Islam in the News (April 2011)
|Islam in the News|
- 1 Libya: Gaddafi Threatens, We'll Take The War To Italy
- 2 Pennsylvania court gives twice as much to sons as to daughters in inheritance case, in accordance to "Islamic Laws and Sharia"
- 3 Resurgence fears for outlawed Islamist group
- 4 'They raped me with their hands': Reporter Lara Logan reveals terrifying details of mob sex attack in Egypt
- 5 Post-revolution Egypt backs Syrian regime, says rights advocate
- 6 University campuses 'a hotbed of Muslim extremism', claims Parliamentary security group
- 7 Divorce via text message becomes popular in Tajikistan
- 8 AFDI Denounces Clear Channel for Running Hate-Israel Billboards But Rejecting AFDI's Pro-Israel Ads
- 9 Muslim actress branded a ‘western slut’ after posing naked for Playboy
- 10 GCHQ intercept a large amount of Royal wedding "chatter" - claim
- 11 Armed men set bus on fire, 15 burnt to death in Pakistan
- 12 WikiLeaks accuses BBC of being part of 'possible propaganda media network' for Al Qaeda
- 13 Pastor Terry Jones to appeal ruling in Dearborn
- 14 WikiLeaks: Guantánamo Bay terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets
- 15 Education bill angers Muslim board
- 16 Young Obama endured racial abuse at hands of Muslims in Indonesia
- 17 Royal Wedding Attractive Target for Al Qaeda, Says Radical U.K. Cleric
- 18 Former Your Black Muslim Bakery member admits to lying for bakery leader
- 19 Crowds Protest Christian Governor in South Egypt
- 20 Brotherhood: We want Islamic legislation, don't seek parliament majority
- 21 Koran-Burning US Pastor Terry Jones Locked Up
- 22 Red Cross: There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza
- 23 Pakistan court acquits suspects in high-profile rape case
- 24 Iran: Al Jazeera, Newspaper Asks To Kill Saudis Living Abroad
- 25 Muslims Throw Their Women Overboard Overcrowded Refugee Boats Enroute To Europe
- 26 Three Afghans held for disrespecting Qur’an
- 27 The Latest Enemies of Iran: Dogs and Their Owners
- 28 Muslim Brotherhood leader talks of applying Sharia law
- 29 'Too beautiful for school' Pakistani teen back in classroom
- 30 How the 'London Taliban' is threatening women and trying to ban gays in bid to impose sharia law
- 31 Shia News Admits Hezbollah Uses Civilians to Protect Weapons
- 32 Muslim Council of Britain: women cannot debate wearing veil
- 33 Rebels kill woman candidate in India Kashmir polls
- 34 Salafist groups pose challenge for Hamas
- 35 Bloc ‘calls’ on Muslims to boycott French goods
- 36 Russian muftis say Islamic symbols in Russian emblem would cause xenophobia
- 37 Suicide bomber hits Indonesian mosque, wounds 28
- 38 The new French revolution
- 39 Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing
- 40 Al-Azhar Sheikh: Pope's Apology A Condition For Interfaith Dialogue
- 41 Media ignores Islamic Views of Brazilian Murderer
- 42 Restaurant workers found ignoring personal hygiene
- 43 Indonesia anti-porn MP quits for watching porn
- 44 Brazil school shooter: "Four hours every day I spend reading the Koran"
- 45 British Muslim radical banned from France ahead of burka ban
- 46 British Muslim women arrested at protest against French veil ban
- 47 Teacher attacks student during lesson in Turkey (video)
- 48 Bahrain human rights activist "arrested, beaten up"
- 49 Black student leaders slam 'apartheid' characterization
- 50 '1,500 killed in Pakistan blasts in 2010'
- 51 Palestinian Authority Honors Killer of Elderly Jews
- 52 Rio Mass Murder: Muslim Opens Fire on Children's School, 11 Dead, 20 Wounded, Suicide Note "References to Islamic fundamentalism"
- 53 How TV Islamic extremist who hates Britain enjoys £1,250-a-month benefits and rent-free luxury flat
- 54 60 girls groomed for sex at takeaway shops in Blackpool
- 55 Muslim Desecrates Bible in Pakistan to 'Avenge' Quran Burning
- 56 Assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II carried out by Islamic terrorists, Polish communist leader claims
- 57 Poll: One-third of Palestinians support Itamar attack
- 58 Schoolgirl, 14, charged with adultery: report
- 59 Islamists look for gains in Egypt's freer politics
- 60 Hamas suspect held in West Bank actor killing - Palestinians
- 61 Islam debate in France sparks controversy
- 62 Suicide bombers kill 50 people at shrine in Pakistan
- 63 Muslim Brotherhood advocates Egyptian modesty police
- 64 Teacher 'beat boy, seven, to death'
- 65 Author of Israel-Hamas report: Would reconsider findings
- 66 One killed in Bangladeshi anti-women protest
- 67 Religious teacher, Jabir Ahmed Jolpikar, jailed over sexual assault on pupil
- 68 Koran-burning pastor calls for holding Islam accountable
- 69 Malaysian state cleric bans 'Christian' line dance
- 70 See Also
- 71 External Links
Libya: Gaddafi Threatens, We'll Take The War To Italy
ANSAmed, April 30, 2011
Pennsylvania court gives twice as much to sons as to daughters in inheritance case, in accordance to "Islamic Laws and Sharia"
"Will Calls for Distribution 'According to Islamic Laws and Sharia'; Pennsylvania Court Gives Twice as Much to Each Son as to Each Daughter," by Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy, April 29
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Prof. Abbass Alkhafaji died, and left a will that apparently said, in relevant part,
- (4) About my pension, the beneficiaries are all my biological kids and my current wife, ... after reducing all costs associated with the house.... [The] rest of the pension, if any left, should be divided according to Islamic Laws and Sharia....
- (9) In case I have additional monetary benefits from my job, such as life insurance, 401K, 403B or any other retirement funds that I am not aware of, Allah as my witness, They should be divided, after costs associated with the payment of those funds according to Islamic Laws and “Sharia.”
