Islam and Muslims -- Facts and Fiction

-- Michael Savage lawsuit links CAIR to 9/11 plot - 12/29/07
-- D.C. imam declares Muslim takeover-plan - 11/10/07
-- Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad - 4/04/07
-- Choir turns Samson into suicide bomber - 4/04/07
-- Hamas prepares rocket war in ex-Jewish city - 3/26/07
-- Arabic News Service Sanitizes English Translations - year 2007
-- US To Blame For Muslim Antagonism, Says Supporter of Suicide Bombings - 2/19/07
-- U.S. taxpayers support college of terrorism - 2/19/07

 D.C. imam declares Muslim takeover-plan

Washington-based cleric working toward 'Islamic State of North America' by 2050

November 10, 2007     By Art Moore   © 2007

A Washington, D.C., imam states explicitly on the website for his organization that he is part of a movement working toward replacement of the U.S. government with "the Islamic State of North America" by 2050.

With branches in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Philadelphia, the group As-Sabiqun – or the Vanguard – is under the leadership of Abdul Alim Musa in the nation's capital.

Musa's declaration of his intention to help lead a takeover of America was highlighted by noted Islam observer Robert Spencer on his website Jihad Watch. Spencer told WND that figures such as Musa should not be ignored, "Not because they have the power to succeed, but because they may commit acts of violence to achieve their purpose."

Musa's website declares: "Those who engage in this great effort require a high level of commitment and determination. We are sending out a call to the believers: Join with us in this great struggle to change the world!"

Musa launched the group in the early 1990s at the Al-Islam mosque in Philadelphia. His group says it is influenced by the writings and life work of Muslim thinkers and leaders such as Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb and Iranian revolutionary Ayatollah Khomenei.

The writings of Al-Banna and Qutb figured prominently in al-Qaida's formation.

Musa's organization says its leadership "has delivered numerous speeches in the United States and abroad, contributing their analyses and efforts to solve contemporary problems in the Muslim world and in urban America."

"The paramount goal of the movement is the establishment of Islam as a complete way of life in America," the group declares. "This ultimate goal is predicated on the belief – shared by many Muslims worldwide – that Islam is fully capable of producing a working and just social, political, economic order."

The groups says it does not "advocate participation in the American political process as an ideal method for advancing Islamic issues in the U.S.; instead, it believes in a strong and active outreach to the people of the U.S."

Spencer told WND he does not know of any direct influence Musa has on prominent Muslim leaders or on U.S. policymakers, but he says it's "unclear how much 'mainstream' Muslim leaders harbor similar hopes – because no one dares question them about it."

As WND reported, the founder of the leading Islamic lobby group CAIR, the Council on Islamic-American Relations, reportedly told a group of Muslims in California they are in America not to assimilate but to help assert Islam's rule over the country. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper also has said, in a newspaper interview, he hopes to see an Islamic government over the U.S. some day, brought about not by violence but through "education."

In London last summer, as WND reported, Muslims gathered in front of the London Central Mosque to applaud fiery preachers prophesying the overthrow of the British government – a future vision that encompasses an Islamic takeover of the White House and the rule of the Quran over America.

Musa says he wants to avoid what he calls an "absolutist" outlook on "the advancement of Muslims."

His group's philosophy is to stress unity between the various streams of Islam "in the attainment of common goals."

Although As-Sabiqun is a Sunni movement, it has publicly voiced support for Shia movements and organizations such as the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah, which waged war on Israel in the summer of 2006.

Musa, the group says, repeatedly has "stressed that the tendency by some Muslims to focus on the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam at this juncture in history is counterproductive to the goals of the Islamic movement as a whole."

The group says it encourages social-political advancement concurrent with a program of spiritual and moral development according to the Quran and Sunnah, compilations of stories from the life of Islam's prophet Muhammad.

The group says it has a six-point plan of action which is implemented at each location where a branch of the movement is established.
  • Establishing a mosque "as a place to worship Allah in congregation and as a center of spiritual and moral training."
  • "Calling the general society" to embrace Islam.
  • Establishing a full-time school "that raises children with a strong Islamic identity so they can, as future Islamic leaders, effectively meet and deal with the challenges of growing up in the West."
  • Establishing businesses to "make the movement financially stable and independent."
  • Establishing "geographical integrity by encouraging Muslims of the community to live in close proximity" to the mosque.
  • Establishing "social welfare institutions to respond to the need for spiritual and material assistance within the community as well as the general society."

