Jihad and Martyrdom In Palestinian Authority Schoolbooks

The Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) produced a report on Palestinian Authority schoolbooks. Read the full report here. MEMRI states:

The following are examples of references to jihad and martyrdom in Palestinian Authority schoolbooks. The references appear in books for the subjects of Islamic Studies, Arabic and Language.  

Martyrdom

An Arabic textbook for grade 7 (Part I, p. 75) features the following poem, titled “The Martyr” (for the Arabic original, see Appendix, Figure 1):

I carry my life in my hand
And cast it into the abyss of perdition.
[Give me] either a life that gladdens the heart of a friend
Or a death that strikes at the enemy.
What is a life that does not sow fear
In the safe haven [of the enemy]?
By my life, I see my death,
Yet I hasten my steps towards it.
I see myself dying without gaining my stolen right
And my hoped-for homeland.
The ring of steel is pleasant to my ear
And the stream of blood gladdens my soul
A body fallen on the barren plains,
Or devoured by the desert beasts,
Its blood painted the soil crimson
And perfumed the east wind.
He sleeps and dreams the dream of eternity
And enjoys the best of dreams.
By my life, that is a death worthy of men
And whoever craves an honorable death, here it is.

On p. 79 of the same book, students are asked to write an essay about a Palestinian or Arab female martyr (see Appendix Figure 2).

An exercise in Part II of this book (p. 49) asks students to write an essay about a martyr they knew and mention details like his name, his place of birth, how he was martyred, “society’s attitude towards his family after his martyrdom,” and the status of martyrs in Islam (see Appendix Figure 3).

Also in Part II, a grammar exercise on p. 58 uses an article from the Al-Ayyam daily on the topic of martyrdom. The article  mentions Palestinian mothers who bury their sons while ululating in joy and fathers who bury their sons while promising to sacrifice their other sons as well (see Appendix Figure 4).

In a language textbook for grade 10, an exercise on p. 51 requires students to consider the sentence: “The Khansaas of Palestine offer up their children for the sake of the victory of Allah and his Messenger.”

Khansaa is an early Islamic heroine who celebrated the martyrdom of her sons who died waging jihad (see Appendix Figure 5).

An exercise on p. 93 uses the sentence “I swear by my honor that I will continue on the path of the martyrs” (see Appendix Figure 6).

In a grade 6 Arabic textbook (Part I, p. 34), a reading comprehension exercise asks the students to explain why the poet addresses the issue of the martyrdom of children (see Appendix Figure 7).

A grammar exercise on p. 101 refers to a Koranic verse (3:109): “Do not consider those who died for the sake of Allah as dead, rather as alive, at their Lord sustained” (see Appendix Figure 8).

An exercise in a reader for grade 8 (Part I, p. 18) requires students to “explain the multiple cases of martyrdom [mentioned in] the Koran and hadith” (see Appendix Figure 9).

An Islamic Studies textbook for grade 9 (Part I, p. 5) quotes Koran 47:4-6: “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers, smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”

The lesson discusses the rewards of the martyrs who sacrifice their souls for the sake of Allah: Their sacrifices and their actions are never in vain; rather, Allah accepts their sacrifice, and forgives all their sins and houses them in the highest level of Paradise with the Prophets and Messengers (see Appendix Figure 10).

An Islamic Studies textbook for grade 10 (Part I, p. 8-9) presents justification for war against the polytheists. It too quotes Koran 47:4-6, as well as Koran 9:14: “Fight them; Allah will torture them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people; And remove the fury in the believers’ hearts…” (see Appendix Figure 11)

Jihad

A grade 6 Islamic Studies textbook (p. 33) discusses Ramadan as “the month of jihad, power and action,” and lists famous Islamic battles that took place during this month (see Appendix Figure 12).

An Islamic Studies textbook for grade 8 (Part II, p. 28) discusses the goals of jihad. It states that the mujahid must be pure in his intentions: he must not fight for the sake of gaining booty or enhancing his prestige, but in order to bring about the victory of Islam and make Allah’s Word supreme. The section quotes Koran 8:60: “And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged” (see Appendix Figure 13).

