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-- Gang rape' victim faces jail on adultery charges (01/03/2003)
-- Palestinian women, girls killed for family 'honor' (05/06/2003
-- UN inspectors uncover proof of Saddam's nuclear bomb plans -- 1/19/2003
-- Agony of mother set ablaze by Iraqis -- 3/7/2003
-- The Muslim Student Association: A Wahhabi Front -- 3/11/2003
-- I Infidel - 3/11/2003
-- Al Qaeda Close To Biological Weapons -- 3/24/2003
-- Man tried to kidnap sister for marrying Christian - 12/27/2003
-- Muslims now take on Christianity through legislation - 9/18/2003
-- Petition to Muslims: Stop killing converts - 7/4/2003
-- More Muslim Hate Crime Myths - 5/30/2003
-- Muslims draw line in the sand in D.C. - 5/17/2003
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 Muslims draw line in the sand in D.C.

May 17, 2003    By Art Moore    2003

U.S. Islamic activists are uniting with a leading anti-war group to hold a civil rights march and rally they tout as the largest gathering of Muslims ever in the nation's capital.

Participants in the May 24 event "will demand an end to the mounting attack on the civil rights of Muslims in America" since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the organizer, the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation.

"The time has come where we must draw a line in the sand, stand up for ourselves, and demand an immediate and unconditional halt to the Bush administration's profiling, harassment, and abuse of our community," said Mahdi Bray, the foundation's executive director, in a statement.

Bray, who has called the U.S. war on terrorism a "war against Islam," joined several other Muslims in October 2001 to pray in front of the State Department and denounce U.S. military action in Afghanistan.

One of the rally's featured speakers is Brian Becker of the International A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition, an umbrella group tied to the World Workers Party, a Marxist organization that supports authoritarian regimes and communist dictatorships.

Muslims in the U.S. must reexamine their methods of activism, said Bray.

"We met with Clinton and Bush, we had tea with Hillary, but what have we brought back to the Muslim community other than pictures and press releases?" he said.

Bray added, "We must be willing to trust in Allah, intensify our dawah, make our voices heard in the streets, the ballot boxes, the cash registers and the courts, and only then will federal government officials be willing to sit down and deal with us in a serious manner. Short of that, the American Muslim leadership is fooling itself and the community."

"Dawah" is commonly understood by Muslims as inviting others to Islam, or missionary work.

The Muslim American Society's Sherifah Rafiq told WND that Bray was not referring to Muslim proselytizing but to the task of "not being afraid to explain who you are" to non-Muslims.

Rafiq, the group's national outreach coordinator, said Muslim leaders at the Memorial Day weekend event will "give the Muslim community a chance to display sensitive logical speakers who represent the majority of us."

Along with Bray, those speakers include Dr. Jamal Badawi, professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Siraj Wahhaj, imam of Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brookyn, New York.

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Wahhaj is an advisory board member of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations. He was named by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White in 1995, as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments," including the World Trade Center in 1993. Wahhaj, who has called for the U.S. government to be replaced with a Muslim caliphate, testified on behalf of Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, who was convicted in the World Trade Center case.

Bray listed a number of grievances he says Muslims have against the Bush administration, including "the INS registration program for Muslim males and the mass arrests of those legally in the country, racial profiling by law enforcement agencies, the unreasonable closings of Islamic charities, the secret detention of hundreds of individuals, and the Bush administration's courting of anti-Muslim extremists like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell."

Along with A.N.S.W.E.R., Bray said the NAACP, AFL-CIO, and ACLU have pledged support for the event, and entertainers Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover will be at the demonstration.

Belafonte and Glover criticized the U.S. during a trip to Havana, Cuba, in December. Belafonte said the Sept. 11 attacks enabled the U.S. "to extend its imperialist, economic and political domination all over the planet."

Other speakers are the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Ibrahim Ramey, director of the Peace and Disarmament Program at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a pacifist organization based in Nyack, N.Y.

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Report lists names of 10,000 in slavery