In addition to daily classes, each mosque in the movement "also provides youth mentorship, marriage counseling, a prison outreach program, and employment assistance for ex-convicts."

As-Sabiqun says its branch in Los Angeles "was instrumental in creating a free health clinic in cooperation with other Islamic groups. The headquarters branch in D.C. has developed scout programs for young members of the community."

The group says the inspiration for its name comes from Quran, 9:100:

"The vanguard (as-Sabiqun) of Islam – the first of those who forsook their homes, and of those who gave them aid, and also those who follow them in all good deeds – well-pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him: For them hath He prepared Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever: that is the supreme Felicity."

 Michael Savage lawsuit links CAIR to 9/11 plot
Savage amends lawsuit against organizer of Muslim boycott to include RICO charges

December 29, 2007 © 2007 By Michael Savage

WASHINGTON: It's no longer just a charge of copyright violation in the case of Michael Savage v. Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Now the radio talk star is going for the legal jugular in his battle with the group that bills itself as a Muslim civil rights organization.

The San Francisco-based talker has amended his lawsuit against CAIR for misusing audio clips of his show as part of a boycott campaign against his three-hour daily program to include charges the group "has consistently sought to silence opponents of violent terror through economic blackmail, frivolous but costly lawsuits, threats of lawsuits and abuses of the legal system."

The amended lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California, also charges CAIR with using extortion, threats, abuse of the court system, and obtaining money via interstate commerce under false and fraudulent circumstances – calling it a "political vehicle of international terrorism" and even linking the group with support of al-Qaida.

The federal government recently named CAIR, based in Washington, D.C., as an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged scheme to funnel $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas.

And as WND has reported, CAIR has been associated with a disturbing number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations.

"Groups like CAIR have a proven record of senior officials being indicted and either imprisoned or deported from the United States," said U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the House Anti-Terrorism/Jihad Caucus.

Savage and celebrity civil rights attorney Daniel Horowitz are attempting to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to make the case that "CAIR and its co-conspirators have aided, abetted and materially sponsored al-Qaida and international terrorism."

CAIR launched a campaign against "The Savage Nation," as the program is called, using extended audio clips of the show to make the case that advertisers who supported the talker were actually endorsing "hate speech" against Muslims.

Savage turned the tables on the activist group by initially suing for copyright violation of the show's material. This week the suit was expanded with some of the strongest allegations ever made against CAIR publicly.

Among the charges is that CAIR is "part of a deliberately complex and deliberately confusing array of related organizations" and that its "organizational structure is part of a scheme to hide the illegal activities of the group, funding, the transfer of funds and to complicate investigation of the group."

Other highlights of the suit:

"CAIR is not a civil rights organization and it never has been. … CAIR was and is a political organization that advocates a specific political agenda on behalf of foreign interests."

"The copyright infringement was done to raise funds for CAIR so that it could perpetuate and continue to perform its role in the RICO conspiracy set forth in Count Two and to disseminate propaganda on behalf of foreign interests that are opposed to the continued existence of the United States of America as a free nation."

"CAIR would have to register as a foreign agent if their activities were not hidden under the false claim that they are a civil rights organization that enjoys tax-exempt status."

"CAIR was tied to terror from the day it was formed. The group was incorporated on or about 1994 by Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad. Both men were officers of a terror organization known as the 'Islamic Association of Palestine.'"

"CAIR's parent group, IAP, was founded in or about 1982 by Musa Abu Marzook. Marzook was IAP's ideological leader and controlling director from the date of its founding until shortly after his deportation from the United States in 1997. At all time relevant, Marzook was an operative of, and/or affiliated with, the 'Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah,' or 'Hamas.' Hamas is an international terrorist organization."

In 1998, "CAIR demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as 'the sworn enemy,' asserting that this depiction [was] 'offensive to Muslims.'"

In 1998, "CAIR denied bin Laden's responsibility for the two al-Qaida bombings of American embassies in Africa. CAIR's leader Ibrahim Hooper claimed the bombings resulted from 'misunderstandings on both sides.'"