A grade 8 language textbook (Part II, p. 55) quotes a hadith by Abu Huraira, who quoted the Prophet as saying: “He who dies without having fought in the Cause of Allah or without having thought of doing so dies with a characteristic of hypocrisy within him” (see Appendix Figure 14).

An Islamic Studies textbook for grade 7 (Part I, p. 64) discusses the Prophet’s wife ‘Aisha as an exemplary figure. It states that she participated in jihad for the sake of Allah and in the battle of Uhud, took care of the wounded and brought water to the fighters, and urged the believers to wage jihad (see Appendix Figure 15).

On Honoring Agreements:

A grade 9 Islamic Studies textbook (Part I, p. 52-54) includes a section on Treaty of Hudaybiyya between Muhammad and the Quraysh Tribe. Page 54 lists the lessons to be derived from this treaty, one which is the need to honor agreements signed by the Muslims with others if [these agreements] conform to the directives of Islam” (see Appendix Figure 16).

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Muslim Migrant Honor Killing in Cleveland, Ohio

No comment from pro-terror, pro-sharia hatemonger, Linda Sarsour. No feminist marches. No tweets from Susan Sarandon and the rest of the vicious bleating sheep of the left.

Fahad Saeed and Rosa Al-Dhannoon came to the U.S. about three years ago as refugees from Iraq,

Fahad Saeed was arrested for murdering his ex-wife. Another Muslim was also arrested in the case. Court records show Amar Sami, 22, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice for lying to investigators who were looking into her disappearance. Islamic honor code of violence. Sources tell FOX 8 News, surveillance video shows Sami and Saeed purchasing shovels after Rosa Al Dhannoon’s disappearance.

Fahad Mohammed Saeed, 27, of Cleveland, also was charged in the indictment with kidnapping, felonious assault, aggravated burglary, stalking and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of 25-year-old Roaa Al-Dhannoon. She was last seen Oct. 16 at her Lakewood, Ohio, apartment and was reported missing by friends three days later.
Abuse of a corpse? Was she beheaded?

Saeed was already in Cuyahoga County Jail after a Lakewood Municipal Court judge sentenced him to 180 days in jail in January for violating a protection order given to Al-Dhannoon. The couple divorced in September, and Al-Dhannoon was granted sole custody of their young son, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Blaise Thomas said.
Police found her body in Big Creek Reserve in Brooklyn where they unearthed a container of human remains. They do not describe the condition of the body.

A recent survey shows Muslim men by and large approve of honor killing wives.

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. 84 percent of honor killings in the United States were done by Muslims. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that ‘retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.’ However, ‘not subject to retaliation’ is ‘a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.’ (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.” In other words, Islamic law sets no penalty for a parent who kills his child. Also, the legal codes of Jordan, Syria, and other Muslim countries have substantially reduced penalties for honor murders as compared to other murders, and Islamic clerics have resisted efforts to stiffen penalties for honor killings.

LAKEWOOD WOMAN’S EX-HUSBAND INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO HER DEATH

By Kaylee Remington, Cleveland.com, May 18, 2017:

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Roaa Al-Dhannoon’s ex-husband, Fahad Mohammed Saeed, has been indicted in connection to her death.

Saeed, 26, is charged with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, aggravated burglary, burglary, violating a protection order, gross abuse of a corpse, theft, telecommunication fraud and tampering with evidence and possessing criminal tools, authorities said during a press conference Thursday morning at the Lakewood Police Department.

He is scheduled for his arraignment at 8:30 a.m. June 2, court records show.

Saeed could face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Officers and Lakewood police announced Wednesday that remains found in a container Monday near a Brooklyn ravine belong to Al-Dhannoon.

Investigators would not discuss the details about how she died or how her body got there at Thursday’s press conference. Investigators identified her using her fingerprints.

Al-Dhannoon, 25, of Lakewood, was last seen Oct. 16, 2016 at her Edgewater Drive apartment in Lakewood. A family member reported her missing Oct. 19.

Al-Dhannoon was found near the ravine behind an apartment building on Memphis Avenue near Tiedeman Road. The cause of her death is still being determined.

