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The Rise of Islam Introduction:


With the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, it has become of paramount importance to understand the origin, nature, and agenda of Islam. While there is no intent here to impugn the many peace-loving Muslims with the aggressive actions of the militant leadership, it is critical to recognize this most threatening challenge to Christians, Jews, and to Western civilization.

Contrary to popular understanding, Islam did not begin with Mohammad. Most of the practices still embodied in Islam had their beginning in pre-Islamic Arabia. Mohammad repackaged the pagan worship associated with the Ka’aba in Mecca into a monotheistic form.



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72 Virgins



Sensual Paradise

In Islam, the concept of 72 virgins (houri) refers to an aspect of Jannah (Paradise). This concept is grounded in Qur'anic text which describe a sensual Paradise where believing men are rewarded by being wed to virgins with "full grown", "swelling" or "pears-shaped" breasts.


Contemporary mainstream Islamic scholars, for example; Gibril Haddad, have commented on the erotic nature of the Qur'anic Paradise, by saying some men may need ghusl (ablution required after sexual discharge) just for hearing certain verses.

Orthodox Muslim theologians such as al-Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and al-Ash'ari (died 935 CE) have all discussed the sensual pleasures found in Paradise. It is quoted by Ibn Kathir, in his Qur'anic Commentary, the Tafsir ibn Kathir, and they are graphically described by Qur'anic commentator and polymath, al-Suyuti (died 1505), who, echoing a hasan hadith from Ibn Majah, wrote that the perpetual virgins will all "have appetizing vaginas", and that the "penis of the Elected never softens. The erection is eternal".

The sensual pleasures between believers and houri in Paradise are also confirmed by the two Sahih collections of hadith, namely Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, where we read that they will be virgins who "will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions", and whose "sweat will smell like musk. They are so beautiful, pure and transparent that "the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh",and that "the believers will visit and enjoy them".


There are several descriptions related to houri that are found in various Islamic references. Some include:

Physical Attributes:

  • Wide and beautiful/lovely eyes
  • Like pearls
  • Hairless except the eye brows and the head

In addition to Quranic translations of 78:33 specifying the virgins will be voluptuous, Sahih International translates it as "full-breasted [companions] of equal age". Tafsir al-Jalalayn says "and buxom maidens (kawā‘ib is the plural of kā‘ib) of equal age (atrāb is the plural of tirb)". Several Islamic scholars explain that they will have "large, round breasts which are not inclined to hang".

  • Beautiful
  • White
  • 60 cubits [27.5 meters] tall
  • 7 cubits [3.2 meters] in width
  • Transparent to the marrow of their bones
  • Eternally young
  • Companions of equal age

Sexual Attributes:

  • Untouched / with hymen unbroken by sexual intercourse
  • Virgins
  • Voluptuous/full-breasted
  • With large, round breasts which are not inclined to hang
  • Appetizing vaginas

Personality Attributes:

  • Chaste
  • Restraining their glances
  • Modest gaze

Other Attributes:

  • Splendid
  • Pure
  • Non-menstruating / non-urinating/ non-defecating and childfree
  • Sweat that smells like musk






The MEMRI Daily: May 27, 2015



MEMRI TV Clip No. 4927

IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani To Obama: You Lack Determination To Confront ISIS And Defend Iraq




Following are excerpts from an address by the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, General Qassem Suleimani, delivered on May 25, 2015:

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Qassem Suleimani: "Mr. Obama, how far is the Al-Asad Airbase, where your planes are stationed, from Ramadi? How many kilometers is it? How can it possibly be that under the pretext of protecting the (Iraqi) nation, you have installed (forces) in that country and formed a coalition, and yet have done nothing? 



"This can only mean that you are an accomplice in this plot. This can only mean that you lack any determination to confront that entity (ISIS).  



"As human beings, we cannot tolerate it when the nations around us find themselves in dire straits. Islamic evidence supports this as well. We have a religious duty to support them. But there is another important reason: This serves our national interest. By seeking our national interests, we do not seek specific profits. We do not need anything from Iraq, or from any other country. On the contrary, we are helping all of them." 

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Special Dispatch No. 6058

Pakistani Urdu Daily: 'Iran Will Use The Money [From U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal] To Buy Weapons, Support Shia [Militia] Groups In Region' - For Example In Iraq, Syria And Yemen




The following report is a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

In a recent editorial, the Karachi-based Urdu daily Roznama Ummat called Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz's decision not to participate in U.S. President Barack Obama's May 14, 2015 Camp David summit of Gulf heads of state as a significant step. It accused the U.S. president of convening the summit in order to elicit the backing of the Gulf countries for the U.S.'s nuclear pact with Iran.

Screen shot of Roznama Ummat editorial

The widely circulated Roznama Ummat is a staunch supporter of Islamist political parties such as the Jamaat-­e-­Islami Pakistan.

In its editorial, under the idiomatic headline "Amriki Ki Totachashmi" ("American Betrayal") the paper notes that the U.S. is now becoming disappointed with the Arab countries, and that it is moving away from them and backing Iran which openly supports the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The following are excerpts from the editorial, which was written prior to the summit:

"Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz's Refusal To Take Part In Summit Of The [Gulf] Heads Of The State Is A Welcome Step And A Clear Indication Of Not Accepting American Supremacy In The Future"

"Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has excused himself from participating in the Gulf countries' heads of state summit convened by the American president Barack Obama. The U.S. State Department had said in a statement that the heads of the Gulf Cooperation Council member countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman – will be welcomed in the White House on May 13 and at Camp David on May 14. U.S. At the May 14 meeting, President Barack Obama will talk about the situations in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen with the members of Gulf Cooperation Council countries."

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The MEMRI Daily: May 27, 2015


Special Dispatch No. 6057

Head Of Jordanian Authors Union: Salafi-Jihadi Organizations Draw Their Methods From Jewish Talmud




In a December 24, 2014 column in the Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm, Jordanian Authors Union head Dr. Muwaffaq Mahadin claimed that there are ties between Salafi-jihadi organizations and global Zionism and Judaism. The jihadi groups, he said, have even drawn their methods of operation from Zionism and the Talmud, including mass murder, abductions, and the stripping away of human dignity, which he calls "clear Talmudic methods lacking all connection to Islamic heritage."

The following are excerpts from his column:

Dr. Muwaffaq Mahadin (Image: Alsawt.net)

"The facts and findings on the ground point to a connection between takfiri [jihad] organizations and Zionist circles, but what is more important is the ideological or philosophical dimension that these groups share with global Judaism and its secret circles.

"When these [jihad] organizations carry out mass murder, with suicide operations and various explosive devices, or with other barbaric collective operations such as demanding that a sectarian mob trample and kick someone they have detained, and so on – these are clear Talmudic methods lacking any connection to Islamic heritage and its lofty traditions and practices. [The evidence for this is:]

"1.   In the criminal barbaric Talmudic tradition, the plural form is used very often, such as 'the people came' and 'the people went,' much like the racist [term] 'God's chosen people,' [meaning that this people] can [do] things that are forbidden to foreign 'gentiles,' who are compared to animals that can be killed, whose property can be appropriated, and whose wives may be taken captive. The Ten Commandments [that include] 'thou shalt not kill,' 'thou shalt not steal,' and 'thou shalt not commit adultery' do not apply to the gentiles, which is reminiscent of the concept of citizenship in ancient Greece, where women, foreigners, quarry workers, and prisoners were excluded from citizenship and did not enjoy the equality of others, who were 'free.'

"2.   On the other hand, Islam, just as it stresses the fabric and unity of the ummah, so it also emphasizes reward and punishment, and the rights of the individual: a) Each person is responsible for his own actions, and b) Each person bears his own punishment.

"Therefore, [in Islam,] collective murder and punishment are completely banned, including suicide operations in any civilian population centers. Similarly, no person may be abducted to be exchanged for another who is unrelated to him.

"In conclusion, all the [acts of] mass murder, abduction, and stripping prisoners and captives of human dignity that are carried out by takfiri [jihad] organizations are the fruit of the loins of the Talmudic culture, which contradicts all Islamic heritage and the Islamic text, which explicitly ban unlawful killing." 


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4923

Tunisian Cleric Bechir Begga: Satan And The Jews Are The Enemies Of Muslims




In a May 1 sermon, Tunisian cleric Sheik Bechir Begga said that Satan and the Jews are the enemies of Muslims. He added that Allah was gathering the Jews "in Palestine, or in Tel Aviv," where they would meet their end. Sheik Begga posted the clip on his YouTube channel.

Following are excerpts:

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Sheik Bechir Begga: "Many enemies are behind the strife and catastrophes that afflict the Islamic nation. The most vicious of those enemies are the Jews, may Allah curse them. They are the enemies of Allah, of reform, and of all that is good. Allah has warned us about them in Surat Al-Maida: 'You will find that the strongest in enmity towards the believers are the Jews and the polytheists.' Allah warns us about the nature of the Jews. They are your staunchest enemies.

"The Muslim has two enemies. The first is Satan. The Prophet Muhammad said: 'Satan flows through human beings like blood flows through the veins.' Satan is the first enemy. 'Surely Satan is your enemy, so treat him like an enemy.' This is what Allah said.

"The second enemy is the Zionist Jew.


"They violated pacts and covenants. They slayed the prophets. They disobeyed Allah's commandments and violated his prohibitions. What we are witnessing today is their second and final corruption.


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"'When there comes the promise of the Hereafter, We will gather you in droves.' [Allah] will gather them from all over the world. After He had dispersed the Jews all over the world - some in Britain, some in Germany, some in the Soviet Union, and some in other countries - they will gather again in the lane of Palestine, or Tel Aviv.

