Lebanon: Christian Villagers Bordering Syria Tremble, With Talk Of Islamic Extremists ‘We Have To Watch Out For Our Survival’
‘We can’t sleep a wink,’ laments Marcele Shahine, a 37-year-old mother of four. ‘The other night a rocket hit a house, but happily no one was there.’
‘What have we got to do with what’s going on in Syria? Why are they bombing us and we paying the price,’ she adds, calling for the government to do something to help the village and its 200 residents.
The answer is not difficult to find: it is very likely that anti-regime gunmen are slipping through the lush fields running down the hill from Minjez and across the Nahr al-Kabir River that serves as the border here.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announces on an almost daily basis that its forces have foiled attempts by ‘terrorists,’ its term for rebels, to infiltrate the country…
Numerous border villages in the north have been targeted by shelling in recent months, notably in the Wadi Khaled region, which has been the destination of many Syrians fleeing the killing and destruction at home.
The neighboring region of Akkar is another target, and Issam al-Marouni, a seventy-something Christian, walks down a tiny street between the old stone houses in the village of Debbabiyeh.
Marouni said he has never abandoned his village, even during the 1975-1990 civil war, and that he never will.
‘But since the uprising began in Syria, I have seen entire families leave. Our villages are becoming the transit point for armed men going to fight the Syrian regime.’
Marouni’s Syrian wife is from the village of Ghazir, just across the border, and they used to visit her family there.
‘That has all changed now.’
And change is a word that causes these Christians to tremble, just as it does their fellow believers on the other side of the border…
Voicing a fear of Christians on both sides of the border, Marouni says they ‘could pay the price of the war in Syria, all the more because there is talk of [Islamist] extremists’ emerging among the ranks of the rebels.
And as Shahine puts it, ‘we are a minority, and with changes in regimes, we have to watch out for our survival.'” Read more.
Apparently Allah isn’t as mighty as America. It almost brings Revelation 11:6 to mind. At any rate, I have to ask the obvious: If America is holding back Iran’s rain, who is holding back America’s rain? …
Matthew 5:45, “… for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
By Robert Tait, The Telegraph – “The Iranian president made the assertions in a speech on Monday addressing the problems caused by low rainfall trends, which experts say is threatening Iran’s agriculture.
‘Today our country is moving towards drought, which is partly unintentional due to industry and partly intentional, as a result of the enemy destroying the clouds moving towards our country and this is a war that Iran is going to overcome,’ Mr Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the Caspian Sea city of Gonbad-e Kavus to mark its registration as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Although Iran is recognised as having one of the world’s driest climates, the comments were the latest in a series of allegations by officials of a Western conspiracy to turn its water shortage into a major crisis.
In July, Hassan Mousavi, head of Iran’s cultural heritage organisation and one of Mr Ahmadinejad’s vice-presidents, urged meteorological experts to investigate the possibility that the west was engineering a draught in southern Iran, traditionally one of the country’s most parched regions.
‘I feel that the world arrogance and colonisation (Iranian official code language for the US and its allies) by using their technologies, are affecting the environmental situation in Iran,’ he said.” Read more.
Flashback: The New Normal: Western North America Faces 21st Century ‘Mega-Drought’ – “The climate’s ‘new normal’ for most of the coming century will parallel the long-term drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 – the most severe drought in 800 years – scientists report in a study published Sunday… Crops and forests died and river basins dried, but as bad as conditions were during the 2000-04 drought, in the future they may be seen as the good old days, a group of 10 researchers warned …” Read more.
By Moataz Nadi, Egypt Independent -“Several Coptic leaders voiced concerns about what they called discriminatory policies of President Mohamed Morsy, warning of increasing emigration among the country’s largest minority.
Medhat Kelada, head of the European Union of Coptic Organizations for Human Rights, said Sunday that nobody should cast doubts on Copts’ patriotism and added that while Morsy pardoned Islamist detainees who faced criminal charges, he has not pardoned any Copt who was imprisoned in a sectarian or political case.
He added that what is happening under Morsy’s rule does not differ much from what happened under former President Hosni Mubarak.
In an interview with Al Arabiya satellite channel that was later published on its website, Kelada said Copts are being uprooted in several places in the country and that a report on the issue has been prepared.
Coptic lawyer Mamdouh Ramzy said 100,000 Copts have applied for emigration to the US, and others have applied to go to Scandinavian countries. He added that changes to the demography of Egypt will have extremely dangerous repercussions.
Ramzy also rejected foreign intervention in the affairs of Egyptian Copts, calling instead for the full implementation of the principle of citizenship in Egypt.