Institute confirms forced servitude in Sudan despite regime's denial

Posted: May 29, 2003    2003
A noted research institute claims it has confirmed the existence of slavery in Sudan with a list of 10,000 names, contradicting denials by the country's militant Islamic regime.
Using face-to-face interviews, the Rift Valley Institute gathered details of more than 11,000 people abducted from rebel-held areas by Khartoum-backed tribal militias.
Abductee who had knees nailed together during imprisonment (Photo: USAID)
More than 10,000 of those people still are unaccounted for, said the institute, an independent research and educational association in Britain and East Africa with the backing of the British government.
"Never before have so many names been catalogued of people being enslaved in one country in our times," said Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House.
But the results are just the tip of the iceberg, says Charles Jacobs, president of the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston. His group cites civic leaders in Bahr El Ghazal in southern Sudan who report more than 200,000 women and children have been enslaved in that area alone by Khartoum's armed forces and allied militias since the beginning of the civil war in 1983.
Sudan's cleric-backed National Islamic Front regime in the Arab and Muslim north declared a jihad on the mostly Christian and animist south in 1989. Since 1983, an estimated 2 million people have died from war and related famine. About 5 million have become refugees.
Jacobs notes that while the Islamist government "denies the reality of Sudanese slavery," the European Union, UNICEF and other international institutions use the euphemism "abduction" in reference to the practice, out of deference to Khartoum.
Jacobs said he hopes "Rift Valley's initial findings spur the world community to complete the documentation of those in bondage."
Freedom House said the study gives humanitarian agencies and human rights groups an essential tool for tracing and reuniting abductees with family members.
Dr. Jok Madut, co-director of the Rift Valley project, said establishing a baseline of fact was essential to address what many regard as the world's most appalling cluster of human rights abuses.
"Abduction and slavery are horrific; the important thing is that we now know what the facts are," said Madut. "We know for certain who has been abducted, how many, where and when."
Madut worked on the project with John Ryle, chairman of the Rift Valley Institute and a respected British scholar on Africa.
John Eibner, U.S. executive director of Christian Solidarity International, has urged President Bush to help make 2003 "the year of the eradication of Sudanese slavery."
Eibner wrote after returning from a recent fact-finding trip to Sudan that the current ceasefire, amid U.S.-led peace talks, offers a "window of opportunity" for a mass exodus of slaves from the north to their homes in the south.
Eibner said he and his colleagues learned many Arab slave masters are prepared to give up their black African slaves without compensation, fearing reprisal for "crimes against humanity" as the peace process nears completion.
Christian Solidarity International has helped facilitate the redemption, or buying back, of slaves, a practice criticized by some who believe it has the adverse effect of fueling demand for slaves.
Pattern of slave-taking
One year ago, a U.S. State Department-sponsored delegation to Sudan issued a report describing the Khartoum regime's role in slavery: "The pattern of slave-taking that has developed since the start of the civil war is, to a substantial degree, the product of a counter-insurgency strategy pursued by successive governments in Khartoum. This strategy involves arming local militias from northern Sudan."
The international delegation's report said the militias attack villages in rebel-controlled areas, primarily along the boundary between northern and southern Sudan.
"They burn villages, loot cattle, rape and kill civilians, and abduct and enslave men, women and children," the report said. "Such attacks are frequently carried out by militia members while employed by the government as auxiliary guards on military rail convoys traveling though [rebel-controlled] areas.
James Lual, head of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement civil administration in northern Bahr El Ghazal, said in an interview this week with Freedom Now News there have been no raids in his area for many months because of the rebel army presence. But in western Upper Nile, he said, "government militias have been attacking civilians and enslaving people."
Lual believes the Rift Valley figures are far below his estimate of more than 200,000 slaves because the researchers did not do a complete survey, spending only a few months in the area this year.
"They had problems gaining the confidence of the chiefs and the people," he said. "They did not interview the thousands of freed slaves who have come back. I invited RVI to look at our documents, but they did not take up the offer."
Lual said it will take years to complete the documentation of slaves.
"Serious slavery research cannot be done in a backward, underdeveloped area like this with a disorganized and lightning strike approach," he said.
Another reason the institute's numbers are too low, he said, is because there has been "so much killing and displacement that a lot of people are not around anymore to report missing relatives."
"We also know that the RVI is funded by people who want to downplay slavery," said. "I mean the British government and Save the Children UK. They are helping the government of Sudan. It is the government of Sudan that wants to hide its slavery crimes. They say there is no slavery in Sudan, only abduction."

 More Muslim Hate Crime Myths

May 30, 2003     Commentary By Michelle Malkin

Mazhar Tabesh, Nezar "Mike" Maad, and Aqil Yassom Al-Timimi all have something in common. They were held up by Muslim activists as innocent victims of the "post-September 11 backlash." They milked the compassion of their communities. They won sympathy from the media and politicians.

And now it appears they were all hate crime hucksters who cried "racism" to cash in on the terrorist attacks.

Mazhar Tabesh, a naturalized American originally from Pakistan, co-owned a motel in Heber City, Utah. Last July, someone set the lodge ablaze, causing nearly $100,000 in damage.

"We are really scared because we are Muslim -- probably the only Muslims in the area -- and we are the target," Tabesh declared. "It's scary." Tabesh complained of receiving threatening calls from anonymous hatemongers who "told us they would get us if we didn't get out."

Utah residents organized a benefit concert and raised $1,400 for Tabesh's family. The national press jumped on the bandwagon: "Immigrant Family Feels Post-9-11 Rage," blared a Los Angeles Times headline. The accompanying 1,100-word story suggested that "white supremacists and skinheads living in the area" might be to blame.

But the chief suspect turned out to be Mazhar Tabesh himself. Prosecutors say Tabesh invented a "mystery man" arsonist and lied about witnessing the non-existent lodger running from the hotel after the fire started. His motive? A Heber City police officer testified at a preliminary hearing that Tabesh was losing about $5,900 a month on the motel and still owed $450,000 on the mortgage.

Tabesh will stand trial in June on first-degree felony aggravated arson charges. Don't count on the Los Angeles Times to cover it.

The tale of Nezar "Mike" Maad follows the same basic plot. Maad, an Arab-American businessman and "tolerance advocate," owned a print shop in Anchorage, Alaska. On Sept. 21, 2001, someone destroyed equipment and spray-painted "We hate Arabs" inside the store. Community leaders created the "Not in Our Town" fund, a city-backed charity which raised a whopping $75,000 for Maad. A local newspaper editorial declared unequivocally that the incident "was a hate crime. It was vandalism. It was a statement against bedrock American values . . . "

Five months after Maad was "victimized," a jury convicted him of federal fraud charges. During the hate crime investigation, agents discovered that Maad had lied on bank loan applications and federal forms about his business finances and prior criminal convictions. Nevertheless, Maad received a reduced sentence of six months' prison time.

