Archive for April 21, 2019

Muslim researcher: “Islam does not allow the signing of peace agreements with the Jews”

April 21, 2019

Apr 20, 2019 12:00 pm By Robert Spencer

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/04/muslim-researcher-islam-does-not-allow-the-signing-of-peace-agreements-with-the-jews

This is one statement that Muslim leaders have not infrequently made that Western analysts appear unwilling to hear or incapable of hearing. But Muhanna Hamad Al-Muhanna is not an “extremist.” The Qur’an demonizes the Jews in numerous ways. It depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).

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Kuwaiti researcher Muhanna Hamad Al-Muhanna repeated the antisemitic blood libel that Jews use human blood, preferably of Christian children, in the making of holiday pastries. He further said that the Jews would destroy the moral values and economy of any country they entered, that they monopolized the slave trade, and that Hitler had decided to get rid of the Jews because they were behind movements fighting the social order and behind pornography. Al-Muhanna warned that anyone who normalizes relations with them is “a Jew like them.” Muhanna posted the video on his Youtube channel, which has over 13,000 subscribers, on February 26, 2019. The 47-minute long video was viewed close to 25,000 times.

Muhanna Hamad Al-Muhanna: One of the most famous religious practices of the Jews is the slaughter of a Christian child on a certain holiday. They take his blood and make it into a pastry, which is eaten on that day. They call it “sacred blood.” It must be an innocent child, who has not been contaminated by the world. When Muhammad Ali Pasha ruled Syria, there was the case of Father Thomas. This is one of the most famous incidents in history. Father Thomas was passing through the Jewish Quarter, when the Jews were having a religious celebration. When that Christian priest was passing there, the Jews kidnapped him and his servant and slaughtered them. They collected their blood in a bowl, and used it to bake pastries for the Jews of Iraq. The Jews of Damascus did this. They were captured, placed on trial in Damascus, and sentenced to death. But Rothschild and Montefiore, the richest people in those days, intervened, and obtained amnesty from Muhammad Ali Pasha. The practice of kidnapping children to make pastries with their blood was immortalized by the late Naguib Al-Kilani, in his well-known book, Blood for the Matzos of Zion. [Former Syrian Defense Minister] Mustafa Tlass conducted similar research. This is a famous [Jewish] religious practice.

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Whenever the Jews enter a country, it is their custom to take over its commerce, and to try to corrupt all the religious and moral ties in that country, so that the Jews become equal to the rest of the people in that country. Let me give you an example. I don’t know if you have noticed, but all the novelists – Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, what’s his name… Stevenson, Walter Scott… You cannot find a single European novelist who hasn’t attacked the Jews in his books.

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The most famous traders who brought salves from Africa to the Americas… The Portuguese and Spanish Jews had a monopoly on that trade.

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Hitler noticed that the Jews were behind every clandestine movement fighting the social order. He noticed that the Jews were behind the pornographic movies and literature. So he said that if Germany wants to make progress, it must get rid of the Jews or of their control. This brief review of the history of the Jews tells us something very important: that even if Islam permitted the signing of peace agreements with the Jews… Of course, Islam does not allow the signing of peace agreements with the Jews, because the Jews are occupying the land of the Muslims. Those who compare contemporary Jews to the Jews of Medina are fooling people, because in Medina, the Jews were under the rule of the Prophet Muhammad.

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If they were to leave Palestine, perhaps we would be able to normalize relations with them. But they are the enemies of our religion, the enemies of our people. They are our enemies historically and ideologically – our enemies in everything. They are treacherous people. They betrayed the Prophet Muhammad three times. If they weren’t honest with the Prophet Muhammad, how can they be honest with you? In addition, whenever the Jews entered a country, they destroyed its moral values and its economy. These are people who worship money and gold.

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The Jews are usurious by religion and by practice. They amass and monopolize gold.

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Whoever normalizes relations with the Jews is a Jew like them, even if he is not aware of his Jewish character. He is a Jew just like them, even if claims to be Muslim. He has the same nature, the same culture, and the same ideology. Our war with the Jews will continue until Judgment Day – just like the Christians who occupy our countries, plunder our resources, and fight our religion….

