Iraq: Muslims Enraged Over Lebanese Violinist Who Showed Her Hair

From CNA:
KERBALA, Iraq: The match should have been cause for young Iraqis to celebrate. Their national team beat Lebanon 1-0 in the first competitive international hosted by Iraq for years in the holy city of Kerbala, complete with an opening ceremony of music and dance.

Instead, the event drew high-level criticism which many of the city’s youth say shows the gulf between them and the political and religious establishment.

At the opening ceremony last week for the West Asia Football Federation Championship, a tournament of Arab countries hosted by Iraq, a Lebanese woman violinist not wearing the Islamic headscarf and with uncovered arms played Iraq’s national anthem.

Many Iraqis were elated that such a ceremony, typical of international football tournaments, could finally take place on their soil after football governing body FIFA last year partially lifted a ban largely in place since 1990 on Iraq hosting competitive matches over security concerns.

Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim endowment which administers religious sites and property, backed by prominent conservative politicians, rushed to condemn the performance saying it “overstepped religious boundaries and moral standards … and violated the holy sanctity of Kerbala.”

Iraq’s Ministry of Youth and Sport which organised the ceremony first defended it, then said: “the ministry will coordinate with official bodies to prevent any scenes that contrast with the holiness of the province.”

For many Iraqis, especially women, it was a reminder of the power Islamic authorities, Islamist parties and conservative Iran-backed politicians still wield after years of conflict and sectarian killing, as Iraq tries to recover and open up to the outside world.

“We thought the event was a positive message, that a more normal life can come to Kerbala,” said Fatima Saadi, a 25-year-old dentist, sitting in a coffee shop in Kerbala.

“Most of us rejected the politicians’ comments – the holy ground is where the shrines are, but outside those places there’s a different life.”…

Morocco: Belgian Volunteer Women Targeted Because They Work In Shorts

From ANSAmed:
(ANSAmed) – RABAT, AUGUST 8 – A group of young Belgian volunteer women has been targeted by Moroccan Islamists on social media because ”they work in shorts”. An elementary school teacher urged on social media to ”behead the girls” and a Senator with the conservative pro-Islamist Justice and Development party raised the case in parliament: ”Is construction work in Europe ever carried out in a bathing suit?”, he said…. The episode took place in a little town in the south-eastern Moroccan province of Taroudant but the case became prominent on social media. The young women, who were working to build a street, are part of a Belgian association called Board which has been promoting for over 14 years humanitarian projects in the North-African country. They are all students who are volunteering for the summer…. In the village close to Taroudant, the senator also said, there is no change of clothing for the summer because ”it is a rural and conservative area”. The elementary school teacher subsequently commented the post: ”You are absolutely right, they should be beheaded so that nobody can challenge our religion’s teachings”. The teacher was reported to the authorities for instigating terrorism and arrested. The post was removed within 24 hours but the minister’s parliamentary question remains. Meanwhile the students have travelled back to Belgium. (ANSAmed)

Germany: Arab Airport Worker Insults Passenger In Anti-Semitic Manner

From RBB24:
In a dispute at the Berlin Tegel airport, a passenger at a check-in desk was insulted in an anti-Semitic manner by a staff member. According to a presentation by a police spokesman on Saturday, the woman had finally excluded the Spaniard, who lives in Berlin, from the flight in the morning.

Before the insult, there had been a dispute between the parties on the payment for a piece of luggage. The 50-year-old, who, according to police, wanted to fly to the Spanish island of Menorca, was said to have been insulted by the woman in English and in Arabic. Further background to the incident was initially unknown…

France Protected Palestinian Terrorists Who Killed Jews

From JTA:
France agreed not to target Palestinian terrorists who killed French Jews in Paris in 1982 if they refrain from carrying out further attacks on French soil, a former top spy revealed.

Yves Bonnet, who headed the now-defunct DST service in the 1980s, said this in January to a judge investigating the 1982 attack in which six people were murdered and 22 injured at a kosher restaurant on Rosiers Street in Paris, Le Parisien reported Thursday.

The suspects in the attack on the Jo Goldberg deli are wanted for questioning as per a 2015 French arrest warrant. One of the suspects lives in Jordan, another near Ramallah in the West Bank and a third in Norway, according to the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

None of the relevant governments have agreed to extradite the suspects, whom French investigators believe belonged to the Abu Nidal terrorist group affiliated with Fatah.

