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February 27, 2011

Hamas hounds Gaza's secular community

Gaza's Islamist rulers force religious fundamentalism, bully residents to dress modestly, confiscate 'offensive' novels. Hamas: We respect freedom
Associated Press

After nearly four years of Hamas rule, the Gaza Strip's small secular community is in tatters, decimated by the militant group's campaign to impose its strict version of Islam in the coastal territory.

Hamas has bullied men and women to dress modestly, tried to keep the sexes from mingling in public and sparked a flight of secular university students and educated professionals. Most recently, it has confiscated novels it deems offensive to Islam from a bookshop and banned Gaza's handful of male hairdressers from styling women's hair.

The Hamas push toward religious fundamentalism is especially striking at a time of great change in the Middle East. With the Iranian-backed group firmly entrenched in power, Gaza seems unlikely to experience the type of pro-democracy unrest that has swept through much of the region.

In Gaza, defense of human rights and democracy has traditionally been the role of people whose world view is not shaped solely by Islam. Their shrinking influence could undermine those values.

Some argue that the case of Gaza could also be a warning sign for those pushing for quick democratic reforms in the region. Hamas rose to power in part by winning internationally backed parliamentary elections held in 2006.

Hamas officials say claims that they are trying to Islamize Gaza are meant to help deter the international community from recognizing their rule. "This isn't true," said Yousef Rizka, senior Hamas government official. "We respect freedom."

Shrinking secular community

Gaza, a tiny sliver of land squeezed between Egypt and Israel, always had a significant Islamic flavor, but once tolerated bars and cinemas, especially during Egyptian rule from 1948 to 1967. A conservative religious movement began to take hold in the 1980s, as part of a larger, region-wide religious awakening and because of intensifying conflict with Israel, which occupied the territory from 1967 to 2005.

The trend accelerated with the first Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation in 1987, which coincided with the founding of Hamas. In June 2007, Hamas seized control of Gaza after ousting forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

In Gaza, whose 1.5 million people are overwhelmingly devout Muslims, "liberal" and "secular" are loose, interchangeable terms. They apply to women who exchange modest Muslim headscarves for Western clothes, men who don't observe obligatory Muslim prayers, as well as those who call for separation of faith and politics.

Because the terms are used loosely, it's hard to know how many Gazans are actually secular. They dominate Gaza's human rights organizations, art collectives and youth groups.

Since the Hamas takeover, their numbers appear to have shrunk. There are no firm statistics, but their public profile has certainly diminished. Many left to study abroad and never returned. Others obtained refugee visas in Europe or found work in the Gulf.

"In the end, the people who think differently are leaving," said Rami, a 32-year-old activist in one of Gaza's few secular groups. He refused to give his last name, fearing retribution.

Burning down cinemas

The Gallery Cafe, one of Gaza's last secular spots, is a freeze-frame of their lonely fortunes.

About a dozen chain-smoking men and three women swigged nonalcoholic beer and sugary mint tea on a recent night as they debated the protests sweeping the Arab world. They huddled on plastic chairs under a marquee, pummeled by chilly wind.

The trend toward religious fundamentalism preceded the Hamas takeover. In recent years, hard-liners have burned down the cinemas. Their charred remains are still visible in Gaza City. Militants blew up the last bar in 2005.

Gaza women, whose attire once varied from Western pants and skirts to colorful traditional embroidered robes, began donning ankle-length loose robes. Women with face veils, once rarely seen in Gaza, are now a common sight.

After winning the 2006 election, Hamas vowed it wouldn't impose Islamic law. But within two years, bureaucrats began ordering changes that targeted secular Gaza residents.

During the summer of 2009, plainclothes Interior Ministry officials on beach patrols ordered men to wear shirts.

Today, plainclothes officers sometimes halt couples in the streets, demanding to see marriage licenses. Last year, the Interior Ministry banned women from smoking hookahs public. Islamic faith does not ban women from smoking, but it is considered taboo in Gaza society.

Books deemed blasphemous

In November, officials shuttered the UN-funded Sharek Youth Forum, Gaza's largest youth organization and a popular hangout for secular youth.

Sharek employees say they were interrogated over pornography found on some staff computers. They said it was the personal material of some employees and offered to punish them for inappropriate behavior.

In January, the Culture Ministry confiscated two novels from Gaza City's dusty Ibn Khaldoun bookshop. They said residents complained the books offended Islamic values.

One described the lives of Egyptian immigrants in the US and has been criticized for portraying a romantically involved unmarried couple. The other, an 18-year-old book by Syrian writer Haidar Haidar called "A Banquet for Seaweed," was deemed blasphemous in parts of the Muslim world because it contains phrases describing God as a "failed artist" and the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer.

Pockets of dissent remain. Gaza human rights groups frequently and publicly denounce Hamas campaigns.

One group of Gaza youth issued a call for support on Facebook, raging against their Hamas rulers, the UN, and Israel. Most people who joined the effort live abroad.

Jamal Sharif, an English-language lecturer, said many Gazans live two lives: They submit to Hamas rules on the streets, but keep their own, more secular, ideas alive at home through the Internet and satellite TV.

"That's where we learn to be cultured," Sharif said.

When the cheering in the west ends and western media turns it's focus to what ever star is going through melt down. The Middle East is going to slide into what Gaza has become.

Israel must be flexible in the ever changing Middle East as she identifies new threats to fight against.


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February 25, 2011

Israel allows $13.5 million into Gaza

Money from UNRWA bank account transferred into Strip just several hours before rocket attack on southern city of Beersheba
Tani Goldstein

Israeli authorities – the Bank of Israel and security forces – approved and facilitated the transfer of $13.5 million in cash to the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing on Wednesday, just several hours before a Grad rocket attack on the southern city of Beersheba, Ynet has learned.

The money was transferred from a bank account of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Bank of Palestine in Ramallah to the organization's account in the same bank in Gaza in order to pay the salaries of UNRWA employees in the Strip.

A similar sum was transferred in January. A source in the Gaza banking system said the money was changed by the Bank of Israel for the Palestinian bank. The central bank refused to confirm or deny the claim.

In recent years the Bank of Israel has changed money and provided other banking services to banks in Gaza and allowed the transfer of billions of dollars and shekels into the Strip, in addition to depositing billions of shekels and dollars for customers in Gaza.

Handling financial needs of 'hostile entity'?

It should be noted that the central bank's actions are not against the law, as they are done for Gaza branches of legal banks which are not based in the Strip, like the Ramallah-based Bank of Palestine or banks in Arab countries.

Nonetheless, the transfer raises a difficult question: Why does the Bank of Israel handle the financial needs of banks located within a territory which has been declared a "hostile entity"?

UNRWA told Ynet in response, "At the end of every month we transfer $13.5 million from the Bank of Palestine in Ramallah to the Bank of Palestine in Gaza. The entire sum is used to pay the salaries of UNRWA crewmembers.

"This procedure has been going on for years. It is conducted with transparency and with the knowledge, approval and full cooperation of the Israeli authorities. The Bank of Palestine is recognized by the Israeli authorities as the appropriate body for this activity. So far, this has not raised any problems in regards to our neutrality or complaints of the money being misused."

How many times has Israel caught UNRWA red handed helping terrorist? Too many to count, that is how many times.

Why are we cursed to have such leaders over us?

February 24, 2011

40 years after the Munich massacre – murdered athlete’s ID card was returned
to his family.
23 Feb 2011
DFM Danny Ayalon: The return of these documents to the families is more than
just a humane gesture; it is of historical importance.

At an emotional ceremony that took place today at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon returned Eliezer Halfin’s
Olympic competitor ID card to his sister, Ms. Rima Goldwasser. Halfin, a
wrestler, was among the eleven Israeli athletes murdered by terrorists at
the 1972 Munich Olympics. The card had been kept hidden all these years by a
German police officer and, after his death, was returned by his son, Holzer
Tilmann, to the Israel embassy in Germany. The ceremony took place in the
presence of the German ambassador to Israel, Dr. Harald Kindermann, the
Deputy Chair of the Israeli Olympic Committee, Aryeh Sieff, and relatives of
the murdered athletes: Ilana Romano, widow of Yosef Romano, and Anki Rekhes
(Shpitzer), widow of Andrei Shpitzer.

After receiving the card, Ms. Goldwasser emotionally thanked Tilmann, the
deputy foreign minister and the German ambassador for the return of the

DFM Ayalon spoke at the ceremony and said:

“Even after 40 years, the memory of those murdered in Munich will not be
forgotten. That was the lowest point in the history of sport. What Holzer
Tilmann, the policeman’s son, has done is a courageous, decent act that
closes a circle. From this podium I call on the government of Germany to
make every effort to locate other documents that are perhaps being held
somewhere, because hundreds of documents are still missing. The return of
these documents to the families is more than just a humane gesture; it is of
historical importance for perpetuating the event and engraving it on the
pages of history.

“While we as a peace-loving, humane people concern ourselves with
commemorating the victims, the Palestinian leadership is busy glorifying
terrorism and the murderers. When Mohammed “Abu Daoud” Oudeh, one of the
masterminds behind the Munich Olympics massacre, died, Palestinian Authority
Chairman Abu Mazen praised his memory and heritage and called him his
wonderful brother and a courageous leader. The Palestinian leadership is
busy glorifying terrorism, thereby pushing the chances for reconciliation
further away.”

The German ambassador to Israel reinforced Ayalon’s words and spoke out
against turning terrorists into Palestinian folk heroes. He called on the
Palestinian leadership to stop glorifying terrorism. “Just as terrorism must
be combated, the sanctification of terrorism must be combated.”

Ilana Romano, Yosef Romano’s widow, spoke on behalf of the victims’
families: “Over the years, we have been collecting every possible crumb.
This is a card that Halfin held in his hand; this is a very emotional
moment. I hope more documents will be found and returned to the families.”

The deputy chair of the Israeli Olympic Committee, Aryeh Sieff, stressed the
long, so-far-unsuccessful battle to open the Olympic Games with a moment of
silence in memory of the eleven members of the Israeli delegation murdered
in Munich. DFM Ayalon promised to do everything in his power to help.

February 23, 2011

Rocket falls on Beersheba; FM demands UN action be taken

02/24/2011 01:05

Following fire of Katyusha in Negev which causes extensive damage, Lieberman says "Israel will not remain indifferent to these acts"; residents treated for shock; IAF responds by striking Islamic Jihad cell in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman late night Wednesday instructed the Israeli UN delegation to submit a complaint to the UN Security Council and General Assembly over the grad rocket that hit Beersheba earlier in the evening. "Israel will not remain indifferent to these acts," Lieberman stressed in his statement.

The grad-model Katyusha rocket struck the Negev city on Wednesday night, the first such attack on the city since Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip over two years ago

The IDF responded harshly to the attacks. In an initial response late Wednesday, the IAF attacked an Islamic Jihad cell east of Gaza City, reportedly wounding three gunmen.

The rocket landed in a courtyard near a villa in Beersheba at about 8.45 p.m., causing extensive damage to homes in the area but no casualties.

Sirens went off throughout the city just seconds before the rocket struck.

Four residents – two adults and two children – were treated for shock.

“I heard a siren, then a boom, and everything in my house just shook,” a woman named Zehava told Israel Radio. “It was terrible.”

“We’ve been through worse, and we’ll get through this, too,” said Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich.

“Thank God, no one was hurt because everyone in the area entered protected rooms.”

Another rocket hit the Netivot area a short time later, causing no harm.