France warned Lebanon of possible Israeli attack- report 

April 21, 2019

Source: France warned Lebanon of possible Israeli attack- report – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Paris expressed concern regarding reports of precision-guided missiles on Lebanese soil, which Israel may strike at.

BY YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
 APRIL 20, 2019 20:35
Iran-Hezbollah terror

 France warned Lebanon that Israel would attack precision-guided rocket systems belonging to Hezbollah, according to a report Saturday in the Holland-based paper Al-Hayat.

The paper quoted Arab diplomatic sources as saying that “The French- who have so far been content as observers- inserted themselves into the Iranian line tightening around Syria and Lebanon, including Hezbollah, and joined in the escalating tone of American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” after they understood the Americans were serious about ramping up sanctions on Iran.
According to the sources, Paris expressed concern regarding reports of precision-guided missiles on Lebanese soil. The reports were sent by Israel to the French and to the Americans.
“France considers it Lebanon’s responsibility to take steps to ensure that precision-guided rocket systems” will not have a presence in the country, said one source, “since Israel will not stand by the establishment of such systems with Iranian support.” The source emphasized that France is moving closer to the American position in Syria, therefore it is also concerned about the situation in Lebanon.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil met with a senior Israeli official in Moscow, and discussed issues of borders, the Syrian war and Iranian weapons factories in Lebanon.
The Israeli official reportedly told Bassil that Israel does not consider Lebanon to be an enemy, but that it also will not hesitate to strike at Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria.
Translated from Maariv by Zack Evans. Ilanit Chernick contributed to this report.

 

Nasrallah warns of war this summer, worries he could be killed – report 

April 21, 2019

Source: Nasrallah warns of war this summer, worries he could be killed – report – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

Sources from within Hezbollah have denied the report, saying that all of it is a “fabric of the writer’s imagination,” according to Lebanon 24 news. Nasrallah will speak on Monday.

BY TZVI JOFFRE
 APRIL 21, 2019 06:25
Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned top military commanders in a private meeting this week that there will be a war with Israel this summer and that he may not be around to support them, according to Elijah J. Magnier, a writer for the Kuwaiti Al Rai news.

“I may not remain among you for very long; it is possible that the entire first level of leadership could be killed, including myself,” Nasrallah reportedly told the commanders. “Measures and procedures have already been taken to be ready even if this extreme case happens.”

Elijah J. Magnier@ejmalrai

Hezbollah Leader: “the possibility of a war with Israel is very high this summer and I may no longer be with you”. https://ejmagnier.com/2019/04/20/hezbollah-leader-the-possibility-of-a-war-with-israel-is-very-high-this-summer-and-i-may-no-longer-be-with-you/ 

Al Rai is Kuwait’s daily newspaper. Surveys by the Washington-based Intermedia group have ranked the paper one among Kuwaiti newspapers.

Nasrallah reportedly said that he expects the war to take everybody by surprise, like the 2006 Lebanon War.

“Israel can surprise us all like it did in Gaza in 2008 with the objective of removing the threat on its borders once and for all,” Nasrallah stated. “This is what our people should know, and they should from now on be prepared for the worse-case scenario.”

According to the report, Hezbollah believes that Israel will evacuate Israeli settlements near the Lebanese border to prevent the possibility of kidnappings.

A “knowledgeable source” told Magnier that “this is the first time Sayyed Nasrallah has offered such a bleak perspective, raising the chances of war with Israel from 50/50 to 70/30.”

Magnier also claims that Nasrallah believes that other countries, including the USA, the UK and many Arab states could take part in an upcoming conflict.

Hezbollah’s “pessimism” comes after an evaluation of the regional situation, according to the Al Rai writer, including the outcome of the Israeli elections, US support for Israel and an increased international willingness to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah is already taking measures to prepare for a conflict, according to Magnier, and has abandoned hundreds of locations in Lebanon.