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"'We will gather you in droves.' This is one of the signs heralding the Day of Judgment. These are glad tidings for us, because that is their end. They will meet their end by gathering in Israel. This is the beginning of the end for Israel."


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The MEMRI Daily: May 26, 2015



MEMRI TV Clip No. 4921

Gaza Know-how Serves Syrian Rebels Digging Attack Tunnels





A video posted on the Internet shows Syrian rebels digging a tunnel, rigged with "350 tons" of explosives, in Mount Arbaeen in Syria. A Syrian rebel says in the video, posted on May 12, 2015, that he had received a video with instructions on tunnel construction from Gaza.

Following are excerpts:

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Reporter: "Dear viewers, we are at the entrance to a tunnel, dug by the Islamic 'Ahrar Al-Sham' movement at Mount Arbaeen. They have been working on this tunnel for months now. It will be used to target the fortifications of the regime forces at Mount Arbaeen.


"We are going down into this tunnel, in order to get a closer look at what the rebels are doing in Mount Arbaeen."

Syrian fighter: "In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. This tunnel is 700 meters long. We started working on it at the beginning of last Ramadhan."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4924

Exiled Fatah Terrorist Amna Muna On PA TV: We Will Continue On Our Path Until Our Entire Land Is Liberated





In a May 15 interview on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel, Amna Muna, a Palestinian terrorist who was freed in the Shalit prisoner swap and exiled to Turkey, said: "Nothing will break our resolve - not imprisonment, not exile, and not martyrdom... We shall continue on our path until our entire land is liberated." Muna, who was speaking over the Internet, was imprisoned for her involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenager Ofir Rahum in 2001.

Following are excerpts:

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Interviewer: "The glorious Palestinian fighter, our beloved sister Amna Muna, is joining us from Turkey. You lost your father while you were in prison, and today, instead of enjoying your freedom among your family and loved ones, you have been exiled. What would you like to say, sister Amna?"


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The MEMRI Daily: May 26, 2015



Special Dispatch No. 6056

Saudi Writer: Saudi Arabia, Which Is At The Forefront Of The Iranian Threat, Requires A United Gulf Position Against Iran




Following President Obama's statement at the May 14, 2015 Camp David summit that the U.S. would increase security cooperation with the Gulf states in light of the regional Iranian threat, Daoud Al-Shiryan, a columnist for the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat, published an article discussing Saudi Arabia's complex situation vis-à-vis the nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. Al-Shiryan said that, in contrast to what is claimed by many the Gulf media, the U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran are not a renouncement of its longtime alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, but are a sincere American attempt to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The real problem, Al-Shiryan argued, is that the Gulf states themselves lack a unified position vis-à-vis Iran, and some of them hold ties with Iran and are employing a "dual policy" towards this country. For example, he pointed to the ties between the UAE and Iran, which the two call "strategic," and to Qatar's close ties with Iran and its call to involve it in maintaining the region's security. According to him, Saudi Arabia, which is at the forefront of the Iranian threat, requires Gulf unity regarding Iran more than it requires tighter security cooperation with Washington.

The following are excerpts from the article:


"U.S. President Barack Obama declared that Washington would assist the Arab Gulf states in dealing with any conventional military threat similar to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and would improve security cooperation [with them] in order to assuage their fears regarding Iranian actions that destabilize the region. These calming remarks were not reflected in the media in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, [which] instead 'inflated' the disagreements between Washington and Riyadh regarding the American-Iranian negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. The Iranian-American negotiations do not mean that Washington has washed its hands of the security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. Rather, they are a realistic [American] attempt to deal with the Iranian issue and with the [possibility] that it will possess nuclear weapons, out of a desire to stop it. Despite doubts [that were expressed] regarding the U.S.'s concern for the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] states, the American message conveyed by Obama's comments was clear: We will act to prevent any attempt to harm the GCC states. 

"Some Gulf writers, attempting to describe the future of security relations between Washington and Riyadh, claimed that the American administration has decided to relinquish its alliance with Saudi Arabia, which goes back to the 1930s, in favor of Tehran. This claim has no grounding in reality. At the same time, no one [in the Gulf] discussed the nature of the relations of each of the Gulf states [themselves] with Iran and the danger [these relations] pose to Saudi Arabia's security. They spoke of Iranian threats as though the Gulf states were a single bloc... but the fact is that the relations between Tehran and several Gulf capitals do not reflect the [stated] position [of those countries] regarding [the events in] the Gulf."

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Special Dispatch No. 6055

Egyptian Columnist: Arab Countries Should Become Nuclear Threshold States, To Gain Global Influence




The Fourth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was held April 27-May 22, 2015. At the end of the conference, the U.S. blocked an Egyptian-led proposal to convene a summit by March 2016, with or without Israel's assent, on disarming the Middle East of nuclear weapons.

Prior to this, Dr. Muhammad Al-Sa'id Idris, a columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, published an article in which he argued that, instead of being members in the NPT, the Arab countries should strive to develop real nuclear programs and become nuclear threshold states. He wrote that the Arabs' participation in the conference was meaningless, since Israel, backed by the U.S., would not sign the NPT and would continue to oppose a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. Hence, in order to gain global influence, the Arab states must leave the NPT and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and develop their own nuclear capabilities.

It should be noted that Dr. Idris published several articles in the recent year calling for Egypt to advance its nuclear program and to start enriching uranium. This, following statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a February 9-10, 2015 visit to Egypt about cooperation between the two countries in the nuclear domain and following the signing of an Egyptian-Russian memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Al-Dab'a. In an article from February 17, 2015, Idris called for Egypt to "revive its nuclear dream" and launch a "nuclear economy," namely, "a full nuclear program including not only the purchase of a nuclear power plant but also uranium enrichment and local production of nuclear fuel." In a February 24, 2015 article, he wrote: "The entire world is turning to peaceful nuclear energy, and there are those who have nuclear weapons. How is it that Egypt has remained completely outside this arena, making it a country that is easy to direct and to control?"

Egypt's former IAEA delegate, Dr. Mustafa Al-Fiqi, also called recently for the Arab countries to launch an Arab nuclear program in order to restore the strategic balance in the region.    

The following are excerpts from Dr. Idris's article:

Dr. Muhammad Al-Sa'id Idris (image: Alwafd.org)

"Egypt and the other Arab states participating in the NPT Review Conference, which began April 27, 2015 in New York and will continue until May 22, understand the crisis of the two main topics that concern all Arab countries. The first topic is the refusal of Israel, with the backing of the U.S., to sign the NPT, which currently has 190 signatory states, and to adhere to all the rules and principles of the IAEA, chiefly [the demand to] open all Israeli nuclear facilities to inspection by the IAEA. The second topic is the refusal of Israel, also with the backing of the U.S., to hold an international summit to disarm the Middle East of all weapons of mass destruction."

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Former Pakistani Spy Chief Durrani Insinuates That He Has Doubts About 9/11






In a recent Al-Jazeera TV interview, Asad Durrani, former Pakistani ambassador and former head of the ISI, the Pakistani intelligence agency, asked whether he believed that Bin Laden was responsible for 9/11, hinted that he had his doubts. Saying that he accepted "the official version," he added: "Hijacking one plane is difficult enough. The synchronized hijacking of four planes... Going and hitting a pinpointed target..." The interview aired on April 10, 2015.

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Asad Duranni: "If a ragtag militia of 20,000-25,000 insurgents, with the help of a state, which is considered to be either failing, faltering, or fumbling – like Pakistan…If they can achieve this particular status, then the least that I would expect from an audience like this, in a country where they talk about the spirit of Eton and Harrow, to give the Taliban and their supporters in Pakistan a big applause. 


"This was a big illusion on the part of, let's say, Pakistan. (The Americans) deluded themselves into believing that they were allies, when actually, they were not. Allies have the same objectives - which we did not have.  Allies also agree on a certain approach – which we did not."  

Interviewer: "It is different to say: 'We are at war.'  You used the phrase: 'America and Pakistan are at war.' The reason I bring this up is that it is a funny sort of war in which one side gives the other billions of dollars in aid, and the other side takes the money, pockets it, and then goes and helps the enemies of the people who gave them that cash. That is a weird sort of war."  

Asad Duranni: "I think we got less money than we should have."  


Interviewer: "Do you believe, General Durrani, and do you expect the people in this room to believe, that the ISI had no knowledge of where Osama bin Laden was before his death, that bin Laden, who was discovered in 2011 in Pakistan, in Abottabad, in a very large building, in a military town, near a military base, and the ISI had no clue that he was there?  Really?!"


Asad Duranni: "'Til today I cannot say exactly what happened, but my assessment – I mean, this is about giving your assessment…My assessment was that it was quite possible that they did not know, but it was more probable that they did. The ideas was that at the right time, his location would be revealed.  The right time would have been when you could get the necessary quid pro quo.  If you have someone like Osama bin Laden, you are not simply going to hand him over to the United States. The quid pro quo in my mind – and 'til today, I am not going to say that I had known about it, or that I am absolutely sure about it – was that you get your Osama bin Laden, provided that we agree on how to bring the Afghan problem to an end."

Interviewer: "When you say: 'We may have known where he was,' and 'We may have produced him,' does that mean you knew where he is, or you were actually sheltering him, that this is an ISI safehouse?"

Asad Duranni: "If ISI was doing that, I would say that they were doing a good job, and if they revealed his location, they again probably did what was required to be done."  

Interviewer: "Are you going to ask us now to give a round of applause to Osama bin Laden as well?"  

Asad Duranni: "Except that I do not know what happened."