"On October 5, 2001, just weeks after 9/11, CAIR's New York office sent a letter to The New York Times arguing that the paper had misidentified three of the hijackers and suggesting that the attacks may have been committed by people who were impersonating Arab Muslims."

"CAIR further exploited 9/11 as it put on its website a picture of the World Trade Center in flames and below it a call for donations that was linked to the Holy Land Foundation website." The Holy Land Foundation, the suit charges, is "a terror organization."

"CAIR receives significant international funding. For example, in 1999 the Islamic Development Bank gave a $250,000 grant to CAIR to purchase land for a national headquarters. In 2002, the World Association for Muslim Youth, a Saudi government-funded organization, financed distributing books on Islam free of charge and an advertising campaign in American publications. This included a quarter page in USA Today each Friday, for a year, estimated to cost $1.04 million. In 2003, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal donated $500,000 to distribute the Koran and other books about Islam in the United States. In 2005, CAIR's Washington branch received a donation of $1,366,466 from a Saudi Arabian named Adnan Bogary. In 2006, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai and UAE minister of finance and industry, financed the building of a property in the U.S. to serve as an endowment for the organization. This gift is thought to generate income of approximately $3 million a year."

"The role of CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to wage PSYOPS (psychological warfare) and disinformation activities on behalf of Wahabbi-based Islamic terrorists throughout North America. They are the intellectual 'shock troops' of Islamic terrorism."

"The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a Muslim Brotherhood front organization. It works in the United States as a lobby against radio, television and print media journalists who dare to produce anything about Islam that is at variance with their fundamental agenda."

"CAIR has links to both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Terrorism expert Steven Emerson has stated before Congress that CAIR is a front for Hamas."
Savage's case also cites another ongoing suit against CAIR filed by the estate of John P. O'Neill, the former head of security for the World Trade Center. It alleges a RICO conspiracy involving CAIR led to the 9/11 attack.

"Throughout this period," the Savage suit alleges, "CAIR conspired to support terrorism and to obfuscate the roles of the various participants and conspirators in Radical Muslim Terrorism, and/or al-Qaida and/or the International Islamic Front for the Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, which conspiracy culminated in the 9/11 attack."

It continues: "The pattern of racketeering activity conducted by CAIR is separate from the existence of Radical Muslim Terrorism, and/or the al-Qaida, and/or the International Islamic Front for the Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, but was a necessary component of the 9/11 attack. The RICO enterprise conducts terrorism all over the world; the racketeering activity conducted by CAIR funds that activity, which activity culminated in the 9/11 attack."

CAIR has refused to comment on Savage's suit to date. But it has claimed a host of companies have stopped advertising on Savage's show as a result of its boycott campaign.

However, an investigation by WND shows some of those boycott victories are questionable. In one announcement claiming Universal Orlando Resorts "drops 'Savage Nation' ads," CAIR stated: "Advertisers that have already stopped airing, or refuse to air commercials on 'Savage Nation' include AutoZone, Citrix, TrustedID, JCPenney, OfficeMax, Wal-Mart and AT&T."

But AutoZone told WND the CAIR campaign had nothing to do with its advertising decision, and it had chosen not to advertise on any radio talk shows – of all parts of the spectrum – years before the CAIR effort.

CAIR officials declined to respond to WND queries about why it is listing companies as part of its boycott campaign that say they have not participated in the boycott.

Officials of Talk Radio Network, Savage's syndicator, confirmed to WND that companies including AutoZone and JCPenney never advertise on such programs.

"We do not sponsor syndicated radio talk shows," AutoZone spokesman Ray Pohlman told WND. "We have customers of all shapes and sizes and political persuasions. For us to sponsor [any radio talk shows] wouldn't make any sense."

But that policy is years old, and wasn't changed at all by CAIR's effort, he said.

"What I will tell you is the CAIR organization did, in fact, contact the marketing department [of AutoZone.] We responded with our full advertising policy which clearly states that we do not advertise on radio talk shows," he told WND.

The announcement about Universal was made by the Hate Hurts America Community and Interfaith Coalition, of which CAIR is a prominent member.

It said Universal Orlando Resorts "has joined a growing list of advertisers that have stopped advertising or refuse to place their ads on Michael Savage's 'Savage Nation' Radio program."