Family and friends were concerned for her well-being because she had never been away from her son. He is 4 years old now, authorities said at the press conference.

Investigators with Lakewood police, the FBI and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office believe Al-Dhannoon was kidnapped and possibly killed, assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor Blaise Thomas said earlier this month.

Saeed, was sentenced for violating a restraining order before she disappeared. He is accused of contacting her and their son.

He pleaded guilty in Lakewood Municipal, according to court records. He is currently serving a six-month sentence.

Another man, Ammar Sami, 21, pleaded no contest to obstruction of justice in her disappearance and was found guilty. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 11 a.m. May 25, court records show.

Authorities say he provided false information to the Lakewood Police Department and the Cleveland Division of the FBI.

Lakewood police, the Cleveland FBI and the Medical Examiner’s Officer concentrated on the ravine located along a stretch of Big Creel south of Memphis Avenue and east of Tiedeman Road.

Authorities came across the container with the biological remains. The FBI’s Evidence Response Team sifted through dirt near the Big Creek behind Parkview Estate Apartments.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Unmarried couple buried up to their necks then stoned to death for ‘violating Islamic law’

This is not civilization, but savagery at its worst — because it is religious and “righteous.”

This is what the apologists would bring to your neighborhood.

This is what those who enthuse about sharia want to see happen to you if you don’t obey its brutal code.

Ignore this at your peril — the successful spread of sharia will condemn our children and following generations to unimaginable misery.

UNMARRIED COUPLE ARE BURIED UP TO THEIR NECKS AND STONED TO DEATH FOR ‘VIOLATING ISLAMIC LAW’ IN MALI AS JIHADIST GROUPS TAKE HOLD OF THE COUNTRY

  • It was the first known stoning execution to take place in the country since 2012
  • Extremists dug two holes for the unmarried man and woman who lived together
  • Members of the public invited to take part in execution in Taghlit, Kidal region
  • Four people threw stones at the paur until they had died, local officials claimed

By Jay Akbar For Mailonline,17 May 2017:

An unmarried couple were stoned to death by Islamic extremists in Mali for the first known time since 2012, local officials claimed.

‘The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,’ the official said. ‘They were stoned to death.’

The same source said members of the public were invited to take part in the public execution in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, adding: ‘Four people threw stones at them until they died.’

An unmarried couple were stoned to death by Islamic extremists in Mali (file photo of Chadian soldiers posing with the flag of terror group Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb in Mali)

Another local official confirmed the information, saying the Islamists had accused the unmarried couple of violating ‘Islamic law’ – which requires punishment by stoning.

Northern Mali fell to jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in March 2012 and although they were driven out of key towns by a French-led military intervention the following year, Islamists have regrouped and now have spread further south.

During their brief control of key towns in the vast north, jihadist groups imposed a version of Sharia law which forced women to wear veils and set whipping and stoning as punishment for transgressions.

It is the first public stoning known to have taken place in Mali since July 2012, when the Ansar Dine group stoned a couple in public in Aguelhok who they accused of having children outside marriage.

The young pair were publicly executed in the remote town of Aguelhok, near the vast West African nation’s northern border with Algeria, on Sunday, a spokesman for the Ansar Dine [‘Defenders of the faith’] group said at the time.

A local official said members of the public were invited to take part in the public execution in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, adding: 'Four people threw stones at them until they died

A local official said members of the public were invited to take part in the public execution in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, adding: ‘Four people threw stones at them until they died

‘These two people were married and had extra-conjugal relations,’ the spokesman added. ‘Our men on the ground in Aguelhok applied sharia [Islamic law].’

‘They both died right away and even asked for this application.

‘We don’t have to answer to anyone over the application of sharia,’ he said.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The Geller Report.

Lawyer: Trump Executive Order on Immigration violates First Amendment because honor killings are Islamic

Katyal is right. Honor killings are Islamic. But he is, to my knowledge, the first Western Leftist ever to admit that fact.

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In this case the victim was the murderer’s sister, a victim to the culture of violence and intimidation that such laws help create.

The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer.

