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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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Sharia in Syria.

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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










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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4876

Children In Mosul Preach Jihad In ISIS Video




In a video released by ISIS on April 20, children are shown preaching Jihad. In it a teenager says: "The cry of faith has become loud inside us, and with it, we shall smash the heads of the infidels" and a young boy says: "Do not let yourselves be tempted into staying away [from Jihad], for you will be trampled underfoot by the Christians and the Jews."

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Song: "Oh my nation, I bring you the good tidings that we have crossed the borders. On our land, no (sign) is left of the (borders) delineated by the offspring of pigs and apes. Oh my nation, I bring you the good tidings."

Speaker: "Blessings upon Allah, the Strong and the Steadfast, and blessings upon (the Prophet Muhammad), who was sent with the sword as a mercy to all worlds."


Child Preacher 1: "Blessings be to Allah. We ask for His help and His forgiveness.


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"Hear and take heed! Today, there is no reckoning for one's deeds, but when the Day of Reckoning comes, there will be nothing one will be able to do. Do you not know the story of the three people who refrained from (joining) Jihad? What was their crime? What was their sin? It was refraining from joining the Jihad! And they were companions (of Muhammad). They were from among the best of people, who joined the raids of our Prophet Muhammad. Remember what their sin was. Oh slaves of Allah, come to the Jihad!"


Child Preacher 2: "Oh people, know that the Caliphate has been established, and that it stands firmly under the banner of Truth.


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"Death is bound to come both to the ignorant and to the scholar. Do not let yourselves be tempted into staying away (from Jihad), for you will be trampled underfoot by the Christians and the Jews. You are the people of the Quran. Paradise was created for your sake, so heed the call of God."


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Child Preacher 3: "The cry of faith has become loud inside us, and with it, we shall smash the heads of the infidels. We are resolved to remain soldiers and lions and to support the obvious Truth."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4875

Paramilitary Training Camp For Women Near Aleppo, Syria




On March 22, 2015, Al-Jazeera TV aired a report about a paramilitary training camp for women near Aleppo, Syria. Women in the camp were shown shooting at targets.

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Woman: "Say: 'Allah Akbar.'"

Women: "Allah Akbar!"

Woman: "Say: 'Allah Akbar.'"

Women: "Allah Akbar!"

Woman: "Say: 'Allah Akbar.'"

Women: "Allah Akbar!"

Woman: "We are walking on the path of Allah."

Women: "We are walking on the path of Allah."

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Special Dispatch | 6031 | April 23, 2015

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Former Pakistan Army Chief: 'America Is Stoking The Fire Of… Sectarianism On Both Sides'; '[U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal] Will Strengthen Iran Economically, Making It Easy For It To Carry Out Military Acts Outside Its Borders'





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Roznama Jasarat column

Following are excerpts from a recent column on the Yemen conflict written by former Pakistani Army chief of ftaff Aslam Beg and published by Roznama Jasarat, a leading Urdu-language daily belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.

"Iran... Is Jubilant At Its Success But... Its Increasing Influence In Syria, Iraq And Now Yemen Can Turn Into A Long-Term War Which Will Create Problems For Iranians"

"For the past half century, Yemen has been the crisis center for the Middle East region. In 1962, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt successfully put the fear of God into the hearts of monarchs from Baghdad to Sana'a through a movement of awakening in the Middle East. He created a wave of awakening among the inhabitants of Yemen, and by using Houthi tribal power, ended the monarchic rule [there]. Call it the good luck of Yemen and other monarchies [in the region] that Egypt suffered defeat at the hands of Israel in the Six Day War in 1967.

"Today, Yemen is faced with a similar situation, because Iran, which has increased its influence from Damascus and Baghdad to Sana'a, is [supporting] Houthi tribes, which through a successful rebellion against President Hadi, have taken control of the Presidential Palace in Sana'a and have captured the strategically important port of Bab Al-Mandeb. Despite intensive bombing by Arab allied forces, the Yemen conflict is becoming a cause of danger to the security of Saudi Arabia. It is important to understand and comprehend the factors which created this situation.

"For nearly the past century, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have remained in a clash with each other. So it would not be out of place to say that past bitter feelings are now festering and that the recent regional political situation has played an important role in stoking this confrontation. The rising political consciousness in the Arab world (the Arab Spring) is the first cause of this confrontation, 'which uprooted monarchy from the region and empowered Iran to the effect that by using the suppressed movements in Arab [countries], it has extended the dominance of Shi'ism from Tehran to Sana'a in the same way that Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt extended the Arab revolution from Cairo to Sana'a. Insofar as Iran is concerned, it is jubilant at its success, but in reality its increasing influence in Syria, Iraq and now Yemen can turn into a long-term war which will create problems for Iranians."

"Shi'ite And Sunni Countries Are Pitched Against Each Other In Syria, Iraq And Yemen"; "The Venom Of Sectarianism Has Penetrated So Deep... That Even An... Honorable Figure Like The Imam Of The Kaaba, In His Recent Sermon, Issued Fatwa For Total War Against Shi'ites"

"Here we will have to keep an eye on the conspiracies of America, which has been stoking the Shi'ite-Sunni divide. During the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, various sectarian disturbances were caused in Pakistan, which resulted in the formation of many extremist militias like [Sunni militant group] Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and [rival Shi'ite militant group] Sipah-e-Muhammad. When Iraq was invaded in 2003, bloody sectarian riots took place in Iraq and Pakistan. And additionally, during the last three decades, Iran was demonized as a big danger to the Sunni countries of the region and to deal with that danger, Sunni countries bought weapons worth more than two hundred billion dollars from America.

"As a result, for the first time in 2009, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] interfered in Bahrain to quell the Shi'ite uprising. Now Shi'ite and Sunni countries are pitched against each other in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The venom of sectarianism has penetrated so deep in our minds that even a trustworthy and honorable figure like the Imam of the Kaaba in his recent sermon issued a fatwa for total war against Shi'ites. What can be more unfortunate than this for the Islamic world?

"Now America is stoking the fire of hatred and sectarianism on both sides. It has lifted the ban on military aid to Egypt; and Saudi Arabia and its allies are being supplied with military equipment with full fervor. On the other side, by giving a special concession to Iran with regard to the nuclear deal, sanctions on it have been lifted [sic], which will strengthen Iran economically, making it easy for it to carry out military acts outside its borders. Therefore, the sectarian divide is a collective danger for the integrity of the Islamic world."

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Kurdish-Iraqi Writer: The Palestinians Should Extend A Friendly Hand To Israel





In his column on the liberal website Elaph.com, Kurdish-Iraqi writer Mehdi Majid 'Abdallah called on the Palestinians and the Arabs in general to renounce the terrorism of Hamas and to extend a friendly hand to Israel. He wrote that, since its founding, Israel has been facing terrorism labeled as "resistance," and that today it is defending itself against Hamas, which is firing rockets on its civilian population. He added that Hamas, rather than Israel, was responsible for the death of innocent Palestinians, whereas Israel extended medical treatment to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

The following are excerpts from his column:[1]   

Mehdi Majid 'Abdallah (image: aafaq.org)

"Ever since its founding in the late 1940s, the young state of Israel has been facing constant terror labeled as 'resistance.' I do not mean to say that all Palestinians are terrorists, for some of them love life and prefer the culture of peace and to live in peace and security alongside Israel. I do not know if Hamas, when it fires its rockets randomly into Israeli cities, thinks of the fact that they will hit women and children who have done nothing wrong other than choose to live in the land that was stolen from them thousands of years ago and has now been restored to them. [Today] they wish to build this land, but Palestinian terrorism constantly sabotages their livelihood, their development [efforts] and their prosperity. Whether we like it or not, the land on which the Palestinians live belongs to the Jews, and there is historic and religious evidence of this, both Islamic and non-Islamic. I shall not present it here, but the reader is welcome to search the Internet and find plenty of proof for what I say.

"Today the Palestinians have begun to understand that Hamas is a serious liability and a terrorist movement. That is why we saw no significant Palestinian opposition to the international and Arab decisions to designate Hamas a terror organization. The glamour of so-called 'resistance' faded after the deeds of its leaders and perpetrators were exposed, and [now] they no longer convince any intelligent person.

"Hamas leader Isma'il Haniya is always calling to boycott Israel, eliminate it and destroy it, and is always urging the Palestinians not to maintain any ties with it, in any domain. He has even sent thousands of young Palestinians to die [for this cause]. But when his sister, his daughter and some other members of his family fell ill, one after the other, we immediately saw him send them to the best hospitals in Tel Aviv, where they received treatment before being sent back to Gaza unharmed. Why [were they sent back unharmed]? If Israel was [really] a murderer of Palestinian women and children, as the Arab media falsely maintains, it would have regarded Haniya's relatives as choice prey. If Israel [really] wanted to exterminate the Palestinians, as the Arabs and Muslims falsely maintain, why didn't it have Haniya's sister and daughter killed or raped?

"Instead of [taking] the funds that are given to the Palestinian people and investing them in the poor and the needy, Hamas and other Gazan movements rush [to invest them in] the building of secret tunnels and passages for purposes of terror...

"According to a UN report, in 2008 Israel, which the Palestinians claim murders innocent children, took in 144,838 Palestinians for purposes of medical treatment. In 2009 this figure grew by 20%, reaching 172, 863, in 2010 it reached 175,151, in 2011 it grew by 13%, reaching 197,713, and in 2012 it reached 210,469. I wonder if any Arab country would do the same for Israelis?

"The Palestinian women and children who are killed in the Israeli army's defensive war against Hamas are not killed deliberately. They are collateral damage, for any war has innocent victims. Israel knows this well, as evidenced by the fact that, after every defensive military operation, it apologizes for the [death of] innocent victims and compensates their families morally and financially. Were it not for the reckless actions of Hamas, which constantly fires rockets into extensive parts of Israel [where] peaceful [people live], there would have been no innocent victims, because Israel's actions are directed against the terrorists.

"It is time that the Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians, who are deceived and drugged by false and baseless slogans, wake up and extend a friendly hand to Israel, so that peace and security can prevail and everyone can live in peace. Every decent Palestine should oppose Hamas and its terrorism against Israel. If the Palestinians want to avoid being harmed by Israeli fire, they should prevent Hamas from using their homes, mosques and schools [as bases from which] to launch its terrorist rockets at Israel."     


[1] Elaph.com, December 4, 2014.






Special Dispatch | 6034 | April 24, 2015

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Jordanian Columnist: Arab Countries Have Abandoned Jordan, Causing It To Seek Refuge With Israel





In his April 12, 2015 column in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustour, columnist Maher Abu Tair accused Arab countries of turning their backs on Jordan and abandoning it. According to Abu Tair, this has pushed Jordan into Israel's lap to the point that it has become completely reliant on it, economically and politically. He also spoke of the inconsistent Jordanian foreign policy, which he said stemmed from its unstable relations with its neighbors, and called to seek an alternative to relying on Israel.

The following are excerpts from his article:

Maher Abu Tair (Image: Al-Dustour, Jordan, April 12, 2015)

"It is very saddening that Jordan has grown so weak that it has completely thrown itself into the lap of Israel, contrary to public sentiment and [at the expense of] its honor... This is the unfortunate reality, and those who follow events can see Jordan's headlong rush towards Israel and the overlap of [their] political and economic interests. It is as if Jordan is saying one of two things: that all Arab doors are closed to it, or that Israel is its safest ally and the only refuge in the region. Alternatively, perhaps the former is pushing Jordan towards the latter.

"Jordan has grown weak to the point of total reliance on Israel, as part of which Israel will sell us the Palestinian natural gas [it has] stolen as an alternative to the Egyptian natural gas that is denied [to us] by the mujahideen of the [Sinai] desert. [Also as part of this reliance, Jordan and Israel have agreed on] the massive Two Seas Canal project and [the issue of] the Aqaba Airport [referring to the issue of the Ramon Airport that Israel is building near Eilat]. In the past Jordan threatened to oppose [the building of the Israeli airport] but now it has withdrawn its objection on the condition that takeoffs and landings be coordinated [with the Aqaba Airport]...

"The naked truth is that Jordan no longer has any Arab allies, and today its only ally against the entire Arab east is Israel. If the Arabs had wanted a strong Jordan that did not throw itself at Israel, they would not have abandoned it economically and besieged it politically to the point that its foreign policy became fickle. [Nowadays] we go to bed supporting Tehran and wake up opposing it in Yemen. At other times we are against Istanbul and with Tehran. We go to bed with [the PA in] Ramallah but wake up with Hamas..."

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American ISIS Member Joins Women's Clique In Syria


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The following report looks at a clique of female Islamic State (ISIS) members from English-speaking countries, based in Raqqah, the Islamic State's Syrian stronghold. The clique comprises at least five women, who are the wives and widows of ISIS fighters. They have distributed photos of themselves brandishing rifles and posing with cars, and issue threats on Twitter.

The women apparently share living quarters. Umm Jihad, the American member of the group, referred to her women friends as a "family." Umm Jihad's identity has been revealed; her name is Hoda Muthana, and she is a former college student from Hoover, Alabama.

This report is based mostly on information collected from the Twitter accounts of an American and her Australian friend.

English-Speaking "Family" In Syria

The members of the group of female ISIS members have been in Syria for various periods of time. A prominent member appears to be Um Abdullatif, the widow of Australian fighter Mahmoud Abdullatif. According to a Syrian opposition source, the women are part of an ISIS female brigade, "Al-Khansaa."

On December 1, 2014 Umm Jihad tweeted a photo of her American passport alongside a Canadian, British, and Australian passport, with the caption, "Bonfire soon, no need for these anymore, alhamdulilah."

The women appear to spend a lot of time together. They likely live with each other or near each other and spend time together while their husbands are away on the front lines of fighting.

On December 23, 2014 Muthana tweeted that she was watching her friend UmmAbdullatif sleep.

On January 7, 2015 Muthana scolded fellow U.S. citizens for failing to enlist in the ranks of jihad in Syria, tweeting: "Allahumma barik [God bless] there are sooo many Aussies and Brits here but where are the Americans, wake up u cowards."

That same day, she tweeted: "Who knew my fate would be living among a bunch of Australians, full on m8 [mate]. Love my Aussie family xo."

On March 18, 2015, Umm Abdullatif posted a photo of herself with four other women holding AK-47 rifles and posing in front of a BMW car. She wrote, "Ft. [featuring] The Sharrouf Family, me, & Umm Jihad kikn [kicking] it in the Khilafah."

Several versions of these photos appear to exist; they were originally circulated amongst Australian ISIS accounts. For example an Australian fighter with the Twitter account @Peterwalker494 tweeted one in black and white, and wrote, "American and Ozzies in the Khilafah."

Zaynab Sharrouf, the 14-year-old daughter of Khaled Sharrouf and the wife of Muhammad ElOmar, who goes by the nickname Umm Hafs, tweeted another photo from this moment, writing, "Chilling in the Khilafah, lovin life. #Sharrouffamily #Ummjihad #Ummabdullatif #Ummzarqawi,Ummdhukifl."

One of the founders of "Raqqa Being Slaughtered Silently," an activist group that reports on Assad and ISIS crimes, claims that these women are part of the Al-Khansaa Brigade.

On March 19, Azoz Alhamza tweeted, "#Raqqah Um Abdallatif from #Australia and another fighters from Al-Khansaa brigade with AK47 and BMW 5."

On March 18, 2015 an American who uses the alias Umm Jihad announced her husband's death in Syria. Photos of Umm Jihad with Australian female ISIS members wielding kalashnikovs in front of a BMW car was circulated amongst many ISIS accounts the same day.

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Cartoons In Arab Press Following Lausanne Statement On Iranian Nukes Reflect Anger, Disappointment Alongside Fear Of Iran





The joint statement by Iran and the superpowers following the round of nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 3, 2015 sparked widespread reactions in the Arab press, including in political cartoons. The vast majority of the cartoons expressed anger and disappointment with the statement and the nuclear horizons it opened to Iran, as well as fear of the consequences it would have for the power balance between Iran and Arab states, and of Iran's intentions and actions. The cartoons also express harsh criticism of President Obama for his Middle East policy and for getting close to the Iranian regime.

Anger At The Obama Administration For Granting Nukes To Iran, And At The U.S. For Getting Close To Iran

"U.S., Iran Getting close: The Great Satan has become the Great Friend" (Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2015)

Obama outlines Iranian nukes (Al-Khaleej, UAE, April 6, 2015)

Obama's "Middle East policy" of lies gives him an Iranian turban (Source: Al-Hayat, London, April 8, 2015)

"Iranian nuclear negotiations" Teacher Kerry pleased with Iranian student's solution (Source: Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 3, 2015)

U.S. and Iran carve message of love onto nuclear bomb (Source: Al-Raya, Qatar, April 6, 2015)

The Iran-U.S. deal a "surreal marriage" (Source: Akhbar Al-Kahleej, Bahrain, April 6, 2015)

The false Iranian-American friendship (Source: Al-Hayat, London, April 6, 2015)

Arab Countries' Fear Of Iranian Intentions And The Agreement's Effect On Them

"Iran's nuclear reactors" [gloves read "dammar" (destruction) and "hell"] (Source: Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2015)

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Turkey Angry At European Countries' Recognition of Armenian Genocide; Turkish President Erdogan Says He Disregards It: 'It Goes In One Ear And Out The Other'





Over the past year, Turkey has been making preparations and taking diplomatic initiatives in advance of April 24, 2015. On April 24, Armenians worldwide commemorate the mass deportations of Armenians, and the massacre of hundreds of thousands of them, by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 during WWI; this year marks the 100th anniversary of these events. While Armenia and Armenians have always sought the international community's recognition of these events as genocide, Turkey has denied the allegations of genocide and has blocked any such recognition by using its weight in the international arena. The Turkish government has called for the matter to be resolved by historians or by a joint commission, via an examination of the archives of all relevant countries, instead of by resolutions by politicians in various parliaments.

To divert attention from this year's centenary, Turkey's AKP government has shifted the date of its own traditional commemoration of the legendary victory against the Allied forces at the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli from the customary March 18 to April 24, to coincide with the Armenian remembrance. The AKP government has invited world leaders to come to Turkey for the three-day commemoration, in an attempt to steal them away from the Armenian ceremonies in Yerevan. However, these efforts appear to be failing, and Turkey was angered by Pope Francis's April 12, 2015 description of the 1915 events as  the "first genocide of the 20th century" in a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica attended by Armenian spiritual leaders and Armenia's president. The Pope's recognition of "genocide," followed by the European Parliament's resolution for such recognition, has resulted in harsh criticism by Turkish government officials and media. France has since passed a similar resolution, and Germany has announced that its parliament would be voting on one as well.

Turkey is now eying Washington, in anticipation of U.S. President Barack Obama's speech about the 1915 events; this week, in an effort to influence the White House's decision, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited the U.S.

The following are reactions to Pope Francis's statements and the European Parliament's resolution by AKP officials and in the Turkish press:

Turkish President Erdogan Criticizes Pope Francis, Dismisses European Parliament Resolution

In an April 14, 2015 speech to Turkish exporters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted to Pope Francis's description of the Armenian events as genocide, saying: "On his [November] visit here [to Turkey] I saw a different politician. Pay attention that I am calling him a politician, not a man of religion. When politicians and religious leaders take on the duty of historians, they produce nonsense. I condemn the Pope['s statements] and warn him not to repeat the same mistake."

On April 16, in a televised speech during an official visit to Kazakhstan, Erdogan responded to the European Parliament (EP) resolution calling on Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide by saying, "We don't recognize these kinds of decisions taken by [foreign] politicians and parliaments." He added that Turkey ignores all such resolutions as "null and void," and that the European Parliament's resolution, which exploits the Armenian issue, was merely a reflection of its hostility towards Turkey. Adding that Turkey did not have a problem with the Armenian people, he said that the Turks (i.e. the Muslims Turks) had suffered and lost no less during that period.

Earlier, he had dismissed the EP resolution, saying: "Whatever decision the European Parliament takes on the Armenian genocide claims, it will go in one ear and out the other."

President Erdogan in Kazakhstan, TodaysZaman, April 16, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu On Europe: EP Resolution "A Reflection Of Europe's Racism"

Speaking to journalists on April 17, 2015, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu criticized Europe for terming the 1915 events "genocide," saying: "If Europe wants to contribute to peace and to maintain its multicultural, multi-religious nature, it should refrain from making decisions that will provoke hatred against a certain religion or nation. This can only further provoke the rising anti-Islamic, anti-Turkish sentiment. This is more than Turkish-Armenian issue. This is a reflection of Europe's racism."

Pointing to Europe's history of colonialism in Africa, Asia, and Australia, as well as to the destruction of a number of indigenous peoples, Davutoglu said that Europe does not have the right to single out the 1915 events. He asked: "Where are those aboriginal people? Where are the Native Americans? Where are the tribes of Africa? How were they wiped out from history?" He added that the EP resolution meant as little to Turkey as the Pope's statement had.

He stressed that Turks and Armenians had lived together for a thousand years: "Turkey is ready to normalize relations with Armenia. What we find revolting is the disregard of the pain suffered by the Turks. We are ready to share the pain, but we will not bow our heads."

In response to Pope Francis's definition of the 1915 events as genocide, Davutoglu accused him of being part of "plots" against the AKP and Turkey: "I am addressing the pope: Those who escaped the genocide carried out by Catholics in Spain found peace and safety in our just system."

Turkish Officials' Harsh Reactions To Pope's, EP's Statements

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told journalists on April 14, 2015 that the pope had used different rhetoric when discussing the Armenian issue during his November 2014 visit to Turkey, and that his recent remarks did not correspond to his previous comments. "Religious leaders should focus on peace and reconciliation and not hatred and discrimination," he said.

A joint declaration rejecting the EP's genocide resolution as "unacceptable" was signed by the ruling party AKP and by the two opposition parties, CHP and MHP. It read: "Despite our calls, the European Parliament preferred to deepen the problem and the gap between the two peoples. We strongly condemn this biased and selective approach that disregards the pain and suffering of all the peoples of the Ottoman Empire in the tragic period of WWI, and emphasizes only the pain of one side over the pain of the others [which is deemed] unacceptable and void. With this decision, the European Parliament, acting on behalf of the European Union, has unlawfully taken judicial authority into its hands, by making baseless accusations and arriving at its own verdict on a very serious crime such as genocide. This goes against human rights, justice, history, and law. We strongly condemn this resolution, which is contrary to the idea of creating peace, tolerance, and a common future instead of wars and conflicts  and this is the very idea that is the raison d'ętre of the European Parliament."

Only the Kurdish party HDP refused to sign the joint declaration; it called on the AKP government to re-examine its position of denial.

"AKP, CHP, and MHP deem EP resolution void"
Below: AKP Prime Minister Davotoglu, CHP
leader Kilicdaroglu, MHP leader ???. Source: OdaTV, April 16, 2015

Former deputy prime minister Emrullah Isler told AKP officials in Ankara that genocide can be identified only with European history: "There is no genocide in our culture, our traditions, and our history. There is tolerance, compassion, and love. The Ottomans opened their doors to those who escaped genocide. The West and the Armenians know this well. If there is genocide, it is the Armenians who have committed it.

Turkey's top cleric Mehmet Gormez, who heads the Religious Affairs Directorate, called Pope Francis's genocide comments "immoral," and said that the Vatican should look to its own history before making accusations and throwing stones at others. On April 20, he said: "The Vatican will come out as the biggest loser if we are all called to account for past sufferings and pain caused." He also said that Islamophobia in Europe is on the rise.

