Archive for 09/14/2011

Turkish PM Greeted by Cheering Crowds in Cairo, Banners Proclaiming ‘Egypt And Turkey Will Together Become An Islamic Caliphate’

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Globes – “Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continued to make threats against Israel on his arrival in Cairo last night, resulting in a rapturous reception by the crowds. He was surrounded by Egyptian supporters after disembarking from his plane at the airport.

Using a prepared amplifier system, Erdoğan spoke to the crowd in Arabic, saying, ‘Salaam aleikum, Egypt and Turkey are one. Peace to the Egyptian people.’

Erdoğan was received by Egypt’s acting Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his wife.

The welcoming crowd included many members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports Hamas. Supporters along the road into Cairo carried Erdoğan’s picture and shouted, “Egypt and Turkey will together become an Islamic Caliphate”, and ‘Erdoğan, who angers Israel will liberate Palestine like Saladin.’

Today, Erdoğan visited the grave of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981 after signing the Peace Treaty with Israel two years earlier. Erdoğan is scheduled to meet Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Mohammad Tantawi and other political leaders to discuss bilateral cooperation.

Speaking in Cairo, Erdoğan said, ‘Israel is taking irresponsible steps that harm international law. We reject Israeli excuses that apparently justify the Gaza blockade.’

He continued, ‘Unless Israel will apologize, compensate the victims and remove the Gaza blockade, we will impose sanctions and take other steps at the International Court in The Hague. The Palestinians have a just and legitimate right to proclaim independence. If Israel continues on its current line of behavior, it will lose.’Source – Globes.

Sudan: Muslims Text Death Threats to Christians, ‘We Must Kill the Infidels and Destroy Their Churches’

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By Bob Unruh – “Muslim extremists are using a relatively new tool in their attempt to intimidate and bully Christians, with death threats sent by text-messaging to Christian church leaders, a new report confirms.

The report comes from Compass Direct, which monitors and reports on Christian issues around the globe. The situation has developed in Sudan.

‘We want this country to be purely an Islamic state, so we must kill the infidels and destroy their churches all over Sudan,’ Compass Direct sources in the African nation have reported that one text message said.

The texts were dispatched to leaders of at least 10 churches in the Khartoum area, and came in recent weeks, the report said.

Christian church leaders in the region have been at risk for years, even with the recent declaration of a new nation, South Sudan, which suggests some small level of separation from the Muslim-dominated north Sudan.

But sources for the ministry organization say that Islamists have continued to make targets out of Christians.

In fact, Muslim extremists from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh arrive every few weeks for training in secret camps before they are dispatched on various “missions” around Sudan to destroy Christians and their churches, according to sources inside Sudan.” Read more.

Israel: Biological Hazard Warning Issued After Hundreds of Dead Fish Wash Ashore Near Netanya

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“Visitors to the beach of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority at South Poleg, near Netanya, were surprised to see hundreds of dead fish lying on the sand. Authorities are trying to determine whether fish died from infection or disease. The Director of beaches in Netanya, Zion Sadeh, confirmed the details and told Walla News that ‘South Poleg beach was covered by hundreds of dead fish. At 1st we thought it was poisoning or contamination of the water and told authorities to check. We are not accustomed to such spectacles.’ The affected fish are reportedly rabbitfish Siganus luridus, originally a Red Sea species introduced into the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, usually found mainly in the reefs. The tests are meant to enable defining the etiology of the event: water contamination or by a virus. Netanya Municipality stated that the issue is being examined by the authorities.” Read more.

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Islamists Emerge in Force in New Libya

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By Leila Fadel – “TRIPOLI, Libya — For decades, bearded men in Libya were afraid to walk in the streets or go to the mosque, worried that to be seen as an Islamist would land them in prison, or worse.

As Libya’s leader, Moammar Gaddafi regarded Islamists as the greatest threat to his authority, and he ordered thousands of them detained, tortured and, in some cases, killed. The lucky ones fled the country in droves. But with Gaddafi now in hiding, Islamists are vying to have a say in a new Libya, one they say should be based on Islamic law.

Although it went largely unnoticed during the tumultuous civil war the regime lost last month, Islamists were at the heart of the fight, many as rebel commanders. Now some are clashing with secularists within the rebels’ Transitional National Council, prompting worries among some liberals that the Islamists — who still command the bulk of fighters and weapons — could use their strength to assert an even more dominant role.

‘We don’t want any vacuums or for those Islamists to steal the revolution,’ said a senior rebel leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal rifts.

Among the Islamists in the rebel ranks, a small fraction were militants who had previously waged war abroad. Some had fought Islamic wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Kosovo under a militant banner; some ended up in the arms of more extreme groups such as al-Qaeda. The city of Derna, a key bastion of resistance against Gaddafi in eastern Libya, was home to dozens of Libyan fighters who fought in Iraq after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.” Read more.

US Intelligence Report Says Libyan Jihadists Planning to Subvert Post-Gadhafi Gov’t and Create an Islamist State – “Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. U.S. officials said spy agencies are stepping up surveillance of Islamist-oriented elements among Libyan rebels. A government report circulated Tuesday said extremists were observed ‘strategizing’ on Internet forums about how to set up an Islamist state in Libya after the regime of Col. Gadhafi is defeated.” Read more.

Saudi Arabia: If the United States Vetoes Palestinian Membership, It Will Lose Saudi Arabia As An Ally

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Will Obama placate yet again to ‘Muslim sensitivities’ and refrain from vetoing Palestinian membership on September 20th?  Contrary to what al-Faisal believes, there will be ‘another war in the region‘ regardless of whether or not the US exercises its veto power, and I think we all know what will happen to Saudi Arabia sooner rather than later if the ‘special relationship’ between the oppressive desert kingdom and the land of the free ceases to exist …

By Chris McGreal – “A FORMER head of Saudi Arabian intelligence and ex-ambassador to Washington, Turki al-Faisal, has warned that an American veto of Palestinian membership of the United Nations would end the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries, and make the US ‘toxic’ in the Arab world.

The warning comes as Washington is scrambling to avoid a scenario where it alone casts a veto in the UN Security Council against the Palestinian bid for recognition of statehood, which is expected to be formally requested next week.

The US is putting considerable pressure on the Palestinians not to submit the request, and on Britain – the only other permanent member of the Security Council that has not publicly supported the Palestinian request – to also exercise its veto if necessary.

Mr Faisal says in an article in The New York Times that the US will jeopardise its close ties with Saudi Arabia and further undermine its position in a changing Arab world if it again sides with Israel.

‘The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region,’ Mr Faisal says.

‘Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to co-operate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the ‘special relationship’ between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people.’ He adds: ‘Saudi leaders would be forced by domestic and regional pressures to adopt a far more independent and assertive foreign policy.’ Read more.

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