February 22, 2011

Test For Bibi

Iranian warships enter Suez Canal en route to Syria
Canal officials say Islamic Republic's naval vessels enter canal for first time in 3 decades; ships expected to reach Mediterranean within hours.

CAIRO — Two Iranian naval vessels entered the Suez Canal on Tuesday en route to Syria, officials said, the first time in three decades that Tehran has sent military ships through the strategic waterway.

Canal officials said the ships — a frigate and a supply vessel — are expected to reach the Mediterranean later in the day.

Israel has made clear it views the passage as a provocation. Israeli officials refused to comment Tuesday, though earlier this week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he viewed the move "with gravity."

The canal linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean enables ships to avoid a lengthy sail around Africa. The Iranian ships are headed for a training mission in Syria. In Damascus, officials at the Iranian embassy said it would mark the first time in years that Iranian warships dock in a Syrian port.

The ships paid about $300,000 in fees for the passage, according to a Maritime agent. The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Iran's request to send the warships through the Suez Canal came at a particularly difficult time for Egypt as the nation's new military rulers try to focus on pressing domestic issues, including restoring security after the uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

The military rulers apparently had no choice but to grant the ships passage because an international convention regulating shipping says the canal must be open "to every vessel of commerce or of war." Egypt also cannot search naval ships passing through the waterway.

Iranian warships have not passed through the Suez Canal since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Egyptian-Iranian ties broke down following the Islamic Revolution and the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty the same year. Later, the relationship improved slightly, with contacts currently channeled through interest sections in the two capitals.

Bibi this is your test, do not fail Am Israel.

If you are weak you condemn Israel to war.

Be strong and sink these ships which will show Iran that Israel is not as weak as they think we are

Bibi this test is pass/fail not multiple choice.

February 21, 2011

Knesset passes bill requiring NGO transparency

MK Rotem withdraws more draconian measures before vote; PM blocks NGO inquiry; Lieberman associates say PM caved to left, vow revenge.

The Knesset passed a bill into law Monday requiring non-governmental organizations to issue quarterly reports about funding they receive from foreign governments and to reveal that they are backed by other countries on their websites and advertisements.

The bill, which was sponsored by coalition chairman Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), passed its final reading by a 40-34 vote after tougher measures against NGOs and plans to form parliamentary inquiry committees to examine the NGOs were dropped.

Knesset Law Committee chairman David Rotem withdrew controversial amendments that would have taken away tax credits away from NGOs supported by foreign governments. His amendments would also require NGOs to submit donations from foreign individuals and to write that they receive foreign funding on every email.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed support for Rotem's amendments at Monday's Likud faction meeting, despite strong opposition to the bill expressed by the leadership of several countries. But Rotem said he decided to drop the amendments at the request of Zionist organizations who told him the amendments would harm them.

Rotem said he would submit a different version of his amendments by the end of the Knesset's winter session next month. He expressed confidence that he would be able to pass them.

Netanyahu took steps Monday to kill efforts to form a Knesset inquiry committee that would have examined donations from foreign countries to Israeli NGOs. The prime minister decided to accept a request by Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar to allow Likud MKs to vote their conscience on the bill rather than require faction discipline.

That decision ensured that there would not be a majority to approve forming the parliamentary inquiry committee. Netanyahu initially announced that he supported forming the committee, but he took steps to avoid it passing already last month when he tried unsuccessfully to block faction discipline from being imposed.

"A parliamentary investigative committee would lack the power to enact change and at the same time would further worsen the delegitimization of Israel worldwide," Netanyahu told the Likud faction.

Netanyahu's decision to block the inquiry committee reportedly angered Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is in Brussels for a meeting of the Israel-European Union Association Council with 27 EU foreign ministers on Tuesday.

Lieberman heard about Netanyahu's decision from the press. His associates condemned Netanyahu for "caving into the Left" and vowed revenge.

The EU foreign ministers and Lieberman are expected to face off at the meeting on the funding their countries give anti-Zionist organizations in Israel.

A Panels poll broadcast Monday on the Knesset Channel found that most Israelis considered Lieberman a good politician and a bad foreign minister. The poll found that 57 percent of respondents called him a good politician and ten percent said he was a bad politician. Only 28% said he was good foreign minister.

This bill is a good start but does not go far enough. It should be against the law for NGO's to receive funding from foreign government. The law should allow criminal prosecution of the board of directors that receive funds from foreign governments, since most governments are anti Jews living every where in our land.

I would also say that NGO's that are involved in supporting the Palestinians in any way should also be barred from receiving funding from any source private or governments that is outside of Israel.

February 20, 2011

Bibi, Weak Or Stupid

Israel agrees to more troops in demilitarized Sinai
Second deployment of Egyptian military forces will crack down on Bedouin violence and protect natural gas pipeline to Israel.

Israel has agreed to a second deployment of Egyptian military forces in the Sinai Peninsula to crack down on Beduin violence and protect a gas pipeline that supplies natural gas to Israel.

The decision to permit the deployment of additional troops in Sinai came after the government allowed Egypt to deploy two battalions of about 800 troops in the peninsula earlier this month. The new deployment was made under the condition that the forces will withdraw the moment they are asked to by Israel.

Israel is concerned about reports that Egyptian police have abandoned Sinai in the face of growing Beduin violence and fear the territory will turn into a global jihad breeding ground. Egyptian police left dozens of stations throughout the peninsula after they were attacked by Beduin armed with missiles and assault rifles.

“It will take the Egyptians a long time to restore order in Sinai,” a senior Israeli security official said.

Under the 1979 peace treaty, Israel gave back the captured Sinai to Egypt.

In return, Egypt agreed to leave the area, which borders southern Israel, demilitarized. The arid peninsula lies between Egypt’s mainland and Israel, and Israel was worried about an Egyptian invasion then.

According to defense officials, Israel decided to allow the Egyptians to deploy more troops in Sinai in small numbers to secure the gas pipeline and prevent the smuggling of weaponry from the peninsula into the Gaza Strip. Earlier this month, terrorists bombed a gas station in Sinai, leading to a suspension of gas supplies from Egypt to Israel.

Are you kidding me, is Bibi really this stupid or weak.

Any troops in the Sinai is a violation of the Camp David Peace Accords. So if their is going to be a breaking of the treaty why don't we do it too the advantage of Israel?

I call for the IDF to enter the Sinai in mass all the way to the Suez canal.

February 19, 2011


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February 18, 2011

Thank You Mr.President

US vetoes anti-settlement resolution

America uses veto power to thwart anti-settlement resolution at UN, amid harsh Palestinian criticism of US; PA slams American 'bias,' Ramallah protestors hold racist anti-US rally, refer to Obama by skin color
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON - The United States vetoed the Palestinian proposal to condemn settlement construction by Israel at the United Nations Security Council Friday.

The other 14 Council members voted in favor of the draft resolution. But the US, as one of the five permanent council members with the power to block any action by the Security Council, voted against it and struck it down.

Earlier, the Palestinians rejected America's request to withdraw or soften the resolution.

The vote followed a tense day that featured Palestinian rejection of US pressure to avoid the resolution coupled with wild PA attacks on the Obama Administration.

'Europe wants Palestine in UN'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told council members that the veto "should not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity." She added that the US view is that Israeli settlements lack legitimacy.

But she said the draft "risks hardening the position of both sides" and reiterated the US position that settlements and other contentious issues should be resolved in direct peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, speaking on behalf of Britain, France and Germany, condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank. "They are illegal under international law," he said.

He added that the European Union's three biggest nations hope that an independent state of Palestine will join the United Nations as a new member state by September 2011.

Israel's Foreign Ministry expressed its appreciation for the US veto, stressing that direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are the only way to resolve the conflict between the sides.

'US biased to point of destruction'

According to a senior Palestinian official, the US president threatened President Mahmoud Abbas with "repercussions' should the Palestinians go ahead with the vote. However, the PA chose to rebuff the US request and instead leveled harsh accusations at the Administration.

Before the vote, Palestinian legislator and leading PLO member Hanan Ashrawi told CNN: "The Americans have very clearly demonstrated to Palestinians, to Arab public opinion, and to world public opinion that they are biased to the point of destruction."

"If they keep trying to manipulate and water down a resolution to become a statement, and they start selling us used goods again it's not going to work," Ashrawi said.

'Black hands support occupation'

Meanwhile, the Fatah movement organized a rally in Ramallah to support the Palestinian anti-settlement push and slam the US. The demonstration features racist elements, as protestors carried signs referring to Obama by his skin color, reading "Washington – the black hands support occupation and colonial thinking."

The protestors lauded President Mahmoud Abbas for ignoring US pressure to withdraw the UN proposal.

The Palestinian decision to go ahead with the vote was made unanimously during a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive and the central committee of Abbas' Fatah movement.

"The Palestinian leadership has decided to go on to the UN Security Council to pressure Israel to halt settlement activities. The decision was taken despite American pressure," said Wasel Abu Yousef, a PLO executive member.

Thank You President Obama.

Palestinians show what racist scum they are by referring to Obama's race.

February 17, 2011

IDF Thwarts Terror Attempt Near Northern Gaza Border

IDF Spokesperson Announcement

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 09:50

IDF Thwarts Terror Attempt Near Northern Gaza Border

Overnight, an IDF force identified a number of Palestinian militants
approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, in an attempt to
plant explosive devices. Thwarting the attempt, the force fired at the
militants, hitting three of them.

During 2010, approximately 100 different terror-related incidents took place
near the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip, an average of an
incident every three days.

The presence of Palestinian civilians in the area adjacent to the security
fence is used by terrorist organizations as cover for their activities,
including planting explosive devices, planning terrorist attacks and
attempting to kidnap IDF soldiers. For this reason, the IDF will not allow
anyone to be present in this area. The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist
organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip
and for any terrorist activity emanating from it.

International News Desk

Spokesperson's Unit

February 16, 2011

'Hezbollah will conquer Galilee if there is war'

Nasrallah calls Gantz weak, says Israel has lost its confidence due to Mideast turmoil; Hezbollah leader says he will avenge Mugniyeh's death.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that he is ready for another war with Israel, AFP reported.

"I tell the fighters of the resistance that one day they might be asked to liberate the Galilee," Nasrallah said at a "Resistance Martyrs Day" ceremony.

"The Israelis are afraid," Nasrallah said. "I want to assure you and tell the Israelis that they should be careful because the blood of Imad Mugniyeh will not go to waste."

"Gantz came to visit the Lebanon border - welcome," Nasrallah said, referring to the new IDF chief of staff. "He is the one that was defeated and pulled IDF troops out of Lebanon. You have a completely weak chief of staff."

The Hezbollah leader also discussed Israel's reactions to the protests across the Middle East, citing Defense Minister Ehud Barak's assessment that the Middle East is "changing in front of our eyes."

Nasrallah added that Israel is no longer as confident as it once was.

He explained that the Middle East's main problem is "the existence of Israel...that killed and slaughtered, confiscated the lands and kicked people put, with sponsorship from the West."

"Israel is the one that expanded toward Lebanon and Syria," Nasrallah said.

Speaking to US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Nasrallah said that "justice means that property should be returned to its owners. In light of such justice, there will be stability in the region. However, searching for justice through peace talks cannot achieve peace."

Nasrallah also lamented the relationship between the US and Israel, saying "the US categorizes you in the 'axis of evil' if you are against Israel. When an Arab or Islamic system does not give in [to the US] it becomes isolated." He expressed admiration for the Iranian revolution, that "kicked the Americans out and severed relations with Israel."