The trial court entered an order that concluded with, “(1) TIAA-CREF Individual and Institutional Services LLC, shall make distribution of the pension accounts of the TIAA-CREF certificates ... to the decedent’s surviving spouse, ... in accordance with decedent’s last will and testament dated July 17, 2007, and to his biological children, ... in accordance of the law of Sharia, mainly [sic], one-eighth share to the surviving spouse, ... and thereafter, the remaining balance to be divided, two shares each to the six male children, and one share each to the [two] female children.”
Now if Prof. Alkhafaji had specified in his will that he was leaving a 1/8 share to his wife, and then 1/8 to each of his sons and 1/16 to each of his daughters, that would be fine, regardless of whether his motivation was religious or secular. [...] People are free to discriminate based on sex, religion, race, and so on in their wills, including in their gifts to their children.But apparently the will had no such specific provision; rather, it called for distribution under religious law.
Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, April 30, 2011
Resurgence fears for outlawed Islamist group
The renewed concerns about Negara Islam Indonesia (NII), or Indonesian Islamic State, follow the disruption last week of a plot to explode a 150-kilogram bomb near a Jakarta church during Good Friday services.Pepi Fernando, the alleged mastermind of the plot, is a former NII member, and up to six of the suspected members of his cell were from a prestigious state-run Islamic university where NII is thought to have engaged in an aggressive recruitment campaign.
Tom Allard, Sydney Morning Herald, April 30, 2011
'They raped me with their hands': Reporter Lara Logan reveals terrifying details of mob sex attack in Egypt
The 39-year-old CBS foreign correspondent said she was convinced she was going to die when the frenzied mob tore her away from her film crew and bodyguard in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
A group of at least 200 men beat her, pinched her and tore at her clothes in a 40-minute attack that only ended when a group of women came to her aid.
She told the New York Times: 'For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands...What really struck me was how merciless they were.
'They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.'
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The camera battery went down, forcing the crew to stop.
As they worked to replace it her Egyptian cameraman heard one of the men in the crowd say he wanted to pull her pants down in Arabic.
She told CBS: 'Suddenly, Bahar [the Egyptian cameraman] looks at me and says, "we've got to get out of here".
Strong couple: Ms Logan pictured with her husband Joseph Burkett while she was pregnant. She spent weeks at home recovering with her family
'I thought, not only am I going to die here, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever and ever and ever.'She told the Times: 'That was literally the moment the mob set on me.'
Post-revolution Egypt backs Syrian regime, says rights advocate
“Egypt has introduced amendments to a proposed U.N. Human Rights Council [UNHRC] resolution, according to which the council should not condemn the bloody governmental crackdown on peaceful protesters in Syria,”
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The death toll is now more than 450, according to Ziadeh, who attended the special session of the Geneva-based UNHCR.
Hurriyet Daily, April 29, 2011
University campuses 'a hotbed of Muslim extremism', claims Parliamentary security group
A report by a Parliamentary homeland security group said the evidence against universities was 'damning' and that there was no sign of the risk of student radicalisation diminishing.
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Terror expert Professor Anthony Glees said the universities had failed to co-operate with the Government, making it much harder for them to tackle extremism.
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He added: 'We are dealing with people who hate this country and the way that it is governed.
'Taxpayers would be sickened by the idea that taxpayer-supported universities are giving people the space to develop plans that will result in some of us being blown up.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security was set up in the wake of the alleged attempt by student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow-up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, carrying 280 passengers, as it made its final descent towards Detroit on December 25, 2009.
The Nigerian studied at University College London between 2005 and 2008, and was the Islamic Society president from 2006 to 2007.
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Kate Loveys, Mail Online, April 28, 2011
Divorce via text message becomes popular in Tajikistan
Decades of shared families, responsibilities and commitments can be ended with a message reciting the words, "Talaq talaq talaq."
The "triple talaq" is an Islamic ritual whereby a man can recite the Arabic phrase, "I will divorce you," three times and thereby end a marriage. In countries where it is permitted, the man does not need to go to court to file for divorce.
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Global Post, April 28, 2011
AFDI Denounces Clear Channel for Running Hate-Israel Billboards But Rejecting AFDI's Pro-Israel Ads
The antisemitic group, Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, is running ads that read, "Equal Rights for Palestinians: Stop funding the Israeli military." Seattle Metro had initially rejected these ads, but then reversed itself and accepted the ads. American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) Executive Director Pamela Geller then submitted ads to Clear Channel in Seattle depicting Muslim/Nazi collaboration during World War II, with the caption, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." Another depicted various atrocities of the jihad terrorist group Hamas, with the caption, "One billion dollars to Hamas – your tax dollars at work."However, after AFDI submitted its pro-Israel human rights ad to Clear Channel, the president of Clear Channel informed Geller that AFDI's ad had been "rejected due to community standards."
SunHerald, April 28, 2011
Muslim actress branded a ‘western slut’ after posing naked for Playboy
Islamic fanatics have posted threatening Internet messages against her for ‘shaming Muslim womanhood’ and ‘prostituting herself for money’, reports the Sun.
"She needs to be very careful..." Another simply said: "She must pay," said a poster on the Jihad Watch website.
The Islamic Community of Germany has also called for a boycott of Sila.
Sila, raised in Germany by conservative Turkish parents, says she fears being ‘spat at’ and ‘shamed’.Her parents are said to have reacted with ‘horror’ at the 12-page coverage, and her mother has apparently cut off all contact.
The Financial Express, April 27, 2011
GCHQ intercept a large amount of Royal wedding "chatter" - claim
National newspapers claim that security chiefs at the Government's listening post in Cheltenham are monitoring electronic traffic mentioning "a ceremony" and "infidels in the big church".
Public prayers for Prince William and Kate Middleton were said for the first time yesterday at Westminster Abbey, where they will marry on Friday.
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Sixty people who have been charged with public order offences are banned from the city of Westminster on the day as part of their bail conditions.
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More than 5,000 police will be deployed on Friday, with 900 of them lining the route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
ThisIsGloucestershire, April 27, 2011
Armed men set bus on fire, 15 burnt to death in Pakistan
Four men attacked the bus as the driver stopped at a roadside eatery on Monday night in Sibi area.
