This is the shocking story of how a 17 year old girl, Shafilea Ahmed was killed, allegedly by her parents. What could possibly drive parents to kill their own children? Shafilea’s sister said in court that she was physically abused daily and that they even with-held food for several days from her. The reason is simple – they disapproved of her becoming westernised and integrating with white people.
The alleged murder took place in Warrington in 2003. Her sister testified that she had seen her Parents threaten her with a knife and had even witnessed the murder itself. Alesha Ahmed now 23 is currently in witness protection and said in court that Shafilea had..
a secret life which she did not want her parents to know about”.
The courts heard how the parents told Shafilea that she was going to Pakistan for a family trip, but before the trip was supposed to take place, they drugged her and suffocated her.
The crime went unreported until 2010 when her sister who had witnessed the macabre event finally came forward to the police.
The really sad thing is this is not an isolated case. There have been many such ‘honour killings’ in the UK. But people for whatever reasons seem reluctant to talk about the deep racism that underpins these vile crimes.
Last year alone there were 2,823 honour attacks reported from 39 out of 52 forces, but many many more go unreported.
The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community’s honour and reputation.”
Freedom of Information requests have show that “honour based attacks” are up 47% in the last year.
The truth of the matter is that many Pakistani communities in the North of England have become virtual self-made ghettos, and often women are positively discouraged from integrating or even learning English, as their is no need in their tightly restrictive communities. This is not good, and Muslims urgently need to confront these issues rather than pretending they do not exist.
Historically, Israel and South Africa have been pretty close buddies, with close ties revealed between the former regime and Israel. Although one would expect the new regime to show solidarity with the Palestinians, their support to date has been pretty muted.
Recently however, the Israeli state has started flinging accusations of racism at the African National Congress government.
This follows a decision by the South African Minister for Trade and Industry that goods from the West Bank should not be labeled as ‘Made in Israel’.
“The government of South Africa recognises the state of Israel only within its 1948 borders – that area does not include territories captured by Israel in 1967.”
The inevitable tantrum from Israel followed, with Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor accusing South Africa of racism by “singling out Israel and ignoring dozens of other areas of conflict”.
Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor accused South Africa of racism by singling out Israel and ignoring dozens of other areas of conflict.
On Sunday, the Jerusalem Post published an op-ed which confirmed that Yes, all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic!, arguing that:
All criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic because of the specific historical circumstances under which we currently live. That is to say, the historical circumstances under which Israel and the Jews exist in the world today render any non-anti-Semitic criticism of Israel impossible. And, ironically, these are circumstances that Israel’s opponents have themselves created.
So, there we have it, its our fault, and we must focus on the suffering of the oppressor whilst the oppressed are conveniently swept under the carpet.
The op-ed ends with a call that might well have been issued by Tony Greenstein and the PSC:
…however, there is at least a possible solution to the problem, should critics of Israel be willing to entertain it. It is a modest imperative: Work toward less anti-Semitism
Sadly for Israel, it is a different inevitable accusation of racism that is currently occupying the minds of South Africans.
Its all to do with a painting by artist Brent Murray, entitled the Spear of the Nation, which depicts President Zuma with his bits dangling.
Or I should say depicted, as this morning the painting was defaced, after the gallery refused to take it down, and in advance of the scheduled court hearing , when Zuma will argue that the painting should be removed because it violates his right to dignity and makes a mockery of his office. He said the portrait depicted him as a “a philanderer, a womaniser and one with no respect”.
In his court affadavit, Murray said that he never intended the artwork to cause any hurt or to harm the dignity of any person, and noted that during the apartheid years he had created satirical images which attacked abuses of power.
“For many years I have used, and continue to use, symbols with sexual connotations representative of political power and patriarchy,”
The debate focuses around the issue of freedom of expression, and whether Zuma has a right to expect respect or needs to earn it. One commentator notes that there are cultural reasons why the picture is so offensive, claiming rather dramatically that:
“The Spear” was not a spear in the heart and ego of Zuma, “The Spear” is the final spear in the future of whites in South Africa.