I hate to say this but I think Nasrallah is correct Gantzis a weaker man than Galant is.

The question is will the fact that Bibi caved to leftist pressure on Galant and threw him under the bus, bring war to Israel. I must say the jury is still out on that question.

Gantz is the chief of staff and I pray G-D give him strength and wisdom.

February 15, 2011

IDF Spokesperson Announcement - Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz Appointed 20th IDF Chief of the General Staff

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 14, 2011 11:40

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz Appointed 20th IDF Chief of the General Staff

Major General Benny Gantz was appointed IDF Chief of the General Staff and
received the rank of Lieutenant General today, February 14th 2011, at a
national ceremony held in the Prime Minister's chamber.

The appointed Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz,
will replace Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, who served as Chief of the
General Staff in the last four years, and is retiring from the IDF after 40
years of service.

Lt. Gen. Gantz is Israel's 20th IDF Chief of the General Staff.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Israel's Prime Minister, Mr.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak, ministers, members of
the Cabinet, the General Staff and other honored guests. Also attending the
ceremony was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States
Military, Admiral Michael G. Mullen, who arrived in Israel especially to
participate in the farewell events for Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi.

Attached are the curriculum vitae of Lt. Gen. Gantz and Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi.

Lieutenant General Benny Gantz – Curriculum Vitae

Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, born 1959, recruited to the IDF in 1977 and
joined the Paratroopers Brigade.

In 1979, he graduated from the IDF Officer School and was positioned as a
Platoon Commander and later as a deputy Company Commander in the Paratrooper
Brigade. In the 1982 Lebanon War he replaced an injured company commander,
fighting alongside his soldiers in western Beirut.

Between 1987-1989 he served as Commander of the Ef'a Battalion in the
Paratroopers Brigade.

Between 1989-1992 he served as Commander of the Shaldag Unit in the Israel
Air force. Also during the same period, was a commander of the forces
securing operation Shlomo, bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

Between 1992-1994 he served as Commander of the Reserve Paratroopers

Between 1994-1995 he served as Commander of the Judea Brigade in the Judea
and Samaria Division.

Between 1995-1997 he served as Commander of the Paratroopers Brigade.

Between 1998-1999 received the rank of Brig. Gen. and served as commander of
a reserve division in the Northern Command.

Between 1999-2000 he served as Commander of the Liaison Unit with Lebanon.
He was the last IDF commander to leave the gates of Lebanon.

In 2001 was appointed Commander of the Northern Command Reserve Core and
received the rank of Maj. Gen.

Between 2000-2002, during the start of the second Intifada he served as
Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division.

Between 2002-2005 he served as Commander of the IDF Northern Command.

Between 2005-2007 he served as Commander of the IDF Ground Forces Command.

Between 2007- 2009 he served as the IDF Military Attaché in the United

In 2009 he was requested by the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the
General staff to serve as the Deputy IDF Chief of General Staff, a position
he filled until November 2010. During this period, Lt. Gen. Gantz
implemented the Tefen multi-year plan in addition to leading other processes
in the reserve forces, human resources, the IDF budget and numerous others.

On February 2011 he was appointed by the Israeli government as Israel's 20th
IDF Chief of the General Staff and received the rank of Lieutenant General.

Lt. Gen. Gantz is a graduate of the Command and Staff College and the
National Security College and a US Military Special Forces course (one of
only three IDF officers to graduate from the "Green Berets" training
course). He has a Bachelors degree in history from the Tel Aviv University,
a Masters degree in Political Science from the Haifa University and another
Masters Degree in Management of National Resources from the National Defense
University in the United States.

Lt. Gen. Gantz is married and is a father of four.

Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi Curriculum Vitae

Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi was born in 1954 in Moshav Hagor. He is a
graduate of the Military boarding school by the Gimnasia Hertzlia in Tel

In 1972, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi was recruited to the IDF Golani Brigade.

In 1973, During the Yom Kippur War Ashkenazi participated in the battles
along the southern front and in 1976 participated in the Entebbe operation.

In 1978, while serving as a Deputy Battalion Commander in the Golani
Brigade, Ashkenazi was wounded while participating in the Litani operation.

Between 1979-1980- took part in the Barak Command and Staff Course, which he
completed with honors.

In 1980 was appointed Commander of a Golani Battalion, and in 1981 received
the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In 1982, during the War in Lebanon, Ashkenazi was appointed Deputy Commander
of the Golani Brigade. He commanded the forces which captured the Beaufort,
Nabatiyah and Jabel Baruch.

Between 1983-1984 participated in the Command and Staff Course of the US
Army Marines.

In 1984 was appointed Operations Officer at the Headquarters of the Infantry
and Paratroopers Corps.

In 1985 received the rank of Colonel and became the Commander of a Regional
Brigade in the IDF's Northern Command.

In 1987 was appointed Commander of the Golani Brigade.

In 1988 was appointed Operations Officer of the Northern Command.

In 1992 was appointed Commander of the IDF Liaison Unit to Lebanon and in
1994 was appointed Commander of the IDF Operations Unit within the General

In 1996 received the rank of Major General and served as Assistant Head of
the General Staff Branch, in the IDF's General Staff.

In 1998 was appointed GOC Northern Command.

In 2002 was appointed Deputy Chief of the General Staff and in 2005
Ashkenazi retired from the IDF.

On February 4th 2007, the Government of Israel decided to appoint Gabi
Ashkenazi to be the 19th Chief of the General Staff.

On February 14th 2007, Gabi Ashkenazi received the rank of Lieutenant
General and was appointed Chief of the General Staff.

Lieutenant General Ashkenazi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science
from the University of Haifa and is a graduate of the Harvard Business
Management program for senior executives. He is married to Ronit and is the
father of Itai and Gali.

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February 14, 2011

Knesset passes Bishara bill: 'There's a limit to the madness'

Bill meant to deny pension payments from MK who fled Israel after being suspected of aiding Hezbollah passes final readings by 36-11 vote. MK Barakeh: Legislation fueled by 'dark urges of lowly politicians'
Roni Sofer

Following a heated debate Monday evening, a bill which permits the House Committee to revoke the pension payments of lawmakers who have evaded an investigation or trial involving a serious offense passed its second and third readings on the Knesset floor.

The bill was initiated by Yisrael Hasson (Kadima) and Yariv Levin (Likud) to deny payments to former MK Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel after he was suspected of relaying sensitive information to Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War.

The Knesset passed the bill into law by a vote of 36-11.

"Hopefully we won’t need this law, but at the same time it is our duty to put and end to the situation created by Bishara and put up a warning sign saying the Israeli Knesset and the people of Israel will not allow an MK to betray the country and still take money from it," Levin said after the vote.

MK Nissim Zeev (Shas) called Bishara an "enemy of the State of Israel, a liar and a traitor" and said "we are a suicidal democracy that doesn’t protect itself. We allow the enemies of the state to enter the Knesset."

Lawmakers from Meretz and the Arab factions were opposed to the legislation, which Mohammad Barakeh (Hadash) called "an expression of vengeance." He said the bill was fueled by the "dark urges of lowly politicians."

Meretz Chairman Chaim Oron said, "Why take away his pension? So that people will set up an international fund and give him even more money?"

After MK Hanin Zoabi (National Democratic Assembly) called the law "immoral." In response, Miri Regev said "this Knesset suffers from terrorists who sail on the Marmara." Zoabi was one of the passengers aboard the Gaza-bound Turkish ship which was raided by Israeli commandoes on May 31. Nine Turkish nationals were killed during the takeover.

MK Regev also called Zoabi a "hypocrite" who "forgot who she is supposed to represent."

MK Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta'al) called the law "sheer madness", adding "I haven’t heard a word about (Natan) Zada (the Israeli soldier behind the deadly shooting attack in Shfaram) or Ami Popper (who killed seven Palestinian laborers in 1990). You support terrorists as long as they are Jews."

It is about time. How could we have been paying a traitor for five years every month a pension?

The only thing left for Israel to do is to give the job of killing this traitor so as to give justice to his treason.

February 13, 2011

She is Cool No Doubt

Macy Gray donates first aid motorcycle after TA show
Singer says gift meant "to save the lives of Jews, Christians, and Muslims" in Israel without any differentiation of religion.

Grammy award-winning singer Macy Gray ended her Tel Aviv concert Saturday night with a special gesture of goodwill to her Israeli fans, donating a $25,000 first response motorcycle to the charity organization "United Hatzalah".

The motorcycle includes a life-support system and state-of-the-art first aid equipment, and was presented by Gray to three volunteers from the organization who joined her on stage at the end of the concert.

When presenting the motorcycle, Gray said it was meant "to save the lives of Jews, Christians, and Muslims" in Israel, without any differentiation of religion.

Gray made the decision to pay her third visit to Israel after she was pressured to join artistic boycotts against the country. Gray decided to leave the issue up to her fans, and asked them to comment on a Facebook page on whether or not she should perform in Israel.

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Ex-Egypt envoy: Israel in trouble

Zvi Mazel, former ambassador to Cairo, says Israel facing 'hostile situation' following Mubarak's downfall. 'The army will rule Egypt for years. It's a whole new world, with no one left to lead the pragmatic states'
Ronen Medzini

Israel's former ambassador to Egypt was particularly pessimistic Friday after hearing of President Hosni Mubarak's dramatic resignation.

"It's over, Egypt is no longer a superpower," former Israeli Ambassador to Cairo Zvi Mazel told Ynet. "Egypt has completely lost its status in the area, while Turkey and Iran are on the way up. It's a different world."

"As long as we had Mubarak, there was no void in our relations with the region. Now we're in big trouble," he said.

Israel, Mazel said, had many reasons for concern. "From a strategic point of view, Israel is now facing a hostile situation. It's over, there is no one left to lead the pragmatic, moderate state."

Mazel said it could take time before a new government was established in Egypt.

"The familiar governmental framework of the past 30 years has dissolved, and it will take a year or two or three before a new regime rises to power.

"The next stage is disbanding parliament, as the people won't accept a parliament based on fraud, and holding new elections. Naturally, the opposition will also want to run in these elections and will ask for a longer period of time to gain recognition. The Muslim Brotherhood will take action as well, of course."

Mazel also spoke about the meaning of military rule, which he believes Egypt is expected to experience in the coming years. "It's a whole new world, an unknown world. The army is responsible for the jurisdiction systems, and the military constitutional regime is completely different than civilian rule.

"General Tantawi has been appointed chairman of the Higher Military Council, making him the 'de facto' temporary president. He is a well known person who never even thought about running for president. In any event, there is no longer a familiar legitimate governmental framework in Egypt."

According to the former envoy, the fate of Israel's relations with Egypt in the coming years is hard to predict. "(Tantawi) is okay, but the strategic situation comprises forces we are unfamiliar with. The army will likely maintain the peace agreement, but there will be developments we cannot foresee at this time."

He did say, however, that the Muslim Brotherhood movement has no foothold in the new reality. "At this stage the army is anti-Muslim Brotherhood. They did some screening to let in as few (Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers) as possible, and they won't let them rise."

Mazel believes Egypt is only part of a domino effect.

"We may see a series of upheavals in the region now. Mubarak's downfall supports revolutionaries everywhere, from Yemen to Algeria. The question is whether such Middle East will be manageable. What if there are coups in Jordan, Morocco or Saudi Arabia? Only God knows who will otake power."