Columnist: Declaration Of A Crusader War Against Turkey

Islamist columnist Yusuf Kaplan, who writes for the pro-AKP Yeni Safak daily, noted: "The Pope's 'genocide' statement, followed by the EP's passing of a 'genocide resolution,' constitute an unnamed declaration of war against Turkey.

"We are going through a process in which history is being reconstructed. The West sees that Turkey will within 50 years grow to be the only actor that will reshape the region's history once again, and this is why they want to drown Turkey before that happens.

"If Turkey is not stopped, the hegemony of the West will inevitably be in danger. This is because the Westerners' hegemony over the world is based on their hegemony over the Islamic world. When they are thrown out of the Islamic world, their withdrawal from history will begin. The West has grasped this better than we have.

"They have had two strategies to enable their hegemony: The first was to get the Ottomans out of Europe, which they have succeeded in doing. They are working on the second strategy, which is to distance the Muslim societies from Islam. This is to be done by means of Protestantization and secularization of Islam, and by dividing Islam into Shia and Sunni and creating chaos among Muslims.

"For that reason, they want to prevent Turkey from reuniting the Islamic world. The Pope's genocide statement and the EP's genocide resolution are the height of audacity and a threat aiming to strangle and stop Turkey.

"War has been declared against Turkey on the centennial of the Armenian events a diplomatic Crusader war.

"Hey Pope, hey Europe! It is you who are the real blood-spillers! You must first account for the Crusader Wars, the Inquisitions, for your bloody history of colonialism."

"Opening Hagia Sophia To Muslim Prayer The Best Response To The Pope's Statements"

The Turkish Islamist daily Yeni Akit, which is close to the AKP government, headlined a report on statements to journalists by Abdulhamid Kayihan Osmanoglu, the grandson of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, "Opening Hagia Sophia to [Muslim] prayer the Best Response to the Pope's Statements." The sixth-century Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia, one of the world's great monuments, was turned into a mosque by Mehmet the Conquerer in 1453 and was turned into a museum by Ataturk in 1930.  

Osmanoglu said: "They [the West] have forgotten about the Ottoman rule. They need to be reminded of it. The Ayasofya [Hagia Sophia] Mosque is the endowment of our forefather Fatih Sultan [Mehmet the Conqueror]. Personally, I would want to have it opened for [Muslim] prayers right away. This would also be our best response to the Pope."

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Iran's Support For The Houthi Rebellion In Yemen: 'Without Iran There Would Be No War In Syria And Ansar Allah Would Have Never Emerged'

By: Y. Mansharof and E. Kharrazi*






In the past two months, U.S. administration spokesmen have released statements denying or questioning Iranian intervention in Yemen and Iran's export of its Islamic Revolution to the country. On March 23, 2015, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said, "[O]bviously, we're aware of reports of a variety of support that Iran has provided to the Houthis, but have not seen evidence that Iran is exerting command and control over their activities in Yemen." Earlier, on January 23, 2015, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said: "[B]ased on what we know right now, it is not clear that Iran is exerting any sort of command-and-control influence over the Houthi rebels. We are certainly aware of the reports that there are ties between that rebel group and the Iranians, and we are concerned about that." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the Senate appropriations committee in February, when asked whether the Yemeni government collapsed because of Iran's support for the Houthis: "I do know that the Iranians were surprised by the events that took place and are hoping to see a national dialogue."

The following is a review of statements and information released openly by official Iranian spokesmen showing Iran's complete involvement in numerous aspects of the Houthi rebellion in Yemen: Iran's export of its Islamic Revolution to Yemen; the connection between the Houthi movement and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Forces; and Iranian military aid and political and economic support to the Houthis, in addition to anti-Saudi and anti-U.S. statements.

Exporting Iran's Islamic Revolution

Senior Iranian spokesmen pointed at the revolution in Yemen as indicative of the further success of the enterprise of exporting Iran's Islamic Revolution an enterprise laid out by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini following the revolution.

IRGC Qods Force Deputy Commander Qaani: "Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, And Yemen Are Among The Countries Conquered By The Islamic Republic Of Iran"

On February 13, 2015, the Iranian opposition website Kalameh reported that a news item had been published in Iran, but a short time later removed, stating that IRGC Qods Force deputy commander Esmail Qaani had said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is spreading in these lands [i.e. the Islamic countries] from day to day, because the Islamic Revolution is not limited by geographic borders... Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Yemen are among the countries conquered by the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Iranian Journalist Sadeq Al-Hosseini: We Are The New Sultans Of The Mediterranean, The Gulf, And The Red Sea

Iranian journalist Sadeq Al-Hosseini, who is affiliated with regime circles, said on September 24, 2014 that Iran, as leader of the resistance front which has become the new ruler of the Red Sea, would, together with its partners in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen, shape the future of the region: "We in the axis of resistance are the new sultans of the Mediterranean and the Gulf. We in Tehran, Damascus, [Hizbullah's] southern suburb of Beirut, Baghdad, and Sanaa will shape the map of the region. We are the new sultans of the Red Sea as well."

Qods Force Senior Official Shirazi: We Have Might In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, And Even Saudi Arabia

On February 8, 2015, the representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the IRGC Qods Force, Ali Shirazi, explained that the Houthis constitute part of the pro-Iranian popular army in the region, alongside Hizbullah in Lebanon and Iran's proxies in Syria and Iraq: "Whether or not our enemies like it, the Islamic Revolution has been advancing since its beginning, and today we have might in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Yemen, and even Saudi Arabia, that we did not have from 1978-1991... In the not-so-distant future, we will see the twilight of America and Israel this is not a slogan... Today we in Iran, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Ansar Allah [i.e. the Houthi movement] in Yemen, the National Defense Force in Syria, [and] the popular forces in Iraq have become much stronger... The great popular army begins to take shape in the world; be certain that this movement is undefeatable."

Qods Force Commander Soleimani: The Signs Of The Export Of The Islamic Revolution Can Be Seen Across The Region

In a February 11, 2015 speech in Karman marking Revolution Day in Iran, IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani said: "Today we are seeing the signs of the export of the Islamic Revolution across the region, from Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen, and North Africa. The arrogance [i.e. the U.S.] and global Zionism acknowledge their helplessness and the growing might of the Islamic Republic, in light of their serial defeats at the hands of the resistance front."

Majlis National Security Committee Member Kowsari: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, And Yemen Have Taken Our Revolution As A Model

Also on February 11, 2015, Majlis National Security Committee member Esmail Kowsari said: "Today, thank God, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and even several countries in Latin America have taken our [Islamic] revolution [and] our doctrine of self-sacrifice as a model for themselves. As a result, the Americans feel embarrassed."

Assembly Of Experts Member Khatami: Ansar Allah, Hizbullah, Syria, Iraq, And Iran A Single Front

On April 2, 2015, Assembly of Experts member and Tehran Friday preacher Ahmad Khatami said: "Ansar Allah [i.e. the Houthi movement] in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon, and Syria, Iraq, and Iran are a single front standing against America... Saudi Arabia, Israel, and America have said that they do not want this front to take over the strategic region of the straits of Bab El-Mandeb and Hormuz."

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Moslehi: Tehran Controls Four Capitals

Former Iranian intelligence minister Heidar Moslehi underlined that Iran has taken over four capitals Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad, and Sana'a and added, "More victories are on the way."

Iranian Officials: Iran Has Linked To Bab El-Mandeb And It Has Influence From Yemen To Lebanon

On March 9, 2015, Iranian National Security Committee chairman Ali Shamkhani said: "Iran has linked to Bab El-Mandeb and to the Mediterranean." Previously, on October 18, 2014, at a meeting with a delegation of Yemeni clerics and cultural figures visiting Tehran, Khamenei advisor Ali Akhbar Velayati noted Yemen's geostrategic advantages: "The way to liberate Palestine passes through Yemen, because this country is strategically located it is situated next to the Red Sea and, more precisely, next to Bab El-Mandeb." On another occasion, Velayati said: "[Previously,] no one paid attention to Iran's regional power but today, everyone must acknowledge it. Today, Iran has fundamental influence from Yemen to Lebanon."

Signs And Posters For Iran's Revolution Day 2015 Feature Houthi Leader Next To Leaders Of Iran, Resistance Axis

Signs and posters for Iran's Revolution Day 2015 featured Houthi leader Abd Al-Malik Al-Houthi with the slogan "The Revolution Continues" in Persian and in Arabic, and also together with Khomeini, Khamenei, Qods Force commander Soleimani, Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, and Bahraini Shi'ite Al-Wafaq opposition leader Ali Salman.

Revolution Day 2015, Iran: "The Islamic Revolution Continues In Yemen" with Abd Al-Malik Al-Houthi (source: Yemen-24.com, Fars, Iran, February 11, 2015)

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WARNING — GRAPHIC: New ISIS Video Shows Mass Executions Of Christians In Libya


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On April 19, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a 29-minute video titled "Until There Should Come to Them Clear Evidence".[1]  The film, produced by the organization's media company Al-Furqan and posted on jihadi forums such as Shumoukh Al-Islam,[2] is subtitled in five languages: English, French, German, Russian and Arabic. It explains that Christianity is a deviation from true monotheism, and presents the laws which ISIS applies to the Christians under its rule: they must either convert to Islam or pay the jizya tax. Otherwise, the Muslim will fight them. To exemplify this, it discusses the fate of the Christians in Raqqa, Syria, who complied with these rules, versus the fate of the Christians of Mosul, Iraq, who did not.

The last part of the video shows the mass execution of Christians in Libya who, according to the film, likewise refused to comply with the laws of Islam. A masked speaker, apparently North American, declares that ISIS will fight all Christians who behave in a similar manner. This message is then reiterated by an ISIS cleric, who tells Muslims worldwide that ISIS will reach them. When it does, he says, they will have to either convert or pay the jizya tax. Otherwise, their men will be killed and their women and children will be taken captive.

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The following are details from the video:

In the first part of the video, a narrator explains that Christianity deteriorated after the time of Christ and deviated from the path of monotheism. Next, a senior ISIS cleric, Abu Malek Anas Al-Nashwan, explains that, according to the laws of Islam, Christians under Muslim rule have two options: they must either convert to Islam, or else pay the Jizya tax and accept Muslim dominance as part of a pact of protection (dhimma). He says that the Muslims of Raqqa in Syria accepted these terms and thereby ensured that they and their property would not be harmed, whereas the Christians in Ninveh province in Iraq refused them, and therefore faced the death penalty. However, the Caliph [ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi] decided to spare them and ordered instead to exile them from their homes and from their land. Their property was seized in accordance with the laws of Islam, says the sheikh.

The film presents testimonies of Christians in Raqqa who claim that, since they paid the jizya tax, their situation has been excellent – so much so that they urged fellow Christians who had fled from the city to return and live there in peace. Christians also testify that ISIS's Muslim courts handle their cases fairly and without discrimination.

Turning to Mosul in Iraq, the film shows ISIS members smashing crosses and destroying the churches of the Christians, who refused to either convert or pay the jizya tax.




The last part of the film shows the mass execution of African Christians in two locations in Libya: on a beach in Barqa (Cyrenaica) province and in a desert area in Fezzan in the south of the country. The prisoners in Barqa are dressed in the orange uniforms familiar from other ISIS execution videos, whereas those in Fezzan are dressed in dark uniforms. According to the film, the latter prisoners are members of the Ethiopian church. They are executed with a bullet to the back of the head, whereas those in Barqa are beheaded.

The Fezzan execution is presided over by a masked individual who speaks fluent English with a North American accent, dressed in black after the fashion of "Jihadi John." He delivers a message in which he threatens all Christians, and adds that he and his comrades will continue fighting all those who disbelieve in one god until they either convert or pay the jizya.





The video ends with a message from Abu Malek Anas Al-Nashwan to Christians everywhere: "The Islamic State will spread, with Allah's help, and will reach you, even if you are in your strongholds. Whoever converts to Islam will be safe, and whoever pays the jizya tax will be safe. But whoever refuses will recieve from us only the punishment specified by Muslim law: the men will be killed, the women and children will be taken captive, and the homes and property will be taken as booty." 

[1] The title is taken from Koran 98:1: "Those who disbelieve from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and among Al-Mushrikun,were not going to leave (their disbelief) until there should come to them clear evidence."

[2] Shamikh1.info, April 19, 2015.




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Urdu Daily Publishes 43-Part Series On Islam's Blasphemy Laws – 'Martyrs Of The Prophet's Honor'

By: Tufail Ahmad*





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A page from Roznama Ummat


On January 7, 2015, jihadi brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi attacked the offices of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, murdering eight journalists, two policemen, and two others, in revenge for the magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which some Islamic groups had deemed blasphemous. The Paris killings reignited an international debate on the issue of Islam's blasphemy laws. Cherif and Said Kouachi were declared martyrs of Islam, not only by jihadi groups but also by Islamists – the softer version of armed jihadis – in several countries including India, where Islamic cleric Maulana Naseeruddin led a funeral prayer in absentia for the killers in the southern city of Hyderabad on January 11.

Within a month, Roznama Ummat, a leading Urdu-language Pakistani daily, began publishing a series of articles on the issue of Islam's blasphemy laws, titled "Martyrs of the Prophet's Honor" – or blasphemy's martyrs, and examining the Islamist viewpoint on the blasphemy issue. This paper reviews the 43-part series, which focuses mainly on historical incidents from the British-ruled undivided India during the 20th century and from Pakistan after its creation as an Islamic state in 1947.

In the Muslim understanding, a blasphemous act is not committed against the Prophet Muhammad alone, but may also be against his family members and companions, such as the caliphs of Islam, or against the Koran. Any criticism of an act of the Prophet could be deemed blasphemous.

Of special mention here are Barelvi clerics in the Indian subcontinent, who teach the killing of anyone criticizing the Prophet Muhammad. Leading Barelvi clerics such as Pakistani-Canadian scholar Maulana Tahir-ul-Qadri, who is lauded in the West for issuing a fatwa (Islamic decree) against jihad and freely condemns jihadi attacks everywhere, would not condemn Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the elite security guard who in January 2011 assassinated Salman Taseer, the liberal governor of Punjab province, for advocating reforms in blasphemy law.

In fact, the ideas and beliefs that motivated the killing of editors at Charlie Hebdo in Paris are widely taught by Barelvi clerics across the Indian subcontinent. Malik Mumtaz Qadri was lauded by Pakistani lawyers and defended in court by Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, the former chief justice of Lahore High Court, just as Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah defended another assassin in the colonial era.

Series Reveals: Lone Wolf Jihadis, Radicalization Were Evident In Colonial India As Well

As this review of the 43-part series reveals, lone wolf jihadis are not new to Muslim societies across the world, and radicalization is not a new phenomenon either. The Roznama Ummat series included abundant discussion of how Muslim youths in India were radicalized during British colonial rule, and indeed an attack along the lines of the Charlie Hebdo massacre did take place as early as 1929 in Lahore; the series gives extensive details of the radicalization of the killer and of how he became a Ghazi, someone who fights in an Islamic war.

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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.)

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ISIS Fighters Leave Syria To Aid Fellow Fighters In Iraq; ISIS Commander: 'Very Soon' We Will Establish Provinces In Europe, 'Regain Andalusia'

On April 11, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) information bureau in Syria's Al-Raqqa province released an eight-minute video titled "Pledge of Loyalty Until Death." The video, released on the Al-Shumoukh jihadi forum and elsewhere, features an ISIS commander in Al-Raqqa province delivering a motivational speech to a group of young fighters who are about to set out for Iraq's Salah Al-Din province to aid and reinforce their fellow fighters there. In the speech, the commander promises his audience that ISIS fighters will vanquish the Crusaders and Shi'ites in Iraq, and will soon establish Islamic State provinces in Europe and reconquer Andalusia.


New ISIS Nasheed In German: 'Enemies of Allah... We Want Your Blood, It Tastes So Wonderful'

On April 14, 2015, Al Hayat, the official media company of the Islamic State (ISIS), released and a video of a new nasheed (religious song) in German sung by the rapper-turned-jihadi Denis Cuspert (aka Abu Talha Al-Almani aka DesoDogg). The nasheed, about three minutes long and subtitled in English, calls on Muslims in the West  to carry out attacks there and threatens the members of the anti-ISIS coalition with death and destruction. The refrain stresses the desire to see more ground troops coming to fight ISIS directly.


Islamic State (ISIS) Destroys Christian Graves In Mosul

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On April 16, 2015, the information office for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Ninawa Province, Iraq, published a series of photos titled "Levelling Graves and Erasing Polytheist Symbols." The photos, which were posted on the Shomoukh Al-Islam jihadi forum, among other places, show ISIS members shattering gravestones with sledgehammers and defacing crosses carved into them.


ISIS Destroys Ruins Of Ancient Assyrian City Of Nimrud, Iraq

Using bulldozers, sledgehammers, and explosives, ISIS members destroyed ancient artifacts at the Assyrian city of Nimrud. In a video, posted on the internet on April 11, a spokesman said that they were removing "the symbols of polytheism" and that they would not stop until they had "destroyed the Black House in the heart of the land of heresy, America." The video shows ISIS members drilling holes in panels of carved reliefs, attacking them with sledgehammers, bulldozing the walls of the ancient city, and using explosives to blow up remains.

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ISIS Expands Its Radio Broadcast To Include English, French, And Russian Content, Uploads To The Internet Archive

The Islamic State (ISIS), which has been operating its Al-Bayan radio station for the last year, appears to have upgraded its outreach efforts to include news broadcasts in a number of other languages besides Arabic, including English, French, Russian, and Kurdish.

Leading up to the upgrade, in the last several weeks, ISIS began publishing daily links on the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum to access its Al-Bayan news broadcasts. The broadcasts, which could be either streamed live, downloaded, or accessed in a printable version, were uploaded to the U.S.-based Internet Archive (archive.org) website. A single link (in contrast, for example, to multiple URLs of various file sharing websites) is posted on the Shumoukh Al-Islam form for each daily broadcast (see below).   


WARNING GRAPHIC: Islamic State (ISIS) Beheads Man Convicted Of Blasphemy In Hama, Syria

On April 13, 2015, the Hama province of the Islamic State (ISIS), in Syria, released several images showing the beheading of a man convicted of blasphemy.

The blindfolded man is seen kneeling while an ISIS man standing next to him apparently reads his sentence. An executioner wielding a sword is seen standing on his other side.  


Pro-ISIS Hacker Targets Egyptian Newspaper's Facebook Page

On April 15, 2015, jihadis on the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum reported that the Facebook page of the Egyptian Tahya Misr newspaper (ta7ya-masr.com) was hacked by a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacker.

The newspaper confirmed the hack on its website, "The official [Facebook] page of the Tahya Misr newspaper was hacked by Daesh [i.e. ISIS], and they are [now] calling the page (The Islamic Sinai Province)." The newspaper later announced that it regained control of its Facebook page with the help of the Egyptian military.

Pro-ISIS materials were posted on the hacked Facebook page, which had over five million likes.


Pro-ISIS Hacker Attacks British, U.S., Dutch Websites

The Twitter account "Hacker of the caliphate state", which claims to be an "electronic soldier" of the Islamic State (ISIS), claims to have attacked a large number of British websites, as well as a Dutch and an American website.

In a series of tweets over the past 24 hours, the account listed 23 British websites it claims to have attacked. The first tweet noted that the cyberattacks were a message to the "dog of the cross," British Prime Minister David Cameron, and that they represented a "bombardment by the #Islamic_State soldiers."


ISIS Hackers Take Over Popular Egyptian Radio Station's Twitter Page

On April 15, 2015, hackers affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) took over the Twitter page of the popular Egyptian music station Nugoum. The page, which has more than 311,000 followers, remained under the hackers' control for nearly seven hours, during which they flooded it with pro-ISIS tweets, propaganda videos and pamphlets, as well as links to official ISIS releases.


ISIS To Issue Identity Cards

According to an April 12, 2015 report on the "Mujahideen News" Twitter page, which is identified with the Islamic State (ISIS), the "caliphate state" will soon issue new electronic ID cards to its residents, with "3D chips and electronic chips to prevent counterfeiting."


As Part Of Its Outreach Efforts, ISIS Distributes Memory Cards With Da'wa Content

On April 14, 2015, the Al-Janoub province of the Islamic State (ISIS), which covers areas to the south of Baghdad, released a collection of photos showing an ISIS man distributing memory cards to some locals.

The tiny memory cards, which can barely be seen in the photos, contain "da'wa" materials, says ISIS.


ISIS Fighter Urges Yemenis To Wage Jihad Against Houthis, Calls Upon Other Jihad Groups There To Join ISIS

On April 14, 2015, the Homs province of the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video titled "A Message to The People of Yemen." The video features a Yemeni ISIS fighter who calls upon Sunnis in Yemen to stand up to the Houthis and wage jihad against them. He also questions the recent Saudi airstrikes against Houthi targets in Yemen, and says that if Saudi Arabic was genuinely interested in fighting Shi'ites, then it would have dealt with the Shi'ites on its own soil. The fighter also threatens the Houthis, and says that ISIS's verbal threats will be translated into actions. He also urges members of other jihad groups in Yemen (a reference to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - AQAP), to leave their organizations and join ISIS instead.

The video is 12:18 in duration, and was released on the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum.

Addressing Sunnis in Yemen, the fighter informs them that the Houthis have taken over Sana'a, while Sunnis have yet to do what is needed - wage jihad in order to stop them. He also reminds Sunnis that the Rafidites are apostates and blasphemous, and therefore, it is incumbent upon Yemenis to wage jihad against them.


ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack On Tunisian Soldiers

On April 9, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement on the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum claiming responsibility for the attack on Tunisian soldiers a few days earlier.

The attack occurred in the area of Ayn Zayyan in Kasserine Governorate.

"In a blessed operation, Allah enabled the caliphate soldiers in Tunisia to ambush four military Humvees [which belonged] to the army of the taghut," the statement noted.


AQAP Confirms Death Of Its Top Religious Figure, Former Gitmo Prisoner Ibrahim Al-Rubaish

On April 14, 2015, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement confirming the death of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Rubaish, a top religious figure in the group, who, it says, had been killed the previous night in a U.S. drone strike.


Al-Qaeda Branches Send Condolences To Ajnad Misr On Death Of Its Leader

AQAP's statement of condolences to Ajnad Misr

Following the Egyptian jihad group Ajnad Misr's announcement of the death of its leader (see Ajnad Misr Confirms Death Of Its Leader, Appoints New Emir), two Al-Qaeda branches have released statements of condolence, in an important indication of the link between Ajnad Misr and Al-Qaeda.