The campaign also has triggered a lawsuit by Savage against CAIR over its alleged misappropriation of Savage's radio broadcast material. In the lawsuit, Savage depicts CAIR as a "vehicle of international terrorism."

CAIR says it is challenging Savage's "hate speech," and referenced Savage comments such as:

"I'm not gonna put my wife in a hijab. And I'm not gonna put my daughter in a burqa. And I'm not getting' on my all-fours and braying to Mecca. And you could drop dead if you don't like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don't wanna hear any more about Islam. I don't wanna hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. I'm sick of you."

The Savage suit says comments like that are taken out of context.

Another major company CAIR claims has joined the boycott of Michael Savage is JCPenney. But as with AutoZone, JCPenney officials told WND readers they were not making any special provision in their advertising policy that would make them part of a protest campaign, but officials did not respond directly to WND inquiries.

"JCPenney did not 'pull' advertising from the show. JCPenney has had a long standing policy about not advertising on any show that can be construed as controversial. An error in upholding this policy was made by a few local stations, and it has now been clarified," the company told a WND reader.

"Wal-Mart does not sponsor or advertise on the Michael Savage show. We have asked radio networks to ensure that Wal-Mart ads do not run in programming that we deem controversial and are sending out content guidelines reminders to radio networks and stations," said that company.

Savage's lawsuit alleges copyright infringement by CAIR, which the lawsuit says seeks to do "material harm to those voices who speak against the violent agenda of CAIR's clients."

Filed in U.S. District Court in California, the suit seeks damages equal to the ongoing donations from CAIR supporters "who expect CAIR to act in this manner in exchange for continuing financial support" as well as "actual damages according to proof."

A spokesman for Savage indicated the top-rated talk show host would have no further comment, saying the text of the lawsuit itself would answer questions.

The focal point of the lawsuit is a series of audio clips CAIR has been using in its promotions and fundraising efforts.

Those comments from Savage's show include his criticisms of Islam and Muslims. The lawsuit maintains such comments, taken in context, are Savage's verbal expression of the feelings of many Americans.

"The audience of 'The Savage Nation' expects this type of from-the-heart outrage and when it is directed at a murderer such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ilk, the piece is far more understandable and far more American mainstream. While the strength of the outrage is remarkable and a hallmark of 'The Savage Nation,' the sentiment is shared by a huge number of Americans," the lawsuit says.

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 Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad

Posted April 04, 2007     Book by Hal Lindsey

Best-selling author Hal Lindsey explains how, on Sept. 11, an ancient fight–to–the–death conflict exploded on the shores of the U.S. Though most Americans didn't realize it, we were already involved in this struggle. A struggle driven by a hatred that goes back over 4,000 years. Islamic fundamentalism's purpose is to replace the Judeo-Christian world order with an Islamic world order. Every American needs to understand the enormity of the threat we face -- and why.

In the aftermath of 9/11 most Americans are asking:

Why do so many Muslims hate Jews?
Why do Islamic fundamentalists hate the United States and call it "The Great Satan?"
Why did Islamic terrorists sacrifice their own lives to kill Americans?
Do Islamic fundamentalists have access to weapons of mass destruction?
Could Islamic terrorists imperil the survival of the United States?
What light does Bible prophecy shed on this?
Does the Koran call for violence and conquest?
Are the Islamic fundamentalists an aberration of the Muslim religion, or are they - as they claim - the "True followers of Mohammad?"
This book will answer these questions with both Biblical and secular history. It will also bring new hope to the coming "perilous times."

265 pages. Softcover

 Choir turns Samson into suicide bomber

'Re-interpretation' of Handel work done 'to get people talking'

Posted: April 4, 2007
10:05 p.m. Eastern

© 2007

Samson no longer is the biblical hero who disobeyed God, then repented before he died, according to a new version being presented by the Victoria Philharmonic Choir. He's a suicide bomber in Jerusalem.

Choir artistic director Simon Capet told CBC Radio that he wanted to "get people talking about music," when he edited George Frideric Handel's famous 1741 oratorio.

"I'm simply stunned," said a WND reader who objected to the new version of the musical work Handel began just days after finishing his famous "Messiah."

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The music will be the same, and so will the words, but the time and settings have been altered. Capet reported that he grew up in Britain during an era of influence from the IRA, and also lost college acquaintances on Pan Am 103, which was blown up by a terrorist's bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

The pervasiveness of such violent acts throughout history is what he said struck him.

