Posts Tagged ‘Sufis’

RT’s Afshin Rattansi Talking to Gaza Health Minister Dr Basem Naim

May 18, 2018

This was posted on May 14th, a day before the Israeli’s massacred 60 Gaza Palestinians for trying to break through the fence into Israel, and it adds some very relevant pieces of back ground detail.

It’s from RT’s ‘Going Underground’ show, where Rattansi interviews various guests. This year is the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel, called by Palestinians the Nakba, or ‘Catastrophe’, because it led to the destruction of their country and its communities. 400 Arab villages were razed by the Israelis in 1948, and countless villagers massacred up and down the country by Israeli troopers, even those bringing them rice as a peace overture, or seeking refuge in mosques.

To mark this, the Palestinians had organised a ‘March for Return’, which has been going on since April 30th. This is clearly part of the demand that the Palestinians should be allowed to move out of their refugee camps, and, presumably, return from their exile abroad to their old homes in what is now Israel. Israel definitely does not want to do this, as it has been pursuing a policy of ethnic cleansing since the first Zionist settlers arrived in the early 20th century. It refuses to let Palestinian exiles return because this would upset the demographic character of Israel as the Jewish state.

He also attacks Trump’s decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, pointing out that it is a contested city, and should be the Palestinian capital. He also describes the squalid conditions in Gaza itself, which is deliberately starved of water and electricity by Israel, and indeed the water supplies have been fouled by Israel consumption and water projects. The beach is also heavily polluted – up to 97 per cent if covered with sewage, again from Israel. There economy is also deliberately stifled by Israel. And naturally, he is firmly opposed to the visit to Israel scheduled for later by Prince William.

Rattansi tries to tackle him on Syria, trying to get him to admit that Hamas forces there have been fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda. Basem refuses to admit this, and just repeats the line that Palestinians are peaceful people dedicated to cooperation.

This adds a bit more information to explain the powerful reaction by the Palestinians to Trump’s movement of the embassy. This was always going to be intensely controversial to a persecuted and exiled people, who look on the Holy City as their own. But the fact that this occurred in what they remember as the anniversary of their country’s destruction and their persecuting, ethnic cleansing and massacre, which they were commemorating with a march demanding their return to their homes, also explains why so many massed at the fence between Gaza and Israel.

As for Palestinians being a peaceful people, the PLO has carried out terrorist atrocities. Israel has regularly denounced Hamas, the governing faction in Gaza, as a terrorist organisation, but I’ve read others claim that Israeli policy has left them no choice. The Israeli state ignores Palestinian moderates, and does not seem to respond except through the threat of violence. When this occurs, they refuse to concede to Palestinian demands because they don’t talk to terrorists. I’ve also come across conspiracy theories, which consider that Hamas is itself a creation of the Israelis.

As for Hamas fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda in Palestine, I’m actually with them on that one. Hamas are also Islamists, but ISIS and al-Qaeda are terrorists. Daesh are responsible for the destruction of antiquities and priceless ancient artifacts and monuments, including mosques and other Islamic buildings, all over the Middle East and North Africa. They have also murdered moderate Muslims, Sufis, Shi’a, and other forms of Islam that don’t conform to their own twisted ideas. And this is quite apart from their persecution of non-Muslims, like Christians and Yezidis, and their re-imposition of sex-slavery for the Yezidi women they have captured. They are an affront to human civilisation, and it is an abomination that the Americans have been backing them as part of the proxy war against Assad in Syria. Daesh should be fought against and the movement wiped from the Earth.

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Secular Talk on Donald Trump Holding All Muslims Responsible for Terror Attacks

March 25, 2016

This is another great piece from Secular Talk’s Kyle Kulinski taking apart some disgusting anti-Muslim comments uttered by the Trumpenfuehrer on ITV’s Good Morning show. Trump had asked rhetorically why Muslims don’t report the terrorists in their communities. Kulinski here demolishes this by showing that they do. He presents these facts:

* In 2013 a Canadian imam prevented a terrorist attack on a train by reporting the terrorists planning the attack to Canada’s finest.

