Saturday, February 11, 2006

Anti-Semitic and Anti- Christian publications at the Cairo International Book Fair

Above: Banner posted on Muslim websites boasting about the display of their anti-Semitic and anti- Christian publications at the 2006 Cairo International Book Fair "Despite objections of the Diaspora Filthy Gypsies" as they say.
(Below: Samples of Islamic publications displayed at the 2006 Cairo International Book Fair, which was held in Cairo between January 17th to February 3, 2006)



Translation of titles (Starting from the top left)

1- It Is Not Holy (Referring to the Holy Bible)

2- Hidden Hands 3- Why they broke the Cross?” (Attacking Christian beliefs)

4- Role of the crusade church in the fall of Islamic Caliphate

5- Convert to Islam to Enjoy Security

6- Christians of Egypt; how many and who are they? (Hateful publication inciting Muslims against the Copts, Egypt’s indigenous people)

7- A call to Christians of Egypt; Abandon your grieves (i.e.Convert to Islam)

8- Who killed the dog? (Referring to the murder of Egyptian intellectual Farag Fouda , a free thinking Muslim intellectual who was killed because of his anti fanatic attitude, this book is considered a direct incitement to kill other Egyptian intellectiuals who take the same position)

9- Islamic Enlightment (A hate filled periodical that incites hatred against Jews, Christians and non-Mulsims in general).

10- Inter-faith dialogue, a big scam (Portraying inter-faith dialogue as a conspiracy against Islam and the Muslims)

11- O ye filthy gypsies, a message to the Diaspora Christians

12- Pharaohs, the worshippers of cows, dogs and donkeys (Even the ancient Egyptian civilization was not spared the racist attacks of Islamists in the Cairo Book Fair supposedly held to encourage Egyptians to pride themselves of their ancient heritage as well)

The above vulgar and hate promoting publications, which were on display at the Cairo International Book Fair are also sold publicly in every Egyptian town. Mosque Imams and extremists alike are allowed to publicly insult Jews, Christians, the Bible, the Cross-, and Christianity. They have done this, not just through cartoons in the press, but also through the wide use of media such as TV channels, radio stations, and newspapers all over the Arab and Muslem world.

The publisher ; Mr. Ahmad who prefers the name Abu Islam Ahmad, and many like him, have made it their mission in life to publicly attack the Jewish and Christian faiths, Jews and Copts and Christians in general. They are willing to use all and every method to achieve what they want. Fabrications, lies, and double standards are their usual methods. They are the people who are now crying and screaming that Islam has been insulted by few cartoons published in Denmark

The above publications are not printed in secrecy but publicly, as a matter of fact each and every one of these publications is given an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) by the Egyptian government.

Abu Islam also runs what he calls " Islamic Enlightment Center" that holds a tax ID number "317-910-930" and licensed to operate in Cairo under number 3242.

Not only that, his center located at 145 Misr and Sudan street, Hadayek Al Quba, Cairo is also a location where Muslim youth receive an intensive dose of Anti-Christian and anti-Semitic brain washing and incitement.

Will president Mubarak who warned the West against the "Prophet Muhammad Cartoon" and the Egyptian government do something to stop the ongoing incitement and offenses against Christians and Jews in the Egyptian media and bring to trial those who are promoting hatred? Or Muslims are superior to everybody and it's a fair game to attack Christians and Jews?

Is the Egyptian government really Egyptian? If so, why allow publications that rip Egypt of its identity and ancient civilization that marveled the entire world in favor of the sick agenda of Islamists who pride themselves in the racist wahabi culture?

The Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian Parliament

By: Magdi Khalil
To read the Arabic version of this article click here: الأخوان في البرلمان المصري

In November 2002, the Saudi Prince Nayef ben Abdelaziz made the following statement about the Muslim Brotherhood: “The Muslim Brotherhood is to blame for our current predicament, they have ruined the Arab World ... they are the root cause of our problems in the Arab World and perhaps in the Islamic World as well.” Coming from the veteran Minister of Interior, this statement holds much weight.

On May 18, 2004, Mr. Otto Schily, the German Minister of Interior stated that: “Islamic terrorism poses the biggest danger to the German society.” He warned against the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which, according to the German minister, is a group that promotes violence and seeks to influence the Muslim youth in Germany.

A few months ago, Mr. David Welch, the American Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, answered a question about an American dialogue with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood by saying: “we do not hold a dialogue with a banned, terrorist group.”

Furthermore, seven out of the twenty-two dangerous terrorists that are being haunted by the United States happen to be Egyptians who, at a certain point in time, have operated under the umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood (Carl Murphey, researcher, American Council on Foreign Relations – Obsession with Islam: The Egyptian Experience). The remaining fifteen terrorists have been influenced to one degree or another by the group’s philosophy, and its key ideologists, whether Said Qutb from back then, or Yusuf al-Qaradawi in our present time.

