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The curse of the Nablus dream house March 23, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Israel.
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The BBC reports the story of Abdul Latif Nasif, a Palestinian bank manager, who along with this two brothers built a beautiful house on the hills overlooking the west bank city of Nabulus.

Less than a month after construction, the Israeli army barged in to use the house for their military operations, and although that operation lasted a month, they make frequent visits back for other military operations.

That’s almost as bad as having your house pulled down. At least you can start again. In this case, it’s a constant pain and this poor family has to endure with no-one to complain to.


Pakistan blocks YouTube website February 24, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Islam, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports that Pakistan has blocked access to YouTube:

Pakistan has blocked access to the popular YouTube website because of content deemed offensive to Islam.

Its telecommunications authority ordered internet service providers to block the site until further notice.

Although YouTube does have a lot of offensive content, it’s not only Islam on the receiving end of such things. There’s also a lot of excellent videos on YouTube, like the excellent 14 part series by Ahmad Deedat on how Salman Rushdie fooled the west.

More interesting in the BBC article:

Other countries that have temporarily blocked access to YouTube include Turkey and Thailand.

I’m amazed that Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, considering as a country, they have a ban in place stopping Muslim women from wearing the hijab in universities, and when there were talks of removing the ban, thousands of Turks protested to stop the government allowing this.

Police feared ‘airport stand-off’ February 19, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Israel.
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The BBC reports:

An Israeli general wanted for alleged war crimes escaped arrest in the UK because British police feared an armed confrontation at Heathrow airport.

What is it about Israel that allows it to take such liberties?

He stayed on board for two hours after a tip-off that he was facing detention.

Police were concerned about a potential clash with Israeli air marshals or armed personal security on the plane.

Maj Gen Almog had flown to the UK for social and charitable visits to Jewish communities in Solihull, in the West Midlands, and Manchester.

If this was anyone else, from any other country on the planet, the police would be on that plane doing their job.

Even more insulting:

When Maj Gen Almog arrived back in Israel, the planned arrest caused a minor diplomatic storm, with Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom describing the incident as an “outrage”.

In turn, the then UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw apologised to his counterpart for any embarrassment caused.

Despite Almog having an outstanding arrest warrant, Jack Straw rolls over and apologises to the Israeli foreign minister.

Absolutely ridiculous.

Voting for Barack Obama? February 8, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in News Commentry, USA.
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Came across this post from a fellow voting in California, where he quoted a phrase from Barack as one of his reasons for voting:

When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture — because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.

He also quoted Patrick Nielsen Hayden:

I’m for Obama knowing perfectly well that, as Bill Clinton suggested, it’s a “roll of the dice”. A roll of the dice for Democrats, for progressives, for those of us who’ve fought so hard against the right-wing frames that Obama sometimes (sometimes craftily, sometimes naively) deploys. Because I think a Hillary Clinton candidacy will be another game of inches, yielding—at best—another four or eight years of knifework in the dark. Because I think an Obama candidacy might actually shake up the whole gameboard, energize good people, create room and space for real change.

Because he seems to know something extraordinarily important, something so frequently missing from progressive politics in this country, in this time: how to hearten people. Because when I watch him speak, I see fearful people becoming brave.

The phrase “knifework in the dark” is a perfect summary of the Clinton years. Bill Clinton was doing the same things as George Bush, except it wasn’t emphasized in the public as much. Being first lady, there’s no doubt Hillary was aware of such on-goings, and there’s no reason to believe she’s going to do anything drastically different to pave the way for a better future if she does become president.

I’m all for Barack and hope he does win. After 8 years with the Bush administration, it’s time for changes. Big changes and new faces.

Turks protest over headscarf ban February 2, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in General Islam, Islam, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports:

Thousands of Turks have rallied in Ankara to protest against a government plan to allow women to wear the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities.

Such behaviour from a supposedly Muslim country puzzles me. I’ve blogged about this in the past, when talks to remove the ban first began.

Whatever happened to free choice? If a woman wants to wear the hijab, she should be allowed to do so.  Forcing her to go one way or the other is just ridiculous, and if people have a problem with someone who wears hijab, then that’s their problem.

The government argues the ban deprives thousands of women of a higher education.

But Turkey’s powerful, secular establishment sees the headscarf as a symbol of political Islam – a threat to their secular way of life, and to the political system here.

Those opposed to the reform include the military, Turkey’s judges and university rectors.

They fear it is just the first step to allowing religious symbols into all aspects of public life.

It seems like Turkey’s biggest worry is that it will bring Islam into the open, though if they are so scared of this, one must question why they are called a Muslim country (if they do not want to follow the rules of Islam).