“We entered a sort of verbal deal which tells them: I want no more attacks on French soil, but I will allow you to come to France and guarantee nothing will happen to you.”

French authorities allowed two of the alleged perpetrators to visit their brothers in arms in French prisons after the 1982 attack, in which the terrorists threw grenades into the packed restaurant, which became the scene of the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in France since World War II….

Arkansas: Muslim Migrant Goes To Yemen, Aids Al-Qaeda, Returns To Arkansas

From the AP via ABC News:
A Yemeni national living in Arkansas was charged with providing support to a terrorist organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

Bilal al-Rayanni was charged Thursday with supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula between October and December of 2014 while he was in Yemen….

In an interview the day before he was arrested, al-Rayanni told State Department and FBI agents that his father had purchased a U.S. visa from a Yemeni man whose name was Kassem Alawdi. His father then used that visa in 1992 to obtain a U.S. passport for al-Rayani under the name Bilal Kassim Alawdi. He said he didn’t learn his true name until he was between 10 and 12, but has used the false name to obtain and renew passports in 2002 and 2008, as well as the most recent attempt to renew his passport in May.

The Justice Department said al-Rayanni “provided and attempted to provide material support and resources, in the form of personnel (including himself) and services” to the terrorist organization, but did not elaborate. A spokeswoman said the department opened an investigation because of a citizen report….

The Justice Department said al-Rayanni lived in Arkansas before and after he traveled to Yemen in 2014….

Africa Has Highest Rate Of Slavery

From Breitbart:
Africa currently has the highest prevalency of modern-day slavery, four hundred years since the transaltantic [sic] slave trade began during the 15th century.

Reports state that seven out of every 1,000 Africans are victims of the terrible practice. Slavery is defined as “situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power,” in a report by the by human rights group Walk Free Foundation and the International Labour Office.

In 2017, the Global Slavery Index listed Eritrea, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Mauritania, and South Sudan on its list of the 10 countries with the highest prevalance of slavery.

The website states:

It is a confronting reality that even in the present day, men, women and children all over the world remain victims of modern slavery. They are bought and sold in public markets, forced to marry against their will and provide labour under the guise of “marriage,” forced to work inside clandestine factories on the promise of a salary that is often withheld, or on fishing boats where men and boys toil under threats of violence. They are forced to work on construction sites, in stores, on farms, or in homes as maids. Labour extracted through force, coercion, or threats produces some of the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the footballs we kick. The minerals that men, women, and children have been made to extract from mines find their way into cosmetics, electronics, and cars, among many other products.

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Ghana to mark its “Year of the Return” in observance of the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves being brought to the United States.

“At Cape Coast Castle we stood before The Door of No Return, where countless millions caught their last glimpse of Africa before they were shipped to a life of enslavement,” Pelosi commented.

Reports state that the African continent received global attention in recent years after videos surfaced online allegedly showing modern “slave markets” in Libya where people were auctioned off in garages and public squares…..

Report: Trump Unhappy With Israel’s Decision To Allow Entry To BDS Extremists Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib

How many Muslim countries permit Jews of Israeli birth to visit? *Crickets*

From Breitbart:
TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump has reportedly quietly expressed frustration with Israel’s decision to allow Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) to enter the country later this month despite their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Trump told senior advisers that “Israel should bar Omar and Tlaib’s entry because the two congresswomen favor a boycott of Israel,” the Axios news site reported.

In a separate report from Israel’s Channel 13, Trump was allegedly quoted by advisors saying that if Omar and Tlaib want to boycott Israel, “then Israel should boycott them.”

The Axios report said three U.S. officials confirmed Trump’s remarks and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office did not deny the account. Two senior Netanyahu aides said the issue was very sensitive and they were not allowed to discuss it, Axios said.

However, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday said the report was “fake news.”

“The Israeli government can do what they want,” she said.

Last month, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said Israel would allow Omar and Tlaib to visit “out of respect for Congress.”

“Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel,” Dermer told the Haaretz daily.

On Sunday, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters in Jerusalem that Tlaib and Omar’s trip could only have positive ramifications.

“I talked with Mr. Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., and he issued a statement after discussing this with the [Israeli] government and the prime minister that any member of Congress was welcome to come to Israel,” Hoyer said.

“Coming to Israel, seeing the reality of Israel, seeing the security situation in Israel, seeing the extraordinary people who are working so hard to create jobs and a better life for their people and for many people around the world” would lead to a “more positive view of the country,” he said.