In 2003, the November issue of the American magazine, Atlantic Monthly, featured an article written by Ms. Mary Anne Deaver – author of the book “A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam” (1999), where she stated the following:

“In the last few years, we can say that the Islamists, and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular, have come close to attaining their supreme goal: to seize power either by force or through the elections, if the regime makes it possible for a free and honest election to take place.”

Clearly this statement suggests that the Muslim Brotherhood will either take advantage of a state of chaos to jump to power, or will take power via an honest election—the end result in both cases being the same. The results of the recent parliamentary elections in Egypt seem to confirm this scenario, as the Muslim Brotherhood candidates have achieved tremendous success in some districts, in spite of being victims of blatant forgery in some electoral districts such as “el-Dokki” and “Damanhour.”

All those who monitor Egyptian affairs are well aware that the late President Sadat is responsible for introducing the Muslim Brotherhood to public action, and that by resisting all attempts at a genuine reform, President Mubarak will end up effectively handing power over to the Muslim Brotherhood. The recent voting in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood is, in big part, a protest at, and a rejection of, the current regime.

The Muslim Brotherhood claims to have changed, and the truth is it has not .. not at all! They have only added a soft layer to their speech for political consumption. Behind this ambiguous and misleading layer lies the same rigid, ideological and militant speech. Talking to “Al Arabiya” channel, on 18 November 2005, the Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Al Erian confirmed this fact when he said: “our goals and values remain the same, (unchanged) since 1928 and till the present time.”


The argument made against the Muslim Brotherhood was seriously weakened by the fact that it usually revolves around the movement’s origin, its first years and secret organization; and while these issues were over-analyzed, almost drowning us in a deluge of information, little attention was paid to the movement’s political conduct ever since Sadat gave them access to public action.

Therefore, I am deliberately focusing on their political conduct during the last three decades. What are their beliefs and where do they stand vis-à-vis the following important issues:

The relation between the state and religion, women’s rights, citizenship and how it relates to the status of non-Muslims in a country with a Muslim majority, art and creativity, monuments and tourism, economy, banking, interest rates and foreign investment, the relation with the West and with the United States in particular, the peace with Israel, terrorist operations and organizations, globalization, international institutions, international law and international treaties, Islamic khilafa (Islamic rule where the ruler is regarded as a successor of Prophet Muhammad), Islamic Ummah (nation), and what they think of the daily life problems faced by the Egyptian citizen.

The Muslim Brothers have been members of the People’s assembly in Egypt since 1984, but their presence was clearly felt in the last term, where they became an influential power. Let us study a sample of the requests for information that were presented by the Muslim Brotherhood in the last parliamentary term (2000 – 2005), to recognize the approach they take in serving their fellow citizens in Egypt, which, by the way, doesn’t differ much from the approach of the Muslim Brotherhood in the National Council of Kuwait or the Jordanian Parliament.



· On 1 Jan 2001, Mr. Gamal Hishmat – a Muslim Brotherhood deputy – presented a request for information concerning three books: “kabl wa baad” (before and after); “abnaa el-khataa el-romansi” (sons of a romantic mistake); and “ahlam moharama” (forbidden dreams), the request created an uproar at the time, and, as a result of that, a number of senior officials in the Ministry of Culture lost their jobs.

· Several members presented a request for information asking the government to remove the ban imposed on the newspaper Al-Shaab, which was known for its extremist attitude and support of terrorism, they also wanted the Egyptian Labor party to resume its activities (Asharq Al-Awsat, 1 Jan 2001).

· A request for information concerning the agricultural normalization between Egypt and Israel, and other aspects of cooperation between the two countries, as to put an end to all forms of normalization with Israel (Asharq Al-Awsat, 13 April 2001).

· A request for information questioning the Minister of Justice regarding the charges against Ragab Rizk el-Swirki – known as Egypt’s Shahriar – for having married more than 4 wives simultaneously, and marrying 21 women over the years. Swirki is the owner of a chain of well known Islamic stores “el-nour wa el-tawhid”, and the Muslim Brotherhood accused the government of framing him (Asharq Al-Awsat, 15 May 2001).

· Another request for information presented by Gamal Hishmat about the discrimination against veiled women, citing two specific incidents: an Egyptian University professor who was not admitted into the American University’s library because she was wearing a “nikab” (a cloth that covers the whole face except for the eyes), and refused to reveal her face to the security officer; and the second incident about an assistant-pilot working in a private company who was fired after she started wearing the veil (Asharq Al-Awsat, 17 March 2002).