Two entered the bus, which was on its way to Quetta from Peshawar. They sprinkled the vehicle with petrol and set it ablaze.The attackers fled on motorbikes before police arrived. Further details were not available.
Mohsin Ali, Gulf News, April 27, 2011
WikiLeaks accuses BBC of being part of 'possible propaganda media network' for Al Qaeda
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The U.S. assessment file said forces had uncovered many ‘extremist links’ to the BBC number [discovered in numerous seized phone books and phones associated with extremist-linked individuals] – indicating that extremists could have made contacts with employees at the broadcaster who were sympathetic to extremists or had information on ‘ACM’ (anti-Coalition militia) activities.
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An analyst’s note on the file states: ‘Numerous extremist links to this BBC number indicates a possible propaganda media network connection.
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A leaked account of the [2006 BBC ‘impartiality’] meeting showed that executives admitted they would broadcast an interview with Osama Bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda. They said they would give him a platform to explain his views, if he approached them.
Daniel Martin, Daily Mail, April 26, 2011
Pastor Terry Jones to appeal ruling in Dearborn
"It was a clear violation of the First Amendment's right to free speech," said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Jones.
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Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, April 26, 2011
WikiLeaks: Guantánamo Bay terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets
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The leaked WikiLeaks documents, written by senior US military commanders at Guantánamo Bay, illustrate how, for two decades, Britain effectively became a crucible of terrorism, with dozens of extremists, home-grown and from abroad, radicalised here.
Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, is described as a “haven” for extremists. United States intelligence officials concluded the mosque served as “an attack planning and propaganda production base”.
The files will raise questions over why the Government and security services failed to take action sooner to tackle the capital’s reputation as a staging post for terrorism, which became so established that the city was termed “Londonistan”.
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Robert Winnett, Christopher Hope, Steven Swinford and Holly Watt, The Telegraph, April 25, 2011
Education bill angers Muslim board
Some of the other areas where the board, a representative body of various Muslim sects in the country, has decided to take on the Centre are taxes, Waqf property, adoption and what it called tacit acceptance of homosexuality.
The decision came at a two-day general body meeting of the board that concluded in Hyderabad last night. Over 200 community leaders took part in the session.
AIMPLB chief Maulana Rabey Nadvi opposed the introduction of the Right to Education Bill, 2009, saying it would make the functioning of madrasas difficult and infringe on the rights of minorities to run educational institutions.
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On adoption, the board said it was prohibited in Islam. Therefore, a common law on adoption applicable to all citizens would amount to “alluring”, say, a childless Muslim couple to adopt, violating their religious tenets.
Rasheed Kidwair, Calcutta Telegraph, April 25, 2011
Young Obama endured racial abuse at hands of Muslims in Indonesia
The yet-to-be-published book further sheds light on the way that minorities are treated in Muslim countries like Indonesia. Apparently, it was and is a well-known fact that many Muslims in Indonesian are simply racist towards blacks, as confirmed by American Elizabeth Bryant, a woman who was familiar with the young Obama and his mother when they were in Indonesia in the 1960s.
Marc Schenker, Examiner, April 25, 2011
Royal Wedding Attractive Target for Al Qaeda, Says Radical U.K. Cleric
Top Al Qaeda operatives Ayman al-Zawahiri and Anwar al-Awlaki are "actively encouraging people to carry out [do-it-yourself] operations]" similar to the attempted attack by alleged 'Underwear Bomber' Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in 2009, says Anjem Choudary in an interview on the current episode of "Brian Ross Investigates."
"There's nothing really which is outside of the realm of a possible attack, from biological to nuclear to very high profile events like 9/11,"
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Megan Chuchmach, ABC News, April 25, 2011
Former Your Black Muslim Bakery member admits to lying for bakery leader
Kahlil Raheem, also known as Dhakir Zaki, was not questioned about the death of journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men Bey IV is charged with ordering killed. But Raheem said he was involved in two other crimes that Prosecutor Melissa Krum contends show Bey IV as the head of a militarylike criminal enterprise.
The 2005 vandalism of two north Oakland liquor stores and the 2007 kidnapping of two women and torture of one of them are being used against Bey IV and his co-defendant, Antoine Mackey, to show how the bakery operated.
Raheem admitted that he filed a false police report in late May 2007, saying that the car was left at the building where a woman said she was tortured was stolen. Officers said the car was left at the scene as Bey IV fled when police arrived."I just fabricated a story to report the car stolen," Raheem told jurors.
Thomas Peele, San Jose Mercury News, April 25, 2011
Crowds Protest Christian Governor in South Egypt
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As President Hosni Mubarak’s expelled out in February after an 18-day famous revolt, ultraconservative Islamist crowds have been pledging to take a livelier political role as Egypt charts its conversion to democracy.
Friday’s protests were the biggest so far in the movement in opposition to the newly hired Qena governor, Emad Mikhail, and overlapped with Good Friday services for the majority of Egypt’s expected 10 million Christians.
Protesters moved out after Friday weekly Muslim prayer services and assembled in front of the governor’s office and at additional public squares, asking for Mikhail to be substituted by a Muslim governor.
Protesters obstructed main train lines, blocked major roads and took over government constructions.The mass of the activists were driven by a sectarian reason, saying it is not appropriate for a Christian to govern Muslims, who make up the greater part of the population.
Joey Barclay, Newsi.es, April 23, 2011
Brotherhood: We want Islamic legislation, don't seek parliament majority
“Any citizen has the right to run for any position, and voters have the right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ The Muslim Brotherhood will not vote for a woman or a Copt in presidential elections. He or she has the right to run for the position, and we have the right to vote for whomever we want.”
Hamdi Kasem & Ibtisam taalab, Al-Masry Al-Youm, April 23, 2011
Koran-Burning US Pastor Terry Jones Locked Up
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the pair are banned from going anywhere near the Islamic Centre of America mosque, in Detroit, for three years.
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The case pitted questions of free speech against concerns about violence in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit with one of the largest Muslim American populations in the US.
