Asked if they “believe the United States should continue to give $350 million of American taxpayers’ dollars in financial aid to the Palestinian Arabs even though they have not dismantled or disarmed the Palestinian Arab terrorist groups or have not stopped the promotion of hatred against Israel," 80 percent of respondents in a survey conducted on June 26-27 said no. Congress recently approved $300 million in assistance to the Palestinians.
An additional $50 million earmarked for the Palestinians will go to Israel to build secure transit stations. Respondents also said, by a margin of 50 percent to 28 percent, that Israel’s planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this summer sends a message that terrorism is rewarded. They also opposed, by 63 percent to 13 percent, a withdrawal that is “forcing 10,000 Israeli Jewish men, women and children to leave their homes, schools, farms and businesses." The question did not mention the substantial relocation assistance and compensation settlers will receive.
THE HAGUE, July 3, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – The Dutch parliament is currently debating a draft law presented by the government on radicalism combat, including a TV show to monitor sermons delivered by imams.Deepen Muslim isolation? Any other religion would be jumping at the chance for free national publicity of this kind. But then, most religions aren't advocating murderous warfare on unbelievers.
The controversial measure drew rebuke from a prominent Dutch Muslim scholar who told IslamOnline.net it would deepen Muslim isolation in the country.
According to the 32-item measure, one mosque sermon would be televised each week without the prior knowledge of the imam. It would then be debated by the program's guests.
Iran Focus has obtained the photograph of Iran’s President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with Ayatollah Khomeini’s Chief Representative in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the 1980s. The photograph was taken from footage on Iran’s state-run news television channel, Shabakeh Khabar.Iran: Ahmadinejad’s past in Revolutionary Guards invites scrutiny
Ayatollah Fazlollah Mahallati was the Islamic Chief Commissar of the Revolutionary Guards. In that position, he oversaw the activities of the Revolutionary Guards and played a critical role in shaping the force that became the most dreaded security agency in clergy-ruled Iran, a powerful military force, and the long arm of Iran’s Islamic revolution that operated far beyond Iran’s borders.
Pakistan Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that Jihad was an integral part of Islamic faith, adding that the faith remained incomplete without Jihad.
"Our faith remains incomplete without Jihad," Online News quoted him as saying.
He however said that issues, which can be solved through talks, should be settled through talks, adding that wars were the results of failures in foreign policies.
His statements come in the wake of recent statements by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik during the Hurriyat delegation's visit to Pakistan, that Sheikh Rashid ran training camps for jihadis to wage war against security forces in Kashmir.
The utterances and subsequent denials by Rashid created ripples in the diplomatic circles, with India, in the end, refusing to allow Rashid permission to visit Kashmir on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabd bus service. (ANI)
A former white opposition MP told yesterday of his nine months "in hell" after being released from a Zimbabwe jail where he was imprisoned for pushing the country's justice minister during a scuffle in parliament.Christianity's preoccupation with the individual dignity of every soul never ceases to amaze me. His faith helped him keep his own dignity, and he's now going to try and redeem Zimbabweans thanks to the grace that he felt God showed him. He left this brutish condition resolved to do more for the Zimbabweans where his own dignity has been stripped,
Roy Bennett, a coffee farmer whose land was seized by the government, was one of three white MPs representing the Movement for Democratic Change when he was jailed by parliament for assaulting Patrick Chinamasa during a debate on the controversial land reform programme.
The once burly and outspoken farmer appeared thin and was uncharacteristically subdued as he spoke to reporters in the garden of a friend's home in Harare, alongside his wife Heather and two teenage children.
"The conditions I witnessed in prison were how I imagine hell," he said. "To witness fellow prisoners being beaten on a daily basis, to hear their screams, see them stripped of their dignity is unimaginable."
He said he had not been beaten himself but had been given a tattered prison garment covered in human excrement when he entered the "filthy" top security prison at Mutoko, 90 miles north-east of the capital Harare.
"I feel very sad for those left behind there because I imagine if one gets to hell that's what one experiences," he said.