The FBI dropped its hate crime investigation; Maad and his wife remain the prime suspects in the languishing property damage case.

In Nashville, Tenn., Iraqi-American Aqil Yassom Al-Timimi claimed someone set his Chevy truck on fire after the Sept. 11 attacks because he was of Arab descent. Although local TV stations ate up the hate crime angle, one keen reporter remained skeptical and raised the strong possibility of an insurance fraud scheme. Writing in the Nashville Scene, Matt Pulle reported that no notes or graffiti were left at the crime scene. Emergency personnel were immediately suspicious of Al-Timimi, who reportedly pressed them to alert the media as soon as they arrived at Al-Timimi's home.

Sources said they suspected Al-Timimi was the perpetrator all along, but more than a year and a half after the fire, the case has languished. Al-Timimi, the supposed victim of hateful wrongdoing, hasn't been heard from since. "If he was playing us," Pulle told me, "he did a perfect job."

The FBI and Justice Department have vociferously condemned and aggressively prosecuted a string of anthrax hoaxes that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. But when it comes to cracking down on hate crime hoaxes by Arabs and Muslims, the feds -- too busy conducting politically correct "outreach" with Muslim leaders who pooh-pooh hate crime fraud -- have been appallingly negligent. There is no way of knowing whether fake hate crimes outnumber real anti-Muslim crimes because no law enforcement agency keeps track. (Note to frustrated cops: Send me your suspected hoax cases and let's get started.)

Hoax crimes waste precious investigative resources, exacerbate racial tension, create terror and corrode goodwill. It's a shame so many in the media are more concerned with protecting the twisted cult of victimhood than with exposing hard truths.

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 Petition to Muslims: Stop killing converts

Posted: July 4, 2003      2003

A British charity has issued a petition challenging Muslim leaders to call for reform or reinterpretation of the Islamic law of apostasy.

Under Shariah, or Islamic law, Muslims who convert to another faith and refuse to repent must be put to death.

The petition by the England-based Barnabas Fund asks for signatures from those who believe "Muslims who choose to convert to another faith should be free to do so without having to face a lifetime of fear."

The group acknowledges the tradition is upheld and taught by most Muslim religious leaders around the world. But it notes a reformist interpretation that claims an apostate can be put to death only if he also is a danger to the Islamic state.

Traditionalists insist, nevertheless, every apostate is a danger to the Islamic social order and has committed high treason.

Some schools of Shariah teach the death penalty should be applied to women as well. Other punishments prescribed by Shariah include annulment of marriage, removal of children and loss of all property and inheritance rights.

In countries such as Iran, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, converts have faced imprisonment, death threats, torture and beatings. Some have been executed, and others have died in prison or disappeared. Barnabas also notes converts often face widespread hostility and aggression from their own families and communities even in more moderate Muslim countries and in Western nations where Muslims are a minority.

Patrick Sookhdeo, the Barnabas Fund's international director, cited a recent example from the Kurdish authority area of Northern Iraq. Ziwar Muhammad Isma'il was shot and killed at a taxi stand Feb. 17, he said, "simply because Ziwar was a Muslim who had chosen to convert to Christianity."

"At the beginning of the 21st century, it is outrageous that such brutal persecution of converts is still taking place," Sookhdeo said. "It is time the world took notice and began to demand an end to it."

A statement by Barnabas said, while "Islamic societies are not unique in their persecution of converts, only in Islam are the death penalty and other harsh punishments for converts such a well attested, accepted and orthodox part of traditional religious law."

The petition urges Western governments, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and other international institutions to urgently raise the issue with Muslim leaders and organizations.

It appeals to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which affirms the right of individuals to "change" their religion and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which upholds the right to "adopt" a religion of choice without fear of persecution.

In recent years, Barnabas said, moderate Muslim organizations such as Malaysia's Sisters in Islam and the Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the most important institution in the Sunni stream of Islam, increasingly have called for a reinterpretation of Islamic teaching on apostasy to make it more just and humane.

"Through its new petition, Barnabas Fund is calling on all people of good will to help moderate Muslims by lending their support to these calls for change," the group said.

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 280 caged children freed

July 4, 2003    © 2003

Police in Zambia have arrested two foreigners for unlawful confinement and abuse of 280 boys being kept in cages at an Islamic "school" where they were taught Arabic and military tactics.

A team of police and Government officials, acting on a tip from some residents, rushed to the Faiz-E-Abrar Islamic Trust school in Lusaka's Chaisa township and found the children, all males aged between four and 10, kept in cells.

The two arrested men are Boyd Kanyanta, a Congolese who is the vice-chairman at the school, and Iqbal Patel of Asian origin who is the chairman and director of the institution.

The children, clad in robes and Islamic caps told Youth, Sports and Child Development Minister Gladys Nyirongo, one of those who rushed to the school, that they wanted to leave the center where they were sometimes fed rotten food kept in a sewer. Nyirongo wondered why only Zambian children were found at the school where Islam was compulsory when every child had a right to choose a religion of one's choice.