Interviewer: "Were you – or dare I say, are you – an admirer of Osama bin Laden?"

Asad Duranni: "As I said, I am not going to (answer), because then I will lose whatever objectivity I can bring to play, I will even lose that. That is why I keep talking about…"

Interviewer: "Your refusal to answer this question might make a few people in this room come to their own conclusions as to what your view is."

Asad Duranni: "They will, in any case, come to their own conclusions. I can see that."

Interviewer: "When you say that he was an admired figure in Pakistan, do you mean because of the Soviet war, or do you mean because of 9/11?"


Asad Duranni: "The first reaction, when 9/11 happened… Plenty of people said: It was time that someone gave a befitting response to the sole surviving superpower. It is getting too big for its boots, and it goes around with its guns blazing wherever it wants. If that was the reaction of so many people, I can understand that some people would be sympathetic to an organization that had the courage and the gumption to stand up to that power."  

Interviewer: "Just to be very clear – several polls have been done in Pakistan which found that the number of Pakistanis who believe that bin Laden and Al Qaeda carried out the 9/11 attacks ranges between 3% and 5% of the population. Do you believe that he was responsible for the attack on the Twin Towers?" 


Asad Duranni: "I have accepted the official version coming from Washington, from Islamabad, and from most of the capitals. Hijacking one plane is difficult enough.  The synchronized hijacking of four planes…Going and hitting a pinpointed target…For 45 minutes, the American Air Force cannot get airborne – even the Pakistani Air Force, within 10-15 minutes, would be able to scramble. These are those things that may not be clear to me – maybe there is an answer, maybe there is an explanation…"

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Egyptian Cleric Ahmad Al-Naqib: ISIS Is Better Than The Shi'ites






In video addresses posted on an Internet channel on April 29 and 30, Egyptian cleric Sheik Dr. Ahmad Al-Naqib criticized ISIS, but said: "there is no doubt that they are much better than the criminal Rafidites [i.e., Shi'ites], who kill the Sunnis because of their Sunni identity." Al-Naqib is a lecturer on education at Mansoura University.

Following are excerpts:

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April 30, 2015


Dr. Ahmad Al-Naqib: "I was asked: What is your opinion about ISIS and its conduct? Should one pledge allegiance to ISIS? Does refraining from this constitute a sin? This question is part of the catastrophe that has afflicted the lands of Islam. Much has been said about this. It has been said that ISIS was part of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda, and then split away from them for various reasons. Some say that it maintains ties with the Syrian Baathist regime, while others claim that it is connected to the [remnants] of Saddam's Baathist regime. None of this concerns us. We want to consider the current situation.



"We must not say that this creation [ISIS], with its rulings and its conduct, is in keeping with the righty-guided Islamic state that we must obey, especially since much consideration is required to determine whether this "Islamic State" qualifies as a state. They experience ups and downs. Again and again, they conquer land, which is then taken from them. In addition, as far as their upbringing is concerned, most of them are non-Arabs. This is a very dangerous issue. There is much to be said about this. In any case, I am not convinced that this is a rightly-guided Islamic state, to which one must pledge allegiance, because it does not fulfill the requirement, but God knows best. There is no doubt, however, that they are much better than the criminal Rafidites [Shi'ites], who kill the Sunnis because of their Sunni identity, and who kill, rape, and burn the Muslims wherever they may be. They are better than the [Shi'ites], and their victories over the Rafidites are good for Islam, but God knows best."


April 29, 2015


"Despite their transgressions, injustice, wrongdoing, and aggression, they are better than the Rafidites. They are better than the criminal Rafidites, who kill Sunnis just because they are Sunnis. The people of the Islamic State kill the scholarly Sunni brothers, but at least they do not harm the simple people. On the contrary, the simple people live there in happiness, security, peace, and harmony. The Shi'ites, on the other hand, kill the Sunnis, scholarly or not."

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Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekend Summary


The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to jttmsubs@memri.org with "Membership" in the subject line.)

Note to media and government: For a full copy of these reports, send an email with the title of the report in the subject line to media@memri.org. Please include your name, title, and organization in your email.





EXCLUSIVE: New ISIS Video Clip Of French Nasheed Calls On Muslims In The West To 'Extend Your Hand To Pledge Allegiance And Immigrate To Your Land'

On May 18, 2015 the Islamic State's (ISIS) media wing, Al-Hayat Media, that produces non-Arabic material, distributed a new French language music-video of a nasheed [chant] with English subtitles. The song itself was already released in February 2015: it urges Muslims to make hijra [immigrate] and join the jihad with ISIS. It was the first of two official ISIS releases of a chant in French. The current video incorporates new footage that walks the viewer through the process of immigrating and joining ISIS, as well as archival footage of previously released ISIS videos. This is the second Al-Hayat media release of a music-video specifically targeting a western audience and using a western music-video style to transmit the jihadi message. The music-video was hosted on Archive.org in full high definition quality and distributed via the Twitter accounts of ISIS supporters.

The new ISIS music-video was distributed on Twitter and accompanied by this promotional banner.

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EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Supporters Post Pictures Depicting Removal Of Crosses From Church In Iraq

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On May 19, Islamic State (ISIS) supporters circulated pictures depicting the removal of crosses from one of the churches in Ninawa, Iraq.

The crosses, two of which are visible in the pictures, were incorporated into the church's walls. Several men can be seen using various tools to remove them.  


British ISIS Fighter Pens Islamic State Travel Guide

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Siddhartha Dhar, a popular and well-known British ISIS fighter who calls himself Abu Rumaysah al-Britani, authored a guide for prospective immigrants to the Islamic State. The detailed publication includes chapters such as "Weather in the Caliphate," "Food in the Caliphate," "Transport in the Caliphate," "People in the Caliphate," "Technology in the Caliphate," and "Capitalism is Dead." Abu Rumaysah was an associate of Anjem Choudary and Abu Baraa in London and moved to Syria with his family in October 2014. His November 2014 tweets boasting about evading British authorities were feted on Twitter by fellow jihadis and supporters.


German ISIS Fighter Carries Out Suicide Attack In Iraq

On May 18, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) Salah Al-Din province released two pictures of Abu Muhammad Al-Almani, a German ISIS fighter who carried out a suicide attack against Iraqi army gathering near the city of Baiji, Iraq.  


ISIS Officially Announces That It Has Conquered Ramadi

On May 17, 2015, the jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam released an official announcement on behalf of ISIS in Al-Anbar province claiming that the organization's forces had completely conquered the city of Ramadi.


ISIS Releases Eulogy, Bio Of Top Official Slain In 2014, Names Al-Ramadi Conquest In His Memory


On May 17, 2015, the jihadi Al-Shumoukh forum  released a eulogy and biography of senior ISIS official Abu-Muhannad Al-Sweiydawi, after the Islamic State (ISIS) named its current campaign to conquer in Al-Ramadi the "Abu-Muhannad Al-Sweiydawi Assault" after him.

ISIS supporters also launched a Twitter hashtag, #Abu-Muhannad Al-Sweiydawi Assault, for up-to-date information on ISIS's conquest of Al-Ramadi. In November 2014, the Iraqi government's governor of Al-Anbar province announced that Al-Sweiydawii had been killed; Al-Sweiydawii was at that time ISIS's governor of Al-Anbar province.


Tunisian Mujahideen Swear Fealty To Islamic State (ISIS) Leader Al-Baghdadi

On May 18, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released an audio recording by a previously unknown Tunisian group, the "Mujahideen of Tunisia Al-Qayrawan," in which it swears fealty to Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

In the recording, a group spokesman notes the importance unity among Muslims, and says that such unity is particularly important in these days because Islam's enemies are collaborating against it. He also says that unity cannot be achieved by groups or parties, but only by Muslims coming together under a single caliph and a single banner.


ISIS Commander In Sinai Calls On Locals To Kill Egyptian Soldiers

On May 21, 2015, ISIS' Sinai Province information bureau released a 17-minute audio message titled "Consolations and Messages" by Abu Osama Al-Masri, a commander of ISIS' branch in Sinai. In the audio, posted on the jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam and elsewhere, Abu Osama threatens the Egyptian regime and its security apparatuses and pledges that ISIS will settle accounts with the tyrants and their accomplices, terminate their rule and raise the flag of the Caliphate throughout Egypt. He also comforts the families of ISIS members and other Sinai residents who have been killed or imprisoned by the Egyptian authorities, assuring them that their loved ones have not sacrificed in vain. Addressing all Muslims in Sinai, he urges them to take up arms against the Egyptian authorities or attack and kill Egyptian soldiers in any way they can.


ISIS Releases Prisoners, Promises Free Medical Care In Ramadi

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Days after capturing the city of Ramadi in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) has released prisoners there and promised free medical care for the residents, some of whom considered these actions as attempts to win local hearts and minds.


JN Communiqué Slams Coalition Airstrikes On JN's North Syria Command Posts

In a May 21, 2015 communique, Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) condemned "the Arab-Crusader coalition's airstrikes on JN command posts", saying that these strikes reveal the West's and the international community's true intentions in Syria, and demonstrate that they unlike JN do not seek the good of the Syrian people.

The communiqué opens by detailing JN's recent achievements against the Syrian Army: the victories in Idlib and Jisr Al-Shughur, the liberation of the Mastouma and Al-Qarmid bases, the start of an advance on the city of Ariha, the defeat of the Syrian army in southern and northern Syria, and the reaching of the coastal region, the very threshhold of the "Nusairi" [i.e., Alawite] regime. The communiqué also emphasizes JN's successful campaign against the Shi'ite militias fighting alongside the regime.


