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April 03, 2008

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Steve

Once again, I am sure the Mail & Guardian this week will call on South African Muslims to condemn these statements the way they once called on South African Jews to condemn Israeli policies.

BLACKLISTED DICTATOR

Steve,
Have you thought about syndicating your cartoons?
If you like, I will contact Ferial at The M&G. She loves my views and I can certainly put in a good word on your behalf.

BLACKLISTED DICTATOR

Hamas has the same message....

April 1, 2008 THE NEW YORK TIMES
In Gaza, Hamas’s Insults to Jews Complicate Peace

By STEVEN ERLANGER
GAZA — In the Katib Wilayat mosque one recent Friday, the imam was discussing the wiliness of the Jew.

“Jews are a people who cannot be trusted,” Imam Yousif al-Zahar of Hamas told the faithful. “They have been traitors to all agreements — go back to history. Their fate is their vanishing. Look what they are doing to us.”

At Al Omari mosque, the imam cursed the Jews and the “Crusaders,” or Christians, and the Danes, for reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. He referred to Jews as “the brothers of apes and pigs,” while the Hamas television station, Al Aksa, praises suicide bombing and holy war until Palestine is free of Jewish control.

Its videos praise fighters and rocket-launching teams; its broadcasts insult the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, for talking to Israel and the United States; its children’s programs praise “martyrdom,” teach what it calls the perfidy of the Jews and the need to end Israeli occupation over Palestinian land, meaning any part of the state of Israel.

Such incitement against Israel and Jews was supposed to be banned under the 1993 Oslo accords and the 2003 “road map” peace plan. While the Palestinian Authority under Fatah has made significant, if imperfect efforts to end incitement, Hamas, no party to those agreements, feels no such restraint.

Since Hamas took over Gaza last June, routing Fatah, Hamas sermons and media reports preaching violence and hatred have become more pervasive, extreme and sophisticated, on the model of Hezbollah and its television station Al Manar, in Lebanon.

Intended to indoctrinate the young to its brand of radical Islam, which combines politics, social work and military resistance, including acts of terrorism, the programs of Al Aksa television and radio, including crucial Friday sermons, are an indication of how far from reconciliation Israelis and many Palestinians are.

Hamas’s grip on Gaza matters, but what may matter more in the long run is its control over propaganda and education there, breeding longer-term problems for Israel, and for peace. No matter what Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agree upon, there is concern here that the attitudes being instilled will make a sustainable peace extremely difficult.

“If you take a sample on Friday, you’re bound to hear incitement against the Jews in the prayers and the imam’s sermon,” said Mkhaimer Abusada, a political scientist at Al Azhar University here. “He uses verses from the Koran to say how the Jews were the enemies of the prophet and didn’t keep their promises to the prophet 1,400 years ago.”

Mr. Abusada is a Muslim and political independent. “You have young people, and everyone has to listen to the imam whether you believe him or not,” he said. “By saying the same thing over and over, you find a lot of people believing it, especially when he cites the Koran or hadith,” the sayings of the prophet.

Radwan Abu Ayyash, deputy minister of culture in Ramallah, ran the Palestinian Broadcasting Company until 2005. Hamas “uses religious language to motivate simple people for political as well as religious goals,” he said. “People don’t distinguish between the two.” He said he found a lot of what Al Aksa broadcast “disgusting and unprofessional.”

Every Palestinian thinks the situation in Gaza is ugly, he said. “But what is not fine is to build up children with a culture of hatred, of closed minds, a culture of sickness. I don’t think they always know what they are creating. People use one weapon, language, without realizing that they also use it against themselves.”

Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli group, said Hamas took its view of Jews from what it considered the roots of Islam, then tried to make the present match the past.

For example, in a column in the weekly Al Risalah, Sheik Yunus al-Astal, a Hamas legislator and imam, discussed a Koranic verse suggesting that “suffering by fire is the Jews’ destiny in this world and the next.”

“The reason for the punishment of burning is that it is fitting retribution for what they have done,” Mr. Astal wrote on March 13. “But the urgent question is, is it possible that they will have the punishment of burning in this world, before the great punishment” of hell? Many religious leaders believe so, he said, adding, “Therefore we are sure that the holocaust is still to come upon the Jews.”

At the end, Mr. Marcus points out, Mr. Astal switches from “harik,” the ordinary word for burning, to “mahraka,” normally used to connote the Holocaust.

Some Hamas videos, like one in March 2007, promote the participation of children in “resistance,” showing them training in uniform, holding rifles. Recent shows displayed Mr. Abbas kissing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, under the slogan “Palestine doesn’t return with kisses, it returns with martyrs.

JoeTalin

I agree with Imam Katib Wilayat. Jews are extremely wiley. How else would those Swiss Jewish bankers be running the world? This generation of the Elders seems to be slipping up though - there is way too much negative publicity about the Jews. They should use their Hirsh Shekels and all their media entities and stop this tirade.

JoeTalin

By the way, if anyone wants to read the transcript in its entirety then it can be found at:
http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/FeaturedDocs/nefazawahiri0408.pdf

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Joe,
I have just received an email from UN Sec Gen Wan-king Moon saying that he is appalled by the Islamic fundamentalist's antisemitic video propaganda. He says that they are even more abhorent than "Fitna"!
Can you believe it??

Mediocrates

You can be sure the UN would be the first to call for an International Jewish Museum after they help to kill us all.

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Medio,
Perhaps Ahmadinejad will be chosen to curate the exhibition?

BLACKLISTED DICTATOR

Un Sec Gen is Wan-king Doom.

BLACKLISTED DICTATOR

Actually, Wank-ing Soon is better.

JoeTalin

BD, I am appalled that the UN condemned the Islamic community in any way. Their videos are always unbiased and educational. Israel was rightly blamed by an Iranian Imam for the release of Fitna - we all know that the Jews are behind everything!

JoeTalin

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_Middle%20East&set_id=1&click_id=123&art_id=nw20080404133509125C255018

JoeTalin

There is something funny with the frames on this page... long unbroken strings (like a URL) seem not to wrap.

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