But Katyal is here arguing that honor killings cannot be opposed or restricted because to do so would restrict Muslims’ religious freedom. He apparently understands the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom as a license to break other laws, including prohibitions on murder. This is a vital point that must be clarified: either the principle of religious freedom overrules everything, and even allows for murder, or it stops where other laws begin. This question is going to have to be answered sooner or later.

“Hawaii Lawyer: Trump Exec Order Violates 1st Amendment Because Honor Killings Are Islamic,” by Raheem Kassam, Breitbart, May 15, 2017:

The lawyer representing the State of Hawaii in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today has stated the collection of data with regards honor killings should be removed from President Trump’s Executive Order in order to “pass constitutional muster”.

In his arguments, Neal Katyal stated today that the collection of such data as outlined by the Executive Order 13780 contravenes the Establishment Clause, in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”.

In doing so, Katyal appears to be making the case that honor killings — murder committed in the name of restoring a family’s dignity following discouraged behaviour within fundamentalist homes — is in itself Islamic.

It is an argument often made by anti-Islam campaigners, but to hear such arguments made by the political left might surprise some, especially when honor killings are also found — though to a lesser extent — in other religious groups like the Sikh community.

“What does [the President] have to do to issue an executive order that, in your view, might pass constitutional muster?” asked Judge Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, this afternoon.

Katyal responded at length, stating: “I think there’s two paths that the President could take in order to pass constitutional muster.

“One is the way that our founders thought, Article 1 Section 8 which, as Congress in the driver’s seat with respect to immigration, passes a statute. as Justice Alito said, when Congress passes a statute it’s much less likely to discriminate. It is 535 people versus one, which is why his Mandel point is so problematic. That’s number one.

“Second thing the president could do, or the kinds of things or some of the kinds, removing some of things that the district court found led an objective observer to say that this this discriminates.

“One example would be, what Judge Hawkins said, disavowing formally all the stuff said before. But that’s not it. He could do a lot of things. For example, I’m going to throw out some examples. I‘m not trying to micro manage the President. He could say, like President Bush did, right after September 11th, the face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. that’s not what Islam is about. Islam is peace. Instead, we get, quote, Islam hates us. I think Islam hates us.

“I think he could point to changed circumstances from December 2015, when Congress debated the exact same evidence that the President relies on in his executive order and say, you know, we actually need more than just denying people entry without a visa, which is what Congress required. You need to do more than that.

“It could eliminate the text, which refers to honor killings. There’s a bunch of different things that could be done. And our fundamental point to you is that presidents don’t run into Establishment Clause problems and the reason for that is this is a very limited, you know, in a really unusual case in which you have these public statements by the President. if you affirm the district court there’s not a thing that any president has done in our lifetime that would be unconstitutional”.

For Katyal to advance such an argument may also be detrimental to the public understanding of honor killings in the United States….

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Bin Laden’s son encourages Muslims to slaughter non-Muslims

He raised his son to continue the family business.

Hamza Bin Laden

“Bin Laden son’s chilling video threat to the West as he encourages Muslim extremists to launch lone-wolf attacks,” by Omar Wahid, The Mail On Sunday, May 14, 2017:

Osama Bin Laden’s son encouraged Muslim extremists to launch lone-wolf attacks against the West in a chilling video released last night.

In the ten-minute footage, Hamza Bin Laden urges his followers to embark on suicide missions that cause most damage and go for ‘the jugular of the enemy’.

Bin Laden relays his message in Arabic with English subtitles, declaring: ‘This is advice for anyone who intends to carry out a martyrdom operation.’

As he speaks, the video shows pictures of terrorists who have launched successful attacks in the West.

Bin Laden, who is thought to be 28, goes on: ‘Be perfect in your choice of targets, so that you may damage your enemies more.

‘If you are able to pick a firearm, well and good; if not, the options are many.’

And he adds: ‘Take lead in inflicting losses, attacking the jugular of the enemy and hitting its joints.’…

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WARNING: Muslim gang targeting lone female drivers at traffic lights

“Described as Asian” — Media sharia-speak for Muslim. Preying on young women alone in their cars at night. How bloody frightening.

