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Blogger who challenged Islamic supremacists is murdered

Yameen Rasheed, a martyr for the freedom of speech in this darkening age, was searching for his friend Ahmed Abdulla, who had been abducted. “Mr. Rasheed said Mr. Abdulla’s abduction followed a pattern of increasingly hostile actions against those who question how Islam is practiced in the Maldives.”

“Amnesty International noted that the killing of Mr. Rasheed took place against the backdrop of the Maldivian authorities’ growing restrictions on public debate. ‘This crackdown has intensified in recent weeks and must end immediately,’ the organization said. ‘Authorities should protect those who speak out, not try to criminalize them.’”

How bitterly ironic. In the U.S., if you question how Islam is practiced, you won’t get abducted (yet), but you will get shadow banned by Facebook and Twitter, smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, and the New York Times itself will liken you to the jihadis you’re calling out. Neither Amnesty International nor anyone else will say, “Authorities should protect those who speak out, not try to criminalize them.” And no one will recognize the double standard, either.

BLODDY KNIFE“Outspoken Maldives Blogger Who Challenged Radical Islamists Is Killed,” by Hassan Moosa and Kai Schultz, New York Times, April 23, 2017:

MALÉ, Maldives — A liberal blogger who wrote satirical critiques of the Maldivian government and the spread of radical Islam died Sunday after being stabbed in the stairway of his apartment building.

The blogger, Yameen Rasheed, 29, had complained repeatedly to the police about receiving death threats, he said in an interview with The New York Times this year, adding that the police often failed to return his calls or dropped his complaints without investigation.

“In my case, I get multiple kinds of death threats from different people, because I write and do the campaign,” he said. Mr. Rasheed was a coordinator of a campaign to find his friend Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a journalist for The Maldives Independent who was abducted in 2014.

The police said that Mr. Rasheed was found with multiple stab wounds in his apartment building in the capital, Malé, shortly before 3 a.m. He was rushed to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and died soon after.

The Republic of Maldives, a nation of nearly 1,200 islands southwest of India, is best known as a spectacular vacation destination. But the country, with fewer than 400,000 people, has also become a source of recruits for the Islamic State. The government said at least 49 Maldivians had traveled to Syria to fight with the group, also known as ISIS; a 2015 study by an international security firm said the number was about 200.

The population, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim, has traditionally been liberal in its interpretation of Islam, with women rarely covering their heads. But a more conservative strain of Islam has spread in recent years under the increasing influence of Saudi Arabia, which sends religious leaders to the Maldives and offers scholarships to Maldivian students to study at Saudi universities.

A spokeswoman for the hospital, Zeenath Ali Habeeb, said Mr. Rasheed had been brought in at 3:15 a.m. with multiple stab wounds, having lost a lot of blood. He was unconscious and had a very weak pulse, she said, and he died while being treated.

His father, Hussain Rasheed, told the local news media that his son had been stabbed 16 times in the chest, neck and head.

Mr. Rasheed was best known for satirical Twitter posts and weekly posts on his popular blog, The Daily Panic, which riffed on the week’s headlines, often criticizing the government’s use of religion to appeal to the public.

He was also a coordinator of the Find Moyameehaa campaign, which was started after Mr. Abdulla was abducted almost three years ago.

Last year, Mr. Rasheed wrote on Twitter that he had reported receiving death threats to the police and had not received a response. Mr. Rasheed posted screenshots of the many threats he received on his social media accounts….

Amnesty International noted that the killing of Mr. Rasheed took place against the backdrop of the Maldivian authorities’ growing restrictions on public debate.

“This crackdown has intensified in recent weeks and must end immediately,” the organization said. “Authorities should protect those who speak out, not try to criminalize them.”

In his interview with The Times in January, Mr. Rasheed described how bloggers like himself and Mr. Abdulla were targeted by radicalized gangs in the Maldives, from which jihadists recruit fighters for the Islamic State.

Mr. Rasheed said Mr. Abdulla’s abduction followed a pattern of increasingly hostile actions against those who question how Islam is practiced in the Maldives. A couple of months before the abduction, a mob kidnapped several men affiliated with a Facebook group calling for secularism, accused them of homosexuality and atheism, and forced them to cite parts of the Quran before being released.

