan juga berempati terhadap agama lain, menghadapi dunia maju. ” Seraya menuliskan kegiatannya ada di Jawa Tengah, Yogyakarta, hingga merambah anak-anak korban tsunami di Aceh.

Yang cukup membuat surprise, LibForAll Foundation ternyata juga menggandeng salah satu kelompok musik papan atas Indonesia untuk menyukseskan program liberalisasi Muslim Indonesia. Kelompok musik ini bernama Dewa untuk, “…to counter extremist ideology in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. ”

Kelompok Musik Dewa

Pertemanan antara Libforall dengan kelompok musik Dewa agaknya sangat istimewa. Jika Wahid Institute hanya disinggung sekali di dalam satu halaman situs ini, maka untuk Dewa disediakan dua halaman khusus (Popular Culture dan Warriors of Love) yang secara cukup lengkap memuat detil program berikut foto-foto yang amat mesra antara para pengusung liberalisme Islam ini.

Bersama dengan Dawn Elder Management, Libforall membentuk satu gugus tugas dalam bidang manajemen kelompok-kelompok musik Islam dan non-Islam dunia untuk menyebarkan paham liberalisme yang dikatakan sebagai toleransi, pluralisme, dan demokrasi.

Salah satu proyek yang digagas mereka adalah merekam dan menerjemahkan lagu “Laskar Cinta” (Warriors of Love) ke dalam bahasa-bahasa dunia antara lain bahasa Arab, Parsi, Turki, Hindi/Urdu, Bengali, Swahili, Mandingue, Hausa, Perancis, Spanyol, Rusia, dan Inggris. Selain menerjemahkan, mereka juga membuat video klip dan juga bertanggungjawab atas distribusinya. Belum cukup sampai di sini, promosi lagu ini juga dilakukan di sejumlah negara dunia yang melibatkan artis-artis top dunia di Eropa dan Amerika.

Dalam situsnya, Libforall diketuai oleh C. Holland Taylor, dan Board of Directors-nya antara lain Abdurrahman Wahid, Ahmad Dhani, dan F. Borden Hanes, Jr. Beberapa orang Indonesia diankat menjadi penasehat Libforall yakni Mustofa Bisri, Amin Abdullah (Rektor IAIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta), Azyumardi Azra, Abdul Munir Mulkhan, Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, dan Frans Magnis Suseno.

Mau lebih banyak agenda kaum liberalis untuk menyebarkan pahamnya ke tengah umat Islam Indonesia? Silakan klik www. Libforall. Com.(Rz)

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Lima Anggota LibForAll Indonesia Temui Shimon Peres di Yerusalem

Posted by musliminsuffer on December 14, 2007

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Lima Anggota LibForAll Indonesia Temui Shimon Peres di Yerusalem

Eramuslim.com, Senin, 10 Des 07 06:36 WIB

Situs harian Jerusalem Post pada Jum’at (8/12) menurunkan sebuah berita berjudul “Indonesian Peace Delegation Meet With Peres” (Delegasi Perdamaian dari Indonesia Temui Shimon Peres). Berita ini ditulis oleh Greer Fay Cashman.

Di awal artikelnya Cashman menulis, “Walau tidak ada hubungan diplomatik formal antara Israel dan Indonesia, lima orang anggota Delegasi Perdamaian Indonesia menemui Presiden Israel Shimon Peres, Jum’at (8/12) di Yerusalem. ”

Kelima orang Indonesia tersebut berasal dari Yayasan LibForAll, sebuah yayasan swasta yang berasal dari Amerika Serikat yang tujuannya untuk memerangi Islam Kafaah dan mempromosikan Islam yang bersekutu dengan Zionis-Israel. Abdurrahman Wahid menjadi pelindung yayasan LibForAll dan anggotanya antara lain Yeni Wahid, Abdul Munir Mulkhan, Ahmad Dani (Dewa19), dan sederet aktivis JIL lainnya. Perjalanan mereka ke Tanah Palestina yang diduduki Israel bekerjasama dengan Simon Wiesenthal Center, sebuah LSM Amerika pendukung utama Zionisme.

Lima orang tersebut oleh Jerusalem Post dianggap merepresentasikan dua ormas terbesar di Indonesia, NU dan Muhammadiyah, yang memiliki anggota sebanyak 70 juta rakyat Indonesia, dari 195 juta rakyat Indonesia yang Muslim.

Di depan kelima orang Indonesia, Peres sempat mengatakan bahwa kedatangan mereka akan menimbulkan spekulasi di Indonesia, karena selain Israel tidak memiliki hubungan resmi dengan Indonesia, setiap ada orang Indonesia yang ke Israel selalu saja menjadi berita kontroversi.

Mengatasnamakan Indonesia

C. Holland Taylor, pimpinan dari yayasan LibForAll yang sangat pro-Zionis, menyatakan kepada Peres bahwa Abdurrahman Wahid baru-baru ini mengeluarkan sikap yang menolak dan menentang HAMAS dalam persoalan di Palestina. Taylor juga berkata bahwa Indonesia merupakan satu-satunya negara di dunia di mana HAMAS ditolak oleh ormas Islam terbesar di dunia.