Hezbollah may act aggressively toward the Lebanese government should they try to intervene, as in 2008, when they occupied Beirut when the government attempted to disrupt their communications system.

Sources from within Hezbollah have denied the report, saying that all of it is a “fabric of the writer’s imagination,” according to Lebanon 24 news. The sources also said that Nasrallah will speak about regional, international and local political issues on Monday afternoon.

 

French envoy to US: Trump plan ‘very close to what Israel wants, 99% doomed’

April 21, 2019

Source: French envoy to US: Trump plan ‘very close to what Israel wants, 99% doomed’ | The Times of Israel

( Somewhere between the angles and the French lies the rest of humanity. – Mark Twain )

Gérard Araud, a former ambassador to Israel, says he’s ‘very close’ with Jared Kushner, whom he describes as ‘extremely smart but has no guts’

In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks with White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner as he departs after a reception in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP /Alex Brandon)

France’s outgoing ambassador to the US, Gérard Araud, said US President Donald Trump is uniquely able to “push” Israel on his upcoming peace plan because he is extremely popular among Israelis and they “trust him.”

In an interview with The Atlantic magazine published on Friday, Araud said the White House plan, engineered by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, will be “very close to what the Israelis want,” and is 99 percent “doomed to fail.”

“But 1 percent, you never forget the 1 percent. Trump is uniquely able to push the Israelis, because he is so popular in Israel,” he said.

Araud, who served as France’s ambassador to Israel from 2003 to 2006, positioned himself as “very close” to Kushner, whom he described as “extremely smart, but he has no guts.” Araud has served as French ambassador to Washington since 2014 and is retiring.

Kushner, Araud claimed, “doesn’t know the history” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “and in a sense, it’s good — we are not here to say who is right, who is wrong; we are trying to find a way [toward a solution].”

“So in a sense, I like it, but at the same time he is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn’t understand that,” he asserted.

Gérard Araud in a 2011 press conference. (Wikimedia/Clergier, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Araud told the magazine that the White House was counting on three factors when it comes to the peace plan. The first is Trump’s popularity in Israel.

“Trump, he said, is more popular than [Benjamin] Netanyahu in Israel, so the Israelis trust him. That’s the first bet, Kushner told me. The second is that the Palestinians may consider it’s their last chance to get limited sovereignty. And the third element is Kushner is going to pour money on the Palestinians. Don’t forget, the Arabs are behind the Americans. The plan is 50 pages, we were told, very precise; we don’t know what is in the plan. But we’ll see,” he said.

Araud added that “the disproportion of power is such between the two sides that the strongest [Israel] may conclude that they have no interest to make concessions.”

Israel is “extremely comfortable” with the status quo, he said, “because they [can] have the cake and eat it. They have the West Bank, but at the same time they don’t have to make the painful decision about the Palestinians, really making them really, totally stateless or making them citizens of Israel.

“They won’t make them citizens of Israel. So they will have to make it official, which is we know the situation, which is an apartheid. There will be officially an apartheid state. They are in fact already,” he claimed.

The details of the Trump plan have been kept under wraps, but rumors of its content have swirled, particularly on social media.

Last week, Kushner said the plan will not be unveiled until June at the earliest. Kushner told some 100 foreign diplomats the plan will be rolled out after the new Israeli government is sworn in and following the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends June 5.

He urged them to keep an “open mind,” according to a source cited by Reuters.

Although little is known about the long-awaited plan, recent reports in the Washington Post and Guardian suggested it would not include full Palestinian statehood.

That is a likely deal-breaker for Palestinians, who were already not cooperating with Trump’s Middle East team following the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and moving of the US embassy there in May 2018.

Jason Greenblatt attends the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards gala at Carnegie Hall in New York, March 28, 2019. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

On Friday, US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt warned both Israel and the Palestinians against rejecting Trump’s peace plan and rejected the use of the term “two-state solution” in an interview released by Sky News Arabic.

There was no reason to use the term because each side understood it differently, Greenblatt said, according to Channel 12 news.

He said both sides needed to be prepared for direct negotiations as each would have to make concessions, and there would be elements of the deal that each side would be satisfied with, and parts each would dislike.