British Al-Shabaab Fighter Claims Capture Of Iranian Vessel


On May 14, 2015 after a Twitter hiatus, a British Al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia returned to his social media account to confirm previous reports stating that Iranian crew members were captured off the coast of Somalia.


Al-Murabitun Announces It Holds Abducted Romanian

On May 18, 2015, a Mauritanian news agency published an audio recording by the self-proclaimed Al-Murabitun emir, Adnan Abu Al-Walid Al-Sahrawi, in which he acknowledges that his group is holding a Romanian citizen taken hostage in Burkina Faso in April.

Adnan Abu Al-Walid Al-Sahrawi

Al-Sahrawi stated in the recording: "The Al-Murabitun group urges the Romanian government to pay sincere attention and regard to the negotiations file on the Romanian hostage that the group is holding. The Romanian government bears full responsibility for the fate of its hostage if it delays using the opportunity offered it to free its citizen. The group also announces its bay'a [oath of fealty] to the Islamic caliphate State, to the commander of the faithful, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, based on numerous shari' considerations. The shari'a orders [the group] to adhere to unity and avoid disunity, to unify the Muslims' word and their ranks. [The group] denies that it belongs to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or that it maintained any organizational links with the brothers in that organization since the day it [Al-Murabitun] was founded. Adanan Abu Al-Walid, emir of Al-Murabitun group."


Former Siemens Engineer, Business Graduate Among Suspects Arrested By Pakistani Police In May 13 Karachi Massacre Of Islami Muslims

Saad Aziz (right) and Mohammad Azhar Ishrat

Following are excerpts from a Pakistani media report shedding light on their radicalization:

Saad Aziz: "For The First Two Years [At Business College], He Was A Burger Kid [Westernized]; He Had Girlfriends And We Would Have Shisha [Smoke Hookah] At 'Indulge' [A Karachi Lounge]; He Was Funny, Acted In Plays And Danced"

"In the fall of 2010, Saad Aziz walked up to a fellow student in IBA's [the Karachi-based Institute of Business Administration] parking lot and asked: 'Have you read Milestones by Sayyid Qutb? It has changed my life.' [The Egyptian theologian] Qutb, who is now increasingly cited as the figure who influenced Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, is known as one of the most influential advocates in modern times of jihad. The 'change' in Saad's life, as narrated by some of his friends at IBA, began sometime in his third year at IBA. Fast-forward five years and the 27-year-old IBA graduate was named by Sindh's chief minister as the mastermind behind the deadly Safoora carnage [in which 45 Ismaili Shia Muslims were killed] and murder of [liberal] activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi. Friends recall that Saad was a 'normal' kid. He played football for IBA United and had a GPA above 3.0."





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The MEMRI Weekly: May 15-22, 2015 


The following are links to reports from MEMRI's Special Dispatch Series and Inquiry and Analysis Series, as well as to transcripts from the MEMRI TV Project, released during the past week.  


Special Dispatch No. 6054 - Egypt's Religious Establishment: Destruction Of Antiquities Forbidden In Islam, May 22, 2015

Inquiry and Analysis No. 1162 - As Twitter Removes Some ISIS Accounts, Al-Qaeda's Branch In Syria Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN) Thrives, Tweeting Jihad And Martyrdom To Over 200,000 Followers, May 21, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6053 - Fatah Official Nabil Sha'ath Visits Jaffa On Occasion Of Nakba Day: 'Hebron, Acre, Bethlehem, Beersheba And Nazareth – They Are All My Cities', May 21, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6052 - Fatah On 67th Nakba Anniversary: We Will Continue Struggle Until Refugees' Right Of Return To Their Homes Is Realized, May 21, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6051 - The Emergence Of 'Galilee Forces' – Palestinian Forces Fighting Alongside Syrian Regime, May 20, 2015

Inquiry and Analysis No. 1161 - Iranian Attempt To Break The Saudi Sea Blockade On Yemen Could Lead To Violent Confrontation, May 19, 2015

Inquiry and Analysis No. 1160 - Christians In Lebanon, Fearing ISIS And Jabhat Al-Nusra, Seek To Arm Themselves, Gain Protection Of International Community And Hizbullah, May 18, 2015


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4918 - Footage of Syrian Regime Helicopter Dropping Barrel Bombs on Idlib Province, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4917 - Wahda Al-Jumaili, Advisor to Iraqi Parliament Speaker: Int'l Coalition Dropped Weapons, Which Enabled ISIS Takeover of Ramadi, Dijlah TV (Iraq)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4916 - Libyan Cleric Boujela Justifies Beheadings and Body Mutilation "to Strike Terror in the Heart" of the Enemies, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4915 - Hizbullah Sec.-Gen. Nasrallah: Airstrikes in Yemen Reflect Saudis' Bedouin Mentality, Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4914 – Top Turkish Cleric Mehmet Gormez: We Should Not Accept Jerusalem As the Capital of Anyone but the Muslims, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4913 – French-Language Video Released by ISIS Calls upon Muslims to Pledge Allegiance and Make Hijra to the Caliphate, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4912 – Lebanese Political Debate on the War in Syria Deteriorates into Exchange of Insults, OTV (Lebanon)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4911 – Palestinian-Jordanian Professor Ahmad Nofal: Hamas Should Not Implement Islamic Law and Chop Off Hands and Heads, Yarmouk TV (Jordan)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4910 – Iraqi Poet As'ad Al-Ghurairy: Democracy Is a Bad Word, Terror One of the Most Beautiful Words in the Quran, Al-Ghad Al-Arabi (UAE/U.K.)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4909 – Egyptian Cleric Ahmad Al-Naqib: ISIS Is Better than the Shiites, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4908 – Turkish President Erdogan Reads Nationalist-Islamist Poem for Centennial of Gallipoli Battles, The Internet
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The MEMRI Daily: May 15, 2015



MEMRI TV Clip No. 4906

IRGC Deputy Commander Salami: 'We Welcome War With The Americans'


In an Iranian TV interview, IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami threatened the Americans, saying: "We welcome war with the Americans." The U.S. aircraft carriers would be destroyed, its air bases in the region burned, and the skies set ablaze, he said. "We have built our strength for the purpose of long, extended wars... more than for the purpose of peace, compromise, and dialogue with them," said Salami. The interview aired on the Iran TV's Channel 1 on May 6, 2015. 

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Hossein Salami: "The warning issued by Khamenei today was extremely transparent, clear, serious, and real. I tell the Americans – so that they will understand his great message better - that the age in which political superiority is gained through threats, intimidations and even military force has come to an end. 

"The Americans should not compare their past military victories over feeble armies – which resemble military displays or maneuvers without an enemy – with the outcome and consequences of confronting the great Islamic Iran. They should not make any mistakes in their assessments. 

"As a military commander, who grew up in times of war, war is a reality for me, not just a theoretical matter. I warn (the Americans) that we have built our strength for the purpose of long, extended wars, with a real possibility to overcome them, more than for the purpose of peace, compromise, and dialogue with them. Therefore, the Americans should take these warnings seriously. 

"If they are relying on their aircraft carriers as a source of power, they should know that these carriers will be destroyed. If they use air bases (in the region), these will be burned. If they want to fly their airplanes, they should know that all the skies will be set ablaze. I warn their pilots that their first flight will be their last, and that none of them will return home safe and sound. 


"We are prepared for the worst-case scenario. I use the Latin word so that the Americans will better understand. 'Worst-case scenario'... We are prepared for it. It is no big deal for us. We welcome war with the Americans, because we believe that it provides an arena in which we can demonstrate our success, our full potential, and our true might. 

"I recommend to our negotiating team that if the American negotiators use intimidations, threats, and insults again in an effort to gain political superiority, our team should leave the negotiating table, and have the matter over to the IRGC, so that in an atmosphere of intimidation, we will be the ones to determine matters and continue the task."

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Iranian General Jazayeri Warns The U.S., Saudi Arabia Not To Send Aid To The Region


In an Iranian TV interview, Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Masoud Jazayeri threatened the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, saying: "There is a limit to Iran's self-restraint." Sending humanitarian aid to the region would "spark a strong fire, which they will not be able to extinguish," he said. An excerpt from the full interview was posted on the Internet, and then aired by Al-Alam TV with Arabic subtitles on May 13, 2015. The full interview has not yet been broadcast.

Following is the excerpt:

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Masoud Jazayeri: "I say loud and clear that there is a limit to Iran's self-restraint. I say loud and clear that there is a limit to Iran's self-restraint. Saudi Arabia and its new rulers, the U.S., and others should bear in mind that if they want to prevent Iran from sending aid to countries in the region, this will spark a strong fire, which they will not be able to extinguish."


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In New Audio Speech, Islamic State (ISIS) Leader Al-Baghdadi Issues Call To Arms To All Muslims


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On May 14, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) media company Al-Furqan released a new audio speech by its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, titled "March Forth Whether Light or Heavy." In the speech Al-Baghdadi issued a general call to arms to all Muslims, urging them to emigrate to ISIS territories and to fight ISIS's enemies, whom he called the enemies of all Muslims. Al-Baghdadi directly addressed several issues related to current events, primarily the campaign being waged in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels.

The link to the speech, on Justpaste.it, was disseminated by ISIS supporters via Twitter.

Below is a summary of Al-Baghdadi's speech, followed by the English translation of it provided by ISIS.

Al-Baghdadi begins his speech with an introduction replete with Koranic quotes stressing the importance and obligation of fighting the enemies of Islam and dying as a martyr for it. Citing the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who, Al-Baghdadi says, waged jihad throughout his entire life, he stresses that jihad and fighting are obligatory for every Muslim. Al-Baghdadi adds that participation in battle and willingness to die for Allah are aimed at testing the believers and rewarding them.