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The MEMRI Weekly: April 10-17, 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. 6026 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas Awards Medals Of Honor To Fatah Terrorists, April 17, 2015

Inquiry and Analysis No. 1153 – The Issue Of Race In The Discourse Of The Islamic State (ISIS) And Its Supporters, April 16, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6025 – Editorials In Urdu Dailies Urge Pakistani Government To Be Cautious In Supporting Saudi-Led Strikes In Yemen, April 16, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6024 – Iranian Leader Khamenei: America Is A 'Cheater And A Liar'; The Lausanne Declaration Is Nothing; Saudi Arabia Will Be Damaged By Its 'Massacre' In Yemen, April 15, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6023 – Operation Decisive Storm, Arab Rage At Iran As Expressed In Cartoons, April 15, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6022 – ISIS Supporters Launch 'We Will Burn America' Twitter Campaign, Threaten Attacks On U.S., April 14, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6021 – Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey; Antisemitic 'Documentary' Says Jews Have Been 'Mastermind' For Over 3,500 Years, April 14, 2015

Inquiry and Analysis No. 1153 – Hamas Prepares For Next Military Confrontation With Israel, April 13, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6020 – Iran Presents Its Suicide Drones, April 10, 2015


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4872 – Leading Lebanese Journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin: I Support Fighting U.S., France, and Britain; Saudi Arabia Is the "Kingdom of Evil", Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4871 – Commentators on Arab TV: Obama Supports Iran Because His Father Was a Shiite, Hiwar TV (U.K.), 4Shbab_TV (Saudi Arabia)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4870 – Video Released by ISIS in Al-Raqqah, Syria: We Will Regain Andalusia and Have Provinces in Europe, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4869 – Sunni Syrian Scholar Zein Al-Abideen Threatens Iran: You Are Nothing but a Tiny Island in a Vast Sea, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4868 – Lebanese TV Anchor Hanadi Zaidan: Nasrallah Declared "Blind Loyalty to the Iranian Birds of Darkness", Future TV (Lebanon)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4867 – Hizbullah Secretary-General Nasrallah: Hizbullah Is Incapable of Launching War against Israel by Itself
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4866 – Cartoon Shows Beheading of Obama by ISIS Executioner Jihadi John, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4867

Hizbullah Secretary-General Nasrallah: Hizbullah Is Incapable Of Launching War Against Israel By Itself




In an April 6, 2015 interview with the Syria News TV channel, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said: "Are we supposed to lie to our people and ourselves, saying that we are capable of launching a war against Israel, wiping it off the map, and liberating Palestine? Hizbullah is incapable of doing this all by itself."

Following are excerpts from the interview:

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Interviewer: "If Hizbullah possess such power, equipment, and weapons, what prevents it from launching a real attack on Israel, opening up a new front, saying: 'We are not longer a resistance today we start the attack'?"

Hassan Nasrallah: "We are not claiming that Hizbullah is capable of launching a war. I am not talking about the principle. You asked about capabilities. We are not claiming that we are capable of this. Indeed, we are incapable of this. Are we supposed to lie to our people and ourselves, saying that we are capable of launching a war against Israel, wiping it off the map, and liberating Palestine? Hizbullah is incapable of doing this all by itself. We have never made such claims. We are realistic.

"We are forcing a real force, but we differ from the others who succumb and surrender to this force, and say that there is no alternative. We do not accept this. Nevertheless, we do not claim that the resistance in Lebanon with all its members and capabilities, can liberate Palestine from the river to the sea, for example. It is true that I spoke about [Hizbullah conquering] the Galilee… By the way, I was speaking hypothetically. I did not take an oath. I only said that this could happen. In a future war, God forbid… When I say 'war,' I mean Israeli aggression against Lebanon.



"When I say 'war,' I mean Israeli aggression against Lebanon. Yes, [conquering] the Galilee is within the capabilities of the Lebanese resistance. But as for going all the way to Tel Aviv and Eilat – well, we do not have that capability. No resistance faction can be responsible for a war of such magnitude by itself. Such a war would cause great damage throughout the region. A decision like this should be taken by partners, who are capable of accomplishing the goal behind declaring such a war."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4868

Lebanese TV Anchor Hanadi Zaidan: Nasrallah Declared 'Blind Loyalty To The Iranian Birds Of Darkness'








Against the backdrop of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, Lebanese TV anchor Hanadi Zaidan harshly criticized Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, saying: "Hizbullah and its secretary-general are the only ones who swim against the Arab and Lebanese current, declaring their blind loyalty to the Iranian birds of darkness." Nasrallah was "alarmed by the Arab Decisive Storm, and confronted it with a storm of Iranian loathing," said Zaidan.

Following are excerpts from her address, which was broadcast on April 8, 2015 on Future TV.

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Hanadi Zaidan: "Apologies to the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques and to the entire Saudi people. Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, and Iran behind him, were alarmed by the Arab Decisive Storm. They found it strange that the Arabs had decided to restore the legitimate Yemeni rule, along with the Arabs' honor, which Iran has tried to sweep away by occupying Arab capitals. Nasrallah, his party, and his media exploded in fits of hatred and animosity toward the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

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Special Dispatch | 6026 | April 17, 2015

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas Awards Medals Of Honor To Fatah Terrorists




Ahead of Palestinian Prisoners Day, which is marked on April 17, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud 'Abbas decided to award medals to the first female Fatah member imprisoned by Israel, Fatima Bernawi, the first male Fatah member imprisoned, Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi, and the first Fatah member who was "martyred," Ahmad Moussa Salama,  in honor of their "national struggle."[1]

On April 16, 2015, the website of Fatah's Egyptian branch wrote about Bernawi in an article dedicated to Prisoners Day: "Bernawi was arrested in October 1967 after she placed a bomb in the Zion Cinema in Jerusalem. She was sentenced to life in prison, but was released after ten years, in November 1977. [Israel's] Prison Service described [her release] as a 'gesture of good will' towards Egypt ahead of the visit by the late Egyptian prime minister Anwar Sadat in Jerusalem on November 19, 1977, [a visit] that paved the way to the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace agreement in 1979."

The website stated further: "Fatima Bernawi was one of the first Palestinian women to adopt [the means of] armed self-sacrifice operations after the start of the modern Palestinian revolution, which was launched by Fatah on January 1, 1965. She was the first young Palestinian woman to be arrested by the Israeli occupation forces, and is the first woman prisoner listed in the records of the [Palestinian] women prisoners' movement..."[2]

Fatima Bernawi (Image: Fateheg.org, April 16, 2015) 

Fatima Bernawi during her service as head of the PA women's police force (Image: Fateheg.org, April 16, 2015)

Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi was caught while attempting to carry out a terrorist attack in Israel on January 7, 1965, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but was released in 1971.[3] Ahmad Moussa Salama was killed while participating in Fatah's first terror operation, an attack on Israel's National Water Carrier on January 1, 1965.[4]  

[1] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), April 17, 2015.

[2] Fateheg.org, April 16, 2015.

[3] Aljazeera.net, April 17, 2013.

[4] Thawra.ps, February 9, 2011.




Inquiry and Analysis | 1153 | April 16, 2015

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The Issue Of Race In The Discourse Of The Islamic State (ISIS) And Its Supporters

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One issue often discussed by English-speaking fighters and supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on social media is race. They emphasize that Islam treats all Muslims as equal, regardless of race or color, and tout the multiracial nature of the ISIS forces as proof that ISIS implements this principle. To further underline the non-racist character of ISIS, they contrast it with the West, particularly the U.S., stressing incidents such as the events in Ferguson and Staten Island. They also frequently point out America's history of slavery (brazenly disregarding ISIS's own record of slave-taking). It is the West, they claim, not ISIS, that is racist, discriminatory, and backward, and African-Americans and other minorities there should all migrate to the Islamic State where they can live in freedom and dignity.

Also frequently circulated is the claim that the West is harassing and persecuting ISIS and other mujahideen for racist reasons.

In their messages, ISIS and pro-ISIS media frequently appropriate icons, slogans and memes used in the Western debate on race; for example, featuring Malcom X as a symbol of empowerment of the oppressed, and using slogans and hashtags associated with race-related incidents in the West, such as "I can't breathe" (Eric Garner, Staten Island), "Hands up, don't shoot" (Michael Brown, Ferguson), and "Black Lives Matter."

This rhetoric features especially strongly in posts by black jihad fighters and supporters, who have a significant presence online. In addition, ISIS itself, in its official videos, showcases black fighters and uses them to disseminate this message.

It should be mentioned that this rhetoric is not limited to ISIS, but also emanates from supporters and members of other jihad organizations, such as the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra.

This report focuses on the use of the issue of race in the online rhetoric of ISIS supporters, on the appropriation and use of Western racial/cultural themes in ISIS propaganda, and of the role played by black ISIS and other organization's fighters and supporters in circulating these messages.

References To Ferguson, Eric Garner, Slavery In ISIS Discourse: "You Are Being Enslaved Once More With Badges And Guns"

ISIS supporters on Twitter have used popular Ferguson-related hashtags to spread their messages. For instance, on November 25, 2014, ISIS supporter @Somed13377 tweeted an image of bound black men with the hashtags #Ferguson, #FergusonDecision, #Breaking, #WakeupAmerica, #Obama, and #PrayForFerguson.

Another supporter, @abunasmujahid, tweeted, "Muslims stand by it's [sic] black brothers and sisters. Your all welcome to the Islamic State we will embrace you and love you. #WeRAllBlack #Ferguson."

On December 25, 2014, a Somali-American fighter who was at the time using the Twitter alias Mujahid Miski wrote, "You are being enslaved once more with badges & guns. You will never be able to free yourselves with protests. #AntonioMartin #Ferguson."

American ISIS member "Irina" tweeted on November 25, 2014, "Screw your justice system, America. Blacks are not alone. I am white and I stand with the black people. #FergusonDecision."

The killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island likewise received much attention. For example, on December 5, Muhajira Witness, who has nearly 3,000 followers, many of them ISIS fighters, retweeted a photo of armed white men captioned "I wonder what would happen to a group of Black guys if they did this? #crimingwhilewhite #EricGarner #Icantbreathe."

A Welsh Jabhat Al-Nusra fighter who calls himself "Ghareeb" commented on a U.S. news item connected to race, tweeting "Florida police 'used mug shots of black men' for target practice. Racism runs in there [sic] veins" and linking to a news report on the incident.

"Charlie Hebdo Hate Black People"

Jihadis brought up race as justification for the January 7, 2015 Paris attack at the headquarters of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. On January 17, prominent Jamaican cleric Abdalla Al-Faisal, who was deported from the United Kingdm in 2007 for racist incitement and who is popular in jihadi circles, tweeted, "Charlie Hebdo hate black ppl. They show  Michele Obama as a black monkey and black ppl as dogs on a leash and use the N word."

ISIS supporter "Tawhidi" tweeted, referring to the perpetrator of the January 9 attack on the Paris kosher supermarket: "Coulibaly makes me proud to be. Black muslim. Subhanallah!!!"  

Emphasizing Obama's Race

Activists also express rage at President Obama because he is hostile to ISIS even though he is black. For example, on December 28, ISIS supporter Ghuraba tweeted an image of a smiling Obama captioned, "Muslims thought I'd be different cos I'm black The only thing black is my heart."

On December 27, Welsh Jabhat Al-Nusra fighter "Sleeper Cell" tweeted:  "HEY HOUSE NEGRO OBAMA..  We are all Jabhat al Nusrah." Jihadis, particularly black jihadis, frequently call Obama a "house negro," which signifies a black who panders to whites.  

The West's Persecution Of Jihad Fighters And Activists Is Racially Motivated

ISIS supporters claimed that India's arrest of ISIS supporter Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who as @ShamiWitness prolifically disseminated the organization's propaganda, was racially motivated. Under the #FreeShamiWitness hashtag, supporter IbnSabeel tweeted: "Shamiwitness was RT'd[retweeted] by 100's of white journalists for years. When will you arrest them?" The tweet included a cartoon showing that free speech is permitted only to light-skinned people.

A female Malaysian ISIS member who tweets primarily in English wrote on January 17, "Terrorism is a term that is used for only Muslims & thugs are referred to only Blacks. White? They're just 'mentally ill' & need treatment."

Perceived Equality in the Islamic State: "Even Black Men Go To Paradise"

A recurring theme in recruitment pitches by ISIS and its activists is the premise that unlike in the West, in the Islamic State race and color do not matter, since all Muslims are treated equally regardless of these distintions. ISIS supporter Abu Hamza As Somal (presumably a Somali) tweeted, "The strategy of #IslamicState is to eradicate the mentality of US terrorist that white man is better than black man #Ferguson."

A South African fighter calling himself Abu Muhammed tweeted, "Many black people in #SouthAfrica still disadvantaged due to apartheid. Embrace the deen [religion] of equality and make hijrah [emigrate]." The tweet included images of apartheid-era signs from the City of Durban identifying whites-only areas.

Somali ISIS supporter Abu Junaid As Somaal wrote, "Islamic State is the only country in the world where black and white are same. Alhamdulilah."

On December 11, a woman calling herself Muhajirah Witness wrote, "White people have such an elitist attitude, Alhamdulilah for Islam, RacismŕERADICATED!"

In touting the non-racist character of Islam and of the Islamic State, jihadis often use language or quotations that could themselves be considered offensive. For example, in a December 2014 Friday sermon in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra preacher Abdallah bin Al-Muhayseni emphasized Islam's non-racist approach by citing a hadith by the Prophet Muhammad. He said: "A black man came to see the Prophet Muhammad during one of his raids, and asked him: 'What will I get if I fight those people with you? The Prophet Muhammad said to him 'You will go to Paradise.'  The man said: 'Oh Prophet of Allah, I am black, I smell bad, and I have no money. If I am killed will I still go to Paradise?' The Prophet Muhammad said: 'Yes. I swear by Allah.'"

Further evidence of the Islamic State's racial equality, according to ISIS supporters, is that ISIS treats black enemies no differently from white ones. An ISIS supporter calling himself Mad Mullah tweeted on February 16, "Has anyone noticed something different in the lasted [sic] IS release from Libya? [referring to the video showing the beheading of 21 Copts]. Anyone? Anyone? The first black man to be beheaded by IS ever!"

A black pro-ISIS user replied to the tweet, "let it be a warning to all black non-believers, it will happen to them if they fight Islam! No racism intended, am blk [myself]."

Interracial Marriage

ISIS members note the prevalence of interracial marriage in the Islamic State as proof that racism does not exist there. A Western ISIS member in Syria, Umm Abyan, tweeted about an acquaintance of hers: "2 of his wives are Somali & he's a revert Alhumduillah no discrimination."

She also tweeted, "I find sisters are more open to interracial marriages[.] are brothers scared to venture out[?]" A user called Abu Zaid as-Somaal (@FardowsIsMyAim) asked her, "Is it wrong if I want my child to resemble me?" Umm Abyan answered, "Allah is the creator u can have a child with some 1 of our race & they come out not resembling you."

A Western woman, "UmmWaqqas," weighed in on the subject of interracial marriage, writing on January 11, "Somalis need to be the first to set an example in the Ummah & continue to marry more outside their race. Team interracial marriages." On another occasion she wrote, "The amount of mixed Somali kids that are about to be running around the Khilafah is going to be crazy Tabarakallah. You got Somali&Pakistani, Somali&Bangladeshi, Somali &Egyptian, Somali &Syrian, Somali &Tunisian, Somali & Libyan, Somali & Iraqi."

It should be noted that UmmWaqqas is a top ISIS recruiter, operating on Twitter. In the e-book "Hijra to the Islamic State," which was circulated by ISIS fighters in February 2015, her account is listed as a contact for women seeking to migrate. At the time of this writing, her Twitter account boasted 7,211 followers.

British ISIS fighter Abu Qaqa, who is apparently black, was asked by a user named Tina, "Would u take a white girl as your wife?" He responded, "Depends race doesn't matter" and added an image that stated, "Ibn Hanbal used to close his eyes whenever he saw a Christian. He said 'I cannot look at someone who lies about Allah' [Maqab No. 49/8]."

Black Fighters Featured Prominently In ISIS Media

One of the tactics used by ISIS's social media apparatus is a deliberate emphasis on black fighters. Many are vocal and popular on Twitter, but quite a few are also featured prominently in official videos.

A video titled "Eid Greetings from the Land of the Khilafa," released August 3, 2014, showcases ethnic diversity in the Islamic State. It features eight fighters who migrated to the Islamic State describing how wonderful it is to live there. Three of the eight are of African origin, one is of Trinidadian origin, one is from Indonesia, two are from the Maghreb, and one is from Belgium.

In the video, a fighter from the U.S. called Abu Abdulrahman Al-Trinadadi ("from Trinidad"), shown holding his young son, encourages fellow Muslims to migrate to the Caliphate with their families.

A man from the U.K., Abu Abdullah Al-Habashi ("Abu Addullah from Ethiopia"), speaks about the joys of living under shari'a law, and Abu Shu'aib As-Somali ("the Somali") from Finland explains that in the Caliphate all one's needs are taken care of.

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Editorials In Urdu Dailies Urge Pakistani Government To Be Cautious In Supporting Saudi-Led Strikes In Yemen





A screenshot of Roznama Islam

On March 25, 2015, Pakistan's military and political leaders decided to support Saudi Arabia in view of the Saudi-led strikes in Yemen. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif, and other leaders. The meeting took place as the international media revealed that Pakistan was already providing naval and air support for the Saudi-led strikes in Yemen. The Pakistani government announced that it would support Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity.

The Pakistani decision has caused concern, as it is feared that it might inflame the Sunni-Shia tensions in Pakistani society. There is also an existing concern that Pakistan has already suffered due to terrorism in recent years and should not entangle itself in another country's conflict.

The following are excerpts from editorials in three leading Urdu newspapers Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, Roznama Jang and Roznama Islam on the Pakistani government's decision to support Saudi Arabia, calling for caution in supporting the Saudi-led strikes in Yemen.

"In Principle, Pakistan Should Try To End Disputes And Heightened Tensions Between Saudi Arabia And Iran, And Not Stand Shoulder To Shoulder With One Party" Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, Pakistan, March 28, 2015

"In a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it was hurriedly announced to fully defend Saudi Arabia. There is democracy in the country, not dictatorship. In a democracy, the parliament has to make decisions. On small issues, APCs [all parties' conferences] are convened. The parliament remained in session for several days during the sit-ins [by Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri, parties outside Parliament]. The announcement to defend Saudi Arabia was made sitting at home [not in parliament]You’re your [Pakistan's] current situation, are you in a position to help some other country militarily? Your army is deployed on Line of Control [in Kashmir with India] and on the border with Afghanistan.

"The responsibility for Zarb-e-Azb [military operation against militants in North Waziristan] and of IDPs [internally displaced persons] is on the army. The army is also busy in Karachi and Balochistan [to control the law and order situation there]. The whole country is suffering from terrorism, lawlessness, and sectarian strife. First, set right your own state of affairs, and then daydream of making decisions of international nature like a 'superpower' [does].

"One hundred and fifty thousand soldiers and one hundred fighter planes are sufficient to defeat the Houthi rebels. Ten powerful countries, including Egypt and Sudan are with... [Saudi Arabia]. It is an issue of Saudi Arabia's and Iran's interests. Morally and in principle, Pakistan should try to end the disputes and heightened tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran... not stand shoulder to shoulder with one party. Pakistan is already engulfed in a sectarian fire, and it can further intensify [if the Sunni-Shia schism in Pakistan escalates].

"The best role for Pakistan can be to make efforts to defuse the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia. This tension can result in the division of the Islamic nation [of Saudi Arabia] and its unity into pieces. China has expressed concern at the situation. Russia is also putting pressure on Iran for an immediate ceasefire. The United Nations should come forward in this situation. If Saudi Arabia's integrity is in danger, the United Nations should send its peace army."

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"Pakistan Is Tied To Saudi Arabia In The Immortal Relationship Of Islamic Brotherhood; Saudi Arabia Has Supported Pakistan In Every Difficulty, Both Financially And Morally" Roznama Jang, Pakistan, March 28, 2015

"At an important high-level meeting... presided over by Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, the country's civil and military leadership deliberated on the fast-changing situation in the Middle East, against the backdrop of Houthi rebels' attacks on government forces, [Yemeni] President Mansour Hadi's fleeing to Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia's aerial attacks on rebel bases in Yemen, to protect its integrity.

"There was unanimity that if Saudi Arabia's integrity was threatened, Pakistan would play its full role [to protect Saudi Arabia]. It was also decided that Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Advisor [to the Prime Minister] on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, and senior representatives of the armed forces would go to Saudi Arabia... to assess the situation for themselves...."

"The Houthi Movement Is A Logical Result Of American Actions Against Al-Qaeda There, And The Destruction Of Israel Is On Its [i.e. The Houthi] Agenda"

"Analysts are terming this whole situation a conspiracy to make Islamic countries start fighting each other on a sectarian basis, as Yemen's Houthis are a sub-branch of a big sect of Islam, whereas the government there [Yemen] is from another sect. The Houthi movement is a logical result of American actions against Al-Qaeda there, and the destruction of Israel is on its [i.e. the Houthi] agenda. For this, analysts are not ruling out American and Israeli conspiracies to destabilize the whole Islamic world. Yemeni rebels, by targeting Saudi Arabia, have given the whole issue a sectarian color.

"Pakistan is tied to Saudi Arabia in the immortal relationship of Islamic brotherhood. Saudi Arabia has supported Pakistan in every difficulty, financially and morally; the people of Pakistan have an emotional attachment to Saudi Arabia because, apart from the people's love and friendship, there are Muslim holy places [there] and also the tomb of the Holy Prophet. Luckily in Pakistan, at the level of the people there is no sectarian tension. In such a situation, Pakistan should decide [its course of action] patiently and after thorough consideration, keeping its national interests in mind.

"Pakistan has always accepted the United Nations decision in such matters [of international disputes]; it would be better if Saudi Arabia and its allies, with the full support of Pakistan, would seek a solution for this situation through this international body, so that all the countries follow it and the Islamic world is spared [the countries] fighting each other."

Screen shot of Roznama Jang editorial

"There Is No Room To Deny That Pakistan And Saudi Arabia Are Two States But One Soul; The Saudi Rulers Have Sided With Pakistan On Every Difficult Occasion And Tried To Lessen The Pains Of Pakistani People" Roznama Islam, Pakistan, March 28, 2015

"For the time being, Pakistan has taken a correct decision not to be part of Saudi Arabia's military operation to defeat rebels in Yemen. However, in time of need, Pakistan's possible role to ensure Saudi Arabia's security and integrity is discussed in national circles. There is no dispute that Pakistan cannot keep itself aloof from political changes and fast-changing circumstances in the Middle East, as it is part of the Greater Middle East as identified by former American President George W. Bush during a G8 countries' conference in 2004.

"Meanwhile, there is no room to deny that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are two states but one soul. The Saudi rulers have sided with Pakistan on every difficult occasion and tried to lessen the pains of Pakistani people. So it is Pakistan's moral duty to play its role in saving its brother country from possible dangers and apprehensions due to geographical changes in the region.

"We should not forget this reality: that if an immediate attempt were not made to extinguish the fire in the Middle East lit on sectarian grounds, it can take Pakistan into its grip. In our country [Pakistan], causes and factors of sectarian conflict and sectarian prejudices are already present. In such a situation, every step should be taken, with great care and on the basis of a solid strategy. Not only that; there is [also an] urgent need to take all national and political circles into confidence with regard to our strategy, so that our country remains safe from another crisis and the government strategy delivers far-reaching results."

"To Strengthen The Defense Of Israel And Ensure Its Stability, International Forces And Their Allies Have Started A Dangerous Game In The Region"

"Although Pakistan's foreign policy is based on balanced lines which ensure that Pakistan will not interfere in any other country's [affairs]. However, to deal with threats to its integrity and stability of the indirect [sic] country, it is essential to adopt a realistic attitude and avoid daydreaming."

"If you examine the Middle East picture carefully, then there cannot be two opinions that the existence of the illegitimate Israeli state in the region is the real cause of this issue. Political, diplomatic, military, economic, and social changes are created around the Zionist state for only purpose to protect Israel. To strengthen the defense of Israel and ensure its stability, international forces and their allies have started a dangerous game in the region.

"Now it is the duty of the leadership of the Islamic world to understand these conspiracies and to erect a bulwark against the nefarious designs of evil forces, [and to] promote an atmosphere of solidarity, mutual unity and trust by rising above personal and political considerations. The reality is that presently the Islamic world is in need of a pious, statesmanlike, far-seeing, serious and determined leadership, which can play a solid role to save itself from strangers' hypocrisy..."