Mr. Rasheed said that nearly all of the 20 members of the group committed to finding Mr. Abdulla had received death threats, from people who brandished knives in public or through text messages. The messages were often graphic and called for their beheading….

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Front-runner for French presidency against arresting and deporting ‘radical Islamists’

France was once a great nation. But when basic measures for self-defense become stigmatized and opposed as “right-wing,” the death spiral has begun. The France of Charles Martel is but a historical memory. The France of Emmanuel Macron won’t last long.

“Macron Against Arresting and Deporting Radical Islamists,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, April 22, 2017:

En Marche presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron slammed Marine Le Pen’s proposal to arrest radical Islamists saying it would be counter-productive to intelligence efforts.

Mr Macron took direct exception to Le Pen’s comments Friday morning when the Front National presidential candidate called for the arrest of all known radical Islamists and the deportation of Islamists without French citizenship Le Figaro reports. Le Pen made the comments after reports that the shooter of three police in Paris Thursday night had been known to police as an Islamic extremist.

“The goal is an intelligence goal,” Macron said. ” If you put them all in jail, first of all, it is not in accordance with the law,” he added, “The goal is to follow them. The police must be able to work in the best possible way.”

Macron also hit out at comments made by Le Pen earlier this week in which she claimed that under a Le Pen presidency none of the major attacks in the last five years would have happened. “I heard a few days ago Ms Le Pen say ‘with me, there would have been no such attack.’ No, zero risk does not exist, we live and we will live permanently with the threat of Terrorism,” he said.

The independent candidate, who is the youngest in the presidential race at 39-years-old, has been accused of lacking experience. He refuted the allegation and claimed that Le Pen’s experience was professing “untruths” and “irresponsibility.”…

Overall Macron’s reaction to the terror attack Thursday has been what he’s called a “spirit of responsibility in this extreme period” and described terrorism as, “part of our daily lives for the years to come.” 

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Muslim terrorist who murdered British tourist will be paid $1,025 per month

This is what is wrong with the West. This is what is wrong with our foreign policies and foreign aid. No country, no group, no organization should receive one thin dime of our money if they support, aid or abet terrorism. Further, no country, no group, no organization should receive Western aid if they impose and support the sharia, creed apartheid, gender apartheid, bigotry, Jew-hatred or misogyny.

Stop foreign aid to Islamic countries and genocidal Islamic groups.

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TERRORIST ACCUSED OF KILLING A BRITISH STUDENT WILL BE PAID £800 A MONTH BY THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH RECEIVES £25M-A-YEAR UK FOREIGN AID

  • Palestinian Jamil Tamimi murdered British theology student Hannah Bladon
  • He told police that he attacked Hannah in the hope a soldier would kill him
  • His family qualify for a ‘salary’ from the Palestinian Authority of £800 a month
  • Palestine receives more than £25 million a year from the UK in foreign aid

Someone tell the Daily Mail “Palestine” is not a country. Israel is Palestine.

By Nick Craven for The Mail on Sunday, 23 April 2017:

A terrorist accused of murdering a British student in Jerusalem will be paid a salary of more than £800 a month by the Palestinian government – which receives more than £25 million a year from the UK in foreign aid.

Jamil Tamimi, who has a history of mental health issues, killed theology student Hannah Bladon in a frenzied knife attack on Good Friday after the 21-year-old gave up her seat on a tram to a woman with a baby.

The 57-year-old Palestinian told police that he attacked Hannah, a Birmingham University exchange student attached to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, in the hope that a soldier in the carriage would kill him.

Hannah Bladon

Hannah Bladon was a Birmingham University exchange student attached to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University

Instead Tamimi was arrested and is almost certain to be lauded as a resistance ‘hero’ by the Palestinian Authority (PA), like hundreds of others before him.

An Israeli court has already ruled, following a psychiatric evaluation, that he is fit to stand trial and should be treated as a terrorist by the justice system.

It means Tamimi or his family qualify for a ‘salary’ from the PA, according to Itamar Marcus, spokesman for the Israeli monitoring group Palestinian Media Watch.

An Israeli court has ruled that murderer Jamil is fit to stand trial and should be treated as a terrorist by the justice system

Jamil Tamimi in hand cuffs.

