Saturday, August 10, 2002

A matter of honour: Egyptian style
CAIRO, AUG 20, 1997: Nora Marzouk Ahmed's seven-day honeymoon ended when her father chopped off her head and carried it down a dusty neighborhood street as a punishment for dishonouring the family. Her crime: she had eloped. Holding his 25-year-old daughter's freshly severed head, Marzouk Ahmed Abdel-Rahim said to hundreds of aghast onlookers in the low-income cairo neighborhood yesterday: ``Now, the family has regained its honour.'' He then surrendered to police.

Nora is not an isolated victim in Egypt, where activists say scores of women are killed or beaten every year by their fathers, brothers or husbands for actions deemed to have sullied the family honor.

Their deeds could include pre-marital sex, eloping, being seen publicly with a man who is not a relative or going outside without a veil.

``Honour and integrity in Egypt have become warped,'' Nawal Saadawi, a leading Egyptian feminist writer, said. ``For many Egyptian men, integrity is now linked to the actions and behaviour of the women in the family.''

There are no official figures. Many cases, activists say, escape scrutiny because families describe the deaths as accidents to prevent further scandal.
First Strike: Four bad reasons to attack Iraq--and one good one.
Mordechai Abir writes about Saudi Arabia, Stability, and International Islamic Terror -
One key problem of the Saudi populace is the extraordinary degree of contempt for manual labor. Even an engineer who works with machines is considered inferior for marriage purposes because his occupation is related to manual labor.
The Saudis look down on all foreigners and especially Westerners who hold most of the skilled positions in the country. This haughty attitude stems from the Saudi belief that they are chosen by God, and that all others are inferior. Saudi Wahhabism, an Islamic trend that developed in the mid-17th century, even considers all non-Wahhabi Muslims as infidels.
The oil era has brought revolutionary changes to the formerly nomadic Bedouin. Some still maintain camels but transport them in padded GMC trucks. The new upper crust of Saudi technocrats is purchasing camels as a status symbol at exorbitant prices.
The legendary wealth and indulgence in luxuries of the corrupt Saudi royal princes further skews the gap between rich and poor. Much of this wealth was amassed through the "commission system" which required foreign businessmen to use the services of well-connected members of the Saudi ruling class as patrons for their business dealings.
In 1990, suddenly half a million American soldiers were on Saudi soil, among them "amazons" wearing pants and carrying guns who were seen walking into supermarkets as if they owned the place.
Over 70 percent of the curriculum in the four "secular" universities involves religious studies and Arab and Islamic history, whereas only about 25 percent is devoted to other subjects.
The Saudi state closed its eyes, if it did not contribute directly, to the flow of Saudi funds that enabled Wahhabi influence to reach into every corner of the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines, central Asia, Chechnya, southern Sudan, Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia -- all locations which have suffered from the rise of fundamentalist Islam.
Islamist Leaders in London Interviewed - highly educated (e.g. one is an engineer,) articulate, great deal of exposure to the west, yet their ideal, their nirvana, is what Afghanistan was under Taliban. it is truly chilling. This one line is what Europeans are afraid to admit to themselves: Sheikh Omar Bakri: We Will Transform the West into An Islamic Regime by External or Cultural Invasion.
From The Associated Press: Terrorists Hide Easy in Salou
SALOU, Spain (AP) - Since the Arab oil boom, Persian Gulf sheiks have frequented the glitzy resorts of the Costa del Sol on Spain's southern Mediterranean shore. In Marbella, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia even built a vacation residence which is a replica of the White House.

Salou's 13,000 people are deluged every summer with more than 200,000 tourists, including young Europeans on the party circuit and families drawn to the palm-studded beaches and the Universal Studios theme park.

At night on the main shopping and party drag, college students crowd around Barcelona Street drinking beer and sangria. Many then move on to rave parties, where Ecstasy is the drug of choice, and sleep off the aftereffects on Salou's sunny beaches.

``Salou is a party town,'' said Maria Teresa Rodes, co-owner of Hostal Montsant, a quaint Barcelona street pension.