Oliver Tambo’s daughter Tselane has come out in support of of the painting:
So the Prez JZ has had his portrait painted and he doesn’t like it. Do the poor enjoy poverty? Do the unemployed enjoy hopelessness? Do those who can’t get housing enjoy homelessness? He must get over it. No one is having a good time. He should inspire the reverence he craves. This portrait is what he inspired. Shame neh!,
In the JP op-ed the author wrote:
A large portion of the world, West and East, has come to believe that Arabs and Muslims have earned the right to murder Jews.
Derived from this right, they have also come to believe that the destruction dismantling, and erasure of the State of Israel, and the slaughter, expulsion, and/or perpetual subjugation of its Jewish population are entirely legitimate and indeed desirable.
The claims that the end of a racist, oppressive state apparatus would lead to the killing of driving out of the Jewish population are reminiscent of the claims that white South Africans used to justify the continuation of the Apartheid regime. Yet for the majority of those who remained, life carries on much the same as it did then.
What is clear is that even Israel’s friends will not be able to turn a blind eye forever, and that the Palestinians will continue to demand justice.
Almost two decades after the African National Congress assumed power, there is still a racial tension that pops up from time to time and is never far from the surface.
Rather than insist that the world ignore the Palestinians and focus on virtually non-existent anti-semitism, it really is time for Israelis to start addressing that injustice and seeking reconciliation.
In this this debate two rabid Zionist enthusiasts (Jeremy Ben Ami and Alan Dershowitz) who openly support the existence of the ‘Jews only State’, pretend to disagree on some minor issues.
Interestingly enough, neither Ben Ami nor Dershowitz happen to be concerned with ethical or moral issues. They are largely interested in the image of Israel and its impact on American Jews.
I would really like to know how many American Jews support Israel becoming a ‘State of its citizens’. How many American Jews support the Palestinian right of return*? Is there any Jewish progressive organisation committed to universal ethical thinking?
* As far as I am aware even the IJAN (international ‘Jews only’ Anti-zionist network) seems to adhere to the concept of the Right of Return, yet fails to specify whether it supports the return of the Palestinians to their land, homes, villages and cities. Is it also possible that like left Zionists, IJAN also supports the return of Palestinian refugees to the future Palestinian State?
Islam is a religion for whom those who claim even a little Islamic knowledge have studied the classic texts under the guidance of scholars for many years. Even after years and years of studies they will claim to be just students who know only very little. Therefore the title of this piece is entirely sarcastic and merely to highlight the fact that Hasan Afzal is a complete ignoramus from an Islamic point of view who has zero authority to make any of the pronouncements that he makes. Hasan Afzal’s existence was no doubt totally mundane until as a Muslim he decided to make a career out of being an Israeli flag waver and set up the blog “British Muslims for Israel“. You can watch his speech at a Stand for Israel rally in Trafalgar Square here.
Since the “War on Islam” there have been rich pickings for some self proclaimed instant experts on Islam who unabashedly interpret our religion to suit their own (probably lucrative) agendas and who are willing to make outrageous claims about Muslims being extremists. Hasan Afzal is so unlearned about Islam that he misrepresents authentic Islamic texts to suit his self proclaimed expertise and credentials on extremism.
Having explained who Afzal is and what he definitely is not, we now need to look at just who gives him a platform to trot out his lame and inarticulate words on extremism. Who else would give him so much air space and column inches other than the Pro Israel media such as Sky News, the Jewish Chronicle and our own favourite Islamophobia award winning blog Harry’s Place. Pro Israel campaigners are always happy to accommodate and promote anyone who can bandy the words “extremist” and “Al Qaida” around and who can portray Muslims as an evil threat constantly plotting to destroy Israel. To have found a Muslim who will do their dirty work for them they may consider a bonus yet one which might yet backfire on them as when people watch Afzal on the T.V. and ask the inevitable question “are all Muslims so banal”? and if so “why were we so worried”?