Meanwhile, reports have circulated about the Netherlands Embassy accepting applications for asylum by Copts, but the embassy responded by explaining that there is no special policy with regards to Coptic applicants. The embassy said Egyptian Christians who already reside there may apply for asylum and their cases will be investigated to see if a genuine threat exists and warrants asylum.
Coptic thinker Kamal Zakher said the Netherlands did not take such a step out of love for Egyptian Copts and added that if the US takes a similar step, it would not be doing so out of love, either.” Read more.
Flashback: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi Says Christians Must Convert To Islam, Pay ‘Jizya’, Or Leave – ‘Conquest Is Coming’ – “… Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will ‘achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya,’ the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute… ‘They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic …’” Read more.
Flashback: Egyptian Cleric and Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood: ‘To Hell With Anyone Who Does Not Accept Islamic Rule’ – “Egyptian Cleric and Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood: ‘To hell with anyone who does not accept the Islamic rule that the people want. Why? … We are a people who talk about democracy and the rule of the people … They elected Dr. Morsi for the cultural enterprise that he declared, which is based upon Islam. … I don’t want to beat around the bush. I’m a straightforward man. When Morsi presented his cultural enterprise for the revival of Egypt, he did so from an Islamic perspective, not a secular one.’” Watch video.
Israel: Muslim Preacher In Nazareth Imprisoned After Calling For The Slaughter And Beheading Of Jews And Christians
Hadith, Tabari 7:97, “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.'”
Qur’an Sura 9:30, “… the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them …”
Qur’an Sura 9:14, “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace …”
By Ahiya Raved, ynet – “The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim Scapa to three years in prison and 18 months probation for incitement to violence and terror and supporting terror organizations.
The court said Scapa’s Friday sermons at the Shihab al-Din mosque in the city inspired two terror cells to attack Jews and Christians. One of the gangs has also been charged with murdering cab driver Efim Weinstein in 2009.
Scapa, 47, has served as the imam of the Shihab al-Din mosque for the past 15 years, but he delivered sermons in other mosques as well – including the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. He was arrested in November 2010.
‘This is one of the more serious cases ever discussed in Israel’s courts,’ said Judge Lily Young-Gefer on Tuesday. ‘Had the defendant’s activity not been stopped his followers’ terrorist activity would have expanded further.’…
In April, Judge Young-Gefer mentioned that one of Scapa’s sermons called for ‘violent acts of vengeance (beheadings) against those who have dishonored the prophet (Muhammad). This was no abstract call to annihilate the heretics, but a direct call for violence against anyone who dishonors the prophet and Muslims.’
The judge said the imam’s publications encouraged the ‘highest and most dangerous level’ of violence. Scapa urged his followers to ‘slaughter and fight,’ according to Young-Gefer.” Read more.
Egypt: Girls Sexually Harassed ‘7 Times Every 200 Meters’, Well Over Two-Thirds Of All Women Harassed Daily
By Manar Ammar – “CAIRO: As the new school year begins next week in Egypt, school girls and their families are preparing to face yet another year of sexual harassment, this time waiting for the children outside their schools.
Egyptian mothers worry about their young daughters, who are subjected to sexual harassment outside their gated schools and daughters only pray to go home safely after the day has ended.
The phenomena of men waiting outside girls only schools to sneak a view, harass and self-expose themselves has made even school a difficult trip to take on a daily basis. Egyptian girls must join girls-only schools after elementary school in all public education, which has turned the gates of the schools into a pervert magnet.
I went to the Kolyet al-Banat school in Zamalek, an all-girls school from elementary through high school:
Right around the corner from our school is an all boys school similar in age group to ours, so we knew what was out there waiting for us every day after school. But it wasn’t exclusive to naughty school boy behavior, we had adult men who also used to wait for the final bell to ring and the thousands of girls to come out. We had a guy who looked like a father of any one of us, a lawyer or a businessman carrying a briefcase, who used to stand there outside of our school every single day. Once the girls started to leave the school he would swiftly move his briefcase, exposing his penis to us. As children we would run away, some laughing and some crying. But he wasn’t the only one. A building guard, or bowab as they are called in Egypt, who worked in a nearby building, a 60-something old man who wore the traditional male dress and sat on his bench watching the street. Once we passed by him, he would lift up his dress and expose his naked flesh to us. We stopped walking by that building and warned other girls as well.