''We don't want to have another al-Qaida network in Zambia. This appears to be a very serious arrangement,'' Rev Nyirongo told the Zambia Times.

The children also said they were not allowed to speak any local language while in school. They complained they were subjected to Islamic teachings, caged in small rooms and made to eat food kept in a man-hole once they strayed from the Islamic teachings.

Four inmates were made to sleep on one single mattress in a crammed room of 12.

Police said the two school directors were charged with failing to provide necessities to children and child abuse.

Nyirongo said the children were fed expired foods while a lot of money was received from foreign donors for the operations of the institution. She said most of the children were malnourished.

''Some people are using these children to satisfy their own interest in or outside this country against the law of the country,'' Nyirongo said.

A school aide, Mussa Muzombora, said he was sent to get young boys from Northern, Eastern and Luapula provinces so that they could be enrolled at the school.

Muzombora said the project was started in 2000 but he could not reveal the activities to the outsiders as he was scared of his superiors.

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 Muslims now take on Christianity through legislation

September 15, 2003    2003

In the aftermath of the Bali bombing, jihadists in Indonesia have begun fighting on a new front – through government legislation designed to make life a living hell for non-Muslims, according to a Christian relief organization.

Voice of the Martyrs points to a June 10 law approved by the Indonesian Parliament that requires schools with 10 or more students of any particular faith to be taught religious studies by a teacher of the same faith.

The law, the group says, is targeted at Christian schools on the islands. Many Indonesian Muslim children attend Christian schools because their parents believe the quality of education is better than what is offered by the Islamic institutions. Therefore, if more than 10 students of the Muslim faith attend a Christian school, the schools will be forced to use its funds to hire Muslim teachers and construct mosques on campus.

Voice of the Martyrs says the law is intended to curb the flood of Muslim students converting to Christianity each year. And the group warns the new requirements could heighten tensions between the Muslim majority and the Christian minority.

"Indonesia's new education law will strike at the very heart of religious freedom and impose hardship on the Christian community and its schools," said Voice of the Martyrs in a statement in its September magazine.

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 Man tried to kidnap sister for marrying Christian

Saturday, December 27, 2003    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- A Grant County man has been charged with trying to kidnap his sister from her Sedro-Woolley home in what police believe was an attempt to punish her for marrying outside her Muslim faith.

Khalil Nassar, 21, and a 24-year-old acquaintance, Antonio Cortez, were charged Wednesday with attempted kidnapping, said Robin Webb-Lakey, a Skagit County senior deputy prosecutor.   Nassar also was charged with felony harassment.

The two men told police they were simply planning to visit Nassar's sister, according to an affidavit signed by Sedro-Woolley Police Sgt. William Tucker and filed in Skagit County Superior Court.

Nassar and Cortez were arrested Monday morning after a police officer found them parked a block away from the sister's apartment in downtown Sedro-Woolley, police Lt. Doug Wood said.

The two men were in a rented van. Police found rope, gloves, coveralls and a hardhat in the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Police believe the coveralls and hardhat were to be used as a disguise, Wood said.

The two men remained in jail Friday pending payment of bail, set at $250,000 for Nassar and $150,000 for Cortez.

The 18-year-old sister called police in Sedro-Woolley in early December to complain that she and her 19-year-old husband, who is a Christian, were being harassed by her father, according to Tucker's statement to the court.

Previously, the Grant County Sheriff's Department had investigated complaints made by both families while the couple lived in the Moses Lake area, according to court documents. The couple was engaged at the time. Both families told Grant deputies that the other threatened them.

The young couple relocated to Sedro-Woolley, but the woman's family continued to call her cellular phone and ask for her to return, according to Tucker's statement.

During one of these conversations, the woman taped her brother saying he would return her to her family "dead or alive," Tucker said in his affidavit.

Nassar's father, Sadallah Nassar, told the Skagit Valley Herald that the accusations were false.

"My son went to visit his sister. That's it," Sadallah Nassar said. "He wanted to see how she's been, how she is, nothing else."

Police reports also say the two men who were arrested told officers they were only in the area to visit the young woman, but officers were bothered by inconsistencies in the two men's stories, according to court records.

"We determined they made a substantial attempt to retrieve her," Wood said.

In some conservative strains of Islam, marrying outside the faith is particularly problematic for women.

Farhat J. Ziadeh, a University of Washington professor emeritus who specializes in Islamic law, said from the Muslim perspective that Islamic law exists to ensure a continuation of the faith.

"The man is the head of the family and the children follow the man's religion and they don't want anyone to be cut off from Islam," Ziadeh said.

Information from: Skagit Valley Herald

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Al Qaeda Close To Biological Weapons
Reports Say Program Far Advanced

March 23, 2003
By BARTON GELLMAN, Washington Post

Al-Qaeda leaders, long known to covet biological and chemical weapons, have reached at least the threshold of production and may already have manufactured some of them, according to a newly obtained cache of documentary evidence and interrogations recently conducted by the U.S. government.

Three people with access to written reports said the emerging picture depicts the al-Qaeda biochemical weapons program as considerably more advanced than U.S. analysts knew. The picture sharpens daily, one official said, because translation and analysis of the documents continues, and because the operative captured with them began divulging meaningful information about production plans only last week.

