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arab_nazis_cover.jpgicon-of-evil.jpgJonathan Tobin reviews a new book entitled:”Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam” about the modern equivalent of the biblical Amalek, the Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Husseini was an implacable foe of Zionism from its earliest days following the issuance of Balfour Declaration calling for a Jewish Homeland in 1917, while he served as an officer in the Ottoman Army, defeated by the British, Commonwealth forces and the Jewish legion during WWI. The irony was that Husseini was courted by anti-Semitic elements in the British forces occupying the Palestine Mandate. Appointed as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem by the British Jewish governor of the Palestine Mandate, Lord Herbert Samuels, Husseini went on to foment riots against Jewish settlements in the pre-state Yishuv in 1921, 1929 and against the British from 1936 to 1939. An early supporter of the Nazis in the Middle East, he fomented anti-Jewish pogroms in 1941 in the brief pro-Nazi al Nuri Iraq government fleeing to Berlin where he was Hitler’s House Guest during WWII. See film clip here. He recruited two Waffen SS Divisions in Albania and Bosnia, and volunteer Arab Muslims in der Frie Arabien Korps. The Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS Handschar or ‘Dagger” division was responsible for the slaughter of 12,000 Bosnian Jews and tens of thousands of Serbs during the Nazi occupation of what was Yugoslavia.

View this film clip here of the Mufti in his white turban trooping the Bosnian troops giving the Nazi salute.

After WWII, Husseini was given sanctuary by none other than French President Charles de Gaulle and fled to Beirut and Cairo joining forces with Arab forces opposing a Jewish State. He had been indicted as a war criminal by the post-war Yugoslav Titoist government. He urged Palestinian Arabs to flee their towns and villages prior to the invasion of the Jewish state on its founding on May 15, 1948 to return when the five invading Armies crushed the embryonic state. Didn’t happened. But that didn’t stop Husseini, a distant cousin of the late PLO mass murderer Arafat from attending every anti-Israel conference after each War between Israel and Arabs in 1948 and 1967. The irony, as Walid Shoebat, the ex-PLO terrorist told me was that the Husseini came from a large land owning Arab notable family sold land the the pre-State Jewish National fund for creation of Jewish settlements. The heritage from Husseini, the modern day version of the the Biblical Amalek can be seen in those Nazi salutes by Hamas, PLO and Hezbollah terrorist forces. Husseini was a real Islamo Fascist.

By Jonathan Tobin, Jewish World Review, July 23, 2008

Although some deprecate the use of the term “Islamo-Fascist,” a study of the life of the Mufti shows that the combination of these disparate ideas into one ideology of hate is no Western invention

It is axiomatic that a knowledge of history is a prerequisite for understanding the present. But the question is: How much weight should we give to controversial figures from the past when deciding how to think about current conflicts?

According to the authors of a new book about Haj Amin al-Husseini (1893-1974), the grand mufti of Jerusalem, who played a key role in fomenting and exacerbating the struggle between Jews and Arabs during much of the 20th century, the answer is quite a lot.

The book, “Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam”, by David G. Dalin and John F. Rothman, makes the case that you can draw a direct line from al-Husseini to not only the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas — groups that took up his battle against Zionism — but to Iran, Al Qaeda and the 9/11 conspirators.

That’s a searing indictment that both supporters of Israel and its foes ought to examine closely. And if this book fails to deliver the definitive account of the Mufti’s life in English that students of this period of history have been waiting for, it nevertheless shines a spotlight on a figure who deserves far greater attention than he has received in recent decades.

APPOINTED BY A JEW

Husseini was a member of an elite landed-clan of Palestinian Arabs who retain their status to this day (Yasser Arafat was a cousin). In the aftermath of World War I, he rose to prominence as a fanatical opponent of both the British and the Jews.

Ironically, it was a British Jew, Sir Herbert Samuel, who appointed Husseini to the post of mufti, the putative Muslim religious leader of Jerusalem.