"Why do we repeat the same mistakes over again," he asked. So began his work on "Samson," which he turned into an examination of a political and personal struggle updated to meet the interests of modern audiences by making connections to the current conflicts in the Mideast.

"Samson could be any 'freedom fighter,'" Capet told the CBC.

The Bible tells the story of a man with the gift from God of exceptional strength who fails to follow God's instructions and is caught by enemies after a moment of weakness with Delilah. He is blinded and chained to a pagan temple's support structure, which he pulls down, killing himself and thousands.

Capet's version now is in 1946 Palestine, when the battle was raging over land that later would become Israel. In Capet's version, Samson bombs the King David Hotel.

"Some say I'm brave, some say I'm anti-Israel or whatever, but that is OK," Capet told the CBC. "The point is to get discussion going."

Ken Lavigne is a tenor in the 80-voice choir, and will portray Samson. He said there is some trepidation among choir members because they know some people won't like it.

The production will run today, Saturday and Sunday at the McPherson Playhouse.

The choir said the production "marks the beginning of the VPC's Easter cycle of all of Handel's English oratorios."

Joining Lavigne will be Toronto-based baritone Bruce Kelly as Samson's father, soprano Nancy Washeim as "Dalila," mezzo Michelle McKenzie as Samson's mother, and baritone Stephen Barradell as Harapha, Samson's "Philistine rival."

The choir's promotions say Samson is one of "Handel's most fully-realized oratorios."

"It features glorious melodies, dramatic arias and stirring choruses."

As the production opens, Samson already has been shorn of his hair and captured by the Philistines, blinded and tortured. "In revenge, as 3,000 Philistines feast and celebrate, he brings down the pillars of a temple, killing himself and everyone inside," the choir said.

"In a sense, he was the Middle East's first suicide terrorist in a region beset by war and strife for more than 3,000 years," the organization said.

Capet comes from a musical family, with a grandfather who was an organist and a mother performing professionally on the violin. He conducted an orchestra first at age 14 and a year later started studying at the Royal College of Music, junior department.

He was described as "extremely stylish," and having played with "buoyant panache."

He came to Vancouver in 1995.


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 Hamas prepares rocket war in ex-Jewish city

Terrorists use evacuated lands to test weapons targeted at Israel

March 26, 2007 By Aaron Klein © 2007

Neve Dekalim while under Jewish control (Photo: WND)
TEL AVIV – Palestinian terrorist groups today used the former Jewish capital of the Gaza Strip, which was evacuated by Israel in 2005, to test new explosives and rockets for use against the Jewish state, senior members of Hamas' so-called military wing told WND.

The Hamas terrorists said they set up an explosives testing zone in Neve Dekalim, the capital of Gush Katif, Gaza's former slate of Jewish communities evacuated by Israel 17 months ago.

They said among the explosives Hamas today tested in Neve Dekalim were what they called new "Yassin" rockets, which they said were improved versions of Russian-made rocket propelled grenades. The Hamas members said the rocket was named after late Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated by Israel in 2004.

Hamas would not describe the specifics of the purported new rocket, but a Hamas member told WND his group was preparing for a "rocket war" against Israel.

The use of Neve Dekalim as an explosives training zone is the latest in a string of WND exclusive reports of Gaza's former Jewish communities being utilized for terror.

Last week WND broke the story Eili Sinai and Dagit, two other former Gaza Jewish cities, were turned into military training areas.

Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department, said in an interview Hamas turned Eli Sinai and Dagit into advanced training zones, which he said include areas for "physical shape exercises; use of weapons training; practice lands for ambushes of Israeli forces; courses for the reading of maps and [production and use of] explosives and many other trainings; military techniques, fighting in open fields and in built and populated areas; and rockets shooting."

Abu Abdullah called the utilization by Hamas of the former Jewish towns for anti-Israel activity "proof that the resistance works."

WND reported earlier this month a Hamas-affiliated university with a history of involvement in terrorist activity opened a branch in Nitzarim, a former Gush Katif community, building on the foundations of evacuated Jewish structures.