February 09, 2011

Long Read But Worth It

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
PMW Bulletin: Translation of important Muslim Brotherhood book: Jihad is the way

PMW Bulletin

Feb. 9, 2011
The Muslim Brotherhood - in its own words

PMW translation of

"Jihad is the way" by Mustafa Mashhur

Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002


by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

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One of the results of the turmoil in Egypt is the rise in influence of the
Muslim Brotherhood. In order to understand the implications, Palestinian
Media Watch has translated the book Jihad is the way by Mustafa Mashhur, who
was the official leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt 1996-2002. The
book is the fifth volume of his full work called The Laws of Da'wa (Islamic
missionary activity).

In his book, Jihad is the way, Mashhur explains the fundamental concepts of
the Muslim Brotherhood ideology. Mashhur's teachings encompass subjects such
as the Muslim Brotherhood's goal of establishing an Islamic state, world
domination under Islam, the public and personal religious duty of military
Jihad, and the warning not to rush to Jihad until it is prepared and timed
for maximum benefit. Click to view full translation in PDF

PMW has selected the following quotes from Jihad is the way to illustrate
central ideas of Muslim Brotherhood ideology. PMW's translation of the book
follows below.

National goal: Islamic world domination

- "...the Islamic Ummah [nation]... can regain its power and be liberated
and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most
exalted nation among men , as the leaders of humanity..."
- "...know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the
world, even if your enemies desire your degradation..."
- "It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only
for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah's enemies from
Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of
establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading
it around the world..."
- "...Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic
countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided, and the
banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall
continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land
of Islam will be liberated, the State of Islam will be established,..."

Means: Jihad - a mandatory religious duty

-"Then comes the power of arms and weapons,... and this is the role of
- "Jihad is a religious public duty... incumbent upon the Islamic nation,
and is a personal duty to fend off the infidels' attack on the nation..."
- "And the youth should know that the problems of the Islamic world, such as
Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues
of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of
Islam and all Muslims, and their resolution cannot be negotiated and
bargained by recognizing the enemy's right to the Islamic land he stole,
therefore, there is no other option but Jihad for Allah, and this is why
Jihad is the way."
- "The symbol of the [Muslim] Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Quran]
between two swords. The swords symbolize Jihad and the force that protects
the truth represented in Allah's book."
- "...that is, go out to battle, oh believers, young and old, by foot or
with animal, under all circumstances and conditions..."

Timing: Don't rush, prepare carefully for Jihad

- "... despite this, the [Muslim] Brotherhood is not rushed by youth's
enthusiasm into immature and unplanned action which will not alter the bad
reality and may even harm the Islamic activity, and will benefit the people
of falsehood..."
- "... one should know that it is not necessary that the Muslims will repel
every attack or damage caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, but
[only] when ability and the circumstances are fit to it."
- "Prepare yourself and train in the art of warfare, and embrace the causes
of power. You must learn the ways and manners and laws of war. You must
learn them and embrace them and adhere to them, so that your Jihad will be
the one accepted by Allah."
- "... there exists an unavoidable personal duty for every Muslim to equip
himself and prepare and gear-up towards Jihad..."

Personal goal: Aspire to Shahada - Death for Allah

- "Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our
constitution, the Jihad is our way, and the Death for Allah is our most
exalted wish."
- "The Jihad is our way and death for Allah is our most lofty wish", this is
the call which we have always called,... Many of our beloved ones have
already achieved this wish,... We ask Allah to accept all of them,... and
may He join us with them, ..."

Jihad against Israel:

- "Honorable brothers have achieved Shahada (Martyrdom) on the soil of
beloved Palestine, during the years 47' and 48', [while] in their Jihad
against the criminal, thieving, gangs of Zion. The Imam and Shahid (Martyr)
Hassan Al-Banna is considered as a Shahid (Martyr) of Palestine, even if he
was not killed on its soil."

The Laws of Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) (Part 5)

Jihad is the Way


Mustafa Mashhur*

[*Mustafa Mashhur was the fifth General Guide, the official leader,
of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 until his death in 2002.]

Publishing House: "Dar al-Tawziah wal-Nashr al-Islamia"
[Islamic Publishing and Distribution House], 1995

Publishing House's Address: Zayneed Square 8 [Cairo, Egypt]

Translated by Palestinian Media Watch


PMW translation policy:
PMW has included all the main texts, ideologies, policies, views, and
explanations expressed in this book, while leaving out numerous repetitions
as well as some of the many Quran sources cited to support the ideology.
Passages left out are indicated by three dots.

Islamic terms referring to seeking and obtaining Martyrdom death are
translated as follows:
Shahada = "Martyrdom for Allah", appears as: Shahada (Martyrdom)
Shahid = "Martyr for Allah", appears as: Shahid (Martyr)
Istish'had = "Seeking Martyrdom for Allah", appears as: Istish'had
or alternatively:
Istish'had = "Achieved Martyrdom for Allah", appears as: Istish'had
(achieved Martyrdom)

Quran translations are based on USC-MSA-Compendium of Muslim Texts


The Laws of Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) (Part) 5

Jihad is the Way


Mustafa Mashhur

Jihad is the way. We need to be fully aware of this and to act and follow in
its way. The faltering of faith has led the Muslims to their current state:
one of laxity, disintegration, the dominion of Allah's enemies over the
Muslim's resources, and the succumbing of some of them to abandoning their
faith. The revival of the faith is the starting point for the revival and
revitalization of the Islamic Ummah [nation], so that it can regain its
power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended
by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men , as the leaders of humanity,
and through this religion of truth they will deliver humanity from darkness
unto light.

Together with the power of faith, there is no escaping from the power of
unity among the Muslims to unify efforts. Then comes the power of arms and
weapons, when nothing else will suffice, and this is the role of Jihad. The
Imam (Muslim religious leader) and Shahid (Martyr), Hassan al-Banna (founder
of the Muslim Brotherhood) learned of the need for these three forces, from
the biography of the Prophet [Muhammad], may Allah bless him and give him

Many questions arise regarding the Muslim Brotherhood's stance as to
Jihad... There is one who asks: Is the meaning of Jihad to force non-Muslims
to become Muslim under threat of violence? While another says: Do you want
to fight Allah's enemies in the East and West while they are immensely
powerful and you are weak...? ... And some say do you want, through the
Jihad, to send Muslim youth to their death and to hand them over as easy
prey to the enemies of Islam? At the same time we hear those among the
enthusiastic youth who say: Has the [Muslim] Brotherhood grown weary after
the challenges, thrown down its weapons and abandoned Jihad? Yet another
says: Do you wish, with this passivity, to weaken the youth's vigor and kill
the spirit of Jihad in them?

Another asks: How long will you content yourselves with Da'wa (Islamic
missionary activity) and education without Jihad, while the enemies of Allah
lie in wait and attack you from time to time, and you confront their attacks
with submissiveness and without resistance?

These are all questions which are brought up regarding the [Muslim]
Brotherhood and their position on Jihad... We feel it necessary to make
these matters clear to all of us so that there will be a unified
understanding and the efforts shall be unified with Allah's help.

Mustafa Mashhur
...Our Islamic religion is not a religion of priests and monks, who worship
their Lord individually without taking interest in others... but rather it
is a complete religion which organizes peoples' lives in this world as well
as in the next life: It organizes the economic, social and political matters
of Muslims and still - [is] a religion of faith, law and ritual, which
addresses every minor and major issue related to man...
It is, additionally, a religion of one nation, one society, one Qibla
(prayer direction, i.e., Mecca) and one book. It transforms the Muslims into
one body in their mutual relations, if one of its limbs suffers; the whole
body comes to its protection...

The religion [of Islam] requires its believers to perform its laws and the
rules of the Quran and the prophetic traditions, and to deliver this
religion of truth to all of humanity...

Is it possible for such a religion to exist and for its believers to fulfill
all of its requirements without the adherents of other beliefs persecuting
it with attacks on the religion and its followers, and without their
attempting to prevent the believers from performing this religion and
establishing it? Should the believers of this religion cease to perform
it... simply because the enemies of Allah attack them? And if they [Muslims]
endure patiently, does this mean that this patience has no end? Do they not
have a right to repel the aggression and to remove the hurdles from their

From this it is evident that Jihad is an inevitable necessity, and that's
why it was made a religious duty in Islam, [a duty] which exists till the
day of Resurrection. It is also the reason why [Islam] has excited the
interest in [Jihad] and hastened towards it, and made it the highest
pinnacle of Islam; Without it, the religion has no revival and the people of
falsehood take over, and the religion of Allah becomes invalid and life is
corrupted and goes astray from the path that Allah wanted. Is this
appropriate for the religion of Allah, Exalted and Almighty?

In this book, we will clarify several issues pertaining to [the place of]
Jihad in Islam...
Islam has dedicated much attention to the issue of Jihad and militancy and
recruiting the nation and gathering it all in one line in order to defend
the truth with all its might; it [Islam] has rendered Jihad a religious duty
for every Muslim, which no [Muslim] can escape, and has aroused the will
towards [performing] Jihad to the greatest degree; It has greatly increased
the rewards for the Mujahidun (Jihad warriors) and the Shahids (Martyrs),
and has threatened the procrastinators and those who avoid Jihad with the
most terrible punishments...

[Translator's note: What follows are quotes from Hassan al-Banna on Jihad,
fighting and Istish'had [Martyrdom-Seeker or achieved Martyrdom]

... The Imam and Shahid (Martyr) [Hassan al-Banna] writes in his Treatise on
Jihad: "All of the sages, the earlier and the later ones... agree that Jihad
is a religious public duty to spread Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity)
incumbent upon the Islamic nation, and is a personal duty to fend off the
infidels' attack on the nation... The Muslims today, as you know, are
humiliated by others, dominated by infidels, their land is overrun and their
holy places are desecrated... Therefore there exists an unavoidable personal
duty for every Muslim to equip himself and prepare and gear-up towards Jihad
until the opportunity arises and Allah will determine His word."

The Shahid (Martyr) Imam (Hassan al-Banna) said in another place of his
Jihad Treatise about the tradition [attributed to Muhammad]: "We have
returned from the smaller Jihad to the greater Jihad. They said: "And what
is the greater Jihad? He said: the Jihad of the heart or the Jihad of the
soul." He said: "This tradition is not authentic Hadith (tradition) and some
say that it was said by Ibrahim b. 'Abla...

Allah has imposed the duty of Jihad on the Muslims, not as a tool for
aggression or for achieving personal aspirations, but in order to defend the
Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), and to ensure the peace and as
fulfillment of the Muslims' greatest mission, to guide people to truth and

On mercifulness during Jihad, according to Hassan al-Banna: Allah has
instructed the Muslims to be utmost merciful, when they fight they do not
attack, and do not blow up (anything), and do not mutilate (dead) bodies,
and do not steal, and do not plunder property, and do not desecrate
(sanctity), and do not come to harm, because in their war they are the best
warriors, just as they in their peace are the best peace-lovers. In addition
to this it is forbidden to kill women, children and elderly, finish off
wounded, provoke monks and isolated people and peaceful non-combatants.
Where is that compassion in the suffocating attacks of the civilized and the
horrible atrocities and where does their International law stand in relation
to this all-encompassing divine justice? Then he [Hassan al-Banna] turns to
Allah and says: Allah, instruct Muslims in their religion, and save this
world from this darkness through the lights of Islam.

The Muslim Brotherhood's stance regarding Jihad
Jihad for Allah's sake has been forcing itself upon the Islamic region in
recent years, and has become tangibly noticeable in parts of the Islamic
world. In other parts of the Islamic world, there is a tide of preparation
for Jihad and a sense that it is unavoidable, and is the only way to
retaliate against the aggressiveness of Allah's enemies, and to liberate
Islamic land from its occupiers and invaders. It has become a widespread and
convincing opinion, that the way of negotiation and peace-treaties with
Allah's enemies instead of Jihad is surrender in the name of peace.