Greenblatt said both sides would miss an opportunity for peace if they did not accept the deal, but he issued a special warning to the Palestinians, noting they had already spoken out against the plan before seeing it, while suggesting that it could have a significant and positive impact on their future.

In his interview with The Atlantic, Araud described Trump’s governing manner as “brutal, a bit primitive,” but said he is “right” in some issues, such as free trade.

“What he’s doing with China should have been done, maybe in a different way, but should have been done before,” he said.

Araud told the magazine that two particular instances during Trump’s presidency thus far shocked the French: the pullout from the Paris climate agreement and from the Iran nuclear deal.

In both cases, according to his account, the French were under the impression that discussions surrounding the issues were going well.

Araud said that before Trump announced the US pullout from the Iran deal, Paris was “negotiating with the administration on an agreement to complement[it]…, on missiles, terrorism, and Iran’s regional activities.”

Araud said Paris and Washington were very close to an agreement, “people say 90 percent.”

“There was absolutely no crisis in the negotiation. And suddenly overnight, everything was over. It was decided overnight; it was decided by Trump. Nobody was warned, and the day after, nobody was able to tell us what it meant for us,” he went on.

He described the White House as “so dysfunctional,” however, adding there’s “only one person who can commit the United States [to an agreement], and it’s Donald Trump.”

 

Netanyahu, world leaders voice support for Sri Lanka after Easter bombings 

April 21, 2019

Source: Netanyahu, world leaders voice support for Sri Lanka after Easter bombings | The Times of Israel

Officials around the globe condemn deadly attacks that left over 190 dead and hundreds more wounded

Sri Lankan security personnel and investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)

Sri Lankan security personnel and investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)

Leaders from around the world voiced support for the Sri Lankan government and nation following a series of deadly bombing attacks throughout the country on Easter Sunday that left over 207 people killed and hundreds wounded.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered aid to the country in a tweet, in which he expressed, “on behalf of all Israelis, deep shock over the murderous rampages against innocent civilians in Sri Lanka.

“Israel is ready to aid the authorities in Sri Lanka at this difficult hour. The entire world must unite in the fight against the scourge of terrorism,” Netanyahu said.

“The attacks in Sri Lanka, including those at prayer celebrating Easter Sunday, are a despicable crime. We are all children of God; an attack on one religion is an attack on us all. Israel sends condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for the recovery of the injured,” President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter.

On Sunday morning, six explosions were triggered nearly simultaneously. Three high-end hotels and one church were targeted in the capital, Colombo, while two additional churches were targeted elsewhere in the country during Easter services.

Local security officials said at least two of those attacks appeared to have been carried out by suicide bombers. Sri Lanka’s defense minister said seven suspects have been arrested.

Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) personnel are pictured outside a house during a raid — after a suicide blast had killed police searching the property — in the Orugodawatta area of the capital Colombo on April 21, 2019, following a series of blasts in churches and hotels. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Several hours later, a seventh attack was carried out in a suburb south of Colombo, killing two people. That was followed minutes later by an eighth blast, carried out by a suicide bomber, in a northern neighborhood of Colombo, which killed three police officers, Sri Lankan officials said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks — the worst act of violence in Sri Lanka since the end of the country’s bloody civil war a decade ago.

US President Donald Trump said his country would assist Sri Lanka following the attack.

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the bombings “horrific” and said his country stood beside his neighbors to the southeast.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured,” Modi said in a statement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose country ruled Sri Lanka until 1948 when it was granted independence, also denounced the attacks on a holy site during religious services.

“The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time. We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practice their faith in fear,” May wrote in a tweet.

At least 35 of foreign nationals were among the more than 200 people killed in the attacks, Sri Lankan police said. A hospital source said Americans, British and Dutch citizens were among the dead.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called the blasts “cowardly” and said the government was working to “contain the situation.”

“I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he wrote in a tweet.