Last month, WND broke the story the ruins of two large synagogues in Gush Katif's former capital city, Neve Dekalim, were transformed into a military base used by Palestinian groups to fire rockets at Israeli cities and train for attacks against the Jewish state

In November, Israel agreed to a truce with Gaza militants in which the Jewish state vowed to suspend anti-terror operations in the Gaza Strip in exchange for quiet. Since then, more than 160 rockets have been fired from Gaza, but the IDF has been restrained from operating in the territory. Yesterday, Hamas carried out a shooting attack against an Israeli civilian near Gaza.

Yuval Diskin, head of Israel's General Security Services, recently told the Knesset Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip aided by Iran used the four-month-old cease-fire to improve the range of their rockets, smuggle in mass quantities of weapons, construct underground bunkers and build guerrilla-like armies.

He said Palestinian advances during the cease-fire period will now make it more difficult for the Israel Defense Forces to confront Gaza's terror infrastructure.

In December, three weeks after the Nov. 23 truce was forged, WND quoted top Gazan terror leaders explaining they would use the truce to smuggle in weapons, increase the range of their rockets, construct underground bunkers, fortify military positions and build guerrilla armies.

Diskin said Hamas was sending hundreds of Gaza-based militants to Iran for prolonged periods of advanced training. He announced smuggling of weaponry into Gaza from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai desert recently increased six-fold and that Palestinian terror groups were taking advantage of the cease-fire to enhance rockets and create a complex system of underground bunkers.

Last week, Yoav Galant, chief of the IDF's Gaza-area division, told reporters the Gaza truce enabled Hamas to grow from a ragtag terror group into a well-organized militia resembling an army – complete with battalions, companies, platoons, special forces for surveillance, snipers and explosive experts.

Galant compared Hamas to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia which last summer engaged in 33-days of confrontations with the IDF, bombarding northern Israeli population centers with thousands of rockets.

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 Arabic News Service Sanitizes English Translations

year 2007      by Ezra HaLevi

( A popular Arab news site has been caught ‘sanitizing’ Arabic hate terminology in its English translations.

The Ma’an News Service publishes several articles a day in Arabic that it then translates and releases in English. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) released a report Tuesday noting that Ma'an’s Arabic-language articles include the hate ideology espoused by Islamic terrorist groups - greatly watered down in English.

“The releases deny Israel’s right to exist, express reverence for suicide terrorists and justify terrorist murder as ‘resistance,’” PMW Director Itamar Marcus said. “But when translated into English, the same stories go through a sterilization process to hide from the English readers the terrorist ideology Ma'an is helping to propagate.”

Marcus says that the Netherlands and Denmark may be specific targets for the deceptive pieces, as the PA does not wish to risk losing those countries' funding to the Ma’an News Service.

One example noted by the PMW report was Ma’an’s article following the January 29 suicide bombing that killed three Israelis in Eilat. The Arabic version included the language of the terror organizations, while the English was cleansed with changes and omissions, including changes to the language of direct quotes.

In English Ma'an accurately reported that the event happened "in the southern Israeli resort of Eilat." But in the original Arabic, Eilat was described as a Palestinian city occupied by Israel ("Eilat, located in the south of occupied Palestine" and "…carried out a brave deed and for the first time in occupied Eilat”) – reflecting the assertion that all of Israel is “occupied Palestine.”

In the English, the mother of the terrorist was referred to only by her name and age: "Ruwaida Siksik, 42," but in Arabic, it read: "Ruwaida Siksik, 42, whose family originated from the occupied city of Jaffa."

“The routine definition in a news story of Jaffa, a part of southern Tel Aviv, as ‘occupied’ and Eilat as ‘occupied Palestine’ is a way to linguistically express denial of Israel's right to exist, and is the terminology used by the terror organizations,” Marcus and Barbara Crook write in the PMW report.

“The act of suicide bombing itself is reported differently in the English and the Arabic," the report states. "The English refers to a 'bombing,' while the Arabic gives it an idyllic Islamic categorization of an 'Amaliyyah Ishtish'hadyyah' - a Shahada-seeking action. This is not merely a positive categorization, but is defining the suicide bombing as an honored Islamic action. The perpetrator is given the status of an Ishtish'hadi - a Shahada-seeker, who becomes after his death a Shahid – a revered holy Martyr.”