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[Terry Jones] argued: "The First Amendment is only valid if it allows us to say what other people may not like. Otherwise, we do not need the First Amendment."
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The American Civil Liberties Union said police had gone too far by trying to force Jones to post a "peace bond" that could hold him financially responsible for police protection.
Sky News, April 23, 2011
Red Cross: There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza
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“There are two peoples, one living under closure and one living under daily rocket fire, which violates international law,” she said. Her comments were made available on Thursday by the IDF Spokesman’s Office.
“There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. If you go to the supermarket, there are products. There are restaurants and a nice beach. The problem is mainly in maintenance of infrastructure and in access to goods, concrete for example,” Redmatn said.
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Redmatn condemned Gazan rocket attacks on southern Israel, while also calling on the government to allow more materials to enter the Strip.
Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post, April 21, 2011
Pakistan court acquits suspects in high-profile rape case
Mukhtaran Mai was attacked on the orders of a village council in 2002 as a punishment because her brother -- who was 12 at the time -- was judged to have offended the honour of a powerful clan by allegedly having an affair with one of its women.
Mai was an illiterate villager at the time but she defied taboos and shot to global fame by speaking out about her ordeal and taking her attackers to court.
Mai had accused 14 men of being involved in raping her and in 2002, a court sentenced six of them to death while acquitting the others citing a lack of evidence.
Mai appealed to the Supreme Court in 2005 but it rejected her appeal on Thursday, said Gohar Ali Shah, a lawyer for Mai.
But in an appeal, the Lahore High Court not only upheld the eight acquittals but also overturned five of the six convictions. The death penalty for the sixth man, Abdul Khaliq, was commuted to life in prison.
Asim Tanveer, Reuters, April 21, 2011
Iran: Al Jazeera, Newspaper Asks To Kill Saudis Living Abroad
ANSAmed, April 20, 2011
Muslims Throw Their Women Overboard Overcrowded Refugee Boats Enroute To Europe
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Now we know why we don’t see women among the thousands of Tunisian illegals flooding the Italian Island of Lampedusa BNI (hat tip Carl)
To prevent the overloaded boats from Tunisia and Libya headed for Lampedusa from capsizing, young males on board have been throwing the women overboard, most of whom apparently drowned. This could partly explain the virtual absence of any women among the Tunisian masses invading Lampedusa every day now
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Le Figaro: [...] "I've done a few days ago along the coast, he says. But I was stopped in Menton and extended here. That night, I go back, insha Allah! "
Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, April 20, 2011
Three Afghans held for disrespecting Qur’an
Gulf Times, April 19, 2011
The Latest Enemies of Iran: Dogs and Their Owners
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Islam, by custom, considers dogs najes, or unclean, and for the past century cultural mores kept dog ownership down to minuscule numbers.
Azadeh Moaveni, TIME, April 19, 2011
Muslim Brotherhood leader talks of applying Sharia law
Deputy supreme guide Mahmoud Ezzat said the Brotherhood wanted to transform the country into an Islamic state once its political arm, the Freedom and Justice party, secured widespread popular support.Al-Masry al-Youm , an independent daily, reported that Sheikh Ezzat also said the movement wanted to apply Muslim canon law (Sharia), but said “enforcement of Sharia punishments will need time and will only come after Islam is planted in every heart and masters the life of the people . . .”
Michael Jansen, Irish Times, April 19, 2011
'Too beautiful for school' Pakistani teen back in classroom
The parents were worried about the prospect of the 19-year-old developing romances, while they consider the possibility of an arranged marriage for her with a young Pakistani, and had kept her at home.
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The headmaster of the school in Brescia, which has a big migrant community, does not believe it was an isolated case.
"I think there are many cases like this in this school," said Nicola Scanga.
"About 30% of our students are of foreign origin and we have lots of Pakistani and Indian girls."When they stop coming to school we always try to make contact, sometimes without success".
ANSA, April 18, 2011
How the 'London Taliban' is threatening women and trying to ban gays in bid to impose sharia law
Other targets of the 'Talibanesque thugs', being investigated by police in the Tower Hamlets area of London, include homosexuals.
Stickers have been plastered on public walls stating: 'Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment'.
Posters for H&M which feature women in bikinis and a racy poster for a Bollywood film have been defaced.
It is believed Muslim extremists are behind a spate of attacks being investigated by police, according to the Sunday Times.
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reported include the placing of stickers across the white-minority borough which state it is a 'gay-free zone' and the daubing of paint on posters for clothing shop H&M featuring women in bikinis.
Shia News Admits Hezbollah Uses Civilians to Protect Weapons
"A Northern “Israeli” Command security source warned 150 Hizbullah field commanders of retaliation in case Hizbullah launches any missiles, after “Israel” claimed Hizbullah is leading activities in 150 villages in South Lebanon.
The warning stated that if any rocket was launched from any house or area in the said 150 southern villages, the “Israeli” army will then destroy every house or building from where the rockets are launched.
The Zionist security source added that the “Israeli” army is not responsible for any harm which might affect to the citizens of the Lebanese southern villages."The latter is actually correct under international law; Hezbollah is responsible for harm that results from its positioning of rockets in a village, thus making the village a legitimate target.
Bill Levinson, Israpundit, April 17, 2011
Muslim Council of Britain: women cannot debate wearing veil
In a statement published on its website the MCB, warns: "We advise all Muslims to exercise extreme caution on this issue, since denying any part of Islam may lead to disbelief.
"Not practising something enjoined by Allah and his Messenger… is a shortcoming. Denying it is much more serious."
The statement quotes from the Koran: "It is not for a believer, man or woman, that they should have any option in their decision when Allah and his Messenger have decreed a matter."
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Andrew Gilligan, The Telegraph, April 16, 2011
Rebels kill woman candidate in India Kashmir polls
Haseena Akhter, in her forties, was fighting elections in her village of Pakherpora, 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Kashmir's summer capital, Srinagar.
The Panchayat or local body elections, which began on April 13, are being held in two phases in the revolt-hit Muslim-majority state after a gap of 10 years.