``Many of them get drunk on the first night and stay that way for a week or longer until they leave.''

But Rodes remembers one visitor as being quieter than the rest.

Egyptian-born hijacker Mohamed Atta stayed in the Montsant for one night last summer. Ramzi Binalshibh, a Yemini wanted for his role in Sept. 11, was also in town that night. Spanish and American investigators believe they held a meeting with other al-Qaida terrorists to plan the terrorist attacks on the United States.
A culture of violence: Twenty-two killed in Egyptian clan feud
CAIRO, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Twenty-two members of a single Egyptian clan died on Saturday when another family mounted a revenge attack for the killing of one of their people.

Members of the Hunayshat family were ambushed as they travelled to a court hearing at which two of their clansmen were facing charges of murdering a member of the Abdel Halim family in April, security sources said.

An Interior Ministry statement, carried by Egypt's Middle East News Agency, confirmed the 22 dead.

It said they were killed when Abdel Halim members hiding in a plantation near the village opened fire on them as they travelled to the court in a minibus and car. Two others were injured, the statement said.

Fatal feuds between peasant families are not uncommon in Egpypt, but the death toll was the highest since 24 people died in a shooting south of Cairo in 1995.

Extra security forces had been sent to the village in the area of Girga, south of Sohag in middle Egypt, to ensure no further fighting ensued between the two families, which have a history of feuding, the sources said.

The sources had earlier named the victims as coming from a clan called Hashad.

The ministry statement said they were searching for the perpetrators and were carrying out an investigation.
AP reports: German Soldiers Criticize Schroeder
BERLIN (AP) - The head of a soldiers group criticized Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's administration Saturday for ruling out German participation in any war with Iraq.

Col. Bernhard Gertz, chairman of the independent German Military Federation, a lobbying group that represents the interests of armed forces members, said it was ``extremely unfortunate'' Schroeder had announced Friday that Germany would not aid an attack on Iraq.

Gertz said that would make it much harder for the United Nations to put pressure on Saddam Hussein's regime to allow U.N. inspectors back to look for weapons of mass destruction.

``He who from the beginning says `no' weakens the United Nations,'' Gertz told the national newspaper Bild am Sonntag in remarks to be published Sunday. ``The United Nations needs to have a convincing threat in order to continue to demand a resumption of the weapons inspection program.''

Schroeder, whose Social Democrats trail conservatives in polls for the Sept. 22 parliamentary elections, has seized on anxieties over the possibility of a U.S.-led war with Iraq as a campaign issue.

In the past week, he and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer both ruled out aiding a U.S. attack and warned that U.S military action could wreck the international anti-terror coalition and leave the Americans embroiled in Middle East turmoil for decades.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, the security expert in conservative leader Edmund Stoiber's shadow Cabinet, said Thursday that German participation in a U.N.-authorized attack on Iraq should not be excluded.

In his comments to Bild, Gertz said that even though the German military is stretched by peacekeeping missions, it could offer valuable support to its allies if there were an attack on Iraq ``with the goal of bringing inspections teams to the country and stopping the production of weapons of mass destruction.''

He said that the U.S. and British armies are better prepared for large-scale operations, but that a unit of 52 German soldiers now in Kuwait with six armored vehicles equipped for detecting nuclear and chemical hazards could be expanded.