Leaders at the top of al-Qaeda's hierarchy, the evidence shows, completed plans and obtained the materials required to manufacture two biological toxins - botulinum and salmonella - and the chemical poison cyanide.

They are also close to a feasible production plan for anthrax, a far more lethal weapon, which kills 90 percent of untreated victims if spread by inhalation and as many as 75 percent of those treated when the first symptoms become evident.

Most of the new information comes from handwritten documents and computer hard drives seized during the March 1 capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, regarded by some government analysts as al-Qaeda's most important operational planner.

Because of Mohammed's central role in operations, one senior official said, his apparent connection to biochemical weapons is a "very scary" sign that al-Qaeda's efforts reach well beyond the hypothetical.

What debriefings and documents from his computer hard drives show, an official said, is that "he was involved in anthrax production, and (knew) quite a bit about it."

Government experts are also filling out their picture of Ayman Al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda's second-ranking leader, as the central figure in overseeing and funding the biological and chemical weapons effort.

Since the late 1990s, investigators have known that in early experiments, al-Qaeda killed animals with homemade contact poisons at its Derunta camp in Afghanistan. That project fell under the command of Midhat Mursi, an Egyptian who uses the alias of Abu Kebab and is among the most-wanted al-Qaeda operatives still at large. Mursi is not thought to have sophisticated knowledge of biology.

What is new in the recent documents is the fact that al-Qaeda recruited competent scientists, including a Pakistani microbiologist whom the officials interviewed last week declined to name. The documents describe specific timelines for producing biochemical weapons and include a bar graph depicting the parallel processes that must take place between Days 1 and 31 of manufacture.

U.S. officials said the evidence neither establishes nor rules out that al-Qaeda completed manufacture. The documents are undated, unsigned and cryptic about essential details. They do not mention the whereabouts of actual or planned production. The documents do not support a theory that al-Qaeda had a role in the anthrax letters mailed in late 2001 to Senate and news media offices that killed five people.

Mohammed has told interrogators nothing - "nothing yet," one official emphasized - about the intended use of the weapons.

Analysts suspect an ambition to poison the food supplies of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Botulism or salmonella poisoning would kill relatively few healthy young men or women but would disable many for a time and render them vulnerable to other forms of attack.

Two officials said this month's discoveries have changed their minds about the significance of an abandoned laboratory found a year ago in Kandahar, Afghanistan's largest southern city, after U.S.-led troops drove al-Qaeda and Taliban forces from the area.

Some government analysts believe the Afghan laboratory may have been fully equipped and even operating before U.S. ground forces arrived.

Some officials said the greatest danger remains that al-Qaeda will obtain advanced biological weapons or nerve agents from a state sponsor.

 I, Infidel

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2003   1:00 a.m. Eastern    By Oubai Shahbandar     2000>

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The hateful and racist overtones of the so-called "peace" protesters were made evident on the Arizona State University campus last Wednesday, following yet another example of the left's hypocrisy when it comes to practicing what they preach. Members of the ASU Muslim Students' Association threw a collective tizzy after finding that I – a Muslim Arab – would dare stand up to their totalitarian leadership and declare my love for liberty and America in the face of their hate.

A pathetically small gathering of leftist students had gathered in front of the Student Union on Wednesday as part of a nationwide campus network of anti-war protests. In response, I – along with a handful of conservative students – decided to counter-protest these losers. We did so in hopes of opening our fellow students' eyes to an alternative to the daily hate-America rabble that has become the norm in a campus political environment dominated by an ever-looming left-wing political orthodoxy.

However, members of the Muslim Student Association Taliban-in-Training accosted me as "not being a real Arab" or a "real Muslim." A handful of MSA miscreants grew hysterical as I held up a sign that read, "Saddam: Let My People Go!" on the front and "I am an Arab, and I Support President Bush !" on the back.

Right there and then, one MSA member even issued a "fatwa," declaring that I should be condemned to hell for standing up for my principles. Ironically this vile "Uncle Tom" race-baiting came from MSA member Nure Elatari, a woman who otherwise would not have had the liberty of speaking her mind if she was living in the repressive Iraqi regime that she so seems to adore. One thing is for sure: The only people condemned to living in hell are the Iraqi people under the cruel, cold grasp of Saddam's tyranny.

The militant nature of the MSA is not isolated to my campus alone either. A recent Washington Times article describes in chilling detail how the MSA is steadily garnering a growing influence among the nationwide anti-America movement. This is truly cause for concern.

While the MSA may not share the Marxist features of most of the nationally organized anti-America groups – let alone their social views on homosexuality and gender relations – the MSA out-trumps all these groups in the sheer drive of its members. MSA members are fueled by a religious extremism parallel to that of their medieval spiritual counterparts: Saudi Wahabbism. Just like Saudi Wahabbism, the MSA shows no tolerance or understanding of those who dare to openly dissent from its ranks as I had done.

Yet while the MSA is busily playing out their role as bridgeheads for bin Laden-like zealotry, at least this Muslim Arab has the backbone to stand up for the freedom of the poor Iraqi people. MSA members should be ashamed of themselves. At the very least, they owe all Americans – especially American Arabs and Muslims – an apology for their shortsighted hypocrisy.

Until then, any hope for patriotic American Arabs and Muslims to better the standings of their communities in this country will face irrevocable harm. Indeed, the hateful nature of the MSA can only continue to contribute to the festering divide that threatens to alienate all American Arabs and Muslims from their fellow countrymen.

