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Dearborn Islamic School Linked to Iran, Hezbollah Propagandists

Clarion Project has discovered that a private Islamic school in Dearborn, Michigan is linked to diehard supporters of Hezbollah and the Iranian regime. The school teaches students from kindergarten through 9thgrade.

Great Revelations Academy was founded in 2015 by open supporters of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. By their own admission, the school’s founders are dedicated to spreading his message.

Fadlallah was a supporter of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and is considered to be a key inspirer of Hezbollah. Some go so far as to describe him as the terrorist group’s “spiritual leader.”

Fadlallah supported the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. Marines (who were serving as peacekeepers) as well as 58 French troops and six civilians.

In 2005, he reiterated his support for suicide bombings against Israel. When he died in Lebanon in 2010, Hezbollah called for three days of mourning. Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei sent his condolences.

The Academy’s Stated Objective: Teaching a Radical Cleric’s Vision to Children

One of the academy’s founders, Fouad Bayoun, told Arab-American News that one of the purposes of creating the school was to pass along Fadlallah’s teachings to children in America.

[The school] follows the same philosophy, mission and vision of Sayed Fadlallah,” said the school’s principal, Sheila Bazzi-Charara.

On August 9, 2018, the academy posted an advertisement for an event it was holding with the Qaim Project, an organization led by the academy’s head of the Islamic Studies Department, Sheikh Mohammad Ayad (according to Qaim’s website).

In his bio on the academy’s website, Ayad writes:

“Serving as the religious educator at Great Revelations Academy gives me a great pleasure and it is an honor to continue what the Holy scholar Al-Sayyid Mohammad Hussain Fadlollah [sic] started ‘peace and blessings to his soul’. We want to endeavor to implant in the hearts and souls of our children the confidence that makes them proud of their Religion, and to maintain the power that Allah (SWT) has instilled in their souls to make them the leaders of the future–to uphold the flag of Islam.”

The bio states that Ayad studied Islamic Principles and Studies at Hawzat Arrasoul Al-Akram in Lebanon, an institution sponsored by Iran, according to the respected media outlet Al-Monitor.

Academy Initiative Exalts Youth Members of Hezbollah and Hamas

Ayad’s Qaim Project exalts Hezbollah, the Iranian-sponsored Lebanese terror group, as well as the terrorist group Hamas. Specifically, Ayad exalts the youth members of these two terror groups.

Particularly disturbing is the fact that the Qaim Project has a youth program.

On the project’s website is an article endorsing the Iranian regime, expressing an anti-American worldview and advocating for a Shiite-Sunni jihadist alliance (allied with Iran) against the West.

The article says:

“Consider the current situation of the Muslim countries in the world. Look at the situation of Muslims, who currently make up one fourth of the entire world population. However, their role in world politics, even in their internal affairs, is far less important than the role of foreign governments and superpowers with evil intentions.

“The fact that I constantly advise our people and my audience against foreigners is not just because superpowers are foreigners. Rather that is because they have evil intentions. They seek to dominate us. They seek to humiliate Muslim nations and force them into complete conformity.”

The article celebrates Hezbollah’s performance in the 2006 war against Israel, boasting that “Lebanese resistance forces and the youth of Hezbollah inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Zionist regime.”

The article also urges Shiite-Sunni unity in the jihad against the so-called enemies of Islam, with Hamas being pointed to as a worthy ally.

It celebrates “the victory of the Palestinian Resistance Movement over their Zionist enemies in Gaza. That was a great and glorious victory … In addition, the Zionist regime and its supporters, especially the US, were disgraced in the world. They were publicly disgraced. That was a great victory for all Muslims.”

The Muslim world, it says, faces “two major obstacles to unity and we must think of a way to remove them.” The first obstacle is sectarian divisions. The second is building the capacity to “stand up to these enemies.”

“Global powers are easily and openly trampling on the rights of the Islamic Ummah [Islamic world]. And the Islamic Ummah is not able to defend its rights,” it says.

The Academy’s Radical Guest Speakers

A review of the speakers chosen by the academy to come teach the students shows the same radical pattern.

On February 6, 2019, the academy held an event with Sheikh Usama Abdulghani, a D.C. native, who studied in Qom, Iran.

The Clarion Project published an expose in September that showed how Abdulghani is a fervent supporter of Hezbollah and the Iranian regime and preaches that Muslims should follow them.