Samuel became the first high commissioner of the territory in 1920. Palestine had been given to Britain as a mandate by the League of Nations in order for them to make good on their 1917 Balfour Declaration promise to create a Jewish national home in the country.

While many in the British government were openly hostile to Zionism, Samuels was not. But he was concerned about being seen as evenhanded between Jews and Arabs. So when there was a vacancy in the office of mufti, Samuels appointed the hard-line Husseini.

This was a decision the Jews would rue for decades as Husseini used his post as a platform to promote hatred against the Zionists, who were transforming the country from a barren backwater into what would become the modern State of Israel. Husseini incited the riots of 1929 in which hundreds of Jews were slaughtered by Muslim pogromists and did his best to better that record during the Arab Revolt of 1936-39.

Though the Mufti’s gangs were defeated, his work paid dividends in 1939 when the British, as eager to appease Arabs and Muslims on the eve of World War II as they were the Germans, issued a White Paper that placed severe limits on Jewish immigration and land sales, effectively closing the door to a Jewish state. (Continue Reading this Article)

 

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080721_for_textbookstn.jpgInvestors Business Daily in today’s editorial adds its voice to the rising outcry against hate perpetrated by the Saudi government in the oil rich desert kingdom, across and the Muslim ummah among radical Madrassas and here in the US in the Islamic Saudi Academy. This follows in the wake of the Second Saudi text book study by the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom spearheaded by Nina Shea. The IBD editorial notes:

    Many of these jihad-infused 12th-graders are flooding U.S. campuses right now, thanks to a post-9/11 “good will” gesture by the White House to reward more than 20,000 young Saudi men with student visas. King Abdullah had asked for the deal and got it — in part because he promised to reform the textbooks.

    As usual, the Saudis tricked us. Instead of moving them to reforms, the deal only puts our homeland security at risk. Trained as they are to hate America from an early age, there is a good chance some Saudi students will lash out at their gracious host like the 15 Saudi hijackers before them.

    “Some Saudis themselves have linked the kingdom’s educational curriculum to patterns of violence in young Saudi men,” the 90-page Hudson report said.

    The curriculum is not confined to the kingdom; the oil-rich Saudi government is exporting it far and wide.

    It disseminates these texts internationally, including to 19 academies founded by the Saudi ministry and chaired by local Saudi ambassadors in or near major foreign cities.

    The Saudi ministry has not removed these messages from its school texts. Its promised reforms are a joke, and the proof is clear. Now will the White House and State Department finally take action, as required under the International Religious Freedom Act?

 

Investors Business Daily, July 24, 2008

Islamofascism: A new study confirms our “ally” Saudi Arabia is still poisoning young Muslim minds with anti-Western textbooks. So? Its hate-filled graduates are enrolling at our colleges.

The Hudson Institute reviewed the 2007-08 textbooks distributed by the Saudi Ministry of Education and found that, despite promised reforms, the kingdom still teaches students to “hate the infidels.”

The texts assert that it’s “permissible” for a Muslim to kill an “apostate,” an “adulterer,” a “homosexual,” as well as non-Muslims practicing “polytheism,” or Christianity.

The violent ideology is introduced in a religion textbook in the first grade and reinforced and developed in following years of the public education system, culminating in the 12th grade where a text instructs students that it’s their religious duty to do battle against infidels in order to spread Islam.

The 12th-grade book glorifies “martyrdom” as “noble” and defines “jihad” as an “effort to wage war against the unbelievers.” Jihad, it asserts, is the “pinnacle of Islam.”

Many of these jihad-infused 12th-graders are flooding U.S. campuses right now, thanks to a post-9/11 “good will” gesture by the White House to reward more than 20,000 young Saudi men with student visas. King Abdullah had asked for the deal and got it — in part because he promised to reform the textbooks.

As usual, the Saudis tricked us. Instead of moving them to reforms, the deal only puts our homeland security at risk. Trained as they are to hate America from an early age, there is a good chance some Saudi students will lash out at their gracious host like the 15 Saudi hijackers before them.