"Akhter was dragged out by unidentified gunmen who raided her residence on Friday night and killed her in the compound at point-blank range," a senior police officer told AFP, requesting anonymity.
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Sapa-AFP, April 16, 2011
Salafist groups pose challenge for Hamas
The execution of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni, who was murdered by a radical Islamist group in Gaza early Friday, sheds light on yet another facet of the extremist ideology held by Salafist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
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Salafism is a fundamentalist Sunni stream of Islam, which calls to return to the origins of the Faith. According to Salafist ideology, Islam was flawless in its original form, and has deteriorated with time.
As such, they advocate a return to the purest form of Islam, practiced back in the days of Prophet Muhammad.
Salafism is often characterized by religious zealotry and intolerance toward the West and the Christian minority in the Gaza Strip.
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Elior Levy, YNet News, April 16, 2011
Bloc ‘calls’ on Muslims to boycott French goods
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“Brotherhood in Islam requires that Muslims behave like parts of the same body; when one part is ill, the other parts feel unwell. We call on all Muslims especially the Internet-savvy youths to promote this boycott through all means on the Internet. This message should be translated into as many languages as possible and displayed on every single social media site to reach as many people as possible. God Almighty says ‘If thou help God, he will help you’” said the bloc.
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Arab Times, April 15, 2011
Russian muftis say Islamic symbols in Russian emblem would cause xenophobia
Mixing religious symbols will cause accusations of ecumenism of traditional Orthodox Christianity and traditional Russian Islam.
Khuzin cited the example of Christians in Syria, who do not demand that their symbols appear on the state emblem.
The initiative would augment xenophobia, he believes.
The press secretary of the Russian chief rabbi, Andrei Glotser, said that they cannot take the initiative of adding a crescent to the Russian emblem seriously.The Moskovskiye Novosti newspaper reported on Friday that [the Supreme mufti of Russia's Central Spiritual Muslim Board] Talgat Tajuddin had proposed adding a crescent to one of the eagles’ crowns on the Russian emblem.
Vestnik Kavkaza, April 15, 2011
Suicide bomber hits Indonesian mosque, wounds 28
The victims — including a local police chief — were rushed to hospitals with nails, nuts and bolts embedded in their bodies, said Yeni Rahmawati, a hospital spokeswoman.
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Experts worry it could signal a "hardening" of local militants and a shift in tactics.
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militants seeking to carve out an Islamic state have said the country's moderate leaders — including the president — and security forces would be their main targets.
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West Java police chief, Maj. Gen. Suparni Parto, told El-Shinta radio the mangled body of the suicide bomber was found at the scene.
Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press, April 15, 2011
The new French revolution
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As a Canadian woman who was raised in a Sunni Muslim home and familiar with all aspects of my liberal faith, I identify completely with the French outrage and hope that this new French revolution spreads like wildfire.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern secular state of Turkey, had pronounced a similar ban. He routinely hounded mullahs from their mosques, and encouraged theological debate in the Turkish national language, not Arabic. He dismantled the orthodoxy of the Ottoman Empire in short and brutally swift strokes, and created an exemplary modern state.
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Nazreen Sheikh, Globe and Mail, April 14, 2011
Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing
Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell.
Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor.
Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building.
During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough food and water and did not let him see a lawyer, it is alleged.
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Bur Dubai police station is a notoriously violent place where beatings, starvation, rape and the force-feeding of drugs is common-place.
Foreign prisoners are often kept in cramped cells with up to 20 inmates for weeks for trivial offences.
Human rights charities say police officers regularly refuse to allow inmates to make a phone call or access to a lawyer.
They say prisoners are sometimes beaten and coerced into signing confessions written in Arabic.
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Arthur Martin, Nick Mcdermott and Rebecca Evans, Mail Online, April 14, 2011
Al-Azhar Sheikh: Pope's Apology A Condition For Interfaith Dialogue
Al-Azhar decided to freeze the dialogue with the Vatican in late January following Pope Benedict XVI's criticism of Muslims' treatment of Christians in the Middle East.
MEMRI Blog, April 13, 2011
Media ignores Islamic Views of Brazilian Murderer
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updated reports have done little to expand on a critical piece of information neglected in many reports: Oliveira’s Islamic extremism. An article at LibertarianRepublican.net observed that “The 36-paragraph AP article, makes no mention of his Islamic affiliation or beliefs. In fact, no American MSM are reporting on the Islamic link. CNN report, even suggests that he may have gone on the rampage over an infection with AIDS. Only a handful of right news blogs, are reporting the full story.”An April 7 story for the New York Times does make several passing references to Oliveira’s beliefs, noting that in his suicide note, “He asked to be buried in a way that reflected some aspects of Islamic tradition,” and “A longtime neighbor and former member of Mr. Oliveira’s church said Mr. Oliveira had been a lifelong Jehovah’s Witness before turning to Islam two years ago.” Such details were only included after a gratuitous swipe against American schools that says more about the parochial views of the author of the article than it does regarding the tragedy in Brazil: “But the specter of the schoolhouse massacre was thought to be a mostly American affliction.”
James Heiser, New America, April 12, 2011
Translated from the Brazil Journal "Sister says shooter was strange, and had no friends": In an interview with Radio Band News, Rosilane Menezes, sister of gunman Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, said he was strange, reserved and without friends.
"He was so focused on things related to Islam and had let his beard grow long. He was weird, he was on the internet all day reading related issues and it was very strange, very secretive," she said.
Wellington left a letter with disconnected sentences, but with fundamentalist tendencies, said Lt. Col. Djalma Beltrame, commander of Battalion 14."He was on the internet using Muslim sites... It's crazy. Only a crazy person could do this to children, said the commander..."
LibertarianRepublican, April 8, 2011
Restaurant workers found ignoring personal hygiene
“It is not an exaggeration to say that all restaurant and grocery workers in Jeddah are violators of personal hygiene regulations,” a municipal inspector told Arab News recently.
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Muhammad Humaidan, Arab News, April 12, 2011
Indonesia anti-porn MP quits for watching porn
Mr Arifinto of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) was photographed looking at the images on Friday.