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

Riyad Mansour Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine

VIDEO: Palestinian Leader, Muslim terrorists who murder Americans are ‘victims’

No matter how bloodthirsty jihadis become, and how high the death toll mounts, Islamic supremacist spokesmen will claim victim status. It is a tested tactic that has been proven repeatedly to bamboozle Western authorities and get them to start signing checks, so why not?

“Palestinian Authority Official: Terrorists Who Murder Americans Are ‘Victims,’” Washington Free Beacon, April 21, 2017:

…Riyad Mansour, the “Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine [sic] to the United Nations,” was asked to comment on the PA’s payment of benefits to the family of the terrorist who murdered an American tourist last year.

The Taylor Force Act, a bill under consideration in Congress that would cut U.S. aid to the PA over the payments, is named after the U.S. Army veteran and Vanderbilt graduate student who was killed.

The PA spends approximately $300 million a year on payments to convicted terrorists and their families, money that originates largely from aid donations by western countries. The terrorism benefits program, which comprises around eight percent of the PA budget, has emerged as a significant point of contention in U.S.-Palestinian relations.

“I don’t know exactly what you’re referring to,” Mansour responded, before claiming that the PA is against the killing of civilians. The reporter repeated his query about Taylor Force.

“Who? Who is?” Mansour asked.

“Taylor Force, an American who was killed in Jaffa last year, March 8, and the family of the terrorist who killed him are receiving payments from the PA. What do you have to say about that?” the reporter asked.

“Listen, this issue is, that is now, uh, in circulation for discussions,” Mansour said, later asking rhetorically, “Who is the killer and who is the terrorist?”

“There are a large number of Palestinians who are receiving compensation,” Mansour acknowledged. “They are victims of Israeli terrorism.”

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Muslim Migrants Storm Town Hall to Protest France’s Immigration Laws, 14 people injured

The hijrah (immigration jihad) is an invading army. Don’t kid yourself.

14 WOUNDED AFTER ILLEGAL MIGRANTS STORM TOWN HALL TO PROTEST FRANCE’S IMMIGRATION LAWS

By Virginia Hale, Breitbart, April 19, 2017:

A CROWD OF AROUND 200 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FROM AFRICA STORMED ALFORTVILLE TOWN HALL ON TUESDAY MORNING, DEMANDING THE GOVERNMENT RELAX CRITERIA FOR REGULARISATION AND GIVE THEM RESIDENCE PAPERS.

Illegal migrants occupied the town hall for about an hour, frightening members of the public in the building as well as staff who had to retreat to their offices.

The migrants, who work at Rungis International Market, the world’s largest wholesale food market, began piling into the town hall at around 8.30 am, but staff didn’t notice their arrival until it was “too late”, according to Le Parisien.

When officers arrived to break up the protest and evacuate the town hall, they were forced to use tear gas as a group of around forty illegal immigrants were blocking access to the building. Le Parisien reports that following clashes, 14 people received medical treatment with three hospitalised.

“This illegal occupation prevented Alfortvillians from accessing public services throughout the morning, and caused anxiety among town hall staff and families who were already present in the building,” the commune’s Socialist mayor Luc Carvounas said in a statement.

“Although staff received the men, and listened to their demands, the members of the collective did not wish to enter into any dialogue, instead contenting themselves with denouncing government policy.”

Suggesting the protest was linked to the far left, the mayor denounced the action as having been “exploitation of human misery for political purposes”.

Carvounas argued that it is unreasonable for far left groups to target his town hall, “since, in October 2015, Alfortville was one of the first communes in France to declare itself in favour of welcoming migrants”.

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

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Muslim pleads guilty to marrying 14-year-old girl

Did you know that a 14-year-old child can legally marry in New York State?

Child marriages are happening all over the West because of numerous loopholes. Child brides are a norm in many Muslim states, and when appalling incidents such as the one reported below leak out, they serve as a reminder of how much Islamic doctrine has spread and taken root in the West, where women should be safe and protected by universally accepted principles of human rights. Women and young girls suffer the most under sharia — a fact that Western feminists pretend doesn’t exist.

“Melbourne man pleads guilty to marrying 14yo bride in wedding at Noble Park”, ABC News Australia, April 18, 2017:

A 34-year-old Melbourne man has cried in court while pleading guilty to illegally marrying a 14-year-old bride in an Islamic wedding last year.

Mohammad Shakir pleaded guilty to going through a formal ceremony of marriage with a person not of marriageable age at Noble Park last September.