* In 2015 Kenyan Muslims aboard a bus gave their hijabs to the Christian passengers to wear to prevent them from being butchered by al-Shabaab.

* During the French terror attacks last year, a Muslim waiter saved two women from being killed by leaping in front of them when the gunman was firing. He was killed, but the two ladies survived.

* Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, comprising 50 million people, has roundly condemned terrorism.

* The Muslim community had a collection for the victims of the San Bernardino shooting that was raising $1,000 an hour at one point.

Trump is wrong. Very wrong. Kulinski points out that his default position is that all Muslims are somehow responsible for terrorism or sympathise with it. Now Kulinski says here that he believes that there is a problem with fundamentalist, Salafi Islam, beyond the terrible abuse of the Muslim world through the West’s foreign policy. But he makes the point that to condemn all Muslims, including people, who have had nothing to do with these attacks, like the Ahmadiyya, the Shi’a, Sufis – and so on, is bigoted.

Here’s the video.

Over here, I have a feeling that a number of potential terror attacks have been averted, because of information given from members of the Muslim community. And Some of the radical mosques full of the preachers of hate carried on, not because they weren’t denounced by concerned members of the congregation to the authorities, but because the authorities decided they didn’t want to act. I’ve got a feeling that the infamous mosque at Finsbury Park was one of these.

Trump’s talking populist rubbish. And the fact that he mouthed it on British television to my mind gives weight to the argument that he should be banned from coming to our great country.

Secular Talk: Newt Gingrich Tells Fox and Friends They Created Donald Trump

February 25, 2016

This is a rare piece of clarity and truth from New Gingrich. The former Republican leader of Congress tells the panel of Fox & Friends that they created Donald Trump through their constant media exposure of him. He also describes Trump’s supporters as living in a fantasy world, and wanting to ‘kick over the pile’ about everything. Kulinski in his comments states that he agrees with Gingrich. Fox and Friends did create Donald Trump and make him the contender for the presidency that he now is. They had him on their programme constantly, and made little effort to check or correct his bigoted nonsense. About ten per cent of the time, they would utter a ‘tsk’, and tell him he’d gone a little too far that time, but mostly they put up with him. And thus Trump feels that he can come out with his appallingly bigoted comments about Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants without fear of criticism or a concerted political backlash. He can cast all Muslims, regardless of sect, including peaceful Sufis, as sharing the same belligerent intolerance as the 9/11 terrorists. (And here Kulinski points out that it’s interesting that he thinks having only a temporary ban on Muslim immigration is moderate.) He can describe Mexicans as ‘criminals and rapists’, and then qualify it with, ‘there are a few good people’. And Fox never picked him up on it.

Kulinski is therefore not surprised The Donald’s soaring ahead in the polls. He states that there are problems there of personal responsibility. People do have the responsibility for doing their own fact-checking. But Trump’s right-wing audience aren’t doing that. They hear Trump speaking and feel that it validates all their own prejudices.

Kulinski also asks us to imagine what would happen if Bernie Sanders got that amount of exposure. Sanders’ popularity would rocket, because his policies also have a powerful emotional appeal. But it hasn’t happened, because Fox and the others have a right-wing bias.

He does, however, think that Gingrich is slightly wrong, in that it isn’t just Fox and Friends, which has created Donald Trump. It’s the whole of the Far Right, who for twenty years have been creating this nationalist, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican and anti-immigration rhetoric of hate. They set the tone and nature of the debate, and Trump has simply picked it up and run with it. He’s simply taken and dropped the coded language with which it was formerly expressed, so that the true bigotry and fear shines through.

it’s an interesting perspective coming from Gingrich, a bright red Republican himself. I can remember one of Joe Queenan’s guests on the Radio 4 show, Postcard from Gotham, way back in the 1990s when Gingrich was promoting his ‘contract with America’, a journalist with the Torygraph, describing him as like ‘an embittered middle-aged chemistry teacher’. Just about everything else Gingrich has done is wretched, but here’s he’s actually right. Trump is a product of a more general malaise in the American body politic, the virulent xenophobic hatred in the American Republican Right.