In English: "Family of Eilat bomber"
In Arabic: "mother of the Shahada-seeker"

The fact that the terrorist’s brother knew that his brother was leaving to carry out a terror attack is written openly in Arabic, but omitted altogether from the English version.

In another Ma’an report, recent terrorist victim 42-year-old father-of-three Erez Levanon, who was murdered this week while unarmed and praying in the forest near his home in Gush Etzion, was described - in Arabic - as a legitimate military target. In addition, the Arabic report stated that the murder was perpetrated by "Palestinian resistance men" - while in English, the murderers were called "armed Palestinian men."

“This is not just semantics,” Marcus and Crook say. “In choosing to categorize murder as ‘resistance,’ Ma'an is choosing the language used by terror organizations to justify murder.”

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 US To Blame For Muslim Antagonism, Says Supporter of Suicide Bombings

By Patrick Goodenough Managing Editor
February 19, 2007

( - The United States and its foreign policies have come under fire at a conference on relations between the U.S. and Islam, with figures like suicide bombing apologist Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi accusing America of responsibility for Muslims' animosity.

Qaradawi, a Qatar-based Sunni scholar regarded as the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha the U.S. had created the problem by searching for "an alternative enemy" in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse.

"The U.S. has initiated the animosity when the neoconservatives chose Islam as an alternative enemy," Gulf Times quoted him as telling the gathering, whose several hundred participants included high-level U.S. State Department officials. The three-day meeting ended on Monday.

Qaradawi said if the billions of dollars the U.S. spends on its efforts "to dominate the world" were instead channeled to needy Third World countries, Washington could easily have won over the hearts and minds of the people in those parts of the world.

"America will never be the master of the world. One day it will be replaced by new powers like India or China," he said. "America will never be able to win the world by force. Only justice and love can settle the problems. If America changed its policy, we would change our attitudes."

Qaradawi criticized the U.S.-led boycott of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, saying Hamas was only described as a terrorist group because it remained committed to fighting against the Israeli occupation.

Hailed in the Muslim world as a leading and highly-influential scholar, the Egyptian-born cleric has come under fire for calling Palestinian suicide bombings against Israelis justifiable "martyrdom operations" and for encouraging Muslims to fight against U.S. forces in Iraq.

"Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do," Qaradawi told BBC television in 2004, adding during a press conference around the same time that suicide bombings are "weapons to which the weak resort in order to upset the balance because the powerful have all the weapons that the weak are denied."

Other Muslim participants at the weekend forum, which was organized by the Brookings Institution and Qatari foreign ministry, included Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa, who told the plenary session most Muslims do not hate the U.S. but oppose its double standards.

"Muslims cannot accept the U.S. policy of supporting Israel and its occupation of Arab and Muslim territories," he said, adding that Arabs could also not understand Washington's opposition to Iran's nuclear program while Israel's was ignored.

U.S. policies were also criticized by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani.

"If the monopolization of power on a domestic level is unacceptable, the monopolization of power on the world scene ... the policy of double standards, the absence of transparency ... and the use of force, even more, must cease," Gulf Times quoted him as saying.

Professor Shibley Telhami of Brookings' Saban Center for Middle East Policy shared the results of a Zogby International survey of Arabs in six countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and the UAE - which he said showed a rise in anti-U.S. sentiment.

President Bush emerged as the respondents' second-most unpopular leader, with only former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon - who has been in a coma since a massive stroke in early 2006 - more loathed. British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in third place.

The survey named the U.S. as the second biggest threat to Arab people, again behind Israel, and with Britain in third spot, Telhami said.

At the other end of the spectrum, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite terrorist group Hizballah, was named the most admired figure among the respondents, followed by French President Jacques Chirac, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The U.S.-Islamic World Forum is part of a Brookings' research program called the Project on U.S. Policy towards the Islamic World, "designed to respond to some of the profound questions that the terrorist attacks of September 11th raised for U.S. policy."

"In particular, it seeks to examine how the United States can reconcile its need to fight terrorism and reduce the appeal of extremist movements with its need to build more positive relations with Muslim states and communities," Brookings says on its website.

The forum "brings together American and Muslim world leaders from the fields of politics, business, media, academia, arts, science, and civil society, for much-needed discussion and dialogue."