For now, there can be no question that the Muslim Students' Association and its national chapter are anything but a vitriolic hate group – and should be treated as such by American campuses everywhere.

Oubai Shahbandar is one of the nation's leading young conservative activists and currently a senior studying philosophy and political science at Arizona State University. He currently holds the proud distinction of being the first and only conservative student activist barred by his respective university from holding or running for any student government office.

The Muslim Student Association: A Wahhabi Front
By Stephen Schwartz | March 11, 2003

What is the real nature of the Muslim Students' Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA)? This octopus-like entity has infiltrated numerous college and university campuses in North America, and has taken the lead in corralling young Muslims to defend the fascist dictator Saddam Hussein. According to MSA, the correct position for Muslims in America involves their marching alongside neofascists and Stalinists, with the legions of "useful fools" who flock to bogus "peace" demonstrations.

When its leaders speak to mainstream media, MSA presents itself as a campus-service organization not much different from other collegiate faith groups. But the reality is very different, and deeply sinister. MSA is a key element in the Wahhabi lobby, and a cornerstone of the conspiracy by Saudi-backed extremists to control American Islam, as well the public discourse about Islam in America.

Above all, MSA now seeks to present itself as moderate and opposed to terrorism, even though its chapters have distributed the propaganda of Osama bin Laden on its websites, along with publicity-recruiting campaigns for Wahhabi subversion of the Chechen struggle in Russia.

To best understand the MSA and its history one should turn to the work of Hamid Algar, a Western Muslim scholar of impeccable academic credentials, who also happens to be a ferocious critic of the U.S. and Israel. Algar, a member of the University of California-Berkeley faculty, is the biographer of Ayatollah Khomeini and among the leading historians of Islamic spirituality alive today.

But although he is no friend of President Bush or Ariel Sharon, Algar has described with stunning accuracy the nature of the MSA. In his brief work Wahhabism: A Critical Essay, published in 2002, he writes: "Some Muslim student organizations have… functioned at times as Saudi-supported channels for the propagation of Wahhabism abroad, especially in the United States. The Muslim Student Association of the U.S. and Canada was established in 1963, one year after the Muslim World League [MWL] with which it had close links." Let us note here that the MWL was established by the Saudi regime as an extremist Islamic equivalent of the old Communist International or Comintern, and that its cadres included numerous Islamist "revolutionaries" from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and from Pakistan.

Algar continues, "Particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, no criticism of Saudi Arabia would be tolerated at the annual conventions of the MSA… Its numerous local chapters would make available at every Friday prayer large stacks of the [MWL]'s publications, in both English and Arabic… Although the MSA progressively diversified its connections with Arab states, official approval of Wahhabism remained strong." Algar notes that in 1980 the organization published a translation, which was actually a text puffed up to give it more substance, of writings by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the 18th century founder of the dispensation named for him, which is presently the state sect in the Saudi kingdom.

With some sarcasm, Algar points out "it might appear at first sight puzzling that students pursuing a higher education should be attracted to a Wahhabi reading of Islam… they found in Wahhabism a 'rationalized' Islam, stripped of the niceties and ambiguities of juristic reasoning, the complexities of theology, and the subtleties of Sufism" [Islamic spirituality]. He calls attention to MSA's role in the creation of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, which is best described as a branch of the Saudi religious militia operating to impose Wahhabi conformity on all of American Islam.

In addition, the MSA has strong ties with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), established in 1972 and directed from the Saudi capital, Riyadh. WAMY's U.S. offices in Northern Virginia have been a central target of the federal investigation of terrorist funding and money laundering by Islamist groups following the horrors of September 11th.

The foremost aim of the Wahhabis is always to impose a single voice on Muslims. Right now, this means projecting the image, in U.S. media as well as on campuses, that all right-thinking Muslim believers consider an attack on Saddam and his regime to be aggression against Islam. This is a lie. Thousands of Iraqi Shias, Kurds, and other Muslims in the U.S. support the Bush project for the liberation of Iraq from the fascist regime, and for the broader liberation of Islamic societies from the grip of tyranny and terrorism, leading to a new epoch of democracy, prosperity, and stability.

This month, Shia Muslims in the New York area will use their commemoration of Ashura, the main Shia holiday, as an opportunity to express loyalty to America, support for the removal of Saddam, and opposition to Saudi-funded terrorism — which has always aimed first to kill Shia Muslims. But you won't hear that from MSA chapter leaders on our campuses — just as you won't hear from International ANSWER, the Stalinofascist cabal that organizes pro-Saddam marches, about the crimes of the Butcher of Baghdad. Like the new breed of out-front Jew-baiting Stalinists, and the revived isolationist Judeophobes who see the hand of Sharon pulling President Bush's strings, MSA stands for the "peace" of the grave — surrender to tyranny abroad and promotion of treason here at home.

UN inspectors uncover proof of Saddam's nuclear bomb plans
By Con Coughlin
(Filed: 19/01/2003)

United Nations weapons inspectors have uncovered evidence that proves Saddam Hussein is trying to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons, The Telegraph can reveal. The discovery was made following spot checks last week on the homes of two Iraqi nuclear physicists in Baghdad.