On November 9-11, 2017, the academy hosted a series of lectures from Sheikh Amin Rastani, an avowed supporter of the Iranian regime and another student of the regime-friendly religious school in Qom, Iran.

In 2014, Rastani spoke at the Imam Khomeini Conference in London, named in honor of the original founder of the Islamic revolution in Iran. He praised Khomeini as the “complete package” to look for in a leader.

“Imam Khomeini shook the world and freed the world as we know it, he freed the masses,” he said.

Throughout his speech, Rastani was flanked by two giant pictures of Khomeini and Iran’s current leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

What are students learning from the Great Revelations Academy?

The public Facebook page of the academy features pictures that, at first glance, are innocuous until one looks closer.

For example, on February 16, 2018, a picture was posted to the Academy’s Facebook page that showed a student in a room with a picture of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei on the wall behind him.

This picture was “liked” by Wafaa Beydoun, the academy’s daycare lead teacher. Her page indicates she is from Beirut, Lebanon.

Links to Holocaust Denier

The committee that founded the academy was from the Al-Mabarrat Charitable Organization, an organization that the academy holds fundraisers for.

Arab American News describes the academy as “the first Al-Mabarrat school of the west.”

The bio for one Arabic teacher at the academy, Maha Samhat, even refers to the Great Revelations Academy as “Almabarat G.R.A.”

Founded in 1992, Al-Mabarratt in America has Sayed Hassan Sobh listed as its principal officer.

In a Facebook post from February 14, 2017, Sobh said that the Holocaust was “greatly exaggerated.”

A post from Sobh’s Facebook page shows him meeting Fadlallah when he was much younger:

(There are many more pictures of Sobh with Fadlallah on his Facebook page as well.)

Other Links to Al-Mabarrat

The head of the Academy’s Arabic department and an Arabic teacher for children, Fatme Mroue, taught Arabic for 11 years at the Mabarrat School in Bint Jbeil, Lebanon.

Part of a Broader Problem

The academy is just one of the many Iran-linked Islamic schools in America that Clarion Project has exposed.

  • In Virginia, Clarion found that the Manassas Mosque held an event celebrating the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought the regime to power. The event included “poetry and spoken word by our youth.” The Virginia mosque has a full-time private Islamic Community School with classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. It also has a Sunday School program for children as young as five years old.
  • In Maryland, Clarion Project reported in August that a radical pro-regime cleric runs the Jafaria Islamic School, which teaches children between the ages of five and 15. The cleric, Sheikh Abdul Jalil Nawee, also teaches classes on the Quran for children and teenagers at the Muslim Community School and Alim Academy.
  • In Texas, the Islamic Education Center of Houston was caught celebrating the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution and praising Supreme Leader Khamenei. The event included having a children’s choir lead the audience in dedication to the Iranian regime, singing “Allah Akbar! Khamenei is Our Leader!”

The Alavi Foundation, a front for the Iranian regime, has funded over 60 Islamic organizations in the U.S., including Persian and Islamic schools and mosques with private schools and classes for teenagers and children. The funding has continued in recent years, even though the U.S. government and Iranian dissidents have openly identified it as a front for the terrorism-sponsoring regime.

These findings help explain why the Iranian opposition, inside and outside of Iran, has had difficulty in organizing a successful revolution to topple the regime. The Shiite religious establishment in the West has been largely hijacked by pro-regime and pro-Hezbollah theocrats.

Today, the Iranian regime appears to realize that it has more support outside of Iran than inside Iran. On the outside, the results of its ideology and rule are most felt. Its network in America is likely viewed as a critical safety net—a way for the regime to survive if threatened and rebound if toppled.

On March 6, the leader of the Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Courts said that the regime would rely upon radical Shiite militias it supports in Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and presumably Lebanon and Syria to come to the regime’s rescue if its survival is threatened by a popular revolution.

This senior Iranian official thought he was reassuring his audience, but his boast revealed the regime’s deep anxiety and insecurity.

Today, the future of Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution is not inside Iran. It is inside America and elsewhere — places where ignorance (in the case of the West) or instability (in the case of Iraq, Yemen, etc.) has permitted it to spread and establish an infrastructure.

As Clarion Project’s forthcoming documentary, Kids: Chasing Paradise, will show, indoctrinating children is a requirement for the survival of any Islamist ideology’s jihad factories.