Sources: Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt (Pakistan), March 28, 2015; Roznama Jang (Pakistan), March 28, 2015; Roznama Islam (Pakistan), March 28, 2015.




Special Dispatch | 6023 | April 15, 2015

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Operation Decisive Storm, Arab Rage At Iran As Expressed In Cartoons





The Arab press has recently been awash with cartoons condemning Iran's intervention in Arab countries. The cartoons appeared mainly in the Gulf press and in London-based Gulf newspapers, as well as in the Jordanian and Egyptian press. They portray Iran as sowing destruction in the Arab world and taking control of it as part of its bid for regional hegemony, and often depict Iran as a demonic figure or as an animal such as a serpent, octopus or spider.

Many of the cartoons focused specifically on Iran's intervention in Yemen, following the takeover of Yemen by the Houthi rebels, and Saudi Arabia's subsequent launch of Operation Decisive Storm there. The operation increased the tension between the Gulf states, which support Yemeni President 'Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and Iran, which supports the Houthis. These cartoons in the Gulf press portrayed Iran as being behind the Houthi rebels as part of its efforts to take over the region. The Houthis were often depicted as snakes, daggers or puppets used by Iran.

The cartoons expressed support for Operation Decisive Storm and for the Arab coalition that is fighting the Houthis. The operation was depicted as neutralizing and defeating Iran's regional plans, as saving Yemen from the clutches of the Iranian monster, and as annihilating the Houthis, Iran's servants.

The following is a sampling of the cartoons.

Criticizing Iran's Interference In Arab Countries, Bid For Regional Hegemony

Iranian hand reaching out to grab the Arab world (Al-Arabi Al-Jadid, London, April 12, 2015)

Iran dreams of gobbling up GCC states (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2015)

The Iranian spider has the Arab world in its web (Al-Khaleej, UAE, April 9, 2015)

Iran juggles Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, February 11, 2015)

Iranian serpent bearing the slogans "death to America", "death to Israel", "curse the Jews" swallows Yemen, having already devoured Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. (Watan News, Jordan, March 26, 2015)

Iranian octopus clutches Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen in its tentacles (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, March 24, 2015)

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Commentators On Arab TV: Obama Supports Iran Because His Father Was A Shi'ite




On March 25, during an interview on Hiwar TV, broadcasting from London, Syrian writer Muhydin Lazikani said that "all the childhood memories of the man who rules the White House are Shi'ite memories" and that "that is why he is so anxious for Iran to emerge victorious." On April 10, London-based Iranian opposition activist Abu Muntasir Al-Baloushi said: "Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shi'ite father... Some people call him the Iranian lobby in America." He was speaking on the Saudi 4Shbab TV channel.

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Leading Lebanese Journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin: I Support Fighting U.S., France, and Britain; Saudi Arabia Is The 'Kingdom Of Evil'









During a recent interview with the Hizbullah-owned Al-Manar TV channel, leading Lebanese journalist Ibrahim Al-Amin called Saudi Arabia the "kingdom of evil" and said that "getting rid of the rule of the Saud clan was no less important than wiping Israel out of existence." Al-Amin, who serves as Chairman of the Board of the "Al-Akhbar" newspaper, further said: "I support fighting America, France, and Britain." The interview aired on April 10, 2015.

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ISIS Supporters Launch 'We Will Burn America' Twitter Campaign, Threaten Attacks On U.S.




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On April 10, 2015, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters and supporters launched an anti-U.S. media campaign on Twitter. Promoted by Hashtags like #WeWillBurnUSAgain, the campaign was launched in tandem with several promotional videos that threatened to burn the U.S.  

One such video[1] threatened attacks against the U.S., while noting that its geographical location will not stop attacks against it. "America thinks it's safe because of its geographical location... and it thinks that the armies of jihad won't reach it. But the American dream of safety have become a mirage, [for] today, there is no safety to any American on the globe," it noted.  

Praising the September 11 attacks and their impact on the U.S., the video threatened that fear will return to spread among Americans. It also threatened that "today, it's time for retribution." The video also noted ISIS's military capabilities, while noting that with such capabilities, "they can burn America once again."

The video features segments from previously released ISIS propaganda videos, including some of the beheadings carried out by "Jihadi John," as well as attacks committed in the West in support of ISIS. It also praises cyberattacks that were carried out in support of ISIS.

Praising cyberattack on French TV5MONDE

A South African ISIS fighter of Indian descent named Abu Hurayra Al-Hindi appears to be spearheading the campaign in English. His initial tweet reads, "Twitter Storm #WeWillBurnUSAgain #IS Video release." His tweet also links to a pro-ISIS forum where he created a thread to promote the video.[2]

On the forum, the person posts under the alias "servant."[3]

Al-Hindi later tweeted, "War is coming to #America for every mother, sister, daughter, father, brother &son u murdered."

Other ISIS supporters also promoted the video:

Umm Osama (@omosama14006) tweeted a picture of a burning White House, and wrote: "It is time for retribution O carrier of the cross [i.e. the U.S.]."

Abu Sufyan Al-Muhajir (@T_A_H_17) tweeted: "tow [sic. two] choices, Jizyah [poll tax] or Islam. Or, Otherwise America Will Be Burn."

Al-'Izz bin 'Abd Al-Salam (@k_ELAFH) threatened that ISIS will retaliate for the U.S. killing of Muslims. "The American government kill [sic.] Muslims and the Islamic State will retaliate."

User Abu Khattab Al-Yamani (@0o__oOo__o0) tweeted an image of the Statue of Liberty engulfed in flames with the Brooklyn Bridge behind it.

User Afdi Dawlat Al-Khilafa (@x_3_w) tweeted an image with the Arabic and English caption: "Do you think that your airplanes will spare you the confrontation? No, for we will cut off your necks."



[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6YZSRTOMk, accessed April 11, 2015.

[2] Twitter.com/abuhurayraalhindi

[3] Islamicstate.pro




Special Dispatch | 6020 | April 13, 2015

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Hamas Prepares For Next Military Confrontation With Israel





Since the last military conflict in Gaza, in July-August 2014, Hamas has been working to restore and build up its strength in advance of the next conflict with Israel renewing its excavation of tunnels and manufacture of rockets, building up its weapons stores , conducting military training exercises, and establishing army camps. Senior movement officials are calling repeatedly for liberating all of Palestine, praising and encouraging jihad, martyrdom, and armed resistance, and threatening to expand their attacks into a full-blown intifada in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Some Hamas officials have called for opening additional fronts against Israel.

Underlining this, Abu 'Ubaida, the spokesman for Hamas's 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, said at a ceremony honoring the Rafah martyrs: "The battle is not yet over... The arrogance of the occupation will force upon it new wars, whose shape and character it cannot foresee... Every day, our people are capable of refreshing the [flow of the] blood in the arteries of the resistance, in numerous ways."

In a speech marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas' founding, former Hamas interior minister Fathi Hammad said: "Thousands have joined the Al-Qassam Brigades since the last Gaza war... The West Bank will [also] rise up [in an intifada] against the occupation, and the resistance in Jerusalem must be escalated." It should be noted that at the same time, Hamas leaders are saying that they are not interested in an escalation in Gaza.

Ongoing Rearmament: "The Al-Qassam Factories Are Operating Night And Day''

While Hamas is taking care not to slide into a military escalation against Israel at this time, senior Hamas officials are reiterating the need for ongoing weapons development, and are even boasting that their factories are doing so without letup. At a meeting with public figures in Khan Younis, Hamas political bureau member Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said: "The Palestinians must develop their weaponry so they can strike every inch of Palestine. This is our mission, and if we fail to carry it out, we will be betraying you [Palestinians]."

At a closing ceremony for youth training camps, Al-Zahhar said: "Every year until Palestine is liberated, thousands will join the training camps..." He added: "These youths will be standing behind the rockets, firing them at every inch of Palestine in the war of Judgment Day the war for the liberation of Palestine. We pledge not to withhold anything from you not our weapons, not our money, not our efforts, and not our sweat. Generation by generation... whenever there is a school holiday, you will be on the military training grounds, until we accomplish our goal."

In a similar vein, Hamas political bureau deputy head Isma'il Haniya said in a Friday sermon: "Hamas will continue to gradually build up its weapons, its means of resistance, and its strength, and will maintain them until Palestine is fully liberated."

Also, former Hamas interior minister Fathi Hammad said: "The resistance is planning and preparing, and will continue the jihad always, in preparation for the next liberation battle... Our hands are on the trigger and the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam factories are operating night and day. The day will come and Israel will pay a high price."

At a conference at Al-Rabat College, Marwan 'Issa, the deputy to 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam brigades commander Muhammad Deif, further confirmed that rocket manufacture was continuing: "We do not want a conflict with the Israeli occupation at this time, but we are working to double our strength for any eventual conflict that may come. We are continuing to manufacture rockets, and the enemy's statements on this matter do not interest us... We are allying with anyone who can provide us with weapons."

Re-Launching Tunnel Excavations

Hamas has not suspended its excavation of attack tunnels. As early as September 2014, mere weeks after the last round of fighting ended, Al-Zahhar declared, "Hamas has begun rebuilding and [further] developing the tunnels." On October 19, 2014, the Hamas mouthpiece Al-Risalah reported on the renewal of work on one of Gaza's attack tunnels in Gaza, citing the commander of a squad specializing in tunnel digging. According to the report, Al-Qassam members are secretly digging around the clock, dozens of meters underground; some tunnels are strategic attack tunnels for killing and kidnapping soldiers and carrying out "quality" attacks in Israel, and others are defensive tactical tunnels for concealing rocket launchers and mortars from Israeli aircraft. The report added that the tunnel viewed by the reporter had been rebuilt during one of the humanitarian truces declared during the actual fighting, and that the Al-Qassam members who were conducting the excavations knew that the work was dangerous but said that they were prepared for martyrdom for the sake of Allah, the religion, and Palestine.

A rebuilt tunnel (source: Al-Risalah, Gaza, October 19, 2014)

As for the impact of the restrictions on bringing cement into Gaza, an Al-Qassam Brigades member said that Hamas would overcome the shortage by using brick instead.

Military Training For Youth

In further preparations for the next conflict, on January 20-27, 2015 in the Gaza Strip, the Al-Qassam Brigades conducted military training for some 17,000 young people, ages 15-21, at dozens of "Talai' Al-Tahrir" (Pioneers of Liberation) camps. According to the Hamas-affiliated Palinfo.com, so many signed up for the training camps that the Al-Qassam Brigades ran two sessions per day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

The Al-Qassam Brigades advertised the camps in mosques and public places, and on its official website. Registration was conducted at stands on Gaza's main streets; the stands, which had signs reading "The Nucleus Of The Next Liberation Army," were manned by masked fighters.

Registration stand for Gaza training camps (source: Facebook.com/camps.gaza/photos, January 18, 2015)

An Al-Qassam Brigades commander said that the brigades were recruiting as many teens as possible so they could acquire military skills, train with live ammunition, and practice civil defense and first aid. He added, "The Al-Qassam Brigades are working to prepare a thousands-strong liberation army, based on an Islamic education."

Training With Live Ammunition

(Source: Facebook.com/camps.gaza/photos, January 25-29, 2015)

The training at the camps included drilling with live ammunition; Hamas officials were present during the training. According to the Arab news website noonpost.net,  the effort is aimed at forming the core of a popular army comprising members from all sectors of society, and at preparing the teens both ideologically and militarily for jihad and for the fight against Israel. Youths who participated in the camps stated that they had come to learn how to kidnap Israeli soldiers and liberate Jerusalem.

Poster announcing the camps (source: Facebook.com/camps.gaza?fref=photo, January 10, 2015) 

Youths participating in the camps said they wanted to learn how to kidnap soldiers, and wanted to join the commando forces and realize the right of return. Muhammad, 17, from the Nuseirat refugee camp said: "Resistance is our pride and strength. I joined the camp to become part of the elite youth of the Al-Qassam Brigades and kidnap Zionist soldiers in order to liberate my cousin from the occupation's prisons." Ahmad Al-Hosni, 19, said: "I joined the camps in order to become a soldier in the Palestinian liberation army, and therefore I want to train with every kind of weapon and military equipment. I am an excellent swimmer and will ask the camp administration to join the naval commandoes." He added that he dreamed of diving in the sea "until [I] reach the Jaffa coast."

Training in tunnels (source: Facebook.com/camps.gaza/photos, January 27, 2015)

At the camps' January 27, 2015 closing ceremony, Hamas political bureau deputy director Isma'il Haniya said: "The people's rallying around the resistance will thwart all of [Israel's] plans to harm the image of Hamas and of the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades... The Al-Qassam Brigades' camps are a strategic enterprise [aimed at] raising the generation of victory and liberation. Resistance and preparations for bearing arms against the enemy are no longer optional, but have become a culture embraced not only by Hamas, but by every Palestinian home and every Palestinian sector."

Haniya, and other senior Hamas officials at camps' closing ceremony (source: Facebook.com/camps.gaza/photos, January 29, 2015)

Poster announcing the camps' closing ceremony (source: Facebook.com/camps.gaza/photos, January 29, 2015)

Establishing Training Camps In Advance Of The Formation Of A Regular Popular Army

The Al-Qassam Brigades are also preparing for the next conflict with Israel by establishing military camps. Recently, the Al-Qassam Brigades' preparation and training division began constructing two camps, named Al-Yarmouk and Filastin, near the Israel-Gaza border. A department official said: "The brigades will continue to train, with no fear of Israel." He added, "The training is also meant to assure the residents that the resistance is in good shape, that it has not ceased operations as the occupation claims, and that it is on the frontlines to defend the people."

Training camps under construction (Source: Alqassam.ps, March 14, 2015)

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WARNING — GRAPHIC: Cartoon Released By Pro-ISIS Group Shows Obama Beheaded By ISIS Executioner Jihadi John











An animated video-clip posted on the Internet on April 11, 2015 by 'Fadhaeh Al-'Ilmaniyya', a pro-ISIS group of media activists, shows President Obama begging for mercy before being beheaded by ISIS executioner Jihadi John. At the end of the animated film, Obama is shown awakening from his nightmare and fleeing the room.

Following is an excerpt:

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Title: "+18"

'Obama' weeping, his head is held by 'Jihadi John' wielding a knife

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'Jihadi John': "Shut up mule!

Jihadi John lets go of Obama, who faints

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"The knife has been craving for Obama's stinky blood, and today Allah gave us power to capture the mule of the Jews. Speak mule:"

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'Obama' (in a childish voice): "Dad! Jihadi John is going to slaughter me. Save me! Save me!"

'Jihadi John' decapitates 'Obama' with his knife.

'Obama's' body with a severed head is sprawled in a puddle of blood.

'Obama' is sitting in the 'Oval Office' with a framed skyline of a U.S. city. He starts to cry and escapes the office.

Title: "The End"

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4861

Egyptian TV Host Ibrahim Issa: Don't Expect Saudi Arabia To Combat The Ideologies Of Darkness




On his show on the Egyptian ON TV channel, Ibrahim Issa asked incredulously how Saudi Arabia, which forbids women from driving, could possibly confront extremism, terrorism, and the ideologies of darkness. Following his remarks, which aired on March 29, and the media uproar that ensued, ON TV apologized for Issa's criticism, and the MBC channel, where Issa had another show, took the program off the air, claiming that it was substandard.

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Ibrahim Issa: "The Saudi foreign minister said that Putin is providing Assad's regime with weapons with which to kill his own people. That happens to be the truth, I believe. But what is also true is that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are providing arms to the opposition, which is killing the Syrian people. Half truths are lies.


"Arab League Secretary-General Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi asked the official religious institutions to confront the ideologies of darkness. What institutions exactly do you expect to confront these ideas? The officials religious institution of Saudi Arabia, for instance? The same people who still believe that the Earth is flat?! Will they confront these ideologies of darkness with the fatwas of Bin Baz?



"He expects an official religious institution that forbids women from driving to confront extremism, terrorism, and the ideologies of darkness?!


"We are witnessing a catastrophe. Who will solve it? Them?! Are you serious?!"

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Sunni Iraqi Political Analyst Bahjat Al-Kurdi: We Salute Fighters Defending Tikrit Against Shiite Militias 










In an interview that aired on March 27, 2015 on the Iraqi Al-Rafidein TV channel, Sunni political analyst Bahjat Al-Kurdi said: "We should salute the young men fighting in Tikrit" and called the Shiite militias "a bunch of corrupt people, a bunch of thieves."

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Bahjat Al-Kurdi: "These [Shi'ite] militias, which enjoy unlimited Iranian support – armaments, militias, military advisors – Incidentally, we are talking about over 50,000 fighters, from the Iraqi army, SWAT, and the federal police, and more than 30 militias, including the [Hizbullah] Brigades, Badr, Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq, and Al-Khurasani. We praise and thank Allah for disgracing them. This has to be an act of God. Four hundred to 1,000 fighters stopped this Iranian Hashd [Al-Shaabi militia]. Serious research will be required in order to understand how such a modest number of rebels could stop the masses of attacking militias. Besides, it was not the militias that announced their withdrawal. Apparently, the Americans said to them: 'We will join the fray on condition that you withdraw your militias, and they will not be allowed to enter the city in the event of a victory.'

"Even if they achieve a victory, it will be an honorable defeat for the young [Sunnis in Tikrit], because at the end of the day, this is a battle, and they are outnumbered and outgunned, but they are honorable be cause they did not let the Zoroastrian Persians and their gangs be vicytorious in Tikrit.



"It is an unparalleled disgrace for these militias and this army, on which trillions of dollars have been spent. Billions of dollars have been spent on this army, whose commanders reached the conclusion that they could not enter Tikrit without the support of the coalition. May their eyes be gouged out! By God, we should salute these young men fighting in Tikrit."

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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.)

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EXCLUSIVE: American Fighter In Syria Features In ISIS Media, Says Friend In U.S. Ready To Carry Out Suicide Operation

On March 29, 2015, an American ISIS fighter who is currently in Syria, tweeted that a friend of his in the United States is preparing to carry out a suicide operation there.

He appears to be a rising star in the jihadi community. A photo of him appeared in the recent issue of ISIS's English-language magazine Dabiq, and according to a recent message he posted, he also features in an upcoming ISIS video. On his Twitter account, which currently has 1,093 followers, he posts many threats to the West, as well as information on the fighting in Syria. He also has a VK page, as well as a Facebook page.

The following are details on him and on some of his posts on social media.


Abu Khalid apparently maintains contact with extremists in the U.S. On March 29, 2015 he tweeted, "One brother said to me he is ready to carry out istishadee [martyrdom] operation in America. So I said to him Bismillah Sheikh. Rock them hard."

In a tweet from the same day he wrote, "Send all the F16 2 drop bombs on us what preventative do you hav[have] to protect the streets of Washington DC from a wave of martyrdom operations."


EXCLUSIVE: Excerpts From Islamabad High Court Ruling Regarding Islam's Blasphemy Laws In The Case Of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, The Assassin of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer

Screenshot from the ruling

On January 4, 2011, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, an elite security commando deployed to protect Salman Taseer, the liberal Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, shot and killed him for advocating reforms to Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty, and for campaigning for the release of Asia Bibi, a destitute Pakistani Christian woman jailed after being sentenced to death for committing an act of blasphemy, which she has denied.


EXCLUSIVE: Afghan Taliban Commemorate Mullah Omar's Appointment As 'Emir-ul-Momineen' In 1996 First Such Taliban Statement Since ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Claimed The Title

On April 4, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's leadership organization) released a biography of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, to mark the anniversary of his appointment as Emir-ul-Momineen (Leader of the Faithful Muslims) in 1996. This is perhaps the first biography of Mullah Omar published by an official Taliban website; its publication to commemorate his appointment is notable.  

The significance lies in the fact that the title Emir-ul-Momineen and there can be only one such leader in the Islamic world was assumed by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) in late-June 2014 and jihadists across the world have since offered bai'yah (oaths of fealty) to him. Ever since Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi assumed the title, the Taliban in Afghanistan has refrained from commenting on him.

It should be noted that Mullah Mohammad Omar is accepted as the Emir-ul-Momineen, not only by the Taliban groups but also by Al-Qaeda and its different affiliates. In the short biography, the Taliban website which published it goes on to claim that even today, Mullah Mohammad Omar continues to supervise the day-to-day jihadist operations in Afghanistan while simultaneously noting that Omar's Deputy who is not identified presides over all important meetings where executive decisions are made. For now, the publication of this biography will quell rumors that Mullah Omar may not be alive.

Following are excerpts from the biographical report:

"[On April 4, 1996]] One Thousand And Five Hundred Scholars, Dignitaries And Jihadi Leaders Of Afghanistan Approved Mullah Mohammad Omar 'Mujahid' As The Leader Of The Islamic Emirate [Of Afghanistan], Gave An Oath Of Allegiance To Him And Conferred The Title Of 'Emir-ul-Momineen' On Him"

"16th of Aries 1375 AH (solar) i.e. 4th April 1996 AD is a momentous day in the history of our Muslim people. Nearly two decades ago on this same faithful day, one thousand and five hundred scholars, dignitaries and jihadi leaders of Afghanistan approved Mullah Mohammad Omar 'Mujahid' as the leader of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan], gave an oath of allegiance to him and conferred the title of 'Emir-ul-Momineen' on him, i.e. leader of the pious believers. In the official almanac of the Islamic Emirate, this day has its own significance due to that historical event which subsequently is being commemorated by the Cultural Commission of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan, the Taliban's umbrella organization] by publishing special articles and essays on this auspicious occasion."


EXCLUSIVE: British Islamists In Response To Theresa May: She And Cameron Can Go To Hell; We Will Be Happy If They Deport Us To Syria

British Islamists Anjem Choudary, Abu Izzadeen, and Abu Baraa held a press conference on March 23, 2015, following British Home Secretary Theresa May's speech, in which she vowed to tackle Islamist extremism. Abu Izzadeen said that Theresa May and David Cameron could "go to Hell," and Abu Baraa said that Theresa May could "pack her bags and leave" if she did not like them preaching there and that "if they deport us to Al-Raqqah, I'm sure we would all be very happy." The press conference was posted on the Internet.

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AQAP Offers Prize For Anyone Who Kills Or Captures Former Yemeni President And Houthi Leader

On April 8, 2015, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) posted a message announcing a prize of "twenty kilograms of gold" to anyone who kills or captures former Yemeni president 'Ali 'Abdallah Saleh and Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badrudin Al-Houthi.

AQAP said the two were the "heads of evil" in Yemen, and that they represented the "Iranian Safavid tide" in the country; the prize, it noted, came in support of the jihad in Yemen, and as a "motivation" for the mujahideen who were combating this tide.

The announcement was published in English and Arabic on AQAP's Twitter account, as well as in a video posted on YouTube.


AQIM Leader Praises Jaysh Al-Fath Coalition And Its Recent Victories

On April 8, 2015, Al-Andalus, the media company of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released an audio message by the group's leader, Abu Mus'ab 'Abd Al-Wadoud. In it, he welcomes the recent victories of Jaysh Al-Fath a reference to the takeover of the town Idlib in northwestern Syria and calls upon the mujahideen there to remain united. 'Abd Al-Wadoud also praises the address given by Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, the leader of Jabhat Al-Nusra (JN), following the takeover of Idlib, in which he welcomed the victory in Idlib and also called upon the mujahideen to remain united.