When the problem became overwhelming and parents started to complain to the school and the police, the authorities and the Qasr al-Nil police station sent a police car that stood there outside of our school everyday during my senior year. Problems were getting out of hand and leaving the school meant being exposed to the worst of human nature. That was in late 1999, but the problem has not improved, not even slightly, since. In fact it became widespread to the point where mothers are hiding horror stories of what happens to their girls in school, fearing the father would prevent them from having an education…
Now sexual harassment is no stranger to the experience of being a female in Egypt; in fact it became a fundamental element of being outdoors. Last week, the National Council for Women (NCW) said that Egyptian women get harassed 7 times every 200 meters, and a 2008 report by the Egyptian Center for Women Rights found that well over two-thirds of Egyptian women are harassed on daily basis.” Read more.
By Lee Kaplan – “Rafic Labboun, an imam from the Shiite Association Bay Area (SABA) Mosque in San Jose, California, has been arrested in Mexico by Mexican immigration authorities working in cooperation with the FBI and Homeland Security.
Labboun was taken into custody with the two known Hezbollah agents from Belize, Justin George Abdallah Elders and Yasser Safa in Merida, a Mexican city located in the Yucatan peninsula. Both men are citizens of Belize. Intelligence agencies in the United States were tracking this group as part of a cell of Hezbollah-linked Arab terrorists who were operating in Mexico and Central America…
Labboun was released this summer from a federal prison, where he had served 27 months for credit card fraud that authorities suspected was linked to fundraising for Hezbollah here in the US…
The money made its way to Lebanon and has never been returned, even though Labboun was required to pay back the money as per the agreement of release and subsequent his three year probationary term. Instead, Labboun fled to Mexico on a false passport from Belize. It is [believed] he was helped by the alleged Hezbollah agents with whom he was arrested…
As RadicalIslam.org reported, the SABA Mosque in San Jose supported Labboun throughout his trial, claiming he was innocent of any wrongdoing and giving him money and food during his trial in a federal court. Once Labboun was freed on probation, the mosque held a welcome home party for him. During his incarceration, a music video was released, referring to Labboun a ‘peace activist’ and calling for his release from prison.
The SABA Mosque maintains it reaches out to the non-Shiite and non-Muslim community for interfaith dialog but undercover recordings and even the mosque’s own website have shown preaching against Jews and Christians is done within the mosque’s walls.
Despite this, the SABA Mosque is still enjoying political assistance from politicians like Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives Mike Honda, who is scheduled to appear at the Mosque for a gathering on September 15 …” Read more.
Los Angeles Police: Terror Plots Linked To Iran And Hezbollah Are Active, May Initiate Attacks If Middle East War Erupts – “Senior police officials on Wednesday warned of potential terrorist attacks in Southern California amid a growing risk of war breaking out overseas… ‘In this region we have active terrorist plots, in this region, right now,’ said Deputy Chief Michael Downing, commanding officer of the LAPD’s counter-terrorism unit.” Read more.
Flashback: Report: There Are Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands, Of ‘Iranian and Hezbollah Terrorists’ Inside the United States – “A recent report by the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security states that there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, people he described as ‘Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists’ in the United States. An alarming part of the officials’ assessments focuses on the apparent surveillance missions that Iranian diplomats and possible Hezbollah operatives have been seen conducting at sensitive targets such as New York City’s subways and bridges, and at nuclear power plants and tunnels elsewhere in the United States in the past 10 years.” Read more.
Flashback: Iran-Sponsored Terrorists Plan US Attack ‘Worse Than The World Trade Center’ From Latin American Countries – “Middle Eastern terrorists have infiltrated Latin American countries—especially Mexico—to plan an attack against the United States, according to an alarming exposé broadcast this week by the world’s largest Spanish news network. The Univision documentary, ‘La Amenaza Irani,’ (Iranian Threat), uses undercover, never-before-seen video footage to illustrate how Iran’s growing political, economic and military ties to Latin America threaten U.S. security.” Read more.
Their feelings were hurt, so according to Islam they had absolutely no choice other than to attack and kill any infidels they could find …
Libya’s deputy interior minister Wanis al Sharef said: ‘One American official was killed and another injured in the hand. The other staff members were evacuated and are safe and sound.’ He could not say if the dead man was a diplomat.
In the Egyptian capital, Cairo, protesters climbed the walls of the US embassy, tore down the American flag and burned it.
The protests were sparked by outrage over a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the US, which the demonstrators say insults the Prophet Mohammed.
The US condemned the attack in Benghazi, amid reports that the mission had been set on fire and targeted with rocket-propelled grenades.
‘We can confirm that our office in Benghazi, Libya, has been attacked by a group of militants,’ State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
‘We condemn in strongest terms this attack,’ she added in a statement issued before reports of the death, which came on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.” Read more.
Flashback: Al-Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Benghazi, Libya – ‘Whomever Speaks Ill of This Flag, We Will Cut Off His Tongue’ – “Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that ‘there is no God but Allah’ and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, ‘Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don’t publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself.’” Read more.