Gaza attacks: UN calls for halt to fighting as death toll passes 270 in fresh Israeli air strikes

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The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to all violence in Gaza after fresh Israeli air strikes against Palestinian targets have brought the death toll to more than 270 people. By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem and Richard Holt Last Updated: 8:36AM GMT 28 Dec 2008 Palestinian officials said that 271 Palestinians had been killed in 24 hours of Israeli attacks Photo: Reuters The air strikes are in response to rocket and mortar attacks fire by Palestinian militants against Israel. After four hours of talks discussions, the council released a statement saying: "The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza and called for an immediate halt to all violence. "The members called on the parties to stop immediately all…
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Jewish Power: The "0.002%" World Problem

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Jewish Power: The "0.002%" World Problem by Mohamed Khodr (Tuesday, October 21, 2003) "We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." - Woodrow Wilson [U.S. President during World War I] "The Jewish treatment of the Arabs in 1947 was as morally indefensible as the slaughter by the Nazis of 6 million Jews." - Arnold Toynbee, historian, speaking to a Jewish audience in Canada "How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America? I'm amazed.…
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Islamic pilgrimage deeply touches two Valley men

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Comments 10 | Recommend 0 Lawn Griffiths, Tribune By now, most Muslims who went on this year's hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, are back home. They're telling their stories of being swept up in a sea of faithful followers fulfilling some of Islam's most sacred rituals. They're talking about the spiritual ecstasy of circling and recircling the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, the epicenter of their faith toward which the faithful from around the planet face during five daily prayers. They are telling of the vast tent cities in Saudi Arabia that temporarily housed pilgrims or of taking part in the "stoning of the devil" at the huge pillars at the new four-tiered Bridge of Jamarat in Mina. This year, pilgrims didn't have to gather the stones to…
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Israel's Terror Rampage

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by Elias Akleh (Saturday, December 27, 2008) "Driven by a crazy warmongering prejudiced god, who elevates one group of people over the rest of his creation, and who orders his chosen people to perpetrate a bloody genocidal cleansing of his promised land in order to build him a mundane house to live in, Israeli politicians are ready to do anything in order to accomplish their deluded dream of a pure Jewish Greater Israel, from Nile to Euphrates, without any Christian or Muslim Goyims." If anybody is still having any doubt that Israel (government and citizens) is a terrorist state par excellence then the latest events during the last two months alone in occupied Palestine should convince him of this fact. For the last two year the Israeli government has been…
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Young Muslims Build a Subculture on an Underground Book

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David Ahntholz for The New York Times Michael Muhammad Knight, the author of “The Taqwacores,” which a college professor has called “The Catcher in the Rye” for young Muslims. * Sign In to E-Mail or Save This * Print * Reprints * Share o Linkedin o Digg o Facebook o Mixx o Yahoo! Buzz o Permalink Article Tools Sponsored By By CHRISTOPHER MAAG Published: December 22, 2008 CLEVELAND — Five years ago, young Muslims across the United States began reading and passing along a blurry, photocopied novel called “The Taqwacores,” about imaginary punk rock Muslims in Buffalo. Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image David Ahntholz for The New York Times Noureen DeWulf and Bobby Naderi, both actors, with Jay Verkamp, center, the sound mixer for the film version of…
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Gaza's grim reaper

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Israel always manages to commit its worst deeds when no one else is looking. By Paul J. Balles While Americans concentrate on the cost of rescuing the U.S. financial system, and Europeans worry about how the worldwide financial crisis will affect them, Israel blithely, with U.S. government and European community approval, deprives Gaza's entire civilian population of food, medicine and clean drinking water. When pushed to explain their behaviour, they claim self-defence. Defence against whom? More than 50 per cent of the population in Gaza is comprised of children under the age of 15. Few people outside of Gaza even notice this slow genocide. Israel always manages to commit its worst deeds when no one else is looking. If they happen to be caught, they blame it on the Palestinians…
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How to TackleTerrorism

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How to TackleTerrorism By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (tr. Yoginder Sikand) Terrorism is an international menace. Everyone condemns it but the question is: How to cope with terrorism? I would like to give the answer to this question in brief. First of all, we have to define what is terrorism. In Islam, only one kind of war is permissible, that is defensive war. This holds true only when the war becomes a necessity. In Islam, war is justified only by the law of necessity and not under normal laws.When there is an armed aggression from outside, the state is allowed to go to war in its defense – that too with some conditions. As far as non-government agencies are concerned, they are not allowed to go to war. No excuse whatsoever…
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The Hidden Holocaust: Our Civilizational Crisis – Part 1: The Holocaust in History

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The Hidden Holocaust: Our Civilizational Crisis - Part 1: The Holocaust in History by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed Part 1: The Holocaust in History 1. “Hidden Holocaust” As we are all aware, the term “Holocaust” is traditionally used to refer to the “systematic, bureaucratic state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime”, during the Second World War. The word “Holocaust” is a Greek word, which means “sacrifice by fire.” It conveys an event, the scale and horror of which, transformed the course of world history. Moreover, it’s often seen as a crime against humanity that is unparalleled and unique. This, we cannot dispute. The Nazi Holocaust was, indeed, a uniquely horrific genocide, whose enormity and systematic character is barely imaginable, designed to exterminate wholly the Jewish…
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Institutionalized Contempt for Islam, How Do We Tackle It: A Riposte Dr. Robert D. Crane

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Institutionalized Contempt for Islam, How Do We Tackle It: A Riposte by Dr. Robert D. Crane A riposte is a fencer’s quick return thrust following a parry.  In this vein, I want to reply to Jafar Siddiqui’s concern about the growing professionalism in the Islamophobic industry and the lack of an effective Muslim response.  His question is “how do we tackle it?” He does not know, and neither do I, but that is no reason for despondency.  As long as we are asking questions, we are still alive, and that, given present circumstances, is encouraging. There are many answers, most of them inadequate.  They range from denying that the problem is growing, all the way to joining a Sufi order so that we don’t have to worry about it.  Or…
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TURKEY: Ataturk's grave, head scarves and the call to prayer

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Walking along Mostafa Kemal Ataturk’s mausoleum is like visiting a reproduction of an ancient temple. Though it is a burial site in a country with an absolute Muslim majority, no trace or engraving of Islam can be found. On the contrary, the creators of this spacious grave seemed to have no interest in recognizing religion, choosing instead symbols belonging to the Hittite civilization that flourished before Islam reached Anatolia. The mausoleum for the nation's first president appears as evidence that Ataturk and the Kemalists founders of the Turkish state wiped Islam from public space to build a capital dedicated to secularism. But history has a way of repeating itself, and if Ataturk were alive today, he might be shocked at the images and sounds drifting just beyond the stone columns…
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