Acting on information provided by Western intelligence, the UN inspection teams discovered a number of documents proving that Saddam is continuing with his attempts to develop nuclear weapons, contrary to his public declarations that Iraq is no longer interested in producing weapons of mass destruction.

The revelation follows last Thursday's discovery of a number of warheads at an ammunition storage facility south of Baghdad that had been designed for carrying chemical and biological weapons.

Although UN officials say that they have no comment to make at present on the documents found at the scientists' homes, a Western diplomat closely involved with the investigation into Saddam's nuclear capability yesterday confirmed that the documents showed that Iraq was still attempting to develop its own atomic weapons.

"These are not old documents. They are new and they relate to on-going work taking place in Iraq to develop nuclear weapons," the official told The Telegraph.

"They had been hidden at the scientists' homes on Saddam's personal orders. Furthermore, no mention of this work is made in the Iraqi dossier that was submitted to the UN last December."

UN nuclear experts are this weekend continuing to examine the seized documents. Officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna have also been informed of the discovery.

The revelation that Saddam is working on nuclear weapons in defiance of the United Nations is further evidence that Iraq is failing to comply with the terms of UN Resolution 1441, which requires Baghdad to make a complete disclosure of its weapons of mass destruction programme.

A false or incomplete disclosure or a failure fully to co-operate with the inspectors would constitute a material breach of the resolution and result in military action against Baghdad.

Although Dr Hans Blix, the head of the UN inspections teams, was made aware of the discovery last week, he failed to mention it during talks with Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, and Jacques Chirac the French president.

British officials are particularly concerned that Mr Blix appears to be playing down the significance of last week's breakthroughs.

He indicated that he did not feel the discovery of the chemical warheads was an issue that needed to be reported to the Security Council.

The inspectors' discoveries follow a radical improvement in relations between UN officials and Western intelligence which had been reluctant to hand over sensitive information for fear that it might fall into the hands of Iraqi officials, thereby risking the lives of agents working in Iraq.

In particular intelligence officials were keen that a team of UN inspectors visit the homes of two Iraqi nuclear scientists living in the outskirts of Baghdad.

This followed information from high ranking officials at Iraq's Ministry of Military Industrialisation (MIO) that suggested Saddam had ordered that top secret nuclear documents should be hidden at the homes of scientists working on the project.

As one inspection team discovered the empty chemical warheads, nuclear weapons experts were cordoning off the street where two scientists lived in Baghdad's al-Ghazalia neighbourhood.

They searched the homes of Faleh Hassan, a specialist in laser equipment, and Dr Shaker alJibouri, a nuclear scientist. Inspectors also accompanied the scientists to sites known to have been used for nuclear research.

 Agony of mother set ablaze by Iraqis
By Julius Strauss
(Filed: 07/03/2003)

Shortly after three o'clock on a hot afternoon 37-year-old Nazif Mamik Tofik, an Iraqi Kurd, approached the border post carrying two five-gallon canisters of fuel.

She hoped to cross to the Kurdish-controlled side and sell them for a pound or two, which would help feed her eight hungry children.

As she stepped up to the Iraqi checkpoint, a military policeman suddenly pulled a knife, slashed open the flimsy plastic containers and splashed petrol all over her.

 Then the head of the Iraqi border guard casually walked up to her, pulled a lighter from his pocket and set her ablaze. Soaked in fuel, she began to burn like a torch. That was on Monday afternoon. Yesterday Nazif lay in Sulaimania emergency hospital, on the Iraqi side, whimpering with pain. She had third degree burns and doctors said she was lucky to be alive.

A packet of blood hung on a metal stand above her ravaged body.  The drip was inserted into her neck as her lower arms were too badly burnt to put it into her wrist. To ease the pain bedclothes would have caused, an aluminium cage had been placed over her body and covered by a blanket.

In a faltering voice, she said: "They said absolutely nothing, just looked at me with hatred.  Then they set me alight. My whole body was in flames.  I can't describe the pain.

"If it wasn't for an old man who smothered me with his coat I would have burnt alive.

"The border guards just stood and watched.  Even after the flames were out they refused to let me return to the hospital in Kirkuk."

The border in the north of Iraq has never been a place for the faint-hearted. Ever since the Kurdish uprising in 1991, travellers have crossed at their peril. But in recent weeks the abuse meted out to those who cross has increased dramatically.

On the Kurdish side yesterday, travellers told how they were being routinely beaten with batons by the Iraqis.

According to one young man, Saman, and other travellers, while Saddam Hussein continues to offer co-operation with the UN weapons inspectors in Baghdad, preparations for war are well advanced in the provinces.

Saman said: "The Iraqis have dug ditches and filled them with oil. They say when the war comes they will set them alight and the smoke will render the American bombers useless."

Kais Hussein, Kurdish deputy commander of Chamchamal border post, said: "The people coming across all say the situation is far worse than a few weeks ago. Each night the Iraqi police arrest anybody on the streets."

In the Sulaimania hospital, Nazif was being visited by her sister yesterday. Dr Karokh Hassan, the doctor treating her, was asked whether there was any chance she had invented her story.

"I have no reason to doubt what she says is true," he said.

"It will be a month before her skin begins to heal. Only then can we begin the slow, painful process of grafting."