Mr Bennett, who lost 66lb while in jail, said: "It was the diet. I was not stressed as I had my faith and my Bible."
He said he wanted to relax for a few days with his wife and family before deciding on his future.
"I would like to get involved in human rights in Zimbabwe, just to try to get the people out of the fear and the loss of dignity.
"It is fear and brutality that is ingrained in every man in Zimbabwe."
Mr Bennett, born in Zimbabwe and a fluent Shona speaker, said he regretted the incident in parliament when he lost control of himself.and his wife humiliated and so stressed that she lost the child she was carrying for him
During the debate Mr Chinamsa accused his ancestors of being thieves which led the white MP to cross the chamber and shout and push out at the minister.
Mr Bennett, 48, lost his 7,000-acre farm in the Chimanimani highlands in eastern Zimbabwe in 2000 during Mr Mugabe's purge of the country's white commercial farmers in the name of "land reform".
Because of his outspoken political views, Zanu-PF supporters were urged to occupy his land and threaten his family and their workers.
His wife, who was pregnant, had a machete held to her throat and was forced to sing songs praising Mr Mugabe.Of course, as James Taranto often points out, in America you rarely see unborn babies described as unborn babies. Instead, they're “fetuses".
She later lost her unborn baby.
Thugs looted and vandalised the Bennett home while so-called "war veterans" killed or stole hundreds of head of their cattle and "confiscated" 150 tons of the coffee crop. Mr Bennett was sentenced to a year's imprisonment by parliament's privilege committee after the flare-up in the chamber.The UN, of course, is springing into action!
His lawyers said at the time that the committee was made up of members of the ruling Zanu-PF party and that a court of law would have given no more than a fine.
Mr Bennett was barred from contesting the general elections in March.
His wife contested the seat in his place but lost to a candidate of the Zanu-PF.
South Africa's main opposition, the Democratic Alliance, welcomed Mr Bennett's release but said his case threw a spotlight on broader human rights abuses by Mugabe's government.
"Bennett was convicted and sentenced by a court made up of his political opponents," the Democratic Alliance said in a statement.
"As such, his case was clearly one of the Mugabe government trying to crush all opposition."
Later yesterday it was revealed that Anna Tibaijuka, the special envoy sent by United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan to report on the Zimbabwe government's "clean-up" operation, which has left up to one million people homeless after their shanty towns were razed to the ground, has not started her investigation, two days after her arrival.Pathetic. What a joke.
Her staff said she was waiting "for protocol reasons" for an appointment with Mr Mugabe.
In case of Baku's consent to the accommodation of American military bases in the republic, Iran plans to deliver a preventive missile strike on the territory of Azerbaijan, Jelal Muhammedi, a confidant of the new Iranian leader, said in his interview to the Azerbaijan newspaper, "Mirror". Muhammedi, being an ethnic Azerbaijanian, in the past held the post of editor-in-chief of the Iranian periodical, "Misag" (Tabriz), and is known for his close connections with authorities.Iran to Deliver a Missile Blow to Azerbaijan
During the elections, he actively supported Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The new president of Iran worked in the local authorities of Iranian Azerbaijan in the 1990s. At that time he got acquainted with one of the most outstanding journalists of this region, Muhammedi. Jelal, at that time played and today continues to play a rather active role in the formation of Iranian policy concerning Azerbaijan. Especially, he has proved himself adept at secret relations between Tehran and the representatives of the intellectual elite of Baku, and, primarily, with journalists.
It is highly probable that after Ahmadinejad's election, Muhammedi may become one of the key figures in formulating Tehran's policy towards Azerbaijan.
Muhammedi claims that a sharp deterioration of Iran-Azerbaijan attitudes may occur in the near future for two reasons: accommodation of the US military bases in Azerbaijan and support by Baku of separatist moods in Iranian Azerbaijan.
Muhammedi emphasized that in both cases Tehran is capable of taking not only adequate reciprocal measures, but also may be drawn to actions of a preventive character.