He then goes on to attack the enemies of Islam, whom he identifies mainly as the Christians and the Jews, quoting scripture in order to emphasize that they are perpetual foes of the Muslims who wish to harm them and to cause them to leave their religion. Urging all Muslims to join the Islamic State in its battles, he says that its enemies are in fact the enemies of all Muslims, as the Islamic State is but the "spearhead" in this war. "The Crusaders," i.e. the Western powers, will soon target all Muslims, he claimed.

Bluntly underscoring his call to arms and his statement that actively supporting ISIS in its war is obligatory, he states that Islam is not a religion of peace, but rather "Islam is the religion of war."

Next, Al-Baghdadi lashes out at the regimes and rulers of the Arab and Islamic countries, accusing them of being nothing but the slaves of the Western powers, which he says use them to oppress the Muslim peoples. He speaks at length against Saudi Arabia, pointing at the Saudi monarchy as one of his archenemies. Calling the Saudi royal family allies of the Christians and the Jews, he says they are traitors to Islam. He taunts the Saudis, saying that their longtime ally, the U.S., has exchanged them for Iran. In their frustration, he says, the Saudis launched an attack on the Shi'ites in Yemen, the Iranian-backed Houthis. This, he says, is hypocrisy, since the Saudis have never done a thing to assist downtrodden Muslims elsewhere, from Syria to Burma to Africa, and, most prominently, in Palestine.

Saudi Arabia's Operation Decisive Storm is nothing but the "kick of a dying man" aimed at regaining the appreciation of its masters in the U.S., he says, and urges the Sunnis to see the Saudis for their true traitorous nature and to understand that their only defender is the Islamic State.

Al-Baghdadi also talks about the situation in Anbar province in Iraq, calling upon its Sunni residents to return to their lands and villages and to embrace Islamic State rule.

In the final part of his speech, Al-Baghdadi addresses the Islamic State fighters. Beginning with those in Iraq, to whom he speaks at length, he calls on them to be steadfast and strong and to persist in their fighting, and praises them for their achievements in the war against the Iraqi government forces and the Shi'ite militias.

He also addresses Islamic State soldiers in the other countries, beginning those in the Sinai province;  these he commends for striking fear amongst the Jews and expresses his hope to meet them in Jerusalem "very soon." Praising Islamic State fighters in the various areas of Syria, in Libya, and in Algeria and Tunisia, he gives special mention to those in two new Islamic State provinces – Khurasan, that is, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and West Africa. Another special mention is given to the Islamic State fighters in Yemen, whom he congratulates on their recent advances against the Shi'ites.

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Massacre Of Ismaili Muslims In Karachi Indicates Islamic State's (ISIS's) Rise In Pakistan; South Asia's Shi'ites Could Face Serious Danger

By: Tufail Ahmad*


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On May 13, Sunni jihadis intercepted a bus carrying Ismaili Muslims in the Safoora Goth area of the Pakistani city of Karachi and massacred 45 of them, including women. According to media reports, about six terrorists fired indiscriminately on the Ismaili passengers who belonged to a sect of Shia Islam and were headed to a religious congregation and then managed to escape. The manner of their killing is very much familiar to Pakistani people, as Sunni jihadists in Pakistan have routinely intercepted buses carrying Shia pilgrims, pulling out passengers and identifying their faith from their surnames from the Pakistani government-issued identity cards before shooting them dead. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has documented systematic jihadist attacks on Shia Muslims and other minorities in Pakistan, noting also calls being made for Pakistan to be put on genocide watch.

While in the past members of the leading Sunni jihad group now known as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) formerly known under different names such as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan have carried out ideologically-inspired systematic attacks against Shi'ite Muslims in Pakistan, it appears that the May 13 massacre of Ismaili Muslims was either wholly or in part the work of the Islamic State (ISIS), which in January 2015 announced the establishment of "Wilayat Khurasan," its "province" in the India, Pakistan and Afghanistan region. Immediately after the attack, ISIS-affiliated accounts on Twitter released a statement in which the organization claimed responsibility for the massacre. The statement noted: "With Allah's grace, 43 apostates have been killed and nearly 30 have been injured in an attack [carried out by] the soldiers of the Islamic State [who targeted] a bus carrying Ismaili Shi'ite polytheists, maligners of the wife of Prophet Muhammad, in the city of Karachi in Khurasan province." The attack was also claimed by "Jundallah," a name used by several terror groups in Pakistan but also by ASWJ factions.

Although senior Pakistani leaders and some clerics condemned the Karachi attack against the Ismaili Muslims, Barelvi clerics in India and Pakistan will not openly declare that Shi'ites are Muslims according to the Islamic Sharia. The most glaring example of this is of Pakistani-Canadian Barelvi cleric Tahirul Qadri, who condemned the May 13 attack, but who previously declared Shi'ites to be infidels, much like ISIS, saying: "One who does not consider a Shi'ite an infidel is himself an infidel."

The perpetrators of the May 13 massacre in Karachi left two ISIS flyers at the scene, one in Urdu and another in English, justifying the attack and threatening the "Rawafid" (Shi'ites) in Pakistan. The Urdu flier, titled "The Establishment of the Islamic State, a Message of Death for the Rawafidh!" begins with the  warning: "Know! The mujahideen of the Islamic StateWilayat Khurasan and the jaanisar sipahis [life-sacrificing warriors] of the Caliph of the Muslims [ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi] have entered the battlefield to enforce the Sharia and exact revenge." The flyer explains that the attack was revenge for Shi'ite attacks on Sunni Muslims in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and warns that the mujahideen "will not sit still until the earth is cleansed of Rawafid and Shari'a is enforced."

Flyer left at the scene of the May 13 massacre in Karachi

Pakistani Militants Offered Bai'yah (Fealty) To ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi; "Many Militants From Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Baluchistan And Punjab Factions Constitute The Best Fighting Force Of ISIS"

Speaking within hours of the attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the massacre of peaceful Ismaili Muslims but blamed it on external "enemies" enraged by Pakistan's economic prosperity, stating: "Karachi is the trade hub of Pakistan. An incident happening here has great significance. [We] will not let the lights of Karachi go out. The enemies do not like our economic progress. The Safoora tragedy could be part of an international conspiracy against economic development."

Although Pakistan may blame external forces for this attack, over the past year there have been signs that ISIS has been gaining a foothold in Pakistan. In fact, the claims of responsibility for the attack by ISIS and the ASWJ-associated Jundallah may not be contradictory, as one may have planned the attack, while local factions may have joined hands to carry it out. It will take time to establish the identity of the perpetrators, but it is clear that the ASWJ-affiliated terrorists began travelling to Syria several years ago to work with ISIS.

In July 2014, soon after Al-Baghdadi's June 29 announcement of the caliphate, the Karachi-based jihadist group Tehreek-e-Khilafat Wa Jihad (TJK, or the Movement for Caliphate and Jihad) offered its bai'yah (oath of fealty) to the ISIS chief, stating: "From today [July 9], the Caliph of the Muslims, Sheikh Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, may Allah protect him, [should] consider us in Pakistan as one of the arrows in his bow. We pray that he may allow us to see the day when the borders of the Islamic caliphate expand and reach the Pakistan-India Subcontinent and Khurasan [the Afghanistan-Pakistan region]."

However, even before TJK's bai'yah, Pakistani militants in the Syria-Iraq region swore loyalty to Al-Baghdadi. In a June 19, 2014 video, a group of Pakistanis identified themselves as members of Ansar Al-Dawla Al-Islamiyya fi Pakistan (Supporters of the Islamic State in Pakistan). They announced that a Pakistani militant had been killed on December 2013, and that a training camp, the Shaheed Shiraz Tariq Abu Musa Al-Pakistani Camp, had been named after him. A second video, from June 2014, showed a masked man, identified as Habibullah Habib, claiming to be a member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Syria.

Analysing the inter-connections between ISIS and various Pakistani jihad organizations, Senior Pakistani security analyst and author Mohammad Amir Rana observed: "As Pakistani militants and religious organizations do not operate in isolation, it is natural for them to draw inspiration from ISIS. Indeed, the ideological association and operational linkage between the Pakistani militants and ISIS are not at all new. Pakistani militants were part of the group from its inception. Many militants from [the anti-Shi'ite jihad group] Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's [LeJ, also known as ASWJ] Baluchistan and Punjab factions constitute the best fighting force of ISIS. It was LeJ militants who set up the Ghazi Abdul Rasheed training camp in the Iraqi city of Arbil in 2013. The militants trained in the camp constituted the Ghazi Force [a jihadi group based in Pakistan]."

Karachi-based Tahreek-e-Khilafat Wa Jihad (TKJ) was the first group  outside the Middle East to offer bai'yah to ISIS emir Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

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Saudi Islamist Preacher: The Jews Poison The Muslims' Hearts And Minds With WhatsApp, Twitter, And Facebook





In an address posted on the Internet on May 3, Saudi Islamist preacher Abdulla Ba Neema (sometimes spelled Baneameh) said that the Jews "put poison into things that the Muslims like." According to him, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook are tools used by the Jews to poison and hearts and minds of the Muslims. "Our women's honor has been violated as a result of social networks," he said, adding that WhatsApp "is the sewage that flows in your heart." Despite his criticism of social networks, Ba Neema runs very active Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Ba Neema was paralyzed in a swimming pool accident.