· A request for information presented by the Muslim Brotherhood deputies to the People’s Assembly Speaker, asking to be referred to as “The Islamic Mass” (Asharq Al-Awsat, 23 April 2002).

· The Muslim Brotherhood deputy, Hassan Ibrahim, presented a request for information proposing a law to prohibit alcoholic beverages in Egypt, specifying a punishment of 40 lashes for anyone caught consuming alcohol. (Asharq Al-Awsat, 10 May 2003).

· The Muslim Brotherhood deputies rejected a proposed legislation regulating in-vitro fertilization, and organ transplant, claiming that they were in conflict with the Shari’a (Islamic law) (Asharq Al-Awsat, 2 April 2002).

· They led a campaign against the US economic aid to Egypt, and presented a request for information to the USAID assistance, and substitute it with a number of agreements with Arab and Islamic funds (Asharq Al-Awsat, 15 May 2002).

· A request for information concerning the project to incorporate Islamic “Shari’a” in the legal code, seeking to revive the legislations devised by Sufi Abu-Taleb in 1979 (Asharq Al-Awsat, 17 May 2002).

· An urgent request for information about a universe beauty contest for fashion models that was held in Sharm El-Sheikh. The Muslim Brotherhood deputy, Mr. Hussein Hassanin Mohamadeen, was highly offended by that event, and expressed his feelings of disbelief and revulsion loudly: “Aren’t we Muslims? Isn’t Egypt an Islamic state? How come that Egypt is, shamelessly, allowing immorality, unabashed faces and naked bodies to visit its land?” (Asharq Al-Awsat, 28 Feb 2002).

· The Muslim Brotherhood deputies have opposed Egypt’s decision to abide by the UN Declaration of “The Rights of the Child” that forbids the selling and the exploitation of children and sanctions adoption (Asharq Al-Awsat, 27 May 2002).

· They accused the government of undermining al-Azhar’s role and curtailing religious education and Arabic language teaching. The Muslim Brotherhood deputies also stood against reform of the religious discourse (Asharq Al-Awsat, 7 June 2002).

· Mr. Ali Laban, a Muslim Brotherhood deputy, presented a request for information to prohibit mixed-gender schools (Asharq Al-Awsat, 5 Oct 2002).

· Three deputies presented a request for information to forbid the enemies of Islam and those who do not show proper respect to the Prophet from entering Egypt (Asharq Al-Awsat, 20 Oct 2002).

· Mr. Hamd Hassan, a Muslim Brotherhood deputy, presented a request for information to the Minister of Health asking him to hasten the production of Viagra in Egypt to allow them to carry out their marital duties in accordance to Islamic decrees (Asharq Al-Awsat, 5 Jan 2002).

· They presented a request to shut down the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo, deport its staff, and confiscate the center’s documents and records (Asharq Al-Awsat, 1 Nov 2002).

· They have rejected the banking law, claiming that the interests are in fact a form of usury, (direct or indirect forms of usury are not allowed in Islamic Law) (Asharq Al-Awsat, 27 Nov 2002).

· The Muslim Brotherhood deputy, Mr. Mohamed Morsi, presented a request for information to the Minister of culture concerning the ministry’s decision to establish a modern dance school in Egypt.

· The Muslim Brotherhood deputy, Mr. Hassan Ibrahim, presented a request for information to outlaw television contests (Asharq Al-Awsat, 20 Jan 2003).

· The Muslim Brotherhood deputies presented a request for information to reduce the number of foreign schools in Egypt, and to disallow the establishment of new schools. (Sept 2000).

· They presented a request for information to protest the “QIZ” agreement between the United States and Egypt.

· They presented a request for information for a public referendum on the Egyptian – Israeli peace treaty.

· Miscellaneous amusing requests for information that touch on the entertainment industry and vary in their level of absurdity, for example: a ban on kissing in movies, on naked statues and models in Art schools, a ban on the American movie “Air Force One,” a ban on some video clips, and a campaign against female singers such as “Nancy Agram,” “Ruby” and “Alicia” to ban their songs and concerts, and even an extremely nonsensical request to ban the “Barbie” doll because it is a lust-inspiring object!


Given this bizarre track record, it is no wonder that the Muslim Brotherhood blames the “imperial powers” for the terrorist incidents in Sharm El-Sheikh, and that the supreme guide Mohamed Mahdi Akef has actually accused The United States and Israel of murdering Rafik El-Hariri!

During the last parliamentary term, the Muslim Brotherhood has presented a great number of requests for information, and the ones mentioned above serve to give us a fair picture of what the Muslim Brotherhood has in store for the Egyptian society, and how it plans to go about solving the problems that are crushing the Egyptian citizens. This is being just a sample of the requests that were cited in the highly credible newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat.”