COLUMN BY

Ryan Mauro with Justen Charters and Alex VanNess

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org‘s Shillman Fellow, national security analyst and the director of Clarion Intelligence Network. Mauro is also an adjunct professor of counter-terrorism. He is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Justen Charters is a research analyst with the Clarion Intelligence Network. Alex VanNess is a research analyst for the Clarion Intelligence Network. He formerly served as a fellow at the Endowment for Middle East Truth, as director of the Middle East Peace and Security Project for the Center for Security Policy and as a staffer on Capitol Hill.

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LGBT magazine calls Trump “racist” for telling Iran to stop jailing and killing gays

These activists can’t get out of their own way. When AFDI ran ads highlighting the mistreatment of gays in Islamic law, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a resolution condemning not that mistreatment, but our ads. Gay advocates such as Theresa Sparks and Chris Stedman attacked us for daring to call attention to the institutionalized mistreatment of gays under Islamic law. It was that, or risk not being invited to the best parties.

“LGBT Magazine Calls Trump ‘Racist’ For Telling Iran to Stop Killing and Jailing Gays,” by Brittany M. Hughes, MRCTV, February 20, 2019:

You just can’t make this stuff up. Because in 2019, the truth really is stranger than fiction.

Out Magazine, a pro-LGBT news publication that doubles as a gay advocacy platform, actually published a piece Wednesday claiming that it’s – stay with me here – “racist” for the Trump administration to pressure nations like Iran to decriminalize homosexuality.

I’ll restate, for the record: an openly pro-gay magazine is calling Donald Trump racist for trying to get regimes that jail and kill people for being gay to stop jailing and killing people for being gay.

Again, you can’t make this stuff up, so I’ll let Out’s Matthew Rodriguez do the talking for me. In his article, entitled, “Trump’s Plan to Decriminalize Homosexuality Is an Old Racist Tactic,” Rodriguez states:

There are several signs that this decision is denoted in a colonial sense of paternalism rather than any true altruism. According to the report, the decriminalization campaign is set to begin in Berlin where LGBTQ+ activists from across Europe will meet to hatch a plan that is “mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.”

That sentence alone should set off several alarm bells. First of all, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean are huge geopolitical entities. Attitudes toward gay people differ greatly among countries and regions within those entities and attempting to gather a room of European activists on how to deal with queer issues in those regions is the definition of paternalism.

The initiative Rodriguez is referring to is a newly announced plan spearheaded by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell (who’s openly gay) to gather Western world leaders in denouncing dozens of nations including Iran for laws that criminalize or even carry the death penalty for being gay. By pressing the issue, experts have noted that Trump runs the risk of straining otherwise positive U.S. relations with certain nations like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates….

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American envoy Richard Grenell compares Iran’s ‘anti-gay brutality’ to that of the Islamic State

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell “has drawn a parallel between the brutal violence perpetrated by the Islamic State terror group and that of Iran.” Grenell (who is gay) indicated that Iran’s ongoing policy of executing its citizens for the “crime” of being gay is similar to the atrocities committed by the Islamic State. The recent hanging of a 31-year-old man for being gay in Iran, Grenell said, should serve as “a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights.” But such atrocities are not happening only in the Islamic State and Iran.

It has become a common tactic of mainstream Islamic groups in West to disassociate themselves, and Islam, from the Islamic State, referencing to ISIS as an aberration of Islam, but the truth is that the Islamic State routinely backed up its actions using verses of the Quran and passages from the Hadith, as well as those tenets of Islamic law. Death for apostasy, death for homosexual activity, death for blaspheming Islam and a range of barbaric practices are routine in Sharia states, so they are not as much of an aberration as many in the West would have the naive populace believe.

U.S. Envoy Richard Grenell

“U.S. Envoy Richard Grenell: Iran’s Anti-Gay Brutality Similiar to that of Islamic State,” by Deborah Danan, Breitbart, February 5, 2019:

TEL AVIV – The U.S. Ambassador to Germany has drawn a parallel between the brutal violence perpetrated by the Islamic State terror group and that of Iran.

Richard Grenell, arguably the most high-profile American envoy in Europe, wrote in Germany’s largest paper, BILD, that Iran’s ongoing policy of executing its citizens for the “crime” of being gay is similar to the atrocities committed by IS.