``With that, the soldiers involved in military intervention (in Iraq) would be better protected,'' he said.
Our Enemies the Saudis (Continued) - Michael Barone
You don't have to be a conservative to regard as an enemy a regime that exports terrorism and totalitarian ideas. The Saudis have been behaving like our enemies and should be treated as our enemies at, to paraphrase George W. Bush, a time and place of our own choosing. The American people and American values will be safer when there is regime change in Riyadh as well as Baghdad. (U.S. News)
Why the West Must Strike First Against Saddam Hussein - Richard Perle
The Iraqi force today is a third of what it was in 1991, and it is the same third, 11 years closer to obsolescence. By contrast, America and even some of its allies have made enormous improvements in their ability to detect, and destroy with precision strikes, the critical elements of Saddam's military power. Alongside Iraqis eager to liberate their country, Saddam will crumble far more quickly than the critics of pre-emption expect. (Daily Telegraph - UK)
What Do Iraqis Think about Life After Hussein? - Michael Rubin
I taught for nine months last year in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq and met Sunni and Shiite Muslims visiting from all over Iraq. The Iraqis I know would shed few tears if Saddam Hussein were to go. As one university professor in northeast Iraq asked me, "Why do people in the West think we want to live under Saddam any more than they would?" (New York Times)
"And Then What?" is No Defense Against Action in Iraq - Tim Hames
All of the concerns of the "and then what?" lobby lack logic. Even an orthodox military administration in Baghdad would be less sadistic at home or menacing abroad than one presided over by a professional psychopath and his warped offspring. (Times - UK)
Baghdad is Not Mogadishu - Gary Schmitt and Tom Donnelly
The biggest difference would be in the American government's will to win, and the U.S. military would not be fighting in the Iraqi capital with one hand tied behind its back. Whether the leaders of the Republican Guard would fight to the death is unknowable, but it is likely the rank and file would not. Saddam has remained in power by creating overwhelming fear among his subordinates. Once he loses the ability to sustain that fear, how can he maintain the discipline and loyalty of a sufficient number of troops to hold out in Baghdad? (Weekly Standard)
Bush Should Retaliate for American Deaths - Jacob Schreiber
Five Americans blown to bits in Jerusalem was the most Americans killed (again) by Arab terror since Sept. 11. By saying little and doing nothing, the White House may have signaled to Hamas and other Arab terrorists that it will tolerate the killing of American citizens - as long as Americans are not the primary targets. The murder of Americans and Israelis - and the general Islamic assault on Western civilization - will end only when the United States puts its military where its mouth is and demonstrates its willingness to fight side by side with its allies against terrorism anywhere. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Iran Establishes Rocket Training Centers in Lebanon
As part of a $150 million program to bolster its proxy presence in the region through such groups as Hizballah and Palestinian insurgency movements, Iran has agreed to finance training bases in Lebanon to train insurgents aligned with Teheran to fire short-range missiles.
Iran has accelerated shipments of Fajr-5 short-range rockets and SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles to these groups, and units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, commanded by Gen. Ali Reza Tamzar, are supervising their training at a camp in Khuraj near the Syrian border. (Middle East Newsline)
Turning Iran Around - Jed Babbin
According to Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute, the mullahs recently conducted a poll that found that only about 4% of the Iranian people thought the government was legitimate. Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah's son, said that Iran is a "ticking time bomb" that may explode in the mullahs' faces, but all that Iran needs now is for President Bush to "stay on message." He believes the people of Iran are "getting fed up" and may soon rid themselves of the mullahs. One of the ways for us to knock off the Axis of Evil is to help the oppressed peoples of those nations overthrow the tyrants themselves. (The American Prowler)

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

JPost reports: In the latest chapter of the man-versus-machine contest, world chess champion Garry Kasparov yesterday announced his plans to play the world's best chess computer, Deep Junior, on October 1 in Jerusalem...Kasparov said that the world chess organization, the Federation Internationale Des Echecs (FIDE), had chosen Jerusalem for the contest because Deep Junior's two creators, Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky, are Israeli. Israel also has a strong hi-tech industry.
Kasparov added that he also wanted to show his support for Israel. "It's a very hard time for Israel. I take this opportunity to express my solidarity with the Israeli people, who are now subject to an unprecedented reign of terror." He said hopes that other international organizations that are hesitating to hold events in Israel will follow FIDE's example.
The Koby Mandell Act (S. 1377 / H.R. 2098), which was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, would establish a special office, within the Department of Justice, to pursue Palestinian Arab killers of Americans and bring them to trial in the United States. And it would assist the victims' families. (The title of the bill refers to 13 year-old Jacob "Koby" Mandell of Maryland, who was brutally murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in May 2001.)