Jpost kembali menulis, “Syfiq Mugni (Syafiq Mugni?), tokoh Muhammadiyah, berbicara dengan Peres yang mengenakan kippa dengan tulisan “shalom” dalam bahasa Ibrani dan Latin, begitu gembira dengan orang-orang Indonesia yang mengunjunginya dan bahkan mereka menyerang HAMAS serta mendukung Zionis-Israel, sehingga Peres mencopot kippa yang dikenakannya dan mengenakannya ke kepala tamunya tersebut.

Pertemuan itu diisi dengan berbagai topik pembicaraan antara lain bidang ekonomi, politik, regional, dan peringatan 60 tahun berdirinya Israel di Tanah Palestina.

Kepada Peres Mugni antara lain menyatakan, “Kita berharap suatu waktu Muslim di Indonesia bisa bersikap lebih toleran dan mengutamakan demokrasi. Hal ini bisa dilakukan antara lain lewat jalur pendidikan, untuk mengubah mental Muslim di Indonesia agar bisa bersikap lebih terbuka. ” Maksudnya jelas, agar Muslim Indonesia bisa menerima Zionis-Israel sebagai sekutu, sama seperti dirinya dan kawan-kawannya dari LibForAll.

Ulama NU yang disebut dengan nama Abul A’la (bisa jadi nama-nama ini merupakan nama alias), mengamini Mugni dan menyatakan bahwa di Indonesia ada segolongan Teroris Muslim. “Namun hal itu tidak mencerminkan keseluruhan Muslim di Indonesia. Kami akan secepatnya menghadapi itu dan mempromosikan Islam yang penuh kedamaian. Kami tidak bisa hidup tanpa kedamaian. ”

Kelima orang Inadonesia ini juga menyatakan bahwa mereka telah mencoba untuk berbicara dengan Kubu Mahmud Abbas yang juga pro Israel agar tercipta kerjasama saling menguntungkan antara Palestina, Israel, dan mereka sendiri. “Kami mendoakan itu, ” ujar Mugni.

Peres bercerita bahwa Juni lalu, di Bali telah diselenggarakan konferensi besar yang menentang sikap Iran atas penafikkannya terhadap Holokous yang dihadiri oleh Gus Dur, dan beberapa tokoh agama lain termasuk dari Israel.

Oktober lalu, tambah Peres, tujuh delegasi wartawan dari Indonesia juga datang ke Israel dan bertemu dengannya.

Kelima orang Indonesia anggota LibForAll itu selama di wilayah pendudukan Zionis-Israel ditemani oleh Dean Rabbi Abraham dari Wiesenthal Center dan C. Holland Taylor, CEO LibForAll. Mereka ikut merayakan ritual Yahudi Hanukka, menikmati tarian di Kiryat Shmona, mengunjungi Betlehem dan juga Masjid Al-Aqsha di Yerusalem, setelah bertemu Peres. Selain itu, mereka juga mengunjungi sebuah sekolah di Sderot dan memantau wilayah Jalur Gaza dari kejauhan.

Sorotan Media Islam

Kunjungan lima komprador Zionis dari Indonesia ke Shimon Peres ini menjadi berita hangat di sejumlah media Islam dunia. Dalam artikelnya berjudul “Normalisasi Memalukan Indonesia” (8/12), media ‘Friend of al-Aqsha’ yang diterbitkan Muslim London dan beredar luar di Ibukota Inggris, lewat tangan Khalid Amayreh menulis bahwa kunjungan lima orang Indonesia ke wilayah pendudukan Israel di Palestian sungguh-sungguh memalukan mengingat Indonesia merupakan negeri Muslim mayoritas terbesar di dunia.

“Dengan kunjungan lima orang Indonesia itu, Dunia Islam mendapat banyak kerugian, dan hal ini sungguh-sungguh menguntungkan Zionis—baik Olmert maupun Abbas. Ini benar-benar menampar muka kita semua. Benar-benar memalukan!” demikian Al-Aqsha.

Tokoh dan Politisi Islam Indonesia Sibuk Cari Jabatan

Sayangnya, di saat musuh-musuh Islam di Indonesia gencar memerangi agama Allah ini, dan dengan dana yang sangat besar berupaya menjadikan Muslim Indonesia menjadi Sekutu bagi Zionis (lihat www. Libforall. Org, di situ jelas-jelas terdapat program nyata membuat umat Islam Indonesia menjadi sekutu Zionis), para tokoh dan politisi Islam masih saja disibukkan dengan cari kursi dan jabatan, Pilkadal-lah dan segala macam.

Dan seperti juga politisi sekuler lainnya, setelah duduk di kursi yang nyaman karena berhasil “menjual” Islam, mereka banyak yang lupa daratan dan menjadi lebih cinta (setengah mati) terhadap kenikmatan dunia ketimbang mencintai akherat. Bukannya mensejahterakan umat, mereka lebih khusyuk mensejahterakan diri dan keluarganya sendiri. Umat lagi-lagi dijadikan pendorong mobil mogok. Hanya saja sekarang dilakukan oleh saudara-saudaranya sendiri.(Rizki)

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