The recent hanging of a 31-year-old man for being gay in Iran, Grenell said, should serve as “a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights. Politicians, the UN, democratic governments, diplomats, and good people everywhere should speak up – and loudly,” according to remarks translated by The Jerusalem Post.

“Iran’s horrific actions are on par with the brutality and savagery regularly demonstrated by IS,” he added.

The Islamic State has been known to publicly execute gay men, including throwing them from buildings. LGBT rights organization OutRight Action International documented 90 executions of gay people by the Islamic State between 2014 and 2016.

The Jerusalem Post pointed to a 2008 British Wikileaks dispatch which found that Iran had executed “between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians” since the 1979 revolution.

In his article in BILD, Grenell noted:

This is not the first time the Iranian regime has put a gay man to death with the usual outrageous claims of prostitution, kidnapping, or even pedophilia. And it sadly won’t be the last time they do it either. Barbaric public executions are all too common in a country where consensual homosexual relationships are criminalized and punishable by flogging and death. In Iran, where children as young as nine can be sentenced to death, gay teenagers are publicly hanged in order to terrify and intimidate others from coming out.

Being gay is a death sentence in eight countries and criminalized in 70 more. LGBT status or conduct means arrest, imprisonment, and violence for people who are simply dating or falling in love. Governments that are members of the United Nations have an obligation to protect, respect, and uphold the dignity and fundamental freedoms of their people….

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Iran: Crowds screaming ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ mark 40th anniversary of Islamic revolution

A civilization based on rage and hate.

“Crowds chant ‘death to Israel’ as Iran marks 40 years since Islamic Revolution,” Times of Israel, February 1, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Friday started celebrating the 40th anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite clerics to power.

The climactic events that year in Iran — where footage of revolutionaries in the streets gave way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages in the US Embassy hostage crisis months later — not only changed Iran’s history but also helped shape today’s Middle East.

The anniversary starts every year on February 1 — the day Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned home from France, after 14 years in exile, to become the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Across Iran, sirens rang out from trains and boats and church bells chimed at 9:33 a.m. Friday — the exact time Khomeini’s chartered Air France Boeing 747 touched down 40 years ago at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport.

The 10-day anniversary festivities, known as the “Ten Days of Dawn,” end on February 11, the date Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s government collapsed after brief clashes between some units of the army and revolutionary gunmen and following nationwide protests.

In memory of those events, car drivers turned on their headlights and honked in celebration as helicopters dropped clusters of flowers along the 21-mile route from the airport to the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran where Khomeini made his first speech back home and where his tomb stands today.

As part of the celebrations, many Tehran buildings, mostly of government institutions and offices, dawned on Friday draped in the colors of Iran’s green-white-and-red flag while multi-colored lights decorated the main streets….

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the influential experts assembly which appoints the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, delivered a keynote speech rebuking factions seeking better ties with Washington.

“Curses on the wrong school of thought that thinks we can’t run the country unless America helps us,” he said, shaking a raised left hand.

“America’s power is on the decline, we should not be afraid of America,” Jannati said as the crowd shouted slogans such as “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”…

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Iran spends $7,000,000,000 every year on jihad terror activities in the Middle East

“Israeli UN Envoy Reveals: Iran Spends $7 Billion Annually on Terror Activities in Middle East,” Algemeiner, January 22, 2019:

Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon revealed to the Security Council on Tuesday details of Iran’s terror activities throughout the Middle East.

“The Iranian regime’s obsession with Israel is not just well-known. It is expensive,” he said. “Seven billion dollars annually are directed toward the never ending attempts to destroy Israel. Follow the bloody trail of money starting in Tehran and you will arrive at the terror tunnels in Lebanon and Gaza and the weapons warehouses in Syria. It is now trying to infiltrate Judea and Samaria,”

“With the help of Saleh Al-Arouri, Hamas’ deputy political chief, and Saeed Izadi, the head of the Palestinian branch of the Iranian Quds Force, Iran is trying to turn Judea and Samaria into a fourth military front against Israel,” Danon added. “The world’s silence allows Iran to continue with its operations and aggression to undermine stability in the Middle East.”…

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Pompeo: “Our effort is to make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital”

“Our effort is to make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital, and it becomes a nation that is normal and is not conducting terror campaigns that are unrivaled any place else in the world.”