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If it is proved that Mr Arifinto was indeed downloading a pornographic movie, as photography of his behaviour appears to show, he could find himself charged with a law of his own party's making.
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Members of other faiths and ethnic groups in the sprawling nation, including many moderate Muslims, have criticised the anti-pornography laws for constraining freedom of cultural expression.
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BBC News, April 11, 2011
Brazil school shooter: "Four hours every day I spend reading the Koran"
Wellington makes reference to what could be a group. He reports that he divides time between prayers and reflections about terrorism. "I'm outside of the group but I pray to God every day with my noon prayer, that is the recognition of God, and the other 5 are the dedication to God and four hours every day I spend reading the Koran. Not the book because it stayed with the group but parts that I've copied for myself. And the rest of the time I spend meditating about what I read, and sometimes meditating about September 11th."
Globo.com, April 10, 2011 (translation from Jihad Watch)
British Muslim radical banned from France ahead of burka ban
He was served with a legal notice informing him that the French Interior Ministry was banning him permanently.
Abu Izzadeen and Omar Bakri, who are similarly controversial figures based in Britain, also tried to get to the event but were stopped by police.
France is on a high state of alert after al Qaeda issued warnings that it would attack the country following the introduction of the ban, which imposes fines of £130 to women caught wearing Islamic veils.
Men who force their wives or daughters to cover up illegally will face up to a year in prison, and fines of up to £25,000.
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Peter Allen, The Telegraph, April 10, 2011
British Muslim women arrested at protest against French veil ban
Anjem Choudary, the imam who calls for Sharia law for the UK and who calls British soldiers murderers, was held while on his way to the outlawed demonstration.
Karen Rockett, Sunday Mirror, April 10, 2011
Teacher attacks student during lesson in Turkey (video)
One of the students recorded a video when his classmate shouted “Allah” and threw himself on the floor, repeating Shafak Saser’s steps in the scandalous video. The teacher attacked a student and started kicking him.
NEWS.am, April 9, 2011
Bahrain human rights activist "arrested, beaten up"
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"They broke the front door to the house and then beat them [Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two sons-in-law] severely" along with another man, the group said.
"Khawaja was beaten so severely that the blood stain is still visible on the staircase. And when his oldest daughter, Zainab, tried to intervene she was beaten as well."
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Frederik Richter, Reuters, April 9, 2011
Black student leaders slam 'apartheid' characterization
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"Beyond that [playing the 'apartheid card'], it is highly objectionable to those who know the truth about the Israel's record on human rights and how it so clearly contrasts with South Africa's,"
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Saying that the analogy manipulates rather than informs, the letter requests SJP to "immediately stop referring to Israel as an apartheid society and to acknowledge that the Arab minority in Israel enjoys full citizenship with voting rights and representation in the government."
Jordana Horn, Jerusalem Post, April 9, 2011
'1,500 killed in Pakistan blasts in 2010'
Malik also told Pakistani lawmakers on Friday that 4,968 people were injured in the 1,331 bomb explosions last year, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Taliban militants have recently waged a campaign of bomb blasts in northwestern Pakistan, where government troops are fighting militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
In the last several years, Taliban also destroyed hundreds of schools, especially in the areas of Swat Valley and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, previously known as the North-West Frontier Province, as part of their activities.Pakistan has a history of unrest since it secured independence from Britain in 1947.
Press TV, April 9, 2011
Palestinian Authority Honors Killer of Elderly Jews
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It is the latest, and perhaps most disturbing, example in a Palestinian campaign of honoring terrorists. Days before saluting Al-Sayed, Palestinian Media Watch reported, Karake honored female suicide bombers to mark International Women's Day and Mother's Day. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also saluted female terrorists who aided or participated in suicide bombings on local radio.
That afternoon, he condemned a bombing that had just occurred at a Jerusalem bus stop, saying that such "shameful" attacks in the past had caused "heavy damage" on the Palestinian cause.praising the action of their children and calling for more attacks.
IPT News, April 8, 2011
Rio Mass Murder: Muslim Opens Fire on Children's School, 11 Dead, 20 Wounded, Suicide Note "References to Islamic fundamentalism"
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At least 11 people, mostly children, died Thursday and more that 15 were wounded when an armed man attacked a school in Realengo in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.
According to a preliminary police report, the attacker - a 24- year-old former student at the school - was among the dead after shooting himself in the head. He attacked Tasso da Silveira school, where some 400 students ages 9-14 were in classes. [...]
Beltrami described the letter as 'the words of a person who no longer believes in anything, full of sentences that made no sense and references to Islamic fundamentalism.'
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Roselane de Oliveira, a sister of the attacker, told Rio de Janeiro radio station Band News that the young man 'was very strange.'
Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, April 7, 2011
Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press, April 7, 2011
How TV Islamic extremist who hates Britain enjoys £1,250-a-month benefits and rent-free luxury flat
But he has been branded a 'hypocrite' after it emerged that he takes benefits off the same state he claims to despise.
The fanatic was pictured hanging out the washing on the balcony of a £300,000 two-bedroom apartment next to a picturesque canal in Bow, East London.
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The plush, open-plan flat is said to include a designer kitchen and glass-fronted sliding doors that open onto a balcony.
A £500,000 roof garden is included in the complex which gives panoramic views across London.
Neighbours are believed to include TV presenter Kelly Adams. Owners paid up to £425,000 for the properties.
But the religions convert is currently unemployed, choosing instead to spend his time preaching against the West.
He has even complained about his upmarket flat.
'It's quite luxurious compared with other ones, but you're crammed in like sardines and I can hear my neighbour coming and going. I don't enjoy living among non-Muslims,' he told the Sun.
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He refuses to use his right hand to shake hands with step-brother Robb Leech from whom he was inseparable last summer on a family holiday to Cyprus.
60 girls groomed for sex at takeaway shops in Blackpool
Officers investigating the unsolved disappearance of Charlene Downes in Blackpool in 2003 discovered that dozens more 13 to 15 year old girls from the area had fallen victim to grooming or sexual abuse, it was claimed.
An unpublished police report identified 11 takeaway shops in the town centre which were being used as "honeypots" where the non-white men preyed on young white victims, who were given food, alcohol and cigarettes in return for sex.