This is the new normal. You must show how evolved and tolerant you are by acquiescing to the age of the primitive in the wake of the hijrah.

Embrace it!

WARNING OVER GANG TARGETING LONE FEMALE DRIVERS AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS

By Adam Boult, Telegraph,  12 MAY 2017 • thanks to Inexion:

Female drivers are being warned about a group of men who have been attempting to get into cars stopped at junctions.

In recent days several women in the Stockport area have reportedly been approached by the men while waiting for traffic lights to change.

One victim, Cala Grant, was approached on Monday this week. Describing the incident on Facebook, she wrote: “Two men attempted to get into my car while I was sat at traffic lights in Offerton.

“As the male was walking towards the driver side he looked like he was just crossing the road then quickly went for my door handle.

“At that time out of nowhere another male was attempting my passenger side.

“Luckily my doors were locked so I just raced off through a red light and nearly got hit by another driver in the process.

“I am ok although shaken up!” she added, warning other drivers: “Please please lock your doors!”

The incident occurred at approximately 7.45pm. The men were described as being Asian and in their early 20s.

Another woman reported a similar incident at the junction of Nangreave Road and Windermere Road. A man jumped in front of her car to make her stop, and then two other men appeared and tried to open the car doors, but found them locked.

The woman’s mother told the Manchester Evening News: “She was absolutely terrified and I think people need to be warned. Aquinas College is nearby where there are 100s of kids, many of them drive but probably don’t have new cars that have self-locking doors.

“I feel threatened myself and worried for my girls.”

Police are appealing for witnesses.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Survey: Majority of Muslim men approve of honor killing, wife-beating, marital rape

Honor killing, wife-beating, marital rape, polygamy — all justified in Islamic texts and teachings, and all approved of by large numbers of the Muslims surveyed here. What is surprising is that these percentages are so low, given the approval in Islamic texts for all these practices. Apparently many Egyptian and Moroccan men know to tell pollsters what they want to hear.

Woman wearing niqab in Great Britain.

Woman wearing niqab in Great Britain.

“Survey finds deeply regressive views of women among large majorities of Muslim men,” National Secular Society, May 3, 2017:

A large-scale survey of views in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine has reported extensive anti-women views and widespread tolerance of domestic violence.

The three countries and Palestine were selected to be broadly representative and “to reflect the diversity of the region”….

The report, produced by International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) found that “The majority of Egyptian men consider it their duty to protect the honour of women and girls in their family, and nearly three-fifths agree with honour killing in some circumstances. More than 90 per cent of men saw male honour as directly contingent on their female relatives’ dress and behaviour”.

Just 45% of Egyptian men believed there should be laws “criminalizing domestic violence, including marital rape.” And only 70% of Egyptian women agreed with this statement.

43% of Egyptian Muslim men said they would approve of their son having multiple wives, though just 9.5% said they would approve of their daughter marrying a man who already had other wives.

Only 6.6% of unmarried men said they “have no problem with marrying someone of a different religion”, and a tiny 2.3% of unmarried Egyptian women said the same.

Just 39% of Egyptian men approved of women serving as leaders of political parties, though 93% said they should be able to vote.

60% of Moroccan men said “if a woman is raped, she should marry her rapist.”

62% of Moroccan men said “a woman should tolerate violence to keep the family together”, and 38% agreed “there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten”. Shockingly, 20% of Moroccan women agreed with this.

The report collected anecdotes and accounts from men and women across the four countries surveyed, including many accounts of domestic violence….

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VIDEO: ‘Germany WILL be an ISLAMIC State, Your Daughters WILL Marry Muslim’

Again (and again and again), the religious figures and holy men of Islam tell us exactly what their plan is, what their goals are — conquest. Again (and again and again) Western elites deny, deflect, delude.

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By Chuck Callesto, Star Political,  May 6, 2017, Thanks to Amil Amani

EDITORS NOTE: This column with video originally appeared on The Geller Report.