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Abdullah Be Neema: "[My teacher] would say to me: 'The Jews conspire while we are in a slumber, and they say that they will not rest until they can pray in Khaybar.' I would say to him: 'They don't stand a chance – where would the Saudi regime go? Where would the Muslims go? How could they possibly pray in Khaybar?' But he would insist: 'They conspire while we are in a slumber.' He said things that are pure gold: 'May Allah fight the Jews and the Christians and turn their plots against them. They said that they would not rest until celebrations with music and songs were held in the mosque of the Prophet Muhammad in Al-Medina.'

"I would tell him that this is beyond their capabilities, and that they would never succeed. All this was when I was still in third grade. When I was in sixth grade, and later in high school, I used to think from time to time about what my teacher had said.


"Days and years have gone by, and today, I study at [Al-Medina's] Institute of the Prophet's Mosque. One day, I went there to study two hours before the dawn prayer, and one minute before the first call for prayer, a song was played from a cell phone in the mosque. I began to cry. I said to myself: The Jews have accomplished their goal. They managed to get these song celebrations into the Prophet's mosque, using me, you, and [all] the Muslims. That was their plan. The Jews are always looking for things that the Muslims love. Is it because they want to take them away from the [Muslims]? No. They want to put poison into things that the Muslims like.


"At one point, the Jews decided to use TV – that false idol – as a tool [in their schemes]. That is how [TV characters] like Mohanad and Lamis entered our homes. Men divorced their wives because of this show, and children were named Mohanad or Lamis because of this show. But people do not stay home 24/7. They go to work, play football, and so on.

"If something preoccupies you all the time, it keeps you from praying to Allah, so that even at the mosque, when you are listening to the sheik, you will fiddle with your cell phone. That is what we like, so they poisoned it: WhatsApp is Jewish, Twitter is Jewish, Facebook is Jewish, Instagram is Jewish, and Snapshot is Jewish. All the social networks are Jewish. All our information is in their hands.

"This poison… They did not put poison into my belly or yours. Instead, they have poisoned my heart and yours, my mind and yours. As a result of WhatsApp and Twitter, women's honor has been violated, men have divorced women, and men and women have committed adultery.



"My dearly beloved, our hearts and minds have been poisoned. Our women's honor has been violated as a result of social networks. Cut down on it. When was the last time you read to Quran from cover to cover? When?! You are too ashamed to answer. But when did you last read your messages on WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook? When was the last time you switched off your PlagueStation? WhatsApp is really wayt ["sewage tanker"] saab ["flow"] – it is the sewage that flows in your heart. All of this is a catastrophe.


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Palestinian Authority Demands Israel's Suspension From FIFA





Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association and a member of the Fatah Central Committee, recently submitted a proposal to FIFA seeking to have Israel suspended from the organization, claiming that it restricts Palestinian athletes and deliberately disrupts their activity in order to obfuscate any sign of Palestinian national identity. This proposal is another in a series of moves undertaken by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to combat and isolate Israel in the diplomatic arena.

Rajoub's actions even received the support of PA president Mahmoud 'Abbas, who pulled a red card against "racism" as an act of protest against "Israel's restrictions on Palestinian athletes" during a meeting with members of Global Watch, an organization against racism and discrimination in sport.

'Abbas with Global Watch founder Mosima Gabriel "Tokyo" Sexwale (Source: Paltoday.ps May 5, 2015)

This report will review Rajoub's attempts to have Israel suspended from FIFA.

FIFA To Discuss Palestinian Proposal To Suspend Israel in Late May

In March 2015 Rajoub submitted a proposal to FIFA seeking to have Israel suspended from the organization. The proposal can only be accepted with a 3/4 majority of FIFA members (156 out of 209). It should be mentioned that Rajoub has been trying to have Israel suspended for two years, but has thus far been persuaded against pursuing this action by elements in FIFA.

A statement issued by the Palestinian Football Association detailed the proposal, which included several reasons for its submission: "Israel's moves in Palestinian territories prevent the development of the sport, the delivery of logistical means, and the establishment of facilities. [Israel restricts] freedom of movement within the PA territory and travel abroad, as well as the ability to host official competitions and friendly matches, and the establishment of a nationwide Palestinian league. [Israel's actions constitute] racist behavior towards Arabs and violate international law due to five Israeli clubs from 1967 settlements [i.e., settlements in the West Bank] participating in the Israeli league."

Rajoub himself expanded on the Palestinian move on several occasions. Last year he called on FIFA to take steps to deal with "the colonialist, racist, and fascist occupation." He added: "I do not demand to level penalties on Israeli athletes and I do not wish to see them suffer like Palestinian athletes, but I have never heard the Israeli Football Association distance itself from its racist government's behavior towards Palestinians." According to him, Israel prevented five Palestinian team members from traveling and arrested another player to prevent his attendance at the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup.

On May 4, 2015, FIFA announced that it received the Palestinian proposal and would discuss it at a meeting set to be held in Zurich on May 29. On May 10, 2015, FIFA President Sepp Blatter met in Zurich with the heads of the Palestinian and Israeli football associations Jibril Rajoub and Ofer Eini. Blatter stated his objection to suspending Israel from FIFA since such a suspension damages the association itself. He also said he would meet in Israel with Prime Minister Netanyahu and PA President 'Abbas prior to FIFA's general assembly, which would discuss the Palestinian proposal.


Rajoub and Blatter (Source: Almayadeen.net, March 31, 2015)

Rajoub: Determined To Suspend Israel's FIFA Membership

In an interview with the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi on April 18, 2015, Rajoub rejected Israel's claim that restrictions on Palestinian athletes stemmed from security considerations: "How can you prevent the participation of teams and squads of 14-year-olds from Jordan and the UAE [in a tournament in the PA] for security reasons? Is this possible? [The Israelis] are trying to obfuscate any Palestinian identity, [and] to erase it and remove it from international arenas. We reject this and will oppose it. We have made the final decision to submit a proposal to suspend Israel's membership in FIFA."

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Yazidi Artist Ammar Salim Documents ISIS Massacres





In a TV interview, Yazidi artist Ammar Salim talks about his paintings, in which he portrays the tragedies suffered by the Yazidis at the hands of ISIS. Despite death threats, "Ammar stresses that he will continue to paint in order to make the voice of the Yazidis heard and to keep their ordeal on peoples' minds," according to the report, which aired on Sky News Arabia on April 26, 2015. 

Following are excerpts: 

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Reporter: "Since ISIS gained control of wide swathes of Iraq, members of the Yazidi minority are among the victims of this organization. Yazidis have been killed, captured, wounded, and forced to become refugees. This is the only thing said about the Yazidis in the international media. Ammar Salim is a Yazidi artist, trying to break this stereotypical view of the Yazidis by means of art.


"Ammar works diligently in his small apartment, which he converted into a studio after fleeing from his home in Bashiqa. Ammar has entered a phase of intensive work, as can be seen by the paintings on the walls of this small room in the city of Duhok, in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. He says that he was inspired by the atrocities perpetrated by the Islamic State against the Yazidis."


Ammar Salim: "[My paintings] speak of the annihilation of the Yazidis, of the justice. Perhaps in a little while, I will paint the [Camp] Speicher massacre. Whatever ISIS does, I will oppose them. I document everything I see in my paintings."


Reporter: "Despite all the tragedies that the Yazidis have suffered, Ammar's art is not limited to painting [the troubles] of his own sect. Ammar, who suffers from a lack of financial resources, tries to paint with cheap materials, if he can get his hands on them. That is not the only thing he suffers from. Ammar says that he has received death threats since his paintings have appeared on many social networks.


Ammar Salim: "After one painting, I received threats through Facebook. They sent me a message: 'If you do not burn that painting, we will kill you. We know where to find you.'"

Reporter: "But despite the threats, Ammar stresses that he will continue to paint in order to make the voice of the Yazidis heard, and to keep their ordeal on people's minds."


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Special Dispatch No. 6048

U.S. President Barack Obama In 'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat' Interview: Iran Is 'A State Sponsor Of Terrorism'; That's Why A Deal To Prevent It Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Is So Important



In an interview with the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, held on the eve of the May 14, 2015 Camp David summit between U.S. and Gulf leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the concerns of the Gulf states regarding a possible nuclear deal with Iran, and clarified his position on several other Middle East issues.

On the issue of the nuclear deal and its implications for Gulf security, he said that the Gulf states are indeed right to be concerned about the actions of Iran, which is "a state sponsor of terrorism" and "supports violent proxies within the borders of other nations." The nuclear deal, he explained, is aimed at guaranteeing that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, which would intensify the danger it poses. Furthermore, the lifting of certain nuclear sanctions may improve Iran's economic situation, and thus strengthen the more moderate leaders in the country, he said.  He stressed that there should be no doubt about the commitment of the U.S. to the security of the region and of its allies in the Gulf, and that America is prepared to use all elements of its power to secure its interests in the Middle East.

Addressing the issue of Syria, the U.S. president said that "Assad has lost all legitimacy," but that, since there could be no military solution to the Syrian crisis, there must ultimately be a political solution that ensures the rights of all Syrians, including women and minorities. He added that the U.S. continues to promote this goal by strengthening the moderate Syrian opposition, while fighting the Islamic State's presence there as part of an overall campaign to destroy this organization.

Asked about his position on the crisis in Iraq, he mentioned that he had opposed the 2003 U.S. invasion of this country, which engendered instability that ultimately led to the rise of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. However, he said, Iraq's current plight is also the result of the Iraqi government's failure to rule inclusively. The U.S. is working to help Iraq overcome the crisis by training local forces and by providing humanitarian aid, and also via its campaign against ISIS, Obama said. He added that the U.S. supports stronger ties between Iraq and its neighbors, but that these neighbors must respect Iraq's sovereignty.