Ajnad Misr Confirms Death Of Its Leader, Appoints New Emir

On April 9, 2015, the Egyptian jihad group Ajnad Misr confirmed the death of its leader Majd Al-Din Al-Masri, and appointed 'Izz Al-Din Al-Masri as the new emir.

Majd Al-Din, whose full name is Humam Muhammad Ahmad Ali 'Atiyya, had been killed several days earlier by Egyptian security forces, according to a statement by Egypt's Ministry of Interior.


Following University Massacre, Al-Shahab Threatens Further Attacks, Informs Kenyans: 'No Amount Of Precaution... Will Be Able To Guarantee Your Safety... Or Prevent Another Bloodbath... In Your Cities'

On April 4, 2015, the press office of the Somali jihad group Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen released a statement regarding the group's deadly attack two days earlier on Garissa University College in Kenya. The attack killed at least 147 people and wounded scores of others.

The statement was released in English. Below are its main points:

Al-Shabab denounced Kenya's persecution of and crimes against Muslims in East Africa, including, what it said was their "systematic persecution" in Kenya, which had "left deep psychological scars" in the hearts of many Muslims. It also denounced the crimes committed by the KDF against Muslims in Somalia, accusing it, inter alia, of engaging in the systematic rape of Muslim women, and causing the displacement of thousands of Muslims from their homes. "Throughout East Africa, the Muslims were stripped of all their dignity and subjected to the most inhuman treatment for failing to succumb to the subjugation of the disbelievers," it noted.

The attack on the university was thus a retaliation for those crimes, it noted.

Detailing the attack, Al-Shahab said that around 3am on April 2 its fighters stormed the university compound and swiftly proceeded to the halls of residence where they gathered "all the occupants." Al-Shahab noted that the attack targeted non-Muslims only, and that all Muslims were allowed to safely evacuate the premises "before executing the disbelievers." "The Muslim blood is inviolable whereas the blood of a kafir [disbeliever] has no protection except by Iman [belief, i.e. converting to Islam] or Aman [covenant of security]," it added.


ISIS In Dijla Province Smash Statues At Historic Archaeological Site In Al-Hadhr, Iraq And Threaten To Destroy More Sites

On April 4, 2015, the information office for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Dijla province, Iraq posted a video titled "Smashing the Idols." The video, which is about 7:30 in duration and was also posted elsewhere, including on the Shumoukh Al-Islam jihadi forum and on social media, documents ISIS members' destruction of ancient statues at the archaeological site of the historic city of Al-Hadhr in northern Iraq because, it said, they were being used for idolatrous ritual. Speakers in the video claimed that by smashing the statues they were following in the footsteps of Abraham and the Prophet Muhammad, both of whom, in their day, had removed all signs of idolatry. The video documents ISIS members using hammers to shatter ancient sculptures of heads at the site, in addition to firing rifles at them.


WARNING GRAPHIC: Islamic State (ISIS) Stones A Man Accused Of Homosexuality And Bestiality

On April 8, 2015, the Homs province of the Islamic State (ISIS) published a collection of images showing the stoning of a man convicted of homosexuality and bestiality.

The images noted that ISIS was "implementing the hadd [Koranic punishment] of stoning on a man who committed the act of the people of Lot [i.e. homosexuality], and [engaged in] bestiality."

The blindfolded man is seen standing in an open field next to a hole that was dug in the ground. About a dozen men are seen throwing large rocks at him.


Video Documents ISIS Battles In Salah Al-Din Province, Beheading Of Iraqi Soldiers; French Fighter Calls On Muslims In France To Either Immigrate Or Wage Jihad At Home

Iraqi army soldiers about to be beheaded

On April 5, 2015, the Al-I'tisam media foundation, which is associated with the Islamic State (ISIS), released a graphic 22-minute video titled "Halting the Safavids [Iranians] at Salah Al-Din." The video, which was posted on jihadi forums and on Twitter, covers a number of operations carried out in recent weeks by ISIS against the Iran-backed Shi'ite Iraqi army and the Popular Mobilization Force, a coalition of Shi'ite militias, in Salah Al-Din province. It features, inter alia, messages by two fighters from France and Qatar before they set off on a suicide attack against Iraqi army outposts, as well as documentation of ISIS battles against the Iraqi Army in Salah Al-Din province. Also in the video is an oath of fealty to ISIS by a group of Kurdish fighter. The video ends with the beheading of four Iraqi soldiers captured by ISIS.


WARNING GRAPHIC: In Video, ISIS Beheads, Crucifies Criminals In Ninawa, Parades Their Bodies

On April 6, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a six-minute video showing the beheading and crucifixion of four men convicted of theft in Ninawa.

The four, it says, operated as a gang that raided Muslim homes and shops, while pretending to belong to ISIS, in order to steal their money. Later on in the video, during the men's sentencing, a speaker notes that a Muslim woman died during the gang's operations.  

The convicted men

The video also shows three men who were victims of the gang. One man thanks ISIS for its actions in bringing the men to justice. "We faced a theft by a gang, and by Allah, we would like to thank the Islamic State and its efforts in capturing this gang, [whose members], thank Allah, reaped their retribution," he says.

Two of the victims are seen getting their stolen money back, while an ISIS representative documents the process.


Jihadi Cleric Suggests ISIS Supporters Use Twitter As The Secondary Platform For Publishing Their Materials After Shumoukh Al-Islam

On April 6, 2015, the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum published a letter by Sheikh Abu Al-Hassan Al-Azdi, a writer on the forum and a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS), in which he called upon ISIS supporters to use the forum as their "launching base" before using Twitter.  


Islamic State (ISIS) Supporters Announce New Website For Disseminating ISIS Releases

On April 3, 2015, a member of the Jihadi Media Platform forum (mnbr.info/vb) announced the launch of a new pro-Islamic State (ISIS) forum.

The forum, alansar.islamichost.org, will host ISIS's various releases, and will allow members to upload whatever ISIS releases they have, the member said.  


Jihadi Media Company Reveals Names, Presence, Function Of Jihadi Groups In Tunisia

On April 6, 2015, the Twitter account of Ifriqya Lil-I'lam, which publishes news about the mujahideen from North Africa in particular, released information detailing the names and functions of the jihadi groups currently working in Tunisia. The account revealed the presence of two Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated groups in Tunisia, one of which, it says, carried out the deadly attack at the Bardo National Museum on March 18.


The account noted that the information released was meant as a "clarification" regarding the Tunisian front. Despite not having divulging the reasons or need to issue such clarification, this is presumably a response to the relative confusion among jihadis following the Bardo attack. That attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, was attributed by some media reports to the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)-affiliated 'Uqba bin Nafi' Brigade. Further, additional questions, particularly regarding ISIS's actual presence and operations in Tunisia, might have been raised after the group claimed responsibility for the assassination of two Tunisian politicians back in 2013. One of those attacks occurred well over a year before ISIS officially spread to Libya and Algeria, and before a Tunisian group pledged allegiance to it.





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The MEMRI Weekly: April 3-10, 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. 6018 – The Making Of A Dictatorship In Turkey – Part I: On The Road To A Single-Party State, April 10, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6017 – Lebanese Shi'ite Cleric: Arabs Must Unite Against Iran's Expansion Into The Arab Countries – Which Has America's Blessing, April 8, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6016 – Pakistani Urdu Daily: 'By Offering The Enticement Of A Nuclear Pact To Iran, Which Is Supporting The Houthi Rebels,' America And Its Allies Are 'Following A Policy Of Weakening The Muslim World', April 8, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6015 – Op-Ed In Saudi Daily: Why Do Saudi Girls' Schools Remain Nameless?, April 7, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6012 – Article By MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad: 'The Threat Of Radicalization In India', April 5, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6011 – In Indian Newspaper, MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad Discusses Antisemitism, Flight Of Jews From Europe, And Other Forms Of Racism In South Asia, April 5, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6012 – Board Director Of Hizbullah-Affiliated Daily On Joint Statement By Iran, World Powers: 'The West Has Capitulated!', April 3, 2015


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4864 – British Islamists in Response to Theresa May: She and Cameron Can Go to Hell; We Will Be Happy If They Deport Us to Syria, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4863 – Sunni Iraqi Political Analyst Bahjat Al-Kurdi: We Salute Fighters Defending Tikrit against Shiite Militias, Al-Rafidein TV (Iraq)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4862 – Shiite Iraqi Guru of the Occult Al-Shibiani Slams Saudis: I Can See Hyenas Feeding on Their Corpses, Iraq Future TV (Iraq)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4861 – Egyptian TV Host Ibrahim Issa: Don't Expect Saudi Arabia to Combat the Ideologies of Darkness, ON TV (Egypt)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4860 – PA President Abbas Supports Operation in Yemen, Says: We Too Suffer from Division, Channel 1 (Egypt)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4859 – Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Receives Hero's Welcome in Tehran Following Nuclear Joint Statement, Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4858 – Kuwaiti Professor Nafisi: We Must Prepare for Ground Operation in Yemen, Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar)
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Special Dispatch | 6018 | April 10, 2015

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The Making Of A Dictatorship In Turkey – Part I: On The Road To A Single-Party State




The path Turkey has taken under AKP rule has polarized the country and created deep divisions in it. The erosion of separation of powers and the restrictions on the authority and power of formerly independent state institutions leave the over 50% of the Turkish population that does not vote for the AKP out of fear of the direction in which that party is steering their country – away from democracy and towards an Islamist dictatorship.

Turkey's judiciary is no longer independent, and the AKP holds a majority in a parliament that unanimously passes all of its own bills, no matter how controversial. Journalists, authors, and citizens of all walks of life are arrested on charges of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or on charges of "membership in armed terrorist organizations" and "plotting a coup to overthrow the government." Dissidents are labeled traitors, or pawns of the U.S., CIA, Israel, Mossad, or foreign "interest lobbies," and are often referred to as present-day "Lawrences" (i.e. of Arabia) who are plotting against Turkey and its government. Additionally, protests against these phenomena are dispersed by police with increasing brutality, sometimes leaving protestors dead.

All affairs of state are now decided by one man – President Erdoğan – who is obeyed unconditionally by the members of his party. At this time, in the run-up to the June 2015 parliamentary elections, Erdoğan is speaking to mass gatherings, where he criticizes and attacks the opposition parties, and campaigning for AKP candidates so that the elections will yield 400 MPs (of a total of 550) for a parliamentary majority that can singlehandedly draw up a new constitution that would also change Turkey's parliamentary system of government to a "Turkish-style presidency," meaning one without checks and balances.

While under the current parliamentary system the president, sworn to impartiality, is mostly a symbolic figure, Erdoğan operates like an omnipotent and partisan president, overriding even the authority of the head of the executive branch – the prime minister – in violation of the constitution.

Hopes for democracy are dimmed as Turkey marches towards a single-party state in which institutions serve the ruling party, not the country.

Following are some of the AKP government's recent actions in this direction: 

Turkey's National Intelligence Chief – And Erdoğan's Confidant – Resigns To Run For Parliament On AKP Ticket; Erdoğan Disapproves, And He Is Reinstated

On February 7, 2015, Hakan Fidan, chief of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT), resigned from his position to run in the upcoming June 7 parliamentary elections on the AKP ticket. His resignation was accepted and he was welcomed to the AKP by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, after the latter met with Erdoğan on the matter. Turkish media speculated that Erdoğan wanted Fidan to be prime minister or foreign minister in the next cabinet.

However, it was later learned that Erdoğan had not approved this move; Erdoğan repeatedly told reporters, at various venues, of his disapproval of Fidan's resignation, calling him his "secret-keeper." While en route to Turkey from Saudi Arabia following an official visit there, he told journalists, "It [MIT chief] is not a random position. It was I who brought him [Fidan] there. Therefore, he should have stayed there, unless he obtained [my] permission to leave." He added that MIT was the country's most important institution, and that if a state's intelligence apparatus is weak, the state will not survive.

Following Erdoğan's repeated statements that he was "upset" about Fidan's resignation, Fidan unexpectedly withdrew his candidacy for parliament, on March 9, 2015. He was immediately reinstated as MIT head by PM Davutoglu, with Erdoğan's approval.

Then-prime minister Erdoğan, MIT chief Hakan Fidan, Secretary of State John Kerry, and President Obama, at May 16, 2013 White House luncheon: WSJ.com, October 10, 2013. 

Heated Reactions To Fidan's Reinstatement As MIT Head

Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, former president of Turkey's Union of Judges and Prosecutors, filed a lawsuit at the Council of State for the cancellation of Fidan's reinstatement as MIT head, arguing that under on Article 14 of the law governing MIT, five years must pass until he can be reappointed to the post.

MPs from the CHP, MHP, and HDP opposition parties have also objected to Fidan's reinstatement at MIT, underlining that the institution must remain independent and impartial, and above politics. They argued that now that Fidan had shown his political colors as an AKP member, he could no longer occupy that post, because under him MIT would serve the ruling AKP party, not the country. 

MHP Secretary-General: Did Fidan Meet With Iranians Before Withdrawing His Candidacy?

Ismet Buyukataman, secretary-general of the nationalist opposition party MHP, criticized Fidan's reinstatement as MIT chief, accusing Erdoğan and AKP for using the entire apparatus of MIT to further their political aims. He also asked: "Did Hakan Fidan have any contact with former Iranian president [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad and others in his delegation, during their recent visit to Turkey to participate in the commemoration of late [former Islamist Turkish] prime minister Erbakan. [And if so,] did this contact have any influence in his withdrawal of his bid?"

It will be recalled that in 2013 the U.S. accused Fidan of being pro-Iran. 

"What Are The Secrets Between The President And The Chief Of Intelligence?"

In an article titled "Government and Intelligence," Hayko Bagdat, columnist for the liberal daily Taraf, wrote: "The relationship, and the distance, between the ruling government and the intelligence agencies are the most critical area in all democracies. Where a government's standard is transparency and accountability, how can an MIT chief be a president's 'secret-keeper?' What do these secrets cover?

"From Reyhanli to Robosky, from Dink's murder, to the truckloads [of arms] to [Islamist rebels in] Syria, on all the issues that the government is seen as suspect, how should we read the secret sharing between the government and the intelligence apparatus? Can an intelligence organization armored with extraordinary authority work as a party organization serving the political interest of AKP? Can we say that the MIT belongs to all of us?

"People do not feel secure in this country. We do not trust the police. We do not trust the judiciary. We do not trust the media, the political structure, the pollsters – and, most dangerous of all, we do not trust the MIT at all. The main reason [for the mistrust] lies in the secret-keeping that Erdoğan talks about."

Turkey Blocks Charlie Hebdo, 48 Other Websites

To date, Turkey has blocked nearly 68,000 websites; the most recent addition is the website of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, in addition to specific pages on the Turkey's most popular Internet forums. 

Hurriyet Daily News, March 5, 2015 

The latest bans were handed down in a February 27, 2015 ruling by an Ankara Civil Court after the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), a government body, filed a criminal complaint for blasphemy. The court imposed sanctions on 49 websites, ruling that they "humiliated the religious values of society." According to Article 216 of the Turkish Penal Code, blasphemy is punishable by imprisonment.

The ruling imposed a blanket ban on the websites of Charlie Hebdo and of Turkey's first, and recently established, Atheism Association, and also blocked individual pages of two hugely popular Turkish forums, Ekşi Sözlük (Sour Dictionary) and İnci Sözlük (Pearl Dictionary), and pages on the Turkish news portal T24.

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Impact In Past Year Of MEMRI's Lantos Antisemitism & Holocaust Denial Archives — Multiple Actions Across Europe And The West Against Sheikhs Inciting To Kill Jews: Sermons From The MEMRI TV Archives, January 2014-March 2015





On April 14, 2015, MEMRI and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will hold the sixth annual Tom Lantos Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial Archives Commemoration at the U.S. Capitol, sponsored by Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.

At the event, MEMRI will present, and release, its annual report on antisemitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world, covering both the proponents of these hateful messages in the region and the courageous voices speaking out against this phenomenon. A video compilation of MEMRI TV research from this past year will be screened and also released.

Impact Of MEMRI TV Clips

  • Italy: An imam from Morocco was expelled from Italy following the release of a MEMRI TV clip of excerpts of his sermon calling to "count [the Jews] one by one and kill them to the very last one." The clip, and the imam's expulsion, received considerable media attention, including in the Arab world.
  • Spain: Spanish prosecutors investigated an imam in Spain following the release of a MEMRI TV clip in which he called for Allah to "destroy the plundering Jews." The investigation was reported on by Spanish- and English-language media.
  • Australia: Just today, it was announced in Australia that videos of statements inciting to jihad against the Jews by an Australian leader of the Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir in Sydney have been sent to Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions for possible charges against the leader; the move follows the release of a MEMRI TV clip of the leader's statements. 
  • Germany: An imam from Denmark who called for the killing of Jews, "the slayers of the Prophet," in a Berlin mosque, saying "count them and kill them to the very last one," faces criminal charges in Germany, following the release of a MEMRI TV clip.
  • Denmark: Authorities are looking into legal charges against an imam at a Danish mosque who in a sermon referred to the Jews as "apes and pigs" and said "Oh Muslim, oh Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him," following the release of a MEMRI TV clip.
  • Jerusalem: The Jerusalem District Attorney indicted a sheikh for his sermon at Al-Aqsa Mosque following the release of a MEMRI TV clip  showing him exhorting his audience to kill Jews and adding, "We shall slaughter you without mercy."

The following are a number of the clips of antisemitic sermons in the West that led to legal actions; these clips were added to the archives in the past year and will be screened at this year's event.

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4352 In Support Of Gaza, Berlin Imam Prays For The Annihilation Of Jews, The 'Slayers of Prophets'

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered at Al-Nour Mosque in Berlin on July 18, 2014 and posted on the Internet:

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Abu Bilal Ismail: "...Gaza... is facing the strongest war machine, the Zionist Jews, these criminals, these slayers of prophets, those who shed blood, those who kill children, those who turn women into widows, those who destroy homes along with their inhabitants, those who strike Gaza with all the force they have.

"Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you. Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don't spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly. Deflect their bullets. Disperse them. They behave tyrannically all over the world and spread corruption. Oh Lord, bring torment upon them."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4396 Friday Sermon At Italian Mosque: Kill The Jews To The Very Last One

In a Friday sermon in northern Italy, Sheikh Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi prayed to Allah to "count [the Jews] one by one and kill them to the very last one." Al-Rawdhi, leading the prayers at Al-Rahma Mosque in San Donŕ di Piave, the Province of Venice, called upon Allah to "turn their food to poison and make the air they breathe blazing hot." The sermon was posted on the Internet on July 29, 2014. Following are excerpts:

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Sheikh Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi: "What can we possibly expect from [the Jews], whose hearts are harder than stone? What can we possibly expect from people whose hands are soiled with the blood of the prophets, not to mention the blood of defenseless, innocent people? What can we possibly expect from people who lost all respect for Allah, saying to Moses: 'Show us Allah outright?' What can we possibly expect from people who said: 'The hand of Allah is shackled?' 'May their own hands be shackled, and may they be cursed for what they said.'"[...]

"Oh Allah, bring upon them that which will make us happy. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them to the very last one. Do not spare a single one of them. Turn their food to poison, make the air they breathe blazing hot, make their slumber full of grief, and make their days black. Oh Allah, plant fear in their hearts."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4448 Friday Sermon In Spain: 'Allah, Destroy The Plundering Jews, Do Not Spare A Single One'

In a Friday sermon at Azuqueca De Henares, near Madrid, Sheikh Saleheoldine El Moussaoui said that the "plundering Jews" were "the masters of treachery and betrayal," and prayed: "Oh Allah, the Most Merciful, count them one by one, and do not spare a single one of them." The sermon was posted on the Internet on August 25, 2014. Following are excerpts:

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Sheikh Saleheoldine El Moussaoui: "... The Jews are by nature treacherous and war-mongering. There can be no peace with the Jews. What peace are you talking about?! [...]

"This is their way of life. The Jews and the Zionists have treachery and killing as their way of life. They are a people of enmity and jealousy, the masters of treachery and betrayal. As Allah described them in the Koran: They want to spread corruption in the land. The Zionists do not feel alive if they don't spread corruption. They spread corruption in the land. They cannot live without corruption, treachery, and betrayal. [...]

"[Allah] described them as killers, so their killing of our brothers in Gaza and in Palestine should come as no surprise. They killed the prophets, the best among mankind. The best people in the eyes of Allah are the prophets and messengers. Yet they killed them, showing no regard for pacts of protection. Allah said [to the Jews]: "Taste the punishment of the burning fire." This is what awaits them: the torments of the burning fire. [...]

"Oh Allah, support Islam and the Muslims everywhere, and humiliate polytheism, heresy, and the infidels everywhere. Oh Allah, destroy the plundering Jews. Oh Allah, the Most Merciful, count them one by one, and do not spare a single one of them."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4548 Denmark Sermon: There Can Be No Dividing Palestine With The Offspring Of Apes And Pigs

In a sermon delivered in Funen (Fyn), Denmark, Sheikh Muhammad Khaled Samha asked: "How can we... accept the division of Palestine between [the Palestinians] and a gang of Jews, the offspring of apes and pigs?" Following are excerpts from the sermon, which was posted on the Internet on September 19, 2014:

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Sheikh Muhammad Khaled Samha: ...[H]ow can we or any free Muslim with faith in his heart accept the division of Palestine between [the Palestinians] and a gang of Jews, the offspring of apes and pigs? [...]

"Palestine has been and will remain the land of Islam. It is the land of Islam a sacred and blessed land. It is the land of the gathering and resurrection [on Judgment Day]. It is the land of the great battle, in which the Muslims will fight the Jews, and the trees and the stones will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.'"

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4783 Copenhagen Imam On Eve Of Terror Attack: The Prophet Engaged In War, Not Dialogue, With The Jews

Hajj Saeed, Imam of the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen, Denmark, rejected interfaith dialogue in a Friday sermon delivered on February 13, one day before the Copenhagen terror attacks. Imam Saeed explained that the Prophet Muhammad waged war against his Jewish neighbors in Al-Madina rather than engage in dialogue with them. The sermon was posted on the Internet by the Scandinavian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Following are excerpts:

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Hajj Saeed: "...Our Prophet Muhammad had Jewish neighbors in Al-Madina. Did he call for closer relations, harmony, and dialogue with them, in the manner of the UN and of those who call to reconciliation Truth and Falsehood? Or did he call upon them to worship Allah? When they violated their pledge and did not accept this call well, you know what he did to them. It appears in his Sira. He waged war against the Jews. [...]

"Allah has made laws that regulate our relations with them, if we live in their countries. The so-called interfaith dialogue is not part of these laws. Things are entirely different. There should be an ideological conflict to refute their argument of Falsehood, and to present Islam as alternative to their bogus culture, which has hurled them into the abyss of depravity and corruption, and which has reduced them from humanity to the level of beasts."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4826 Australian Islamist Leader Ismail Al-Wahwah Incites To Wage Jihad Against Jews: 'They Are The Most Evil Creatures Of Allah'

In a Friday sermon, Ismail Al-Wahwah, spokesman for the Australian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, said: "The Jews are the most evil creatures of Allah. Moral corruption is linked to the Jews." He further said: "There is only one solution for that cancerous tumor: It must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from." Following are excerpts from the video, which was posted on the Internet on March 3 by the Hizb ut-Tahrir channel:

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Ismail Wahwah: "Allah said [in the Koran]: 'Fight them until there is no fitna ["strife"], and religion belongs to Allah alone.' He said: 'Fitna is worse than killing.' Refraining from fighting and from waging jihad against the Jews constitutes fitna. This fitna is worse than killing, because it means that the Israelites will rule the Muslims until Judgment Day. Recognizing the Jews and giving them even a single inch of Palestine constitutes the epitome of evil, because this will strengthen that cancerous entity. They are the most evil creatures of Allah: 'You shall find the strongest people in enmity towards the believers to the Jews and the polytheists.' Refraining from fighting them constitutes widespread evil. It will enable them to kill Muslims and take over their countries, in order to spread corruption upon the land, and to capture and kill women and men. All forms of corruption are linked to the Israelites and their arrogance. [...]