The “wedding” was conducted by former imam Ibrahim Omerdic.

As part of Shakir’s plea, two charges were withdrawn by prosecutors in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

They included allegations Shakir had sex with the girl between September 30 and October 1, following their wedding.

Shakir, who has been in custody for six months, shed tears after entering his plea during what was to be a pre-trial committal hearing.

He was helped in court by a Burmese interpreter.

The complainant, who was in court, also wiped tears from her eyes.

Imam charged over child marriage
Omerdic, 61, is charged with conduct that caused a minor to enter into a forced marriage.

The Muslim cleric, who was Imam of the Bosnian Islamic Society and Noble Park Mosque, has since been sacked.

At the time, the Board of Imams Victoria issued a statement against forced and child marriages.

“Underage marriages are illegal in Australia. As Australian Muslims we are required to observe and respect the laws of Australia,” the statement said.

The board said imams should meet both the bride and groom in person before the marriage ceremony to ensure they are of marriageable age and both consented……

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Dimitrious Gargasoulas

Muslim who slaughtered six people says ‘Muslim faith is the correct faith’

Back in January when I initially reported on Gargasoulas’ self-identification as a Muslim, numerous people indignantly tweeted and emailed me, saying that Dimitrious Gargasoulas was not Muslim, he was Greek, and this was not a jihad attack, as he was simply insane. That Islam is a religion and Greek is a nationality seemed to escape a surprising number of people, including Australian authorities. But indeed, Gargasoulas did seem to be quite unbalanced, and his statements at his court appearance only underscore that fact. What mainstream analysts fail to grasp is that being unbalanced and being a jihadi are not mutually exclusive. In fact, Islam attracts the psychically marginal, as it provides them with a justification of and blessing for their impulses to rage, hatred and violence.

“Alleged Bourke Street killer declares: ‘I am the saviour,’” by Adam Cooper, The Age, April 19, 2017 (thanks to Jill):

Alleged Bourke Street killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas has declared himself “the saviour” and not guilty in his first appearance before a court since he was charged over the deadly drive through Melbourne’s CBD.

Mr Gargasoulas, 26, appeared to be smirking as he appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Wednesday,wearing a black jumper, with stubble on his chin and with his hair all black.

“Your Honour, do you know … I want to tell you something,” he called out, before he was cut off by his lawyer, who told him there were media in the court.

Mr Gargasoulas then said: “I just want to say that Aboriginal law is identical to Muslim law.”

He then mentioned the Bible and Koran, and continued: “Did you know that Muslim faith is the correct faith according to the whole world? And I am not guilty.”

He ended his rant with the statement: “I am the saviour.” Magistrate Kate Hawkins then cut off the video link.

Mr Gargasoulas had not appeared before a court since he allegedly killed six people on January 20 by driving a maroon Holden Commodore deliberately at pedestrians about 1.30pm….

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CAIR Shows That Islamism and Civil Rights Don’t Mix

In a Middle East Form column titled Once Again, CAIR Shows That Islamism and Civil Rights Don’t Mix Gregg Roman and Sam Westrop write:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been claiming for years to be not merely the nation’s preeminent Muslim civil rights group, but a defender of the civil rights of all Americans.

In addition to denouncing alleged acts of “Islamophobia,” representatives of the organization have been quick to condemn acts of antisemitism, police shootings of African Americans, anti-LGBTQ violence, and so forth, while expressing solidarity with every “progressive” cause under the sun.

But peer beneath CAIR’s carefully-crafted press releases and publicity stunts and it’s clear that the group’s reactionary Islamist roots are as strong as ever.

Last week came a striking demonstration that CAIR’s support for workers’ rights is just a ruse. The group had been seeking for some time to block the Service Employees International Union from organizing the staff at its national office, claiming that it is a religious organization and therefore exempt from the National Labor Relations Act. The National Labor Relations Board rejected that argument in an April 7 ruling.

Beneath its carefully-crafted press releases, CAIR’s reactionary Islamist roots are as strong as ever.

Contrast this with the high-profile appearance just weeks earlier of a CAIR representative alongside auto workers in Marietta, GA, protesting the anti-union policies of a Nissan plant.