Sri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony’s Shrine following an explosion in the church in Colombo on April 21, 2019. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

After the second wave of attacks, Sri Lanka’s defense ministry ordered a nighttime curfew across the country, and authorities “temporarily” blocked access to social media websites and applications “in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread,” Udaya R. Seneviratne, secretary to the country’s president said in a statement.

The island nation of Sri Lanka, just off the coast from India, endured a brutal and bloody civil war from 1983 to 2009, when the government declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam insurgent group, also known as the Tamil Tigers.

 

Anti-Israel Iranian-funded terror cell dismantled in central Africa

April 21, 2019

Source: Anti-Israel Iranian-funded terror cell dismantled in central Africa – www.israelhayom.com

“The cell was arrested in Chad, a country in which had been visited by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year,” i24NEWS report reaveals.  

A terror cell in central Africa that was backed by Iran for the purpose of launching attacks and spreading its anti-Western ideology was dismantled this week,  i24NEWS reported on Friday.

According to the report on i24NEWS Iran “was behind the recruitment and training of men between the ages of 25-35,  several already belonging to a designated terror group operating out of the region, known as Seleka, to commit terror attacks against Westerners residing on the continent.”

“We want to create an army to fight against Westerners in Africa,” the head of the central African cell, Ismael Djida, told the outlet, which is the only international news channel based in Tel Aviv.

The channel, which focuses on reporting from Israel and the Middle East, has several bureaus in major cities around the world and has seen a growing viewership in recent years.

Iran, according to the information obtained by i24NEWS,  paid the leader of Seneka more than 100,000 dollars to recruit terrorists and launch attacks that would undermine relations of African countries with Israel.

“The cell was arrested in Chad, a country in which had been visited by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year,” the  i24NEWS report said.

The two countries have only recently announced the restoration of full diplomatic ties, almost fifty years after the African country cut off relations due to political pressure.

 

Off Topic:  Explosions kill at least 190 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

Source: Explosions kill at least 190 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday – www.israelhayom.com

Up to 400 people injured and are being treated in hospitals • Casualties include foreigners, government minister says.

At least 190 people were killed and hundreds more hospitalized from injuries in near-simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka’s transportation minister reported Sunday afternoon.

The government has imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. Sunday evening until 6 a.m. Monday morning as a manhunt for the perpetrators was underway.

Two of the blasts were suspected to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with reporters. Worshippers and hotel guests were among the dead, the official said.

The magnitude of the bloodshed recalled Sri Lanka’s decadeslong civil war, when separatist Tamil Tigers and other rebel groups targeted the Central Bank, a shopping mall, a Buddhist temple and hotels popular with tourists.

No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s blasts.

St. Anthony’s Shrine and the three hotels where the blasts took place are in Colombo, and are frequented by foreign tourists. A National Hospital spokesman, Dr. Samindi Samarakoon, told AP they received 47 dead, including nine foreigners, and were treating more than 200 wounded.

Local TV showed damage at the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels.

The Shangri-La’s second-floor restaurant was gutted in the blast, with the ceiling and windows blown out. Loose wires hung and tables were overturned in the blackened space.

A police magistrate was at the hotel to inspect the bodies recovered from the restaurant. From outside the police cordon, three bodies could be seen covered in white sheets.

Alex Agieleson, who was near the shrine, said buildings shook with the blast, and that a number of injured people were carried away in ambulances.

Other blasts were reported at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. St. Sebastian’s appealed for help on its Facebook page.

The explosion ripped off the roof and knocked out doors and windows at St. Sebastian’s, where people carried the wounded away from blood-stained pews, TV footage showed.

Sri Lankan security officials said they were investigating. Police immediately sealed off the areas.

Sri Lankan security forces in 2009 defeated Tamil Tiger rebels who had fought to create an independent homeland for the country’s ethnic minority Tamils. The U.N. initially estimated the death toll from 26 years of fighting to be about 100,000 but a U.N. experts’ panel later said some 45,000 ethnic Tamils may have been killed in the last months of the fighting alone.

Government troops and the Tamil Tigers were both accused of grave human rights violations, which prompted local and international calls for investigations.