"Past, present, and future since their inception, the Israelites have gone hand in hand with evil and disobedience. 'They did not prevent one another from any wrongdoing.' A Jew does not prevent another from wrongdoing. If [a Jew] criticizes another in the media, it is only to pull the wool over one's eyes. The Jews are in alliance and in concert with one another. Some superficial Muslims tell you about some Jew who demonstrated against the corruption. As long he is in Palestine, that Jew is an aggressor like any criminal. His very presence in Palestine constitutes an aggression, because he is an occupier, no matter who he is. We must not be deceived by this. The Jews are the most evil creatures of Allah. Moral corruption is linked to the Jews. Prostitution in the world began with the Israelites. Usury and gambling began with the Israelites. Killing who began with the Israelites. They slayed the prophets without just cause. Prophets must not be killed, yet the Israelites killed them. [...]

"If the Jews were given the whole world, they would want the heavens. That is the nature of the Jews. [...]

"It is a delusion to think that there can be peace and coexistence with the Israelites, with the Jews. It is a delusion to think that we can share one state or two states, and that the Jews can be our neighbors, as suggested by some self-proclaimed, yet deluded, 'scholars.' One such ['scholar'] claims that fighting neighbors is forbidden. He is one of them. Therefore, coexistence with Israel and the Jews is a delusion. There is only one solution for that cancerous tumor: It must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from. [...]

"They have corrupted the world with their corrupt media. The Israelites have corrupted the world with so-called art, cinema, and corrupt films, and with sex trade, drug trade, and moral depravity. They have corrupted the world in every respect. These are the Israelites. [...]

"Whatever the outcome is of today's battle, it is not the final battle. There is a sea of blood between the Jews and us. They will pay with blood for blood, with tears for tears, and with destruction for destruction. They are deluding themselves if they think that this nation will ever surrender to a gang of foreigners. [...]

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4542 British Islamist Abu Rumaysah: Hitler Acted To Stop The Evil Doctrine Of The 'Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion'

In a lecture posted on the Internet on September 28, British Muslim scholar Refi Shafi, known as "Abu Rumaysah," said that the Jews were corrupters by nature. He cited "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," saying: "Other people were aware of this evil doctrine and they did things to stop it. Like Adolf Hitler." Abu Rumaysah expressed his support of the Caliphate, saying that the people of Syria and Iraq had been blessed. Following are excerpts:

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Abu Rumaysah: "This issue of Allah informing us that the Jews are those people He is angry with... Even if you stack it up to the facts on the ground, it is something you can understand as well. For example, the first person to get their hand cut [off] under the shari'a was a Jew. The first person to get stoned for adultery was a Jew. The founder of the Shi'a Rafidah, may Allah curse them, Abdul ibn Saba, his mother was Sauda a Jew. The founders of the corrupt Christianity, although they don't like us to say it, was a man called Paul or Saul... I don't know how to say it a Jew. And he pretended to become Christian and invented all of this corruption that we see nowadays in terms of the Christianity. And even the one who tried to kill the final messenger Muhammad, Peace be upon Him, the mercy to mankind guess what? Was a Jew... [...]

"How is it that a particular race of people - 0.2% of the world population - are going to cause so much corruption? [...]

"The Jews, or the Zionists many people look up to them. We hear it nowadays everywhere. They say: Oh, we need to become like the Jews, we need to imitate the Jews, we need to follow the Jews. Look to Israel, look to their technology. Why are they so advanced? Why are we so non-advanced? Why are we so backwards? But if you think about it, this shouldn't be at all in the mind of any believer because number one, Allah, He will punish them in the Hereafter, and secondly, He is going to destroy them in this life. And how is He going to destroy them? Are some super Jews going to come? Are some super Zionists going to come and take authority from them? No. It is going to be the Muslims. [...]

"They, the Zionists, they don't need to live this corrupted life. They can be saved as well. Just stop your corruption, embrace Islam, and do the good deeds. That's all you have to do. But they want to be arrogant. [...]

"When you talk about Zionism, just as a brief history - the founder of it was a man called Theodor Herzl. The man, he was basically born on the 2nd of May, 1860, and he is famously known as the founder of political Zionism. Theodor Herzl. In 1897 - this is about 100 years ago, 120 years ago - he led a meeting in Switzerland and he created something with his colleagues, or with his fellow Zionists, called 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' Now, when you read about it, a lot of them try to play it down the infidels even if you look on Wikipedia, when you see the reality of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion a lot of the infidels try to play it down. 'It's not true,' they will say. 'It is something that is fabricated.' But it is something that is well documented and the scholars of Islam, they speak about it. In fact, it's not just the Muslims who know about it.

"There are other people as well who were aware of this evil doctrine and they did things to stop it. Like Adolf Hitler. He was someone who read up on this thing called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and obviously you know what he did. But what is it? The Protocols of the Elders of Zion basically has 24 points and it really exposes their hatred for humanity. Their hatred, not just towards the Muslims, But towards the Christians. You know, the Christians ally with them but the Jews hate them. The Hindus, the Sikhs, the atheists, whatever other religion. They have a burning hatred for them and they don't regard them in any way as something they want to become like. And they have no qualms with wanting to subjugate them, oppress them, and exploit them... [...]

"In truth, when we look to how the rise of Zionism began - obviously it began in 1897, but it is something that should be reminded to us because Zionism - the only reason it was allowed to get so big and strong was because of us. We left and abandoned the da'wa and the jihad. Because if you think about it, 1897 - when is that? Does that ring any bells? That is near the destruction of the caliphate. Meaning when we were at the lowest point of our history, that is when Zionism began to pick up. But, thanks to Allah, that is not the case now. We are seeing a revival worldwide and the purpose of this talk is not to beat up Zionism, but rather it is to say that Zionism will be finished off by the Muslims... [...]

"Zionism in the media, for example the head of Walt Disney is a man called Bob Iger. He's Jewish. Warner Brothers there are four brothers called Warner Albert Warner, Harry Warner, Sam Warner, Jack Warner all Jews. Fox News a man called Marvin Davis, Jew. ABC News, they are owned by Walt Disney Bob Iger, Jew. So you can see that this is not like something that is made up. Just take that as a brief example. We are talking about 0.2% of the world is Jewish, but somehow they are in the most influential position. And if you look at all of them, they are there. And it is not because of a blessing in their character. Allah, He tested their [unintelligible] and they failed miserably because of the corruption they do, in terms of Zionism. Even in healthcare, brothers, when you look at healthcare, it shows and exposes how much hatred they have for humanity. When Sheikh Omar delivered his lecture he talked about how they have no regard for human life, and he talked about medicines. You know, there are particular medicines in the West which harm you and they cause adverse side effects, and they become addictive... [...]

"It goes to show how little regard these people have for human life - the Zionists. Because remember, the Zionists are the ones who are in charge of many of these things and it shows how they don't care about humanity, they want you to become dumber, they want you to become ill and have poor health, in order for what? To become people who are in authority and who have a lot of power... [...]

"Because Allah, He blessed mankind with people called Muslims, and this is a blessing because the Christians and the Hindus and the Sikhs and even the Jews - they don't know what a blessing we are to them, because we are going to remove all the oppression and all of that Zionism, which is controlling them. And many other Christians know it. If you go to YouTube and you type 'Zionism' - the white supremacists, they hate the Zionists. Even if you look on the forums, and some of them are saying 'maybe we should ally with the Muslims and try and take out Zionism', because they are aware of it as well. Many other people... They can't do it because Allah is not with them, but Allah is with the believers... [...]

"Many of us are struggling for the shari'a, struggling for the caliphate, but Allah blessed another set of people in Iraq and Syria who, praise Allah, are better than us, and we have no issue saying that at all. They are better than us and Allah, He blessed them, and He gave them the caliphate. And that is the beginning of the end of Zionism because Zionism - remember, the only reason it was allowed to spread was because Muslims abandoned the da'wa, they abandoned jihad, they abandoned the religion. But we have the caliphate now, and It's not just the caliphate, it's upon the path of prophethood. They are not facing the Ottoman Caliphate. They are not facing the later caliphates. They are facing a caliphate which is upon the path of prophethood and it is only a matter of time, my dear brothers and sisters, before the pirate state of Israel falls under the sword of monotheism, and Palestine is liberated, and all of mankind can live under the justice of Islam and the shari'a..."

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4657 Preacher At Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara To The Jews: 'We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy'

In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Following are excerpts:

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Omar Abu Sara: "Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to whom every single vile trait has been attributed. They were the masters of these vile traits, and they taught their secrets to others. These traits were registered in the Quran, which depicted all aspects of the lives of the Jews in the most abominable images."


"These traits are the same today as they were in the days of yore. Nay, they have become even more vile and evil with the development of means of crime and corruption in this day and age. By Allah, the Jews are the most evil of Allah's creations. They are the most evil creatures to have walked this Earth.


"They are the slayers of prophets. Ibn Al-Qayyim said that they had killed 70 prophets in one day, and that they had killed a total of over 10,000 prophets. They tried to kill our Prophet Muhammad twice, as far as we know.


"It was the Jews whom Allah turned into apes and pigs, and afflicted with degradation and humiliation.


"We are living in a time when the battle with the Jews has drawn near, as our Prophet Muhammad was reported to have said: 'You fight the Jews until the trees and the stones will say: Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.'


"I say to the Jews loud and clear: The time for your slaughter has come. The time to fight you has come. The time to kill you has come. Allah willing, we are ready for the task we and the loyal and faithful Muslims, along with the armies of the state of the Islamic Caliphate, which will come to liberate this land from your filth.


"We await the day nay, the very moment of your slaughter. We are ready. By Allah, we are. Do your worst. The balance of power is tipped in your favor. Go ahead and kill! Go ahead and slaughter! Stones, trees, and humans suffer at your hand. Please do not leave in our hearts a single grain of mercy towards you, oh Jews, because when the day of your slaughter arrives, we shall slaughter you without mercy. Oh Allah, make that day come faster."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day of the [slaughter] of the Jews."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day of their killing."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day we fight them."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the day of their slaughter."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Allah, hasten the day when the Al-Aqsa Mosque is cleansed of their filth."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the establishment of the state of the Islamic Caliphate."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, make it a righteous caliphate in the path of the prophets."

Crowd: "Amen."

Omar Abu Sara: "Oh Allah, hasten the pledge of allegiance to the Muslim Caliph."

Crowd: "Amen." [...]

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Special Dispatch | 6017 | April 8, 2015

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Lebanese Shi'ite Cleric: Arabs Must Unite Against Iran's Expansion Into The Arab Countries — Which Has America's Blessing





Shi'ite Lebanese cleric Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini, who heads the Arab Islamic Council in Lebanon and is known for his opposition to Hizbullah, told the Iraqi daily Al-Zaman on March 10, 2015 that Iran is striving to take over Arab countries and destabilize them by recruiting local elements. He warned that Iran would continue to eat away at the Arab countries unless the Arabs unite and oppose it. He said that Iran, with the Americans' blessing, has become the patron of Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, and that the imminent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal will be at the expense of Arab countries.

Al-Husseini also argued that extremism in the Sunni world was a response to Iran’s and Hizbullah's Shi'ite extremism, and that Iran was a source of global terrorism; he added that it is escalating Hizbullah-Israel tensions so that it can both raise oil prices to ease its economic distress and speed up the nuclear negotiations.

The following are excerpts from the interview:

Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini (image: Al-Zaman, Iraq, March 10, 2015)

Iran Is Behind Hizbullah's Escalation Of Its Activity Against Israel 

"Q: Recently, we have witnessed the expansion of Hizbullah, Iran's protégé, in Syria and Iraq. Is this part of an Iranian plan to establish a regional empire?"

"A: The plan of Iran's rule of the jurisprudent to expand to our Arab countries is nothing new. It originates with [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini's takeover of the Iranian regime and the so-called plan to export the [Islamic] Revolution to the world. This is under the banner of supporting the weak and defending Palestine, and on the false claim that the rule of the jurisprudent is the mother of mercy for oppressed Shi'ites in their countries, as well as the haven for Sunnis who are persecuted in their homelands. I can mention, for example, the naming of a street in Tehran after [Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's assassin] Khalid Al-Islambouli; [Iran's] support for Sunni Islamists in Algeria and Egypt, and allowing Al-Qaeda leaders and bin Laden's family into Tehran after they fled Afghanistan.

"Using this stratagem, the Iranian regime has managed to infiltrate Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other lands, in order to realize its ambitious plan to take over our Arab countries. This followed its recruitment of [local] agents in these countries to actualize its grand political plan – that is, to eat away at Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

"The [Iranian] regime will continue doing this unless we stand up to it and oppose it. This is the responsibility of us all...”

"Q: What are the causes of the recent escalation between Hizbullah and Israel?

"A: Everyone knows that before [Israel] withdrew from South Lebanon [in 2000], it had an understanding with Hizbullah... which was violated in the June 2006 war and was subsequently changed. In this context, at the start of the Syrian crisis and Hizbullah's direct involvement in it, which made Israel touchy, fundamental principles were set, with two clauses: no weapons transfers from Syria to Hizbullah in Lebanon, and no Hizbullah presence near the [Israeli] border.

"When the [first] clause was violated, Israel bombed weapons deliveries [to Hizbullah via Syria], and when the second clause was violated and Hizbullah approached the border near Quneitra, it bombed them [too]. Things then escalated following Hizbullah's retaliation, which came from South Lebanon as opposed to Quneitra, and matters ended at that.

"This was the visible part of the escalation, but the secret part, and the truth, is that [Iran's] rule of the jurisprudent suffers from two things: difficulties in the nuclear [negotiations], and increasing economic pressure due to the drop in oil prices. In my opinion, the second problem is more significant, since it has damaged [Iran's] economic depth and threatens the Iranian regime from within. In light of this, ending this crisis involves reviving the Israeli front, [which] necessarily raises oil prices [and also] speeds up the nuclear negotiations in favor of the [Iranian] regime – that is, two birds with one stone...

"However, the results on the ground after Israel bombed the convoy of IRGC and Hizbullah commanders were not what [Iran and Hizbullah] had thought they would be. Additionally, they received a stern message that any further escalation would trigger a direct Israeli incursion into Damascus."

"Q: In light of the possibility that Hizbullah would involve Lebanon in a war against Israel, which would threaten [Lebanon's] security as well as the security of the region, what can Lebanese political forces do to oppose this Hizbullah plans that could harm Lebanon?

"A: We in Lebanon object to decisions of war and peace being in the hands of any group or party, specifically Hizbullah, whose decisions and actions are dictated by Iran's rule of the jurisprudent. We have repeatedly demanded that [such] decisions of war and peace be placed exclusively in the hands of the Lebanese state. However, Hizbullah's control of Lebanon, as well as its tyranny against the Lebanese state and people aided by Iranian funds and weapons, have eliminated our ability, and the ability of UNIFIL forces in South Lebanon, to deter it from military action."

In Order To Deal With Terrorist Organizations We Must Cut Off The Serpent's Head – That Is, The Rule Of The Jurisprudent

"Q: Do you believe that extremist organizations entered Lebanon in response to Hizbullah's involvement in the Syrian crisis?

"A: Yes, definitely. Hizbullah, and its backer, the Iranian rule of the jurisprudent, are directly responsible for the spread of violence and extremism, not just in Lebanon but also in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This is because extremism and violence beget extremism and violence. Hizbullah is now reaping [the fruits] of the extremist groups that it sowed, raised, nurtured, and even trained in Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. This is exactly what the rule of the jurisprudent wants; it cannot live in our Arab countries other than by creating crises in them..."

"Q: In your opinion, what are the reasons for increasing tension among different schools and sects in the Arab world in recent years?

"A: I do not deny that there are ancient ideological and religious differences between schools and sects. But in themselves, they are not enough to cause extremism, accusations of apostasy, and sharp divides. Therefore, unfortunately, I believe that what is happening today in the Arab world is nothing but an artificial clamour with political purpose. Clamour that ostensibly [seems] religious, but is actually political... Politics tarnishes everything it touches. That is why I think the supreme Islamic interest is to reactivate Al-Azhar's initiative to bring schools of thought closer together..."

"Q: In your opinion, what are the reasons for the spread of extremist organizations such as ISIS in recent years, and how can we deal with this phenomenon?

"A: There are several reasons. The main reason is Iran's rule of the jurisprudent, which lies in wait for the security of us Arabs, creating fitna and inciting violence... [This regime] is the source of global terrorism, and works day and night to establish extremist jihad groups and movements that serve its interests and prepare the ground for its plan.

"The Iranian regime cannot interfere in any Arab country so long as [the Arab country] is steadfast and stable. Just as a microbe cannot live in a sterile environment, and instead thrives in filth, Iran's rule of the jurisprudent is attempting to attract [jihadi] groups, whether Sunni, Shi'ite, Arab or foreign. It supports them, helps them, and generously provides them with everything they need, and later uses them as a means to achieve its ends... "

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Pakistani Urdu Daily: 'By Offering The Enticement Of A Nuclear Pact To Iran, Which Is Supporting The Houthi Rebels,' America And Its Allies Are 'Following A Policy Of Weakening The Muslim World'





Screen shot of Roznama Ummat editorial

In an April 4, 2015 editorial titled "Support of the Great Satan Is Not Without a Cause," Pakistan’s leading Urdu-language daily, Roznama Ummat, stated that the U.S. and its allies are following a policy of weakening the Islamic world by enticing Iran to agree a nuclear deal. The phrase "Great Satan," referring to the U.S., was instituted by the founder of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Roznama Ummat is a staunch supporter of Islamist political parties such as the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.

The editorial notes that the "most painful aspect" of U.S. policy is that it does not object to Israel's nuclear arsenal. Underlining this double standard, it notes that when India conducted its first nuclear test in 1974, the "anti-Muslim powers remained silent," but when Pakistan decided to conduct nuclear tests in 1998, it was threatened with being pushed back to the Stone Age.

Roznama Ummat's claim notwithstanding, it should be noted that as following its nuclear testing, India was indeed subjected to with U.S. sanctions, lasting several decades.

Following are excerpts from the Roznama Ummat editorial:

"Iran Will Not Be Allowed To Build Any Nuclear Facility For 15 Years; In Lieu Of The Proposed Agreement, America Has Announced To End Sanctions On Iran In Stages"

"After long negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran has agreed to a framework for the future of its nuclear program with the six great powers. This agreement has come about after 12 years of struggle. America, Iran and Germany have said that the recent unanimity of views has been reached after eight days of discussions, whereas the composite nuclear agreement would be formulated by June 30 [2015].

"Soon after the agreement between Iran and the six great powers, American President Barack Obama welcomed it, and termed it the best solution for the issue. Also Iranian President Hassan Rohani welcomed it and described the agreement as in the best interests of Iran.

"American President Barack Obama, in his address, said: 'The one option with us [the Western powers] was to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, but in the current situation, we could not afford to start a new war in the Middle East. After formulation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, we will start strict monitoring on the implementation of the agreement. If Iran violated the agreement, the world would know its consequences.'

"According to the agreed framework, Iran's nuclear program would be limited; it would not be able to make a plutonium bomb; and apart from reducing enriched uranium, it would bring down the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 6,000. Iran would not be allowed to build any nuclear facility for 15 years. In lieu of the proposed agreement, America has announced to end sanctions on Iran in stages. But it has also threatened that if it [Iran] committed any violation, all sanctions would be re-imposed. "

"This Small Country [Israel] Was Only Allowed To Acquire Nuclear Capability Because It Is America's Parasite And Adopted [Child]"; "After Israel, India Decided To Become A Nuclear Power And Conducted A Nuclear Explosion In 1974, But Anti-Muslim Powers Remained Silent"

"Acquisition of nuclear power is right of every country, provided it is used for its defense and to meet energy requirements. The Western powers have established hegemony over [nuclear power]. And the most painful aspect of it is that the biggest enemy of Muslims, Israel, is equipped with countless nuclear weapons. This small country was only allowed to acquire nuclear capability because it is America's parasite and adopted [child]. Israel not only supported the Muslim-killing policies of America and non-Islamic countries, but has also, in addition to occupying Muslim lands including Baitul Muqaddis [Jerusalem] in Palestine, engaged in killing Muslims.

"After Israel, India decided to become a nuclear power and it conducted a nuclear explosion in 1974, but anti-Muslim powers remained silent. In contrast, when Pakistan decided to respond to India's five nuclear explosions in 1998, it received dire threats and was told that if it attempted [a nuclear test], it would be pushed back to the Stone Age through destroying it economically.

"However, when the Nawaz government of that time, and the [Pakistani] military leadership, established [Pakistan's] superiority over India by conducting six [tit-for-tat] nuclear explosions on May 28, 1998, ignoring the threats by the U.S. and the Western powers, the bubble of Western countries' threats [against Pakistan] burst within just a few days. After Pakistan, when Iran showed its intent to acquire nuclear power for meeting its energy requirements, sanctions were imposed on it one after the other."

"In View Of The Long History Of American Conspiracies, There Is A Need For Maintaining The Unity Of The Muslim Ummah; The Iranian Nation May Remember This Saying Of Ayatollah Khomeini: For Muslims, America Is The Great Satan And Russia Is The Little Satan"

"The timing of the consensus on the agreement between Iran and six countries America, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany needs special attention. To defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen, most Muslim countries have united under the leadership of Saudi Arabia. Pakistan and Turkey have offered every possible help to the Saudi state for protecting its integrity and security. Non-Arab Muslim countries are of the view that because of Houthi tribes and their backer country [Iran], not only the Saudi state but the Muslim Holy Cities [of Mecca and Medina] are also facing a serious threat.

"[Furthermore,] many Muslim countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey do not have pleasant relations with the U.S. as they once did. Meanwhile, because of the Houthis' rebellion and the destruction and bloodshed in Yemen, and in reaction to that, lives and property of Muslims from both sides are being destroyed. By offering the enticement of a nuclear pact to Iran, which is supporting the Houthi rebels, America and its allied countries are following a policy of weakening the Muslim world by creating hostility between Arabs and non-Arabs, between Shi'as and Sunnis.

"Iran's one senior diplomat Sadiq Kharrazi has revealed that Iranian [IRGC Qods Force] general Qasim Solemani is there [in Yemen] to lead Yemen's Houthi rebels. The BBC has also given this news before. Regardless of whether this news is confirmed or denied, the Muslim countries need to understand that America and its Western allies' rising up in support of Iran's nuclear program at this time is not without a cause.

"In view of the long history of American conspiracies, it is necessary to maintain the unity of the Muslim Ummah. The Iranian nation may remember this saying of Ayatollah Khomeini: For Muslims, America is the Great Satan, and Russia is the Little Satan.

"America's friendship with Muslims cannot be expected. Although today it is forced to support Iran, it can, in keeping with its tradition and custom, betray it [Iran] tomorrow."


Source: Roznama Ummat, Pakistan, April 4, 2015.