I hope that a researcher would take a serious interest in this issue, and conduct a scientific analysis of all the requests for information that they have presented since 1984. A comprehensive study of the Muslim Brotherhood record in the People’s Assembly will allow the Egyptian and Arab citizens to see this group for what it really is, and how it has operated since its early beginnings: the violent streak that has inspired terror in our hearts, their obsession with marginal and trivial matters, their relentless pursuit of a fascist religious state, their attempts to ruin Egypt’s relation with the international community, and how they have failed to touch on real life challenges or to acknowledge the citizen’s rights in a modern state.

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Magdi Khalil is a political analyst, researcher, author and Executive Editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International. He is also a columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, London, a free-lance writer for several Arabic language newspapers, and a frequent contributor to Middle East broadcast news TV. Mr. Khalil has also published three books and written numerous research papers on citizenship rights, civil society, and the situation of minorities in the Middle East. E-mail: magdikh@hotmail.com

Friday, February 10, 2006

A Group of Muslims Apologize For Cartoon Violence.

A group claiming to be consisted of "Arab and Muslim youth" published an apology for the acts of violence that erupted recently following the publication of the Danish cartoons. The names and locations of the members of the group were not mentioned.

Under pictures of the Danish and Norwegian flags, and the title "WE ARE SORRY", a detailed statement, which can be read in English, Danish, and Norwegian, says "We whole-heartedly apologize to the people of Denmark, Norway and all the European Union over the actions of a few, and we completely condemn all forms of vandalism and incitement to violence that the Arab and Muslim world have witnessed". The group blames the Media which, according to them,"only picks up the loudest voices, ignoring the rational ones that do not generate as much noise"

While the group declares that they" deplore the use of violence in all its forms, as well as threats of violence and derogatory and racist remarks being thrown in the opposite direction", there was no mention of deploring the open discrimination, acts of violence, and mistreatment directed at the native Christians in the Arab and Moslem countries, in their everyday lives.
For the statement, go to: http://www.sorrynorwaydenmark.com/

Egypt Wins African Cup of Nations


Egypt just won the Soccer "African Cup of Nations", beating Ivory Coast (4-2 ) in a penalty shoot-out after the final ended goalless

How the Arab Media Covered the Danish Cartoon Controversy

How the TV Sheikh Qaradawi and his mouthpiece "Al Jazeera" incite the Muslim masses to riot

By: Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper


No one expected that a series of cartoon drawings would be transformed into a popular and political issue when they were first published in September. What happened?

Politically, the issue was first raised by the members of the Muslim community in Denmark who criticized the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten for publishing the 12 drawings of the Prophet Mohammed four months ago. The Egyptian ambassador in Copenhagen also played an important role by initiating diplomatic discussions, at a time when the government in Cairo and the opposition were engulfed in a heated election campaign. The issue disappeared from the radar until Sheikh Youssef al Qardawi, the mufti of al Jazeera TV, seized upon it and called for Muslims worldwide to protest.

Internet forums played an important role by publishing a number of stories attributed to the Queen of Denmark stating she despises Arabs and Muslims. The website alsaha.com was primarily responsible for stirring up popular sentiment. Based in the United Arab Emirates, the site is an extremist Salafi forum that discussed issues related to extremist Islam. It opposed US presence in Iraq and backed the kidnapping of foreigners.

Despite the UAE government’s opposition to religious extremists, it has allowed alsaha.com to continue to incite readers through its threatening messages and al Qaeda clips. It is believed that more than 100 thousand internet users visit the site each day.

When the controversy began to gain momentum, the Qatar-based al Jazeera TV increased its coverage. Even the day after the Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen appeared on the rival al Arabiyah channel and apologized, al Jazeera continued to state that he would not apologize. The truth is somewhere in the middle: the premier indicated he could not apologize on behalf of the newspaper, which had already issued an apology. In spite of this, al Jazeera continued to mention the Danish insult and Muslim anger.


The response to al Jazeera’s distorted coverage came in a program produced by the BBC from Doha. In a roundtable discussion chaired by Tim Sebastian, which included representatives from both al Arabiyah and al Jazeera. After a discussion of the cartoon controversy, the participants agreed that al Jazeera was inflaming opinions.


For their part, Arab newspapers reported on the drawings and the ensuing worldwide condemnations with varying degrees of objectivity. The issue and its ramifications were mostly debated in editorials and opinion pieces, with headlines containing provocative language. In addition, it is worthy to note that Jylland Posten’s apology was not reported in a number of Arab newspapers.

It is also worth mentioning that mobile phone text messages (SMS) played an important part in inflaming public opinion throughout the Arab world and circulating rumors, such as the one claiming groups intended to burn the Quran in the center of Copenhagen.