The same hypocrisy was on display in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, last year by a radical Islamist, when CAIR leaders across the country condemned anti-LGBTQ bigotry. The media fawned over a statement from the head of CAIR’s Florida chapter, Hassan Shibly, declaring his “overwhelming love and support and unity” for the LGBTQ community.

But CAIR, with it’s strong connections to the Sunni Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, whose hatred of homosexuals is quite explicit, has a long history of promoting homophobia.

Indeed, Shibly himself decried homosexuality as “evil” and a “quick way to earn God’s wrath” in a 2009 Facebook essay on gay marriage. While CAIR officials have avoided such statements since Orlando, the organization continues to host radical Islamist speakers notorious for gay-bashing at its events.

Siraj Wahhaj

Siraj Wahhaj, a frequent speaker at CAIR events and a former member of its advisory board, preaches hate and distrust of homosexuals. See MEF’s recent profile.

For example, the radical cleric Siraj Wahhaj, a former member of CAIR’s advisory board, remains one of the organization’s most frequent speakers. Wahhaj has preachedthat homosexuality is “a disease of this [American] society” and reminded his congregants, “[You know what the punishment is, if a man is found with another man? The Prophet Mohammad said the one who does it and the one to whom it is done to, kill them both.”

Although CAIR officials nowadays speak of women’s rights, the mainstay of the organization’s “civil rights” work is funding lawsuits under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and other statutes to ostensibly protect the “right” of Muslim women to wear face-concealing religious garb in any and all circumstances, from police booking photos and airline security checkpoints to any number of jobs and professions that require dress codes.

“To be shown without a headscarf, it’s almost like being shown naked,” CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told the Washington Post last year.

CAIR claims it works to protect the rights of women, but it’s really about protecting the “right” of men to oppress women. Islamists want to create a social environment in which no American Muslim woman will ever have legitimate cause to take off her hijab without the permission of her husband or male relatives.

Islamic extremists prosper in the West because they’ve learned to exploit its rhetoric and democratic processes.

Again, CAIR’s choice of speakers at its events reveals the duplicity of the Islamist organization’s message. One cleric promoted by CAIR, Abdul Nasir Jangda, has justified the possession of female sex slaves, and advocated marital rape as a “divinely given right.”

The mainstream media rarely challenges CAIR representatives who appear on TV claiming to support lofty ideals that conflict squarely with the extremism they preach within the Muslim-American community.

Deceit lies at the heart of lawful Islamism. Extremists that prosper in the West do so because they have learned to exploit its rhetoric and democratic processes. But it cannot be long before that hypocrisy is laid bare – perhaps it will be the next time a CAIR official expresses solidarity with a labor union.

ABOUT GREGG ROMAN

Gregg Roman is director of the Middle East Forum. Sam Westrop is director of Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

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Nashville: Top 20 places in U.S. where girls are at risk for female genital mutilation

“Federal contractors in Tennessee have been resettling refugees from countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sudan, listed in the PRB report as among the ‘Top 10 Countries of Origin’ where FGM is practiced.”

Did those federal contractors think that after bringing all those refugees into Tennessee that they would not see a rise in the incidence of FGM in Tennessee? No doubt they never gave it a moment’s thought at all.

“U.S. based pediatrician and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Hatem Elhagaly (AKA ‘Hatem Al Haj’), listed as an Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) ‘scholar’ issued a ‘fatwa’ (an authoritative ruling on Islamic law) in 2006, saying that Islam sanctioned FGM as ‘better for the husband’ and acknowledged that ‘the majority of the scholars regard [FGM] (preferable sunnah), some regard it allowable and some consider it wajib (obligatory)…’ but advised that because FGM is illegal in the West, it should not be performed.”

And yet it is performed. Is anyone surprised? Islam teaches that Sharia is divine law and supersedes all human laws. “Because FGM is illegal in the West, it should not be performed.” Yes. But when you have the Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America issuing a fatwa approving of FGM, you’re going to get some Muslims practicing FGM, regardless of what Western law says.

“Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metro Area One of Top 20 Places in U.S. Where Women and Girls at Risk for Female Genital Mutilation,” by Chris Alto, Tennessee Star, April 14, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Tennessee outlawed female genital mutilation (FGM) in 1996, but 2013 data collated in a Population Reference Bureau (PRB) report, shows that the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 20th in the country for the potential risk of FGM being performed on women and girls. Tennessee is number 18 in overall state rankings for risk to women and girls from FGM.