Please click here and read about the bill and write or email your elected representatives. In the middle of the page there is a box where you can fill in your zip code and then you will get contact information for your senators and representatives.
Khaled Abu Toameh is a journalist living in Jerusalem. He covers Palestinian affairs for The Jerusalem Report, NBC News and U.S. News & World Report.

Execution in Arafat's compound - an eye-witness account

RAMALLAH - It was just before 10.A.M. and the first ministers were beginning
to arrive at the mukattah compound for an emergency cabinet meeting to be
chaired by Yasser Arafat. The Israeli tanks, bulldozers and armored
personnel carriers, which have been inside the mukattah for the past few
weeks, pulled back a few hundred meters south of the compound to allow the
meeting to take place.

The journalists are told by some PA officials that the cabinet meeting is
expected to last for a few hours. Some cameramen find shelter from the sun
in the shade of a nearby building. Others, including myself, decide to take
a look around the area. We walk a few meters south of Arafat's office and
run into what was once the headquarters of the PA's mukhabarat, or General
Intelligence. The building has been completely destroyed. We head further
south and run into a group of young men, some armed with pistols and AK 47
rifles, sitting and chatting under a tree.

Behind them is a small building surrounded with barbed wires. On top of the
big green gate is a sign in Arabic which reads: "Ramallah Correctional
Center." This is the prison where Palestinian inmates were held. Most were
moved to secret locations after the IDF arrived.

Suddenly two policemen in plainclothes emerge from the prison. One of them
is "embracing" a young, bearded men dressed in jeans and a white T shirt.
The young man's face is badly swollen and it looks as if he needs to see a
dentist immediately.

He passes by and looks me straight in the eye, as if he is trying to tell me
something. Although he was not handcuffed, he did look like a suspect who
was probably on his way to interrogation. None of the cameramen or reporters
standing under Arafat's second floor office paid attention to the three as
they passed by.

In my heart I felt something was wrong. It must have been the strange look
in the eyes of the young man. It's a look that will continue to haunt me for
many years. I felt as if this young man with a pale face was begging for
help. I decided to follow him and see where he is being taken. The two men
took him to the back of a three story building north of Arafat's office. If
Arafat was watching from the window, he would have seen it all.

What happened next is hard to describe. The "suspect," in his early
twenties, was blindfolded and made to stand against a wall. Three policemen
standing about three meters away sprayed him with bullets from their rifles.
He was hit in the head and chest and fell to the ground. One of the
policemen then walked up to him and fired one more shot into his head. "Take
him away," came the order from another police officer.

I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing. The executioners did not notice
that I was watching. When the rest of the journalists heard the shots they
rushed towards the area to see what was happening. Some thought that Israeli
soldiers had stormed the compound.

Nervous policemen charged at the cameras and reporters and ordered them to
leave the area.

I asked a police officer what had happened and he replied, "A criminal has
been executed. what's the big deal?"

"What did he do?" I asked another police officer who was trying to block
cameras with his hand. "He murdered two elderly women and raped his
grandmother," he answered. "Was he ever tried?" I asked. "I don't know, but
the President [Arafat] this morning approved the execution.

An ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent that had been waiting
nearby took the young man's body away before anyone had a chance to see it.
As the ambulance was leaving, more ministers continued to arrive for the
meeting in their black Mercedese and Audis. I asked three of them if they
had heard about the execution which just took place a few meters away the
hall where they were planning to meet, and all replied that they had no idea
what I was talking about.

A few hours later the PA confirmed that the execution did take place,
identifying the victim as Bashir Attari. Palestinians described him as
mentally retarded.

Klaus Lofgren, the Middle East correspondent for a Swedish TV station who
was standing only a few meters away from the site, was still in shock even
after we arrived back in Jerusalem. "This is a surrealistic experience," he
said. "To execute someone in a place where the representatives of the world
media are standing and where the cabinet is meeting is unprecedented. I have
never heard of a case like this and it shows the cultural gap between the
Palestinian society and most of the world."
From Palestinian Media Watch:
US money is funding a Palestinian girls’ school, named for a terrorist who murdered 36 Israelis and an American

The Unites States has been attempting to bypass the Palestinian Authority [PA] misuse of American financial aid by directly funding specific projects. However, even in these projects, US money can be used to promote terrorism in subtle but effective ways.