This year's participants list included several State Department officials, including Khalilzad Zalmay, the outgoing ambassador to Iraq and ambassador-designate to the United Nations; and David Satterfield, a senior advisor to the Secretary of State and coordinator on Iraq.

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Muslim Cabbie Charged With Running Over Students After Religious Dispute

February 19, 2007

Ibrahim Ahmed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Muslim cabdriver from Somalia ran over two college students near Vanderbilt University after getting into an argument with them about religion, police said.

Ibrahim Ahmed, 37, a driver for United Cab, picked up two men near the Vanderbilt campus early Sunday morning, Capt. Mike Alexander of the Nashville Police Department said, referring to the incident report.

The two men, reportedly college students from Ohio who were visiting Nashville, were on their way back to the campus.

A conversation about religion ensued between the driver and his two fares. The local FOX affiliate in Nashville confirmed from a friend and fellow co-worker that Ahmed is a Sunni Muslim from Somalia.

At some point, according to the police, the two men exited the cab, and the cabbie also got out. They paid him his fare, and then they exchanged words.

According to the incident report, Ahmed then returned to his cab as the students fled on foot. Ahmed then allegedly drove across a parking lot, jumped a curb and struck the two men.

One of the students, identified as Jeremy Invus, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries. The other passenger, Andrew Nelson, avoided the cab.

Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Rivers told FOX News that Invus is recuperating and does not want to talk to the media about the incident.

Ahmed, charged with assault and attempted homicide, is being held on $300,000 bond. He also was also charged with theft because police said the license plate on his cab was listed as stolen.

"We are working with the police to see what happened," United Cab manager Cherrie Machado said.

"I don't believe he will be working here anymore, but that is up to the licensing cab board — whether they will pull his permit — and the owners of the company."

Machado said she would not feel "comfortable" to have Ahmed back working at the company. She noted that he also teaches English as a second language next door to the cab company.

FOX news' Sharon Fain and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Evangelists beaten for handing out tracts     Four took Christian message to conference that taught Islam

Posted: February 8, 2007     2007

Four evangelists who are supported by Voice of the Martyrs have suffered beatings by a crowd of irate Muslims, but they first succeeded in handing out more than 13,000 Christian tracts at a conference on Islam.

Officials with VOM, a U.S.-based Christian group helping members of the persecuted Christian church worldwide, said one of the beatings was so severe that the Christian apparently suffered internal bleeding as a result.

But the message was delivered, much as Jesus described in Matthew 16:18, where he announces that "thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

Gates, of course, generally are immobile, implying that it is the Christian message that advances. That is what happened at the Pakistan conference, VOM said.
"We are thrilled to stand with such courageous Christians," said Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for VOM. "These men bravely carried Christ's message of love to some of those who need it most, even though it was costly to do so.
"We are blessed to be able to provide medical care for them, and to continue to provide gospel materials to Pakistani Christians who risk so much to live for Christ," he said.
The team was at a Muslim festival in the city of Pakpattan on a Friday late last month. The four-member team handed out more than 13,000 Christian messages at that event before being attacked by radical Muslims.
VOM reports that three members of the team were beaten up, then taken to the police station where they were detained and questioned before being released.
The fourth member, however, "was badly beaten by a mob of more than 100 angry Muslims, who then dragged him through the crowd before taking him to the police station," the VOM reported. "He was beaten so severely that he reported blood in his urine and his stool."
VOM said workers on the scene are overseeing his hospitalization and care.
Tens of thousands of Muslims gather for similar conferences each year in Pakistan, where they are lectured on the demands of Islam and ordered to follow the Quran's instructions on handling apostates, VOM said.
VOM is a non-profit, interdenominational ministry working worldwide to help Christians who are persecuted for their faith, and to educate the world about that persecution. Its headquarters are in Bartlesville, Okla., and it has 30 affiliated international offices.
It was launched by the late Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, who started smuggling Russian Gospels into Russia in 1947, just months before Richard was abducted and imprisoned in Romania where he was tortured for his refusal to recant Christianity.
He eventually was released in 1964 and the next year he testified about the persecution of Christians before the U.S. Senate's Internal Security Subcommittee, stripping to the waist to show the deep torture wound scars on his body.
The group that later was renamed The Voice of the Martyrs was organized in 1967, when his book, "Tortured for Christ," was released.