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 'Gang rape' victim faces jail on adultery charges

By Philip Delves Broughton in Paris
Filed: 03/01/2003

A businesswoman who accused three men of gang rape has been arrested in Dubai and faces trial on charges of adultery. Touria Tiouli, 39, from Limoges, in France, has had her passport confiscated and cannot leave Dubai after being charged under the emirate's Sharia law.

This declares any sexual relationship outside marriage to be illegal.  Mme Tiouli was on a business trip last October when, she alleges, she was raped by three men who offered her a lift home from a nightclub.  She reported the attack immediately to the Dubai police, who after investigating her claim arrested her rather than those she accused.

One of the men admitted to having "consensual sex" with Mme Tiouli, which made her, in the eyes of Dubai's judiciary, guilty of both adultery and making a false rape accusation. She could face up to 18 months in prison. None of the men has been charged.

Mme Tiouli was held in prison for five days and has since been staying at a hotel.  The government has taken her passport and refused to let her leave the country until her trial, which has not yet been scheduled.

Friends in Limoges issued a statement from Mme Tiouli yesterday. It said that when she reported her rape to the police, "I was crying and I saw quickly that my story did not carry any weight with them."

She added: "I am frightened and I am not sleeping." Her 14-year-old son is staying with friends in France.  Mme Tiouli, who is divorced, was born in Morocco but moved to France as a child and is a French citizen.

This was her third visit to Dubai, where she worked on behalf of French luxury goods companies establishing links in the local market and dealing with the French consulate.  When she reported her attack to the police, she believed her status as a French citizen with close ties to the consulate would lead to her being taken seriously.

Sharia law is applied with varying severity in many Muslim countries. In Nigeria, adultery is punishable by stoning to death, while in Dubai a prison sentence is usual.

 Palestinian women, girls killed for family 'honor'

Report: Fathers, brothers, sons murder scores of innocent females each year to avert shame

Posted: May 6, 2003

Each year, dozens and probably hundreds of brutal "honor killings" of Palestinian women and girls – most of whom are virtually blameless – go unreported, according to an anthropologist's recent study.

In a story for World and I magazine, James Emery says women in the communities of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel and Jordan are killed by male kinsmen in an attempt to protect the reputations of their families.

Emery says the women "are murdered in their homes, in open fields, and occasionally in public, sometimes before crowds of cheering onlookers."

Most occur among Muslims in poor, rural tribal areas or among uneducated urban dwellers, he says, although the practice is not explicitly condoned by the Islamic holy book, the Quran.

In the feudal, patriarchal societies of the Middle East, writes Emery, "honor is based on what men feel is important, and reputation is everything."

"Unfortunately," he says, "thousands of women have been killed in the name of honor because imagination and rumors are as important as actions and events."

When a girl's chastity is in question, he says, her family feels the shame, even if she is raped or the rumors prove unsubstantiated.

"A woman shamed is like rotting flesh," a Palestinian merchant told Emery. "If it is not cut away, it will consume the body. What I mean is the whole family will be tainted if she is not killed."

Woman always blamed

Emery says the reasons for honor killings include allegations of premarital or extramarital sex, for refusing an arranged marriage or attempting to obtain a divorce, or simply for talking with a man. The murders are carried out by fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, cousins or sons.

Among Palestinians, all sexual encounters, including rape and incest, are blamed on the woman.

"The issue of consent is irrelevant when it comes to honor killings," says Marsha Freeman, director of the International Women's Rights Action Watch. "It has to do with the woman being defiled. It completely objectifies the woman as being about her sexuality and purity. It makes her not human."

Women's groups and human-rights organizations campaigning to eliminate honor killings are hindered by the lack of reliable statistics.

Under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, at least 25 "official" honor killings occur each year, says Emery, but the actual number of deaths is much higher.

Many murders are ruled an accident, suicide, or family dispute, if they're reported at all, he says: "Police and government officials are often bribed to ignore crimes and hinder investigations. A woman beaten, burned, strangled, shot, or stabbed to death is often ruled a suicide, even when there are multiple wounds."

Because honor killings are accorded special status, murderers serve little or no jail time, the anthropologist notes. Some men convicted of premeditated murder serve as little as three months and are treated as celebrities by family and friends upon release.

Emery says in communities where the crime is prosecuted, teen-age brothers are encouraged to kill their sisters because the consequences will be less severe due to their age. Relatives of the victims, including mothers and sisters, often defend the killings and occasionally help set them up.

"The brutality of the attacks is shocking," he says, recalling the story of an 18-year-old Palestinian man who stabbed his teen-age sister 40 times because of a rumor she was involved in an extramarital affair.

"The family thanked God for her death," Emery says. "In an adjacent neighborhood, a 16-year-old boy killed his divorced mother, stabbing her repeatedly as he chased her into the street."

According to Emery, some Palestinian women who face a loss of honor and certain death have been offered a chance "to die with dignity" by strapping on explosives and killing Israelis.

Emery has done extensive research in Palestinian communities and has lived and traveled overseas for a number of years. He is an expert witness on Asian and Arab culture in civil and criminal cases and a lecturer on Middle Eastern terrorism.

He says the murder of females in the Middle East is an ancient tradition that began prior to the arrival of Islam in A.D. 622. Arabs sometimes buried infant daughters to avoid the possibility they would later bring shame to the family, Emery notes.

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