Coverage of the cartoon controversy was not exclusive to television and newspapers. In fact, the reporting included all mediums. It was more a campaign than coverage.

Iran Outlaws Muslim Conversion to Christianity

For more click on the following link Iran's President outlaws Muslims who convert to Christianity.

Cartoon rage

By Diana West

We need to learn a new word: dhimmitude. I've written about dhimmitude periodically, lo, these many years since September 11, but it takes time to sink in. Dhimmitude is the coinage of a brilliant historian, Bat Ye'or, whose pioneering studies of the dhimmi, populations of Jews and Christians vanquished by Islamic jihad, have led her to conclude that a common culture has existed through the centuries among the varied dhimmi populations. From Egypt and Palestine to Iraq and Syria, from Morocco and Algeria to Spain, Sicily and Greece, from Armenia and the Balkans to the Caucasus: Wherever Islam conquered, surrendering dhimmi, known to Muslims as "people of the book [the Bible]," were tolerated, allowed to practice their religion, but at a dehumanizing cost. There were literal taxes (jizya) to be paid; these bought the dhimmi the right to remain non-Muslim, the price not of religious freedom, but of religious identity.

Freedom was lost, sorely circumscribed by a body of Islamic law (sharia) designed to subjugate, denigrate and humiliate the dhimmi. The resulting culture of self-abnegation, self-censorship and fear shared by far-flung dhimmi is the basis of dhimmitude. The extremely distressing but highly significant fact is, dhimmitude doesn't only exist in lands where Islamic law rules. This is the lesson of Cartoon Rage 2006, a cultural nuke set off by an Islamic chain reaction to those 12 cartoons of Muhammad appearing in a Danish newspaper. We have watched the Muslim meltdown with shocked attention, but there is little recognition that its poisonous fallout is fear.

Fear in the State Department, which, like Islam, called the cartoons unacceptable. Fear in Whitehall, which did the same. Fear in the Vatican, which did the same. And fear in the media, which have failed, with few, few exceptions, to reprint or show the images.

With only a small roll of brave journals, mainly in Europe, to salute, we have seen the proud Western tradition of a free press bow its head and submit to an Islamic law against depictions of Muhammad. That's dhimmitude.

Not that we admit it: We dress up our capitulation in fancy talk of "tolerance," "responsibility" and "sensitivity." We even congratulate ourselves for having the "editorial judgment" to make "pluralism" possible. "Readers were well served... without publishing the cartoons," said a Wall Street Journal spokesman. "CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons in respect for Islam," reported the cable network.

On behalf of the BBC, which did show some of the cartoons on the air, a news editor subsequently apologized, adding: "We've taken a decision not to go further... in order not to gratuitously offend the significant number" of Muslim viewers worldwide.


Left unmentioned is the understanding (editorial judgement?) that "gratuitous offense" leads to gratuitous violence. Hence, fear — not the inspiration of tolerance but of capitulation — and a condition of dhimmitude.

How far does it go? Worth noting, for example, is that on the BBC Web site, a religion page about Islam presents the angels and revelations of Islamic belief as historical fact, rather than spiritual conjecture (as is the case with its Christianity Web page); plus, it follows every mention of Mohammed with "(pbuh)," which means "peace be upon him"—"as if," writes Will Wyatt, former BBC chief executive, in a letter to the Times of London, "the corporation itself were Muslim."

Is it? Are we? These questions may not seem so outlandish if we assess the extent to which encroaching sharia has already changed the Western way. Calling these cartoons "unacceptable," and censoring ourselves "in respect" to Islam brings the West into compliance with a central statute of sharia.

As Jyllands-Posten's Flemming Rose has noted, that's not respect, that's submission.

And if that's not dhimmitude, what is?

The publication of the Muhammad cartoons solicited by Denmark's Jyllands-Posten was an act of anti-dhimmitude. Since no Danish artist would dare illustrate a PC children's book about Muhammad for fear of Islamic law (and Islamic violence), the newspaper boldly set out to reassert the rule of (non-Islamic) Danish law. It's as simple as that. And as vital.

The cartoons ran to establish — or re-establish — Denmark as bastion of Western-style liberty. But in trying to set up a force field against encroaching sharia, Jyllands-Posten and the Danes have showed us that no single bastion of Western liberty can stand alone.

So, how do you say solidarity in Danish? If we don't find out now, our future is more dhimmitude.

Egyptian newspaper published the cartoons 4 months ago


















Al Fagr Egyptian newspaper published the cartoons on October 17, 2005.... there were no angry protests then and no reaction was taken against the newspaper, which proves once again that Qaradawi and his Muslim Brotherhood cronies controlling Al Jazeera and some other Arab media outlets orchestrated the public response against the cartoons 4 months after appearing in the Danish newspaper.