US quoting the Geneva Convention? January 25, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Uncategorized.
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In the BBC report, Learning survival with the US Air Force, there’s an interesting quote from M/Sgt Stephen Philby:

We’re dealing with people that aren’t conventional, they didn’t sign the Geneva Conventions.

It’s always amusing to hear this, considering the US has signed the Geneva Convention, yet violates it without hesitation.

For instance, it’s no secret that the US has allowed torture of innocent civilians.

No more charges over Iraqi death January 25, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports:

No further criminal charges are likely against individuals involved in the death of Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa, the government is expected to announce.

Mr Mousa died from asphyxiation in British army custody in Basra in 2003, and suffered 93 injuries to his body.

A court martial acquitted six out of seven servicemen, while another was jailed for a year for mistreatment.

Whilst being detained by the British Army, Mr Mousa suffered 93 injuries to his body, but only one soldier was jailed for one for year for mistreatment?

Although the report is believed to conclude there were serious shortcomings in the training of British troops for dealing with Iraqi prisoners at the time, it is expected to say there was no evidence of systemic [sp] abuse.

Lawyers for the family of Mr Mousa won access at the High Court in October last year to British military files into his death.

They believe the documents will contain the evidence needed for a full public inquiry to be called.

Let’s hope there is a full public enquiry and justice is served.

New move to lift Turkey scarf ban January 24, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in General Islam, News Commentry.

The BBC reports:

The governing party in Turkey and a key opposition party have agreed to work together to lift a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities.

The Islamist-rooted ruling AK Party and the nationalist MHP said it was an issue of human rights and freedoms.

I’m amazed at how Turkey – a country that proclaims itself to be Muslim – can ban the wearing of hijab in universities. I’m surprised that France went ahead and passed a law banning wearing of hijab (and other religious clothing).

What is it about the hijab that these nations find so threatening?

There was a funny story about a girl who was nearly denied boarding on a Southwest flight for dressing too provocatively. Clearly, society’s moral compass hasn’t been abandoned completely, though it’s close.

MPAC Election Guide: Activate 2008 January 18, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in USA.
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The Muslim Public Affairs Council has put together a document examining five key issues in the election and provides Muslim-Americans with the presidential candidates’ positions in their own words.


Here’s a snippet:

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently told BeliefNet.com that the prospect of a Muslim in the White House makes him “uncomfortable.” Prior to that, Mayor Rudy Guiliani’s political advisor Congressman Peter King (R-NY) said “unfortunately, there are too many mosques in this country” and accused Muslim Americans of not fully cooperating with law enforcement. In addition, Republican presidential candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) reiterated his support for considering “taking out Muslim holy sites” if another terror attack were to take place on American soil. MPAC seeks to ensure that the rhetoric against Islam and Muslims does not alienate the Muslim American community in this election cycle.

Read it!

Shoot UK teacher?! November 30, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in News Commentry.
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I’ve been following the story of British teacher Gillian Gibbons who was arrested in Sudan after mistakenly allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammed.

The whole thing seems like a mistake on her part, and although it is disrespectful, a punishment of 6 months in jail or 40 lashes seems like a harsh punishment for what is most probably an innocent mistake.

I’m shocked that thousands of people in Sudan have marched in the capital Khartoum to a call for Ms Gibbons to be shot. Being jailed for 15 days and deportation is enough punishment, and for people – Muslims – to demand that her life be taken is beyond belief. This is not Islamic behaviour, which calls for peace, tolerance, forgiveness and mercy.

Let’s look at the humanity of our Holy Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him And His Family:

Every day, before the Prophet SAW left his house to go to the Kabah, this elderly woman would throw trash in front of the path of the Prophet SAW out of disrespect and because she didn’t like the message that the Prophet SAW was preaching. One day, the Prophet SAW was leaving his house and he didn’t notice any garbage in his path and so he thought that maybe the old lady was sick, and that is why she was unable to throw her garbage this particular day, and so he went and visited her.

When this elderly lady first saw the Prophet SAW, she was scared, because she knew what she had been doing. She asked why he had come. The Prophet SAW responded by saying that he knew that everyday she would throw garbage in his path, and today he didn’t find any garbage in his path, so he thought she might’ve been sick and that’s why he came to visit her. This response of the Prophet SAW softened the heart of this non-muslim lady and she was convinced that the Prophet SAW is truly a messenger of Allah, and she uttered the shahadah.

Let’s hope and pray that the Sudanese government express a little more humanity and let this poor lady return home to the UK soon.