Of course promoting the notion that Israel is under constant threat from bloodthirsty Muslims is what brings in the millions of hard earned American tax dollars on the pretext of defense. But not content with besieging, occupying and ethnically cleansing the citizens of Palestine, pro Israel Jews want to control Muslims in the U.K. too. Let us investigate just how they set about doing that.
“The War On Islam“
Muslim parents must be delighted when their young ones go to attend talks on religion. Religious moral guidance is sorely needed to keep our youngsters on the straight and narrow. Most teenagers in the U.K. would rather be in the pub or hanging around aimlessly on the streets, but some insightful Muslims have set up groups where Islamic guidance is given to the youth – by the youth. One such project is called “Ministry of Dawwah”. In Arabic Dawwah means to invite. I took the following from their facebook group so we can see what they stand for.
To become like those mentioned in this beautiful ayah: In truth, they were YOUTHS who believed in their Lord and We increased them in guidance. We gave strength to their hearts. Behold, they stood up and said: ‘Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and of the earth: never shall we call upon any god other than Him, if we did, we should indeed have uttered an enormity.’ [Al- Quran 18: 13]
Ministry of Dawah is run by youth in the central London area, providing activities and Islamic circles for youth, dealing with our issues, on the level, in a way we can understand. We hope to engage, entertain and excite InshaAllah!
MOD is a non partisan organisation based on Islam, which seeks to provide a platform that enables Muslims and non Muslims the chance to discuss contemporary issues that are facing the youth and their vision. MOD hopes to achieve this in a way that they can understand and relate to in their daily lives. MOD aims to present islamic issues whether they are political or spiritual so it’s members can discuss or debate them in an islamic manner abiding by ettiquettes.
A beautiful project ! Clearly a youth organisation aiming to reach out to the youth both Muslim and non Muslim, in a way that youth can relate to. The group has been meeting for over two years in a building run by a King’s Cross Neighbourhood Association. All Ministry of Dawwah talks are available to listen to on their youtube channel and on their facebook page “Ministry of Dawwah”. Nothing hidden at all, it is all out in the public domain because they have nothing to hide.
Now we read in the Jewish Chronicle that Afzal managed to close the venue down that has hosted Ministry of Dawwah for over two years. I notice that the Ministry of Dawwah state that some of their discussions will be political and exactly which political issue is in the heart of every Muslim on the planet other than The issue of the occupation of Palestine. But is the subject of the illegal occupation of Palestine a subject which is about to become illegal for discussion in the U.K.? We have seen in the past how both pro Zionists and proclaimed anti Zionist groups work in packs to harass and intimidate venue providers by bombarding them with defamatory e.mails and phone calls claiming that they are hosting anti Semites or extremists. Only this week deLiberation published a campaign of defamation and harassment of the organisers and speakers at the One State conference in Germany read about it here, this is but one example of what is an unrelenting and ongoing battle to control the discourse on Israel/Palestine in the West.
Here is an extract from Grand Mufti Afzal’s fatwa
Hasan Afzal, director of the anti-extremism group Stand for Peace, contacted the council earlier this month to warn that the Ministry of Dawah was using the centre to “whitewash the terrorist convictions of a number of Islamists”.
I think it is only fair to point out from the start here that Stand for Peace far from being a group comprises at most two members. I can only imagine Afzal suffered some emotionally traumatic life changing experience at University which led to him dropping out of his studies and on to a dangerous trajectory and into the arms of the Zionists. Hasan Afzal is now to the Pro Israel Jews what Abdul Sallam is to the E.D.L. (English Defence League).
So let us examine these outrageously damning and downright scary accusations that Afzal and the Jewish Chronicle make about Ministry of Dawwah with my comments in italics.
- promotion of extreme Islamist organisations such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, and support for bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders . . . Many Muslims support much of what Bin Laden said, whilst not supporting the killing of innocent civilians. Hizb ut Tahrir is an international organisation which is running openly and legally in the U.K. so what is wrong with showing support for it?