One of the ways a society teaches its children values is by glorifying chosen individuals. The PA as policy continues to glorify as heroes, terrorists who have killed the greatest number of Israelis, especially in educational structures for children.

Dalal Mughrabi is the woman terrorist who participated in the murder of 36 Israelis and an American nature photographer, Gail Ruban, in 1978. A girls’ high school named for the terrorist - “The Dalal Mughrabi School” - is now being renovated with money from USAID - through ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid). A school named after a terrorist promotes murder and terrorism as positive values to children in general, and especially to those children studying in that school. US money is helping to support an educational structure that is inherently promoting terrorism and glorifying the murderer of an American.

This school’s name is not an exception. Numerous schools, summer camps and sports teams are named for terrorist-murderers, including Ayyat al-Akhras, the woman suicide bomber, and symbols of violence continue to be used in educational and sport structures. The background poster of a UNICEF funded summer camp includes a gun.

The following are a series of recent news items, as they appeared in Palestinian sources, that demonstrate this Palestinian Authority policy of glorifying terrorists and violence and demonstrates the use of foreign money in some of these projects.

News Items on schools, summer camps, and sport team names

1. Dalal Mughrabi - the terrorist who participated in the bus hijacking and murder of 36 Israelis and American Gail Rubin, in 1978. USAID is renovating the Dalal Al- Mughrabi school.

News Item:
“Announcement: Palestinian National Authority Ministry of Schools and Higher Education Hebron District”
“Building contract tender for the Dalal Mughrabi girls’ high school [Al-Shuyukh village Hebron district…] With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid)”
The ad has the logos of the USAID, the Palestinian Authority and ANERA.

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida July 30 2002]

Ayyat al-Akhras - The woman suicide bomber who killed a number of Israelis as she blew herself up in a supermarket in Jerusalem. The Palestinians named a children's summer camp in her name:
“Today the activities begin in the tenth Scouts summer camp, the Shahid -Seeker [suicide bomber]- Ayyat al-Akhras Camp, … The camp’s activities will last one week.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2002]

Jihad al-Amarin - commander of “Al-Aqsa Martyrs” terror organization, responsible for murder of numerous Israelis. The Palestinians named a children's summer camp in his name:
"Yesterday the first summer camp of the Fatah movement began its activities… on the Gaza beach, with the participation of 150 children. The camp is named after the Shahid Jihad al-Amarein, commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza…” [Al-Quds July 29, 2002]

Baha Sa’id - Killed two Israeli soldiers in a terrorist attack. The Palestinians named a football [soccer] team in his name .
“Two great victories to the Shahid Baha’ Sai’d team in the Deir al-Balah Shahid football championship.”
[Al-Ayam July 26 2002]

Fuad al-Shubaki is responsible for attempting to smuggle a weapons ship with many tons of missiles and other illegal weapons from Iran to the Palestinian Authority. He is now held in jail. Calling for his freedom was chosen as the slogan for a summer camp.
“The Socialist Youth Group opened its third summer camp in Gaza…with the slogan “Freedom…to the fighter Fuad al-Shubaki… The great fighter.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Aug. 4 2002]
The summer camp poster includes a gun in a UNICEF funded summer camp.