“Israel’s confidence as expressed by Mr. Dermer in having any member of Congress who wants to come to Israel have the opportunity to come to Israel and have access and to see what all these members have seen and will see is appropriate.”

House Republican leader Keven [sic] McCarthy, who is leading a trip by Republican congressmen, said he wished Omar and Tlaib could have joined such a trip.

“The president knows there are people who have a difference of opinion,” McCarthy said. “I think it is healthy for anyone who has that opinion to come. I feel very secure in this. Anyone who comes with open ears, open eyes and an open mind, will walk away and have an understanding just as all these [Congress] members do, that this bond is unbreakable.”….

NY Imam Active In Interfaith Work Distributes Pro-Jihad Propaganda On The Side

From IPT News:
Muhammad Shahidullah is a man of seeming contradictions.

An imam, he is active in interfaith outreach, speaking to the New York Police Department and visiting the White House in April as part of an interfaith delegation. In December 2017, he participated in an interfaith event organized at New York’s 9/11 Tribute Museum, attended the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week a year earlier, and has been recognized in a New York City Council citation as “an outstanding citizen, one whom is worthy of the esteem of both our community and the great City of New York.”

But Shahidullah also runs a proselytizing website, Dawah USA, that ostensibly seeks to invite people to Islam but in fact serves as a clearing house for extremist and Islamist propaganda, the Investigative Project on Terrorism finds.

Tax records for the New York-based Dawah USA Inc. show that it is registered as doing business as the Interfaith Center USA. Shahidullah, a Bangladeshi native who lives in Queens, New York’s Jamaica neighborhood, serves as president of both organizations.

Extremist material published on the Dawah USA website includes an audio of American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s infamous 2002 “It’s a War on Islam” speech. It frames government counter-terrorism efforts as “a war against Muslims and Islam” that seeks to alienate Muslims from the mainstream of society.

The perception the West is waging a war against Islam has been one of the most effective messages in radicalizing Muslims. Though he was killed in a 2011 U.S. drone strike, Awlaki remains one of the most influential voices in online radicalization.

Shahidullah declined to discuss the content on his website after repeated requests for comment.

Dawah USA also features speeches by Ali al-Timimi, the spiritual leader of the Virginia Jihad Network, a group of 11 men who wanted to train for jihad against U.S. forces after 9/11 with the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group.

In an audio, “Political Revival of the Ummah,” al-Timimi explains the role of politics for Muslim minorities living in a non-Islamic society. He cites Islamic scholar Abdurahman bin Nasir bin Sa’adi saying, “And when he [Sheikh bin Sa’adi] talks about Muslims living in a non-Muslim society and he says that if Muslims live in a non-Muslim society … then they could make the country Islamic themselves.”

Speeches by al-Timimi’s mentor Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, a Canadian-raised Salafist currently living in Qatar, also are posted on Dawah USA. Philips has been banned from several countries, including the United States, for his extremist teachings. He is against the “concept of globalized western civilization as portrayed in secular democracy … being pushed down the throats of the rest of the world” and condemned homosexuality as punishable by death.

Several recordings by Indian hate preacher Zakir Naik, whose inflammatory speeches have inspired Muslim youth to engage in terrorist acts, also appear on Dawah USA. Naik, who claimed 9/11 was an “inside job,” faces money laundering charges in India moved to Malaysia in 2017.

Other Salafi jihadists whose lectures have been published on the website include Ahmed Deedat, Abdul Hakeem Quick, Israr Ahmad, Jamal Badawi, Khalid Yasin, Maulana Syed Abdul Ala Maududi, Siraj Wahhaj, and Yusuf Estes.

In an Urdu-language audio, “Jewish Conspiracy,” the late Pakistani Islamist Israr Ahmad claims Jews seek world domination through global control of banks and finance.

According to his official profile, Ahmad spent 40 years “not only in reviving the Qur’an-centered Islamic perennial philosophy and world-view but also reforming the society in a practical way with the ultimate objective of establishing a true Islamic State, or the System of Khilafah [Caliphate].”

An e-book available on Dawah USA by South Asian Islamist ideologue Maulana Syed Abdul Ala Maududi, Towards Understanding Islam, defines jihad “in the language of the Shari’ah [Islamic Law]” as “a war that is waged solely in the name of Allah against those who practise [sic] oppression as enemies of Islam.”