“Some Saudis themselves have linked the kingdom’s educational curriculum to patterns of violence in young Saudi men,” the 90-page Hudson report said.

The curriculum is not confined to the kingdom; the oil-rich Saudi government is exporting it far and wide.

It disseminates these texts internationally, including to 19 academies founded by the Saudi ministry and chaired by local Saudi ambassadors in or near major foreign cities.

Quotes from the latest textbooks Riyadh is propagating include:

• “Every religion other than Islam is false.”

• “The Jews and Christians are enemies of the believers.”

• “Only through force and victory over the enemies is there security and repose.”

• “The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus.”

The Saudi ministry has not removed these messages from its school texts. Its promised reforms are a joke, and the proof is clear. Now will the White House and State Department finally take action, as required under the International Religious Freedom Act?

 

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tractor_attack_82031607.jpgA cufi wearing crazed Arab Muslim fundamentalist snatches keys to a tractor at a construction site careens into several cars, nearly overturns a bus, injures 16 people, almost severing the leg of one victim, before being shot and killed by a civilian. All this in an area I know well, Moshe Yemin in West Jerusalem near the famous Windmill overlooking the walls of David’s citadel. Obviously this shehada was copying Husam Taysir Dwayat who on July 2nd killed several Israelis, injured more than four dozen others before being shot and killed by a young IDF solider, himself a victim of Israeli police actions during the 2005 Gush Katif expulsion from Gaza. Now Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski says that perhaps they should reconsider employing Arabs from East Jerusalem by denying permits to operate buses and construction vehicles. What is that careworn expression? Oh yes, Dog bites man first time, dog’s fault, second time, man’s fault. Of course the dopey media conflates this to mean that perhaps this crazed Jihadi was out to get…Obama. Problem is, the political media rock star doesn’t arrive till this evening in Israel. The hotel where Obama will be staying at is a few hundred meters from the site of this rampage on King David Street. One thing though. I would be curious to know the identity of the civilian was who had the wits and the weapon to kill the bulldozer driver. He’s the hero today in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Post and AP, July 22, 2008

Sixteen people were wounded, one of them moderately, as a bulldozer driver went on a rampage in central Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon in an apparent attempt to recreate the terror attack in the capital earlier this month.

The vehicle reportedly left a construction site near Yemin Moshe neighborhood and set off towards Liberty Bell Park (Gan Hapa’amon), near the corner of Keren Hayesod and King David streets. It drove a distance of approximately 160 meters, attempting to overturn a bus and crashing into four other vehicles - one of which it flipped over. The man was then shot dead by a civilian and a border policeman.

The wounded were evacuated to hospitals in the capital.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police sealed off possible escape routes into east Jerusalem and were searching for two suspects who fled the scene.

The attack took place in a busy part of downtown Jerusalem, several hundred meters from the luxury hotel where US presidential candidate Barack Obama is supposed to stay Tuesday night as he kicks off a visit to Israel.

The bus that was hit, No. 13, was of the same line of the one that was overturned in the previous attack.

“I was driving on the main road when the (construction vehicle) hit me in the rear, on the right hand side,” the driver of the bus, who was not identified, told Channel 10 TV.

“After I passed him he turned round, made a U-turn and rammed the windows twice with the shovel. The third time he aimed for my head, he came up to my window and I swerved to the right, otherwise I would have gone to meet my maker,” he said.

Witness Moshe Shimshi said the driver, who was wearing a large, white skullcap commonly worn by religious Muslims, slammed into the side of the bus, then sped away and went for a car.

“He didn’t yell anything, he just kept ramming into cars,” Shimshi said.

The driver then headed for cars waiting at a red light “and rammed into them with all his might,” he added.

Channel 10 TV said a mother and her baby were wounded. Israeli rescue services said they had evacuated one person whose leg was partially severed; Israel media said he was in the car that was overturned.