- Events held by the group at the venue have included a “Maidens of Paradise” discussion about women, and “Deeds after Death” in which participants were told: “Did you know you can still get rewards even after your soul has departed from your body?” . . . The Maidens of Paradise are the beautiful houries in heaven the place that every Muslim man and women strives to achieve. No angels sitting on fluffy clouds playing harps of uncertain gender for Muslim men! What can Muslim women hope for in Paradise? The answer is anything we want! So hard to see what is offensive about this talk but it is there for all listen to if you want to follow the link. Deeds after Death is Islamic teaching that whilst we can strive to earn good deeds in this life after we die there are certain deeds that keep on giving us reward this is called sadaqah jariah, like building a mosque or a legacy of Islamic scholarship etc an alms giving which by the merciful nature of Allah keeps on earning rewards even after death. Again I posted the link. There is nothing whatsoever extreme about either talk merely very mainstream talks based on widely used Islamic texts.
- A “Free Palestine” discussion asked participants to consider how “the Zionist Israeli state [is] using illegal weaponry such as white phosphorous to kill and murder innocent human beings including children”. . . No one has a problem with that statement including the Goldstone report. It is indeed illegal to use white phosporus in heavily populated areas. I think that Jon Snow says it so much better than I can so here the video “Inside the mind of Mark Regev” always worth revisiting!
- At another lecture the speaker tells the audience: “You are in a battle of ideas, a battle for hearts and minds, and it’s a battle that’s clearly about the West versus Islam. . . For sure – the War on Islam is now official
- One lecturer claimed Israeli snipers were used to kill Palestinian children in Gaza and talked about his hope that Muslims would be able to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque with “no Israel, no occupation at all . . .Nothing unfactual about that children sitting in classrooms being killed as it is well documented and on the second point one and a half billion Muslims and the United Nations would agree that Israel should get out of occupied East Jerusalem.
- There is a further discussion on how Israel will be “wiped off the earth” by Allah . . . Right so they are saying Allah s.w.t. will do that so hardly a battle cry for Muslims to take up jihad then.
I could go on but as we can clearly see the claims of Hasan Afzal are very weak and flimsy they could easily be put into context by your average practising Muslim aged about 10. So does anybody really think that Pro Israel Jews or a lone not very bright or articulate Muslim for Israel should control who speaks about Islam to the youth? We know that there is a war against Islam where Zio/NeoCons want to take Muslims away from the classic teachings of Islam. We have to be strong and stand up to these bullies who seek to confuse and liberalise Muslims. We have to provide more Islamic teachings for the youth to try to counter the effects of the West’s liberal values which bring with it the erosion of morals and family values.
No man and least of all Hasan Afzal can change the dictates or ideals set forth by Allah s.w.t.
يُرِيدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ اللَّهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْكَافِرُونَ
They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.
Israeli and Jewish hypocrisy is so brazen that it probably has no match under the sun. Jewish and Zionist circles never stop accusing other countries of harboring “hate” against Jews.
Jewish propaganda arms, such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center as well as the Israeli foreign ministry recently criticized several countries, including Greece, for allowing nationalist parties to function.
We are told that the appearance of these parties in Europe should sound an alarm note because certain red lines are being crossed.
It is always good and auspicious to stand against and be vigilant about fascist and extreme nationalist parties which advocate xenophobia, bigotry and racism, such as Islamophbia and anti-Semitism.
But this is not the point here. The point is that Israel is inherently and absolutely unfit to lecture other countries and other peoples on the evils of racism as Israel itself is probably the ugliest and most brazen of embodiment of racism on earth.
For example, Israel and Jewish circles protest rather vociferously, usually with a great degree of sanctimony, the alleged hatred existing in Palestinian and other Arab textbooks when every Jewish school child is taught that Jews are the master race and that non-Jews are either lesser or sub-humans.