And adds:

“If the country attacked has not enough strength to fight back, then it is the religious duty of the neighbouring Muslim countries to help her; if even they fail, then the Muslims of the whole world must fight the common enemy. In all such cases, Jihad is as much a primary duty of the Muslims concerned as are the daily prayers or fasting.”

Shahidullah ‘s Dawah USA also features an undated, anonymous article, “Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil?,” which argues that Islam and Muslim modesty culture offers a solution to reducing rapes in America.

“Consider a scenario where the Islamic hijaab is followed in America. Whenever a man looks at a woman and any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he lowers his gaze. Every woman wears the Islamic hijaab, that is the complete body is covered except the face and the hands upto [sic] the wrist. After this if any man commits rape he is given capital punishment. I ask you, in such a scenario, will the rate of rape in America increase, will it remain the same, or will it decrease?”

“Naturally as soon as Islamic Shariah is implemented positive results will be inevitable,” the article says. “If Islamic Shariah is implemented in any part of the world, whether it is America or Europe, society will breathe easier. Hijaab does not degrade a woman but uplifts a woman and protects her modesty and chastity.”

It is nearly identical to a 2015 article by Shadab Akram published by Quora.

The notion that Western values empower women is false, the article further claims. “Western talk of women’s liberalization is nothing but a disguised form of exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul, and deprivation of her honour. Western society claims to have ‘uplifted’ women. On the contrary it has actually degraded them to the status of concubines, mistresses and society butterflies who are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketeers, hidden behind the colourful screen of ‘art’ and ‘culture’.”

An article, “Matters Which Nullify Ones Islaam,” on Shahidullah’s website denounces interfaith outreach as an “evil concept” contrary to Islam.

“It is impermissible for any Muslim who believes in Allaah as his Lord, Islaam as his religion and Muhammad … to call towards the evil concept of Interfaith, encourage it, facilitate its conveyance to the Muslims, attend its conventions or belong to any of its clubs or organizations,” it says. It concludes by advising Muslims “to protect the religion of Islaam, preserve the Islamic creed and protect it against the misguided people of falsehood and those who share their ideas and beliefs. They must be aware of ‘Interfaith’ and its traps.”

In addition to being Dawah USA’s president, Shahidullah is chairman of the board of ITV USA, which describes itself as “A Global Dawah Channel” seeking “to propagate the inherent love and peace that Islam embodies.” The TV channel features programs on Islamic theology by prominent American Islamist imams, including Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf, Shaker Elsayed, Yasir Qadhi, and others….

Rome: Iraqi Migrant Threatens To Ignite Himself Near St. Peter's Square

From Sputnik News:
ROME (Sputnik) – Italian police have detained an Iraqi migrant who threatened to ignite himself near St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Il Messaggero reported.

The incident took place on Pius XII Square, adjacent to Bernini’s colonnade, on Saturday afternoon, according to the newspaper Il Messaggero.

The man, who is awaiting a decision on his asylum application in Italy, began shouting “Allah Akbar” and threatened to burn himself alive, waving a lighter. He was visibly agitated and emotionally unstable….

Indonesia: Men Flogged For Anti-Shariah Relationships

From Asia News:
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Flogged because they had relationships contrary to sharia: One of the 14 punished by the authorities of the Indonesian province of Aceh – “a special territory” of the island of Sumatra where Islamic law is in force, is a young Buddhist man.

Last August 1, dozens of people were present when 11 people were taken to the square from a mosque in the center of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. In the presence of Mayor Aminullah Usman, the executioner rained on the backs of the condemned between eight and 32 lashes with a cane (rattan). The authorities had surprised the six men and five women – all in late adolescence or twenties – having relations with people of the opposite sex.

Officials provided details only of the case of the only non-Muslim defendant, a Buddhist identified with the initials R.O. (photo). The police caught him inside a hotel room, with a woman who was not his wife. Usually, non-Muslims can choose whether to be punished or not under Islamic law, known in the region as Quanun. Therefore R.O. chose 27 lashes to avoid a lengthy judicial proceeding and imprisonment.

The next day, Mayor Usman warned hotels and businesses: “We have warned hotels not to even think about breaking the rules by renting rooms to unmarried couples. Otherwise, we will revoke their licenses,” he told reporters.

On 31 July, three people from Lhokseumawe (a village a few hours from Banda Aceh) were whipped 100 times each for having premarital sex. Among these was a 19-year-old who had relations with an under-age girl….