It is a consummation devoutly to be wished. Let’s hope his assurance translates into real and effective assistance for genuine opponents of the Islamic regime in Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald J. Trump

“Pompeo: Trump Admin Will Help Iranian People Take ‘Control of Their Capital,’” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, January 14, 2019:

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Following meetings with top Saudi Arabian leaders in the country’s capital on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that one of the Trump administration’s top regional goals is to “make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital,” a shot across the bow to a ruling regime that has spent billions to beef up its foreign military and terrorist operations.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Riyadh, said that the Trump administration’s primary goal is to empower the Iranian people to rein in the ruling regime, which has spent a fortune on foreign wars and terror operations as its own people suffer from a collapsing economy.

While the administration has been careful to avoid characterizing its policy as regime change, it has become clear that it does supports efforts by the Iranian people to end Tehran’s expansionist march across the region, particularly in Syria and Yemen. The administration also has stated that it opposes the hardline regime and would offer its support to opposition elements in the country.

“Our effort is to make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital, and it becomes a nation that is normal and is not conducting terror campaigns that are unrivaled any place else in the world,” Pompeo said.

This set of priorities was raised in private meetings between Pompeo, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Asked by the Washington Free Beacon if empowering the Iranian people amounts to a sort of passive backing for regime change in Tehran, officials made clear that the United States has no interest in taking the lead in such efforts. Rather, the Trump administration is working to build a coalition of Arab and European allies who can confront the Islamic Republic.

One piece of this effort includes convincing the Iranian people that their government’s financing of terrorism and foreign wars is preventing ordinary citizens from seeing their country’s economy rebound. U.S. and European economic sanctions, officials say, have decimated the Iranian economy and helped to stir popular protests across Iran.

“The end goal is to convince the Iranian people that America is serious about empowering them and creating opportunity for the Iranian people” to confront the regime about their anger over a foreign policy that spends billions on war and terror, Pompeo said in response to questions from the Free Beacon and other news outlets….

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EU hits Iran with sanctions over plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish, and French soil

“In the past, the EU has trod cautiously on Iran as it sought to save a beleaguered nuclear deal with Tehran after the US withdrew last year and imposed new sanctions. The Dutch ministers said that at a meeting with Iranian officials ‘it was emphasised that the measures were not linked’ to the Iran nuclear deal.”

Why not? When is the EU going to acknowledge that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a criminal regime that they should not be propping up? Probably only when it’s too late.

“EU hits Iran with sanctions after murder plots,” AFP, January 8, 2019:

The EU hit Iran’s intelligence services with sanctions Tuesday after accusing Tehran of being behind plots to assassinate regime opponents on Dutch, Danish, and French soil.

The move by the 28-nation bloc was announced as the Dutch government said it believed Iran was behind the murders of two dissidents in 2015 and 2017.

“Very encouraging that (the) EU has just agreed on new targeted sanctions against Iran in response to hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe, including Denmark,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.

The “EU stands united — such actions are unacceptable and must have consequences,” he tweeted.

Sanctions include the freezing of funds and other financial assets of the Iranian intelligence ministry and individuals, officials said.

Denmark led efforts for sanctions after allegations that Tehran tried to kill three Iranian dissidents on Danish soil.

A manhunt related to the alleged plot against three Iranians suspected of belonging to the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA) led to the shutdown of bridges to Sweden and ferries on September 28.

France last year imposed sanctions on two suspected Iranian agents and others from Iran’s ministry of intelligence and security.

The French security services concluded that the head of operations at the Iranian intelligence ministry had ordered a plot to bomb a rally of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) opposition group in a suburb of Paris in June last year — which Tehran strongly denied….

In the past, the EU has trod cautiously on Iran as it sought to save a beleaguered nuclear deal with Tehran after the US withdrew last year and imposed new sanctions.

The Dutch ministers said that at a meeting with Iranian officials “it was emphasised that the measures were not linked” to the Iran nuclear deal.

“Nevertheless, Iran will be held to account for all matters that affect EU and international security interests…,” including the assassinations in the Netherlands in 2015 and 2017, the letter said.

Dutch police have previously named the two victims as Ali Motamed, 56, who was killed in the central city of Almere in December 2015, and Ahmad Molla Nissi, 52, murdered in The Hague in November 2017.

Dutch news reports had said Motamed was living in the Netherlands under a false name and is really Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi — the man behind the largest bomb attack in Iran in 1981.