Just try to thoroughly examine the text-books used in hundreds of Talmudic schools across Israel and the occupied territories and you will see strange wonders. You will see text-books teaching that the Almighty created the entire universe solely for the sake of the Jew. You will see books teaching that the Almighty created all the nations “Goyem” (people like you and me) solely in order to serve the master race or Chosen People. According to some Talmudic texts, the lives of non-Jews have no sanctity.
Indeed, according to some rabbis affiliated with the Nazi-like Chabad sect, a Jew may murder a non-Jew, without any compunction, in order to extricate an organ from his or her body if the Jew needs one.
I really thought that this was a far-fetched canard until I ascertained its veracity.
Now, how Jews and Zionists could have the Chutzpah to criticize others of harboring “hate” toward Jews when Jews don’t even recognize those people’s very humanity? This is undoubtedly an uncomfortable question for the Israeli hasbara apparatus, which refuses to be honest in tackling such questions.
For example, when Zionist propagandists, such as Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson and Elie Wiesel are confronted with irrefutable facts pertaining to brash Jewish racism and there is no point denying the obvious, they try to prevaricate or evade the issue. Some, like Wiesel, have the audacity to claim that the rest of mankind has no right to criticize Jews even when Jews indulge in war crimes against humanity.
Unfortunately, many westerners, who are either scared to death by the Jewish Golem or scandalously brainwashed by a pliant media that is at Zionism’s beck and call, readily listen to and even dignify these morbid Zionist vagaries which go beyond the pale. After all, it would be foolish to challenge the self-righteousness of people like Wiesel especially when his Jewish supremacist sickness is accorded solemn and ample media attention from Sydney to California .
Another point. When any writer or intellectual thoughtfully and sincerely criticizes the Talmudic edicts that keep resurfacing in Israel, edicts which dehumanize and demonize non-Jews, or question Israeli regional hegemony and bellicosity, as did the German poet Guenter Grass recently, we see the shipyard dogs of Zionism fire a round after round of the anti-Semitism bombs at the “emulators of Hitler.”
Well, some short-sighted Zionists may still think that this is the right way to go but this is wrong because the Zionists are playing on borrowed time and invoking anti-Semitism every time Israel’s vile behavior is criticized serves only to cheapen anti-Semitism in the eyes of the non-Jewish world.
Still, many Zionist supremacists just don’t care, even if they know in the bottom of their hearts that the once effective weapon of anti-Semitism is becoming stale and losing its effectiveness. This is how arrogant and sick minds think. It is the same minds that expect Palestinian children who have just watched their fathers and mothers and relatives mercilessly and brutally killed by Israeli soldiers or Gestapo-like Jewish settlers to love Jews and sing hatikva (the Israeli national anthem) and not harbor a sliver of hate toward Zionism and Jews. Can a Palestinian school child, who has just returned home from school, seeing his home being bulldozed by a Jewish bulldozer, driven by a Jewish soldier, with a helmet bearing the Star of David, harbor love for his and his people’s tormentors? Of course, I am not speaking metaphorically as I witnessed hundreds of house demolitions ever since I was a little kid in the village of Kharsa south west of Hebron.
A final point. Everyone knows too well that most if not all the political parties represented in the Israeli Knesset can be judged as manifestly fascist. Just read the ideological and political platforms of the Habayt ha-Yehudi (the Jewish home,” the Ehud ha-Leumi (the national Union), Shas, whose spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef shamelessly teaches that all non-Jews are donkeys or beasts of burden, and even the Likud, and you will know what I am talking about.
Now, with clearly Nazi-like parties represented in the Israeli Knesset, do Zionists have a moral right to complain about some political parties in Greece or the Ukraine or Norway?
I hope that this and similar articles will provide some food for thought to Jews who might be prompted to think that life itself is hasbara and that if you succeed in this field you get it done.
No, life is not Hazbara, and if Jews succeed in obliterating the truth for sometime, they won’t be successful for ever.
Jews have much to do in terms of getting their own house clean. They’d better get busy putting their house in order rather than hurling baseless charges and accusations here and there.
People living in glass houses don’t throw stones at people’s houses.