On February 2, 2006 Qaradawi who also heads the International Association of Muslim Scholars called for a "Muslim Day of Rage" against the cartoons

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Scanned images of the newspaper were first posted on Freedom for Egyptians

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The British Embassy in Cairo promotes Islam

According to the Arabic language website Elaph.com The British Embassy in Cairo is teaming up with the Biblotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library) to host Islamic singer " Samy Youssef" in an event to take place on November 12, 2006. Islamic Singer Samy Youssef is widely known to sing exclusive Islam oriented songs.

On the other hand, Dr. Yousef Ziedan , the director of the liberary's museum has previously displayed "The Protocols of Zion" next to the Torah saying " 'The Protocols of Zion Are More Important Than the Torah' , the protocols were later on removed when the scandal was exposed by MEMRI.org

Reports confirm: Qaradawi is behind the escalation of cartoon reaction


Left: TV Sheikh Qaradawi who was behind the esclation of reaction amongst Muslims as we first reported here...... Qaradawi said: Whoever is Angered and Does Not Rage in Anger is a Jackass - We are Not a Nation of Jackasses

Right: Ahmed Abu Laban , the Danish imam who helped instigate the protests when he toured the Middle East in December to meet with Qaradawi and other Imams; during his tour, Abu Laban showed fabricated cartoons depicting the prophet of Islam in a very offensive fashion, even though the pictures had never appeared on Jyllands Posten.

He showed them fabricated cartoons such as these:


Abu Laban was also exposed on the Danish public television (DR)when it ran two interesting stories about him. While the first profiled him, showing his extensive links to the Egyptian group Gama'a Islamiya (Islamic groups that killed hundreds of Copts in the past) , the second showed his double-talk. Abu Laban, in fact, was first shown speaking on Danish television condemning the boycott of Danish goods (in English), then shown interviewed on al Jazeera, cheerfully commenting on the effectiveness of the boycott (in Arabic). To see the stories go to DR's website, click on "Se TV AVISEN" on the right and select the news broadcast from Friday, Feb. 3, at 9 PM (the stories start on the 23rd minute).

WND also reports that the Danish Imam welcomed September 11th attacks

The reports of Abu Laban's links to terrorists were compiled by the weblog Gateway Pundit.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Islamic States Urged to End Religious Intolerance

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2006

Christian Solidarity International (CSI)
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CSI Deplores Wave of Islamic Violence against Freedom of Expression

Christian Solidarity International (CSI) deplores the continuing use of violence and threats of violence in Islamic states, especially last weekend's demonstrations for the restriction of freedom of opinion and expression regarding Islam as a religion and political ideology.

We are particularly dismayed at the murder of Catholic priest Fr. Andrea Santoro in the Turkish city of Trabzon by a youth shouting "Allahu Akbar", the stoning by Muslim mobs of St. Maroun Church in Beirut, the arrest in Amman of Jordanian newspaper editor Jihad Momani, and the burning of Western embassy buildings.

The role of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), representing 57 Muslim states in creating a climate for violent confrontation and press censorship is a cause of deep concern.

The OIC set the stage for demonstrations against free speech at its extraordinary summit in Mecca in early December 2005. The Muslim heads of state resolved to pressure, through a program of Joint Islamic Action, international institutions to criminalize insults of Islam and its founder, Mohammed. The summit's final resolution referred specifically to the satirical caricatures of Mohammed published last September in Denmark, which were used as a pretext for the violent demonstrations. On the 4th of February - the day the mob violence commenced - the OIC described publication of the caricatures as acts of "blasphemy". Blasphemy is punishable by death, according to Shariah law.

The OIC's understanding of freedom is enshrined in its Cairo Declaration of Human Rights. This Islamic charter subordinates international norms for human rights to discriminatory Shariah law. Political repression, religious discrimination and the publication of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian literature are widespread phenomena within OIC member states, especially in its Arab heartland. Last weekend's demonstrations have the hallmarks of an OIC power-play aimed at imposing censorship on public discussion of Islam.


CSI urges the OIC and member states to desist from fanning the flames of religious intolerance. We also call on the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, Mohammed Tantawi, and the Supreme Leader of Shiite Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to create conditions for genuine, non-violent dialogue with the non-Muslim world by affirming unconditional support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which provides for freedom of expression, religion and conscience for all of mankind, regardless of race, creed or gender. Finally, CSI urges Western governments and civil society, especially the media, to resist the OIC's efforts to manipulate and censor public discussion about Islam and the Islamic world.

CSI is a Christian human rights organization for religious liberty, helping victims of religious repression, victimized children and victims of disaster.

Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism

by Daniel Pipes
The key issue at stake in the battle over the twelve Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad is this: Will the West stand up for its customs and mores, including freedom of speech, or will Muslims impose their way of life on the West? Ultimately, there is no compromise: Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.

More specifically, will Westerners accede to a double standard by which Muslims are free to insult Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, while Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims enjoy immunity from insults? Muslims routinely publish cartoons far more offensive than the Danish ones . Are they entitled to dish it out while being insulated from similar indignities?

Germany's Die Welt newspaper hinted at this issue in an editorial: "The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical. When Syrian television showed drama documentaries in prime time depicting rabbis as cannibals, the imams were quiet." Nor, by the way, have imams protested the stomping on the Christian cross embedded in the Danish flag.

The deeper issue here, however, is not Muslim hypocrisy but Islamic supremacism. The Danish editor who published the cartoons, Flemming Rose, explained that if Muslims insist "that I, as a non-Muslim, should submit to their taboos ... they're asking for my submission."

Precisely. Robert Spencer rightly called on the free world to stand "resolutely with Denmark." The informative Brussels Journal asserts, "We are all Danes now."

Read more

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Britons urge crackdown on Muslim protesters

British police are under political pressure to explain why no arrests were made during demonstrations in which Islamic protesters chanted threatening slogans
"Behead the one who insults the prophet," read one placard a Muslim protester held at a weekend demonstration here against cartoon depictions of Islam's prophet Muhammad. "Butcher those who mock Islam," and "Be Prepared for the Real Holocaust," read other signs. One demonstrator wore a mock suicide vest, seven months after four suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 other people in London.
These protesters are now at the center of an impassioned debate about whether British police should arrest them for inciting violence.

Hamas & Pakistan - Congressional Working Group on Religious Freedom

The Congressional Working Group
on Religious Freedom
&
Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom
Invite you to a briefing on
Hamas’ Repression of Christians
with
Justus Reid Weiner
Author of Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society

Thousands of Palestinian Christians are leaving Palestine every year, notes Justus Reid Weiner, Scholar-in-Residence at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and the issue has received scant attention. Weiner’s recent study paints “a picture of extortion, rapes, murder, forced marriages, heavy discrimination and, in the case of one Muslim convert to Christianity, murder” (BBC News, 12.5.05). The study was also featured in Christianity Today. Justus Reid Weiner will discuss his study of Christian exodus and what the Congressional Working Group can do.

&

PAKISTAN: BLASPHEMY LAWS AND MINORITY RIGHTS
with
Group Captain (Rtd.) Cecil Chaudhry

Board Director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Catholic Bishop's National Commission for Justice and Peace Commission; Executive Secretary of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance
Thursday, February 16, 2006
4:00-5:00 PM
U.S. Capitol, SC-4

Please RSVP by 2:00 PM, February 15
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Monday, February 06, 2006