The report said: "Young people were being groomed and sexually assaulted both inside and outside of premises by a number of takeaway owners and workers.”Earlier this year a Home Office inquiry was launched amid reports of a similar trend of crime across the north of England and the Midlands involving gangs of mainly Muslim men and young girls.
Nick Collins, The Telegraph, April 7, 2011
Muslim Desecrates Bible in Pakistan to 'Avenge' Quran Burning
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According to police sources, Hussain had first tried to force entry into the church where a large number of Christians were attending a special mass, whereupon security guards at the gates stopped him and asked for identification.
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Asif Aqeel, director of Lahore-based Christian non-government organization Community Development Initiative, said, “Christians are told to turn the other cheek. They are also told not to take revenge rather pray for their enemies. The act of burning the Quran by Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp has no biblical basis and does not represent the teachings of the Christian faith. The Christians of Pakistan are facing the repercussions of their heinous act.”
He said that Muslims should realize that the act of two individuals should not be considered a collective act of all Christians. “At the same time we would say that no civilized person can imagine to repay these so-called preachers by burning the Bible… we condemn this act as uncivilized and similarly devoid of respect of others,” he said.
Napolean Qayyum, leader of the minorities’ wing of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, voiced similar sentiments.“We strongly condemn this incident but we are not going to hold all Muslims responsible for the desecration of our holy book…Christianity preaches forgiveness and love. We are hurt but we will not respond in kind,” he said, adding that he hoped that the effects of the violence in Afghanistan over the Quran burning incident would not spill over into Pakistan.
Asher John, Christian Post, April 7, 2011
Assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II carried out by Islamic terrorists, Polish communist leader claims
The Polish-born pope almost died in the attempt when Turkish sniper Mehmet Ali Agca shot him with four rounds in St Peter's Square in the Vatican in 1981.
An official inquiry into the shooting blamed Soviet-sponsored assassins who wanted the pope dead because of his support for the democracy movement Solidarity.
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But now General Wojciech Jaruzelski - who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer - claims Islamic fanatics sponsored the would-be assassination.
'Radical Islam detested the pope and saw in him a leader of crusades,' he told Poland's 'Jezus' Catholic magazine.
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The pope was shot as he was driven through a packed St Peter's Square on May 13, 1981. He was hit four times, but survived after emergency surgery.
His assassin Mehmet Ali Agca was a trained sniper. Three Bulgarians, including airline representative Sergein Antonov, were also tried after Agca claimed he had been acting on behalf of the Soviets.Although Agca was sentenced, the case against the Bulgarians fell apart due to a lack of evidence.
The Vatican immediately denied several assertions in the book including the claim by Mehmet Ali Agca that he had spoken of the Iranian link at his meeting with John Paul II in his prison cell.
Ali Agca, a former far-right extremist and Islamic fundamentalist, said he was "indoctrinated" in Tehran after escaping from a Turkish prison where he was serving time for killing a journalist.
At a nighttime meeting with Khomeini, Ali Agca said the Supreme Guide of the Iranian revolution told him to kill the Polish pope -- who was badly wounded but survived the assassination attempt.
"You have to kill the pope in the name of Allah. You have to kill the devil's mouthpiece on earth," Ali Agca said the Ayatollah Khomeini told him.
The book has been published in Italian and is entitled "I Was Promised Paradise: My Life and the Truth Behind the Attack Against the Pope."
Following his arrest, Ali Agca initially said the assassination attempt had been organised by the Soviet KGB and a group of Bulgarian diplomats.
He has since been diagnosed with mental problems.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi dismissed Ali Agca's assertions as "new lies".
Lombardi said he had spoken to John Paul II's secretary Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was present in the cell when Ali Agca met the pope.
"He absolutely denies that the two men spoke about people who ordered the attack or the Ayatollah Khomeini and also that the pope invited the attacker to convert to Christianity," Lombardi said.
Ali Agca had a different description of the famous 1983 meeting with the pope he had tried to kill.
"Who ordered you to kill me?" Ali Agca said the pope asked him, promising not to reveal the secret.
After Ali Agca told him, he said that the pope said to him: "As I forgive you, I forgive them too."
The reformed extremist said he had "lived for years in the error of Islamic Nazi-fascism" ever since he was a child and now recognised that "Jesus Christ was the best person who walked the earth".
The 55-year-old served 19 years in prison in Italy for the shooting and was then deported to Turkey where he served another 10 years.He was released in January 2010.
France 24, February 1, 2013
Poll: One-third of Palestinians support Itamar attack
The survey was conducted by Prof. Yaacov Shamir of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University, and Prof. Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).
Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2011
Schoolgirl, 14, charged with adultery: report
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"The police have ruined the future of my daughter as she missed the school exam. She has been in police custody since March 22," the father said, adding that bail had been refused and the girl was being held with adult women.
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"I took [her] to police where I learnt that someone had complained against her that she was meeting an adult man on the roof of our building. I told the police that I would handle the matter within the family."
AFP, April 6, 2011
Islamists look for gains in Egypt's freer politics
Some militants, taking advantage of a security vacuum, aren't waiting for the political process. They have attacked Christians and liquor stores, trying to impose their austere version of Islamic law in provincial towns.
The Islamists' newfound energy prompted the ruling military to warn on Monday that Egypt "will not be turned into Gaza or Iran."
Islamists could fare well in parliamentary elections scheduled for September, especially if the various groups run on a unified ticket. Their chances are boosted by the disarray among other groups. Traditional opposition parties were deeply restricted under Mubarak's 29-year rule and have no popular base to speak of. The liberal youth groups behind the 18-day uprising that forced Mubarak to step down on Feb. 11 are still scrambling to organize before voting day.
The Islamists, furthermore, are well funded and organized. The most established fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has years of experience in contesting elections.
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Associated Press, April 6, 2011
Hamas suspect held in West Bank actor killing - Palestinians
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Mer Khamis, the son of a Jewish mother and Christian Arab father, ran the Freedom Theatre in Jenin's refugee camp in the northern West Bank for several years. He was driving his car near the theatre with his infant son and a babysitter when the gunman ordered him to pull over and shot him.