Nissi was shot dead in The Hague from a moving car, later found to have been stolen from a suburb outside Rotterdam.

Dutch police said Nissi was the chairman of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz, a group working for the independence of the Ahwaz area in southwestern Iran.

Last June, the Netherlands expelled two Iranian embassy workers in connection with the murders….

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column with images is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash.

The Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi was Publishing Radical Islamic Propaganda. When will WaPo apologize?

In 2018 the media has morphed, overtime, from publishing stories that are just untrue to publishing stories that are pure propaganda. It is not because the U.S. government is controlling the media. It is because the media actively supports one world view and is willing to abandon truth in order to influence politics on a global scale.

American singer, songwriter and lead vocalist for the Doors Jim Morrison said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”

There is a struggle in the Middle East. It is a tribal struggle that has been going on for nearly 1400 years. It is a struggle between Sunni (followers of the sunna, or “way” of Mohammed) and Shia (shi’atu Ali, “partisans of Ali). This struggle has manifested itself countries like Iraq and Syria. It is also a struggle of Islam against non-Islamic nations and peoples. It is a story that few dare to tell for fear of being labeled Islamophobic or worse a racist.

Those who work to tell the truth about what is really happening in Islam have at best self censored and at the worst jointed with the terrorists.

The Washington Post’s op-ed writer Jamal Khashoggi is but one example. When he was killed by agents of Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was promoted by the media as a martyr. A man killed for his convictions. But what were his convictions?

Who was Khashoggi?

Jamal Khashoggi was a Sunni. Khashoggi was a follower of an Islamic ultra-fundamentalist doctrine and religious movement founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab called Wahhabism. According to the World Shia Forum:

Khashoggi was a leading critic of Saudi Monarchy, a true rebel who wanted nothing else but democracy for Saudi people, he was revolutionary and a defender of Human rights. well, this is what Tom Friedman from NYT or David Ignatius from WaPo would like us to believe, but let us see the truth, Khashoggi was no different than MBS, he was born, raised and educated in the same KSA as Muhammad bin Salman, he served many kings and crown princes before Muhammad bin Salman started consolidating power after his father became the king in early 2015, the Yemen war or as it should be called Yemen Genocide was launched months later by King Salman on the orders of de facto King MBS.

Khashoggi was no different than MBS when it came to Saudi Shias, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain or Iraq. He participated in Afghan war against Soviets, along with other Salafist Saudi Jihadists.

Jamal Khashoggi was as clearly a traditional Wahhabi who hated jews and shia like all good Wahhabis, he justified and celebrated when a Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, a Human rights activist from eastern province of Qatif was beheaded by the Saudi regime in January 2015.

Khashoggi the propagandist.

We now learn that Jamal Khashoggi published fake op-eds. Buried in a Washington Post article about Khashoggi’s final months, we find this passage:

Maggie Mitchell Salem. Screen shot CSPAN.

Perhaps most problematic for Khashoggi were his connections to an organization funded by Saudi Arabia’s regional nemesis, Qatar. Text messages between Khashoggi and an executive at Qatar Foundation International show that the executive, Maggie Mitchell Salem, at times shaped the columns he submitted to The Washington Post, proposing topics, drafting material and prodding him to take a harder line against the Saudi government. Khashoggi also appears to have relied on a researcher and translator affiliated with the organization. . . .

Editors at The Post’s opinion section, which is separate from the newsroom, said they were unaware of these arrangements. . . [Emphasis added]

Here is Qatar Foundation International’s Executive Director Maggie Mitchell Salem promoting the #ISpeakArabic Campaign.

When the media portrays a op-ed writer like Jamal Khashoggi as: a rebel they mean terrorist, and a defender of human rights they mean defender of Muslim rights. When the New York Times and Washington Post portray Khashoggi as a revolutionary they mean one who is furthering the most radical form of Islam. The form of Islam that created al Qaeda and ISIS.

Maggie Mitchell Salem and Jamal Khashoggi have the same vision – to make Islam dominate in the world. Sadly, many Western leaders have fallen for this propaganda and have their minds controlled by the media.