“The scouts organization …held a ceremony marking the conclusion of the summer camp.” [PA TV, July 29, 2002] On the TV screen in the background is one sign: “Camp funded by UNICEF” and on another are: “UNICEF”, a Palestinian flag, and a tree holding a rifle. [see picture above] The UNICEF funded summer camp is likewise used to incite Palestinian children to hatred against Israel as the speeches broadcast from the camp ceremony were attacking Israel and did not deal with normal summer camp activities - sports, culture etc.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: Palestinian Violence and Terrorism; The International War against Terrorism

What caused the wave of Palestinian violence and terrorism that began in September 2000?
Are Palestinian claims that the "occupation" caused the violence true?
Why doesn't the violence end?
What was Operation Defensive Shield?
What happened in Jenin?
Is Israel using excessive force in its response to the violence and terrorism?
Why do the Palestinians claim that they have suffered more casualties than Israel?
Why are so many children being harmed in this conflict?
What about claims that holy sites are being desecrated?
What is the connection between Palestinian violence and the rise in anti-Israel and antisemitic incidents in the region and throughout the world?
Are the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States related to US support of Israel?
How does Palestinian terrorism threaten states not directly involved in the conflict?
What is the legal status of the Jewish settlements in the territories?
at is Israel's position on the Palestinian claim to a "right of return"?
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An excerpt from Rumsfeld's Town Hall Meeting Aug. 6
Rumsfeld: What do I think the U.S. policy ought to be with respect to the settlements in the occupied areas?
Rumsfeld: Well -- (laughter) -- let me say this about that. (Laughter.) First of all, that's a matter for the Department of State -- (scattered laughter) -- and the president. Second, the U.S. policy, I think, ought not to be on a particular, isolated piece of that puzzle. I think to pull out one thing and say our policy on this ought to be X and our policy on some other issue ought to be Y -- I think that's unhelpful.

The -- those problems have been going on since the country was established in the late '40s. It is a complicated set of issues. And it has been -- it has tended over time to have been dominated by a couple of facts. Several. One is periodic warfare. Second is the fact that the surrounding areas from Israel have preferred that Israel not be there.

And third is that the people that Israel has been trying to interact with and find as an interlocutor have, for whatever reason, not been an effective interlocutor. That is to say, they have not had a structure and an accountability that would enable them to make a deal or keep a deal. And Barak made a proposal that was as forthcoming as anyone in the world could ever imagine, and Arafat turned it down.

If you have a country that's a sliver and you can see three sides of it from a high hotel building, you've got to be careful what you give away and to whom you give it. If you're giving it to an entity that has some track record, that has a degree of accountability, that has the ability to enforce security that's promised in whatever arrangements are made, it seems to me that's one thing. If you're making a deal and yielding territory to an entity that cannot or will not do that -- and there is no question but that the Palestinian Authority have been involved with terrorist activities, so that makes it a difficult interlocutor.

My feeling about the so-called occupied territories are that there was a war, Israel urged neighboring countries not to get involved in it once it started, they all jumped in, and they lost a lost of real estate to Israel because Israel prevailed in that conflict. In the intervening period, they've made some settlements in various parts of the so-called occupied area, which was the result of a war, which they won.

They have offered up -- successive prime ministers have offered up various portions of that so-called occupied territory, the West Bank, and at no point has it been agreed upon by the other side. I suspect it will be, even in my lifetime, that there will be some sort of an entity that will be established. Maybe it will take some Palestinian expatriates coming back into the region and providing the kind of responsible government that would give confidence that you could make an arrangement with them that would stick. It may be that the neighboring countries, Egypt and Jordan and Saudi Arabia and others, will have to assist in providing a degree of accountability.

But certainly everyone has to hope and pray that there will be something that could be an effective interlocutor so that they could make a deal.

The settlement issues -- it's hard to know whether they're settlements in portions of the real estate that will end up with the entity that you make an arrangement with or Israel. So it seems to me focusing on settlements at the present time misses the point. The real point is to get an effective interlocutor. The real point is to get a condition so that you can have a peace agreement. And those are exactly the things that President Bush and Secretary Powell have been working on, and indeed, working particularly with Egypt and Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Entire transcript.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

LGF picks up these IMRA translations of sermons throughout the Islamic world. Read carefully and understand that Israel is the frontline outpost in this war of freedom and democracy against fanaticism and terror. Here are a few; go to LGF to read the rest.
A live sermon from Umar Bin-Al-Khattab Mosque in Qatar, on the official television station of the State of Qatar:
"O God, deal with the occupier Jews for they are within your power. O God, they killed our children, deal with them. O God, they demolished our houses and mosques and violated our sanctities, take revenge from them. O God, shake the land under their feet, turn their plots against them, divide them, make their property booty for Islam and Muslims. O God, count them one by one, kill them, and don't leave anyone of them. O God, support our brothers in Palestine, Kashmir, Chechnya, Sudan, and all Muslim countries."