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PA President Abbas Supports Operation In Yemen, Says: We Too Suffer From Division




In his speech at the Arab League Summit in Sharm Al-Sheikh on March 27, 2015, PA President Mahmoud Abbas expressed support for the Saudi-led operation against the Houthis in Yemen and said: "Just like in the case of Yemen... there are other countries that suffer from division, strife, and so on. We are suffering from division. We were the first to suffer from it."

Following are excerpts from the speech, which aired on Egypt's Channel 1.

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Mahmoud Abbas: "First, I would like to express full support for the decision taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Arab countries to participate in the operations for the preservation of the unity of Yemen, and in support of the legitimate [regime] there. At the same time, we stress the importance of accepting the call for dialogue issued by the GCC, and adhering to dialogue as the best means to achieve security and stability for our beloved Yemen, and to preserve its territorial integrity. Your Royal Highness, King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz – Allah is with you, and so are we. Our brother, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – Allah is with you, and so are we."

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Kuwaiti Professor Nafisi: We Must Prepare For Ground Operation In Yemen














In an Al-Jazeera TV interview, Kuwaiti Professor Abdallah Nafisi said that the air strikes against the Houthis in Yemen were a "good and necessary beginning," but that "we must prepare for a ground operation." He further said that since Iran was debilitated, "this is the right time to deal Iran a painful and crushing blow."

Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on March 30, 2015.

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Abdallah Nafisi: "Personally, I was surprised [by Operation Decisive Storm], because I was one of the many who were filled with despair and despondency. This heartening news lifted me out of a state of despair, and gave me new hope.


"The air strikes are a good and necessary beginning, but they cannot go on for a long time. That is why, since the very first day of the campaign, I have been saying that we need to prepare for a ground operation, in which we will seek out supporters in Yemen, and provide them with cash and Kalashnikovs. That is what will solve the Yemen problem. We should provide cash and financing for all the parties in Yemen that are ready to defeat Iran and its [fifth] column in Yemen. We should also provide the Yemeni people with weapons, so that they can rise up against the Houthis and Ali Abdallah Saleh."

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Special Dispatch No. 6015

Op-Ed In Saudi Daily: Why Do Saudi Girls' Schools Remain Nameless?




In an op-ed in the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh titled "I Want A Name, Not A Number," Omaima Al-Khamis wrote about the kingdom's custom of giving names to boys' schools but giving only a number to girls' schools. The following is her piece, as translated into English and published by The Saudi Gazette on April 4, 2015.

Omaima Al-Khamis 

"The Most Recently Opened Girls' School In Riyadh Has Been Named 'The 390th Elementary School"

"The most recently opened girls' school in Riyadh has been named 'The 390th Elementary School.' I cannot explain why girls' schools – which are opening all the time – are given numbers instead of proper names.

"We live in the Arabian Peninsula, in the land of the Arabic language. One of the miracles bestowed on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the Holy Koran that was revealed in Arabic.

"The Prophet (pbuh) said: 'You will be called on the Day of Resurrection by your names and the names of your fathers, so choose good names for yourselves.'

"Girls' schools in the Kingdom do not have names. They are instead given numbers that make no sense. The authorities should take action now and replace the numbers with the names of the streets or neighborhoods in which the schools are located."

"Giving Girls' Schools Numbers For Names Obliterates Their Identity; Is There Some Sort Of Effort... To Deface The Identity Of Women In Society?"

"A name gives a person or an institute an identity. Article 3 of the Convention of the Rights of Children states that children are entitled to have names and nationalities.

"Giving girls' schools numbers for names obliterates their identity. Is there some sort of effort underway to deface the identity of women in society?"

"Why are boys' schools named after companions of the Prophet (pbuh) and well-known historical figures? If you pass by a boys' school, you will see a big sign over the gate with the name of the school that can be seen by everyone. On the other hand, girls' schools have boards with numbers that cannot be seen very clearly."

"The Issue Of Giving Numbers To Girls' Schools Is An Old One... The Ministry Continues To Fail To Take Any Action"

"When I was working at the Ministry of Education, a committee was formed to choose names for girls' schools.

"This happened during the era of Education Minister Muhammad Al-Rasheed between 1996 and 2005. I do not know what happened to the committee, but it seems that it ended up taking no action.

"The issue of giving numbers to girls' schools is an old one and countless articles have been written about it; meanwhile, the ministry continues to fail to take any action."


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4841

Sermon In Montpellier, France: Women Are Selfish By Nature, Deny The Good Bestowed On Them By Men














In a Friday sermon delivered in the Aicha Mosque in Montpellier, France, Imam Mohamed Khattabi said: "No matter how much good you bestow upon a woman... Her selfishness drives her to deny it." The sermon was delivered on March 8 and posted on the Internet.

Following are excerpts:

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Mohamed Khattabi: "It was Islam that enabled women to raise their heads high. Fathers would marry their daughters off without consulting them. They would treat them like merchandise. They would marry them off or force them to divorce, and the daughters had no say in the matter. The daughter had no right to express her choice, to say whether she agreed or not. This was the case until the Prophet Muhammad said: 'Her silence means consent.'

"When a maiden is offered a husband – her silence means consent. This means that she has the right to have an opinion. Islam has granted her the right to speak up, to say if she accepts or rejects the offer. If she is silent, it means that she was too embarrassed to say 'yes.' If she had objected to the match, she would have said 'no,' because she would not want to marry someone she did not like. Thus, she is spared the need to say 'yes' in front of her father, mother, and others. Islam spares women the embarrassment of having to utter the word."

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MEMRI TV Clip 4840

Gaza Islamic Lecturer Tahani Abu Jazar: Islam Defends The Rights Of Women














In a recent TV interview, Tahani Abu Jazar, lecturer on Islamic law at the Islamic University in Gaza, defended the status of women in Islam, saying: "The woman does not have the same needs as the man." The man, she said, "uses the left hemisphere of the brain," whereas the woman "uses both parts of her brain." According to Abu Jazar, "this proves that the testimony of a man equals that of two women." The interview aired on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV channel on March 8, 2015 to mark International Woman's Day.

Following are excerpts:

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Tahani Abu Jazar: "The Christians and the philosophers say that [the woman] is not a creature with a soul. Look what level they have reached... In Western countries, as soon as a woman reaches the age of 16, she moves out and the ties with her family are severed. Moreover, if she gets married, she loses her father's name, and she is linked to her husband. The religion of Islam, however, elevates the status of women, and guides them to the sound path that Allah wants for them."

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Interviewer: "Let me ask you about the issue of equality. Some Western countries try to distort Islam in this regard, [saying that] in Islam, the woman is not like the man, that the man gets the lion's share in every field, and that the woman does not have the same rights as the man. In Islam, a man can go out without covering his head, while a woman cannot. A man can greet any man he wants, while a woman is forbidden to do so. They consider this to constitute inequality of women. How should we respond to them, and show that through our Islamic teachings, we are preserving the honor of women, rather than shackling them?"

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Inquiry and Analysis | 1151 | April 6, 2015

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Iranian Regime Continues Its Lies And Fabrications About Supreme Leader Khamenei's Nonexistent Fatwa Banning Nuclear Weapons





In President Obama's announcement of the joint statement following the conclusion of the negotiations in Lausanne, he again mentioned the nonexistent fatwa, stating as fact that Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.[1] This assertion by the president is not true. Such a fatwa has never been issued, and to this day no one has been able to show it, as MEMRI has detailed in five reports so far.[2]

The following is the sixth MEMRI report, constituting an update about this nonexistent fatwa.


The Iranian regime has persisted in its attempts to deceive the West in the matter of a fatwa that it claims was issued by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei banning nuclear weapons. The deception focuses on both the fatwa's alleged date of issue and on its alleged content. This fatwa has never been presented by Iran and in fact does not exist.

An Iranian international law expert published, on the BBC Persian website, an article stating that no such fatwa was ever issued.

One (Nonexistent) Fatwa Many Dates

Following the continuing pressure on the Iranian regime to come up with Khamenei's (nonexistent) fatwa that allegedly bans nuclear weapons, the regime recently published, on one of the two websites where Khamenei's fatwas are published, a letter sent by Khamenei in April 2010 to the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. The letter, in Farsi, Arabic, English, and Spanish, was posted under the heading "New Fatwas." (see Appendix I). On February 26, 2015, Khamenei tweeted, "We consider the use of WMDs as Haraam [forbidden]" and linked to the letter on the website.[3]

The presentation of this letter as a (new) fatwa proves that no such fatwa was ever issued before; likewise, the letter to the conference does not constitute a religiously binding fatwa, but is a political statement with no religious significance.

Additionally, the nonexistent fatwa has over the years been given different dates of issue by different Iranian regime spokesmen, but none have ever actually presented it.[4]

In May 2012, before being elected president, Hassan Rohani claimed that the fatwa was issued in 2004, when was heading the Iranian delegation to the nuclear talks with the EU3. He also stated that it was he, Rohani, who had thought to present Khamenei's statements in a November 5, 2004 Friday sermon at Tehran University to the EU3 prior to the signing of the November 2004 Paris Agreement, as a fatwa to guarantee that Iran was not striving to develop nuclear weapons.[5]

As noted, the Khamenei sermon that Rohani presented as a fatwa was delivered in 2004, whereas Khamenei's letter to the conference, identified as a "new" fatwa on his website, is dated 2010.

One (Nonexistent) Fatwa Different Content

Furthermore, Khamenei, in his November 5, 2004 sermon, defined possessing, storing, and using nuclear weapons as "problematic" not as "prohibited (haram)."[6] However, in his 2010 letter, Khamenei defines nuclear weapons as prohibited (haram; see Appendix I).[7]

Appendix I: Khamenei's Letter To The 2010 Tehran Conference

The following screenshot shows Khamenei's April 2010 letter to the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, under the "New Fatwas" section of his fatwas website.

Source: Khamenei.ir, accessed March 23, 2015.

Appendix II: Iranian International Law Expert: "Where Is The Iranian Leader's Original Fatwa Banning Nuclear Weapons? And What Does It Say? In Reality, So Far No One Has Claimed To Have Actually Seen The Fatwa"

On July 16, 2014, BBC Persian posted an article titled "Where Is The Iranian Leader's Fatwa Banning Nuclear Weapons?" by Iranian international law expert Bahman Aghai Diba. In it, Aghai Diba explained that the regime's failure to publish the actual text of the fatwa, coupled with its reliance on a letter by Khamenei to a conference in Tehran, constitute a breach of Shi'ite custom, according to which a published fatwa consists of a question posed to a senior ayatollah together with his reply. According to Aghai Diba, the failure to post the fatwa on Khamenei's various websites, where detailed descriptions of many of his other fatwas do appear, casts doubt on its existence, and prevents it from being examined for both date and content.[8]

The following are the main points of his article, as translated from the Persian:[9]

"The Iranian government states that the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran does not aspire to use nuclear energy for military purposes, and in order to prove this point they refer to a fatwa or religious ruling by the Iranian Supreme Leader, which allegedly forbids [the use of] weapons of mass destruction. 

"Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said that Iran will turn this fatwa into a law in order to reassure several states of the civilian nature [of its nuclear program]. The U.S. Secretary of State also said that this fatwa is important, but should become law. An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman [Afkham] also said, in the past, that the Islamic Republic intends to register this fatwa with the UN.

"But where is the Iranian leader's original fatwa banning nuclear weapons? And what does it say? In reality, so far no one has claimed to have actually seen the fatwa.

"Fatwas have a certain status in Islamic jurisprudence. They have formatting and content requirements. The fatwas are usually in the form of a question asked of a marja' taqlid [the highest jurisprudential authority in Shi'a Islam], and the marja'a gives an answer that is based on Islamic religious sources.

"Keeping in mind that the Iranian leader's fatwa banning nuclear weapons has never been published anywhere, it is not clear what its format and content are. Who asked the question ([i.e.] an ordinary person or a jurist[?]) and what formulas and rules from Islamic religious law were used in order to reply to it? For example, does the word haram [forbidden] appear in it, or are conditions for this ban spelled out?

"In accordance with the accepted definition of a fatwa (according to the explanation presented in the existing sources that are known to all), [a fatwa] is: 'A publicly applicable religious law concerning a particular issue that is derived from the four sources [of Islamic law]: the Koran, the Sunnah [i.e. the traditions], ijma [consensus among the clerics], and a logical interpretation of the issue by the marja'.

"It is said that Khamenei's fatwa banning nuclear weapons was issued somewhere around 2005. On October 31, 2013, Iranian Majlis speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran's Supreme Leader has banned the use of nuclear weapons, and the Iranian government wants to register this [fatwa] as a document in the U.N. This is evidence that at least as of that date this fatwa had not been presented in the form of a document to the U.N. At the same time, there is no precedent in history of the registration of such a fatwa in the U.N.

"When a fatwa is issued by the marja' taqlid, this religious edict reaches the knowledge of the public by various channels. In this day and age, when clerics have extensive means [to publish] both privately and publicly, their fatwas are published on multiple websites, including the official websites of these maraji'. Leader Khamenei's rulings and fatwas are presented on his personal and official websites, on almost every subject, in detail and in a very organized manner, and hundreds of other elements [in Iran] also reiterate these fatwas.

"These edicts are [also] organized according to words, languages, and topics. However, such an important fatwa a fatwa that bans nuclear weapons on which many high-ranking officials of the Islamic Republic rely appears nowhere in the abovementioned sources. Its text is not found on any website, nor in any of the numerous collections of the Supreme Leader's publications that are published by the Center for Preserving and Publishing the Works of the Leader, nor in any language.

"However, the inaccessibility of this fatwa prevents it from being examined in order to determine what the ban on weapons of mass destruction is based on. What extent of mass destruction does it include? When the Iranians and the Iraqis were killed extensively during the Iran-Iraq War (especially owing to Iran's 'human wave' strategy [in which Iran sent masses across minefields]), no marja', including Ayatollah [Ruhollah] Khomeini, issued a fatwa or order to prevent all this slaughter or to define this destruction and slaughter as un-Islamic.

"Ayatollah Khomeini never declared the Iraqi nuclear project 'un-Islamic,' even though it was clearly intended for military use (this [Iraqi] project was stopped by Israel's bombing of the Iraqi nuclear facilities).

"Some sources have tried to say that Khamenei's fatwa is his April 4, 2010 letter to the Disarmament Conference in Tehran, in which he condemned the use of weapons of mass destruction, calling them 'a violation of human rights and a clear example of war crimes.' But this claim is unacceptable, because this letter is not considered a fatwa.

"The fatwa banning nuclear weapons by Iran's Supreme Leader remains shrouded in fog."

[1] Whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/02/statement-president-framework-prevent-iran-obtaining-nuclear-weapon, April 2, 2015.

[2] MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 825,
Renewed Iran-West Nuclear Talks Part II: Tehran Attempts to Deceive U.S. President Obama, Sec'y of State Clinton With Nonexistent Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa By Supreme Leader Khamenei, April 19, 2012; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5406, Release Of Compilation Of Newest Fatwas By Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Without Alleged Fatwa About Nuclear Bomb, August 13, 2013; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5461, President Obama Endorses The Lie About Khamenei's 'Fatwa' Against Nuclear Arms, September 29, 2013; MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No.1022, The Official Iranian Version Regarding Khamenei's Alleged Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is A Lie, Oct 4, 2013; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5681, Prominent Iranian Analyst, Author, And Columnist Amir Taheri: Nobody Has Actually Seen Khamenei's Anti-Nuclear Fatwa, Which Obama Often Quotes, March 17, 2014.

[3] Twitter.com/Khamenei_ir, February 26, 2015; Farsi.khamenei.ir/treatise-content?id=228&pid=228&tid=-1. Both accessed March 23, 2015.

[4] See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 825,
Renewed Iran-West Nuclear Talks Part II: Tehran Attempts to Deceive U.S. President Obama, Sec'y of State Clinton With Nonexistent Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa By Supreme Leader Khamenei, April 19, 2012, and MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 1080, U.S. Secretary Of State Kerry In New And Unprecedented Statement: 'President Obama And I Are Both Extremely Welcoming And Grateful For The Fact That [Iranian] Supreme Leader [Khamenei] Has Issued A [Nonexistent] Fatwa' Banning Nuclear Weapons, April 19, 2014.

[5] See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 1022,
The Official Iranian Version Regarding Khamenei's Alleged Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is A Lie, October 4, 2013.

[6] See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 1022,
The Official Iranian Version Regarding Khamenei's Alleged Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is A Lie, October 4, 2013.

[7] See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 1022,
The Official Iranian Version Regarding Khamenei's Alleged Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is A Lie, October 4, 2013.

[8] As noted in this paper, Aghai Diba's article was published in July 2014, and the alleged fatwa was posted in the "New Fatwas" section on Khamenei's fatwa website only after that.  

[9] BBC Persian, July 16, 2014.





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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4859

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Receives Hero's Welcome In Tehran Following Nuclear Joint Statement




Following the joint statement issued by Iran and the world powers in Lausanne, Switzerland on the Iran nuclear deal framework, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Tehran on April 3 to a hero's welcome.

Following is an excerpt from the footage, which was broadcast by Mayadeen TV.

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Reporter: "This is Tehran during the Norouz holiday, following the statement in Lausanne. The top negotiator and his team arrived in the Iranian capital. This is how he was received following negotiation considered the most difficult since the beginning of the conflict over Iran's nuclear project. They believe that what happened in Lausanne was a clear Iranian victory, for which they waited for years, with their eyes set upon the emerging of their country from the hardship of the international sanctions. The Lausanne communiqué, the Lausanne understandings, or the Lausanne agreement – the people who sat around the negotiations table care less about the name as about the outcome."


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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4862

Shi'ite Iraqi Guru Of The Occult Al-Shibiani Slams Saudis: I Can See Hyenas Feeding On Their Corpses














Abu Ali Al-Shibiani is a popular Shi'ite Iraqi healer and expert on the occult who interlaces his advice on medical herbs and prophecies of imminent catastrophes with extensive political analysis. Al-Shibiani has a daily show on Iraq Future TV, where he is presented as "a certified international expert on herbal and alternative medicine." The episodes of his show are also posted on his YouTube channel. On his March 31, 2015 show, while advising callers on the benefits of dill and the best way to treat phlegm, Al-Shibiani plunged into an anti-Sunni diatribe against the backdrop of the Saudi-led "Operation Decisive Storm." He added that the Jews are directing Arab leaders.

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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4857

British MP Galloway Slams Anti-Houthi Campaign On Iran TV: The Saudis Are Treacherous Snakes














British MP George Galloway recently criticized the Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis in Yemen, saying that the Saudis were treacherous snakes, who belly-danced for Netanyahu in the casinos and bordellos of London. Galloway was speaking on his regular program on the Iranian English-language Press TV channel on March 27, 2015.

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Special Dispatch No. 6011

In Indian Newspaper, MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad Discusses Antisemitism, Flight Of Jews From Europe, And Other Forms Of Racism In South Asia




On March 25, 2015, the Indian Express published an article by MEMRI scholar Tufail Ahmad titled "Hatred of Jews, And Our Own", in which he discussed Antisemitism and other forms of racism in South Asia.

Following is the text of the article:

"Ideas build societies. Ideas also kill people. When ideas coalesce into becoming an ideology, a pattern of killings becomes predictable. Societies host murderous ideologies. As an ideology targets a community, its members are shunned by neighbors, ridiculed and killed systematically over long periods, forced to emigrate and find new shelters. Antisemitism - or the prejudice and hate that targets Jews collectively and individually - is a type of racism now murdering Christians and Shia Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere. 'The hate that begins with Jews,' wrote British rabbi Jonathan Sacks recently, 'never ends with Jews.'

"Before Islam was born, Jews lived in the land now called Saudi Arabia. Today there are no Jews in Saudi Arabia, eliminated completely. In the 1930s, more than half of the world's Jews lived in Europe. Eight decades later, the population of Jews in Europe has declined sharply. As estimated by Sergio Della Pergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 54 percent of the 16.6 million Jews worldwide, or 9.5 million, lived in Europe in 1939. Europe's Jewish population fell to 3.8 million in 1945, the year the Allies won the World War II and discovered the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews, of Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed in Hitler's gas chambers.

"It was expected that attacks on Jews would decline after the Allies ushered in the path of democracy in Europe. But the population of Jews in post-War Europe continued to fall - from 3.8 million in 1945 to 3.2 million in 1960, 2.0 million in 1991, which further declined to 1.4 million in 2010, according to the Pew Research Center. In the European parts of the former USSR, there were 3.4 million Jews in 1939, declining to 310,000 now. The Pew notes: 'Similar trends have occurred in Eastern European countries that were outside the USSR, including Poland, Hungary, Romania and several other nations' where the Jewish population fell from 4.7 million in 1939 to 100,000 now.

"Some argue that the population of European Jews fell, especially in the early post-War decades, because Israel emerged as a shelter; but Israel was not the cause. The cause, in case of Arabia or Europe, is the hate Jews suffered through centuries. The current worry: There is upsurge in attacks on European Jews. The Community Security Trust, a charity, reports that Antisemitic incidents in Britain, which is relatively safe, doubled to 1,168 last year. Amid mounting attacks, 7,000 Jews left France in 2014, doubling from the previous year. Sixty percent of Jews in Sweden are afraid to identify themselves as Jews, says a European Union survey. In Greece, 69 percent adults hold Antisemitic views.

"A Pew study recorded Antisemitic attacks in 77 of 198 countries in 2013, but it was in 34 of 45 European countries that harassment of Jews was most alarming. This issue was highlighted after recent attacks by jihadists on a kosher supermarket in Paris and a Copenhagen synagogue. Synagogues, Jewish museums and supermarkets are targets. While there are periods in history when Muslim-Jewish relations were good, Antisemitism is now encouraged in Muslim societies in Europe or elsewhere. Now the issue is the European nations' inability to check the rise of Antisemitism - the reason why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Jews to leave Europe amid the desecration of 400 Jewish graves in France.

"Some analysts, especially those on the other side of morality, argue that the recent rise in attacks on European Jews is due to Israel's treatment of Palestinians. However, the attacks on Jews in Europe were much more when Israel did not exist. It's also historically an incorrect argument that Jews did not live in the region called Israel. Those who say that Jews should go back should be, for argument's sake, told this: they should go back to Saudi Arabia. In the present era, it is difficult to distinguish the hatred of Jews from a genuine criticism of Israel's policies as a state."

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Special Dispatch No. 6012

Article By MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad: 'The Threat Of Radicalization In India'















On March 30, 2015, MEMRI scholar Tufail Ahmad published an article on the website for the Indiafacts Research Center titled "The Threat of Radicalization in India."

Following is the full text of the article:

"On March 19, India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh, told a counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur: 'Indian Muslims are patriots and are not swayed by fundamentalist ideologies. Extremism is alien to their nature.' Rajnath Singh's statement was in consonance with the standpoint articulated earlier by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who told journalist Fareed Zakaria last September: 'Indian Muslims will live for India and die for India. Al-Qaeda is delusional to think Indian Muslims will dance to its tunes.' Speaking about the threat of the Islamic State, or ISIS, the home minister also remarked: 'According to our intelligence agencies, just a handful of Indian youths have joined the ISIS and some have returned after being persuaded by their families.'

"Through both these statements, the Indian government is conveying some vital messages to the public: one, Indian Muslims are law-abiding citizens and are indeed patriots; two, Al-Qaeda and the ISIS are not a serious threat to India. It can be argued that the Indian government is right to convey these messages, as ordinary citizens in any country, not just India, are never a threat to the law and order. Also, the jihadist organizations can never take over our societies, our cities and our governments. Rather, they will remain a terror group, surviving in the dark alleys of our streets, trying to connect with disaffected youths and occasionally explode a bomb. The only real jihadist threat to India could emerge when Pakistan collapses, especially if the Taliban mutate into an ISIS-like force and start targeting Shia Muslims. Even in an extreme eventuality, India has military preponderance to deal with such a situation. Indian military is a 24×7 antibiotic which works for the security of Indians non-stop and very effectively.