“This was another attempt to murder innocent people in a senseless act of terrorism,” said government spokesman Mark Regev. “All people who believe in peace and reconciliation must unequivocally condemn this attack. Unfortunately, it is clear that we as a society will have to remain vigilant against terrorism.”

Minutes after the attack, the driver, wearing shorts and black shoes, was sprawled backward in the construction vehicle’s cabin, his legs dangling lifelessly.

On July 2, a resident of east Jerusalem rammed a bulldozer into cars, buses and pedestrians on one of Jerusalem’s busiest streets, killing three people and wounding at least 45 others - including a six-month-old baby girl - before being shot dead by security personnel.

The attack began at noon when Husam Taysir Dwayat, a 30-year-old resident of the southeast neighborhood of Sur Bahir, drove out of a nearby light rail construction site and plowed his Caterpillar vehicle into anything and anyone, first on Rehov Sarei Yisrael and then on Jaffa Road, overturning a No. 13 Egged bus, flattening half a dozen cars and leaving destruction and carnage in his wake.

Etgar Lefkovits contributed to this report

 

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A tip of the chapeau to Catherine M for sending us this BBC story.

al-yazid.jpgdanish-embasshy-in-pakistan.jpgAl Qaeda must be feeling pretty ballsy with the local media in Pakistan these days. Here’s a BBC story about the appearance on a Pakistani TV news interview on the GEO channel there with Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, another Egyptian Jihadi commander of Afghanistan operations against our troops there. This BBC account indicates the interview was conducted in the contested Afghan In this interview, al-Yazid takes credit for the monstrous suicide bombing on June 2nd of the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan that slaughtered fellow Muslims. He deemed it a proper action for al Qaeda. I notice that al-Yazid is still alive and that he has free access to Pakistani media. Next time he wants a gloating interview, we should endeavor to track him and use a Predator to take him out. That is, if we have the intelligence to find, fix and you know the rest.

By M Ilyas Khan BBC-Karachi , July 22, 2008

The man believed to be al-Qaeda’s commander of operations in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has given a rare television interview.

He confirmed to the Pakistani TV station Geo that al-Qaeda carried out the June bombing of the Danish embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

Geo say the interview was carried out in the Afghan province of Khost.

This is the first interview granted by a senior al-Qaeda member to the independent media since 2002.

It was conducted by Geo TV’s reporter Najib Ahmad in an undisclosed location in Khost, in the east of the country.

‘Proud’

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid is also known by the alias Sheikh Saeed.

All the victims of the Danish embassy attack were Muslims

The 53-year-old Egyptian, wearing a commando jacket, a white turban and dyed beard, spoke to the camera in Arabic, holding a Geo microphone in hand.

He confirmed that an al-Qaeda operative carried out the 2 June suicide attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad.

“We are proud of that attack, and I had congratulated my colleagues for conducting it successfully,” he said.

“We had chosen a time for the attack when there would be no innocent Muslims around,” he added. All of the eight people who died in the attack were reported to have been Muslims.

Shortly after the attack Mustafa Abu al-Yazid said on the internet that the attack was in revenge for the reprinting by Danish newspapers of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad considered blasphemous by many Muslims.

‘Properly involved’

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid is understood to be the operational commander of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan - a position which the Western intelligence community has long viewed as pivotal to the planning and execution of militant attacks around the world.

He is also reported to have managed the finances for the 11 September, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

He told the Geo interviewer that al-Qaeda was “properly involved” in those attacks, as well as the 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid also denounced the Pakistani government for fighting Islamic militants, justified suicide attacks and predicted victory for Taleban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan.

He is believed to be an al-Qaeda veteran who was jailed in Egypt in 1982 in connection with the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

He is thought to have climbed to the number three position in al-Qaeda about a year ago when his predecessor, Abu Ubaida al-Masri, died of hepatitis in Pakistan.

This is the first interview given by a senior al-Qaeda figure since May 2002, when two key figures in the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, were questioned by a reporter for the al-Jazeera television channel.

 

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