Additionally, without Jihad and the preparation towards it, the obligation
cast upon every Muslim to establish an Islamic state and the Islamic
Caliphate and to consolidate this religion, will not be realized...

He [Hassan al-Banna] felt the grave danger overshadowing the Muslims and the
urgent need and obligation which Islam places on every Muslim, man and
woman, to act in order to restore the Islamic Caliphate and to reestablish
the Islamic State on strong foundations... and to liberate the Muslims and
defend them from any attack, and to spread the Da'wa (Islamic missionary
activity) of Islam in the world and to establish this great religion, which
Allah wanted for his servants.

This is how the Prophet educated the Muslims through the Quran... and united
them like brothers and arranged them and rushed them towards Jihad and
[self-] sacrifice, until they were worthy of Allah's victory and support,
and this is how the Arabian Peninsula was cleansed of idolatry and idols,
and the Persian lands were conquered, and the Greeks [the Byzantines]
subdued and the Jews [were] expelled and the shadows were dispersed and the
light was spread...

He (Hassan al-Banna) knew the role of Jihad in leading the Da'wa (Islamic
missionary activity) and the importance of preparing for it, because the
truth needs a force to protect it. He noticed that the spirit of Jihad was
almost absent from the Muslims of that time and the spirit of surrender

The Jihad is Our Way - The Motto of the Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity)
... "Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our
constitution, the Jihad is our way, and the Death for Allah is our most
exalted wish."
The symbol of the [Muslim] Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Quran]
between two swords. The swords symbolize Jihad and the force that protects
the truth represented in Allah's book...

[I]n all his (Hassan al-Banna's) writings and conversations, he always urged
towards Jihad and aroused the desire for seeking Shahada (Martyrdom)... he
did not content himself only with speech and writing, and when the
opportunity arrived for Jihad in Palestine he hurried and seized it. The
[Muslim] Brotherhood provided the most magnificent models [for Jihad and
courage] and were it not for the [evil] scheming and the treachery on the
part of the leaders of the Muslim countries of the time, the situation would
have been different.

After Allah honored him with Shahada (Martyrdom) -and his murder was part of
this scheme [of the Muslim leaders] - the [Muslim] Brotherhood continued on
the path of Jihad against the British on the banks of the Suez canal in the
early 1950's, and also continued their Jihad against the Jews in other
Islamic regions outside of Egypt, as Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) was
made to disappear in the prisons during [President] Abdul Nasser's rule.
Today we witness the [Muslim] Brotherhood joining their brothers, the
Mujahideen (Jihad warriors) in Afghanistan, and fighting against the infidel
and repressive regime in Syria.

Has the [Muslim] Brotherhood grown weary of the challenges, thrown down
their guns and abandoned Jihad?!! No! ...

[D]espite this, the [Muslim] Brotherhood is not rushed by youth's enthusiasm
into immature and unplanned action which will not alter the bad reality and
may even harm the Islamic activity, and will benefit the people of

The [Muslim] Brotherhood knows that hastiness without proper preparedness
may be like an aborted [action]. Likewise, they know that the negligence and
hesitation after the right time [for Jihad] has come... might be a spiritual

When the [Muslim] Brotherhood sends their youth to Jihad in the appropriate
time they do not thrust them towards destruction, rather the abstention of
Jihad in its appropriate time is destruction. As well, one should know that
it is not necessary that the Muslims will repel every attack or damage
caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, but [only] when ability and the
circumstances are fit to it.

In the early days of Islamic Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), when the
Muslims were a persecuted minority, the Prophet Muhammad did not instruct
the Muslims to retaliate but rather instructed them of 'Sabr', patience and
steadfastness ... and when the conditions were right, permission to fight
was given in the words of Allah: [Quran, sura 22, 39]:
"Permission [to fight] is given to those upon whom war is made because they
are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them."

Jihad is not only for Repelling an Assault but also for the Purpose of
Establishing an Islamic State
It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for
the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah's enemies from
Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of
establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading
it around the world...

As for the incorrect saying that the aim of Jihad in Islam is to coerce the
people into the religion under threat of the sword, we do not need to work
hard to disprove it. Many have already written on the subject, and it should
suffice that it contradicts Allah's saying, Exalted is He: "There is no
compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from
error." [Sura 2, 256] Reality and history negate this false claim.

Following this clarification and answer for the ponderings regarding Jihad
in general, and the Muslim Brotherhood specifically, it is only left for us
to address our Muslim youth with several basic terms which need to accompany
Jihad and the preparation for Jihad so that they will be worthy of this
immense honor.

To the Muslim youth in the way of Jihad
Previously we clarified the nature of our Muslim religion, the status of
Jihad and its position in Islam... It may be useful, when we turn to the
Muslim youth, that we first introduce a few quotes from the Imam and Shahid
(Martyr), Hassan Al-Banna, in his treatise to the youth...

He says: "First, we call upon you to believe in yourselves, so you will know
your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even
if your enemies desire your degradation ..."

After this preface, we turn to the Muslim youth around the world, with
advice and focus on the path of Jihad. We say to the youth: Know that Jihad
in the way of Allah will be -Allah knows - the most prominent characteristic
of Islamic action, during the next phase of the Islamic Da'wa (Islamic
missionary activity). ...

The Muslim youth on the path of Jihad should know that the sphere of their
Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic
countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided, and the
banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall
continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land
of Islam will be liberated, the State of Islam will be established, and
Allah's Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) will reach all mankind.

And the youth should know that the problems of the Islamic world, such as
Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues
of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of
Islam and all Muslims, and their resolution can not be negotiated and
bargained by recognizing the enemy's right to the Islamic land he stole,
therefore, there is no other option but Jihad for Allah, and this is why
Jihad is the way...

Know that the sphere of Jihad is now far-reaching, and that the enemies of
Allah are numerous, and that war has many faces [lit. colors]. Therefore the
struggle between the truth and the falsehood requires effort and time. So
prepare yourself for this, and be of those who are patient...
And fully trust your religion - It is the true religion accepted by Allah.
Have trust in your way and in your Society (the Muslim Brotherhood), being
on the path of truth. Trust yourself and your brothers, that you can - with
Allah's help - confirm the truth and abolish the falsehood even if take

Oh the Muslim Youth,
Feel your responsibility for each Muslim on the face of Allah's earth... who
is subject to oppression or control by Allah's enemies. Feel their pain, and
may this pain motivate you to action and to Jihad in order to save all of
them. Feel also your responsibility to guide Mankind and take it out of the
darkness of heresy and error, into the light of Islam. Feel all of this
tremendous responsibility, and gather with your brothers under the flag of
the serious Islamic activity. And go in the true path of Jihad, in order to
support Allah's religion and to strengthen the Islamic Ummah [nation], so
that mankind will return to what is good for them.

My young Muslim Brother,
Hurry into the goodness and make the profitable bargain, so that you gain
this commerce with Allah the great achievement, and the clear triumph, and
gain the enduring blessing and [you] shall be saved from the grievous
punishment, according to Allah's words:

"O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a
grievous Penalty?- That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye
strive (your utmost) in the Cause of Allah, with your property and your
persons that will be best for you, if ye but knew! He will forgive you your
sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, and to beautiful
mansions in Gardens of Eternity: that is indeed the Supreme Achievement."
[Sura 61, 10-13]

[Translator's note: Quran verses about the reward for the Muslims in the
Afterlife, in order to encourage them to sacrifice their souls for the sake
of Allah.]

My young Muslim Brother,
Prepare yourself and your household members to obtain the honor of Jihad for
Allah, and equip your soul with everything that shall help it in that path,
in order to continue the process until victory or the Shahada (Martyrdom)...

My young Islamic Brother, on the path of the Jihad,
Prepare yourself and train in the art of warfare, and embrace the causes of
power. You must learn the ways and manners and laws of war. You must learn
them and embrace them and adhere to them, so that your Jihad will be the one
accepted by Allah. ...

Oh Muslim Youth on the Path of Jihad,
The first, most important and most powerful weapon you must acquire for the
Jihad against Allah's enemies, is the weapon of faith. It is the provision
that renews itself... and pushes its owner to turn to death without fear...
The young Jihad believer scares Allah's enemies more than a nuclear reactor,
and in the balance of power is also heavier and stronger than a nuclear
reactor. ...

[Translator's note: Quran verses promising the final triumph of the Muslims
and threatening of whoever does not participate in Jihad that he will end in

Know, my young Islamic Jihad [warrior] brother, Allah does not need us or
our Jihad. It is we who need his reward and grace and to achieve this honor.

"And whoever strives hard, he strives only for his own soul; most surely
Allah is Self-sufficient, above (needs of) the worlds." [Sura 29, 6]

My young brother in the path of Jihad,
Do not fear the strength of Allah's enemies, even if their numbers and
equipment out-number yours. Since Allah is the patron of the believers, and
strengthens and supports them with his forces:
"...for to Allah belong the forces of the heavens and the earth " [Sura 48,

[Translators' note: Quran verses explaining that the triumph comes only from

Put your hand in the hands of your brothers in the lines of the Jihad, and
embrace them strongly in the tie of brotherhood for Allah, and you'll be
like a solid cemented structure, as in the words of Allah: ...

[Translators' note: text continues with examples from the Quran and
allegories of comradeship and brotherhood between Muslims and Jihad

[Translators' note: Quran verses describing the virtues of the good Muslim.]

My young Islamic Jihad brother,
Beware of the words and positions of the hypocrites in regard of the Jihad,
and beware of the ones who refrain and procrastinate [from departing on the
Jihad] ...

Oh the young Jihad warrior
... We do not attack and do not wish to encounter the enemy but we will
repel the aggression, asking the help of Allah...

[Translator's note: The text continues with Quran verses exemplifying the

Oh, the young Islamic Mujahidun [Jihad warriors], go forward in the lines of
the fighters for Allah, filled with trust that you are about to meet one of
the two great destinies: Victory or Shahada [Martyrdom]; Victory that
believers around the world will rejoice in, or Shahada [Martyrdom] that will
grant you the status of the Shuhada [Martyrs in Islam] and their rewards.

"...and whoever fights in the way of Allah, then be he slain or be he
victorious, We shall grant him a mighty reward." [Sura 4, 74]

Keep aware of the grave consequences for the Muslim and the grave threat of
Allah to whoever turns away from the [Muslim's] attack...
[Translator's note: Proof text from Quran]

Beware of weakness or acceptance that the believers will be defeated in
battle. Know that the defeat is in the heart and not the battlefield. ...

Therefore we must continue the Jihad without weakness...
[Translator's note: More proof texts from Quran]

[Translator's note: More proof texts from Quran and repeated Jihad promotion
and warning not to sin.]

Know, my young Islamic Jihad [warrior], that we are called to action, but we
are not responsible for the results. Allah commanded us to fight Allah's
enemies and repel their hostility, and did not require us to achieve
victory, since victory is from Him. Therefore Allah will not prevent us from
the award of the Mujahidun [Jihad warriors], even when the outcome is not in
favor of the believers.
Know, my Islamic brother on the ranks of the Mujahidun [Jihad warriors],
that you are an important target and valuable prey for Allah's enemies...

[Translator's note: Instructions to be disciplined and precise, study the
Quran and the sections regarding Jihad and even learn them by heart.]