About the Palestinian issue, Obama said that the U.S. would never stop working towards a two-state solution and towards finding ways to address both Israel's security needs and the Palestinians' right to an independent, sovereign state. However, he said, the simmering tensions, and the serious questions regarding the commitment to a two-state outcome, has led the U.S. to "take a hard look at its approach to the conflict." As for Gaza, he said there was a need not only to rebuild it and meet its residents' humanitarian needs, but also to strengthen its ties with the West Bank and its commercial connections with Israel and with the world.

Finally, Obama was asked about his remark about "Sunni youth" in a recent interview with The New York Times, which sparked outrage in the Muslim world. He replied that he has spent his presidency working to bridge perceived divisions of race and ethnicity, but that, unfortunately, sectarianism is a reality in the Middle East that fuels war and hostility. Hence, the U.S. will continue to stand up for democracy and human rights in this region and throughout the world, and support those who reject sectarianism and extremism.

The following are excerpts from the interview, as it appeared in the daily's English edition.

U.S. President Barack Obama (Image: Aawsat.com)

The Camp David Summit "Is Rooted In Our Shared Interest In A Gulf Region That Is Peaceful, Prosperous, And Secure"; "These Are Not Just Words; They Are Backed By A Strong Record Of Real Action"

"Asharq Al-Awsat: You will be meeting leaders and officials from the GCC in Washington tonight and tomorrow at Camp David. Beyond words of support that you have given them in previous meetings, what actions and guarantees will the United States be committing to—and will they include guarantees for the Hormuz and Bab El-Mandeb straits?"

"Barack Obama: I have invited senior officials of the GCC states to Washington to further strengthen our close partnerships, including our security cooperation, and to discuss how we can meet common challenges together. That includes working to resolve the conflicts across the Middle East that have taken so many innocent lives and caused so much suffering for the people of the region. I’m grateful that all the GCC countries will be represented, and I look forward to our discussions at both the White House and Camp David.

"Our meeting is rooted in our shared interest in a Gulf region that is peaceful, prosperous, and secure. As I said at the United Nations two years ago, the United States has core interests in the Middle East, including confronting external aggression; ensuring the free flow of energy and commerce, and freedom of navigation of international waters—and this includes the Strait of Hormuz and Bab El-Mandeb; dismantling terrorist networks that threaten our people; and preventing the development or use of weapons of mass destruction. I’ve made it clear that the United States is prepared to use all elements of our power to secure these interests."

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Special Dispatch No. 6049

'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat' Former Editor 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed In Response To Obama Statements In Interview: Nuclear Deal Will Empower Iran's Hardliners, Not Moderates




In response to statements made by U.S. President Barack Obama in a May 13, 2015 interview with the London-based daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, that a nuclear deal would strengthen the moderate leaders in Iran, the daily's former editor and former director of Al-Arabiya, 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, wrote that the deal is likely to do the opposite, namely empower Iran's hardliners. Al-Rashed pointed out that the hawks in the Iranian regime were already boasting that the West had capitulated and agreed to lift sanctions, while the Iranian nuclear program was nearly complete. Their current confidence is also evident in a recent fierce clampdown on political rivals and dissidents, he said. Al-Rashed added that the moderates in the Iranian regime may have been strengthened if Washington had linked the deal to Tehran's halting its harmful intervention in other countries.  

The following are excerpts from his article, as it appeared on May 13, 2015 in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat's English edition:



'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed (Image: English.alarabiya.net)

"There is an illusion that the promised agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program will push it toward moderation, as well as economic and political openness. What will probably happen is the complete opposite. The agreement will empower Tehran’s hawks, who are currently being marketed in Iran and who are bragging that most of the nuclear program has been accomplished and that the West has finally submitted and abandoned sanctions.

"During the past few months of international negotiations, Iran’s security fist tightened against state rivals, voicing the regime’s self-confidence. The Kurdish rebellion a week ago in the city of Mahabad, northwest Iran, was to protest security forces’ practices. A girl whom a military officer tried to rape jumped off a balcony, and the Kurdish minority - whose population is 8 million - revolted. Cruelty is behind growing anger in the outskirts of this multiethnic state. In addition to the armed Iranian opposition (People's Mojahedin of Iran), the number of anti-regime armed groups has increased."

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In Advance Of Obama-GCC Camp David Summit, Saudi Press Warns: Iran's Interference In Region Poses Greater Danger Than Iranian Nuclear Bomb



May 14, 2015 is the date set for the summit at Camp David between U.S. President Barack Obama and heads of state of the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, and Oman. A meeting at the White House with President Obama and the conferees is planned for the preceding day, May 13.

The objective of the Camp David summit, as announced several weeks ago, is to reassure the GCC countries about the nuclear agreement slated to be signed with Iran next month, as well as to discuss tighter U.S.-Gulf security cooperation. In advance of the summit, the GCC held several preparatory meetings at various diplomatic levels, including: an April 20 meeting of GCC foreign ministers; a May 4 summit of GCC heads of state which was attended also by French President François Hollande; a May 7 meeting in Riyadh of Saudi Foreign Minister 'Adel Al-Jubeir and his U.S. counterpart Secretary of State John Kerry; and a May 8 meeting in Paris of all the GCC foreign ministers and Kerry.

However, on May 9, Saudi Arabia announced that Saudi King Salman would not be at the Camp David summit as planned, and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be participating in his stead. Saudi Foreign Minister 'Adel Al-Jubeir explained that the monarch would not attend because he had to stay home to ensure peace and security in Yemen and to oversee the arrival of humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.

Later, it was reported that the Bahraini king, the UAE president, and the Sultan of Oman would also not be attending the summit, sending representatives instead. As of this writing, the Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar are the only GCC heads of state who are planning to attend.

The downgrade of the level of representation at the summit appears to constitute a message to the U.S. that Saudi Arabia and the other GCC member countries were not pleased with the preliminary talks with Secretary of State Kerry, and also that they were disappointed at what the summit would achieve. According to a May 2, 2015 New York Times report, the Saudis had even then hinted that they would downgrade their representation if they felt that the summit was not going to produce results that conformed to their expectations.

In fact, Arab press reports that preceded the announcement of downgraded representation pointed to what the GCC countries were demanding from the U.S., as well as to dissatisfaction on their part. At the May 4 summit of GCC heads of state with Hollande, Saudi King Salman called on the international community, especially the P5+1 that is negotiating with Iran, to "set stricter rules that guarantee the region's security and prevent it from plunging into an arms race." The king also stipulated that any final agreement with Iran must include unambiguous security guarantees. Additionally, on May 7, UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba announced that the GCC would demand from the U.S. guarantees in writing that the latter would defend it from Iran. Likewise, on May 9, the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat reported that even at the May 8 meeting with Kerry, the GCC foreign ministers had demanded U.S. guarantees that their countries would have military superiority over Iran.

Elaph.com also reported, on May 9, that the Gulf heads of state, headed by the Saudi monarch, would not settle for aid, military contracts, and defense systems provided by the U.S., but that they were seeking "clear, honest, and practical clarification, by means of absolutely firm, long-term resolutions, that Iran would be prevented from actualizing its expansionist aspirations in the region and from developing nuclear weapons…" Elaph also reported that "the Gulf leaders are headed for confrontation with the American president, and they want answers and explanations about his positions on these burning issues…"

On May 12, three days after the Saudis announced that King Salman would not be attending the summit, it was reported that President Obama and King Salman had spoken by phone about the preparations for the summit, and had discussed the agenda of the meetings that would take place during it. Both the White House, in an announcement, and Saudi Foreign Minister 'Adel Al-Jubeir, at a press conference, emphasized the continuing Saudi-U.S. partnership. According to the White House announcement, Obama and Salman had, in their phone conversation, "reviewed the agenda for the upcoming meetings" and had "agreed on the necessity of working closely, along with other GCC member states, to build a collective capacity to address more effectively the range of threats facing the region and to resolve regional conflicts." The two also discussed "the importance of a comprehensive agreement between the P5+1 and Iran that verifiably ensures the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program" and "emphasized the strength of the two countries’ partnership, based on their shared interest and commitment to the stability and prosperity of the region, and agreed to continue... close consultations on a wide range of issues." Also, at a Washington press conference, the Saudi foreign minister stressed that King Salman's "absence from the summit is not in any way connected to any disagreement between the two countries," adding, "We have no doubts about the U.S.'s commitment to Saudi and Gulf security. The U.S. will present the Gulf countries with a new level of cooperation that will meet the needs on the ground."

At the same time, the Saudi press published numerous articles, including op-eds and editorials, fiercely attacking the Obama administration's Middle East policy, stating that it had repeatedly disappointed the Arab countries, in its positions on Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran. The articles accused the Obama administration of reinforcing Iran's power in the region so much so that it was now threatening GCC interests and claimed that it was not the Iranian nuclear bomb but Iran's imperialism in the region and Iran's interference in the affairs of the Arab countries that was the "real bomb threatening [the Arab countries'] security," and called on the U.S. to curb these. These articles focused on the demands that the GCC countries would be presenting to Obama at the summit, including that he change his policy towards Iran and "restore the regional balance," while at the same time he would undertake unprecedented security military cooperation with the GCC. The articles emphasized that "the Gulf countries no longer believe the U.S.'s promises and guarantees," and that they would now demand guarantees in writing. Some of the articles even warned that U.S.-GCC relations were now at a point of a grave, even critical crisis of confidence, and that the Camp David summit was a chance for the U.S. to prevent the collapse of its alliance with the GCC. If this alliance did fall apart, they said, U.S. interests in the region would suffer, and the smoldering regional conflict would erupt into a conflagration.