The Population Reference Bureau is a non-profit supported financially by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the United States Agency for International Development and several other foundations.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) includes the terms FGM, female circumcision and female genital excision, under the broader heading of “female genital cutting:”

“Female genital cutting refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of female genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for any cultural, religious or otherwise nontherapeutic reasons. This practice is common in many refugee populations, particularly those from East Africa (i.e. Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan), although the practice is pervasive throughout the world. This controversial practice is considered a human rights violation by many, and it is illegal in the United States in people under 18 years of age.” 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, the metropolitan area with the largest Somali community in the country, ranks number 3 in the list of top 20 metro areas for FGM. Columbus, Ohio, the metropolitan area with the second largest Somali community in the country, ranks number 7 in the list of top 20 metro areas for FGM.

In Tennessee, FGM was criminalized in 1996…

Federal contractors in Tennessee have been resettling refugees from countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sudan, listed in the PRB report as among the “Top 10 Countries of Origin” where FGM is practiced.Updating 1990 FGM risk in the U.S. estimates to 2012, the Center for Disease Control 2016 Public Health Report showed that “the total number of women and girls in the United States at risk for FGM/C or its consequences increased by 224%, from 168,000 to 545,000” concluding that:

Despite being a crime in Tennessee since 1996, in 2011, twenty-one cases of FGM were reported in Tennessee. In 2012, Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Jeremy Faison updated the law to require that healthcare providers report cases of FGM to law enforcement.

This week, a doctor in Detroit was arrested for allegedly performing FGM on young girls brought to her from Minnesota.

U.S. based pediatrician and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Hatem Elhagaly (AKA “Hatem Al Haj”), listed as an Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) “scholar” issued a “fatwa” (an authoritative ruling on Islamic law) in 2006, saying that Islam sanctioned FGM as “better for the husband” and acknowledged that “the majority of the scholars regard [FGM] (preferable sunnah), some regard it allowable and some consider it wajib (obligatory)…” but advised that because FGM is illegal in the West, it should not be performed.

Memphis cleric Yasir Qadhi, resident scholar at the Memphis Islamic Center and Dean of Academic Affairs of AlMaghrib Institute, is listed among “our experts” by the AMJA and is a regular presenter at the annual imam training conferences the organization hosts.

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New York Times publishes op-ed by convicted murderer, calls him a ‘Palestinian leader’

But would the New York Times ever publish an op-ed by a foe of jihad terror who spoke honestly about the terrorists’ motivating ideology? Don’t be silly. That would be “Islamophobic.”

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Marwan Barghouti. Photo: Reuters.

“New York Times Publishes Op-Ed by Convicted Terrorist, Describes Him as a ‘Palestinian Leader,’” by Alex Griswold, Washington Free Beacon, April 17, 2017:

The New York Times published an op-ed Monday written by a convicted terrorist, without informing readers that he is serving five life sentences in prison for helping murder five people and launch a failed suicide bombing.

The op-ed, titled “Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons,” was penned by Marwan Barghouti and appeared both online and in the print edition of the International New York Times. The Times author bio described Barghouti as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.

“Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners,” Barghouti writes. “After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.”

Throughout the op-ed, Barghouti only vaguely alludes to the reason he is in prison.

“Israel has tried to brand us all as terrorists to legitimize its violations, including mass arbitrary arrests, torture, punitive measures, and severe restrictions,” he writes. “As part of Israel’s effort to undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, an Israeli court sentenced me to five life sentences and 40 years in prison in a political show trial that was denounced by international observers.”

In reality, Barghouti was sentenced in 2004 to five consecutive life sentences for masterminding a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli police and civilians, including a Greek Orthodox priest. Barghouti was also found responsible for a failed suicide bombing that ended up killing the terrorists instead.

Despite his claim of a “show trial,” Israeli judges actually acquitted Barghouti of most of the charges against him. Israeli authorities believed he was directly responsible for as many as 37 attacks, but judges ruled they lacked sufficient proof of his involvement in many of those cases.

Israeli media and American Jewish figures castigated the Times for omitting the full details of Barghouti’s activities.

“Shame on NYT for printing libelous op-ed by convicted killer Barghouti, the Palestinian Dylann Roof,” wrote former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. “Americans would be horrified. So are we.”….

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