تقرير بعثة الجمعية المصرية لمناهضة التعذيب لتقصي حقائق ما جرى في قرية العديسات

الشكر للجمعية المصرية لمناهضة التعذيب على هذا التقرير النزيه
تعليق الجمعية المصرية لمناهضة التعذيب على أحداث قرية العديسات بالأقصر
لم تكن المرة الأولى وللأسف يبدو أنها لن تكون المرة الأخيرة التي تشتعل فيها نيران الفتنة الطائفية في مصر تحت سمع وبصر قوات الأمن بل وبتحريض وتواطؤ منهم.. ..فها هو مدير الأمن ينذر القس بأنه أتى ليس لحماية الكنيسة ولكن لمنع الصلاة لتصل الرسالة للمخططين للأحداث وتعطيهم الضوء الأخضر في الهجوم..ها هم يبحثون عن مصدر للمياه لسيارة المطافئ قبل اندلاع الحرائق وكأنهم يعلمون أن غزوا وحرائق ستحدث.. وها هم يتركون الغزاة يضربون ويقتلون ويحرقون لأربع ساعات دون تدخل..وعندما تبدأ المطافئ في التحرك تسلط خراطيم المياه علي حوائط الكنيسة وليس علي النيران المحيطة بها؟ وها هم يمنعون الجرحى من الانتقال للأقصر للعلاج ويمنعون مواطنا من بناء بيته المتهدم ولم شمل أسرته من جديد... هؤلاء جميعهم لا زالوا أحرارا ولا نعلم لحساب من يعملون أو لماذا اقترفوا ما اقترفوه من جرائم
لكن ما نعلمه هو أن هناك مجموعة من المسيحيين مطلوبون للتحقيق أمام النيابة ونخشى أن يتحول الأمر مرة أخرى إلى خلاف بين أفراد وينتهي الأمر بتبادل القبلات ما بين القساوسة والشيوخ فيضيع دم من قتلوا ومرة أخرى يغلق الملف. لذلك فإننا نطالب بتعيين قاضي تحقيق محايد يقوم بالتحقيق في أحداث العديسات وذلك مع جميع الأطراف التي خططت لهذا الهجوم و/أو ساهمت فيه سواء بالتواطؤ أو حماية المعتدين أو تجنيدهم أو حشدهم ليقوموا بتلك الجرائم والذين تقاعسوا عن حماية مواطنين مصريين
وكذلك التحقيق مع هؤلاء المحشودين من القرية نفسها ومن القرى الأخرى مدفوعين إما بالخوف من البوليس أو بالعنصرية ضد الأقباط فلم يتركوا أخضرا ولا يابس ولا ميزوا بين حرمة بيت أو دار عبادة ولم ينج منهم لا كبار ولا صغار، ونخص بالذكر تلك الرتب الأمنية التي تدخلت مرة لمنع الصلاة ومرة لتنظيمها تبعا للدواعي الأمنية وليس تبعا لقواعد الأقباط في تنظيم صلاتهم
وأخيرا وليس آخرا لابد من توحيد قانون دور العبادة.. فلا يعقل في ظل دستور ينص على المساواة بين المواطنين أن يملك المسلمون حق الصلاة في أي مكان، عام أو خاص، في الزاوية أو المسجد أو الشارع ، على حين يمنع الأقباط من نفس الحق، وكأننا نعيش في زمن محاكم التفتيش حيث يضطر الأقباط إلى ممارسة طقوس عبادتهم في السر وإلا تعرضوا للقتل والحرق.
قانون موحد ومساواة في الحقوق وعلى رأسها حق الاعتقاد والتعبير، وإلا فسوف تبقى النار تحت الرماد، يشعلها المسلمون المتعصبون مرة وقوات الداخلية مرات وليسقط المزيد من الضحايا بلا ذنب سوى عنصرية يغذيها القمع والجهل ومصالح من يعيشون على اشتعال الفرقة بين المواطنين.. قانون موحد ومساواة في الحقوق وإلا سوف يأتي يوم لن ينفع فيه تبادل القبلات
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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Scandal: The Egyptian Ruling Party Incites Violence Against Copts in Luxor

According to Al Ahaly Egyptian newspaper :

Secular tension between Copts and Muslims in the village of Udayssat, Luxor, Egypt, has continued this week as a result of the distribution of a new leaflet,- widely circulated-, which caused the security forces to enforce their presence, inside and outside the village.

Copy of the leaflet distributed in Udayssat threatening Copts to "demolish the church or else...."

This new leaflet includes a warning "To whom it may concern" meaning the Copts, saying that if they want to live in peace and be allowed to stay in the village, they have to "Demolish the church where they pray within few days, or else………" According to a report made by the security officials who are trying to find the source of the leaflet, there is now a state of increased tension between the Muslims and Copts.

On the other hand, there has been an important meeting of the leaders of the National Democratic Party (NPD) of Luxor, held inside the village of Udayssat, and attended by over a 1000 Muslim youths. This meeting was called for by Abel Aziz El Udayssi, the local administrator of the party, Mamdouh Hassan Saad, member of the Egyptian parliament , and other party leaders such as Mohamed El Malawany, Mohamed Abel Zaher, and Nasr Herzallah the secretary of the party's political committee.


In this meeting, the participants stressed their call for the national unity between Copts and Muslims but, at the same time, they used loud speakers to declare their refusal to accept the existence of the church, insisting that the Copts should not be allowed to pray in it, or even try to do any necessary repairs to the building.

Due to the increased tension that surrounded the meeting, it was decided by the security forces to end it, and delegated the leaders of the National Party to conduct talks with the "Nassara" ( a derogatory expression that refers to Christians) to reach an agreement. However, these leaders have confirmed that they will not change their demands regarding their demands of demolishing the church and to prevent the Copts from pray there. They asked the Copts to accept these conditions, and demanded the release of the Muslim suspects involved in the riots who were arrested after two Copts were killed during the last events.

On his part, Sha'ban Abdou, the head of the municipal authority of the village asked the committee delegated to conduct talks with Christians to claim that the church is nothing but a guest house that has no electric meter and to falsify that the church is stealing electricity and water supply!
24 people were detained as suspects of murder, arson and torching the church building and a taxi cab (plate number 3348 Luxor) during the recent wave of violence.

In its former issue, Al Ahaly newspaper published a report supported by photos that confirmed the participation of the local National Democratic Party leaders in inciting the secular troubles, and urging young Muslims to attack the church to prevent Copts from praying and celebrating the feast of Epiphany. As a result, about 700 Muslims attacked the church and attempted to demolish it.