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Mer Khamis' project generated hostility from some Palestinians. In an interview in 2009 after the Jenin theatre was torched he said: "We are under attack from a small group of people who think the arts are undermining the Palestinian struggle," he said.
"They put out leaflets calling me a Zionist Jew whose hands should be cut off."
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Mohammed Assadi, Reuters, April 5, 2011
Islam debate in France sparks controversy
The debate has provoked protests from Islamic and other religious groups, and even from some members of the governing conservative UMP itself.
Critics have accused the party of pandering to a resurgent far-right.
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The UMP said it would be irresponsible not to debate the great changes posed to French society by its growing numbers of Muslims. France has the biggest Muslim population in Europe.
Since 1905, French law has guaranteed the separation of state and religion - posing modern-day quandaries about issues such as halal food being served in schools, Muslims praying in the street when mosques are too crowded, and the wearing of the face veil.
"In 1905, there were very few Muslims in France, today they are between five and six million," Interior Minister Claude Gueant said."This growth in the number of faithful and some behaviours pose a problem. It's obvious that the street prayers are shocking to a number of our compatriots."
BBC News, April 5, 2011
Suicide bombers kill 50 people at shrine in Pakistan
The bombers struck outside the shrine of the 13th century Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan, popularly known as Sakhi Sarwar, in Dera Ghazi Khan district.
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"Both were suicide attackers, they came on foot and blew themselves up when police on duty stopped them."
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Police officer Shah told AFP that two accomplices had been arrested.
The detainees included a suspected suicide bomber identified as Fida Hussain, a 15-to-16-year-old Afghan refugee from Pakistan's tribal area, he said.
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Sufi worshippers, who follow a mystical strain of Islam, have increasingly been the target of bloody attacks by Islamist militants in Pakistan.
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Nearly 4,200 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bomb explosions, blamed on homegrown Taliban and other Islamist extremist networks, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in July 2007.
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AFP, April 4, 2011
Muslim Brotherhood advocates Egyptian modesty police
In the political sphere, the Brotherhood led a successful drive to get voters to approve a package of constitutional amendments. On the street level, at least 20 attacks were perpetrated against the tombs of Muslim mystics (suffis), who are the subject of popular veneration but disparaged by Islamic fundamentalists, or salafis. After some initial hesitation, Islamic leaders have publicly praised the revolution.
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Newly freed from the political strictures of the Mubarak era, Egypt has turned into a battleground between those who envision a liberal, secular state and those who advocate various shades of Islam. The conflict mirrors those taking place elsewhere in the region. In Bahrain, unrest has evolved into a conflict between Sunni- and Shiite Muslims and the US has pulled back from supporting Libyan rebels over concerns they are dominated by Islamists.
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David E. Miller, The Media Line, April 4, 2011
Teacher 'beat boy, seven, to death'
Saiful Syazani Saiful Sopfidee had multiple head injuries and internal bleeding after allegedly being tied to a window for two hours, beaten and strangled.
Mohamad Nadzri Hussain, a police chief in northern Perlis state, said the child slipped into a coma and died in a hospital from the injuries sustained at the private school on Thursday.Mr Mohamed Nadzri said the 26-year-old teacher could be charged with murder, which carries a penalty of death by hanging on conviction.
UKPA, April 4, 2011
Author of Israel-Hamas report: Would reconsider findings
"If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document," wrote Richard Goldstone
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There was no immediate reaction from Hamas.
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In his column, Goldstone cites a subsequent report by a U.N. committee of independent experts, which found Israel investigated more than 400 allegations of misconduct while Hamas has "not conducted any investigations into the launching of rocket and mortar attacks against Israel."
"That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying -- its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets," Goldstone wrote Friday.
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CNN News, April 3, 2011
One killed in Bangladeshi anti-women protest
Police said the violence occurred in Jessore, 260 kilometres from the capital Dhaka, after some 500 protesters, mostly madrassa students, suddenly attacked officers with sticks and stones.
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Sharia as practised in Bangladesh's inheritance law generally stipulates that a woman would inherit half of what her brother gets.
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Islamic groups led by firebrand cleric Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini have called a nationwide strike today to press home their demand.
AFP, April 3, 2011
Religious teacher, Jabir Ahmed Jolpikar, jailed over sexual assault on pupil
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the decision of the girl’s father to go to the police and the girl’s courage in giving evidence against Jabir Ahmed Jolpikar may have led to them being ostracised by their community.
Peter Cleasby, prosecuting, said the father initially thought Jolpikar’s conduct could be dealt with within his community, but when he realised it was not being treated seriously enough, he went to the police.
Recorder Guy Kearl QC said Jolpikar had abused the trust placed in him when the girl’s parents allowed him to teach her alone in their York home. He kissed her on the mouth and assaulted her sexually on two other occasions.
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Megi Rychlikova, York Press, April 2, 2011
Koran-burning pastor calls for holding Islam accountable
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Four Nepalese, one Swedish, one Norwegian and one Romanian worker were believed to have been killed Friday, and several protesters killed or wounded after a mob overwhelmed guards at the UN compound in the normally relatively calm city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
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Jones called the killings "a very tragic and criminal action."
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In a separate interview with AFP, he said said he was "devastated" by the killings in Afghanistan but did not feel responsible for them.
"We don't feel responsible for that," he said. "The radical element of Islam takes that as an excuse to promote their violent activities... What we would like to see is the United States government standing up, the UN standing up."It's time to stop ignoring the violence going on in Muslim countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan," he said.
AFP, April 2, 2011
Malaysian state cleric bans 'Christian' line dance
"The poco-poco dance is actually a cult dance," he said.
"Our research indicates that the dance really originates from Jamaica and there are many Christian rituals to it as the moves reflect the making of a cross and so is unacceptable in Islam," he added.
"The dance is also practised in the Philippines and parts of Indonesia which have a Christian majority and so the dances have many Christian influences, which clash with Islam," Harussani said.In Malaysia, many adults practise the dance, which is considered a recreational activity to keep fit.
AFP, April 1, 2011
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