VIDEO: Muslims throw homemade bomb at anti-Migration Law protesters

Brazil’s new Migration Law relaxes criminal penalties for migrants. At a recent protest against this law in São Paulo, Muslim migrants demonstrated their distaste for dissent. Jihad Watch reader Natan sends in this video and writes:

Terrorist Attempt at Anti-Migration Law Protest in Brazil.

Syrian immigrants throw homemade bombs at peaceful people protesting at Av. Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil.

The attack took place on May 2, when the group of protesters was walking.

The attack was recorded by one of the protesters.

In the video it is possible to see when the Muslims ignited the artifact and launched against the civilians.

Police arrested the attackers, the crime was registered at a local police station.

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Examinations reveal that Muslim doctor’s claim she didn’t perform female genital mutilation is false

“The girls’ parents have not been charged.”

Why not? Obviously they wanted this done to their girls. Jumana Nagarwala didn’t steal into their homes in the dark of night and perform this barbaric procedure of her own accord.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala

“Report: Girl’s genital mutilation injury worse than doctor claims,” by Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, April 26, 2017:

Two weeks after a doctor’s arrest, a grand jury indicted three in a genital mutilation case, sending it to trial.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala has maintained she never engaged in any genital cutting.

But according to documents obtained by the Free Press, the injuries sustained by two Minnesota girls who prosecutors say had their genitals mutilated by Nagarwala at a Livonia clinic are much more severe than what the doctor has claimed.

The details emerged as Nagarwala and two others were indicted Wednesday on genital mutilation charges in U.S. District Court, where the trio are accused of targeting young girls for years to carry out what prosecutors have described as a barbaric and illegal ritual. In this case, prosecutors say, when Nagarwala and her cohorts were discovered, they lied, deleted evidence and tried to hush others in their religious community to keep their crime a secret.

Nagarwala, through her lawyer, has admitted that she did perform a procedure on the genitalia of two Minnesota girls, but that it didn’t involve cutting. Rather, she claims, she scraped a membrane from their genitalia, wrapped it in gauze and gave it to the parents, who buried it as part of a religious custom.

A doctor’s findings, however, contradict that claim. A juvenile protection petition filed on behalf of the victims in Minnesota, along with federal court documents, cite scarring, a small tear, healing lacerations and what appears to be surgical removal of a portion of her genitalia….

Prosecutors say they believe there are many other victims. According to the seven-count indictment, the three defendants are part of a bigger conspiracy that ran from 2005 until this year, when a tip and a trail of electronic evidence led to their arrests.The main defendant is Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, who is charged with conspiracy, genital mutilation, transporting minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, lying to a federal agent and obstructing an official proceeding. If convicted, she could face up to life in prison on the transporting minors charge. According to the indictment, Nagawala told federal agents that “she has never been present” for female genital mutilation — or FGM — on “any minor children” and that she has “no knowledge” of it ever being performed.

“Nagarwala then and there well knew she had performed FGM procedures on numerous minor girls,” the indictment states.

Prosecutors say Nagarwala pulled off this crime with the help of another doctor who let her use the Livonia clinic to carry out the procedure and helped coordinate the girls’ trip to Michigan. That physician is Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, who was charged with the same crimes as Nagarwala. His wife, Farida Attar, 50, also was indicted for her alleged role: Prosecutors say she held the girls’ hands during the procedure and instructed at least one member of her community to lie if anyone asked questions.

According to the indictment, all three are accused of trying to keep this practice a secret within their Indian-Muslim community.

“(They) instructed others not to speak about FGM procedures that had taken place,” the 13-page document states….

The Attars deny any wrongdoing. Their lawyers have said both are deeply religious, have clean records and were frightened following their arrests….

The girls’ parents have not been charged.According to court documents, both girls have told FBI and state investigators that they had procedures performed on their genitalia, that it was painful and that they were both told to keep it a secret. One of the girls said the doctor made her cry and that she and her friend were both given cake after the procedure. One of the girls also said that she thought she was coming to Detroit for a “special” girls trip, but after arriving here learned that they had to go to the doctor because “our tummies hurt.”…

Minnesota authorities removed both girls from their homes, though one of them has been returned to her parents. The other girl’s child protective custody case remains under seal. It is not known whether she has been returned to her parents yet.

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