My Islamic sister,
And you, the Islamic sister on the path of the Jihad, you have an important
role in Jihad, which starts at home educating the [young] generations, and
preparing them for the Jihad. The woman is the producer of the men, and
Muslim women used to teach their sons by heart the stories of the military
expeditions, as they would teach them the Quran... In addition, the Islamic
sister who lives by the spirit of the Jihad, is a help to her husband and
encourages him in the path of the Jihad, and she doesn't turn him away or
weaken him... Likewise, she properly manages his possessions and children,
and takes care of them while he is away on the Jihad.

In the past the Muslim women had a role in battle: she would give water to
the soldiers and bandage the wounded, and sometimes she would even
participate with weapons, like Nasiba the daughter of Ka'ab, protecting
Allah's Messenger [Muhammad] in the battle of Uhud.

The Istish'had (seeking or achieving Shahada (Martyrdom) in the way of the
Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity)
"The Jihad is our way and death for Allah is our most lofty wish", this is
the call which we have always called, and our people have called it by the
way of the Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), people of the Da'wa... Many
of our beloved ones have already achieved this wish, and among them the
founder of the Society [of Muslim Brotherhood], the Imam and Shahid (Martyr)
Hassan Al-Banna. We ask Allah to accept all of them, and that He may widen
His gardens [of Eden] for them, and may He join us with them, and that we
won't change [our determination] and won't fall into trial, and may He
provide us with the Shahada (Martyrdom) like them, Amen.

The procession of Shahids (Martyrs) in the way of Da'wa (Islamic missionary
activity) has been continuing for a long time. Honorable brothers have
achieved Shahada (Martyrdom) on the soil of beloved Palestine, during the
years 47' and 48', [while] in their Jihad against the criminal, thieving,
gangs of Zion. They [these Martyrs] the men of Da'wa gave outstanding
examples of Jihad and Istish'had (Martyrdom-seeking) in the way of Allah.
Still today memory of them horrifies the Jews and the name of the Muslim
Brotherhood terrifies them...

Later was the plot which was planned by the enemies of Allah and carried out
by their agents among the Arab leaders of that time, and in December 1948
the decision was announced in Egypt to dismantle the [Muslim] Brotherhood,
and to arrest them [members], except the Imam [Hassan] Al-Banna, whose
murder was planned... They sent Arab armies or their symbols into Palestine,
in the name of saving it from the Jews, but actually [the goal was] to hand
it over to the Jews...
The Imam and Shahid (Martyr) Hassan Al-Banna is considered as a Shahid
(Martyr) of Palestine, even if he was not killed on its soil. ...

Later the enemies of Allah [among the Arabs] forced on us another front of
Shahada (Martyrdom), the one of tyranny ... In the prisons of [Egyptian
President] Abd al-Nasser and in the gallows. They [Muslim Brotherhood
members] calmly accepted the Shahada, among them ... Khaled Islambouli
[assassinated the Egyptian president, Anwar al-Sadat, in Oct. 6, 1981] and
his brothers. Allah's mercy upon them all.
...Many of the Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) men in occupied Palestine
and in Lebanon also achieved Shahada, and they are facing it, in their Jihad
against the Jews...

Some think that Shahada (Martyrdom) causes loss and damages the [Muslim
Brotherhood] Society, since it has lost influential people in action and
Jihad. This is wrong, since the fall of the Shahid (Martyr) for the sake of
Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) is [seen as] provisions and fuel for the
[next] generations, and as a symbol of self sacrifice in the way of the
...until realization of the goals which the [Muslim Brotherhood] Society was
established for, that is, establishing the State of Islam, headed by the
Islamic Caliphate, in order to establish Allah religion on Allah's land...

Muslim youth should know that the battle between truth and falsehood is
hard, long, and broad, and it reaches the entire Islamic Sphere. [They must]
know that Jihad is the way, and sacrifice of lives and property is
inevitable, the opportunity to achieve Jihad and Istish'had [achieved
Martyrdom] - will grow during the coming decades...

Our youth should not give up hope of our [eventual] victory and establishing
[Islam], due to the large number of enemies and the small number of
believers. In the past, the believers with the Messenger of Allah were a
minority... But Allah supported his Prophet and the believers, with His
[Translators' note: the book now quotes two Quranic verses concerning the
"Battalions of Allah"]

Indeed, oh youth, Death for Allah is our loftiest wish. And how not, here
are the verses of the precious Quran, and the sayings of the honorable
Messenger they make us love and encourage us towards Istish'had (seeking
Martyrdom for Allah) the way of Allah, by what they mention regarding the
status of the Martyrs, and the honor that Allah grants them.

The foremost among the status of the Shuhada' [Martyrs] is that they become
alive with their Lord, they are provided sustenance from their Lord, and
they rejoice the kindness which Allah gives them.

Allah says [In the Quran] ...

"Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live,
finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord." [Sura 3, 169]

[Translator's note: Additional Quran verses are quoted.]
[Translator's note: Hadiths (traditions) are quoted in regard to Jihad and

We shall move to [discuss] some of the sayings of Allah's Prophet, may
Allah's blessing be upon him, regarding Jihad and Istish'had [Seeking
Martyrdom for Allah]:

[Translator's note: Some of the Prophet's sayings regarding the issue are
quoted, for example:]

"Abu Hurayra said: ...the Messenger of Allah was asked: What is the value of
Jihad for Allah? He said: You can not imagine it. He was asked again and
again... then he said: the Jihad Fighter in the way of Allah is like one
who's fasting and standing up to pray at night] ..."

[Also] It was told that the Prophet said: "Not one of those who enter
paradise want to return to this world... but the Shahid (Martyr), who wishes
to return to this world and be killed ten times, due to the honor which he

Oh my Brother to the path of Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), oh you who
chose the path of the honest believers who committed before Allah service
and Jihad... and you called from the depths of your heart: [bold in
original]: "The Jihad is our way and death for Allah is our most lofty
wish". Oh Brother, this is indeed a lofty wish ...

There are matters which need to be taken into account, and to adhere to,
among them:

First of all: That you make a profitable deal with Allah: "Surely Allah has
bought of the believers their persons and their property for this, that they
shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are
slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah [Bible] and the Injeel
[Gospels] and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his covenant than
Allah? Rejoice therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the
mighty achievement." [Sura 9, 111] ...

Second: In order for the deal to be carried out and for the sale to be
accepted, you must impose on yourself the attributes of the believers...

Third: ...Your intention in Jihad and in seeking Istish'had (seeking
Martyrdom for Allah) Your intention shall be raising the word of Allah on
Allah's land...

Fourth: You will ask Shahada (Martyrdom) from Allah truthfully, not only in
talk but also in your heart, and with honest decisiveness, and by waiting
for opportunities. This way you will reach the status of Shahids (Martyrs)
and their reward, with Allah's will, even if you die in your bed, as said in
the Hadith of the Prophet ..." He who sincerely asks for the Shahada
(Martyrdom) from Allah, Allah brings him to the status of the Shahids
(Martyrs), even if he died in his bed"...

At the same time, there is a warning to those who do not go on a raid or do
not hope for it... The Messenger of Allah said: "He who died without leaving
on a raid, and without making up his mind to leave on a raid, died as a

Sixth: You should be prepared to answer the call of Jihad whenever you are
called, in any region of the Islamic world. Our Islam is universal not
regional, and all Islamic countries are one homeland. You must overcome the
earth's attractions ... which makes man vulnerable to the danger of Allah's
punishment, as in the verse:

"O you who believe! What (excuse) have you that when it is said to you: Go
forth in Allah's way, you should incline heavily to earth; are you contented
with this world's life instead of the hereafter? But the provision of this
world's life compared with the hereafter is but little. If you don't go [out
to war], he will punish you ruthlessly, and will switch you with other
people..." [Sura 9, 38]

...that is, go out to battle, oh believers, young and old, by foot or with
animal, under all circumstances and conditions...

Seventh: As long as you are a soldier in the ranks [of the warriors], you
must respect every request regarding the Jihad, and what was determined for
you, both in time and place. Do not carry out personal actions... since
there are negative consequences to personal disobedient actions. Many times,
the enthusiasm pushes some of the young [soldiers] to personal hasty
actions, which harm the overall [Jihad] process...

The reason for this narrow and limited perspective is that some of the young
[fighters] think that this bitter struggle between truth and falsehood, can
come to an end by killing a couple of people and blowing up bombs and
actions of that sort, without grasping the [long term] results...
It was not hard for one of the Muslims, during the period of Mecca, to kill
Abu Jahal or Abu Lahab [Muhammad's enemies], or to shatter the idols around
the Ka'ba, when they were being worshiped instead of Allah, in order to
remove the evil. None of Muslims actually did any of this, due to the great
harm that would befall the Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), and would
expose it to the danger of destruction, while it was still like a young

Eighth: My Brother, study Islam's laws of combat so that you will become
bound by them, so that your Jihad will be sound, healthy, and flawless,
because when the Muslims fight they do not attack, and do not blow up
[anything], and do not mutilate [dead] bodies, and do not steal, and do not
plunder property, and do not desecrate [sanctity], and do not come to harm,
because in their war they are the best warriors, just as they in their peace
are the best peace-lovers.
By Barida, may God be pleased with him: "Messenger of Allah, God bless him
and grant him salvation, who used to say when he was commanding an army
commander ... 'Raid but don't exaggerate and do not act with
treacherousness, and do not molest (dead) bodies, and do not kill newborns.'
reported Muslim [Hadith]...
Therefore, it is forbidden to kill women and elderly, finish off wounded,
provoke monks and isolated people, and peaceful non-combatants... From the
Jihad Treatise by the Imam al-Banna.

Ninth: [One must learn and perfect the skills of fighting...] However,
achieving victory should not be attributed to preparation and skills but to
the help of Allah and to the support he gives to his servants, the

Tenth: My Brother, nurture your home and your family with an Islamic
consciousness, and prepare them for the atmosphere of Jihad and Shahada
(Martyrdom) - Seeking, then they will not weaken you, but will support and
encourage [you] to Jihad, and they will receive the news that you have
fallen as a Shahid (Martyr) - Allah willing - with joy...

Eleventh: The Imam the Shahid (Martyr), [Hassan al-Banna] ... said:
"Oh [Muslim] brothers, the nation that excels in the death industry, and
knows how to die a noble [death], Allah grants it a precious life in this
world and eternal bliss in the Afterlife. The only weakness that shall
humiliate us is the love of this world and hating death. Therefore we have
prepared your souls for great action, strive for death - and life will be
given to you. Know that there is no escaping death, and it will happen only
once, and if you carry it out (death) for the sake of Allah, there will be
profit in this world and reward in the Afterlife, and nothing will harm you
except what Allah has decreed [for] you... Work for an honorable death, you
will be thus granted full happiness. May Allah provide us and you, the honor
of achieving the Shahada (Martyrdom) for Him."

Indeed, Allah has already answered his [Hassan al-Banna's] prayer and
provided him with the Shahada (Martyrdom). We ask Allah to also provide us
with it, for He is near and answers [prayers].

February 08, 2011

Treason And More Treason

Knesset committee approves 'Bishara Bill'

Eight MKs vote in favor of law revoking wages, pension of lawmakers who have failed to report to police or trial. Balad MK calls proposal 'political'; Shas MK: Why should we apologize for denouncing traitors? In any Arab country he would be hung the very same day
Roni Sofer

The Knesset House Committee on Tuesday approved the "Bishara Bill", which revokes the pension payments of lawmakers who have evaded an investigation or trial involving a serious offense.