"However, India must not slip into its default co-existence consciousness. India's experience with its celebrated co-existence and pluralism shows that we have co-existed with Maoist terrorism for more than half-century. It also means that the Pakistani military's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) continues to recruit Hindus and Muslims alike for terror and espionage. A simple Google search reveals that Indians were routinely arrested over the past decade for coming in contact with ISI in different parts of the country. India must not get complacent about the terror threat for the following reasons: the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai demonstrated that a group of just ten jihadists can join hands and launch a major attack that can strike at a nation's confidence and create insecurity in a major metropolis; the 9/11 attacks demonstrated that a group of 19 terrorists can join hands with a few others and alter the course of foreign policies of dozens of countries for several decades." 

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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.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Cyber Warfare: ISIS Activist Efforts To Circumvent Censorship Through Alternative Social Media Thwarted By Anti-ISIS Hacker Retaliation


In order to circumvent censorship on mainstream social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, online jihad supporters have turned to other solutions. One of those solutions is to opt out of mainstream social media and turn to similar software offering social media capabilities. Using open-source social media platforms, tech savvy jihadis have recently attempted to build their own social networks.


Jabhat Al-Nusra Leader: We Do Not Intend To Rule Exclusively In Idlib

On April 1, 2015, Jabhat Al-Nusra released a new audio message by its leader, Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani, titled "Victory from Allah and Conquest is Imminent." It was Al-Joulani's first public address in months.

Al-Joulani opened his message by congratulating his men and the factions allied with Jabhat Al-Nusra in the "Army of Conquest" (Jaish Al-Fath) coalition on the successful takeover of Idlib, a provincial capital and strategic city in northwestern Syria. He likewise congratulated them on their unity and on their successful management of the battle for the city. Al-Joulani thanked the residents of Idlib for their warm welcome to the mujahideen, and promised them that they would enjoy a peaceful life under shari'a law.


Jabhat Al-Nusra Celebrates Takeover Of Idlib From Regime Forces

On March 27, 2015,  Jabhat Al-Nusra's (JN) official media wing, Al-Manara Al-Baida, released a collection of photos and videos documenting the takeover of Idlib by Jaish Al-Fath, a task force of several groups, led by Jabhat Al-Nusra, that was established specifically for the purpose of taking the city. The videos and pictures posted on the Twitter account of JN in Idlib  document what is presented as a swift campaign, beginning with the elimination of Syrian Army checkpoints at the city's outskirts, followed by face-to-face fighting in the streets, and concluding with the capture of strategic buildings and landmarks, such as the province council building, the clock square and the city stadium. The task force also took over the central jail and released the prisoners. According to JN, during the takeover of the jail the attackers discovered the bodies of prisoners who had apparently been murdered by jailers ahead of the attack. The organization also boasts that it destroyed all the tanks it encountered, killed many regime soldiers and took many others captive.

Another video, posted March 28, 2015 on the jihadi Al-Fida' forum, documents senior JN senior cleric 'Abdallah Al-Muhaisani delivering a speech in central Idlib. In the speech he praises the fighters who conquered the city in only three days, and urges them the members of Jaish Al-Fath to continue fighting as a single force in order to liberate further Syrian cities, including Damascus: "Oh commanders of the fighting groups, I will sacrifice my life, my blood, my property and [my] family members for your sake, and so that you may preserve this army [Jaish Al-Fath] and make it a gateway for conquering Damascus. Go forth and liberate the land of the Muslims." Addressing the Syrian people, he asks them to continue trusting Jaish Al-Fath, which kept its promise and liberated Idlib so quickly. He also conveys his consolations to the families of the fallen.


Issue VIII Of ISIS's English-Language Magazine 'Dabiq' Focuses On Syria, Libya; Continues To Call For Hijra, Attacks Against West

On March 30, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) released the eighth issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq. The 68-page issue, which is titled "Shari'a Alone Will Rule Africa", features several articles pertaining to Africa. Among them is a congratulatory article on Boko Haram's recent joining of ISIS; praise for the ISIS attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia, which was presented as part of an article that praised other ISIS attacks; a report about the events in Libya, which focused on criticizing ISIS's enemies there; and an interview with a man who assassinated a Tunisian politician in 2013, who calls upon Muslims in France to carry out attacks against the unbelievers. The issue features two articles that criticize the various Syrian opposition groups, including Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra, while accusing them, inter alia, of using Islam and jihad to promote their agenda and of collaborating with the West and other Arab regimes. The issue also features articles that justify some of ISIS's practices, namely its indoctrination of children and its destruction of archeological relics. Similar to previous issues of Dabiq, the current issue continues its call for Muslims living in the West, which ISIS calls the "lands of shirk [polytheism]," to make hijra to the Islamic State. It also features an article by a Muslim woman who calls upon all other women to immigrate to the Islamic State. The issue also includes an article by British prisoner John Cantlie, in which he discusses the U.S.'s policy towards ISIS.  

The issue includes other items, like promotions for ISIS releases, as well as a section titled "In The Words Of The Enemy," which includes references to ISIS from former Republican senator Rick Santorum (who the magazine calls a "Catholic Crusader"), former CIA officer Gary Berntsen, and Virginia state Sen. Richard Black.

The following is a review of the main items in the issue:

Forward Rejects Nationalism, Says Unbelievers "Can Never Be The Equals Of The Muslims," Praises Attacks In Yemen, Tunisia And Europe  

The issue's forward reiterates the idea that within the Islamic caliphate, Muslims are equal regardless of their national or ethnic background. There, it says, "their blood mixed and became one, under a single flag and goal."  The forward reiterates ISIS's call to Muslims everywhere to make hijra to it, while criticizing the notions of nationalism, patriotism, and tribalism. Those, it says, have never been the driving force inside a mujahid's heart. In that regard, it calls upon Muslims to reject nationalism, which, it says, confines their sense of religious brotherhood to manmade borders. It also notes that nationalism looks upon people equally regardless of their religion. On the other hand, the forward notes the obligation upon Muslims to fight anyone that stands in the way of their religion, while adding that the unbelievers "can never be the equals of the Muslims even of both were to come from the same land."


Issue VIII Of 'Dabiq' Includes Interview With Assassin Of Tunisian MP, Who Urges Muslims In France To Emulate Terrorist Attacks In Europe, Threatens: 'Your Women And Children Will Be Sold By Us In The Markets'

On March 30, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) published the eighth issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq. The issue features an interview with Abu Muqatil Al-Tunisi, the assassin of Tunisian PM Mohammad Brahmi, who was killed in July 2013. Al-Tunisi reveals the motives behind Brahmi's assassination, which, he says, were primarily directed at stirring up chaos in Tunisia to facilitate the movement of jihadis and weapons in and out of the country. Al-Tunisi also notes the assassination of Tunisian politician Chokri Belaid several months earlier, which was committed for the same purpose by another mujahid, Kamal Gafgazi. Al-Tunisi notes that both assassinations failed to generate the response he and others had hoped for (i.e. to sow chaos in Tunisia), and, that as a result, he decided to travel to Syria to join ISIS there.

Al-Tunisi notes his jihad experience in the last decade or so, saying that he was a member of Jama'at Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad group, which was led by ISIS former leader Abu Musa'b Al-Zarqawi. Al-Tunisi says that he was arrested at one point in Syria and deported thereafter to France, where he would spend seven years in prison. Al-Tunisi also discusses how he went to Tunisia in order to wage jihad there following his release, but ended up in Libya where weapons were abundant. While in Libya, Al-Tunisi says that he and others established a training camp, and that they were involved in weapons smuggling into Tunisia.

Al-Tunisi also addresses Muslims in France, calling upon them to fight the enemies of Allah and to emulate other terrorist attacks that were committed in Europe. "I call them to follow the method of the brothers who executed operations in Europe… Do not look for specific targets. Kill anybody. All the kuffar over there are targeted." Al-Tunisi further warns the unbelievers in France that ISIS is getting closer to France (namely after it established itself in Libya): "Soon, by Allah's permission, you will see the banner of 'la Ilaha Illallah' fluttering over the Elysee Palace. The Islamic State is close now. Between us and you is the sea… The march is advancing towards you. And inshallah, your women and children will be sold by us in the markets of the Islamic State."

The following are excerpts from the interview:

Dabiq: "Why did you kill Brahmi?"


Islamic State Publishes Images Of Training Camp In Aleppo


On April 2, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) published a collection of images from its Al-Fatiheen ("The Conquerors") preparatory training camp in Aleppo.


Heads Of Tribes In Iraq's Ninveh Province Renew Oath Of Allegiance To ISIS, Vow To Help It Fight Iraqi Army, Peshmerga


On March 31, 2015 the media branch of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Ninawa (Ninveh) province posted an 11-minute video titled "The Tribes of Ninawa Renew Their oath Of Allegiance, Express Willingness To Participate In The Confrontation." The video, which was posted on the Jihadi Media Platform website, documents an ISIS conference in Mosul that was attended by dozens of Sunni tribal chiefs from around the province. The conference was directed by six prominent ISIS clerics, and several of the tribal chiefs delivered speeches as well. The latter stressed their loyalty to ISIS and their readiness to fight beside it. The conference ended with the chiefs taking a collective oath of allegiance to ISIS and to its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.


British ISIS Member Offers Advice On Marrying Jihadis From Twitter

British Islamic State (ISIS) member Omar Hussain, aka Abu Saeed Al-Britani, from High Wycombe, England, published an article advising young women aspiring to marry a jihad warrior on choosing a future spouse before embarking on a journey to Syria. The article, titled "Hijrah Advice for Sisters Marrying Mujaahideen from Twitter", cautions women on the perils of choosing a spouse online. He advises interested women to refrain from being overtaken by the glamourous image some ISIS members present on their social media accounts, mentioning that not all men who post photos of themselves with guns are actual warriors. Moreover, he warns, some men boast about their heroic participation in battle when in fact they were not on the frontlines.

Abu Saeed instructs women to pose certain questions to these men in order to gain a clearer insight into their character. Questions include how long he has been in Syria, what is the longest amount of time he has spent on guard duty, how long since he has last been on the frontlines, and what his role is in the Islamic State. He stresses that there are many wonderful eligible men in Syria who are not active on social media platforms; therefore, he concludes, women should not "be hasty in accepting a proposal because he has a gun." Rather, they should look for more important character traits, namely keenness to fight and die, and the potential husband's zeal for gaining divine reward.


Several Websites Hacked And Defaced By 'ISIS Cyber Army'

Between March 19-29, 2015, the "ISIS Cyber Army" , a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group  defaced five different websites a French investment consulting firm, three Egyptian sites and a Russian site. This is the second hacking of a French website in the space of a few weeks signaling an escalation of cyber warfare by pro-jihadi hackers.


Islamic State (ISIS) Launches Twitter Web App

On March 30, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) announced the launching of a new Twitter web app that would help disseminate its news and releases on the social media platform.  

The app, which ISIS says was developed by its own members, will be used to disseminate ISIS releases as well as to counter anti-ISIS hashtags. "This app is meant to support the Islamic State, [and] it helps to publish monotheistic tweets, as well as new [ISIS] releases, and to raid the enemies' hashtags," wrote ISIS in its announcement on the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum.


ISIS-Affiliated Media Company Publishes Story Of An East Turkestan Teenager Who Came By Foot From China To Reach 'The Caliphate'

On March 27, the Islamic State (ISIS)-linked Al-Battar Media Foundation published the story of 'Abd Al-Salam Al-Turkestani, a 14-year-old boy from East Turkistan (Xinjiang) province in China, who, it says, traveled by foot for two years to reach "the caliphate land."   

Al-Turkestani's story is told by an individual who met him, presumably in Syria, after Al-Turkestani and others arrived from Iraq. Titled "From East Turkestan to The Caliphate Land on Foot," the story is aimed at inspiring others.   


Report: AQAP Attacks Prison In Al-Mukalla, Frees Over 300 Prisoners

On April 2, 2015, the London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that Khalid Batirfi, a commander in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was among those freed in AQAP's attack on the central prison in Al-Mukalla, capital of Hadramout governorate in Yemen, earlier today.


GIMF Releases Biography Of Indonesian Jihadi Forum Founder

On March 26, 2015, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) released the biography of Arif Wicaksana Aji (aka Hanzala Al-Khorasani, Abu Ayman), founder of the Indonesian Al-Busyro Islamic forum who was killed in 2014.


Urdu Daily: 16-Year-Old Pakistani Youth Among Three Terrorists Killed In Police Action Was Brainwashed Through Facebook

According to an Urdu-language daily report, a 16-year-old Pakistani youth, who was killed along with two other terrorists in a police encounter in Pakistan's Swabi district in March, had been radicalized through the social networking site Facebook.





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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. 6013 – 'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat' Article: Palestinian Authority's Accession To International Criminal Court Will Harm It, As Well As Hamas, Turkey And Qatar, April 2 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6010 – IRGC-Affiliated Journalist Urges Iraqis To Forsake Arabism For A Shi'ite-Iranian Identity, April 1, 2015

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report - No. 1150 – Tehran vs The Awakening Sunni Arab Camp: Significance And Implications, March 31, 2015

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report - No. 1149 – The Formation Of A Sunni Arab Military Coalition – An Historic Shift In Facing Iranian Expansionism, March 30, 2015

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report - No. 1148 – Tehran Has Not Backed Down On Any Part Of Its Initial Negotiating Positions; The March 31, 2015 Deadline Means Nothing To It, March 30, 2015

Special Dispatch No. 6009 – Pakistani Urdu Daily: 'Iran's Interference In Iraq's Affairs, Under American Patronage, Has Become So Much That It appears As If Iraq Is Part Of Iran', March 29, 2015


MEMRI TV Clip No. 4857 – British MP Galloway Slams Anti-Houthi Campaign on Iran TV: The Saudis Are Treacherous Snakes, Press TV (Iran)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4856 – Houthi Children Threaten America on Houthi TV, Al-Masirah TV (Yemen)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4855 – Former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood MP Muhammad Al-Saghir: I Support the Saudi-Led Operation in Yemen, Rabea TV (Egypt)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4854 – Emir of Qatar Emphasizes Neighborly Relations with Iran at Arab Summit, Channel 1 (Egypt)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4853 – Saudi Foreign Minister Slams Putin: Russian Arms Responsible for Catastrophe in Syria, Channel 1 (Egypt)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4852 – Senior Iraqi Politician Mowaffak Rubaei Threatens U.S.: "Friendly Fire" Incidents Will End Your Presence in Iraq, Hona Baghdad TV (Iraq)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4851 – Abbas's Advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash in Friday Sermon: Like Houthis, Hamas Should Face an Iron Fist, Palestinian Authority TV
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4850 – Armed Houthi Women Vow to Fight U.S., Saudi Arabia, Israel, Al-Masirah TV (Yemen)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4849 – Houthi Official Khaled Al-Madani: Yemen Will Be the Graveyard of the Saudi Invaders, Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4848 – Shiite Lebanese Scholar Muhammad Ali Al-Husseini to Arab Sunni Leaders: Iran Is Our Shared Enemy, The Internet
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4847 – U.S. Based Shiite Saudi Researcher Ali Al-Ahmed: Rule of Saudi Royal Family May Come to an End following Yemen War, Press TV (Iran)
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The Blood Libel On Arab TV: Reports On Jews Using Christian Children's Blood For Passover Matzos — From The MEMRI TV Archives





On April 14, 2015, MEMRI and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will hold the sixth annual Lantos Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial Archives Commemoration at the U.S. Capitol, sponsored by Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.

At the event, MEMRI will present, and release, its annual report on anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world, covering both the proponents of these hateful messages in the region and the courageous voices speaking out against this phenomenon. A video compilation of MEMRI TV research from this past year will be screened and also released.

The following are a number of the clips on the blood libel added to the archives in the past year that will be shown at this year's event.





MEMRI TV Clip No. 4384

Top Hamas Official Osama Hamdan: Jews Use Blood For Passover Matzos

In a recent TV interview, Osama Hamdan, top Hamas representative in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas political bureau, said: "We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos."

Following is an excerpt from the interview, which aired on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel on July 28, 2014.

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Osama Hamdan: "The Israelis concentrate on killing children. I believe that this is engraved in the historical Zionist and Jewish mentality, which has become addicted to the killing of women and children.

"We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos. This is not a figment of imagination or something taken from a film. It is a fact, acknowledged by their own books and by historical evidence. It happened everywhere, here and there."


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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4775

Syrian Commentator Hussam Shoei'b: Zionists Burned Jordanian Pilot, Just Like They Knead Passover Matzos With Blood

Syrian commentator Hussam Shoei'b recently said that the immolation of the Jordanian pilot was "a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity," adding: "In the past, they used to knead [Passover] matzos with human blood and eat them." The statement was made on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV on February 6, 2015.

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Hussam Shoei'b: "What is being done by all these criminal gangs ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and all these groups with their Islamic names cannot even be labeled 'Israeli.' It is downright Talmudic. The immolation of the Jordanian pilot is a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity, and of the Talmud throughout history. One of their principles is that God can only be satiated by blood. In the past, they used to knead (Passover) matzos with human blood and eat them. This is exactly what is happening in Syria today for the whole world to see."

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Former Jordanian MP Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Zant: Jews Permit Cannibalism, Use Human Blood In Passover Matzos

Following are excerpts from an interview with former Jordanian MP Sheikh Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Zant, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on September 7, 2014:

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Abd Al-Muni'm Abu Zant: "We have to understand the true nature of the Jews, because the entire world is deceived and tormented by them. The Holy Koran has revealed their true nature, as expressed by our masters, the prophets.


"One could go on forever about the deceptiveness of the Jews. They are liars. They allow cannibalism, and the eating of human flesh. Check their Talmud and religious sources. On their religious holidays, if they cannot find a Muslim to slaughter, and use drops of his blood to knead the matzos they eat, they slaughter a Christian in order to take drops of his blood, and mix it into the matzos that they eat on that holiday."


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Friday Sermon By Former Jordanian Minister: Jews Use Children’s Blood For Their Holiday Matzos

In a Friday sermon delivered in Amman, Jordan on August 22, 2014, Sheikh Bassam Ammoush said that the Jews slaughter children to use their blood for matzos. Ammoush, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader who was expelled from the organization in 1997, was appointed minister of administrative development that year, and became Jordan's ambassador to Iran in 2001. In 2011, King Abdullah appointed him to the Jordanian Senate. The sermon aired on the official Jordanian TV channel.

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Sheikh Bassam Ammoush: "In Gaza we are dealing with the enemies of Allah, who believe that the matzos that they bake on their holidays must be kneaded with blood. When the Jews were in the diaspora, they would murder children in England, in Europe, and in America. They would slaughter them and use their blood to make their matzos.

"So it should come as no surprise, after they occupied our lands, in complicity with the [Western] enemy... Now they have all these women and children in front of them, so it should come as no surprise. This is their faith.

"They believe that they are God's chosen people. They believe that the killing of any human being is a form of worship and a means to draw near their god."


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Houthi Children Call For Martyrdom And Threaten America: 'Allah Akbar! Death To America! Death To Israel! Curses Upon The Jews! Victory To Islam!'





In a March 26 report on the Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV channel, Houthi children called "Death to America! Curses upon the Jews!" "We long for martyrdom," one boy told the reporter. "Don't you know that killing is what we are accustomed to, and that martyrdom is a blessing bestowed upon us by Allah?" 

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Houthi Child: "We have come to visit these martyrs in order to convey a message to these enemies.  We say to them: We are ready for any confrontation with our enemies, whether in Yemen or abroad.  We are ready to make sacrifices, and we long for martyrdom.  (The enemies) have already had a taste of our weapons, and they have seen the might of those weapons on the battlefield.  We continue to adhere to these weapons.  If (the enemies) return, we will be back, and Allah will be with us.  We say to them what Ali son of Hussein said: Are you threatening us with death, you sons of freed (slaves)?  Don't you know that killing is what we are accustomed to, and that martyrdom is a blessing bestowed upon us by Allah?"

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Crowd of Children: "Allah Akbar!  Death to America!  Death to Israel!  Curses upon the Jews!  Victory to Islam!"

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Special Dispatch | 6014 | April 3, 2015

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Board Director Of Hizbullah-Affiliated Daily On Joint Statement By Iran, World Powers: 'The West Has Capitulated!'






Several hours after the joint statement by Iran and the world powers in Lausanne, Switzerland on the Iran nuclear deal framework, Ibrahim Al-Amin, the board chairman of the pro-Hizbullah Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, published an article in the daily titled "A New World: The West Has Capitulated!" In it, he wrote that in every conflict there is a winner and a loser, and that in this case it is the West, led by the U.S., that has been defeated. He said that what happened is a great achievement, for it is not just Western recognition of Iran's right to nuclear energy, but Western recognition that every nation is entitled to attain its rights — which will lead to greater rebellion against Western and American hegemony in the coming years. He concluded his article by saying that in his speech following the joint statement, President Obama implicitly acknowledged that the U.S. had had no other choice, and that Iran's enemies heard Obama saying, 'I am at your service, Khamenei."

The following are excerpts from the article:[1]   

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif and the delivering the joint statement in Lausanne (image: news.yahoo.com)

"Winners and losers, that has been the essence of conflicts in the world since time immemorial. Only those who go through life with their eyes shut say that conflicts are resolved through [diplomatic] settlements. What happened yesterday in Lausanne was the outcome of an intense conflict that has been ongoing since the Soviet Union collapsed and the West, led by the United States, took over the management of the world since there was nobody to oppose or deter it. The outcome of this conflict is simple: the West has capitulated!

"Many in the world and in the region will look for ways to say that Iran was the loser, but, setting aside the resentment felt by the losers, we hear only the excuses that were voiced by U.S. President Barack Obama in explaining the agreement with Iran. He said clearly and succinctly: after trying everything with Iran, we were left with [only] two options either war or an agreement so we opted for an agreement. Obama did not say that war was an unrealistic option, but that is the truth. The most important fact is that, yesterday, the West did not [just] acknowledge Iran's right to attain nuclear energy. It acknowledged that any people that has a clever and capable leadership, and has unity and determination, is entitled to receive all its rights. [Therefore,] in the coming years we shall witness a growing rebellion against the hegemony of America and the West.

"In the period between today and June 30 [the date slated for the signing of a final agreement], the enemies of Iran not the enemies of the U.S. will attempt to blow up the agreement or plant booby traps [along its path] in order to thwart it. But this time they will have to take into consideration that the bombs [they plant] will blow up [in the faces of] America and  Europe before their repercussions reach Iran.

"Those in the world who are on the side of good have an easy way to deal with the events. They need only witness the rage of the global right-wing [elements] that want to continue oppressing the peoples, the rage of that racist enemy of humanity, Israel, and the rage of the benighted and backward regimes in the Middle East to know that these elements want only evil.

"What happened yesterday can only be called historic, and Obama accurately described what really took place. He described the facts of the negotiations, which reflect the real balance of power. He was not happy enough to say that this was a new victory for America. Rather, he came close to saying that there had been no other choice. But the real tragedy for the enemies of Iran around the world was that they heard Obama end his speech yesterday with the words "Khamenei, I am at your service!"



[1] Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), April 3, 2015.











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