"There is a difference between jihad and terror, between sacrificing yourself and suicide," said Dr. Mohammad Rafat Othman, a member of the Jurisprudence Research Committee of the Islamic Research Academy, Al-Azhar. "Many don't fully understand the Islamic commandments in regards to jihad. Someone who blows himself up in the middle of a crowd is a sinner who commits several crimes, first and foremost is suicide. It is well-known that religion has a sweeping prohibition on suicide or killing of others. Taking one soul is one of the worst sins one can do, commanded specifically by God."
However, Israelis should not be happy about this strict ruling. Dr. Ottman was quick to hint that suicide against Israeli targets is allowed. "Those using suicide bombing against the enemy, the land robbers, and the occupier of nations, are martyrs," he concluded.
The Romanian senate has opened an inquiry into "indications" that floods that have battered the country were the result of a "metereological war waged by a foreign power," a senator said.For a moment there I was worried the senator was reading bloggie and saw our nice brand new ZionistIlluminatiShriner Weather Control Machine, but I'm relieved to see he's blaming the Russians instead.
Interior Minister Roni Bar-On emphasized Thursday morning, in an interview to Israel Radio, that accusations claiming the men were arrested to be used as bargaining chips to be dealt in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit were baseless.
Bar-On added that if enough evidence was found tying the men to terror activity, they would stand trial in Israel.
Within the IDF, however, conflicting voices gave the impression that the men could possibly be used as bargaining chips. Other sources said that the detainees would certainly not be released in exchange for the soldier, and that they were arrested for their involvement in a terror organization.
Seoul believes that more than 480 South Korean kidnap victims are still being held in North Korea, in addition to nearly 600 South Korean soldiers taken prisoner during the 1950-53 Korean War. Pyongyang says that any South Koreans in its country defected voluntarily, but in 1997 a North Korean spy, Kim Gwang Hyeon, admitted to kidnapping Kim Young Nam.
In 2002 North Korea admitted that it had abducted 13 Japanese citizens over the years to help to train spies in Japanese language and culture, and allowed five to return home. Pyongyang maintains that the other eight, including Megumi Yokota, are dead.
Charles Jenkins, an American soldier who deserted his Army unit in 1965 and fled to the North, was kept by the regime for 39 years and forced to make propaganda films. He married Hitomi Soga, a Japanese woman abducted when she was 19.