The proposal will be handed over to the Knesset plenum for a second and third reading. Eight Knesset members voted in favor of the motion, while Meretz Chairman Chaim Oron opposed.

If approved, the bill will revoke different payments former Balad Chairman Azmi Bishara is entitled to from the State Treasury, including his pension rights. Bishara fled Israel in the midst of an investigation into suspicions that he transferred information to Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War.

The bill was initiated by House Committee Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) and MK Israel Hasson (Kadima).

MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) clashed with right-wing lawmakers during Tuesday's heated discussion.

Zahalka said the law was political and violated the separation of powers, claiming that "there are people in this committee with blood on their hands."

MK Nissim Zeev (Shas) responded by calling him a "traitor, villain and evil person." According to Zeev, "Why do we have to apologize for denouncing traitors from within? Should a person who knowingly spies and directs Hezbollah to where to murder children and where to hurt women not be judged? In which place in the Arab world would he not have been hung the very same day? How impudent can you be?"

'Contact us through al-Jazeera'

During the discussion, the MKs learned that Zahalka is in touch with Bishara, who currently serves as a commentator on the al-Jazeera network. According to Zahalka, Bishara is not interested in the proposed law.

According to Zahalka, "This law doesn't hurt Azmi Bishara, it will hurt legislation. He told me…" MK Levin teased in response, "Tell him to inform us through al-Jazeera if he is willing to waive his salary."

MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) said the bill violated the rights people have accumulated during their work years and that "this is a tough incident which has created a bad law."

MK Zeev responded, "Tough laws are created because of traitors, because of bad people."

Committee Chairman Levin presented the opinion of the attorney general's office, which states that "Bishara's status is of a person suspected of committing an offense who is failing to cooperate with Israel's legal authorities and refuses to arrive in Israel for further investigation."

Levin added, "I see him every evening preaching to the people of Israel and backing the Islamists, and we have to fund all that."

MK Hasson explained that "it was not an impulse of revenge which promoted me to initiate this bill, but rather the need to impose limits, create deterrence and protect the State from anarchy."

The bigger crime here is not the treason of Bishara. No the real crime is that this bill did not pass the Knesset years ago. How much money has gone to this traitor in the years since he fled?

Any Jew that voted against this bill is a traitor in their own right.

February 07, 2011

Nasrallah: Egypt win to change region

Hezbollah leader: Egyptians fighting battle of Arab dignity, Israel is Mubarak's last supporter
Roee Nahmias and AP

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah attacked the "hypocritical" US over its treatment of the crisis in Egypt and said Israel was the last country still supporting the Mubarak regime. He praised the Egyptian people for their struggle and said that their victory would "entirely change the face of our region for the interest of its own people, especially in Palestine."

"The US came to bring down this regime, which was a faithful friend in ensuring US interests. If we listen to the Americans from both parties – democrats and republicans – does it make sense that the US would try to bring down this president (Mubarak) as we saw in the 1979 revolution in Iran?

"The Americans are riding the wave, trying to contain the uprising while attempting to improve their loathsome image in our world and present themselves as protectors of nations and their freedoms after decades where they got into bed with the worst dictators in the region," the Hezbollah leader charged.

Nasrallah added: "The US government carried out surveys in our region in order to see what people think, what they want and what they don't want. The answers were clear. The overwhelming majority is hostile towards the US policy and rejects it for its absolute slant towards Israel. "

'Fighting for Arab dignity'
The Hezbollah secretary general, who in an unprecedented move had called on the Egyptian army to rebel against Mubarak during Operation Cast Lead, expressed his full support for the Egypt protests and used the opportunity to criticize Israel.

"Look at what all the Israelis say about the Mubarak regime. The speak with great sadness of the loss of Israel's last ally in the region as they lost the Shah in Iran in 1979 and they lost Turkey after the aggression in Lebanon and Gaza. There is unanimous support for keeping Mubarak's regime and harsh criticism in Israel of the US hesitance on the issue."

Nasrallah also sent words of encouragement to the Egyptian people: "You are fighting the battle of Arab dignity, the dignity of the Arab human being who was humiliated by some of its leaders in the past decades."

Army Chief Ashkenazi: Prepare for all-out war

In his final days on the job, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi warns about growing radicalization in region; given recent changes across Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters, he says

Boaz Fyler
Published: 02.07.11, 19:51 / Israel News

Given recent changes in the Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters, outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday at the Herzliya Conference.

"The connection between the different players requires us to contend with more than one theater," he said.

The radical camp in the Middle East is gaining strength, Ashkenazi warned, adding that "the moderate camp among the traditional Arab leadership is weakening." He also made note of what he characterized as the "fascinating phenomenon" whereby power is shifting to the people of the region thanks to online social networks.

The army chief said that in the wake of the growing threat of radical Islam among Israel's neighbors, the defense budget would have to be boosted in the coming years. The main change faced by the army is the widening spectrum of threats, he said.

"Because of this spectrum, we must prepare for a conventional war…it would be a mistake to prepare for non-conventional war or limited conflicts and then expect that overnight the forces will operate in an all-out-war," he said.

Praising Israel's youngsters

However, Ashkenazi said that both Hamas and Hezbollah pose only a limited threat to Israel at this time.

"I do not underestimate Hamas or Hezbollah, but they cannot take over the Negev or Galilee," he said.

Hezbollah and Hamas understood that encountering the IDF on the classic battlefields is lethal, and are therefore fighting out of urban areas, the army chief added.

Ashkenazi also praised Israel's youths and said they possess impressive qualities despite their lowly image. The army chief also highlighted the growing desire among Israel's youngsters to join combat units.

"We are going to the schools, and I want to tell you that these young people, with the piercing and tattoos or whatever you call it, are enlisting," he said. "These are incredibly high-quality youths."

February 06, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood rejects reforms as 'insufficient'

Egyptian VP meets with opposition representatives, offers c'tee to study constitutional reforms, other reform measures; ElBaradei supporter: "People still want the president to step down."

CAIRO — Egypt's vice president met a broad representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and offered new concessions including freedom of the press, release of those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks ago and the eventual lifting of the country's hated emergency laws.

The Muslim Brotherhood, however, rejected the reform measures proposed by Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as "insufficient," AFP reported.

Although the Brotherhood's presence in a meeting with top Egyptian government officials was in itself a significant sign of change, Essam al-Erian said "They didn't respond to most of our demands." The Muslim Brotherhood figure added, "They only responded to some of our demands, but in a superficial way."

Two of the groups that attended the meeting said this was only a first step in a dialogue which has yet to meet their central demand — the immediate ouster of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"People still want the president to step down," said Mostafa al-Naggar, a protest organizer and supporter of Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and one of the country's leading democracy advocates.

"The protest continues because there are no guarantees and not all demands have been met," he added. "We did not sign on to the statement. This is a beginning of a dialogue. We approve the positive things in the statement but ... we are still demanding that the president step down."

The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, made a similar statement after its representatives attended the meeting.

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman offered to set up a committee of judiciary and political figures to study proposed constitutional reforms that would allow more candidates to run for president and impose term limits on the presidency, the state news agency reported. The committee was given until the first week of March to finish the tasks.

The offer also included a pledge not to harass those participating in anti-government protests, which have drawn hundreds of thousands at the biggest rallies. The government agreed not to hamper freedom of press and not to interfere with text messaging and Internet.

The meeting drew the broadest representation of Egypt's fragmented opposition to sit with the new vice president since the protests began on Jan. 25.

The new offer of concessions followed a series of others that would have been unimaginable just a month ago in this tightly controlled country. All appear geared to placate the protesters and relieve international pressure without giving in to the one demand that unites all the opposition — Mubarak's immediate departure. The latest agreement makes no mention of any plan for Mubarak to step down before a new election is held later this year.

Since protests began, Mubarak has pledged publicly for the first time that he will not seek re-election. The government promised his son Gamal, who had widely been expected to succeed him, would also not stand. Mubarak appointed a vice president for the first time since he took office three decades ago, widely considered his designated successor. He sacked his cabinet, named a new one and promised reforms. And on Saturday, the top leaders of the ruling party, including Gamal Mubarak, were purged.

There were signs that the paralysis that has gripped the country since the crisis began was easing Sunday, the first day of the week in Egypt. Some schools reopened for the first time in more than a week, and banks did the same for only three hours with long lines outside. However, there is still a night curfew, and tanks ringing the city's central square and guarding government buildings, embassies and other important institutions.

At the epicenter of the protests, Tahrir (Liberation) Square in central Cairo, some activists said they had slept under army tanks ringing the plaza for fear they would try to evict them or further confine the area for demonstrations. The crowd of thousands in the morning swelled steadily over the day to tens of thousands in the late afternoon. Many were exhausted and wounded from fighting to stand their ground for more than a week in the square.

"We are determined to press on until our number one demand is met," said Khaled Abdul-Hameed, a representative of the protesters.

He said the activists have formed a 10-member "Coalition of the Youths of Egypt's Revolution," to relay their positions to politicians and public figures negotiating with the regime.

"The regime is retreating. It is making more concessions everyday," Abdul-Hameed said.

Mubarak is insisting he cannot stand down now or it would only deepen the chaos in his country. The United States shifted signals and gave key backing to the regime's gradual changes on Saturday, warning of the dangers if Mubarak goes too quickly.

The opposition groups represented at the meeting included the youthful supporters of ElBaradei, who are one of the main forces organizing the protests. ElBaradei was not invited and his brother said the statement by those who did attend does not represent his personal view.

The Muslim Brotherhood and a number of smaller leftist, liberal groups also attended, according to footage shown on state television.

The government offered to open an office that would field complaints about political prisoners, according to the state news agency. It also pledged to commission judicial authorities to fight corruption and prosecute those behind it. In another concession, authorities promised to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the yet unexplained disappearance of police from Cairo's streets more than a week ago, which unleashed a wave of lawless looting and arson.

The offer to eventually lift emergency laws when security permits would fulfill a longtime demand by the opposition. The laws were imposed by Mubarak when he took office in 1981 and they have been in force ever since. They give police far-reaching powers for detention and suppression of civil and human rights.

The government agreed to set up a committee that includes public and independent figures and specialists and representatives of youth movements to monitor the "honest implementation" of all the new agreements and to report back and give recommendations to Suleiman.

Before the meetings, the Muslim Brotherhood made clear it would insist on Mubarak's immediate ouster. The fundamentalist Islamic group, which has been outlawed since 1954 but fields candidates in parliamentary elections as independents, did not organize or lead the protests currently under way and only publicly threw its support behind them a few days into the movement. It only ordered its supporters to take part when it sensed that the protesters, mostly young men and women using social networks on the Internet to mobilize, were able to sustain their momentum.

There have been no known discussions between the Brotherhood and the regime in years — one of many startling shifts in policy after years of crackdowns by the Western-backed regime against the Islamists.

Both Mubarak and Suleiman have blamed the Brotherhood as well as foreigners of fomenting the recent unrest. Mubarak is known to have little or no tolerance for Islamist groups and the decision to open talks with the Brotherhood is a tacit recognition by his regime of their key role in the ongoing protests as well as their wide popular base.

The Brotherhood aims to create an Islamic state in Egypt, but insists that it would not force women to cover up in public in line with Islam's teachings and would not rescind Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

At Tahrir Square, hundreds performed the noon prayers and later offered a prayer for the souls of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. Later, Christians held a Sunday Mass and thousands of Muslims joined in.