Below are translated excerpts from some of the articles:


GCC logo against backdrop of photo of Camp David sign. Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, May 12, 2015)

'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat' Editor: The Dissolution Of The U.S.-Gulf Alliance Will Harm U.S. Interests In The Region

Salman Al-Dosari, editor of the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, argued that the mutual trust between the US and the Gulf states had eroded to an extent that jeopardizes the alliance between them: "The upcoming Camp David summit may be the most important Gulf-U.S. meeting to take place in 50 years, [because] the U.S.-Gulf alliance is going through a phase of tension and a crisis of confidence… Washington is aware of this and it is no secret. Who knows, perhaps the summit will be an opportunity to put the train of this historic alliance back on the track from which it slipped in recent years. The summit will be an opportunity for the American administration to shift from talk to action, and quell the doubts in the region regarding its credibility, that has been put to the test  [by a series of events,] starting with the Syrian crisis, continuing with [America's]feeble position on the events in Bahrain, Egypt and Iraq, and culminating in the nebulous and secret agreement that is expected to be signed with Iran…"

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Pakistani Urdu Weekly: 'Iran Is A Greater Danger For Muslims Than Israel' – Israel Has Not 'Massacred The Muslim Population In Iraq, Nor It Has Bloodied Rivers With Muslim Blood In Syria'

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In a recent article, the Urdu-language Pakistani weekly Haftroza Al-Qalam called Iran a bigger threat to the Muslim world than Israel. In the article, the weekly, which is published by the leading Pakistani military-supported jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), argued that the Yemen crisis has exposed Iran's reality to many Muslims and accused Iran of spreading its tentacles across the entire Middle East.

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A screen shot of Haftroza Al-Qalam

Print copies of Haftroza Al-Qalam are widely available in Pakistani cities. The JeM, which publishes the magazine under its charity arm Al-Rehmat Trust, is headed by Maulana Masood Azhar, one of the three militants released by India in exchange for the passengers of an Indian plane hijacked from Kathmandu to Kandahar via India in 1999. At that time, Afghanistan was ruled by the Taliban. Maulana Masood Azhar had been in arrested by Indian security forces and imprisoned in Kashmir.

 The article is actually a column called "From the pen of Saadi," which is believed to be authored by Maulana Masood Azhar. The article goes on to say that an effort is underway to make the Koranic verses regarding jihad redundant. He draws parallels between what he calls the present-day "mischief" and the "mischief" in early Islam when Islamic scholars clashed on the concept of whether the Koran was "given" by Allah or "created" by humans.

Following are excerpts from the Haftroza Al-Qalam article:

"Yes, Muslims! Iran Is A Danger; Only Iran Is The Protector Of Israel And Of All The Infidels In This Region [Of The Middle East]"

"[I am] grateful for the fact that because of the crisis in Yemen, Iran's reality has been exposed to a lot of Muslims. Iran is a greater danger for Muslims than Israel. British intelligence agencies' hundred-year effort created the Iranian Revolution. Yes, no doubt, Israel too is a big threat and a big enemy, but it lives in fear and worry to save its existence.

"It [Israel] has not helped international imperialists in Afghanistan; neither has it massacred the Muslim population in Iraq, nor it has bloodied rivers with Muslims' blood in Syria; it did not cut the throats of Muslims in Yemen. But Iran has done all of these. You just read the moving story of the horrible massacre of Muslims in the Iraqi city of Tikrit [by a pro-Iran militia]. You would not believe that man can resort to such cruelty."

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Retired Egyptian General Mahmoud Khalaf Mocks Iranian Army: We Will Sink Their Ships If They Come Near


In a TV interview, Egyptian military analyst Brig.-Gen. (Ret.) Mahmoud Khalaf said that the Iranians were "swindlers, liars, and cheats" and that if Egypt was threatened by Iranian ships, "We will sink them before they even come near us. No big deal."

Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on the Egyptian Sada Al-Balad TV on April 1, 2015.

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Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Mahmoud Khalaf: "Throughout its history, Persia has employed taqiya. In other words, the Iranians are swindlers, liars, and cheats. They are the biggest liars. They lie about everything. They employ taqiya, pretending to be miserable."


Interviewer: "Let's say, for the sake of argument that the Iranians suddenly feel like coming over…"

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Mahmoud Khalaf: "Coming where? How exactly? On a plane? On a boat? On camels?"

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Lebanese Journalist: Arabs Must Confront Iran's Powerful Lobby In U.S. 


In a May 5, 2015 opinion piece in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat titled "The Threat of A Well-Oiled Iranian Lobby", the paper's managing editor, 'Eyad Abu Shakra, stated that today it is very important to build an effective Arab lobby in the U.S. This, because the Arabs are facing an increasingly ruthless media onslaught – not by the Israeli lobby but by the Iranian one. Iran, he says, has established a sophisticated lobby in the United States that can appeal to numerous segments of elite opinion – from business circles to those concerned with the suffering of the Iranian people under the sanctions regime – and is increasingly penetrating the mainstream media. He adds that this lobby paints itself as representing the Iranian people, though it is actually an arm of the regime. Having grown skillful and confident, it obscures Iran's expansionist ambitions and harmful interference in the region, and has even managed to plant the idea that terror is a purely Sunni phenomenon of which Iran is completely innocent. This is a challenge, he concludes, that the Arabs cannot afford to underestimate.

The following are excerpts from Abu-Shakra's article.

'Eyad Abu Shakra (Image: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London)

"...[We Arabs] must admit that we have failed for at least 60 years in building a homogeneous and effective lobby in the West, particularly in the US. Among the principal reasons for this failure are the following:

--Lack of strategic vision that is based first and foremost on defining the aim, and then diagnosing the problems and defects.

--Individualism in carrying out work and “personalizing” this work. In any sophisticated society the desired results can only be achieved by dealing between institutions, individuals come and go while institutions remain.

--Short-term efforts while expecting speedy outcomes. In order to have the desired impact in a Western environment, one that is alien to our domestic culture and social concepts, we must have patience and undertake long-term planning.

--Ignorance of these environments, their nature and complexities. This ignorance means we have no chance of getting the message across. There is no alternative to knowledge and education.

Today, Arabs in the West, more so in the US, are being subjected to an increasingly ruthless and complicated media onslaught, when compared to what they have previously experienced in their long struggle against Israel’s lobbies. This time their attacker is the Iranian lobby.

"Iran’s lobby has been active for a while, and it has been intelligently working, organizing, and cooperating with several pressure groups. Its activities have varied from tempting multi-national commercial and industrial companies with the hidden riches of Iran—to be made available the moment UN sanctions are lifted—to pleading with human rights, progressive and liberal groups by highlighting the “suffering” of Iranian people under the international sanctions and world embargo."

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Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi: Both Hizbullah And ISIS Will Cease To Exist




Lebanese Finance Minister Ashraf Rifi recently said that both the Hizbullah "mini-state in Lebanon" and ISIS would cease to exist. "In the future, there will be no place for ISIS... and likewise, this Iranian 'front' or Iranian 'instrument' will not exist," he said in an interview with Sky News Arabia, which aired on May 3. In an interview with the Lebanese Future TV channel on May 2, he compared the Syrian regime to the final days of Hitler, saying: "When a regime starts to use unqualified children to fight in its defense, this is an indication that it is in its final days."

Following are excerpts:

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Sky News Arabic TV [U.K.], May 3, 2015

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Ashraf Rifi: "History tells us that the [Hizbullah] mini-state is bound to perish. My generation has witnessed several attempts by Lebanese factions with military and economic capabilities, which were led to believe that they could establish a semi-state or an emirate on Lebanese soil. They all collapsed. These attempts failed because they ran counter to the logical state of affairs. Likewise, the Hizbullah mini-state, the mini-state of Iran in Lebanon, will fail."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4897

Former Yemeni President Saleh Denounces Saudi Bombardment Of His Home




On May 10, former Yemeni president Ali Abdallah Saleh denounced the Saudi bombardment of his home, saying: "An attack on me is an attack on our country and on all its citizens." Saleh pledged that the Al-Saleh Foundation would donate a million dollars to help Yemeni refugees return to their country. His message was broadcast by Yemen Today TV.

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4895

Miss Syria Sarah Nakhleh: Like Any Ophthalmologist, Bashar Al-Assad Couldn't Harm An Ant



In an interview with an Egyptian TV channel, Miss Syria Sarah Nakhleh said: "[My president is] Bashar Al-Assad, who is a leader and an ophthalmologist. No ophthalmologist in the world is capable of harming an ant." Nakhleh, who won the title of Miss Arab Syria 2014 and was the third runner-up in the Miss Arab World pageant, is married to an Egyptian. The interview aired on Ten TV on May 4. A day later, Nakhleh made a similar statement in an interview with the Egyptian Ma3ak Radio Station.

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4892

Egyptian Journalist Calls For Women To Remove The Veil: 99% Of Egyptian Whores Wear It




Veteran Egyptian journalist Sharif Al-Shubashi recently called for a mass demonstration in Tahrir Square, during which women would remove their veils. In two interviews on Egyptian TV channels, Al-Shubashi talked about the campaign he had launched, saying that the decision to wear the hijab should be "a matter of personal liberty." The interviews aired on ON TV on April 15, 2015 and on Dream2 TV on April 18, 2015.

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Egyptian Actress Mona Hala: People Are Free To Be Homosexuals; It Is Not My Place To Judge Them




In a recent TV interview, Egyptian actress Mona Hala said that people were free to be homosexuals. "It is not my place to pass moral judgment on people," she said in the interview, which aired on the Egyptian ON TV channel on April 19, 2015.

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