From the grand mosque in Sanaa, on the official television station of the Republic of Yemen:
"O God, support our brother mujahidin in Palestine. O God, give them victory over their enemies. O God, strengthen their hearts and resolve and back them with Your angels. O God, deal with Jews and their supporters and Christians and their supporters and lackeys. O God, shake the land under their feet, instill fear in their hearts, and freeze the blood in their veins. O God, count them one by one, kill them all, and don't leave anyone."
If this bit of hypocrisy doesn't make you lean over and vomit, I truly don't know what will.
The administration is bending over so far backwards not to upset the Saudis (sponsors of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers, not to mention a large portion of worldwide terror,) perhaps it's time to hand them a a big vat of vaseline:

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Defense Advisory Board -- a panel that advises the Pentagon on defense policy -- hosted an analyst from the Rand Corporation who portrayed Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States.
The briefing, by Laurent Murawiec, a Rand Corp. analyst, was presented on July 10 to the Defense Policy Board, a group of prominent intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon on defense policy.
"The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader.. Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies." A talking point attached to the last of 24 briefing slides described Saudi Arabia as "the kernel of evil, the prime mover, the most dangerous opponent" in the Middle East.
Murawiec said in his briefing that the United States should demand that Riyadh stop funding fundamentalist Islamic outlets around the world, stop all anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli statements in the country, and "prosecute or isolate those involved in the terror chain, including in the Saudi intelligence services."
If the Saudis refused to comply, he recommended that the United States seize Saudi oil fields and freeze its assets in the United.
Secretary of State Colin Powell called the Saudi foreign minister Tuesday to assure him the opinions expressed in the briefing did not reflect the U.S. opinion of Saudi Arabia...."As with any relationship, we have differences with the Saudis," [deputy State Department spokesman Philip Reeker] said. "We raise these differences. They raise their differences. We have private discussions at all levels, and then we work to resolve them. That's what diplomacy is about."

Some reminders on the behavior of "Our Friends the Saudis":

Expat Brits live in fear as Saudis turn on the West

Saudi payment to suicide bombers (openly visible on the Saudi embassy website)

Saudi persecution of Christians

NYTimes reports: Bookshops in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina..sell a 1,265-page souvenir tome that is a kind of "greatest hits" of fatwas on modern life. It is strewn with rulings on shunning non-Muslims: don't smile at them, don't wish them well on their holidays, don't address them as "friend."
A fatwa from Sheik Muhammad bin Othaimeen, whose funeral last year attracted hundreds of thousands of mourners, tackles whether good Muslims can live in infidel lands. The faithful who must live abroad should "harbor enmity and hatred for the infidels and refrain from taking them as friends," it reads in part.
Saudis in general, and senior princes in particular, reject the notion that this kind of teaching helps spawns terrorists.
"Well, of course I hate you because you are Christian, but that doesn't mean I want to kill you," a professor of Islamic law in Riyadh explains to a visiting reporter.

Simon Henderson writes in the Standard about the coming showdown with the Saudis . To quote one choice paragraph:
In case the Bush administration failed to notice Riyadh's
attempt to put some space into the relationship, the de
facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah played a more obvious card
at the end of May. He sent one of his sons, Prince Mitab, to
Pakistan to witness the test launch of a Ghauri surface-to
surface missile with a range of 900 miles. Also present at
the launch site were North Korean scientists (the Ghauri is
a version of their Nodong missile) and a delegation from
Libya. Mitab's visit was unannounced, but Crown Prince
Abdullah must have known that his son's presence would be
noted by American intelligence within days, if not hours.