Some of the worshippers broke down and cried as the congregation sang: "Bless our country, listen to the screams of our hearts."

"In the name of Jesus and Muhammad we unify our ranks," Father Ihab al-Kharat said in his sermon. "We will keep protesting until the fall of the tyranny," he said.

February 04, 2011

PM pledges steps to boost PA economy

Quartet Envoy Tony Blair, Prime Minister Netanyahu agree on economic incentives including alleviation of construction regulations in east Jerusalem, expanding presence of PA security forces in Area B
Attila Somfalvi

Amid unrest in the Middle East and attempts to renew negotiations with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday informed Quartet Envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair that he will take steps to support economic growth in the Palestinian territories.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu spoke at the Knesset plenum, pledging to introduce economic measures to help boost the Palestinians' economy.

During his meeting with Blair on Friday, the two agreed on economic gestures that include improvements to infrastructure for Palestinians in east Jerusalem.

The measures are meant to draw the Palestinians back to the negotiations table in order to resume direct talks.

After the meeting was concluded, Blair noted that the two agreed to extend the presence of Palestinian security forces throughout Area B in the West Bank, and advance the construction and restoration of schools and clinics in Area C based on plans that will be transferred to The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

The Quartet envoy added that Israel has agreed to support all projects in east Jerusalem that comply with municipal regulations, and that are aimed at improving the Palestinian infrastructure including in the field of housing.

Despite the concessions, Netanyahu emphasized that peace will not be attained by only promoting "economic peace," but rather by "engaging in negotiations for political peace, and I hope (Palestinian President) Mahmoud Abbas answers my calls

"I insist on elements of peace and security because any agreement we reach needs to take into account not only the situation today, but also the situation that may come into being tomorrow," he said.

Does Bibi know any chance of peace as if there was one died on the streets of Egypt. Since when is a leader of a country responsible for the economic welfare of his countries enemies?

February 03, 2011

Egyptian woman: Mossad used me to topple Mubarak regime

Pro-government TV channel interviews woman who claims she was sent to Qatar by US organization, trained by 'Israelis and Jews'. Why confess? Mubarak 'was like father to me', she says
Roee Nahmias

'Israeli connection' to Egypt riots? A young Egyptian woman claims that the Mossad trained her to assist in bringing down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime. In an interview with Egypt's Al Mehwar network the woman, who noted that her facebook page was extremely popular, said that she was sent by an American organization to be specially trained "by Israelis and Jews" in Qatar.

he woman remained anonymous and was interviewed with her voice distorted and her face blurred. She told of her training and financial support from an American organization called Freedom House. She claims that her trainers were Jews and Israelis whose main job was recruiting "young and unexperienced" students from universities.

The organization is well known, and its website states that its purpose is to "support the expansion of freedom around the world" and that it was founded by "prominent Americans concerned with the mounting threats to peace and democracy".

According to the young woman, after her initial recruitment, she was sent to Doha in Qatar with a group of other young people for the next stage in the process. "We received intensive training for four days. The trainers had different citizenships but a predominant number among them were Israelis," she said.

At the end of the interview the woman was asked what led her to confess her secret activities. At this point, she burst into tears and answered that President Mubarak was "like a father to me," which is why she decided to share what happened to her.

Protests in Cairo escalated to violence after Mubarak's supporters started to confront the opposition supporters in al-Tahrir Square. At least five people were killed and according to doctors' reports, the number of those injured at the square reached 1,500. Mubarak announced that he would not be running for another term in office in the next elections, but protestors are demanding his immediate resignation.

Mubarak is going for an old target the Jews.

It didn't take long soon both sides in Egypt will be blaming Jews and Israel for everything wrong with Egypt. Did you know that Jews promote tooth decay in Egypt.

February 02, 2011

'Changes in Egypt could usher in tyranny, not freedom

Netanyahu tells the Knesset "We need to see things as they are, not as we wished they would be."

With the world naturally swept up by the yearnings for liberty in Egypt, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu raised a voice of caution Wednesday, telling the Knesset that while everyone would like to see true democracy and freedom in Egypt, there was no guarantee this would be the result of the current turmoil.

Likewise, he said, the situation in Egypt showed how everything in the Middle East could change overnight, and as a result, any peace accord with the Palestinians must be based on security arrangements that would ensure Israel’s security even if a future peace were to unravel.

“In Washington, London and Paris – all over the democratic world – leaders, analysts and researchers all spoke about the opportunities inherent in the changes taking place in Egypt,” Netanyahu said.

“They talked about the dawn of a new day, and these hopes are understood,” he went on.

“All of those for whom human freedom is precious, including the Israeli public, are inspired by the calls for democratic reforms and the possibility that they will actually be implemented everywhere.”

And, he said, an Egypt enshrined with democratic values “will not constitute any threat to peace, but the opposite.”

However, Netanyahu warned, this was not the only possible outcome or scenario.

“Because far from Washington, Paris and London, but not that far from Jerusalem, there is another hope, in another capital,” he said.

Netanyahu said in that capital, Teheran, there were also leaders who recognized the opportunities inherent in the changes in Egypt, and who also expressed their support for the Egyptian masses who took to the streets.

“They are also talking about the dawn of a new day, but for these people in that capital, we are not talking about a day in which the dawn will break, but a day in which darkness will fall,” he said.

Netanyahu said that Iran’s leaders were in no way interested in the Egyptian people’s yearnings for freedom, liberalization and reform, or in an “enlightened Egypt,” but in an Egypt that “will return to the Middle Ages.”

“They want Egypt to turn into another Gaza, that will be run by radical forces and will oppose everything we desire, everything the democratic world represents,” he said.

Netanyahu said there were two worldviews at odds: “That of the free, democratic world, and that of the radical world.

Which worldview will win out in Egypt?” Netanyahu said Israel clearly favored the forces “that promote freedom, progress and peace. We are against the forces that will bring dark tyranny, terrorism and war.”

Bib great job.

I am not your biggest fan truth be told not a fan at all but today where credit is due I must give it to you Bibi again great job

Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'

02/01/2011 02:00

A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist.

Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al- Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.” He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime.”

Ghannem praised Egyptian soldiers deployed by President Hosni Mubarak to Egyptian cities, saying they “would not kill their brothers.” He added that Washington was forced to abandon plans to help Mubarak stay in power after “seeing millions head for the streets.”

February 01, 2011

It Starts

Synagogue torched in Tunisia

Spokesman for Jewish community condemns arson, says shocked by inaction of police force nearby

Published: 02.01.11, 17:47 / Israel News

A synagogue was set on fire by arsonists in the Tunisian city of Ghabes overnight, a spokesman for the Jewish community said on Tuesday.

"I condemn this action and I believe those who did it want to create divisions between Jews and Muslims in Tunisia who have lived for decades in peace," Peres Trabelsi told Reuters.

He added that Torah books had been burned, and criticized police for inaction. "What especially shocked me was the fact that there was a police force not far from the synagogue when it was attacked," he said.

Leftist Stupidity Cost Israel A Good Man

Barak, Netanyahu decide: Galant will not be next IDF chief
A-G says not "morally appropriate" to appoint Galant to chief of staff; Yair Naveh will serve as acting IDF head for 60 days when Ashkenazi resigns.

With demonstrations in downtown Egypt gaining steam and the Middle East on the verge of a historic upheaval, the IDF was left with a vacuum at the top on Tuesday when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant as the next army chief over the land affair that has rocked the military in recent weeks.

Netanyahu announced his decision to Galant after Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein decided that the state would not represent the former head of the Southern Command before the High Court of Justice in a petition against his appointment as successor to Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, who will step down in two weeks.

Weinstein told the High Court that “according to the available data, Galant’s actions [in the Moshav Amikam land dispute] raise significant legal difficulties regarding the reasonability of appointing him as chief of General Staff. Moreover, the attorney- general thinks that it is doubtful whether it is morally appropriate to maintain the appointment.”

Last week, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss released the findings of a special report that determined Galant had lied to the court and the Israel Lands Authority and had seized land allocated to the public for his own use.

News of Netanyahu’s decision, made in consultation with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, sent tremors through the IDF, which will find itself in two weeks without a permanent chief of staff.

Barak said on Tuesday night that he would bring a proposal to the cabinet to appoint Deputy Chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh as acting chief of staff for 60 days. Naveh would be the first religious officer to hold the post, but would not receive a promotion in rank and would serve in a caretaker status.

During that period, Barak said he would complete the process of selecting a new IDF chief.

Possible candidates to replace Naveh after 60 days are Maj.-Gen. Benny Gantz, who lost the post originally to Galant and recently retired from the IDF; OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot; and OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrachi. Sources close to Barak have hinted that the defense minister will also consider officers who retired from service several years ago, such as former deputy chief of staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Moshe Kaplinsky.

Another possibility is that Galant will succeed in clearing his name over the next 60 days and be able to get reappointed to the post.

Due to the outcome from the Galant affair, Barak has decided on a new process for appointing a chief of General Staff. He will first decide on a number of candidates and vet them with the attorney-general before selecting the one that will be brought before the cabinet and the Turkel Committee on senior government positions.

In his first public appearance on the matter, Galant went on Channel 2 on Tuesday, just before Netanyahu’s decision, and said he planned to continue fighting for the post.

“I am not quitting and am not leaving,” he said. “I expect the process to continue, and I will go to each and every test that I am summoned for. There may have been mistakes in what I did, but I believe in the government and its institutions. I have defended this country for 34 years, and now I expect that the state will defend me.”

In his statement, Weinstein made it clear that the final decision regarding whether Galant could serve as chief of staff rested with the cabinet, since the government’s decision took into account other issues, including national security and diplomatic and professional considerations.

The petitioners – the Green Movement and others – charged that the Turkel Committee, which was responsible for determining whether Galant was morally suitable for the job, and the cabinet that appointed him, had not done their job properly by examining the candidacy thoroughly before they approved it.

“The fact that the attorneygeneral’s decision contradicts that of the Turkel Committee proves that the committee didn’t do its job properly, and therefore the government’s decision [to appoint Galant] is at fault and must be canceled,” the petitioners’ lawyers, Nadav Applebaum and Ziv Glassberg, told reporters.

Dr. Uri Shanas, chairman of the Green Movement’s board of experts, said in response to the decision that the Green Movement had won an important victory for the preservation of open spaces, for equality and for the rule of law.

“The Green Movement has raised the flag of ethics and values and is extremely happy that the justice system has supported it without reservations,” said Shanas.

Meanwhile, Naveh faces a High Court challenge of his own. In a petition filed against his appointment as deputy chief of General Staff by Gush Shalom, Yesh Gvul and other left-wing activists, the plaintiffs claim that in 2006, while he was OC Central Command, Naveh authorized assassinations of Palestinians in violation of High Court directives.

Naveh got in trouble in 2009 when he responded to a journalist’s question about whether or not he had violated the court’s directives, by saying offhandedly, “Don’t bother me about the High Court’s instructions.”

Naveh recently submitted a letter to the court in response to the petition, explaining that his statement had been misconstrued and expressing his deep respect and appreciation of the court. He apologized for any misunderstanding.

Great just great the leftist have forced out a man that I think would have been the best Chief of Staff of the IDF in maybe 30 years or more.

With the situation is Egypt,Jordan,Yemen, and soon the rest of the Middle East Israel better wake up fast.

The time for tolerating leftist insanity is over.

We will soon be surrounded by Islamic hordes wanting to murder us or at least push us all into the sea. I don't tread water very well so let's understand it is time to put leftist foolishness behind us.

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