RELATED ARTICLE: Washington Post admits that Qatar Foundation used Khashoggi’s columns to spread propaganda

Senators: Don’t Go Wobbly on MBS Now

The horrors of the Yemeni civil war appall most who realize the scale of the humanitarian disaster unfolding there. Hundreds of thousands are dead and injured, millions face starvation, a cholera epidemic is raging, and there is no end in sight to the fighting. But for those Senators who appear determined to bring a measure to the floor for a vote intended to force the Trump administration to withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition that’s battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels there, please think again. This is not the time to go wobbly on either Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) or the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

Apparently miffed that CIA Director Gina Haspel had declined to appear in person to answer Senators’ questions about the Agency’s analysis of the Jamal Khashoggi affair, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and others threatened to hold up administration legislation until Haspel agreed to meet with them. After Haspel then provided that briefing on 4 December—reportedly concluding that MBS personally ordered Khashoggi’s murder—Graham and other Senators now appear even more determined to put a spoke in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. This is dangerously misguided.

For all his obvious shortcomings, MBS is the best chance we or the Saudis will have for the foreseeable future to modernize Saudi Arabia and confront the critical threat of an aggressive and expansionist Iranian regime. For any of that to happen, Saudi Arabia must remain stable. That means the succession from King Salman to his heir-apparent (MBS) must proceed as smoothly as possible. Given the realities of cut-throat palace intrigue among the senior ranks of a tribe just two generations out of the desert, only a ruthless King who rules by fiat can hold things together as the Kingdom undertakes the wrenching growth and modernization phase MBS envisions. MBS has emerged as that ruler.

It is likely that we will never know exactly who ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. All we can be fairly certain of is that it probably was not the Crown Prince. Far more likely is that a conspiracy of rival princes, furious at being passed over by this young upstart and many of them arrested and shaken down in the mass detentions MBS ordered earlier this year, is attempting a palace coup against MBS. The royal family appears to be fully aware of the danger: earlier this week, there was a shuffle within the Saudi military and troops were moved to the capital, Riyadh.

As for Yemen, despite the awful humanitarian crisis there, were the U.S. to abandon the Saudis and their multi-national coalition there (that includes U.S. Green Berets and French Special Forces), the consequences could be far worse. A look at a map of the Middle East shows why. The Iranian regime is engaged in a life-and-death struggle with Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies for control of the region and ultimately the top prize, seizure of Mecca and Medina. Tehran prefers to operate through proxies—HAMAS in Gaza, Hizballah in Lebanon and Syria, Shi’ite militias in Iraq—and so it is in Yemen.

The Houthis are Zaidi Shi’ites, who are being armed, backed, funded, and supported by Iran and Lebanese Hizballah. A Houthi victory in Yemen would give Iran a strategic foothold at the southwest tip of the Arabian Peninsula from which to threaten a 1,770-kilometer shared border with Saudi Arabia. Potentially even more concerning, Yemen sits astride the Bab al-Mandab, one of the most important straits in the world, that connects the Arabian Sea/Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea and Suez Canal. Houthi rebels already have fired Iranian-supplied ballistic missiles at both Riyadh and coalition vessels off the Yemeni coast. U.S. State Department Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, held a 29 November 2018 press conference at the Joint-Base Anacostia Bolling to display some of that Iranian weaponry, recovered by the Saudis.

Clearly, the stakes are high. MBS is an imperfect partner but a necessary one for the confrontation with a nuclear-arming Iran, still-powerful al-Qa’eda, and a possibly resurgent Islamic State, that lies ahead. To their credit, it seems that President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mattis all understand this. By standing by MBS now, when he most needs U.S. support, we may establish a relationship to our and our allies’ benefit for a generation to come. This is about a long-term strategic policy for the U.S., Israel, Egypt, Gulf and other regional partners—not just Saudi Arabia.

Senators, think again and don’t go wobbly now.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on the Center for Security Policy website. It is republished with permission.

Erdogan: Turkish intelligence orchestrated anti-Saudi campaign in Western media over Khashoggi murder

Erdogan wanted to weaken the Saudis in order to strengthen Turkey’s bid to be once again the leader of the Islamic world. The Western media eagerly played along, wanting to use the Khashoggi murder as a stick they could use to beat Trump, as well as to weaken the opposition to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and burnish Obama’s legacy, the Iranian nuclear deal. So Turkish intel and the Western establishment media happily cooperated with each other, their goals coinciding.

This indicates once again that the establishment media is not by any stretch of the imagination an actual news source. It’s just a propaganda organ for the Left.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column with images first appeared on Jihad Watch. It is republished with permission. The featured photo is by Meriç Dağlı on Unsplash.