Victor Davis Hanson provides some color on the Saudi royal lifestyle.He details oppression in the kingdom. here's a quote:
By any modern standard of civilization, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a bizarre place. In an age of spreading consensual government, the House of Saud resembles an Ottoman sultanate staffed by some 7,000 privileged royal cousins. The more favored are ensconced in plush multimillion-dollar palaces and maintain luxury estates abroad in Paris, Geneva, Marbella and Aspen...Polygamy is legal, and practiced...women are veiled, secluded and subject to the harsh protocols of a sexual apartheid. A few female Saudi professionals who in 1991 drove cars as a sign of protest mostly ended up arrested and jailed. Women who have traveled to the West remain under the constant surveillance of the Committee for the Advancement of Virtue and Elimination of Sin, a Taliban-like government watchdog group of clerics and whip-bearing fanatics.

A television station backed by a Saudi prince broadcasting clips that show young children being taught to hate Jews — referring to them as "apes and pigs" — and embrace martyrdom. video footage available on the site.

HERE'S THE SOLUTION: Make them drink their oil. Switch to fuel cells.
From a recent Time article: "If we sort out Iraq and Detroit develops a hydrogen engine," says a U.S. diplomat, "Saudi Arabia will go back to being a fascinating, benighted part of the world that people don't visit."
The techology exists - Nissan, Honda, GM, Toyota, are already marketing fuel cell vehicles. The only bottle neck is infrastructure - we need hydrogen refueling stations. Let's spread the word and make this happen sooner rather than later.

If the Saudis sold onions instead of oil," says Gregory Gause, a Saudi expert at the University of Vermont, "we would be talking about how to isolate them."

Monday, August 05, 2002

Arab gunmen representing Yasser Arafat’s Fatah terror organization shot and killed 29-year-old Avi Volansky and his wife Avital, 27, as they were driving near the community of Shilo, north of Jerusalem. The couple’s children were in the car at the time. Their three-year-old child was moderately wounded in the attack, while their eight-month-old infant escaped injury. The couple had lived in the nearby community of Eli for the past four years. Avital was pregnant with their third child. Source.

Help the wounded. Help the families.
Palestinian Media Watch brings us this news:
In an interview this week Arafat called the Arab leader and Nazi ally, Hajj Amin Al Husseini, “our hero”. Arafat referred to “our hero Al Husseini" as a symbol of withstanding world pressure, having remained an Arab leader in spite of demands to have him replaced because of his Nazi ties. This he compared to Palestinian withstanding of world pressure for reform of the Palestinian Authority today, which includes the American demand to replace Arafat.

“Hajj Amin Al Husseini (1895-1974) was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem... He supported the Nazis, and especially their program for the mass murder of the Jews. He visited numerous death camps and encouraged Hitler to extend the "Final Solution" to the Jews of North Africa and Palestine. In 1946 he escaped to Egypt.” [Simon Wiesenthal Center Web Site]

excerpts from the interview:

Interviewer: “I have heard voices from within the [Palestinian] Authority in the past few weeks, saying that the reforms are coordinated according to American whims…”

Arafat: “We are not Afghanistan…We are the Mighty People. Were they able to replace our hero Hajj Amin al-Husseini? ... There were a number of attempts to get rid of Hajj Amin, whom they considered an ally of the Nazis. But even so, he lived in Cairo, and participated in the 1948 war, and I was one of his troops.”
[Al Sharq al Awsat, a London Arabic daily, reprinted in the Palestinian daily Al Quds, Aug, 2, 2002]

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If you haven't yet, take a look at these reports:

Anti-Semitism and Racism as Policy in the Palestinian Authority
A 50 page report prepared by the Wiesenthal Center for the UN Conference on Racism at Durban, September. Documents the use of Palestinian Authority organs (media, education system and religious outlets) to vilify and demonize Jews and the Jewish religion. 2001.

Detailed reports on Anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab government media, by country

Arab Anti-Semitism Documentation Project.
Take a look at an updated presentation of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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